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1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236, United States of America, ‏‎800-491-6126
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3.9 / 5Good

Score breakdown (from 1,157 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.1
  • Comfort
    3.7
  • Condition
    3.5
  • Neighborhood
    4.5
3.0 / 5Good
"Perfect location on Lido Key."
The Sandcastle is under new management. The rates have gone up significantly. However renovation work was needed and the new management is working on this and accomplished much. At this juncture, Winter 2015, I though the room overpriced for what I got.
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Other trip Mar 13, 2015
Indy Fritz
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Loved it!"
Only problem was a noisy air conditioner. The location was fantastic. Would definitely come back. The reconditioned beach was the best!
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3 night trip with friends Mar 7, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"great value beach front hotel"
Traveling with another couple, we originally reserved 2 courtyard rooms for 2 nights. At check-in we were advised that the second room was not available. The hotel manager offered us an up grade to a 2 bedroom suite that included a large living room, kitchen, 3 bathrooms and a private beach - front patio. The nightly rate for this "hospitality suite" was actually less than the combined rates for the 2 rooms we had originally reserved; we saved about $400 for our 2 night stay. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. The 2 pools, courtyard, and beach were well maintained. The hotel is older but clean and well maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sandcastle and would recommend it.
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2 night family trip Mar 3, 2015
Joseph
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Almost Perfect"
This was our second time at this hotel. We love the beachfront location, midwest clientele/vibe, tiki bar, warm inviting pool area, free bottled water, on-site restaurant, and friendly staff. It is an older property, but well maintained. Unfortunately we were there when the beach was being dredged/restored right in front of the hotel. There was 24x7 beeping equipment, a rotten egg stench, lots of sand flies - and no beach access for the first 4 of our 6 days. We thought they might give us a break on the price, but no such luck. So, we did not sit on balcony or go to the beach until the last day. Most of the staff are really nice. One bartender, Missy, could use some brushing up on her customer service skills. Brusque and abrasive. We loved the live music on the weekends, free shuttle to downtown area, and readily accessible pool towels. Be aware of the automatic 18% gratuity on restaurant charges. Ask for a beach front room on upper floor.
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Other trip Mar 10, 2015
DD
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Older hotel but wonderful staff"
Sandcastle is an older hotel on the beautiful Lido Beach. We arrived late at night and didn't realize we were goint to go through residential streets to reach it. But the staff was very helpful espcially when we had to cut our visit short due to weather. Lovely beach!
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3 night romance trip Mar 5, 2015
Leslie
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Couples getaway"
This was a couples getaway for my girlfriend and I. We only stayed three nights, but it was quite amazing. We were upgraded to a beachfront room and the view was incredible. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The staff (pool bar, restaurant, beach) were all very friendly. We will be staying again!
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3 night romance trip Mar 4, 2015
Ryan James
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Budget hotel with prime location"
There were many pluses about the Sandcastle - it Is s no-frills accommodation with a beautiful beach. Highlights: two pools; beach chairs, towels, cabanas, and set up assistance; pool bar with friendly service, excellent cocktails, and decent beach food; free bicycles to use for 3 hours or less; and a free shuttle to St. Armand's Circle. Negatives: uncomfortable beds, unpredictable shuttle schedule; mixed bag on front desk experience (some very helpful reps, some downright unconcerned); no healthy breakfast options other than unripe fruit and processed yogurt with loads of fat and sugar. Overall we enjoyed our stay - the beach and the pool were perfect as were the afternoon poolside cocktails. Though we didn't dine in the restaurant at night - the menu looked pretty good and the room was full every night. I will go back again because it is a very good value for being ON the beach. There are fridges in the room, so we will bring our own healthy options next time.
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Other trip Mar 8, 2015
MEOtheLeo
US
3.0 / 5Good
"The room was Not worth the price."
Old , small bath room too tiny , bed not comfortable Grounds nice, amenities nice, staff very accommodating. Tv kept scrambling. I liked the pools. Water warm relaxing. I like the idea that they had their own beAch but it was being worked on town rebuilding beach. Lovely area. Room not so good
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Other trip Mar 5, 2015
A Traveler
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Fun"
The pool area was lovely and well kept. The weather was chilly and the pool is heated which was wonderful. The beach is beautiful but we were unable to enjoy it fully until our last day because of weather. We found the staff to be nice and helpful. Our rooms were modest, but clean. We had rented three rooms and one of them had been smoked in which was disappointing. The beds were comfortable, but we had thought they would be queens and they were full size. We would reccomend making sure that you get a totally non smoking and updated room.
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Other trip Mar 4, 2015
A Traveler
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Nice on the outside and crusty in the middle."
Nice big and warm pool. Wonderful music by the pool. But the room was crusty and dirty. The furniture was too bad to give to the Good Will.
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Other trip Mar 2, 2015
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great Location for On The Beach Stay"
Great location for an on the beach stay in Sarasota, a short 1.5 mile walk/shuttle from Armand's Circle. The park with great beach walking is just down the block. Lobby is newer looking than rooms, but the amentities, bikes, lounges, tikki bar, and shuttle into town were great.
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3 night business trip Feb 21, 2015
Jean
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great Value Hotel on the beach"
All thinks considered it was a nice place. The only negatives are the somewhat thin walls as you could here sneezing and loud type noises at night and morning. The rooms were a tad dated such as bathroom shower fixtures and smaller bathtub area. The beach was nice and staff were very pleasant. Great sunsets, pool and TIKI bar .I didn't use the restaurant facilities. Staff was very pleasant, checking in and out was very easy. Overall a pleasant experience
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Other trip Feb 27, 2015
neofins
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"overpriced"
the hotel room was very run down, the pictures are very decieving, the beach was run down, needs alot of work
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Other trip Feb 27, 2015
Larry
US
1.0 / 5Poor
The hotel is old & in need of significant remodeling. It is not clean. It is noisy and all room have doors opening to outside which can be a security issue. The food was OK. The setting is great, pool & gulf all in same view. The staff was remarkable and tried to make us comfortable. The cockroach in our bathroom was the last straw....we will never return!
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Other trip Feb 24, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great old hotel.....very early Florida"
Stayed two days and enjoyed the stay even if the weather wasn't perfect.
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Other trip Feb 23, 2015
Warren
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Close to beach"
Hotel could use a facelift but location was great. Restaurants/bar convenient and good food priced right.
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Other trip Feb 23, 2015
Rondy
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"Not as advertised"
This is an older, "quaint?" facility. We could hear voices from next room, footsteps from room above us, and parking was poor. They charge for a lot of things that are free at other facilities.
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Other trip Feb 23, 2015
A Traveler
US
1.0 / 5Poor
"Highly overpriced hotel"
This hotel offered none of the amenities usually offered by much less expensive hotels. (despite costing two and a half times as much). No coffee in lobby, no complimentary breakfast, etc. Coffee available in overpriced restaurant for 3.00 , other items equally expensive. We booked a larger room. It was still rather small with outdated furnishings and did not include a microwave. We were given only two sets of thin towels per day, other budget chains usually have given us four sets routinely. Final straw was an unexpected extra charge of 25.00 per day listed as a resort fee.
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Other trip Feb 21, 2015
Carol
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Ssandcastle Review"
This hotel is old and needs to be updated. The heat only works during the night and air during the day and it was cold when we were there. IT's a 50's hotel and looks and feels like it.
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5 night family trip Feb 9, 2015
Diane
US
3.0 / 5Good
"2 nuits 900 dollars all is said it wasn't a palace"
the ocean in front off us, a beautyfull beach,two swimming pool
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2 night romance trip Feb 12, 2015
thierry
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"A castle in the sand!"
I'd go back with a heart beat. I enjoyed my stay and can recommend the Sandcastle with out any hesitation. It is not luxury, this hotel is about comfort and low key easy breezy.
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Other trip Feb 16, 2015
Bina
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Still liking it!"
This was our third visit and noticed the upgrades in the facility from last year. Despite heavy rains on our first day and a cold wind on our second day, we still enjoyed our stay. Walking the beaches, being able to walk to St Amand circle to enjoy different restaurants and shopping, and walking the two close by parks are a big reason we like the hotel.
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Other trip Feb 16, 2015
Burger Baron
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Nice view"
The rooms were clean, the staff was friendly, and the beach was great. That said, I was surprised at the cost of the resort fee ($25. per night). We only stayed two nights (one full day), so we really didn't use the shuttle, and the other amenities. We found that the on-site dining was a bit expensive, too, but tasty! ($15 for breakfast buffet). The wi-fi was weak and disconnected often while in the room, and the bed was hard. The grounds were nicely kept, and the gulf view was awesome. Be sure to ask for a room in one of the buildings with an elevator if mobility and/or carrying suitcases up stairs is an issue.
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2 night romance trip Feb 7, 2015
Diane
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Older Hotel close to beach and sites!"
Yes, hotel is older and the employees need to be trained/empowered to improve rooms. Our room had noisy headboards attached to wall. GFI in bathroom shaver & hair dryer plugs fell out. Food under chair. The flush handle on the toilet was loose & corroded could not be tightened. Room was on 4th floor had ants. Shower curtain bar was dirty w/corrosion. Hotel controls heat/air & fan in room not the guest. Sliding window had paper/plastic jammed in track. What I would do is train each employee because they enter touch every part of a room. Every time they enter a room use a different outlet for the vacuum is the plug loose, when they flush the toilet is the handle or seat loose, when you make the bed can you hear the headboard on the wall?? Once the employees are trained they will take those skills home and without them realizing it the Sandcastle has empowered them and given back to the community!
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Other trip Feb 11, 2015
Larry
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Sandcastle Resort - Old Florida"
The Sandcastle Resort will remind you of "old Florida". Great property! Fabulous beach and pool area. Lots of great amenities - beach, pools, restaurants, open areas, bar/lounge. Dated, but very well maintained. Not a plush, modern place, but comfortable and clean. Can't beat the area and beachfront!
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4 night family trip Jan 28, 2015
Kristine
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Nice beach front"
Nice pool and pool bar with music in late afternoon. Room was bigger and wider than normal,older furniture but comfortable. Water pressure was good for showers. Food very in restaurant,very accomodating Great shopping on St. Armand Circle with free fast shuttle to get there. Would return.
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Other trip Feb 3, 2015
Marilyn
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"We had a corner room beachfront on the 4th floor"
Excellent view pools sparkled food was excellent had to pay 25 dollar a day resort fee but I understand why gratuities were included in all food prices but we still tipped much to the surprise of the staff would definitely stay again
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Other trip Feb 2, 2015
Jim and Lillian
US
2.0 / 5Fair
"Could be much improved"
Love the beach & area! Hotel very old & outdated! Wish I could spend more time on Lido Beach w better amenities
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4 night trip with friends Jan 26, 2015
Inez
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
Ownership has changed hands, and prices have gone up. It seems the condition of the rooms should also improve.
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Other trip Jan 29, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Nice hotel close to the beach."
Good experience. Clean, nice--Wonderful location on the beach provided access to miles plus of walking on the beach and /swimming. Have bikes, canoes. Also breakfast, buffet and dinner--all good
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Other trip Jan 28, 2015
Lee
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"very close to beach. Staff is great."
The section of hotel I stayed in was out dated. We were upgraded to a ocean view room which was great. The beach is beautiful and well kept. plenty of chairs for all guests. Beach staff was very attentive. Lots of activities to do like chess, ping pong and shuffle bored along with two awesome pools. Must try the lime drink offered in the lobby, it is great.
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Other trip Jan 26, 2015
Andrea
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"On Lido beachhead"
I book all around the world but on this occasion I booked 1 day earlier than I needed. I showed upon day late and the hotel is booked. Sherry (the head clerk) takes over Andy asks me to take a seat, l said I had a wife who has doubts about my Internet skills. We had one night at our original room and our last night in another room. It was a great time because we of Sherry.
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2 night romance trip Jan 19, 2015
Ralph
US
3.0 / 5Good
"First time visit"
Nice beach. A little far from St Ambrose Circle. Hotel has shuttle service but walking distance would have been nicer. No food stores in the neighborhood to get snacks etc. I guess that is the way a hotel would want it, but I refer to make my own lunch. Wake up call never came the morning I left. Most of the staff was nice with the exception of one person who seems to want to be the center of attention at all time, loud, loud, loud.
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3 night trip Jan 18, 2015
A Traveler
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Winter break"
We enjoyed our stay, my daughter and I wew here for the purpose of remodeling our rental home, so unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to enjoy the facilities, but my friend who accompanied us did. She said she enjoyed the pool and beach alnd the staff was helpful . They told her about the free shuttle to st.armand circle, and all of us enjoyed dinner in their restaurant .
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3 night business trip Jan 16, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Weekend Getaway"
Very enjoyable stay, nice quaint hotel, staff was friendly and we stayed right on the beach, thanks and look forward to staying with you again very soon.
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1 night family trip Jan 17, 2015
Maryanne
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"FANTASTIC LOCATION"
This is our 2nd stay at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach and the reason for our return is quite simple: LOCATION!!!! We just love that this hotel is right on the beach! The 2 heated pools are fantastic. There is shuffle board, ping pong and a "life sized" chess game all around the pool area. There are bikes to borrow and other water toys to rent. The poolside bar has several tv's to catch the game and on both Saturday & Sunday afternoons there was live music by the pool. On Saturday night there was a "dive-in" movie for the kids to watch either in or around the pool. a little popcorn machine was wheeled out and given to anyone who wanted some. The staff is extremely friendly & helpful & go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. St Armand's Circle is a short 1.3 mile walk away (but I believe there is also a shuttle bus available too) where shopping & restaurants are plentiful. Yes, the rooms themselves are basic and a little dated but they are VERY clean and comfortable. We were upgraded to a suite this visit and loved it. The balcony provide pool & ocean views! The extra large closet & bathroom were a real plus. We enjoy this hotel very much and will be back!
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4 night family trip Jan 15, 2015
Wendy
US
1.0 / 5Poor
"MOLD, UNCOMFORTABLE BED, ROOM NOT CLEAN"
When we arrived late I opened the door to find water dripping on the floor from the A/C vent above. This was a Gulf front beach room. The rug was dirty. The Mold smell was overwhelming. The bath room was not clean. On the plus side, the pool and beach area were beautiful and the restaurant was excellent. Too bad the rooms are so bad. This is a very old facility and the rooms are in need of a major over haul. The price they charged was way too high for what you received.
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Other trip Jan 18, 2015
JUDY
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Sun in Sarasota."
Good experience during my stay. Staff responded to our requests immediately. Enjoyed my stay and will return in the near future.
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Other trip Jan 17, 2015
Tony
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Decor is tired. Very tired."
The property is old and needs some investment, however the location is fabulous. Pool area is very nice beach is great. Lots of Europeans and non US guests.
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Other trip Jan 16, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"You get what you pay for - affordable on Lido Key"
This is a mid-level property in a first-rate location. Keep your expectations fixed to the price paid and realize you are staying next to the Ritz, not at the Ritz, and you'll be fine. The staff was amenable to finding an alternative room, albeit at a slight premium, but our family was satisfied with the 2 rooms we were given. The beach access and proximity to the Lido Key Tiki Bar are the best attributes. Facility is dated but pools and available amenities sufficed, as well as proxmial location to St. Armand's.
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5 night family trip Dec 23, 2014
Cary
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Adequate but not Elegant"
Great pools for swimming! Restaurant entirely satisfactory. Great location on the beach. Met our basic criteria. Queen size bed would have been better than two doubles. The $25 facilities fee was excessive. The Wi-Fi was a nuisance to sign in every time one turned on the iPad. We will consider a future stay if the facilities fee is reduced
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Other trip Jan 16, 2015
Derek
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great place to stay with a beautiful beach!"
This is the best value for staying on a beautiful west coast beach that I know of. The prices are great. The service is great. They have a shuttle to the neighborhood restaurant/bar/shops district, which means you don't need to rent a car. It's on the bus line, so you can get there via bus from downtown Sarasota or from the airport. I can't recommend this place enough and have been their twice. Plan to go back again someday.
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4 night family trip Jan 8, 2015
Kraig
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"White sand beach!"
Older hotel, great service, clean rooms, beautiful pool area, quiet neiborhood, amazing beach. Will come back!
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2 night romance trip Jan 9, 2015
Irene
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Great front desk service"
Great staff! the front desk server Shanny Piedrahita , Was extremely helpful with our needs. Very attentive and outrageous ! I'll definately come back
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1 night family trip Jan 9, 2015
MARIA
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Ok"
The area was nice and great location. The amenities were nice, but the rooms were dingy and old. Needed updating!
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1 night romance trip Jan 8, 2015
A Traveler
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Proximity to beach makes it worth it."
Enjoyable stay. The view of the beach is fantastic and is why we picked this hotel. It is right on the beach. The rooms are old and need maintenance, but they keep them tidy as best they can.It was frustrating that they charge a resort fee, but you have to pay additional for their paddle boards and Kayaks. The bikes were included. And their is no sail boat like on their brochure/site.
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4 night romance trip Jan 5, 2015
Jared
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Early Winter Getaway"
Very good location right on the beach. Rooms were adequate although lacked a micowave. Bathrooms small and could use some upgrades. Overall we were satisfied and feel we received good value for the price.
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4 night trip Jan 2, 2015
Martin
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"What Lovely People---and immaculate!"
I do not think, after hundreds of hotel check-ins, I have had a kinder or more thorough, considerate welcome than what we received from Sara on check-in. She remained helpful throughout our stay, and the rest of the staff were bright in all senses of the word. The stay would have been perfect, save for the hotel being just a bit out of the way for folks who like to walk everywhere. Other than that, pure gemstone!
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Other trip Jan 11, 2015
T
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Beach was great"
Very nice and helpful staff. Great service from all. The hotel has a very nice beach to swim, I like the fact that they provide towels, chairs, umbrellas and they also have bicycles as a complimentary service. This island of Ledo beach is very calm, peaceful while still enjoying the benefits of being so close to Armand's circle. Great location. The hotel needs updating but very clean. Free parking. The restaurants in the hotel are more expensive compared to the nice international restaurants some where else. We never ate there at the hotel. I will stay here again. Great spot for couples.
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4 night romance trip Jan 5, 2015
Abraham
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Sarasota, Sandcastle Review"
This hotel was fine, but a bit dated. Drinks at outside bar to expensive. Great location!
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5 night romance trip Jan 3, 2015
Timothy
US
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