Accommodation in Gulf Coast
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Address: 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, SARASOTA, FL, 34236
What to Expect
A beachfront resort, The Helmsley Sandcastle boasts its own stretch of private sandy shore, located on the famous Lido Beach, the Gulf of Mexico lapping at its doors.
For decades now, the Helmsley Sandcastle resort has been welcoming holiday makers from all over the world.
Located as it is on beautiful sandy shores, it will come as no surprise that the resort focuses heavily on water-sports.
But turn your heads from the sea, and you will find the wildlife, nature trials and rambling streams that are the South Lido Park and Nature Centre.
Located within one mile of the many shops and restaurants of the St. Armand’s Circle, The Helmsley Sandcastle is a resort that spans-out over seven buildings, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the various pools or the beautiful courtyard.
The first feature that must be highlighted is the 600ft stretch of private sandy beach, reserved for the use of resort guests only.
Various equipment are available for hire including kayaks, sailboats and bicycles.
Sun loungers are available with compliments of the resort.
Elsewhere within the resort, guests will be pleasantly surprised by the two, spacious, outside pools, a fitness centre, volleyball facilities and even a shuffleboard court.
A variety of dining experiences are available for guests, including restaurant, café, coffee shop and poolside bar.
For an interesting account of Florida’s marine life, make sure to visit the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium; here you will get to see manatees, eels, rays and a variety of other marine life.
At less than three miles from The Helmsley Sandcastle resort, this attraction is a must see.
These are many and numerous at The Helmsley Sandcastle resort; amongst the host of amenities available to holiday makers are complimentary beach loungers and volleyball courts.
Guests can rent kayaks, sailboats, bicycles and a range of other personal watercraft - take advantage of the private beach to try your hand at the various water-sports in a comfortable and facilitating atmosphere.
Other on-site facilities include two spacious pools, beautifully inviting in the Florida sun, games room and fitness centre.
Guests can order a wide range of food from one of the restaurants, coffee shops or cafés, in the evenings a variety of complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served at the poolside bar.
The Helmsley Sandcastle is located within four miles of Sarasota, an easy distance from which to explore this niche corner of Florida.
Opposite the resort is the South Lido Park and Nature Centre, where holidaymakers can explore the Floridian countryside and wildlife in peaceful abandon.
Within walking distance is the St. Armand’s Circle, which boasts many upmarket shops and restaurants, a serious temptation for wallets everywhere.
For those guests frequenting the resort for business purposes, internet access is available in the lobby and around the pool areas, with further provisions available for business purposes at the front desk.
In addition, The Helmsley Sandcastle provides the following on-site amenities:
* 24-hour front desk
* Air-conditioned public areas
* Arcade/game room
* Audio-visual equipment
* Number of floors: 4
* Banquet facilities
* Breakfast available (surcharge)
* Business services
* Coffee shop or café
* Complimentary newspapers in lobby
* Concierge services
* Conference room(s)
* Dry cleaning/laundry service
* Event catering
* Fitness equipment
* Gift shops or newsstand
* Internet access in public areas - complimentary
* Internet access - wireless
* Laundry facilities
* Meeting rooms (small groups)
* Multilingual staff
* Number of rooms: 179
* Parking (free)
* Picnic area
* Private beach
* Restaurant(s) in hotel
* Room service (limited hours)
* Security guard
* Swimming pool - outdoor
* Tour assistance
Spanning seven, multi-storey, buildings, guests staying at The Helmsley Sandcastle resort can expect to look out over the Gulf of Mexico, or resort pools.
For an additional charge, guests can access the internet via high-speed connections.
Rooms also come equipped with telephones, televisions, small refrigerators and safes.
Bathrooms are kitted out either with bath/shower combinations or shower only facilities.
Rooms come with sitting area comprising of two comfortably furnished chairs and a table.
In addition, expect to find the following room amenities
* Access via exterior corridors
* Air conditioning
* Cable/satellite TV
* Climate control
* Clock radio
* Coffee/tea maker
* Complimentary newspaper
* Complimentary toiletries
* Cribs (infant beds) available
* Direct-dial phone
* Electronic/magnetic keys
* Hair dryer
* In-room safe
* Internet access - high speed
* Internet access - surcharge
* Iron/ironing board
* Makeup/shaving mirror
* Premium TV channel(s)
* Rollaway beds
* Smoking rooms only
* Voice mail
* Window opens
Choose to dine from a selection of food outlets.
Sandcastle Coffee Shop - Located near the pool, this coffee shop offers both alfresco and indoor dining. Choose from a typical American-style menu. Serves breakfast and lunch.
Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge - Offering traditional American meals including seafood and meat, this restaurant serves dinner and is open from afternoon to evening.
Floridian Sidewalk Café - Alfresco dining in a typical American-style. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sandcastle Pool Bar - For a light snack or beverage, including alcohol. This bar serves complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 4pm until 6pm.
Room service is available throughout the day and late into the evening.
With its own private beach, it will come as no surprise that a favourite activity of holiday makers is swimming in the warm sea that is the Gulf of Mexico, after which they can settle down in their complimentary sun-loungers and bask in the Floridian sunshine.
Aside from this, guests can rent a variety of water-sports apparatus, including kayaks and sailing boats.
For those who are uneasy swimming in the sea, The Helmsley Sandcastle has a choice of two outdoor pools for guests to choose from, equipped with sundeck and sun-loungers.
The fitness room has all the usual gym equipment, from treadmill to free-weights. For the young at heart a video-game arcade is available.
Many more activities are available to holidaymakers, either onsite or nearby, although additional charge may be applied, they include the following
* Golf - driving range nearby
* Golfing nearby
* Snorkelling on site
* Boating nearby
* Swimming on site
* Rowing or canoeing on site
* Personal watercraft nearby
* Kayaking on site
* Sailing on site
* Scuba diving nearby
* Water skiing nearby
* Boat launch nearby
* Motor boating nearby
* Windsurfing nearby
* Pilates classes/instruction nearby
* Yoga classes/instruction nearby
* Volleyball on site
* Aerobics nearby
* Tennis nearby
* Running track/path on site
* Basketball nearby
* Bicycle rentals on site
* Hiking/biking trails nearby
* Parasailing nearby
* Bird watching nearby
* Fishing nearby
* Playground nearby
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.
Photo identification and 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.
* Pets not allowed
* Check-in time is 3 PM
* Check-out time is 11 AM