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Sands By The Sea Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Sands By The Sea Motel

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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in San Simeon
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed for one night in the Sam's by the sea hotel last night. As the name states--Sands-yes – view of the sea – no. While we found the desk clerk very friendly, everything from that point forward went downhill. The hotel is actually surrounded by one of the competitor hotels so there is no way to see the sea.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed one night in Sands by the Sea and enjoyed it thoroughly. We had partial ocean view and the sounds of ocean's waves coming through the window in the morning were priceless. The rooms are adequate for the price and motel rating. Staff is friendly and accommodating. The best part was the park in front of the ocean. Magical nature,... More

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Ukiah, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for one night on our way North to from LA to Mendocino County. For the price we didn't have very high expectations, but after staying at more expensive Moonstone Beach Motels for years we were ready for a change. The woman who checked us in was very nice, and she gave us a couple of... More

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Berkeley, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This property is very neat, clean, and well-maintained. Proximity to Hearst Castle is terrific. The rooms are a bit small, and the amenities are a bit lacking compared to three- or four-star properties. (E.g., the entranceway is a bit dark, because there is no hallway light. There are only three small drawers under the TV stand, so there's not much... More

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Pasadena, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
5 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Coming down the coast slowly as my husband was trying to delay our coming home from an Alaskan cruise, we stopped at San Simeon for the night. Since he wanted to stay on the Ocean side this trip and there are only approximately 5 hotels on the ocean side.. and we chose the Sands. We had one problem as the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We were road tripping from San Fran to L.A. and stopped at the Sands for a half way break. We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by a helpful, lovely lady (Lou) a huge and comfortable room and easy access to a nice beach. The restaurant served good old fashioned home cooking at a very reasonable price (and was tasty... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This review is based the knowledge that this is basically a 2-star motel, meaning I would compare this to other 2-star motels. Based on that, I found this motel to be pretty great. We only stayed one night, but the best and most important thing about this place is that it is clean. I wasn't expecting much, but the place... More

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Warwickshire, UK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Apart from a stunning welcome by an enthusiastic lady on the front desk, this motel is one to miss. The bath didn't work, there weren't even towel rails, and the wardrobe looked as though it might have collapsed if I'd tried to open it. The room doesn't seem to have had a makeover since the 80s and one is long... More

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Long Beach, CA
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128 reviews 128 reviews
37 hotel reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Stay at this hotel if you don't need to stay in your room very much, and just want to sleep there. I usually don't spend much time in my room, so for me this was adequate. But if you like to be in your room, then you might want to reconsider. The place is pet friendly, which to me is... More

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Lodi, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This was actually the second time we stayed here and were once again more than satisfied to utilize this facility. Only a short walk to the beach, one cannot beat the price! Yes, it needs a little updating but all the necessary amenities are there and for the price and the location, my wife and I will certainly return at... More

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Also Known As:
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Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
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Address: 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in San Simeon
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Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
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