We booked a Southwest Airlines package and this was the only beach-front hotel in the Sarasota area that was available in the package. After reading some of the reviews, we were anxious to see if we had made a mistake in booking this hotel. Quite the contrary! We were upgraded to a beach-front room that was spotless. The pools were sparkling and service was exceptional. While the outside is deceiving (it looks dated), the inside was wonderful. I have to say that if I was just driving around looking for a place to stay, I would not have chosen this hotel from the outside appearance. However, I am glad we stayed and we will be back. We also found it to be exceptionally quiet in the evenings even though the pool was open until 10 p.m. The only meal that we ate there was breakfast before leaving for the airport. It was good but the food cannot compare to the restaurants in St. Armands. For those who are planning to book a last-minute vacation, you do need to ask about Red Tide. Because of this, we were not able to go into the water. However, the beach was cleaned daily and cabanas were available for a reasonable fee.
- 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