$159 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 24, 2015 Check-out: Jul 27, 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
196 reviews
def recommend:)

We stayed overnight wished it was longer...very clean room.. awesome restaurant ..very friendly... See full review

  • michelle y.
  • May 27, 2015
Great place

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and sadly we were hit by a tropical storm and could... See full review

  • Newlywed Mich
  • Mar 16, 2015

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.

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.

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.

Property 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.

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
Nearby 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
Transportation
  • Sarasota bus service (SCAT) (Outside resort)
  • Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (7.5 mi/12 km)

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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

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.

Ratings and reviews for Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
196 out of 196
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.8

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
melissa a.
Business
lakeland
Jun 9, 2015

Getaway

Great stay...older hotel, but great amenities and location...staff is awesome!

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

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Newlywed Mich
Business
Canton
Jun 6, 2015

Romantic Stay

Overall another great trip to Lido beach! The tiny uncomfortable beds aren't the best for adults on a romantic getaway but the views are amazing. We saw all kinds of fish, stingrays, Dolphins & manatees. Eat local in StArmands or downtown Sarasota, the hotel charges way too much & adds gratuity w/o warning. They also confirmed a breakfast buffet when reserving but didn't actually have one. The resort fee is excessive for 2 bottles of water a day & lawn chairs but for the beautiful beach, clear water and well kept pool it's a great place to stay. Hope to go back next year!

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

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
michelle y.
Business
N/A
May 27, 2015

def recommend:)

We stayed overnight wished it was longer...very clean room.. awesome restaurant ..very friendly staff and an a fabulous location... Can't wait to return!

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

Business

Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Newlywed Mich
Business
N/A
Mar 16, 2015

Great place

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon and sadly we were hit by a tropical storm and could not go out of the hotel much. It's definitely an older hotel, not the cleanest or most updated, but very charming. The food was wonderful & staff was fantastic so we decided to try again the next year. New management had taken over and prices went way up, including fees for everything that we didn't see the previous year. The staff, location, food & view were still wonderful and we hope to come back again!

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

Business

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

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

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

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