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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
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seemed like a nice place. The room was nice and I could hear the ocean. Guy at the desk was friendly and was touting the places amenities as I checked in. Unfortunately, it was nearly 10pm and I had just driven 100 miles. My sleep deprived mind/body and the darkness caught what he was telling me, but I wasn’t able... More 

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West Bridgford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When entering the room we did not find it particularly inviting - it was dingy and had a fusty rather than fresh smell. Shower, washbasin and toilet were OK and a bid double bed was in the room. There was no aircon, but a big, big fan (that would do any WW2 aircraft proud) with an orangy light in the... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is interesting.Sands by the Sea is part of the Best Western Cavelier Resort. Of the 5 buildings grouped around a large open field, this is the only building without ocean view. I believe this one building closest to the road is therefore operated under a separate name. My credit card statement revealed the payment was made to Best Western.... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A beautiful location with beautiful views of the ocean. The room was spacious, clean and very well priced for a family of 4. Loved walking down by the ocean and sitting by the open fire pits and listening to the waves roll in. Plenty of room outside for the kids to run and play. The one bad experience we had... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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54 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Were driving from LA to San Francisco and stopped here for the night. What a pity we could not stay longer. The motel was good, close to the beach, had fire pits with chairs around them so you could sit out on the beach front looking for whales or sea life. We really enjoyed our stay, the room was good,... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We toured Highway 1 and stopped as we drove. This hotel was more than half the price of the Best Western and worked perfect for the night. The man who checked us in was very nice however seemed a little "new". He first told us we would be on the first floor but moved us to the second floor (no... More 

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auckland
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

There are no rooms with views- just to clarify- that is another motel which built in front of this one...that is the best western. This one is a good place to stay over when on the road. Everything is what you would expect at his price point - no frills but clean and tidy and a reasonable bed. The restaurant... More 

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Palm Springs, CA
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Don't. Just don't. Ever. Beat up, dirty and tired motel with shabby linens and a hole in the wall of the bathroom. No on site coffee or food other than a vending machine. Long brow hairs from previous resident were on our bathroom floor when we checked in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stayed here for one night on our way dien the West Coast. The staff were friendly and helpful, beds were large and comfy and the accommodation was clean. The hotel doesn't have a kitchen/restaurant but is partnered with the Best Western next door. Sands by the sea includes a basic breakfast at the Best Western or $3 off any... More 

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great location. Right on the beach side of Highway 1. Easy walk down to the beach. They have rooms with full oceanview, we did not stay in one, but they looked good from the outside, each one with a balcony to sit out on. Firepits by the beach are really nice as well as the benches that you can sit... More 

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