It's not for those looking for Ritz Carlton-esque amenities. Rooms were VERY dated & definitely showed their age. And I was surprised to find that our balcony was a community one (i.e. a privacy/safety concern). But our view of the ocean was fabulous for the price (at least 1/2 the $ of other nearby places). This resort also has a huge piece of beachfront property with many free (& fee) recreational activities available. Free beach chairs, lounge chairs, & umbrellas were always available. And the staff we encountered were all genuinely social and polite. They also offer free shuttles to nearby hotspots. One tip: BEWARE AT BREAKFAST! A friendly stork stalks the tables for food!
- 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