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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 Star
1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, US, 34236 View on a map
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Avg Rating 3.8 of 5 based on 39 Verified Reviews

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Hotel Review

“Yes, the room was good. It was older but clean. We did notice however that there was obvious trash in a few places right outside of our patio door that was never cleaned up. They were doing rennovations outside of the hotel when we were there. Our favorite part was being able to have our own personal umbrella. The beach attendant was great! Very helpful all the time we were there and very…” – Ms. Burckle

Hated to leave

“The manager at the front desk upgraded our room to ocean view and it was spectacular!!! I wouldn't ever want any other view! Room was clean except for some dead bugs in the closet that housekeeping came back to vacuum. Staff was exceptional - very friendly and helpful. Free shuttle was a nice service. Location was great to Armand's circle. It's one of our favorite vacation spots! Can't wait to…” – Donna and Clancy

Love it

“Been there 5 times and will return. Great staff. Funky but very cool place. All amenities you could want. Beautiful beach. Best pool bar ever.” – The Pulvers

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Nearby Attractions

  • South Lido Park - 0.4 mi
  • St. Armands Circle - 1 mi
  • Mote Marine Aquarium - 2 mi
  • Sarasota BayWalk - 2 mi
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - 2.5 mi
  • Island Park - 2.6 mi
  • Marina Jack - 2.6 mi
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital - 2.7 mi
  • Florida Studio Theatre - 2.7 mi
  • Sarasota Opera - 2.8 mi
  • Siesta Key Public Beach - 2.8 mi
  • Coconuts Family Entertainment Center - 2.9 mi
  • Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone - 2.9 mi
  • St. Boniface Episcopal Church Labyrinth - 2.9 mi
  • Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Museum - 3 mi

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About Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Travelers can enjoy a beautiful seaside resort experience when staying at the Helmsley Sandcastle. The hotel is located on a 600-foot strand of private, natural white sand of Lido Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

Guest rooms at the hotel are designed for maximum comfort. All rooms allow the fresh breeze from the ocean to enter and also face out to wonderful sea views. All guest rooms are equipped with amenities such as coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, mini refrigerator, iron with ironing board, complimentary WiFi access, and complimentary morning newspaper. Wonderful beach and watersport activities await guests outside the hotel property. Other enjoyable services offered by the hotel include two heated pools, onsite restaurant and lounge, gift shop, meeting facilities, and business center.

Area attractions situated near the Helmsley Sandcastle include the South Lido Park, Mote Marine Aquarium, and the St. Armands Circle.

Floors: 4, Hotel Rooms: 179
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The Building

  • Number of Rooms: 179
  • Number of Floors: 4
  • Number of Buildings: 7

General Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator & Lift
  • Gift Shops Or Newsstand

Guest Services

  • Full Room Service (Limited Hours)
  • Atm & Banking Services
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Complimentary Newspapers In Lobby
  • 24-Hour Front Desk Support
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services

Dining & Drinks

  • Bar & Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast Available (Surcharge)
  • Coffee Shop/CafĂ©

Online Access

  • Free Wi-Fi

Business Facilities

  • Large Conference Rooms
  • Multiple Small Meeting Rooms

Leisure Options

  • Arcade & Video Game Room
  • Private Beach
  • Private Beach - Direct Access
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Beach Cabanas Fee
  • Sun Loungers - Beach

Pet Policy

  • No Pets

Luxury Services

  • Concierge Services To Assist You Throughout Your Stay
  • Multilingual Speaking Staff
  • Porter & Bellhop
  • Beach Towels

Wellness Options

  • Health & Fitness Center

Check-in / Check-out

  • Check-In Time Begins: 3 PM
  • Check-Out Time: 11 AM
  • Check-In Minimum Age: 21

Accepted Credit Card

  • American Express
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB International
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Complimentary Locking Safe
  • Extra Beds/Rollaways Available
  • Cribs Available
  • Access Via Exterior Corridors

Room Electronics

  • Personalized In Room Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Personal Climate Control
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Premium TV Channels
  • Cable TV Service
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • HBO Channels

Room Luxury

  • Free Daily Newspaper
  • Complimentary Toiletries
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Avg Rating 3.8 of 5 based on 39 Verified Reviews

They stayed. Now they have their say.

  • Hotel Review

    “Yes, the room was good. It was older but clean. We did notice however that there was obvious trash in a few places right outside of our patio door that was never cleaned up. They were doing rennovations outside of the hotel when we were there. Our favorite part was being able to have our own personal umbrella. The beach attendant was great! Very helpful all the time we were there and very friendly! The negative things for us was that the restaurants automatically add on the tip to your bill. Restaurant quite pricey. I don't think we would stay there again.”

  • Hated to leave

    “The manager at the front desk upgraded our room to ocean view and it was spectacular!!! I wouldn't ever want any other view! Room was clean except for some dead bugs in the closet that housekeeping came back to vacuum. Staff was exceptional - very friendly and helpful. Free shuttle was a nice service. Location was great to Armand's circle. It's one of our favorite vacation spots! Can't wait to come back or move down!”

  • Love it

    “Been there 5 times and will return. Great staff. Funky but very cool place. All amenities you could want. Beautiful beach. Best pool bar ever.”

  • Fun and Funky Old FloridA

    “This is the kind of place that will be gone in 20 years and we'll all mourn. It's only 4 stories, elevator for the disabled. Choose your room carefully: garden or gulf view! others not so great. Pools are beautiful, Gulf is beyond beautiful and this is one of the rare hotels that still has direct beach frontage. Food's okay--but there's loads of great places to go. We had a great time, nice to have covered parking, staff very friendly. Rumor, as of January 2014, is that the hotel has been sold and further rumor is that the place will be razed and replaced by a high rise hotel. (This from the staff who had a meeting while we were there,) I love old, independent hotels with character....”

  • Ants in your pants

    “We woke up on a sunny morning and when my husband took his shower the bathroom was being taken over by ants. We finally got someof the outside and when walking to breakfast met a man with a spray can so I asked him if it was for ants and he said. He would spray the room while we were out. There was no way we could stay in that room for another day so we requested a change and the hotel was very good about that. I am not saying we would never stay there again because of the convenient location but I would think twice about it.”

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Room Rates & Availability

Room, Courtyard View, Courtyard Area

2 double beds
Entertainment - Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with premium channels
Food & Drink - Refrigerator and coffee/tea maker
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Room, 2 Double Beds (Gulf Front)

Two double beds. Gulf of Mexico view. In two- or four-story building. 324 square feet. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. TV with...

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Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Poolside

Two double beds. Pool view. In one- or three-story building. 288 square feet. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. TV with complimentary HBO....

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Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, No View

Two double beds. North side view (this room category has no view). In three-story building. 252 square feet. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct-dial phone with voice...

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Standard Double Room

2 double beds
Entertainment - Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with premium channels
Food & Drink - Refrigerator and coffee/tea maker
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Check-in Time: 3:00 PM  Check-out Time: 11:00 AM

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