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The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel is on the white sands of Lido Beach in Sarasota overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Real picture postcard stuff, the 600 metre private stretch of beach is perfect for those in search of sun, sand and swaying palm trees. Rooms are decorated in a typically Floridian style and enjoy views of the courtyard, pool or sea.
There are two attractive swimming pools and a restaurant at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, and just feet away on the beach guests will find water sports, volleyball and loungers. Sarasota is a charming town offering championship golf courses, tennis facilities, deep-sea fishing, superb shopping and a wealth of cultural activities and attractions. There are galleries, theatres, restaurants and nightclubs as well as gardens to visit and even an aquarium.
The friendly staff at the 24 hour front desk are multilingual are more than happy to assist with tour arrangements and provide information about the area and nearby attractions.
**Official Star Rating: 3**
The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel is situated in Sarasota, near the coast, affording easy access to many of the local area's venues. Points of interest such as the South Lido Park, St Armands Circle and the Mote Marine Aquarium, in addition to the various other wonderful attractions are all within easy travelling distance of the hotel. Furthermore, the local public transport services opens up access to the rest of the city.
There are 179 guest rooms, split between four floors and seven buildings, all of which are soundproof and have independent air-conditioning and heating. Further room amenities include; clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial phone, hair dryer and daily housekeeping.
Additionally, the hotel also offers guests daily housekeeping, in-room safe, iron with ironing board, flat panel television with cable channels, refrigerator, rollaway/extra beds available, voicemail and Wi-Fi. Please note that certain amenities may be payable locally.
##Eating and Drinking
The hotel offers guests a variety of drinking and dining options. Highlights include the Sandcastle Coffee Shop, Candleight Restaurant and Lounge, Floridian Sidewalk Café and the Sandcastle Pool Bar. Additionally the hotel is near to many of the area's cafés, bars and restaurants and room service is available during limited hours.
The resort is surrounded by a 600 foot private beach and in the courtyard there are two outdoor swimming pools with lounge chairs and sundecks.