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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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So Cal
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146 reviews
85 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

This was the most recent of several stays. We find the accomodations to be very comfortable, quiet, and with a nice setting. The room we had had no air conditioning, and the heat was from a thermostat controlled gas fireplace. Opening the doors and windows cooled the room down during the day, and the fireplace is quite cozy at night.... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

Loved, Loved, Loved this place. The staff was wonderful, location even moreso. I have seen a couple of reviews of this resort that weren't all that great and I just don't get it. We could not have been more pleased with every aspect of the resort, from the beautiful room, to the staff, to the ideal location for relaxation and... More 

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

We are so glad that the Sanctuary Beach Resort was the right place to help you explore this gorgeous part of California. We appreciate your positive comments and are looking forward to your return. More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

We live in the SF East Bay area, but just love to be on the beach and hear the waves. There's surprisingly few places along HWY 1 up here in Northern CA, that are directly on the ocean. We've stayed at Aptos in a resort that was on a cliff, and had decided it was the best place for location,... More 

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

Wow, it sounds like we made a great impression on you! The Kula Ranch steakhouse is a great place to catch lunch or sit down to dinner. They allow you bring your pet and sit on the patio where they have fire pits and heating lamps. I'm glad the kids enjoyed the golf carts too. Its funny, after all the... More 

Valley Village
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

From the minute we checked in everyone was courteous, professional, warm and polite. I loved the fact that you park your car and ride around the resort with golf carts. The hotel is situated right on the beach and the view is just breath taking. What a great way to unwind and relax from the day-to-day stress. Truly a must... More 

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

Thank you very much for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your return! More 

Antelope, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

The rooms were spacious and had a nice modern decor and the bed was really comfortable. The golf carts were one of the funnest parts of the hotel, ended up getting trashed half at the restaraunt which was great and then back in the room before we went for a night joyride in them. Staff was really good too and... More 

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

I'm thrilled to hear of the fun you had at the Sanctuary! I see you enjoyed use of the golf carts. Although we do not condone operating them under the influence, they sure are a handy way of getting around the resort. Equipped with headlights and zip-covers, they are a fun way to explore the resort at night when the... More 

Santa Clara, CA
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

I want to start with the positive aspects of this property: 1. Great front desk representative - Ashley was extremely helpful and hospitable. Gave us a free upgrade from ocean view to ocean front! Her positive attitude and willingness to assist was just great! 2. Bellman, Sal, was equally helpful and wonderful. He was a gem! 3. The location of... More 

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

Thank you for contributing your thoughts. Our Front Desk and Bellman staff are considered the face of the hotel and strive to make great first impressions of the resort to our guests everyday. I'm happy to hear that Ashley and Sal made a good first impression on you. In regards to the rooms, we are always appreciative of comments that... More 

Soda Springs, California
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

Off season rate was great, cool weather beach time, but from our suite front all you saw was ocean and sky. The front desk staff and bell staff were great, very helpful with things to do in the area. If you are looking for a little bungelow beach solitude outside of busy Monterrey...this is a good place

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

Thank you for your comments. Our staff is always ready and more than willing to suggest things to do in the area. If you're able to get away during our busier season, you can always mention that you are a returning guest and your reservation clerk will try to find the best rate available for you. We look forward to... More 

California
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

For a weekend in the Carmel-Monterey area, we thought we would try something different from the usual Carmel hotels. We were so pleased to discover Sanctuary Beach Resort! The staff is outstanding, and the location -- right on Monterey Bay -- is simply beautiful. Stay in an oceanfront room if possible -- nothing between you, the dunes and the surf.... More 

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

We are pleased you discovered us as well! Like Carmel-By-The-Sea, the sleepy town of Marina, where you'll find the Sanctuary Beach Resort, is a coastal community. The resort's layout, which takes full advantage of the terrain features (e.g., sand dunes, smooth coastline), along with its positioning relative to the bay means that the Sanctuary gets some of the most remarkable... More 

Joliet, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

We stayed here last summer (July 2010) and couldn't believe how amazing everything was! Our ocean deluxe room was beyond comfortable with a sofa & chair set, desk, big soft bed and mini-fridge! We arrived and the staff just fawned all over us. Very fun yet professional and also took the time to explain all the different things the resort... More 

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

Thank you for your enthusiastic comments about the resort. We are very happy to hear that the resort was able to make your California vacation a pleasant one. That being said, we are eagerly looking forward to your next visit and hope that our recently completed improvements to the property make it even more enjoyable to be here this time... More 

California, USA
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Sanctuary Beach Resort and would certainly stay there again. We had a deluxe ocean view room. The room was very nice and well appointed. The balcony was large and offered an amazing view. The fireplace rocked! Even though it was February, we were able to sleep with the sliding glass door to the... More 

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

Uh oh, our secret is out..! February along with a few other early months of the year are actually very nice in terms of weather and provide a great time to see Monterey in its wonderful pre-spring delight. That being said, a fireplace is always nice to make sure the room is cozy when you return to it! For that... More 

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