The hotel is located right on Lido key beach. You can walk to St. Armands circle, which is a little over a mile away. The hotel was clean, and the staff was great. The food at the hotel restaurant was good.There are two nice pools, and they keep their beach area clean. Beach chairs and towels are free. Like the other reviews, I have to say that the hotel is dated. The bath area was tiny, I could barely close the door when standing inside the tub/toilet room. There are no drawers in the bath vanity, so you will live with your stuff all over the counter top. I would suggest updating to include some rooms with kitchenettes. There is only a mini-fridge in the room, so you will likely be eating out all of your meals. That can be difficult if you have specific dietary restrictions. So all in all, a good stay. If you have nice weather and tend to not spend a lot of time in your room, you will be just fine.
- 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