For those interested in Old Florida, this is a great find. It is a "low rise" (four stories) Florida oceanfront resort with two fabulous pools and a 1950's feel. The rooms have all been redone and look new. Flat screen TV, fridge, hair dryer and all the things you would expect in a modern hotel. Bathrooms have been completely updated, king-sized bed with great mattress and a huge closet. There is covered parking available, and the staff could not be more professional or friendlier. I wish I could say that the restaurant was fabulous. It is ok, but not a destination for a memorable meal. This hotel is designed for folks who want to get away to enjoy a pristine beach with wonderful amenities like beach huts, beach chairs, umbrellas provided by the hotel. It is not within walking distance of any shopping, eating or nightlife. However, you can find such a short drive away. We were there as part of a class reunion. The hotel provided what had been Leona Helmsley's suite as the hospitality suite. It was a wonderful choice for such an event.
- 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