This hotel was pleasantly surprising, right on a beautiful, sandy white beach with good snorkeling and warm inviting waters. The staff was accomodating, friendly and extremely helpful. They seemed genuinely interested in us - whether we were eating or at the beach. The morning buffet was good. The poolside bar was nice. They had chairs and umbrellas (they carry and set up for you) for rental. They charge everything to your room which is handy. This hotel is right next to the Ritz Carlton but without the price tag! It is also very near Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The beds were comfortable, it was very quiet and cozy, the rooms clean, although older. For $100 a night, what a deal!
- 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