If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive beach front hotel, you can't beat the location. Open the door and Lido beach is right there. Walking to St. Armand's circle would be a long walk, but by bike it wouldn't be that bad.
We checked in May 20th and when we got to our room the ceiling was leaking due to the A/C unit. There was water on the floor. We called the front desk and they sent somebody right away but we requested a different room. No problems there-99% of customer satisfaction is solving the problem. The next morning however, my wife lost all hot water in the shower and the drain was backed up. We called the front desk and they again sent somebody right away. The drain was fixed and they explained that the hot water supply was down and would be back up in a couple hours.
Bottom line: Our purpose was to be on the beach and we weren't in the room a ton. So the hotel was fine. But 4 star it is not! And the price was really good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tropical paradise at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach in Sarasota, FloridaSandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a relaxing sunny resort flavor, with a storybook seaside setting on a 600 foot strand of private, natural white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.Sun. Sand. Swaying Palm Trees. And Great Service, Too. You'll be treated to thoughtful touches, such as a morning newspaper and a small refrigerator for chilling beverages and snacks. Free wifi is also available throughout the property. Plus the pleasures of outdoor dining for both breakfast and lunch are virtually right outside your door. What's more, our recreation staff can provide personalized sailing lessons. There's a convenient Gift Shop on premises and we're within easy walking distance of popular St. Armands Circle, with its fine shopping and entertainment attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
- Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
- Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota