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Sands By The Sea Motel

9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Sarasota, Florida
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231 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After touring Hearst Castle we rode the Hearst Castle bus back down to reality, then checked into our motel “Sands By The Sea” overlooking the water. This motel was clean and surprisingly modern, a good bargain on our long exploration of the California coast. "Breakfast" was included in our room price at the Cavalier Restaurant, but it was really just... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Arrived here a bit earlier than we expected on our tour down the coast (two couples in a hire car). Had a bit of difficulty finding somebody on the desk, but once this was sorted, we were happy to bring our Hearst Castle visit forward a day and return later to the motel. The rooms we had were on the... More 

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Auburn, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This motel is conveniently located just a few miles from Hearst Castle and the elephant seals. Our room was quiet, clean, and reasonably priced. While it is on the west side of the hwy, it does not have ocean views. However, a 5 minute walk takes you to the beach. We spent 2 nights traveling around the area, especially enjoying... More 

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Thank Sally D
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This a motel and expect exactly that. Lobby opened during the day and for a motel the beds and room was not bad. It is well located beside PCH1 on the ocean side and close to Hearst Castle. Only real grievance is that they did not want to respect the Expedia rate because demand had risen and charged one room... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We got there late in the evening on a weekend, everything else around was either really expensive or sold out. The front desk was very understanding and nice and we managed to get the last room available. The room was intended for older couples or disabled people and was newly redone, so it was super nice. We had a really... More 

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Hunter Valley, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Great location. Beach side, comfortable beds. Only stopped for a short while but could have stayed longer. Host was very accomodating and close to good restaurant. Hearst castle and seal beach all within 5 minutes. Had adjoining rooms with 3 kids and all slept well, despite my snoring.

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Stayed 1 night on the way to Santa Barbara. Very nice stay friendly staff clean room with comfy bed. $3 coupon per person towards breakfast in hotel next door. Walking distance to beach. Nice indoor pool. Will recommend any time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Stayed for 1 night on the drive from SF to LA. Nice clean room with cable TV, only thing is it has no bar or restaurant. These are next door at the Best Western but had a lovely meal there. We had a small problem as we had already been charged for the room by our holiday firm and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Good overnight motel with own beach access. Very friendly staff who gave good suggestions for food in Cambria. Large room with free parking just outside, the toilet was slightly outdated (dirty corners), slow wifi Internet, the free continental breakfast is a $3 voucher at the Best Western breakfast restaurant adjacent to Sands by the Sea. The shower is not convenient... More 

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Thank Gustav A
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The Sands by the Sea motel is somewhat outdated which is compensated by the short 400 yard distance from the beach, without crossing the street. Staff is kind and forthcoming. Wifi is complementary, but the bandwidth is limited. There is no airconditioning in the room, but the large ceiling fan gives some cooling. The room is equipped with a fridge... More 

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