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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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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here over Labor Day weekend. The Sands by the Sea was one of the lower priced hotels we found that still had vacancy. I was a little nervous when we pulled up, as this is an older hotel, but we were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were well maintained and the location is great. About 5... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for 1 night en route to Santa Barbara. It was a great place to stop after driving along the spectacular coastline of Highway 1. The hotel is walking distance from the beach and about 5 mins drive from Hearst Castle which is a must see. There wasn't much to see in San Simeon but our stay was pleasant... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We stayed here because we wanted to visit nearby Cambria, but the prices in Cambria were exorbitant. For less than half the price we got a room that was clean, comfortable, convenient, and affordable. The bed was nice and firm and there was a large selection of pillow types. The towels were thick and plentiful and the shower, if small,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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111 reviews 111 reviews
30 hotel reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Pros: close to Hearst Castle, very friendly and helpful front desk staff, nice sized and reasonably priced king room (with micro and fridge), short walk to the beach, next door to a good restaurant (The Cavalier at the Best Western), comfortable bed and pillows, nice towels and good water pressure, very quiet. Cons (in order of "con-ness"): 1. no, zero,... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed 2 nights, and we're pleasantly surprised, we weren't expecting great things of it but it was really good, a great position, helpful gentleman on reception, and a good big room, very well presented. There is no restaurant, but eating places are close, and Cambria is just a couple of miles away. We used the breakfast voucher at the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This was our Big Sur stay and the sea was impressive and the sands by the sea was very convenient for our two night stay , right on the highway and ideal for visiting Hearst Castle , the elephant seals and the interesting village of Cambria which is theCeltic name for Wales . . Rooms were fine and had seen... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Stopped in for a night whilst on a road trip visiting Hearst Castle, Rooms were clean and the service was good! At night there were some great bonfires on the beach to sit and enjoy the scenery and chilly ocean breeze. Not much else to do here but it was more than adequate for a nights stay. Would stay again.

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Tulare, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We just stayed overnight at this hotel, hotel is situated in a great location next to restaurants and of course the beach. The hotel offers a heated pool, pool was clean but not kept hot, it was at around 72 degrees or so. We had a double room, the room has Microwave, fridge and coffee maker with TV. I want... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 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
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

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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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*
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