Ratings based on 1,967 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.9 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great beach, great hotel beach facilities

Posted Jun 2, 2015
We enjoyed our stay...yes, hotel needs some FF&E investment but it's comfy, located next to a brilliant beach and the hotel sorts you out with chairs, towels and umbrellas!
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Boston

The view made up for a lot

Posted Jun 1, 2015
We checked in and between and the toilet was broken. We were told no one could help us until morning. It seemed like we were a bother to the staff. We finally were moved to another room and it was better. I also noticed that the bar staff treats kids (picking up food and sodas) very disrespectful. I was amazed at this. The beach staff was great. The shuttle to St Arman's Circle is great and the view of the beach and the beach itself make up for a fairly unprofessional staff at an older hotel
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Kalamazoo, MI

LOCATION saves this hotel!

Posted May 28, 2015
Pros: Location
Cons: The rooms need updating and there needs to be better security.
The location of this hotel is phenomenal but sadly, that is the best thing about this place. The attendant was rude and non-friendly when we checked in. She was upset that I was paying cash. The room was much smaller than anticipated and the bathroom was so small that when you sat on the toilet, your knees were almost touching the wall. Wallpaper was peeling throughout the room and the air conditioner vent had mold (or severe rust but I think it was mold) all along the upper inside that you could EASILY see when you were laying in bed. The topper for me was the last day we were there, we hung the Privacy sign on the door and went about our day. When we returned that afternoon, someone had been in our room, had turned the air conditioner all the way down and had rummaged through our things and believe it or not, took makeup and other items! Luckily, we were leaving at 3am that night or we would have gone to another hotel. Again, the location is superb but the hotel needs some improvements, especially for a Helmsley outfit.
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Chicagoland

Reasonable alternative to the other high-priced re

Posted May 16, 2015
Pros: Great beach and pool area.
Cons: The secretive $25 "resort" fee is not earned. "Free water" and "free parking"; common!
Location: It is a short distance to St. Armands Square and Sarasota proper.
The outdoor facilities were acceptable, but the rooms, while clean, need some updating.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom PGH

Great place, right on the beach.

Posted May 6, 2015
Pros: Location on the beach
Location: Armand's Circle just 1 mile away.....
On the beach. Great place. Not high-end, but not too low-end. But, has everything you need for a relaxing time...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Mashpee, MA

Beautiful location!

Posted Apr 20, 2015
Pros: I loved the pool, the friendly staff, and being on Lido!
Cons: The rooms are dated and could be improved
Location: A little more than a mile from St. Armands a destination shopping and eating spot.
I was at Sandcastle on Lido for just a few days and was very happy with the hotel and will be going back next year. The rooms are dated and in need of updating but it was clean and well maintained. The maid, Nancy, was outgoing and friendly. The full sized outside pool was awesome as was being able to walk outside to the supplied beach chairs and umbrellas on beautiful Lido Beach! The shuttle service to St. Armands was very convenient. Loved this place!
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Potomac, Maryland

Great beach and great pools.

Posted Apr 19, 2015
Pros: The outside and the restaurants. The grounds are lovely.
Cons: The rooms need an overhauling.
Location: Close to St. Armand's circle which was convenient. Also the van to and fro was great.
Loved being on the beautiful beach. Great pools. Rooms need to be refurbished.....new carpets and curtains. Bathroom is small and yucky.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice and right on beach

Posted Apr 13, 2015
Pros: Right on beach!!!!!! Great outdoor amenities!!
Cons: Rooms dated but - it is a retro style hotel
We booked last minute and outdoor facilities are great!! rooms dated but clean:)
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Location and kid friendly

Posted Apr 11, 2015
Sandcastle has a great location. Rooms aren't top notch so don't expect something new a roomy. Good menu, friendly staff and great location on lido.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travelerfrom Pennsylvania

Wonderful, family friendly, A+staff

Posted Apr 5, 2015
Pros: Everything
Cons: A bit more music.
Location: Shuddle to Armands Circle for shopping. Tons of attractions in Sarasota - Jungle Gardens - Dog Track - Museums
Most relaxing vacation in years. Beautiful, soooo clean, beach and water were unreal, pools perfect, staff extra-ordinary. Already booked for a fall vacation. Would go back anytime.