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"Our thoughts were mixed on your resort. Being called a resort, we didn’t see the amenities that would justify that title. The gym was useless, and we ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 07 Jun 2021

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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

A private beach and 2 outdoor pools are some of this hotel's featured amenities. WiFi in public areas is free. A business center, a terrace, and a garden are also on offer.

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.

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
C$170* Per night/room 30 Jun. - 1 Jul.

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 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.9 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 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 (9) Couples (3) Family (9)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 7 Jun. 2021

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3 out of 5
Our thoughts were mixed on your resort. Being called a resort, we didn’t see the amenities that would justify that title. The gym was useless, and we needed more chairs on the beach. Your TV had no HD which is a thing of the past. The lady bartender at the beach bar was not pleasant at all.

Posted by on 7 Jun. 2021

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1 out of 5
Air conditioning didn't work; very difficult to turn on the water in the sink and shower; windows were covered in bird poo; very outdated hotel. On the plus side, the pool area was very nice.

Posted by on 14 May 2021

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 14 Apr. 2021

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4 out of 5
Positives- Great heated pools next to a great tiki hut right on a perfect beach with beach chairs and umbrellas supplied. Negatives- not enough umbrellas at the pool, dated rooms without microwaves, long lines for food at restaurant. We seemed to always miss our chance for fresh pool towels.

Posted by on 11 Apr. 2021

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1 out of 5
This resort needs to be shut down! Our first room we had was absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t even sleep it was so dirty. There was mold on the ceiling and the bath tub I wouldn’t have stepped one foot into. If you want to have a nice trip I would suggest not staying here. The resort needs so much work. I was told the place was due to be flattened but COVID hit so they haven’t done it yet. Wayyy too much money for such a nasty run down resort.

Posted by on 7 Apr. 2021

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2 out of 5
We had a party of 10 and loved the large tiki huts outside one of our friends room. We paid to reserve it for our stay. The food in the restaurant was good. The drinks at the pool bar were good but pricy. Free shuttle to St Armand's Circle was great since there were no restaurants or shopping near us. The rooms were awful. The key cards worked sometimes if you finessed them just right. Our room was moldy smelling, the Wifi stopped working for the last two days and there were weird bugs/worms hatching in the chair in our room. The place is in generally poor repair. It was scheduled to be torn down a couple years ago and looks like it. Not enough chairs so people would take them from the hotel next door. We learned that when the staff from that hotel came and took chairs away from us. Couldn't get fresh bath towels. They always said that they had not come back from the laundry. We could get pool towels tho. One of the lady's at the desk was so nasty we wouldn't ask for anything if she was there.

Posted by on 4 Apr. 2021

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2 out of 5
Liked it had beach access didn’t like the hard beds and the old looking motel. Didn’t like that there’s was only stairs to get to the room. Had someone knock on room door late night.

Posted by on 20 Mar. 2021

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1 out of 5
Horrible old rooms.. dirty sheets and bathroom faucets falling apart

Posted by , from Pompano beach on 30 Sep. 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 15 Mar. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Mar. 2020 by Sandcastle

Thank you for your review.

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 volleyball. WiFi is free in public spaces. This beach hotel also offers a garden and a terrace. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Sarasota hotel.

  • 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
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • 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

Transport

  • Airport: Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport (SRQ) (12.4 km / 7.7 mi)

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.

  • In-room dining
  • Flat-screen television
  • 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.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

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

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.

Policies

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.

  • Service animals not allowed
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • LGBTQIA friendly
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • 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
  • 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
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • 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
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association

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.

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

  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).
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*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.