"Very Enjoyable Weekend"
Housekeeping staff went above and beyond by transporting my husband's walker to the parking garage as I was pushing his wheelchair and would not accept any gratuity for this service.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great cheap experience"
The hotel was affordable, on the beach, so relaxing, the food was not expensive at all, the staff very friendly, I gave it 4, because some areas are under maintenance....Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent location, clean, friendly."
Staff is very friendly, room was clean and Maria always brought extra coffee when we told her we were big coffee drinkers. Watched dolphin and pelicans from our balcony. Lovely beach, lots of amenities! Have stayed at the Sand Castle often and am never disappointed!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Sarasota First Timer"
Great location, staff was friendly and plenty of activitiesGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Was on vacation with my sisters.. great location, beach was fantastic. The rooms are shabby and beds rock hard. updates need to be made here. Other than that..... The staff is top notch, The pool bar staff.. excellent.. the beach staff especially Brad!!!! My sister go stung by a stingray, and he was soooooooo amazing. Thank you so much Brad.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Location, Location, Location!"
This is a very relaxing resort right on the beach. Friendly staff, poolside entertainmnet and ammenities galore. We have been coming to this hotel for 5 years and each year it gets better!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Comfortable, low-key, convenient...with a fabulous"
We stayed for two days and our room was on the second floor with a gorgeous view of the beach (great for people and penguin watching.) The coffee shop food was ample and adequate (although the service was a tad slow) and it was fun to watch a big crow hop on a table, extract a container of jelly and fly away with it in his beak...and he came back for […] a second one! While the place is not in its first youth, to put it nicely, we enjoyed our stay very much! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great value and location."
Great location and very comfortable and convenient. We were also pleasantly surprised by the food at the restaurant.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"One rude employee away from 5 stars."
The view was awesome! The location is perfect. Our entire stay was great until we ran into Nancy at the front desk. Very rude.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The air quality was bad The TV was not workingGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel needs work but good deal."
Great location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A Real Beach"
location. location. location...Yes, the walls are paper thin and you may hear your neighbors talking on their cell phones and the rooms have dingy carpets (due to the sand) but this place is where you wanna be. a fine pool and patio spills right out onto a beautiful beach to play and watch the sunset. The resort fee ($25/d) is a bit steep but a day […] but you'll forget about the cost soon after you begin your lounge. It's a very quick drive to St. Armand's Circle or the restaurants of downtown Sarasota. I've stayed here twice and I'll stay here again. Free parking. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION"
Great location, but be sure and ask for a beachfront room, highest floor is best! Beach is close and easily accessed, sand is nice and packs just right for sand castles. The hotel, as so many have noted, needs updating. The rooms are adequate, space is good for four people or less, but the bathrooms are so small there's barely enough room to turn around. […] My 7 year old was trying to squeeze between the tub and the commode to get out of her sister's way and she fell back into the tub! It's very tight. Not even space under the sink to put anything to get toiletries out of the way. That was really my biggest complaint with the hotel. Also, the closet doors (wood, sliding) wouldn't stay in the tracks and we were constantly re-adjusting them. Previously, we stayed at the Holiday Inn about a mile away on the same beach. Price was about the same, room was much smaller, we had to cross the highway to get to the beach, the pool was a joke it was so small, and the restaurant was overpriced and the food was not great. The one advantage the HI had was walking distance to Armand Circle. All in all, the Sandcastle made the vacation substantially better than previous ones to the same area. All in all, the bathroom notwithstanding, it's a comfortable hotel that needs updating. However, with that would probably come higher rates :(. So, as we realtors always say.... location, location, location! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"come for the beach not for the room"
this would be my second stay here. first time in a gulf front room. i just wish maybe the hotel would put some time into renovating the rooms. not that we spent much time in them. wall paper was peeling off, doors wouldnt close properly and the carpets are horribly stained. like i said..come here for the view and convience of the beach not the room. […] the staff was amazing. we will definetly be back next year. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Friendly staff, but they definitely need to upgrade rooms. I felt like I was in a motel room. You have to share your balcony. Balcony is not safe for kids. I will never take my kids there again :(Genuine Expedia guest review
"Needs updating but what a bargain for location."
The 1st room on 1st floor at checkin found the toilet not working. We called the desk and they delivered keys to an upper floor which was much more appealing. This hotel could use some updating although for the price and location,a fantastic bargain.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beds "NOT" comfortable at all"
This hotel is in the perfect spot, clean, nice hotel staff, has a shuttle, our room opened right out on the beach, however the bed felt like sleeping on concrete & the pillows like a stack of newspaper & they were short...which is ok for me as I'm short but my husband is 6'3"( I need a chiropractor adjustment) & for the price PLEASE go out & buy some […] really comfortable beds. To me the "MOST" important thing is a comfortable bed. I would love to stay here again but will probably not due to the discomfort. :( Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Please keep this hotel they way it is!"
Hotel was recently bought out and hopefully will stay as it is and not demolished for a high rise. this is an "old florida" style open air hotel that we have visited for the past 10 years and try to go back at least once per year from orlando. no frills, clean, excellent staff and unbelievable private beach with st armands circle a few minutes awayGenuine Hotels.com guest review
For the price of what the hotel room costs, you can expect more!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely spot, rooms lacking"
The beach was gorgeous, most of the staff friendly and helpful (moreso the bartenders, waitstaff and housekeeping than front desk staff) . The rooms and facilities aging and in need of renovation, but good enough for a budget vacation.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Checked out within 30 minutes after checking in."
We pulled up to a nice property with a clean welcoming lobby and checked in. The guy at the front desk was welcoming and very friendly. He checked us in quickly and send us to our room. Walking through the courtyard, which was well cared for, but had what appeared to be long-term tenants hanging out on their balconies watching us all the way, we quickly […] made it to our room. The room looked dark and a bit over-secured (bars on the door window). Once inside, after searching for and eventually finding a light switch, we saw a room that hadn't been updated since 1970 and that had never been deep cleaned. Back at the front desk, we were given a second room. It was cleaner, but just as outdated and had an extra exterior door on the back wall, with rusty hinges and a busted chain lock. Strike three, we decided to check out and head home (an hour away). Fortunately, the guy at the front desk was understanding, even mentioning he wouldn't have his mother stay at the property. Unfortunately, our anniversary staycation was ruined, but my wonderful wife is a very understanding person. If you purpose is to drink alot (alot) and check out the beach, you might not mind staying here, but this us not a romantic or family friendly stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Wish we had stayed longer"
We were upgraded to a suite, which was a very pleasant surprise... but it obviously hadn't been stayed in for a while, as there were some dead bugs in the bathroom. Other than that, quite heavenly. Thanks very much. We'd definitely stay again next time we're in the area.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful view & beach"
The best beach & sunsets. Room was not too clean. Dead bugs in corners of rooms- looks like just not vacuumed for a while. Not happy about a daily $28 resort fee at check out. Was not planning to pay $200 at end of stay on top of what was already paid for gulf room.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel, right on the beach"
We loved everything about the Sandcastle. The location was perfect, right on the beach The room was clean and inviting, the staff courteous and friendly. There was much to do at the resort and everyone was anxious to assist with questions. We would stay there again anytime.Genuine Expedia guest review
I couldn't believe how dirty and run down this place was. Even the blankets smelled sweaty and the room was obviously dirty.Genuine Expedia guest review
Very nice stay. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Will stay again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent staff, perfect location!"
We have been to this hotel before and had a great experience, so decided to repeat. New management has made it even better than our previous stay!! Great location, great staff, and beautiful beach!!Genuine Expedia guest review
Great, affordable spot. Friendly, accommodating staff. Nice pools. Right on beach. Older place, very clean. If you need luxury, stay at the Ritz next door. This place suited our family perfectly!Genuine Expedia guest review
Fantastic sea views over the Gulf of Mexico; worth upgrading to a room with a view. Stiing on the balcony watching the sea birds & dolphins - priceless. Food provided was very good & not overly priced; drinks likewise. A great, out of season break.Genuine Expedia guest review
Excellent location steps from the beach. Great shuttle service to St Armand's circle. Hotel grounds and rooms are definitely dated but clean. Perfect for one or two nights...wouldn't want to stay longer than that given smallish rooms and lack of updated amenities. If you're looking for a cost effective quick trip to a beautiful beach this is a great […] choice. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"One night at the beach."
With a room just steps from the beach, the view was fantastic. We enjoyed the little balcony very much. Also convenient to the town square with great restaurants and shops. Renovations made the hotel feel more modern though it is quaint and not at all "high-end". The location is where the value lies.Genuine Expedia guest review
"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
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