Rate based on Check-in: Mar 2, 2015 Check-out: Mar 3, 2015

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 stars
View map of 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
182 reviews
great trip

I liked the location.... nice hotel We would cone to stay in this hotel again! See full review

  • Great traveller Lana
  • Feb 21, 2015
aniversary

Great hotel, awesome beach view, high recommend. Can't wait to go back. Very friendly staff.... See full review

  • Matt H.
  • Feb 12, 2015
Lido Key resort with great views and a private beach

With 600 feet of white sandy beaches on Lido Key, Sandcastle Resort has lots to offer those looking for fun and relaxation in Sarasota, Florida. This 3-star resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and guests can grab a free lounger or rent a cabana to enjoy the surf, the amazing sunsets, or rent a bike and head up to St. Armand's Circle for fine dining and shopping. Business travelers will appreciate the resort's meeting rooms, business center and free Wi-Fi Internet access. After a busy day, unwind with a game of shuffleboard on the deck.

Highlights
  • Private beach, complimentary beach loungers
  • Located next to Sarasota's popular South Lido Park
  • 2 heated pools, bike and cabana rentals
  • Shuffleboard, volleyball and Ping Pong
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
Rooms

The 179 guest rooms at the Sandcastle Resort are decorated in the colors of Florida: bright neutral tones, splashes of key lime and salmon pink, and floral accents. The spacious rooms all have a mini fridge, safe, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Some rooms feature stunning views over the Gulf of Mexico.

Features

Located on the white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Sandcastle Resort offers resort-like accommodations and an ideal spot to enjoy the sun. Guests enjoy fabulous recreation opportunities with shuffleboard, bike rentals and two heated pools. Head to the private beach out front, where guests can rent a cabana or soak up the sun with complimentary loungers. Sandcastle Resort offers meeting facilities, a business center and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

Dining

Sandcastle Coffee Shop serves breakfast and lunch both indoors and outdoors. Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge features cocktails and dinner. Enjoy a drink and snack by the pool at the Sandcastle Pool Bar, open daily from 11:30 a.m. until dusk.

Transportation
  • Sarasota bus service (SCAT) (Outside resort)
  • Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (7.5 mi/12 km)
Attractions
  • South Lido Park (Adjacent)
  • St. Armand's Circle (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory (2.5 mi/4 km)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (4.2 mi/6.7 km)
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens (6 mi/9.7 km)
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (6.9 mi/11.1 km)
  • Siesta Key Beach (9.5 mi/15.3 km)
  • Myakka River State Park (23 mi/37 km)
Business
  • Meeting facilities for up to 225 guests, banquet space for up to 160
  • Audiovisual and conference equipment available
  • Business center
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Complimentary daily morning newspaper

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach Rooms

Standard View Room
This room does not offer a view of the gulf of mexico or the pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. TV with complimentary HBO. Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Complimentary newspaper. Two upholstered chairs. Bathroom with shower/tub combination, interior and/or exterior vanity, and makeup/shaving mirror.
Gulf View Room
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 complimentary HBO. Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Complimentary newspaper. Two upholstered chairs. Bathroom with shower/tub combination, interior and/or exterior vanity, and makeup/shaving mirror.
Poolside Room
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. Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Complimentary newspaper. Two upholstered chairs. Bathroom with shower/tub combination, interior and/or exterior vanity, and makeup/shaving mirror.
Courtyard Room
Courtyard rooms Complimentary wireless Internet access. Direct-dial phone with voice mail. TV with complimentary HBO. Compact refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Complimentary newspaper. Two upholstered chairs. Bathroom with shower/tub combination, interior and/or exterior vanity, and makeup/shaving mirror.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Service dogs allowed
Service animals allowed
Accessible parking
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Handicapped parking
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Ramp access to buildings
Brailled elevators

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Hotel Map

27.3051 -82.5714
Area served
Sarasota
Nearby airports
Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - 8 miles, Tampa International Airport - 60 miles.
Area description
Corporations/Industries, Electro Corporation - 9 miles, Hi-Stat Manufacturing - 10 miles, Klockner-Bartelt Manufacturing - 10 miles, Sun Hydraulics - 9 miles, Tropicana Beverages - 20 miles.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Meeting facilities for groups to 225, banquets to 160, audio-Visual equipment.

Dining

Cafe
Open 7am-5pm, casual, Breakfast /buffet.
Candlelight Restaurant
Open 5pm-10pm, casual, innovative menu/salads.
Lounge Bar
Open 5pm-midnight, casual, drinks.
Pool Bar
Open noon-dusk, casual, drinks/hors d'ouvres.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (182)

Ratings and reviews for Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
182 out of 182
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.8

81% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Great traveller Lana
Business
N/A
Feb 21, 2015

great trip

I liked the location.... nice hotel We would cone to stay in this hotel again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Matt H.
Business
Newton
Feb 12, 2015

aniversary

Great hotel, awesome beach view, high recommend. Can't wait to go back. Very friendly staff. Willing to accommodate your needs. Great food with room service

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
The Briz
Business
Wyckoff, NJ
Dec 8, 2014

Lovely Lido Beach

Even though it rained 3 out of the 4 days we were there, we had a wonderful time. We spent a lot of time on our deck looking at breathtaking sunsets. Room service hit the spot on those rainy nights. The room was clean and situtated right on the beach. Just what I wished for. Would definitely return to the Sandcastle.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

IMAX Theater is located in nearby shopping mall for those rainy times.

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Mark The Stud
Business
Connecticut
Sep 1, 2014

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

I used to love this hotel, but my love is slowly dwindling away. Last two times the rooms have been dirty upon arrival. Furniture old and outdated. After my last stay at the Helmsley, I left this hotel in disgust. Yes, the new owners are in the process of making changes, but the changes they are making are cheap to make it appear classy. Far from reality if you ask me. And with the added $25/day resort fees that they've added do not make it affordable anymore. There are better hotels out there for less which offer more. The only thing worth your stay at this hotel is location. It's set on a beautiful beach. That's about it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
1st time to La Royaume
Business
Montreal, Canada
Jul 31, 2014

Sunsets and sand

Great location, walk out your door right on to a beautiful sandy beach, dolphins frolic and birds cruise by in front of you. Family friendly, attentive staff make this hotel a place you wll return to. Been there 5 years in a row. It is not new or glitzy, not hip or trendy, but it is a nice hotel on a fantastic beach, walking distance to St Armand's Circle and an easy drive to grocery stores, restaurants and movie theatre.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
TampaMomof3
Business
Tampa. Florida
Jul 30, 2014

An Amazing Getaway

My family and I did a mini-staycation and escaped the hustle-and-bustle of Tampa to come to quaint Sarasota! The location was perfect, the staff got us a room on the courtyard corner, so we managed to get an ocean view. It was very relaxing, and the accommodations were comfortable and clean. The beach acceess was probably the best part, it was so convenient and beautiful. The food and wait staff was also superb, we ate breakfast and lunch at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dan Gavin
Business
Worcester , ma
Jul 30, 2014

Nice and relaxing

Perfect location.....not a bad room in this hotel...everything is just steps away from the beach

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Breaking Mom
Business
Tampa, FL
Jul 28, 2014

Better than expected

I am a FL resident but too my friend from out of town and stayed at this resort for a girls weekend. We really enjoyed every second. Room was a little out dated but you could tell it was clean. Staff was very helpful and really nice! Enjoyed having drinks on the beach, good food, music and some many fun things to do there. Can't wait to take my kids and husband back VERY soon.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
TraciRhea
Business
Warrensburg, MO
Jul 23, 2014

Okay, but could use improvement!!!

Overall our stay was average. We didn't enjoy the view of the parking garage and it was very noisey. They were remodeling so we would hear drills and hammers banging or something every morning waking us up. The showers were really small and the curtain was hung too close so we always bumped into it while showering. They charge a rediculous $25 a day resort fee. You have to pay to do your laundry and buy your own soap, but the laundry is part of the reaort fee...? There are few washers and driers and they are always taken. There are no gas stations or grocery stores on the key and the gift shop at the resort cloaes at 6 pm. If you need tylenol or batteries....too bad unless you wanna drive 10 minutes. The rooms were decently clean and the staff was nice, but the hotel was outdated. The coat of the hotel isn't bad if your looking for a cheaper option, but it isn't worth paying the resort fee. $25 a day is too much for the few amenities (most of which they stil charge a fee to use) that they offer. The beach was nice, but lots of cigarette buds...yuck! Apparently the hotel was recently sold to a new owner. A lot of people were upset about this change. There were a few gentlemen staying in the room next door who were cloae with the owner somehow. They were complaining about how he never should have bought it and that it was a dump.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sankab
Business
NY
Jul 4, 2014

We would definitely stay there again

Location, clean rooms, abandence of extra pillows and towels, friendly staff and great beach make this hotel a pleasant place to stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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