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Central Florida, Florida
Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

We planned a Girls Weekend and received great room rates. It cost $114 per night. However, the room we got was on the parking garage side. No view of anything. The type if room we got should have been an $80/night room. I ended up having a friend come over and we needed an extra room. The only thing available...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 16 June 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. The biggest plus is that hotel is right at the Gulf of Mexico so you can just walk up to the beach. Biggest minus is that hotel is really old. We have trouble with the room AC cos it either cranks up really cold (and noisy) or it stops and the room becomes stuffy....

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Canada
Reviewed 7 June 2013

Was happy to receive an early check-in when we arrived at 9am. The property is stunning with a beautiful pool area and a great breakfast buffet served in the restaurant overlooking the pool. A white sand beach is just steps from the hotel and my wife rented a paddleboard and enjoyed the beach/water. The room was not too bad and...

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2Thank CroozerCanada
Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 3 June 2013

We arrived at Lido Beach on May 30, 2013 to stay at The Gulf Beach Motel, however after a horrible experience there as soon as we walked in, I started walking and checking everywhere for another place to stay. THis place had been recommended to me by someone. I went in and was plesantly surprised just by the lobby. They...

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1Thank BOBBI1008
Larne, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 June 2013

Lovely hotel that is tarting to age but has everything you would want. If you are a snob you can pay double to stay next door at the Ritz Carlton but you would be a fool. Food in the restaurant cannot be faulted and is reasonably priced for any meal of the day. Breakfast buffet is value for money but...

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5Thank wiganwarriorsfan
Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 30 May 2013

This hotel was way more then I expected! Some of the reviews were quite harsh, however this hotel was amazing! The rooms were very clean and kept at a great temperature for those hot days out in the sun! Did not have a Gulf view or a pool view, but had a garage view, and it was super quiet and...

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1Thank penny l
Canton, Michigan
Reviewed 30 May 2013

If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive beach front hotel, you can't beat the location. Open the door and Lido beach is right there. Walking to St. Armand's circle would be a long walk, but by bike it wouldn't be that bad. We checked in May 20th and when we got to our room the ceiling was leaking due...

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1Thank pscsteve
Sarasota
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Everyone seems to want to be at the beach Memorial Day weekend and what a great time we had at the Helmsley Pool Bar! The food is great and you can't beat the location. After we imbibed, we went for a swim in the lovely warm gulf and then back to the bar for more laughs with the 2 awesome...

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2Thank Jane J
Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Stayed for a week, it was bliss. Hotel is an older motel-style, so don't expect lots of flash. But it offers everything you need for a great beach holiday. A gulf front room is definitely worth it -- beautiful view, right on the white sand beach. Newspaper delivered to your door, in-room coffee maker and small fridge -- pick up...

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2Thank 83Traveller
Reviewed 28 May 2013

The outdoor area was by far the high point of this resort. The private beach and pool area made this vacation very enjoyable. On the down side, the rooms showed their age and need updating. The pool bar was only open until sundown and the indoor bar had a definite Lounge feel complete with a one man band singing oldies....

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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: $225 - $464 (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
Sandcastle Resort At Lido Beach Sarasota, Florida
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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“Talk to somebody live about where your room location is ahead of time. Do not trust anyone to assign you a good room automatically”
knatman, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the courtyard side have balconies, but you have to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs. (staff will help, if needed)”
sisb2013, 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Lowest level was great! I would choose this again!”
jmsk2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Get a balcony gulf view room !”
sunfish4141, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can pay extra to have a gulf view, but you can also just walk right out to the beach”
rpdmom, 2 Mar 2017 | Read review
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