Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Sarasota, Gulf Coast Beaches

The hotel

The sand is beautifully bright and sugary soft on this 600ft stretch of private beach and you can hire watercraft to drift along on the waves. This really is a must-see paradise, and right on the doorstep it only makes this pleasant and inviting hotel even more appealing. There are lots of dry land activities too, including bicycle hire. Alongside the attractive pool area is the pool bar where it is customary to gather at sunset. Later you can enjoy a meal in the Candlelight restaurant or perhaps stroll over to St Armand's Circle and sample one of the bistros there. The hotel puts on seasonal live entertainment and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Car Included
  • Beachfront location
  • Volley Ball

Where is it

On Lido Beach in the charming resort community of Sarasota, which offers a wealth of cultural activities and attractions.

Hotel information

179 rooms on up to 4 floors in 7 buildings with 2 lifts. All with air-conditioning, TV, complimentary WiFi, coffee maker, fridge, safe, iron and board, and hairdryer. Standard Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Courtyard/Poolside Rooms sleep maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Gulf Front Rooms sleep maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Free self-parking. 3 minute drive or 20 minute walk to St Armand's Circle.

Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Sandcastle Pool Bar (open for drinks and snacks). Lounge bar with seasonal live entertainment.

2 heated swimming pools, shuffleboard, sailboats*, kayaks* and water cycles*, table tennis, beach volleyball, giant chess and bicycle hire*, 600ft private beach, golf* and tennis* nearby.

Room service*. Coin laundry*. Gift shop. Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.

This hotel has a resort fee of $12.50 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes use of the following amenities - WiFi - Access to fitness centre - Use of beach chairs (two per room) - Beach towels - Beach games - Use of pool deck - Resort bicycle hire (max 3 hours per person, per day) - Bottled water in guest room (2 per day) - In-room coffee - Use of lobby business kiosk - Unlimited local and toll free phone calls - Daily newspaper - Use of coin operated laundry - Self-parking - Shuttle to St. Armands Circle daily (8:30am-10:00pm). Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Jun 27, 2020 travelagent234 Central Florida, Florida

beautiful area wonderful beaches first we check in on thrusday the hotel pulling in was a concern Room as you walk in smell the mold instinct the bed on the 2nd floor dear lord as a rock you can tell house keeper did the little they could with what they can i call well try to call the room phone did not work call from my cell no service in… Read more
beautiful area wonderful beaches first we check in on thrusday the hotel pulling in was a concern Room as you walk in smell the mold instinct the bed on the 2nd floor dear lord as a rock you can tell house keeper did the little they could with what they can i call well try to call the room phone did not work call from my cell no service in hotel went downstairs to complain and was move to a better place which ac did not cool well but was to tired to complain Its sad to see a historical site look so down the hotel needs serious TLC as that mold can kill someone with health issues Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just bulldoze the place down already...

Jun 22, 2020 Amberly98

My family reserved two rooms. EACH room is 25$ a day resort on top of what I paid when I got there. The room I was given -the air never went below 79. I asked to be moved. The next day at 10 pm, I called and asked ?!$? Finally got moved. The air in this room got down to 76-but lucky me- they brought fans. The room had no fire alarm, kids with… Read more
My family reserved two rooms. EACH room is 25$ a day resort on top of what I paid when I got there. The room I was given -the air never went below 79. I asked to be moved. The next day at 10 pm, I called and asked ?!$? Finally got moved. The air in this room got down to 76-but lucky me- they brought fans. The room had no fire alarm, kids with blaring music till 1130pm at the pools and on the ocean side!! Place was crawling with ppl who werent registered there. Everything is outdated, room wasnt cleaned one time the 5 days we stayed. Beachfront was the only thing nice - DO NOT STAY HERE. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Mildew in the rooms

Jun 22, 2020 Ana C Kissimmee, Florida

The location is excellent and the restaurant has very good breakfast at a reasonable price. The rooms smelled really bad, we were given the option to switch, but after entering 2 other rooms we realized that they all had the same strong smell. Staff is friendly and they all tried to accommodate us as much as they could, but the hotel needs some… Read more
The location is excellent and the restaurant has very good breakfast at a reasonable price. The rooms smelled really bad, we were given the option to switch, but after entering 2 other rooms we realized that they all had the same strong smell. Staff is friendly and they all tried to accommodate us as much as they could, but the hotel needs some serious remodeling or updating done to the rooms. Lobby and pool area was fine Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, beautiful beach!!!!

Jun 17, 2020 Karen Eileen H Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

This resort is in the most perfect place - Lido Beach! This was my first time visiting Lido / Sarasota and we really enjoyed it. The resort was very well kept, the people that worked there were very helpful, kind, and considerate. They were dedicated to making our stay enjoyable. There are 2 beautiful pools with lots of lounge chairs, in house… Read more
This resort is in the most perfect place - Lido Beach! This was my first time visiting Lido / Sarasota and we really enjoyed it. The resort was very well kept, the people that worked there were very helpful, kind, and considerate. They were dedicated to making our stay enjoyable. There are 2 beautiful pools with lots of lounge chairs, in house restaurant with inside and outside dining, a pool bar and spectacular private beach. Lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach towels all included! Free parking.... was another bonus. My husband and I really enjoyed our week at Sandcastle and we are looking forward to going back again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just as we remembered

Jun 11, 2020 ginamarie92 Seymour, Tennessee

We visited here 5 years ago for our anniversary and now we are back again celebrating 25 years of marriage. There was a mix up with our reservation due to the airline, no fault of the resort. But Ashley got us fixed right up and let us check in early. We are so happy with our room and the service we received from Ashely! Yes, the resort is old,… Read more
We visited here 5 years ago for our anniversary and now we are back again celebrating 25 years of marriage. There was a mix up with our reservation due to the airline, no fault of the resort. But Ashley got us fixed right up and let us check in early. We are so happy with our room and the service we received from Ashely! Yes, the resort is old, but is super clean. We are looking forward to spending the next 7 days here. Read less