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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

We did the "Road Trip from MN to FL" this past Feb 13; and this was one of our stops :-) We booked it the same day, which was a mistake, but the quick stay was wonderful. (**Hint: Compare the online prices and direct phone prices for best deals**) The grounds are very cool and remind me of 60's Mad... More 

1 Thank Matt S
Valley City, North Dakota
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62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2013

in my experience, it is difficult to find hotels that are actually right on the beach. once you step outside of the pool area, you are on the sand. the front desk was quick and friendly; the room service food was prompt and tasty. downsides to this hotel: it really is a motel as the room doors are along an... More 

1 Thank Heather S
Hampshire England
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59 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Excellent value and a well run hotel and one of the few in Sarasota that is on the beach, but recommend paying the substantial premium for a sea view room as some non sea view rooms looked directly onto the hotel's multi-storey car park and would have been dark. The sea view rooms were large and well fitted, although the... More 

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1 Thank John P
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

Not what we expected. After 2 weeks travelling Florida, our plan was a 4 star crash out with luxury. Maybe did not read the reviews correctly but we did eventually settle in and enjoy our stay. Asked for a move straight away as rooms were right beside kids pool , gift shop and rest rooms . They moved us over... More 

1 Thank harrymag_smith
Riverside, RI, USA
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

This was the first time we stayed and can't wait to go back next year. The place was a little old but clean. The staff was excellent...could not hae been more helpful. The food and the bar tender were the best. So, if you want to walk out the door and be at the beach this is the place to... More 

1 Thank Pat B
Westville, Indiana
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41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

My second go around at staying the sandcastle. If you love sand , beach, hotel feet away from you, Great location and great service. Then you are at the right spot. Loaction location location. My rooms have always been very clean. Room service is quick and high quality. I have stayed all over florida. If you are looking for a... More 

Thank Bucket1910
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 May 2013

The Helmsley is right on the beach and has a great pool besides. The restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast also. The rooms are slightly dated but very clean and comfortable. This was my second stay here and I recommend it for the value and location.

1 Thank lorahen
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

We love this place and keep coming back for more. It's older but clean and right next door to the tiki hut! They have their own too, but who can resist roaming the beach! Try the breakfast buffet not too bad!!

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Concord, New Hampshire
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35 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We've been going to the Helmsley every year for the past five and originally found it about 13 years ago on an anniversary trip to FL. While I don't think the hotel has changed much in those 13 years, it's a great place to relax at reasonable rates. This past year we were upgraded from a poolside room to a... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Great find and place especially for the spectacular views of sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Book a room with a sea view : well worth it. 2 heated swimming pools, poolside bar with unexpected treats at 4 pm. Good for kids: small shop selling basics. On site eating but lots of choice about a mile away. Easy to park.... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Banquet Room
  • Room Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A tropical paradise at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach in Sarasota, FloridaSandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a relaxing sunny resort flavor, with a storybook seaside setting on a 600 foot strand of private, natural white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.Sun. Sand. Swaying Palm Trees. And Great Service, Too. You'll be treated to thoughtful touches, such as a morning newspaper and a small refrigerator for chilling beverages and snacks. Free wifi is also available throughout the property. Plus the pleasures of outdoor dining for both breakfast and lunch are virtually right outside your door. What's more, our recreation staff can provide personalized sailing lessons. There's a convenient Gift Shop on premises and we're within easy walking distance of popular St. Armands Circle, with its fine shopping and entertainment attractions. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Address: 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Price Range: $262 - $493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
Sandcastle Resort At Lido Beach Sarasota, Florida
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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“Ask for ocean view”
 of 5 bubbles CharlesR510, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Go for an upper room with a ocean view”
 of 5 bubbles bryancrawford54, 29 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Upper floor rooms could be better as ground floor rooms can be noisy from people above”
 of 5 bubbles RobinS17, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Definitely ground floor.”
 of 5 bubbles Panach6858, 28 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The court yard view was perfect for when you came out of your room you could see the Gulf. Beautiful!”
 of 5 bubbles nitensatin, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
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