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"For being an older establishment in he midst of luxury it is an incredible value! Some of the features showed the age or need for modernization of res ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 31 Jul 2018

Hotel Description

3-star beach hotel near Lido Beach

Seaside stay

With a stay at this well-placed hotel, you'll be half a mile (1 km) from Lido Beach and within 2 miles (3 km) of St. Armands Circle. Also, South Lido Park is within half a mile (1 km) and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is within 3 miles (5 km).

Dining, outdoor pool

This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Self parking, laundry facilities, and free newspapers are also on offer.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

The 176 guestrooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and free local calls. Other amenities include hair dryers, laptop-compatible safes, and ironing boards.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$119* Per night/room Dec 12 - Dec 13

Room, 2 Double Beds (Gulf Front)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, Courtyard View, Courtyard Area

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, Accessible

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach ratings based on 139 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Everyone (14) Couples (1) Family (6)
1 out of 5
THIS WAS OUR SECOND TIME STAYING HERE AND WE WILL NOT BE STAYING HERE ANYMORE. WHY DONT THEY JUST CLOSE IT NOT INSTEAD OF WAITING. THE ROOM WAS HORRIBLE...BROKEN AND CHIPPED AND ROTTING BATHTUB, RUST AROUND THE FAUCETS AND HANDLES ON BOTH SHOWER AND SINKS THAT JUST ABOUT INOPERABLE. I HAD TO TURN THE WATER ON AND OFF FOR MY WIFE IN THE SINK AND THE BATHTUB. HAND RAIL ON BALCONY WAS ROTTED AND DANGEROUS TO THE TOUCH, REFRIGERATOR OUTSIDE LOOKED LIKE IT HAD NOT BEEN CLEANED IN MONTHS....

Posted by , from TAMPA on Nov 10, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 24, 2019 by Sandcastle

Thank you for staying with us. We regret that your experience was not a pleasant one. Regards

5 out of 5
Beautiful beach, great location. Close to great restaurants and shopping.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019

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Sep 9, 2019 by xx

thank you for staying with us and your feedback

4 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019

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Jul 9, 2019 by xx

thank you for the review

5 out of 5
The location and beaches were excellent. The beds are a little hard. A snack/store area would be helpful for late night needs.

Posted by , from Wauchula on Jun 3, 2019

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Jun 3, 2019 by xx

thank you for the feedback

5 out of 5
Old world charm right here in the USA. Some call this hotel dated and worse. We loved our stay! The furnishings are excellent quality, the bed was just right, the towels large, fluffy and new and the shower was excellent albeit in an old tub. The front desk could not have been nicer. The pool attendant has the towels and water cooler with iced bottles of water all included. The two heated pools the largest I have seen at any hotel. If you like old fashioned charm and service go here. We will go again!

Posted by on May 31, 2019

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May 31, 2019 by xx

thank you for the amazing review and for choosing to stay at the sandcastle :)

1 out of 5
They place was dirty hotel was falling apart and we had no water service in our room for one day the worse hotel I have ever stayed in

Posted by on Apr 28, 2019

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May 8, 2019 by xx

We're sorry you were unhappy - we'll work hard to fix the issue you experienced. Thanks for letting us know.

2 out of 5
the location was very good , and staff was fine . pool was good.

Posted by on Apr 8, 2019

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Apr 9, 2019 by xx

thank you for staying

2 out of 5
I liked that it was on the beach, the maid service was the only friendly part of that hotel. I did not like the bugs all over my walls bed and food, I did not like how expensive a half bowl of kraft macaroni cost.. total rip off.

Posted by , from Saint Clair Shores, mi on Apr 5, 2019

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May 8, 2019 by xx

We're sorry you were unhappy - we'll work hard to fix the issue you experienced. Thanks for letting us know.

3 out of 5
I liked how nice the staff was but I expected more for what I paid. Very out dated.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2019

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Apr 7, 2019 by xx

We're sorry you were unhappy - we'll work hard to fix the issue you experienced. Thanks for letting us know.

1 out of 5
The hotel was full of mold! Terrible for asthma suffers.

Posted by on Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 16, 2019 by xx

we are so sorry to hear this and with your feedback....we can move forward with fixing the issues.

About the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Location 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. An outdoor pool, gift shops/newsstands, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby are also featured at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Parking is available for a fee. This 3-star Sarasota hotel is smoke free.

  • 176 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Towels for the beach
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • On private beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.) (12 km / 7.4 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach offers 176 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature laptop-compatible safes and hair dryers. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. This Sarasota hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a restaurant on site.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

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

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Volleyball on site
  • Beach volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per day.

Pets

  • Pets: USD 50 per pet, per day
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 30 lbs)

Policies

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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit 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.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 35.00 per night
  • Resort fee: USD 28.00 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Beach access
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Health club access
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • In-room coffee
  • Self parking
  • Parking

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: USD 20 for adults and USD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 0 per day
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per pet, per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • 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
  • Sandcastle At Lido Sarasota
  • Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach Hotel
  • Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
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