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Boone, North Carolina
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Stayed 3 nights in a Gulf view room on the fourth floor. Nice balcony, good beds (2 doubles), clean room and bath, quiet at night, good a/c. Well-maintained low-rise building probably built in the 1970s. Outside corridors; 2 nice pools with deep ends (no lifeguards); beautiful, large private beach with complimentary chaise lounges. Shallow clear water with minimal surf, so...

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Clermont, Florida
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Spent one night and the bed was horrible. Older hotel nestled among much newer ones. Right on the beach. Pricing was a bit high, but we were able to use a corporate discount. Room were large and included a small refrigerator/freezer. No breakfast was included in the price They gave the room a good effort to clean it--considering all the...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Best kept secret, I hesitate to tell--Wonderful views of the gulf, less then 40 feet from the gulf beach. Best tiki bar with good drinks and appetizers. On site Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, portions are huge. Two BIG pools. This is one relaxing place. Park your car, put on your suit, get a drink and enjoy the sun....

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1Thank 734jan
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I went to Sarasota for a small family get together. Wanted to spend some time on the beach and found the Helmsley. My sister & I stayed there with the kids and had a relaxing time. It was nice to be so close to the beach and St Armands circle. The food was good. I will stay there the next...

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Thank DWilliams2013
Hamilton, ON
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We've just returned from a brief stay (3 days) at the Helmsley Sandcastle, and are nothing short of pleased with our experience. The hotel is a bit older in comparison to those around it, but it has been kept up well and was not an issue for us. All of the staff that we encountered ( at check in, restaurant/bar,...

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4Thank mels2010
London, England
Reviewed 29 August 2013

From reading reviews we were apprehensive that the Helmsey had seen better days and was not as chic as some of the more modern hotels on Lido beach. We can assure you that the Helmsley has not only the best beach but the food, service, accommodation and cleanliness are second to none. We were visiting my sister who took us...

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3Thank DougLondon_England
Beacon, New York
Reviewed 21 August 2013

I stayed there with my daughters for 5 days, I had never been to this area of Florida and essentially wanted to have some quality beach time and a decent culinary experience. The hotel (motel) is close to Sarasota airport, took us about 20 minutes to get there so that was easy enough. The hotel itself is situated on the...

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7Thank tcdehaas
Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 August 2013

When we arrived at this hotel, we were made welcome and the check - in was fast. We were offered help with our luggage. The hotel pools were fantastic and we loved walking on the beach and swimming in the sea. This hotel has a fantastic gift shop and every saturday night there is a buffet with live music in...

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3Thank James H
Springfield, Missouri
Reviewed 15 August 2013

When decided on this hotel last minute. First let me start off with the good. GREAT location. The beach is essentially part of the hotel. The pools are excellent and has a great tiki bar. If you looking for something convenient to the beach a great price this is it. We went here with 3 small children. Rooms were average...

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2Thank MrKristof
Alachua, Florida
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Old Florida at its best. Next to a wild life area and one mile to up scale shopping. You can not beat the location on Lido Key. Large rooms with baloneys that over look the Gulf of Mexico. Heated pools! Tiki bar and restaurant. Laundry room, Ping-Pong and shuffle board. We rented bikes from the hotel and within a couple...

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  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Beachfront
  • 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: RM994 - RM1,850 (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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