Get an overview of this hotelSarasota 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, small sailboats, and bicycles are available for rent. Guests at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach also have complimentary use of volleyball and shuffleboard courts.

Bright hues and views

Spanning the 7 buildings of the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, guestrooms provide views of the pools or the Gulf of Mexico. All have complimentary wireless Internet access, compact refrigerators, and complimentary HBO.

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr Sarasota FL 34236

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

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 Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach offers complimentary beach chairs, beach towels, 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, small sailboats, and bicycles. Also on site are a complimentary fitness center 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 and parking is included in the resort fee.

The hotel has 7 buildings, 1-4 stories high, all with exterior corridor access. 1- and 2-story buildings do not have elevators.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Total number of rooms - 176 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Free self parking 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7 
  • Free WiFi 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Rollaway/extra beds available  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

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.

Nearby Things to Do

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.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Rowing or canoeing on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Volleyball on site 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 25 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Internet access
  • Self parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 8 and USD 10 per person (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

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