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Rio Sands Hotel

2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   116 Aptos Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ripon, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Sebastopol, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Pleasant Hill, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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San Jose, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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94 reviews 94 reviews
39 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The worst thing about Rio Sands, is the parking -- it is very limited. Our room was in the extra building above the breakfast area -- it was clean however the shower needs work as it had a couple of chips in it. We could see the beach from our balcony and it was a short walk down there. The... More

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

Dear Traveler11California, Sorry to hear the parking was less then accommodation. We offer a parking space for every room. And there is un-metered street parking. Being so close to the beach can make parking interesting at times. I do have great news regarding the bathroom in your room; this winter we will begin our remodel to rooms project. We are... More

3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My family arrived for a wonderful weekend only to get scammed by a Craigslist ad. It was late at night and we called every hotel for a room when we came across this great place. The folks at Rio Sands Hotel had 1 room left and they were very gracious and understanding of our plight. They made us very comfortable... More

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Paul-- Thank you so much for the accolade. We are so happy to have been able to accommodate your nice family! It's an awesome privilege to be able to turn an unfortunate situation into a successful vacation. We hope to see you again the next time you visit the area. More

Discovery Bay, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had a great long weekend stay at the Rio Sands. We were there for a summer family get away...sister and hubby had a great room with view of ocean (and they listened to the waves at night), my kids family had a unit complete with bunk beds (which were a hit with grandkids) and a convenient kitchenette...mine was roomy,... More

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

SArellano-- Thank you for your kind words and we are so glad you and your family had a good stay. You stayed in one of our newly remodeled rooms (more to come). Many people are digging the laminate wood flooring as an alternative to carpet. Stays very clean and fresh! Many people request rooms in our banquet building as they... More

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Address: 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003
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Location: United States > California > Aptos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sands Hotel 2*
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Rio Sands Hotel is by the beach. Just a 2 minute walk to 20 miles of walkable sea shore. We have rooms with fully stocked kitchenettes, a BBQ area, pool heated to 80 degrees year round. Enjoy our continental breakfast served daily. ... more   less 
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