A friend and I found the Sandcastle online (thank you, Trip Advisor!) and booked a room with two double beds gulf-side for Memorial weekend. It is an older hotel, but kept very clean with excellent service and staff. Newer tiled showers and double sinks, a nice bonus. As others have written, they have friendly beach staff that set up umbrellas (part of the resort fee you pay) that were very appreciated. The umbrellas will keep you cooler than direct sun and you can stay out on the beach longer. The beach staff works hard to keep people accommodated. *Tip - get down to beach by 930 (on weekends) to grab umbrella or they run out and you have to wait until someone leaves. There are plenty of chairs/loungers. Wonderful pool with tempered water and plenty of pool chairs. It was nice to take a break from the beach and hit the pool. The beach is pristine and clean with silky white sand and gorgeous aqua gulf water... doesn't get much better. Be sure and catch a sunset while on the beach, it's worth every minute. Can't wait to go back!
- 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