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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here 2 nights recently. We chose it for the cheaper than other rates. As previous people have commented, place is in desperate need of updating. Kinda felt like we were back in the 70s but it was not a big deal. Room was clean and had a view of the water. Liked having a fridge...

1Thank resqwldlfe
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

Listen to kids outside play. easily hear the couple next door in all their sexual exploits. Don't bother calling for another room or for security...non-existent! Old school motel...think dressed up Howard Johnson's. The price here is tempting. Don't fall for it!

Thank Lori P
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

We had a gulf view room and what a view! Free sunbeds and drop off/ pick up service to the Circle was appreciated, it's a 20 min walk. Lido key is great, especially walking along the beach. Staff were extremely friendly and maid service was good.

Thank WakefieldU
Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

Right on the beach location is great, but I would not recommend this hotel. Beds hard as rocks and there was mold in the shower. Got ill after eating at their cafe which automatically charged me 16% tip on terrible service. Pleasant front desk staff and housekeeper, but the facility needs major updating. Getting to walk in the beach at...

1Thank MrsWesley
Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 6 August 2013

I spent a weekend with my family at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, it has an excellent location on Lido Key Beach. The rooms are quite nice. The hotel is well maintained. The best of all is the staff of the hotel, at the lobby they treated us in a spectacular way! The beach is quite good. The food is very...

Thank RolfObermaier
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Our second visit to the Hlemsley Sandcastle. Again a great stay. The hotel is directly on the beach. Make sure you get a seafront view. There are a lot of nice sunsets to watch. The staf is very friendly, the rooms are very clean and have a reasonable size. Every morning there is a newspaper on your doormat. With two...

Thank Anthony V
Hallowell, Maine
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The facility is a little worn and definitely showing its age with little reminders that they're not too worried about keeping up appearances - cigarette burn mark on the bathroom sink, less than spotless tub, tired out chairs on shared balconies, early shut-down hours at the pool bar, not-so-timeless decor in the hotel bar - but, overall, a decent stay...

Thank PhiltheCat
Wilkesboro, NC
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We have been staying on Lido Beach for the past 5 years; however, this is the first time we stayed at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. After reading many of the reviews, CLEAN rooms right on the gorgeous beach and less expensive than other places on Lido, was the deciding factor this year. It actually was better than I had originally...

2Thank 5,354
Paris, France
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We would have loved to stay more than 2 nights in this hotel. It is located just in front of the beach (no road to cross). Staff is friendly. The beach is fantastic, the sand is white and you can have complimentary lounge chairs. Our room was quite big and comfortable. We would definitely recommend this hotel.

Thank BLANCHE1984
Bradenton Beach, Florida
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Rooms are old school and bit drab but the property has big character-most rooms are a few yards from the great Lido Key beach, one mile from incredible European charm of St.Armands Circle (dining and shopping) and lots of outside activites. Price for July approx. 150.00 per night per room for 4. Budget accomodations in an incredible beach area.

2Thank sherring101

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  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
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 

Additional Information about Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Address: 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Price Range: ₹ 15,030 - ₹ 27,711 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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“Face the Gulf if possible. Sunsets are incredible.”
 of 5 bubbles pat162, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a ocean front room.”
 of 5 bubbles national23, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Stay on the second floor of the building that offers both bool and ocean views!”
 of 5 bubbles 305kerrim, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Get a room on the gulf side-- we like the first floor so we can walk right out to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles indulgent_traveler, 22 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a gulf view even if there's only one with two double beds.”
 of 5 bubbles l0vet0travel999, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
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