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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

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Miami, Florida
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel looks like it is stuck in the 60's, curtains are torn, wallpaper with mold in the rooms, rock hard twin beds. The bathrooms need to be ripped out and updates as well. faucets stick and are 40 years old. Staff is full of angry, unprofessional employees.. Better off at the Holiday Inn down the street.. Air conditioning does...

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New Rochelle, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great proximity to Airport. Upon arrival, Salina, at the front desk was very cheerful and helpful. The Breakfast(s) were terrific. The daily fee of $28 was well worth it. It included transportation to shopping and restaurants. as well as beach towels/umbrellas. The beach was well maintained

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

Thank you for your review. Salina will be thrilled that you mentioned her by name. She is one of our superstars and always ready to assist. The hotel is very lucky to have her on our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

Naples, Florida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying on Lido Beach in Sarasota is a dreamy weekend getaway. Our gulf front room had a panoramic view with a balcony the full length of our room. That said, the rooms were seriously outdated. A major facelift is in order, not only for the decor (shabby isn't always chic), but for newer upgrades for bathrooms, windows, and general improvements...

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. Our staff is here to assist you and we do our best to anticipate your needs. Improvements are near. We appreciate your stay and ask you to keep us in mind for future visits. Tim H.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice location, great staff. Very nice pool. They need to update the bathrooms and rooms. Our bathroom door would not close properly, the tub was old. The air conditioning made lot of noise. The staff is friendly and the pools and beach are very nice.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit. Our staff do an amazing job of keeping our guests front and center. Our location is second to none. The beach is at your door at Sandcastle. Our pools are newly renovated and ready to refresh after basking in the Florida Sun. Thank you for your business. Improvements to...

Mechanicsville, Maryland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice time. Everyone was very friendly. The front manager (I think his name was Tim) even went to the gift shop after hours to get my husband aloe for his sunburn (and we didn't have to pay for it until the shop opened the next day). The decor in the room was a little out dated but we...

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

Thank you for your review. I hope the aloe offered relief to your husband. We are here to assist with a smile and do our best to serve you. Keep us in mind for future visits to Lido Key. Our staff are ready to serve you. We appreciate your stay. Tim H.

Commerce, Michigan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location and staff deserve a 6 rating. Fantastic location on the beach and superb customer service. However, the rooms rate no more than a 2. They should have been updated 10 or 15 years ago. However, they are clean. The food at the hotel restaurant was good. They even had decent entertainment at the pool area and restaurant. Relatively...

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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 make sure our guest enjoy their time with us. Updates are coming soon. Our staff will be thrilled to read their efforts were noticed. Thank you!

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an old style Hotel and probably the rooms need some updating but the place is clean and the attention to the customer is good. The location is superb in Lido beach and if you prefer the pool that's fine too, the pool is heated and the bar offers pretty strong drinks and the food is decent.Watching the sunsets...

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

Thank you for your review. As you know, we focus on our guests and try to go over the top to make sure your time with us is relaxing and enjoyable. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming here for 4 years now. Love the resort, beach , pools , etc.. unfortunetly this year , my mother had a newly purchased shirt from St. Armand's circle and a pair of earrings stolen from the room/ suitcase . Sandcastle stated they were not responsible and stated they had six new people in the room since...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 26 March 2017

I didn't even book the hotel yet .Try to call several times , hardly understood what person was saying . 3 times connected me with reservations- no one picked up for over 5min, actually now is 12 min. Sooo would you stay there ....????

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

I am sorry that you were not able to reach us for booking. Please try again as we are ready for you to experience our property and all the things to do here at Sandcastle Lido Beach.

Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Beach and location gave us easy access to many points of interest. Hotel disorganized...issues with key card, beach and towels usage. Found one knowledgeable staff who seemed to be doing it all. Rooms clean but outdated.

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

Thank you for your review. There is no excuse for poor customer service and we are working hard to improve in this area. Our location is hard to beat. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • 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: RM740 - RM1,505 (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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“Rooms on the courtyard side have balconies, but you have to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs. (staff will help, if needed)”
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“Lowest level was great! I would choose this again!”
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“Get a balcony gulf view room !”
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