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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Ranked #23 of 51 Hotels in Sarasota
Reviewed 10 February 2014

My wife and I stayed here with Saga from Jan 25th to 4th Feb 2014.The hotel has a wonderful position right on a beautiful beach looking right out onto the Gulf of Mexico.It got quite hot after a couple of days of rain and the beach Cabanas are very useful for some shade (free with Saga and $10 per day for other guests).Breakfast is included with Saga and you can order from the menu or just use the buffet,which is a little restricted. I would just like to say thankyou to Fernando who always greeted us with a big smile and some pleasant comments at breakfast.The evening menu was satisfactory and was reasonably priced.Also many thanks to
Nancy who kept our room spotless.the bedroom had two beds, but the bathroom was a little on the small side.The hotel also ran a free limo service to take you to St.Armands circle where there are numerous shops and restaurants.If you want to walk it, it is perfectly safe and takes about 40 minutes.Finally a mention and a big thank you to Kathy,the Saga rep,who was very attentive and
helpful.There is a bus service every hour from outside the hotel(not Sunday) which is very useful and very cheap,flat fare of $1.25.There are numerous attractions in the area and Ringlings is an absolute must.See my separate review for this.The best of both worlds here,a lovely beach and plenty of attractions when you are tired of lazing on the beach.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

Right on the beach - pools - bars - close enough to walk to the stores - the hotel needs some updating everything looks a little tired. We had pool view,that was better then looking at the parking garage.

Room Tip: Beach or pool view - make sure you request otherwise you may look at parked cars!!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The hotel has a great location. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel is dated and needs so updates. Spotted carpet, peeling wallpaper, rusted room safe, etc. Apparently double beds only, small rooms, and baths. Pay the extra to get beach or poolside. Our biggest problem was that the entire hotel either heats or cools and you have to control over your room. Our third floor room was so hot that we (as well as many other guests) kept our doors open to cool rooms prior to bedtime. Then using a small fan provided by the office, we were able to keep room temperature almost bearable. This is primarily a problem when hotel is heating vice cooling. Probably would not stay there again given rates.

Room Tip: Beach side or pool side are the best rooms.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 2 weeks .only a 3star rating but delivers well. It is tired and needs some refurbishment but its position is fantastic. Large room with a full size fridge we had a courtyard room but the sea was facing too ! Would def stay again. We booked through Virgin holiday s but would book independantly too.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

If you have an gulf view room, the view is incredible, was wonderful to watch the sunset from our balcony and fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the the beach. Very nice beach.
Hotel was a bit dated, but clean. Staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Did not stay here, looked at rooms and reads reviews, has antique heat and air system, rooms felt stuffy and
Expérience tells me would not get better, a two pipe air system. Views good from beach rooms. Anyway I am reviewing their breakfast cafe. Very nice buffet with good food at good price. Patio or inside seating. Great place with pool side dining .

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

I stayed at Helmsley in September 2013, for a couple of nights. The Golf View room was amazing, it is worth the price. The hotel itself was a good experience, good value for money. The staff was kind and helpfull. Free parking opportunities.
Located right on the beach - so nice. I will for sure come back.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range: £134 - £269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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
Sandcastle Resort At Lido Beach Sarasota, Florida

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