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Rio Sands Hotel

2.0 of 5 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auressio, Ticino, Switzerland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

from the welcome- to the studio-the stuff......the price and what you get for.....fantastic....and always helpfull personal in reception. clean rooms and beach around the corner.....thanks for all the effort you have done for us. greetings yamuna and yannick

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35 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very convenient motel close to beach. Comfy bed and good linens. I like the top white sheet instead of spread. Two rooms and a kitchen to use. Breakfast a liitle lacking in protein high in sugars but in a nice space

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RioManager, General Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello Gilbert, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We have a wonderful team that really enjoy what they do. As you have noted it is evident in the grounds, at the front desk and in the rooms. We hope to see you soon. Keep an eye out for our Website specials! More

Gilbert, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a lovely place to stay! The grounds are immaculate and lush, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the prices are so very reaonable. We've been recommending it to only family members who will be traveling to Aptos. Oh, and it's only a short walk to the beach! We loved it!

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RioManager, General Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is evident that we do have a wonderful team. Our Maintenance, Housekeeping and Guest Services staff are the Best! Keep an eye out on our Web Specials. Hopefully we will see you soon. More

Ripon, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Customer service was excellent. We stayed in the two room kitchen set up. The pull out sofa was not good, bars and springs were pretty apparent. The bedroom bed was excellent. The bathroom was very small with just a pedestal sink, had to put toiletries on the floor or on sink soap holder. The location is 2 blocks and an... More

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RioManager, General Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Wayway52, Good news! We will begin remodeling our rooms this Fall and Winter! We appreciate your constructive input. We will be replacing sofa sleepers and couches. This summer has been an incredible year for observing abundant sea life. Glad to hear you enjoyed the beach. More

Sebastopol, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Comfortable hotel for singles, couples, or families. Short walk to nice restaurant/bar, deli, convenience store and flat, serene state beach (equipped with restrooms and showers for washing off the sand). Other establishments a short car ride away, and all the sights and sounds of Santa Cruz and its environs nearby. Hotel has a nice pool and a complimentary continental-plus breakfast.... More

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RioManager, General Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Bethany, Wow! thanks for the great review. I have a Front Desk position available! You couldn't have 'sold' the hotel any better! We sure hope to see you soon. More

Pleasant Hill, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I don't know how many years we have been coming here. I know there have been a number of rebuilds and refurbishing over the years, The last one was a major upgrade and the place is great. Families, couples, and singles, it's all good. 2 blocks to beach and the little town of Aptos is great. You come here for... More

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RioManager, General Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello Steveja. Isn't the upgrade terrific! We are getting great responses from our guest. Thank you We sure appreciate your positive input. Hope to see you soon. More

San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I just want to thank Raquel for everything she did to help us have a fabulous fabulous vacation! Your hotel fit our family perfectly. Next time out we will have even more family with us! All our worries about our autistic little one having a hard time, well they never came true. And I know that's because Raquel listened to... More

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RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello Rene O, Thank you very much for your kind and sincere review. We do our best to "hear" what our prospective guests require when it comes to their accommodations. I've always lived by this aphorism: "We have two ears and one mouth for a reason"! I do recall speaking with your family regarding their needs. It makes me happy... More

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My family stayed just recently at this hotel. The breakfast and service was great, however there were many bugs in our room. The bathroom door did not have a lock either! Also, the wi-fi was absolutely terrible.

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RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello John, Thank you for noting that our service and breakfast met your expectations. I must apologize for the ants that were noted in your room. Every now and then we get those pesty little critters in the kitchen suites. Its usually due to food or spilt sugar left on the counters. More

2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Nearby Beach is Filthy!!! Always better to pay a few dollars extra and stay in Brand Hotel We booked a room directly with the hotel to avoid any 3rd party blunders The clerk on the phone confirmed that we were going to be in a king bed with a Balcony But when we arrived at the place the girl at... More

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RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

GSS776, It seems there was a break down in communication regarding the room type you reserved. The young lady at the Front Desk would have moved you to a different room; however we were completely booked. I understand she did everything in her power to try to resolve the situation. More

San Jose, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed at this hotel many times and their service is always great. They get to know you and go out of their way to be friendly. The front desk staff had a great sense of humor and my kids loved joking with them. I highly recommend this hotel.

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RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello Aiacobelli, Thank you for recognizing our staff and our service. We have fun at the Front Desk. We have a wonderful group characters! We appreciate your recommendation to other travelers. We hope to see you very soon. More

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Address: 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003
Location: United States > California > Aptos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sands Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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