Rate based on Check-in: Feb 14, 2016 Check-out: Feb 15, 2016

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
12 reviews
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... See full review

  • The Briz
  • Dec 8, 2014
Unbeatable location for the price

went to the beach every day from 10-7. absolutely perfect location! great service from bartender... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • May 4, 2009
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, on Lido Key, the Sandcastle is a picturesque resort with 600ft of private white sand beach. Two fresh water pools adorn the property. A full service Recreation Department is also available for your enjoyment. During the evening, relax with cocktails in our lounge and enjoy a carefully prepared meal in the Candlelight Dining Room. The Pool Bar is also open from noon until dusk, serving cocktails and a light menu.

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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.

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.

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Ratings and reviews for Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.8
Value:
4

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
The Briz
Family
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:

Family

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

3
5.01.0
Lou Hannah
Business
Piedmont, SC
Aug 25, 2014

Business meeting

I was only there one night. I had rooms service which was ok but nothing to brag about. Room was clean. No HOT water nor bathtub which I prefer over a shower. I couldn't get the air conditioner set properly. It was either too cold or too hot.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

I didn't experience any of these.

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sting break mom
Family
Virginia
Mar 27, 2013

Family spring break

We booked at the last minute. Got the last room. Service was great. 3 star hotel but perfect for us. Clean rooms, two heated pools, food and bar service at pool, sail boat, chairs, games and bike rental on site. Located right on the beach. Covered parking with security. Located right next to the Ritz! But cheaper. Definitely recommend pool or ocean view. Some have parking garage view. Food was good. Nothing special but great for breakfast, room service, and lunch. Gift shop too for snacks and such.

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

Family

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Blue dolphin for breakfast.

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Worm
Single
North Carolina
Oct 1, 2012

Helmsley Sandcastle

Great locale. Friendly staff (for the most part). Complimentary car service. Air conditioning had some issues, other than that no complaints.

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

Single

Nightlife tip: Short drive from hotel

Daiquiri Deck

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
vacationgirl
Couples
Bloomington, IN, USA
Feb 19, 2012

Nice vacation spot

Helmsley Sandcastle is an older hotel, probably built in the 60s, but has been renovated nicely. We had a very nice, clean room and enjoyed the heated pools, restaurant and bar with entertainment (a singer with keyboards and synthesizer who interacted nicely with the patrons). The location is great, right on a beautiful beach, and they offer beach chairs and cabanas. A short walk to one end of the key brings you to a park and the other way is a short drive to many restaurants and shops at St. Armand's Circle

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

Couples

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

The drive to Lido Key is labeled "Ringling Blvd" but all we saw was a sign saying "Gulfstream".

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
S & J
Couples
Minneapolis, Mn
Feb 23, 2011

Great location, great beach and view

We needed a winter get away and chose this location over the internet, comparing price, reviews, and location. We chose the Sandcastle and were not disappointed. It' a older hotel as most reviewer's will tell you, but is in excellent condition and everything in our room worked fine, great shower, re fridge and safe in room, chairs and 2 tables, coffee, and close ice machines. We booked Gulf view room and had a great view of beach and water, even saw dolphin's swimming a couple times. The beach staff were great as were lobby, restaurant, lounge, cleaning employee's. We did not have a car so the night life in area was a little lacking, but we really came to relax in the sun which we did and was great. They do have a free shuttle to the Armand mall if you would like some up scale shopping or some other restaurants.

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

Couples

Nightlife tip: Short drive from hotel

drive, taxi, or shuttle for a variety of dining and night entertainment

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
black barbie
Family
Clermont Florida
Jun 30, 2010

Great beach location

We enjoyed our overnight stay at the hotel near the beach. The accomodations were good and the staff was friendly and polite. We did not like the food that was served at the hotel restaurant. The menu was limited and the food preparation was not satisfactory. My son sent back his meal and I ate my meal but was not satisfied. The waiter was trying his best and he was very polite and accomodating but the food itself was terrible. We were also plagued by the presence of flies buzzing around us while we ate. I was very frustrated but chose not to make the experience any less enjoyable by making a fuss but I was unhappy.

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

Family

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

We enjoyed visiting the Mote aquarium while were there. It is only a short distance away. We took a boat cruise which was very enjoyable

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Bristol England
May 7, 2010

A view of the Gulf

A nice quiet hotel, and our fourth floor room had a great view of the Gulf. Generally very quiet with good friendly service. Friends satyed in non Gulf view rooms which were less good.

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

Couples

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

St armonds circle has very good restaurants. Tommy Bahama in particular is recommended

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
New York State
Jan 3, 2010

Lovely Location in beautiful area

The advertising led us to believe that this was a luxury style resort hotel, when in fact it was a very nice motel. The "Helmsley" label misled us.

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

Couples

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

The quality of the theatre, music, botanical gardens, museums and diversity of excellent dining facilities available in the Sarasota area set this apart from other resort areas in Florida that we have seen.

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Couples
Port St Lucie FL
Jul 16, 2009

Older Gem that Still shines brightly

Fantastic location on the Gulf of Mexico at a reasonable rate. Noted a number Europeans also enjoying the hotel. The staff was very helpful and reflected a very hometown friendliness. While not a 4or 5 star hotel in appearance it provided the level of service and customer care that was very refreshing. We will return again and we're already raving about this diamond in ther rough to our fiends.

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

Couples

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Make sure to see Seista Key and Ana Maria Island nearby

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