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The Sand Castle Inn

785 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
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Santa Rosa, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

We cycled from Santa Barbara and stayed in a total of 4 motels. This one was by far the worst! The entire room in our room #10 was dirty, from stains on the ceiling and walls, to the bathtub and bathroom floor just plain dirty. There was a coffee pot but no coffee, there was a window to let the... More 

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Avondale, Arizona
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A fun and clean place to stay, close to everything. We will stay again when in town. Playground and water just across the street. Many great food places close by. Love the pier just a short walk away.

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Thank desertrat111
El Cajon, California, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stayed (for a few hours), the floor in room 7 was so dirty I had to wash my feet before getting into the bed. Only sat on the side of the tub because the black mold was terrible, and the shower was covered with mold. The pillows were stained yellow, so we got our own pillows out of our... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We rented Room 11 at the Sand Castle Inn on the night of 28 December 2013. You folks have a great location there in Imperial Beach. However, our experience in the room we rented was far from satisfactory. Here are some of the more serious problems we encountered in our stay. a) The faucet unit in the bathroom shower needs... More 

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10 Thank RobinLA2005
Sun City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

i stayed at sand castle inn last year and was pleased with the price and location, the room was rather small, the bathroom ergonomically wrong but being able to see the ocean from my room was a plus. i have just returned from the same hotel and am unhappy to report that the quality has gone down quite a bit,... More 

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5 Thank Jane F
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Waking up and going to bed with the sound of the Ocean waves was amazing!! Also amazing is this location is kid friendly a must for me having 4 kids. Our room was in the back (118) the kids were able to play and run round around safely. This is truly like living an a apartment complex and that’s a... More 

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5 Thank Phx_Chic2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Being across from the park and the beach was the best part. The pizza parlor next door is very delicious! It's quiet at night which made it very relaxing. We felt extremely comfortable and the rooms were perfect. The staff was always friendly. Price of the stay was perfect. I will definitely always stay here when I come to visit!

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5 Thank Kristalbyassee
San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Do not be fooled by photos. Everything about this place was wrong. The pails had garbage, no toilet paper, no hangars, no soap, lights in bathroom didnt work, TV didnt work, the window couldnt close, FILTHY DIRTY DISGUSTING, when I told the old man at the front desk we were leaving he replied "Si, Entiento" I understand. Very sad that... More 

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11 Thank Vince D
Kamloops, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were very disappointed with the quality of this motel. We have no idea how previous reviews were so positive. Initially, our family of four had booked a one bedroom apartment. When we arrived, we found it to be extremely dirty and run down. A layer of dust covered everything we saw. The vents were so dirty, we were afraid... More 

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13 Thank NavyBlues
Sacramento
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Really, the only reason this hotel is getting a 2 rating is because the location is excellent. So, if you're planning on spending very little time in the hotel room, and most of your time out and about, it might be a perfectly fine place to stay. Overpriced for what you get, but convenient to just about anything you might... More 

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