St. Armands Circle is within a mile (2 km) of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, and other popular attractions like Mote Marine Aquarium are within a few miles (5 km). This 176-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, it's also near Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Siesta Key Public Beach.

Dining

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.

Rooms

All of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach's 176 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include safes and ironing boards.

Property features

Guests staying at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Other amenities at this beach hotel include 3 meeting rooms, conference space, and an arcade/game room.

Highlights

  • Close to St. Armands Circle
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr Sarasota FL 34236

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from downtown Sarasota, this casual Lido Beach resort is across the street from South Lido Park nature trails and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the upscale shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle.

Situated on 600 feet (183 meters) of private, white-sand beach, the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach offers complimentary beach chairs, beach towels, and volleyball and shuffleboard courts. Beach cabanas and/or umbrellas are also available for a surcharge (cabanas are unavailable in sea turtle season). Guests can rent kayaks, small sailboats, and bicycles. Also on site are a complimentary fitness center and a game room.

American fare is served in a coffee shop, dinner restaurant, and a sidewalk café. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are served nightly at the pool bar.

Business services are provided at the front desk and the property has 3 meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the property and parking is included in the resort fee.

The hotel has 7 buildings, 1-4 stories high, all with exterior corridor access. 1- and 2-story buildings do not have elevators.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Total number of rooms - 176 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Free self parking 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7 
  • Free WiFi 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Sandcastle Coffee Shop - Off the pool area. Indoor and outdoor dining. Casual American fare. Breakfast and lunch.

Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge - Seafood, steak, and other American cuisine. Dinner. Lounge open from early afternoon to late evening.

Floridian Sidewalk Café - Open-air dining. Casual American fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sandcastle Pool Bar - Light fare and cocktails. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, 4 PM–6 PM. Open mid-morning to dusk (weather permitting).

Room service - Available from early morning to late evening.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational activities are centered on the resort's 600-foot private beach. Favorite pastimes include swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or enjoying a game of volleyball on the white sand. Available for rent are personal watercraft, kayaks, small sailboats, and bicycles. Use of beach chairs is complimentary. The hotel also provides beach cabanas (seasonal) and umbrellas for a surcharge.

In the courtyard are two outdoor pools with lounge chairs and a sundeck. The complimentary fitness center includes a treadmill, stair machine, stationary bike, and free weights. A video-game arcade shares space with the guest laundry.

Across the street, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou border South Lido Park. Activities include bird watching, scenic outlooks, nearby running trails, and canoe and nature trails. Bobby Jones Golf Club, 8.5 miles from the resort, is open to the public.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Rowing or canoeing on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Volleyball on site 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 3 AM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 25 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Internet access
  • Self parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8 and USD 10 per person (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Lido Beach Sandcastle
  • Sandcastle Lido
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach Resort
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
  • Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
  • Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle

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