Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach ★★★

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$169
avg/night
Rate based on
Check-in: Feb 10, 2016 Check-out: Feb 11, 2016
3.6 /5
Overall score
83%
Would recommend
Amenities:
3.6
Cleanliness:
3.9
Hotel staff:
4.2
Comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.8
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Room types

Show Prices Pool View
  • Size: 290 sqft
  • Occupancy: 4
Show Prices Room - Gulf View
  • Size: 322 sqft
  • Occupancy: 4
Show Prices Courtyard Room - Garden View
  • Occupancy: 4
Show Prices Standard Room - Standard View
  • Size: 247 sqft
  • Occupancy: 4

Overview

The Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, formerly known as the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel in Sarasota, Florida, greets guests in an airy lobby with beautiful wood-carved ceilings, glistening marble floors and art on the walls. The hotel's accommodations feature neutral sand-colored tones complemented by splashes of color for a relaxed, casual atmosphere. All rooms have mini refrigerators, Wi-Fi access, coffee makers, safes, hair dryers, daily newspapers, and irons and ironing boards. There are two heated pools in which to take a refreshing swim as well as 600 feet of private beach. Activities include table tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard. There is a business center onsite as well as meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 225 people.

Highlights

Key facts

The hotel offers three dining and bar options, including the Sandcastle Coffee Shop for breakfast and lunch, the Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge for a full dinner and cocktail selection and the Sandcastle Pool Bar for light fare and cocktails served from 11:30 a.m. until dusk.

A room service menu is available.

Guests are provided with two beach chairs per room and beach towels to use each day at the beach or pool.

There is a gift shop located at the hotel.

Hints and tips

The grounds and beach of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota are impeccably maintained and clean. The hotel is completely non-smoking, including on the balconies. As not all rooms face the ocean, if an ocean view is desired, you should specify that when making your reservation.

Nearby attractions

Local neighborhood information

Located on the beach and across the street from the South Lido County Park, you need only step outside the hotel to find many restaurants and attractions within walking distance. You might want to sample the cuisine at the Sand Dollar Restaurant or the Lido Beach Grill. You can go windsurfing or kayaking, or cross the John Ringling Causeway to visit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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.

Meeting facilities

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

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Guest score 3.8 / 5
$229

Amenities

Featured

  • 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

  • Accessible 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
  • Accessible parking
  • Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
  • Wheelchair accessible elevators
  • Ramp access to buildings
  • Brailled elevators

Reviews

3.6 /5 Overall score

83% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.6/5
  • Cleanliness: 3.9/5
  • Hotel staff: 4.2/5
  • Comfort: 3.5/5
  • Location: 4.6/5
  • Value: 3.8/5

Awesome Birthday Trip

Would recommend Wed, Sep 30, 2015
Loved the Sandcastle!! Yes it is a little outdated. The rooms were clean, staff was great, and the beach is amazing! Had lots of fun at the pool bar. Jason, Chad, and Missy were great. The beach is beautiful! The best part of the trip! Only downfall the mattress was a little hard but didn't even matter to me, everything else was amazing!

| N/A Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Lido Beach

Would recommend Tue, Aug 4, 2015
Beach was absolutely amazing! Staff were professional and accommodating. We had a great time! Even the restaurant was great. The rooms and buildings (we were in 202) are a little dated. this is the most beautiful spot possible but there's a significant amount of upkeep required on building. Still, one of the best spots we've ever enjoyed!

| N/A Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Family trip

Would recommend Tue, Jul 14, 2015
Hotel location was amazing!!! The rooms are outdated. Staff was friendly.

| N/A Family

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Getaway

Would recommend Tue, Jun 9, 2015
Great stay...older hotel, but great amenities and location...staff is awesome!

| lakeland Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Romantic Stay

Would recommend Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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!

| Canton Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

def recommend:)

Would recommend Wed, May 27, 2015
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!

| N/A Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great place

Would recommend Mon, Mar 16, 2015
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!

| N/A Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

great trip

Would recommend Sat, Feb 21, 2015
I liked the location.... nice hotel We would cone to stay in this hotel again!

| N/A Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

aniversary

Would recommend Thu, Feb 12, 2015
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

| Newton Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Would not recommend Mon, Sep 1, 2014
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.

| Connecticut L.G.B.T.

2 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 2 /5
  • Cleanliness: 1 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 2 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 2 /5

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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.

$169
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Rate based on Check-in: Feb 10, 2016 Check-out: Feb 11, 2016