Best Location ( on the beach right next door to the Ritz Carlton Beach Club), friendly dedicated staff, great pool area, and most reasonably priced hotel on Lido. This is not a 'fancy' resort, and the hotel has a retro feel (the main hotel was built in the 1950's as one of the fist on Lido Beach and additions were made until the 80's). The Sand Castle was part of the Helmsley Resort Empire and was in trust for many years following Leona's death. It was allegedly willed to her dog Troubles who finally passed away (three years ago?).
This is a wonderful property with a colorful history. Rumor has it that at midnight you can hear the ghost of Leona berating the staff in the kitchen or swimming laps in the pool. The Queen still stands guard.
Lido Beach resort is a great place to stay. It was very clean and everyone was helpful and friendly. We stayed the week they had soccer teams there for a East coast tournament and it was quiet. We would definitely stay there again.
My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the Gulfside Motel. We were a three minute walk from a quiet stretch of beach, and just a 10 minute walk from St. Armands Circle. We stayed in a studio apartment, and it had everything we needed. The full size refrigerator was a huge plus. We even grilled steaks on the gas grill in the courtyard on one of our nights. It is an older motel with an "old Florida" charm. This is not a resort. If you want to stay in a resort, the hotel across the street would suit you better for around $250 a night. Parking was a breeze, the manager was extremely helpful and polite, and the area is completely safe for walking at night. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and I cannot wait for our next stay.
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