We stayed at the Helmsley for one night on our this our first visit to Sarasota. We are a family of five with three kids. We asked for a gulf view and did get one but ours was the first floor in the two storey building. The room's entrance was facing the parking lot and since we were on the ground floor, it really spooked us. Although the view was spectacular, it was not the best of the gulf view rooms.The room was very small, but we payed for a roll away. It would have been too small for a week's stay. What was important was that the beach was gorgeous and the room was clean. We also enjoyed the pools. We would return but not to this particular room. The woman serving at the pool bar ignored me while I sat and waited to be served. She chatted with two gentleman while I waited and waited. Not the friendliest bartender I've encountered. The check came with a 15% gratuity added and not knowing this I tipped her, after which she perked up and thanked me.
- 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