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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.
The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel has a private beach, 2 outdoor pools, and a fitness facility. Lounge chairs are complimentary, and umbrellas and cabanas are available at a surcharge (cabanas are not available in sea turtle season). The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available during limited hours. Guest parking is complimentary; however, during holidays or special events parking passes may be limited. Guests should check with the hotel prior to their stay.
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.
very nice and clean. old but in good shape. the bed left me with no sleep,very very firm matressGenuine Expedia guest review
"Would recommend and return!"
We had a wonderful stay for 2 nights before heading to Orlando for the rest of our week vacation and I wish we could have stayed a few more days! The private beach was clean and the water was clear as can be. We booked the ocean view room and our views were incredible; we were on the second floor in an end /corner room so we had views of the gulf from […] two sides of our room. The hotel is dated in decor but was clean and the service was great! All of the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. We were a couple minute driver to an adorable area with quaint shops and dinning. It was my daughters first time at the beach and it was perfect. We would definitely return. If you are looking for a reasonable, clean location right on the beach this is the place for you! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This looks like a 50's hotel .. not at all fancy. That being said, it is directly on the beach and has a great pool for laps. Great place for a family. Not the place to stay if you're looking for elegance or luxury.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"nice hotel in front of beach"
excellent beachfront location, very good staff attitude and disposition, though it would be important to update the rooms to enhance the comfort and the beauty of the roomsGenuine Expedia guest review
"hotel on the beach"
i arrived at about 2:15 pm i was told that check in was @ 3 pm so we sat in the lobby waiting to check in inquired a little after 3 was told at the desk my room was being up graded the room i received was next to the parking lot on the second level with no elevator to the second level so we carried our luggage up the stairs i,m not implying that these […] were bad accommodations it just made me curious what my original room look liked. this hotel is very dated but i never saw any where the hotel was in disrepair. i choose this hotel based on price with that said it was worth the money Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"On the beach walk from room onto beach"
Excellent excellent experience one I will definitely do again and again the staff was awesome everyone there seemed to enjoy their job. The only drawback was the water had a very bad surfer smell and taste suggest bringing bottled water to brush your teeth but besides that the hotel and facility's were great and the rentals of kayaks and other water […] toys was reasonably priced. I would highly recommend to stay. And remember it is beachfront unlike the holiday inn that is beach view and across the street Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very good location, bechfront and very nice."
Excelent, we enjoyed a lot, the hotel, the beach and the people. The only inconvenient was the breakfat buffet was served only on Monday. But the rates where very convenients. Thank youGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel and staff were great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Siesta Key an unconditional surrender statue"
Very nice and relaxing. And everything in the rooms was very clean.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
My daughter and I went here for a stay and it was great. The room was clean spacious and the service and staff were friendly and helpful. There are excellent restaurants and shopping nearby. Lots of things to do. Beach was refreshing, pool was clean and drinks were nearby at the bar. Overall this is a recommended spot to return.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Right on the beach, nice pools, good restaurant, well stocked gift shop, and walking distance to very nice shopping area with many restaurants and unique shops. Staff could not be any better. Polite, prompt, friendly, there to please you. The rooms are SO old and unattractive, a bit of peeling wallpaper, lots of rust, old everything! They are also a […] bit tight and nothing about them is attractive. Recommend if you will not spend hardly any time in the bedroom. The very old guest rooms would be the only reason why I might choose somewhere else next time. They are in dire need of a renovation. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I would come backGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Amazing view of the ocean with beach at your door!"
Initially when we saw the 2 story hotel which looked more like a motel, we were concerned. So, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the rooms did NOT have that motel look. In fact, it was quite nice. But when we opened the door and window---the view was BREATHTAKING ...with the ocean only a few feet away...and the sugary sands almost at our door […] (we were on the 2nd floor--next time we would insist on the 1st floor)!!! The restaurant food and service was good as was the swimming pool. The waiter, Raul, was very honest and wanted to return our tip since gratuity was included. We insisted he keep the tip, as well. Enjoyed our stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great place for a family beach vacation"
The rooms are clean and spacious. The hotel is right on the beach and close to the Armand Circle, with excellent restaurants and shops.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great beach hotel"
Loved it! My daughter and I cane to Sarasota for a relaxing beach get away. Perfect. Staff was great and location was ideal. Beach access could not have been better. Staff was friendly and helpful. Hotel is not fancy but clean And comfortable. View from the the room was fabulous. Super mellow and as relaxing as possible.Genuine Expedia guest review
"excellent beach& pool, good parking garage"
The hotel is a little outdated & the beds were too hard for our taste, also there was no microwave in the room, but other than that it was good. The beach is only a couple feet away and beautiful, they also have lounge chairs at no charge, the two pools were very nice and big and the staff very friendly, we really enjoy our stay and would come back […] in the future Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice hotel on a beautiful beach."
Very nice hotel on beautiful beach. Our room was above the restaurant which made it rather noisy. We had a hard time finding the hotel, it was located in a residential area. GPS got us close but we got lost trying to find it. More signage would be helpful. Close to shopping area & restaurants.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good decent hotel close to the beach... not deluxe"
Location on the beach is really nice! Our room was fine. The bathroom was okay... clean but very basic. I would have been very happy here except we were next door to a couple who chain smoked the whole time. I could smell the smoke in our room. Since our two rooms shared a balcony these two people were constantly on the balcony smoking. which meant […] that we could only sit on the balcony when they were not on it smoking. Since the main reason we took the room was for the (beautiful!) view of the water this put a damper on the visit. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place to take grandchilden"
We have been taking our grandchildren to the Helmsley for the past four years and they love it. There are two nice size pools. They can go fishing right there. They offer all the amenities that an expensive hotel offers. The grandchildren also like to go to St. Armand's Circle. There are also other attractions for children which we have already visited, […] i.e., Ringling Museum, Antique cars, etc. As a couple, we have been visiting Lido Beach since the 1960's. We have taken our children and now we are taking our grandchildren. The Helmsley is a perfect place to enjoy Lido Beach! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Beach, Nice Hotel"
Nice Hotel and it has a great beach. The thing with hotels on the beach is that they get weather worn so expect the signs of wear. We tried the restaurant once and was not impressed. Everyone was friendly and helpful. The area was very nice with a great little shopping and eating square close by.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Older style hotel, two and three levels high. Nice large pool area with music, bar, and restaurant. Room service available. Lots of sea gulls, sandpipers, and other birds. Highly recommend with gulf view. Five minute drive to nice restaurants, stores, and ice cream shops.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Enjoyed the closeness of the beach."
First stay at this hotel. Very surprised by the beach front. Very relaxing. Loved the pool area too. Would stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel, close to the beach"
We stayed at this hotel for four days and enjoy it very much, specially having the beach in the back just steps away. The staff is friendly.However when you to the beach make sure you have cash on you because the chair assistants prefer to get them to the people that paid for a complimentary hotels' service.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Works for a family getaway if you love the ocean"
If you love the ocean, and just looking for a clean room to stay in this hotel will work great, although it is not as fancy as you may expect, it has the basics (but no micro in the room - just fridge). Be aware you need a car as anything beyond "Ocean" will require a (short) drive. Although there is one restaurant, after a day you may want to broaden […] your scope. All in all - family loved it, folks were nice and would consider again in the future. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best value for money ever!"
We are a family of five stayed for two days and had a great time . The only thing to say is about the beds, they are not big enough for two adults. But they are ok for mum and kid. Thats what we did.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good Location but unclean toilet, floor."
e enjoyed the beach but felt uncomfortable when we were in the room due to not being clean. Carpet was dirty= had a lot of stains. needs to be replaced.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The accommodation is in desperate need of upgrading - bedside lights were not working and taps etc were actually rusty. This is my second stay in this hotel and I will not go back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel location"
Excellent view and proximity to the beach. Very Clean Accessible Friendly staffGenuine Expedia guest review
Loved it. Only complaint would be the bed mattress being too hard.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice beach and a good location."
The hotel is fine, it felt very much like being in Florida. The beach is nice but I was surprised that they charged to rent an umbrella for the day. The staff was very friendly. The room was clean, but nothing fancy. Probably one of the better hotels right on the beach for the price.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Once you go "Gulf""
The location is Fantastic! Right on the beach of course. This was a first Family vacation to the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. We were traveling with two children. The crib I requested was brought to our room, which was new, safe, nice and neat. Plenty of towels and friendly, accommodating staff. Very relaxing atmosphere thru out the entire premises. Although […] there is a bar, there is no feel of 'spring breakers' anywhere or any noise pollution for that matter. After dinner on site, we enjoyed watching the shooting stars, on the beach! We have agreed as a family that this will be our annual vacation location in Florida! The pictures on the website, in terms of cleanliness, newness and amenities are 100% accurate. Highly impressed. We took the best sunset pictures during our stay. *Five Stars!* Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place to stay"
This was a very nice motel to stay in. The beach was beautiful and right outside the door. The room was older, but in good condition and very clean. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The only complaint we had was that the double beds were very small for two people. We got a roll away bed for an extra 10.00 a night but it was very uncomfortable […] so we sent it back for an air mattress that lost its air in the middle of the night. It has two pools that were both beautiful and very clean! The bar staff was great although the drinks were a bit expensive. The restaurant was very good but a little pricey also. All and all, other than the bed situation I would recommend this hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"It's all about the beach"
The hotel is dated, really average. Many of the rooms oversee a parking garage, so unless you're on the third floor, you'll be in semi-darkness. Our carpet was damp and felt gritty, like hints of all kinds of past abuse. The shower was narrow, there was no counter space around the bathroom sink, the walls are paper-thin, the breakfast buffet is below […] what most motel chains with a warm breakfast would offer... But what makes this hotel worth it is its location, right at the beach, away from the commotion of the public beach, with free chairs and a great view of the sunset. So if you're into the beach, this is definitely a great place. If you want a nice room, keep looking. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel on beach"
On beach, easy access. Clean hotel Big pools Nice restaurant Chairs available on beach Free and easy parkingGenuine Expedia guest review
It was pleasant, overall customer service was good . We were very pleased by the quality of the food. When we go next time we will inform better to find something to do after 10 pm. Their room service was great , very good customer service.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great if You Book a Gulf-Front Room"
I was at this hotel July 31 - August 3, 2013. Overall, I liked it. We had a gulf-front room, which was great and literally right on the gulf. Very nice views and sounds of the water. BUT -- I was a little confused when I pulled up to the hotel at first. It doesn't really look like the picture shown on this site...it's more like an old(ish) apartment […] complex. I would have been really disappointed if I had anything other than a gulf-front room, as all the other rooms faced an average courtyard or pool area. The room itself was ok...nothing fancy but it served a purpose. I think for the price, it's a good place, but if you want something luxurious or romantic, I would look elsewhere. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We loved everything about the Helmsley. The room, staff, accomodations, restaurants were all excellent. I couldn't get over how accomodating and friendly everyone was. They offer shutle service to/from St. Armands circle. Justin the driver has a super personality. The only deceiving thing I can mention was the game room. It was in the laundry room and […] had only 3 games that were very old. I would definately saty here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful beach location in Sarasota"
Loved our room overlooking the gulf on beautiful Lido Key. Spacious and comfortable accommodations. Short drive to the shops and restaurants at St Armand's Circle. Would definitely recommend this hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"The hotel is on the beach"
One of the front desk staff was extremely rude, horrible customer service, terrible attitude, and this is my 4th stay in the last 5 years. He's been there for at least the last three and has been that way each time. The staff in the restaurant and tiki bar are amazing, friendly, and remember guests from their previous stays, they are courteous, friendly, […] and provide great service. The front desk staff...horrible! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The best beach."
It's was a short stay, but these three days were so relaxing. It was just my husband, daughters and myself. The rooms were comfortable. We was on the Ocean view, and the view was incredibly.Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice location will visit again breakfast was good a little expensive nice poolGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"nice hotel on the beach"
We loved the hotel, especially the pool area, beach and bar service. Only complaint is its a bit noisy at night. We could hear guests w small children in the room next door, every person that walked by and car alarms in the parking lot.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
good location for beach,good quality serviceGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Beach excellent staff"
Wonderful stay, we will return. The food was excellent. Pool was coolGenuine Expedia guest review
First time staying at this hotel. Great location, restaurant was good and stall was great. Would stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nivel. Is a good hotel. I will return in other vacation.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Right on the beach"
The room was clean and nice. The location is great because the hotel is right on the beach and is within walking distance to all must-see sights. We had lunch in the restaurant and the food was great at a reasonable price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Perfect proximity to the Golf Ocean. The hotel is cute, but needs a little updating. Bed are firm (which I like). I had a no view room but it was facing a small courtyard and in a quite location. My room was literally 40 foot steps to the beach. The cleaning staff vacuumed and cleaned room daily and in a timely manner. This is not the Ritz it's a perfect […] little beach hotel. One salt water pool and one regular chlorine pool. My only complaint the hotel can use a coat of paint and a little updating. I'm sure the ocean spray and humidity affects the paint. I will go back. My kids loved it and so did my husband and I. Hotel food is just okay, it's worth taking a drive into St. Arminds circle for food. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel on the beach. Would definetly go back."
Had a great time. This hotel has everything you need. Good food and cabana bar. No need to go anywhere else.Genuine Expedia guest review
most enjoyable,very relaxingfriendly staff and guests,will be going back soonGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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