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Iron River
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Like everyone else says, old, outdated, small rooms, definitely overpriced. Everyone on staff was super friendly and helpful. The free shuttle was one of the best parts. Drinks at bar outside were tasty but very expensive. Beach perfect.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Diamond in the rough. Great location and staff. Pool and beach are awesome. Food was great but pricey. Room was conveniently located and clean. Small but good. Updated too and close to St. Armand's Circle

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Amersham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was another hotel booked by our travel agents for our road trip around Florida, with, again, no option to upgrade. So once again we get what we assume were one of the cheapest rooms in the resort, No 225. We were pleased to get the requested first floor room, and the rate paid included a bay view, but we...

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Newport Beach, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were assigned a really bad room, back down a shaded corridor where there are about 5-6 rooms that open up to the parking structure. I would have rather been assigned to the janitor's closet. Terrible! Make sure you inquire about room location when you book. At our request we were re-assigned a quirky room adjacent to the reception area...

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Piedmont, NC
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in room 168 and beachfront ground floor. A very very wonderful experience. You won't find a better access to the gorgeous beach and the staff were all so eager to please. Bathrooms are small but we were outside most of the time anyway!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only stayed one night and I am so thankful for that. The hotel is truly something out of the 70's. Minute bathroom, with an upper and lower soap dish. Both my husband and I hit our heads on it during our shower. Peeling paint, scuffed up baseboards, scary open vent near the shower, and paper thin walls. The staff...

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Smithfield, Rhode Island
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed only one night. The room was clean but badly in need of an update! Except for the free shuttle bus to St. Armands Circle, the $25.00 resort fee was a ripoff! Beach chairs available. Can't beat the location.

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We work hard to keep our property clean and are also working on updating the property. Our staff are here to assist you. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Tim H.

Millstadt
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 4th year coming here and was almost disappointed. The first 3 years our room was in the same vicinity near the pool, but this time it was over the courtyard on the opposite side. However, I think this room was even better. It seemed bigger, had a balcony, and a better view of the ocean. The bathtub...

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about your return visit. We are thrilled that you continue to return as our beach access and location is hard be beat. We continue to work on improvements to the property and you will be pleasantly surprised at the direction we are heading in. We appreciate you giving the second...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cost for the hotel was by no means cheap but we really did enjoy the beach front room. Clean, very friendly staff. The rooms could use some updating. The on site restaurant was too pricey. Never ate there, but what I saw on guests tables looked good. Very nice clean pool, (only one was open which was fine, the...

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am please to read that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return in the future. At Sandcastle, the beach is right at your feet and the staff are ready to assist you. Tim H.

Ohio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to relax ! Hotel is on the most perfect beach Staff is very helpful and pleasant. Rooms very clean , and comfy. Loved the gulf view from the balcony! Great place , for family and seniors. This hotel offers nice shuttle to shopping area and very clean pools. Food is wonderful. Entertainment in the Candlelight Lounge was so...

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

We appreciate your business and hope you consider a return visit with us. Tim H

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  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Free Internet
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: RM841 - RM1,749 (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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“Talk to somebody live about where your room location is ahead of time. Do not trust anyone to assign you a good room automatically”
 of 5 bubbles knatman, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the courtyard side have balconies, but you have to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs. (staff will help, if needed)”
 of 5 bubbles sisb2013, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Lowest level was great! I would choose this again!”
 of 5 bubbles jmsk2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Get a balcony gulf view room !”
 of 5 bubbles sunfish4141, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can pay extra to have a gulf view, but you can also just walk right out to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles rpdmom, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
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