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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
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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
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Palm Springs, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Greater Canberra, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Columbia, South Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't get to Carmel until the afternoon and so we began the Coastal Hwy trip relatively late. With all the winding roads, viewing points and the occasionally inconsiderate drivers, we got to San Simeon in the early evening. We basically stopped at the first motel we noticed and it was a good choice. The rooms were large, well appointed... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here on a family trip to Hearst Castle The good: - decent price for the area - beds are pretty comfortable - close to the beach - on the right side of the freeway (beach side) - easy checkout (key drop box) - plenty of towels in the bathroom - friendly staff - room was quiet The bad:... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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31 hotel reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The room was recently refurbished and everything looked new and clean. There's no AC, so the room was hot, but it cooled down during the night. If the temperature had been any hotter, it would have been very hard to sleep. Other guests shouting in the hallway was annoying during the night. There's a pool, which we didn't use but... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I stayed at five different hotels on my recent touring holiday in California and this was by far the cheapest, so I was prepared for it to be very basic, but actually found it quite on a par with the more expensive venues, in fact offering more as it was the only place I stayed with breakfast provided! The gentleman... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We normally stay at the chain motels, but saw the reviews on this place and decided to give it a chance. There are not very many motels on the west/ocean side of the fenced Hwy 1, in San Simeon. We were checked in by a very friendly man and given the end unit, which was very large and comfortable. In... More 

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We chose this spot late in the afternoon while on a road trip from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area. It's nothing special, but perfectly adequate. We thought that the rooms all faced the ocean, but in fact there are two buildings, so the one near the road doesn't have a view except at the far north end. However, there... More 

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Concord, California
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19 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visited Sands By The Sea Motel, 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452. I found the overall experience very good. The bed was comfortable, it had an indoor heated pool, but this was late February and I would have to walk outside (with wet & dry body) to get to the pool & back to my room. So the... More 

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