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Sands By The Sea Motel

9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We stayed here on a family trip to Hearst Castle The good: - decent price for the area - beds are pretty comfortable - close to the beach - on the right side of the freeway (beach side) - easy checkout (key drop box) - plenty of towels in the bathroom - friendly staff - room was quiet The bad:... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The room was recently refurbished and everything looked new and clean. There's no AC, so the room was hot, but it cooled down during the night. If the temperature had been any hotter, it would have been very hard to sleep. Other guests shouting in the hallway was annoying during the night. There's a pool, which we didn't use but... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at five different hotels on my recent touring holiday in California and this was by far the cheapest, so I was prepared for it to be very basic, but actually found it quite on a par with the more expensive venues, in fact offering more as it was the only place I stayed with breakfast provided! The gentleman... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We normally stay at the chain motels, but saw the reviews on this place and decided to give it a chance. There are not very many motels on the west/ocean side of the fenced Hwy 1, in San Simeon. We were checked in by a very friendly man and given the end unit, which was very large and comfortable. In... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this spot late in the afternoon while on a road trip from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area. It's nothing special, but perfectly adequate. We thought that the rooms all faced the ocean, but in fact there are two buildings, so the one near the road doesn't have a view except at the far north end. However, there... More 

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Sands By The Sea Motel, 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452. I found the overall experience very good. The bed was comfortable, it had an indoor heated pool, but this was late February and I would have to walk outside (with wet & dry body) to get to the pool & back to my room. So the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Room was clean but worn No air conditioning Very noisy - could hear our upstairs couple discussions No view at all except for the back of the building next door No food on site and had to walk next door where the view was great Perfect place to arrive late and leave early Shower is perfect for petite 5'2" person

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We spent too long stopping at every turn-out watching the whales and then gazing at those amazing elephant seals and needed a place to spend the night. We got a really good rate here and were pleasantly surprised by how nice our room was. We had a king room on the top floor (there is no elevator). Comfy bed, nice... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was our 3rd stay since 2013. We called trying to book directly. We were given rate $130.00 and were told they were limted in vacancy. We booked on line with another company for less $100.00 this hotel. We were given upstairs room as requested =) There was some shaking movement, it seemed cause being above their laundry room, we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We hadn't really done much research on this little place as it was only a one-night stop between Santa Barbara and Monterey, but we were pleasantly surprised in any event. It's not far from Hearst Castle or the elephant seals, so it's location was ok; however as we went off-season, there was not much open in the immediate vicinity. I... More 

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