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Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, No View
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Poolside
Room, 2 Double Beds (Gulf Front)
Sarasota resort, private beach on the Gulf of Mexico
On Lido Beach
Facing the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach, this quiet, family-friendly Sarasota resort features 600 feet of private white-sand beach; upscale shops and restaurants of St Armands Circle are 1 mile away.
Sun, sand, and sports
Kayaks, personal watercraft, small sailboats, and bicycles are available for rent. Guests at The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel also have complimentary use of volleyball and shuffleboard courts and 2 outdoor pools.
Bright hues and views
Spanning the 7 buildings of The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, guestrooms provide views of the pools or the Gulf of Mexico. All have complimentary wireless Internet access, compact refrigerators, and complimentary HBO.
4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from downtown Sarasota, this casual Lido Beach resort is across the street from South Lido Park nature trails and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the upscale shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle.
Situated on 600 feet (183 meters) of private, white-sand beach, The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel offers complimentary beach chairs, and volleyball and shuffleboard courts. Beach cabanas and/or umbrellas are also available for a surcharge (cabanas are unavailable in sea turtle season). Guests can rent kayaks, personal watercraft, small sailboats, and bicycles. Also on site are a complimentary fitness center, 2 outdoor pools, and a game room.
American fare is served in a coffee shop, dinner restaurant, and a sidewalk café. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres are served nightly at the pool bar.
Business services are provided at the front desk. Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the property.
The hotel has 7 buildings, 1-4 stories high, all with exterior corridor access. 1- and 2-story buildings do not have elevators. The hotel offers free parking for guests, but during holidays or special events parking passes may be limited. Guests should check with the hotel prior to their stay.
- 24-hour front desk
- Air-conditioned public areas
- Arcade/game room
- Audiovisual equipment
- Banquet facilities
- Number of floors - 4
- Breakfast available (surcharge)
- Business services
- Coffee shop or café
- Complimentary newspapers in lobby
- Concierge services
- Multiple large conference rooms
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Event catering
- Fitness facilities
- Gift shops or newsstand
- Number of outdoor pools - 2
- Laundry facilities
- Multiple small meeting rooms
- Multilingual staff
- Total number of rooms - 179
- Free parking
- Free parking (limited spaces)
- On private beach
- Room service (limited hours)
- Private beach - direct access
- Beach umbrellas
- Beach cabanas (surcharge)
- Beach sun loungers
- Security guard
- Number of buildings/towers - 7
- Free Wi-Fi
- Self parking
- Free guest parking during stay
Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi
Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi
Free parking, Free guest parking during stay, Self parking, Free parking (limited spaces)
- Room Amenities
- Access via exterior corridors
- Air conditioning
- Climate control
- Clock radio
- Coffee/tea maker
- Complimentary newspaper
- Complimentary toiletries
- Cribs/infant beds available
- Direct-dial phone
- Electronic/magnetic keys
- Hair dryer
- Daily housekeeping
- In-room safe
- Iron/ironing board
- Makeup/shaving mirror
- Premium TV channels
- Rollaway/extra beds available
- Voice mail
- Window opens
- Free Wi-Fi
Sandcastle Coffee Shop - Off the pool area. Indoor and outdoor dining. Casual American fare. Breakfast and lunch.
Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge - Seafood, steak, and other American cuisine. Dinner. Lounge open from early afternoon to late evening.
Floridian Sidewalk Café - Open-air dining. Casual American fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sandcastle Pool Bar - Light fare and cocktails. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, 4 PM–6 PM. Open mid-morning to dusk (weather permitting).
Room service - Available from early morning to late evening.
Recreational activities are centered on the resort's 600-foot private beach. Favorite pastimes include swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or enjoying a game of volleyball on the white sand. Available for rent are personal watercraft, kayaks, small sailboats, and bicycles. Use of beach chairs is complimentary. The hotel also provides beach cabanas (seasonal) and umbrellas for a surcharge.
In the courtyard are two outdoor pools with lounge chairs and a sundeck. The complimentary fitness center includes a treadmill, stair machine, stationary bike, and free weights. A video-game arcade shares space with the guest laundry.
Across the street, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou border South Lido Park. Activities include bird watching, scenic outlooks, nearby running trails, and canoe and nature trails. Bobby Jones Golf Club, 8.5 miles from the resort, is open to the public.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
- Golf - driving range nearby
- Golfing nearby
- Golf - miniature nearby
- Motor boating nearby
- Boat launch nearby
- Windsurfing nearby
- Snorkeling nearby
- Boating nearby
- Personal motorized watercraft on site
- Scuba diving nearby
- Water skiing nearby
- Aerobics nearby
- Tennis nearby
- Running track/path nearby
- Basketball nearby
- Pilates classes/instruction nearby
- Yoga classes/instruction nearby
- Hiking/biking trails nearby
- Parasailing nearby
- Bird watching nearby
- Fishing nearby
- Playground nearby
- Bicycle rentals on site
- Kayaking on site
- Rowing or canoeing on site
- Sailing on site
- Shuffleboard on site
- Swimming on site
- Table tennis on site
- Volleyball on site
- Segway rental/tour nearby
Policies & Fees
Minimum check-in age is 21
Check-in time starts at 3 PM
Check-out time is 11 AM
- Payment types
Accepted at this hotel: American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, Visa
Pets not allowed
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
- The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
- Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per night