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By a verified traveler on Thu 29 Aug 2019

Hotel Description

3-star beachfront hotel near Lido Beach

On the beach

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

Private beach, terrace

This smoke-free hotel's private beach and 2 outdoor pools are some of the highlights. Spend a day at the beach kayaking, or relax with sun loungers and beach umbrellas. WiFi in public areas is free.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

Along with free WiFi, the 176 guestrooms offer room service and flat-screen TVs. Free local calls, hair dryers, and laptop-compatible safes are also available.

Room, Courtyard View, Courtyard Area

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Double Beds (Gulf Front)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, Accessible

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Poolside

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.0 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Everyone (7) Couples (1) Family (7)
1 out of 5
Horrible old rooms.. dirty sheets and bathroom faucets falling apart

Posted by , from Pompano beach on Sep 30, 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020

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Mar 28, 2020 by Sandcastle

Thank you for your review.

2 out of 5
I liked that it was on a private beach. The faculty was run down and cheap looking.. They didn’t maintain what they have offered. The fitness center has two broken machines and they don’t bother to fill the water jug or cups. I was underwhelmed for the price and I know there were similiar priced places and having seen those I would not chose again. Stay in Longboat key just not here.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020

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Feb 26, 2020 by xx

thank you for the feedback!

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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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

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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

About the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Location 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

Property Features

Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes on the white sand beach. Lie back and work on your tan with relaxing beach amenities like umbrellas and sun loungers. Cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, and enjoy summer activities like kayaking and rowing/canoeing. WiFi is free in public spaces. This beach hotel also offers a garden and a terrace. For a fee, parking is available. This 3-star Sarasota hotel is smoke free.

  • 176 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Business facilities
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • On private beach
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • 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-Bradenton Intl. Airport (SRQ) (12.3 km / 7.7 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. Guests can surf the web using the 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.

  • In-room dining
  • Flat-screen television
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Room service is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a private beach.

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

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

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

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15 per night.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

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 may be 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

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

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 may be 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. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Debit cards
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours

Fees

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

  • 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.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per night

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

You should know

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.