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Get an overview of this hotelSarasota resort, private beach on the Gulf of Mexico

Popular property highlights

Free parking
Free WiFi
Swimming pools
Business center

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 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

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. Umbrellas are also available for a surcharge. Guests can rent kayaks 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 and the property has 3 meeting rooms. 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.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Meeting rooms 3 
  • Restaurant 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free self parking 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Beach towels 
  • Total number of rooms - 176 
  • Number of floors - 4 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pools  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free bottled water 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • 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, and bicycles. Use of beach chairs is complimentary. The hotel also provides 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.

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

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 3 AM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21


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.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card 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 property:
  • Deposit: USD 35.00 per night
  • Resort fee: USD 28 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Health club access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Self parking
  • 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

  • Lido Beach Sandcastle
  • Sandcastle Lido
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach Resort
  • Sandcastle Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach
  • Sandcastle Resort Lido Beach Sarasota
  • Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
  • Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
  • Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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