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Sands By The Sea Motel

2.0 of 5 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This family run hotel is right on the Pacific and is impeccable in everyway. Very handy to Hearsts Castle touring and the marine wildlife of the coastline, which was packed with seals when we were there in late October.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stayed here in cool weather and I don't know that I'd book this place in the summer - no air conditioning, only a ceiling fan. The room was very small and the stall shower (no tub) very tiny. My husband and I wondered how overweight people would manage that shower. The office only opens at 2 PM so you... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a family run hotel and the owners have created something to be proud of. Right on Hwy.101 south of the famous State of California landmark. The owners have a discount dining arrangement with the Cavelier Restaurant next door. The room was immaculate and very comfortably appointed.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A classic overnighter for anyone visiting Hearst Castle. Located amongst the lineup of low-cost motels, just five mins from the Castle entrance. Check in was friendly. The room was well equipped and clean, showing signs of wear and tear. Bed was comfortable. Limited food options nearby, which is surprising given the number of motels.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We stayed along with other family members overnight in two rooms. On the positive side the rooms were well presented and the beds were comfortable and a light breakfast was provided. On the negative side our air conditioning didn't work making the room quite stuffy, there was no key for the door deadlock also the shower rose was at about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Perfectly adequate motel, nothing to differentiate it from many others. Good location, if like us you were planning on visiting Hearst castle on the drive through the Big Sur. Could do with checking the cleaning staff - we found a childs shoe left under the bed from a previous occupant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We found this little resort by accident and were glad we did. For $79 it's perfect. The room was clean but the ocean front fireplaces and seating was outstanding. A fire burning while the sun set slowly over the pacific was almost surreal, groups of unfamiliar people gathered and enjoying the same shared experience. Wonderful.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Budget motel which is clean but sparse. The bathroom is good size, but the shower stall is small. No amenities at hotel. No ocean view but you can hear the ocean at night.. No air conditioning but does have a ceiling fan. Did have a refrigerator, but it was loud as it cycled on and off. No elevator. Hotel was... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

After not booking a room ahead of time, we discovered that the Sands by the Sea was one of the few lower priced hotels that still had vacancy in the area. Main attraction for us was that it sets right on the beach, We were little nervous when we first pulled up, but was pleasantly surprised when we checked out... More 

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Address: 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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Also Known As:
Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
Sands Motel San Simeon
Sands Hotel San Simeon
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon

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