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Shepherd, Michigan
Reviewed 15 January 2014

My first impressions of this hotel were not good. I'd booked and paid for our room last summer and had gotten a pretty good deal. That expression, "You get what you pay for" comes immediately to mind. We ended up with a room with a window facing the parking garage maybe 20 feet away. Though I didn't expect we'd spend...

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Fargo, North Dakota
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Very basic. The oldest hotel in the area Old, but clean. Good beach location. Budget price. 2 pools. Nice bar. Free shuttle to restaurants and bars. The hotel Is for sale. Beautiful beach. Beds 2 doubles very small Buffet breakfast, standard, usual

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cayman
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Every year, our " Village Greenies " cricket club says here during the Sarasota Cricket Festival, held over Thanksgiving. The hotel rates are very good ,so the rundown furniture can be excused. The hotel has the charm of a famed landmark whose best days are behind it, but which is a curio in the modern world due to its historic...

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 9 January 2014

This hotel is the perfect balance between price and livability. It has all the conveniences that i seek in an economy hotel, details like real glasses in the room, a coffee maker that allows you to use your own coffee, a sink outside the bathroom as well as one in the bathroom, and an incredibly hard working cleaning crew (they...

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Chicago
Reviewed 9 January 2014

First it's important to note that we booked this trip with points and ended up in the dreaded North Wing. There are more pluses than negatives to the hotel. On the down side the Room was small, weirdly carpeted, a little dank outside entrances, and a view of the roof of the parking garage. If you are on the North...

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Orlando, FL
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My boyfriend and I visited the Helmsley this past weekend. It is a dated hotel... from the outside one would not think that it is a great place to stay but we found it to be a great value for our money. Here are the highlights: - Clean: the lobby was super clean. Our room was super clean. Always a...

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Coral Bay, St. John
Reviewed 5 January 2014

The Helmsley is a perfect location right on the beach and with two pools is a great family vacation if you are on a budget. The staff were friendly and helpful. A hotel shuttle took us down to The Circle and picked us up whenever we called (apart from one time when we waited sooooo long we ended up getting...

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We chose this hotel based on location near St. Armands Circle, their having a private beach and 2 pools, and tripadvisor ratings. While the location is excellent and the staff superior, the facility is rather old, weathered, and the rooms are smaller than expected. Yes the beds were extremely comfortable and everything in the room worked, but having to put...

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Halden, Norway
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Dont care about the room need some updating and some paint? You come to right place! Greatest location right on the beach, two pools, easy access to everything, not too crowded, nice staff who makes you feel welcome, restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner are great. Just remember to get a room with a beachfront view :-)

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Malden, NL
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights by the end of December 2013. Our rooms were pre-booked, so we didn’t know what to expect. Our room was moderately sized. The looks are tired, the carpet stained, the curtains didn’t close completely. The chain to lock the door was missing but after reporting this was fixed immediately. Actually, this is a motel....

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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: $293 - $545 (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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“Face the Gulf if possible. Sunsets are incredible.”
 of 5 bubbles pat162, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a ocean front room.”
 of 5 bubbles national23, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Stay on the second floor of the building that offers both bool and ocean views!”
 of 5 bubbles 305kerrim, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Get a room on the gulf side-- we like the first floor so we can walk right out to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles indulgent_traveler, 22 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a gulf view even if there's only one with two double beds.”
 of 5 bubbles l0vet0travel999, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
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