"Anniversary trip to the beach"
The sandcastle resort was fabulous! The staff goes above and beyond to take care of their guests. Perfect location to relax and enjoy the beach.Genuine Expedia guest review
No issues, nice place, very comfortable, beach is clean, smiling faces from the staff. It was a nice place and I would recommend it.Genuine Expedia guest review
Wow. What a view!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Wish I could have stayed longer. Beautiful Beach and great sunsets. Stay was definitely Too Short.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pretty good, but could be better."
The hotel was in a good location--a little tucked away, but still close. The beach was always looking pretty empty, which was good, and they had seats and bikes (or so I was told by fellow travelers). Great view and the balcony with a separate window that could be opened while the door was locked was nice--although the balconies are shared. Nonetheless, […] there were a few small issues that compounded to annoy me maybe more than they should have. There were some weird burn marks or other blemishes on the walls and some of the towels looked old and frayed. When I checked out they did not even provide a receipt and it seemed like a big issue to mail me one. Once they mailed me one, it had 3 breakfast charges for a breakfast I didn't get and they were very accusatory when I called (three times) to get it removed. Also, the bed was not very comfortable (could feel the springs). Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Older hotel but very clean. Very pleasant and friendly front office staff. Great location on the beach, cabanas, chairs, umbrellas, pools and pool side bar. Just a mile or two from St Armand's circle with restaurants, shops, galleries etc. We will be back.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Didn't like the resort fee but everything else was just what I was expecting. Had a wonderful time. Awesome beach and clean facility. Perfect for meGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Would go back"
Stayed here with my husband and our 19 month old daughter. It is an older hotel, but still in good condition. Absolutely excellent location. Great beach, friendly service, and the shuttle to st armands is great! My only complaint is that the beds were very hard. I was actually sore from them. Overall a really nice place for the price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel is not at all like the picture . The resort looks like more of a motel .Genuine Expedia guest review
"Humble hotel in an Astonishing setting"
We loved the location, the pool the resort fee included free bicycles, lounge chairs and umbrellas and our room balcony was ocean front. What else could we ask for? the personnel were very friendly in the front desk, housekeeping and restaurant. The room decor was definitely outdated but clean. The pillows a bit uncomfy... but overall , for the price […] it was more than what we had expected. We would go back to this hotel...may be we will just bring our own pillows :) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location and beautiful view of ocean. Not overly crowded and the pools were very nice. The grounds were very nice. The restaurants were convenient but average. The only really negative thing was the rooms were a little out-dated and the central air was loud going on and off at night, and you had to share the balcony with whoever was renting the […] room next to yours.....because I like my privacy I didn't really use the balcony which is normally one of my favorite things to do as I drink my coffee in the morning in my pajamas. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"labor day weekend"
My 4th stay and always the Employees very nice and helpful nice to have full bar and entertainment ate breakfast lunch and dinner food was always good and nice variety. The tower or hotel rooms have been remodeled so nicer than courtyard rooms . Grounds are clean. Nice if people picked up after themselves on the beach. Good to live in America so let's […] keep it clean. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel was great and I've stayed here before, the only difference that I was not very happy with is the extra $25 per night that they charge besides the cost of the room. Don't understand why they would charge for the extra amnesties that they claim to offer, and I don't consider the hotel to be extremely cheap to charge more for services that most […] of the time we don't even use. Also the menu is very limited in variety of food. Besides this everything else was great. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Old hotel needs a remodel"
For 200 a night i would expect a nicer room. small room, old bathroom. Restuarant and pool bar service terrible. the only thing nice was the beach location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Well worth it"
We loved our stay. We visit this area quite often, and we always choose the Sand Castle. The building is well maintained, the staff is always friendly. You have many of the same amenities as the hotel next door who charges much higher room rates. The beach is easily accessible, and they make sure you have a chair & umbrella. The pool & bar area are […] so much fun. There is also a Fabulous restaurant pool side. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It was a fantastic stay. We were able to park right in front of our room. super convenient. The back door led right to the ocean. it could not have been more perfect. Rooms are a bit dated, however we were rarely in it. I would definitely stay here againGenuine Expedia guest review
"Want to chill on the beach?"
If your not a primma donna and your sole mission is to head to FL to chill on a beach, this is your place. There is NOTHING fancy about this place. It's almost bare bones but clean and a very friendly staff. But the beach is literally steps out of the hotel and it is fairly secluded and not crowded.Genuine Expedia guest review
"You get what you paid for!"
This is my second time staying in this hotel and my memories were so much better the first time. The location is great!! Looks like the new owner does not want to spend money on up-keeping the hotel's amenities. I guess you get what you paid for! :)Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Clean n great place to stay me and wify had a blast nice beautiful place sand is cool and white the staff was great n never have they sold a bucket of beer !!!!! Till now thank me later guysGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best beach location on the the key!"
The hotel room was more dated than we expected. The bathroom and trash cans were really small. The pool area and tiki bar are really nice and the staff is excellent. The best part is the location of the hotel on the key. The beach is quiet, yet has the right amount of activity if you want to take it easy and get away.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Enjoyed our stay on the beach."
The Sandcastle resort offered us exactly what we were looking for, a quiet couple of days at the beach. The hotel was clean and friendly although the first person at reception that greeted us would have benefited from a smile. The friendliness was not felt right away but the beach staff was very friendly and accommodating and other front desk staff […] were friendly and helpful during our stay. We were there to relax and we were able to exactly that. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Over priced decrepit Motel"
Arrived at 10:30am and was told they would call me by 12:30pm for my readied room. They never called, and when I approched the front desk was told my room had been ready for awhile. Lobby bathrooms a mess with some sort of contruction going on. Outside bathrooms filthy and as big as a jetline toilet. Carpeting in room filthy and smelly. Deck overlooking […] gulf was usless because it was made for the size of a child. You gwt what you pay for. Ill never bring my family there again! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
place was very nice even though it's an older motel it was still very clean very nice very convenientGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Air-conditioning did not keep room cool. No vanity to accommodate for personal items. Balcony door would not close easily. Refrigerator to small. This was our 4th consecutive year going to Sandcastle and will most likely be our last. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Location is perfect."
Hotel needs a lot of work. Very old needs updating. Cleanliness was a concern. Found a pair of socks in my room from previous guest. Don't think I would stay there again. The location was the best thing about the hotel. Right on the beach. That's it really.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Not Happy at All"
It's unfortuunate thaat I only have a minimum of 1500 charaters to write, because I wwouls have a lot to say. I can say honestly, you have some nerve calling your place a resort, and I will never visit there again! All this place has going for it is location and a cheaper rate then their neighbors. Do yourself a favor, pay extra and stay at a real […] resort. This is no more than a dirty glorified motel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Five Fun Days on Lido Key."
Although the Sandcastle is one of the older hotels on Lido Key, it is in good condition, our room was spotless and very comfortable. We ate in the breakfast restaurant, ordered room service and at at the outdoor poolside bar. The food was very good but most importantly EVERY employee we encountered during our stay was friendly, professional and helpful. […] We met house keepers, ground keepers, wait staff, bar stall and beach staff. Universally these people made our stay a delight. The Manager should be congratulated on acquiring and keeping such valuable employees. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Very old building and needs to be rebuild from the ground. This place SHOULD NOT BE CALLED RESORT because you need to pay for everything. Resort fees are very high and hard to justify. Water and beach is nice.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Unplanned get away"
Very nice location, staff was very social and helpful. Beach was beautiful and the resort style grounds very nice. Rooms a little older but very clean. Beds way to small, my only gripe.Genuine Expedia guest review
Very nice stay with the exception of a very rude bartender at the out door bar. The rooms were very well maintained and the conveince to the beach was simply pricelessGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Extremely outdated, no amenities, not a very clean place, highly overprice, staff was friendly.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I will go back!! My husband and I had a GREAT time!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
My wife and I spent 3 days here and our main requirement was to be on the beach. We read the reviews about the Hotel being old and not well maintained but it suited our needs - they have a PERFECT stretch of beach and the room was clean and completely functional with great room service, good food, etc. Employees were friendly and responsive. No complaints- […] we had a great time here and its a short drive to St. Armand's Circle where the restaurants were top-notch !! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
the pool and beach area was nice the rooms are old and dirty! the staff was less than helpful and i suggest you stay next door at the Lido.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"great location right next o beach"
Our family had a great time! Great location and our room was very nice. Staff was very friendly.Genuine Expedia guest review
This is a nice beach motel. It is next to the Ritz, and make no mistake it is no Ritz. It's also not $600 per night. The room was a nice size, but the bathroom was pretty small. It was right on the beach, and Lido Beach is one of the best beaches in Florida. Not for young people looking for action but it is right down the street from a really nice town […] circle with great places to eat and waist time. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
little surprised with a resort fee. I think that this could include a free continental breakfast and maybe a microwave in the room. In addition lack of a good shaded parking space that is very limited. Overall this was my 3rd time at Lido beach and I love a convenient location and access to beautiful beach. I also visited a John Ringling mansion and […] a museum which is must see. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It was great, but the bathroom was falling apart, toilet loose, the hotel is showing its age. Also the front desk personnel was indifferent and not friendly. For the price I paid I can stay at another hotel cheaper, I checked. Next time I'll try someplace else.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best thing about it is the beachfront location"
Beachfront location in quiet area is great, close to nice town shops. My wife and I were a bit shocked as we first opened the room door: It was way outdated..... plus that funny smell and tiny 1950's bathroom. But it was kept clean daily, staff were cordial. Place reminds us of an outdated motel. We had the ocean view room with balcony, though the balcony […] is shared with the rooms next door ! View would be much improved if the standard frosted glass storm door were at least clear glass. Funny smell might go away if carpeting was replaced with a sanitary wood or tile floor. Bathtub shower is adequate though tight. We can't imagine staying there in anything other than the oceanview rooms. Restaurant is ok , though the breakfast buffet is pretty sad. If you can get past all that, at least there is covered parking and beach umbrella included, and you are at a very nice beach, and decent pool. Also, drinks prices are not too bad. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I would Highly Recommend this Hotel to those looking for One of a The Best Beach Hotels. It IS on the Beach. Front side View is not Impressive, as you drive by. But, backside Beach, Pools Ocean View is Tops. Rooms are pretty decent, would like to have Queens though!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Things have changed"
We have been staying at this hotel for years. This is the first time we have stayed since the change of ownership. Seems like there are more fees and alot more expensive. Some new staff and had issues with incorrect billing.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Terrible room! Beautiful hotel."
The hotel is very " Art Deco" if you are into the older feel and look. I personally liked the pools,beach access, tiki bar and on site restaurant which are very clean and well maintained.The only problem is the room....It has old carpeting,furniture,window and bedding treatments that seem to be from 1966. The hotel can definitely have more return visitors […] if it updated their rooms! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We had food from buffet in the Restaurant it was terrible.. carpeting was dirty in room also had mildew odor..Genuine Hotels.com guest review
A friend recommended to stay at Sarasota instead of St. Augustine, and he was absolutely right! Not only the place it's beautiful, it's so peaceful and relaxing. Since it was a last minute booking we stayed for only 3 days, if I would've known better I would've stayed at least an extra day or two. The hotel it's just perfect for a relaxing vacation. […] It's less than a mile from St. Armand's Circle (great stores, nice walking, delicious food), and it's located in a dead end road, great for privacy. We couldn't get a room with ocean view, but all the rooms have a balcony and you get some sort of view of the ocean regardless and it's so close to the beach that it didn't bother us at all. The staff was always courteous, kind and polite, very friendly and attentive. We only did the breakfast buffet and it was very good. The beach is just for the hotel guests what makes it not crowded at all and available 24/7. Clear water, very shallow and if you are lucky enough you will see the dolphins!!! This stayed it was only my husband and myself, but we definitely want to bring the kids, great atmosphere. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
It was GREAT only thing is our room had a dirty odor to it, other than that it was GREAT. Thank you we will be backGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location and service. Rooms need updating, but it was beach front so we were fine with it. Beds were rock hard and prices at Tiki Bar outrageous, but staff was great and overall we enjoyed our 3 nights there. We would stay here againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Beds were NOT comfortable. Limited parking. We were not aware there was a $200 hold placed on credit card til checkout. If using debit, the $200 is charged, then refunded. This should be stated somewhere on website. Staff was very friendly. Great location. Hotel was a bit outdated, but clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Don't go for the Resort, go for the view of the beach, rooms are a little pricey, ants were all over the inside of room.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Overall a pleasant trip"
Beach and pool are wonderful. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Our room was ok but a bit shabby. Needs an update. No key for the safe. Not enough outlets for plugging in gadgets. Some rooms appeared to be in better shape than ours. One cup coffee maker so we had to ask for extra packets all the time. But we had a great time and would go there again […] but would ask for a different room. The location is great and convenient to everything we wanted to do. The food at the restaurant was good also. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beach front hotel"
Staff was professional and friendly, view outside 2 nd floor room great with a sitting area outside on the balcony. Did not feel the safest at this resort as door frame looked like it had been pried on by the chain lock and our door was randomly knocked on several times during our stay. Nice large pool area.Genuine Expedia guest review
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