"on the beach if you have a gulf front room"
Great spot for a gulf front room. A room with "no view" would be disappointing unless the beach location per se is more important than the actual view from your room. Staff was very helpful and courteous and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
the meals in the dining room were excellent, large portions. the gulf view room was breath-taking. the only down side was the bed was as hard as a board. we had such a relaxing time it was hard to leave.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean, friendly, and right on the beach"
Just returned from the Sandcastle, and was very happy with the accommodations. This is a quirky hotel, but the location is excellent, right on Lido Beach, it doesn't get better than that. Overall, the facilities have a 1980's vibe, but the staff keep the place in tip top condition. Considering the price, this place is a gem. Many of the repeat customers […] are Europeans, known for being thrifty and particular. The grounds are spacious with two heated pools, and unbeatable beach frontage. Two restaurants on site provide a nice solid offering (in addition to the many choices in the area). The beach is unbeatable, guest are provided with towels, chaise lounges, and there are cabanas, beach umbrellas, and water craft available to rent at bargain prices. The rooms are large with ample room for 2 double beds and a seating area; the bathrooms are small but workable and are stocked with fancy toiletries. Overall, the rooms are kept immaculate by a very friendly efficient staff. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great time in Sarasota"
The stay was great obtained a NICE upgrade at a good price even had a sea view.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Yes, this hotel is a little bit dated in its fixtures but the service, food, and location are excellent! Its a real bargain and I would highly recommend staying there.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel directly on beach"
Hotel was very outdated and oldGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location but old, dirty room"
You can't beat the location right on Lido beach and close to St. Armand's circle stores. However, the rooms look like they haven't been updated since the 1970's and were dirty too.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
plumbing noise in back of room through out the night was terrible.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Location good but more Motel than Hotel Big probl"
Big problem with acoustics - we could hear clearly t/v voices, in room voices, sneezing and walking on floor noises. These from 6.30am and after 10.30pm. Flock of birds (20/30 in numbers daily at breakfast - no control by staff and no measures to reduce the problem. Would not recommend.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Paradise On Earth!"
The Best Service with an unbelievable location right on the ocean! Dolphins swimming by every morning , 2 pools and great food! Truly Paradise on earth.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location and pretty view right on the gulf. Close to St. Armand's Circle which has great shopping and restaurants. There is a driver to take you to and from St. Armand's, champagne provided upon arrival and staff is great. The rooms and hotel are very old and badly in need of updating. Beds were comfortable and room was clean. Balcony has two […] chairs but you need to close door at night as the next room has access to your balcony which wasn't a problem. Being on the fourth floor I would like to have the door open all night to hear the waves but we did have a window. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Never Buy an Expedia Package for this hotel"
We thought we had booked a well priced package. Instead it was a nightmare. We were told we would have a pool side room but it turned out to be next to the restaurant, smelled like insecticide, with a large noisy machine with an "odor control" sign on it. We complained and were reassigned a good room overlooking the beach - for a much higher rate. If […] on a tight budget, do not book these packages! Once we were in a good room, we enjoyed the stay - usual high standards of cleanliness with a friendly staff. I gave this hotel a low rating in the context of the Expedia package. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
There was nothing spectacular about this hotel. It was just a clean older hotel conveniently located near a tourist attraction. For convenience I might stay there again. For pleasure I would not stay there again. It was definitely geared to a much older quiet crowd.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not Quite what expected."
Reading the reviews I expected more for the price. The room was ho-hum. Older carpet and the smallest bathroom I have ever stayed in. No room to set anything necessary to get ready. The view of the Gulf was awsome and I realize that a large part of the cost was because of the view but the two nights prior we stayed at a Quality Inn for one third of […] the cost that was way-way better than this was. The staff was really great except for one older man at the desk who did not seem to enjoy his job. The food and service at the restaurant was wonderful. Overall just OK. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Get away at Lido Key"
We love his place because there is absolutly no hype and you are not gouged on prices. The Sand Castle is a great find. Food and Beverage really rocks as well as the staff and overal amenities. The beach cannot be any better. Sarasota Bay was fun. Took a khayak tour and highly recommend it. Armand Circle has great restaurants and according to my wife, […] awesome shopping. You cannot go wrong staying with the team at the Sandcastle! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Close to restaurants/stores, clean, needs some updating but ok for the most part. The best part is that is so close to the beach!Genuine Expedia guest review
Wonderful having a car available to take you to your destination was great and the staff were all so nice will be going back next year ...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location, Great food"
Awesome location, great pool, clean beach, outstanding food and service in a hotel restaurant, very poor rooms. Management needs to consider changing or removing carpets in a rooms! They are dirty and smell terrible. Overall happy, but don't plan to last in a room for a longer time. We spend all day on a beach or shopping.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good Basic Hotel"
Reasonably priced, close to the beach. The staff is friendly and helpful. My only complaint is the pillows, which are like rocks. I went to Target and bought my own after one night.Genuine Expedia guest review
It was a great location. Rooms were small and the tub area did not look clean. I would not recommend more than 2 people in a room. We had 4 and it was very cramped.Genuine Expedia guest review
"The gulf front room was worth the money."
I was very pleased with this hotel. To start off we arrived 2 hours early and he let us have our room. The location was spectacular. The pools were clean and warm. We ate in their restaurant 3 meals a day and the food was very good. The drinks and food were reasonably priced. I felt the staff cared about our being happy. It is always a good sign when […] the staff seems to like their jobs. We were their for the beach and we did not have to leave the hotel to have our needs met. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
wonderful hotel. great location, good price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"On the beach"
Well maintained older hotel. Could use more room outlets but very acommodating staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel is wonderful! The location is superb and the quality of service, comfort, cleanliness - all outstanding. The staff and manager couldn't have been more helpful or more eager to please! I've traveled extensively - and have stayed elsewhere in Sarasota - but will absolutely return to your hotel! Many thanks for a truly great experience!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location, Great Staff"
Good value. Great location. Great Staff. Hotel may not be for everyone as has a 60's vibe to it.... but that's why I loved it. Very friendly staff: Kudo's to management for hiring the right people. Room was clean but dated. Plan on staying again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"It's like being in heaven"
This is our 8th time there and we will be going back to this hotel. It really is the best.Genuine Expedia guest review
It was a very pleasant stay. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us!Genuine Expedia guest review
"week in the sun"
we will be back and will bring friends with usGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great gulf front hotel"
Wonderful stay!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel was reasonably priced and at a great location. The staff was outstanding and very friendly. We enjoyed ourselves very much. We will be going back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"I Love Lucy"
You pay for the beach- which is priceless-little else matters. It was clean and crisp with friendly hotel employees who took care of me. The only problem is the room takes you back to the 60s. I could swear my grandmother has the Same couch. I wouldn't dare sit on it. I'd go back though.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We came back to the Helmsley Sandcastle for the second year in a row and loved it again. The location is perfect, right on the beach and the staff was very friendly. The rooms are not new, but were kept very clean and the food tastes great and is priced like all the other beach restaurants. Anytime we go back to the Sarasota area, we are going to stay […] here. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to the beach but needs a facelift"
Shortstay beach staff and food were great...could use a little painting but overall very nice.Genuine Expedia guest review
Room was nice enough; location was awesome ...overlooking the beach.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel is older but keeps it small and charming compared to the surrounding high rises. We could walk out of our back door right onto the beautiful white sand Lido Beach. We were able to park right at the door to our room. The staff were all very helpful. Breakfast is served around the pool and quite nice - menu or buffet. The location is amazing […] - right on the beach, across the street from the trails of Lido Beach Park, and a mile or so from St. Armand's Circle for shops and restaurants. Don't know what else you would be looking for in a Sarasota vacation! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"We always stay at the Sand Castle"
My husband is from Sarasota. He used to pool hop at the SC when a young lad. So naturally we think we owe it to the company to pay our way now. It's a great pleasure. We stay there a couple of times a year as do all our family members.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"what a view"
amazing facilities, wonderful staff and very accommodatingGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel in Lido Beach,Sarasota, FL"
During our stay in Sandcastle hotel, we had golf /beach front room. W enjoyed the beach and sound of the ocean from our room. I am so sad that this beautifully located hotel has faded carpet and needs a huge update on the carpets and some other facility. if Not considering that, it is a family type hotel and steps to the beach is very convenient.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Will book again."
For us, the location was perfect! Not only could we walk right out of the room to the beach, but also just a short drive to our favorite dinning and entertainment venues.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I've stayed at the the Sandcastle before and really enjoy it. The staff is excellent and proximity to beach and local dining is great. Only recommendation would be for them to consider updating the rooms. Not horrible by any means but could stand to be freshened up.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Good place to stay overall. Cons: The bathroom was very small and the carpet needed cleaning. Pros: beautiful location steps from my room to the pool and beach. Close to shops and dining.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Changing my reservations"
I needed to change my reservations from a mistake I made on Expedia.com. Not only did this hotel not charge any fees.....they booked my correct date without a hassle. Thank you! Fantastic staff!!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
"old hotel not worth what they are asking"
rooms and bathroom very small like a single wide trailerGenuine Expedia guest review
"A wonderful place to stay right on the beach"
I've stayed at the Helmsley Sandcastle 3 years in a row. Although a little old it has everything for a great Gulf vacation. ALL the staff are helpful and friendly. And only about a mile from St. Armand's circle with plenty of shopping and dining choices. I'll definitely be back.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice homey hotel with beach benefit"
Would be fabulous if continental breakfast was included, or vouchers to be used for meals. Location great, stay was great, would stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Close to the beach!!!!"
Great place to stay!! Wonderful breakfast buffet!!! Right on the beach!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We had a fantastic time!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Like many older Hotels, the Sand Castle has a lot of history. The staff were great, the facilities clean and the atmosphere was very pleasant.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Super Hotel Staff"
I have to say, I thought it was a bit run down and I wasn't sure about it when I pullled up, but the staff really aims to please. They are the nicest bunch I've ever encountered. The food is good at the restaurant and the beach is amazing. The rooms are OK and need some updating, but overall clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant and relaxing."
The room need to be renovated and the bathroom completely remodel.Genuine Expedia guest review
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