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Sanctuary Beach Resort

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3295 Dunes Road, Marina, CA 93933
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nottingham
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We finished our trip round California with a two night stay at The Sanctuary Beach Resort. The location is idyllic with miles of unpopulated beach and stunning sand dunes. We were in a suite which had a sumptuous huge bed and double sofa bed and rollaway for the kids. The resort had a fire pit to help you watch the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great time and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It's a beautiful location and easy to get everywhere. A couple suggestions, as others have stated, even with an Ocean Front room, you're not on the ocean and unless you're up high, you're looking at a dune. The room needs a small chest of drawers and hooks... More 

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Marina side of the Monterey area this time at the end of June. I'm sure the fog locations vary throughout the seasons. The fog always rolled in during the evenings. We would go over to Pacific Grove for dinner and walking. Curiously it was much warmer and no fog. So tips. I think you already might know... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us and letting us know some feedback about your stay! I'm so thrilled to see that the entire family had a terrific stay and I'm looking forward to when you'll come back. Feel free to call us anytime and ask for the Return Guest special! See you again soon :-) More 

Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was excellent. Very friendly - very helpful. They had great suggestions for where to eat and what local attractions to visit. We stayed in a junior suite. The room was a good size and had a nice covered patio. The bed and sofa bed were very comfortable. Great ocean breeze with the patio door open. Bathroom was tough... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for leaving us feedback about your recent stay. I especially appreciate the kind things you said about our staff; we are all here to make sure you have a great time. We hope we can have you as guest again in the future. Traditionally, the weather is clearest here on the central coast during the months... More 

Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, the positives. I took my daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday because she wanted to go someplace amazing, and this certainly qualified! We absolutely loved the location, steps from an amazing beach that seems to go on forever. The room was spacious, the bed was comfortable and the front desk staff was amazing and helpful. Also, that first morning... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for the review; I really appreciate your feedback. All things considered, it appears you had a wonderful stay despite the issues you experienced with our staff and with your neighbors. I'm glad you and your daughter were able to spend some quality time here and we sincerely look forward to your visit. Thanks again! More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to stay here as a treat after a recommendation from a friend and his wife. We got a beach front unit and were not disappointed with the gorgeous room and view. We just wish we had more time there. The pool was huge and deserted! The golf carts to get around were fun. We'd love to stay again!

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

We'd love to have you again! Thanks for stopping in and trying us out and feel free to stay anytime you make it back to the area!! More 

Texas
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned from our two night stay which was the first time at this property. We really loved the remote area & was not far from area stores. Our lovely room had a partial water view & was well maintained. We left our windows open so we could hear the waves crashing from the shoreline, so relaxing! The path... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much the terrific review! I'm delighted to see that we made a lasting impression on you and hopefully helped to create some wonderful memories. Please also accept my apologies for the noise disturbance caused by our housekeeping staff. I've passed the comment along to the department manager so we can avoid it happening in the future. I'm... More 

Oakland, California
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every year my husband and I get away for a few days the day after Thanksgiving to get away from it all before the craziness of the Holidays. Every year I look for other hotels and I keep coming back to The Sanctuary. We always get a massage while we're there and the spa is nice and the massage is... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

From the looks of your review, we really hit the mark with respect to your experience here! Thanks so much for the kind review and for coming back time and time again. I like to think that November is a perfect time to stay here because with the exception of the holidays, we're usually not filled to capacity. Not to... More 

Cardiff, Wales
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32 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon - after 6 days exploring San Francisco & Yosemite, we were ready for some R&R to recharge our batteries and it didn't disappoint. Often hotel websites overstate their views but this one really did live up to the hype! We had a beach front room, directly overlooking the beach... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

San Francisco, Yosemite & Monterey... wow, sounds like a whirlwind Honeymoon trip!!! Thank you so much for allowing Sanctuary to be a part of your honeymoon celebration and for such a healthy length of stay too! I like to think that 5 days is a good amount of time to really be able to relax and see most if not... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a junior suite for 5 of us. Nice room but on bottom floor of 2 floor unit. Floors extremely thin. Sounded like a herd of elephants above my head at 5:30am and 7am. Not great if you are a light sleeper. Stairs leading to upstairs unit were on same wall as headboard of our bed and rattled the... More 

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Derrick P, Guest Relations Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving us feedback about your experience here. I was saddened to read that we didn't completely hit the mark and that you were let down by some aspects of your stay here. Its for the reason you stated that we usually try not to place families in upstairs units so as to mitigate any ambient noise you may... More 

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