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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3-star3 stars
1540 Ben Franklin DrSarasotaFL34236United States of America

3-star beachfront hotel with restaurant, near St. Armands Circle
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Beautiful beach
Great pool
Value for money
Value for money could be better
Vibe is not too good
669See all 669 reviews
From 1,487 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

from €227
  • Room, 2 Double Beds (Gulf Front)
  • Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Poolside
  • Room, Courtyard View, Courtyard Area
  • Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, No View
  • Standard Double Room
  • Double Room, Courtyard View
  • Double Room (Gulf Front)
  • Double Room, No View
  • Double Room, Pool View
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About Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

This Sarasota hotel sits on 600 feet (183 meters) of white-sand beach that meets the Gulf of Mexico. South Lido Park, St. Armands Circle, and Mote Marine Aquarium are within 2 miles.

Hotel Features.
The Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a private beach and a fitness facility. Lounge chairs and beach towels are complimentary, and umbrellas are available at a surcharge. The Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available during limited hours.

Amenities featured in guestrooms include hair dryers, coffee/tea makers, and refrigerators. Guestrooms have cable/satellite television with premium TV channels and HBO. Wireless Internet access and newspapers are complimentary. Guestrooms are accessible via exterior corridors.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 176 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-3 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Fitness facilities
  • Beach towels
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 3
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7
  • Elevator/lift
  • ATM/banking

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony or patio
Freshen up
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Volleyball on site


  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach’s small print

Also known as

  • Lido Beach Sandcastle
  • Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
  • Sarasota Helmsley 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


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

Deposit: USD 35.00 per night

  • Resort fee: USD 28 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Health club access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Self parking
  • Parking

Inclusions may be listed elsewhere on the page as free or for a surcharge.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for USD 10.00 per night

Breakfast costs between USD 8 and USD 10 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach


  • In Lido Key
  • St. Armands Circle (23-minute walk)
  • South Lido Park (9-minute walk)
  • Coolidge Park (13-minute walk)
  • Mote Marine Aquarium (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Sarasota BayWalk (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Quick Point Nature Reserve (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)

Getting around

  • Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.) 18-min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 669 reviews

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Very Good8.0
Sandcastle on the Beach
Not fancy but they have it where it counts most to me. Sandcastle is on the beach. Not near the beach, it is on the beach. Great little tiki huts to reserve on the beach.
A Traveller, us3 night trip
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
In need of a renovation!
While the hotel is right on the beach, which was convenient and beautiful, the rooms left a lot to be desired. It was your typical motel look, but the condition of the property in general is pretty run down. This place needs a serious renovation! The rooms are dingy, the vanities were quite worn/disgusting, and my daughter flat out refused to use the shower. Our room was close to the parking structure, which made for a noisy stay. The pool area was nice and it's location on Lido Beach (close to St. Armand Circle) was very convenient. However the property looked so run down that I would not go back.
A Traveller, us2 night trip
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Rate was too high for the condition of the room
Andrea, us1 night trip
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Pleasantly surprised
Before arriving I was a bit concerned about some of the iffy reviews, but once I got there I was pleasantly surprised. We had a 2nd floor room facing the gulf and it was beautiful. Although the building was older it was kept in good shape. The pools, outdoor bar, restaurant, and beach were wonderful. And the service was superb. I would definitely go there again.
Michelle, us1 night trip
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Go for the beach not the room
Check in was satisfactory; it's a good thing this place is on the beach since that and helpful, friendly staff was about the only thing going for it. The room was just OK, bathroom was tiny. I'm sure nothing had been renovated since Leona Helmsley was a guest.
Gary, us7 night trip

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