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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Checked in on nov 1st to Helmsley sandcastle in Sarasota. The check in experience was fine. We unpacked and went to the tiki bar and was greeted by a miserable bar tender that acted like we were bothering her. You should walk past the tiki hut at Helmsley and make a right to the lido tiki bar where the bartenders are friendly and actually put booze in your drink. The best asset they have is Jason who drove us to Armand square and back in between all his other responsibilities. We ate at the On property restaurant for dinner which was ok except for the 8 dollar "up charge" for my Cesar salad and the odd charge for cocktails which were half of the cost of the tiki bar. Don't stay here, go to the lido resort next door.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank Jegbert
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We had the best time at this Hotel. Best food. Best tiki bar and best entertainment. Best pools. Best location. We had the time of our lives. Great snorkeling and wonderful shells. People were so friendly and prices were great. We loved our experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank fsetbacken
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

The location could not be more perfect for this hotel, I had a no view room but it took a whole 30 seconds to be on the beach! The rooms are large, clean and have all the amenities that you could need. The staff are excellent, always very helpful and willing to put themselves out for you. I will be back!!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed at the Helmsley over a weekend with our 3 children. It was perfect. While our room was advertised as a garden view, from our balcony it was actually an ocean view. The hotel room was clean and spacious. The beach was phenomenal and we enjoyed quite morning walks search for shells with our kids and watching the birds dive for fish. We were impressed to see so many mollusks and rays in the shallows, along with endless fish.

The hotel had a great restaurant on site, we never went out, and a decent buffet for breakfast. There were also 2 large pools and a nice grassy common area and an outdoor bar. We would absolutely plan to return. Good service and location.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Jennifer J
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I have just had a week at the Helmsley & have to say it was fantastic! Unable to upgrade room to beachfront as no availability but this didn't deter from our enjoyment here. The staff are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble for them. Two really nice pools but never used them as yards away is the most amazing beach I have ever been on. Sand is so fine, white & clean - just like icing sugar, it is made from ground quartz so doesn't get hot underfoot even in 98 degree temperatures! There is free parking & rooms can be accessed from all levels of the car park so easy to transport cases etc. The rooms are basic & there is a little wear & tear but nothing major. Housekeeping are excellent & our room was always spotless. No complaints about the beds, our two doubles were fine & we slept well. Air con is a little "fierce" so may need turning down of a night as you can get rather chilly, that said - there is a light fleecy blanket on the bed you can pull over you. Hotel gift shop reasonably priced & some beautiful shops in the nearby St Armands circle. Hotel provides a free limo service so no reason not to enjoy the many restaurants in the area.

There is so much to do around this area & would definitely recommend a trip to Mote aquarium (money off voucher can be got at reception) we went on their boat trip & had a really good guide who was so knowledgeable but enthused rather than bored you. We enjoyed it so much that we booked up for the nature trip next day.

All in all our stay far exceeded our expectations & I would certainly recommend the Helmsley to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank DianeF518
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