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Sands By The Sea Motel

2.0 of 5 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 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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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Room was clean but worn No air conditioning Very noisy - could hear our upstairs couple discussions No view at all except for the back of the building next door No food on site and had to walk next door where the view was great Perfect place to arrive late and leave early Shower is perfect for petite 5'2" person

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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We spent too long stopping at every turn-out watching the whales and then gazing at those amazing elephant seals and needed a place to spend the night. We got a really good rate here and were pleasantly surprised by how nice our room was. We had a king room on the top floor (there is no elevator). Comfy bed, nice... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was our 3rd stay since 2013. We called trying to book directly. We were given rate $130.00 and were told they were limted in vacancy. We booked on line with another company for less $100.00 this hotel. We were given upstairs room as requested =) There was some shaking movement, it seemed cause being above their laundry room, we... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We hadn't really done much research on this little place as it was only a one-night stop between Santa Barbara and Monterey, but we were pleasantly surprised in any event. It's not far from Hearst Castle or the elephant seals, so it's location was ok; however as we went off-season, there was not much open in the immediate vicinity. I... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This family run hotel is right on the Pacific and is impeccable in everyway. Very handy to Hearsts Castle touring and the marine wildlife of the coastline, which was packed with seals when we were there in late October.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stayed here in cool weather and I don't know that I'd book this place in the summer - no air conditioning, only a ceiling fan. The room was very small and the stall shower (no tub) very tiny. My husband and I wondered how overweight people would manage that shower. The office only opens at 2 PM so you... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a family run hotel and the owners have created something to be proud of. Right on Hwy.101 south of the famous State of California landmark. The owners have a discount dining arrangement with the Cavelier Restaurant next door. The room was immaculate and very comfortably appointed.

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San Francisco, California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A classic overnighter for anyone visiting Hearst Castle. Located amongst the lineup of low-cost motels, just five mins from the Castle entrance. Check in was friendly. The room was well equipped and clean, showing signs of wear and tear. Bed was comfortable. Limited food options nearby, which is surprising given the number of motels.

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We stayed along with other family members overnight in two rooms. On the positive side the rooms were well presented and the beds were comfortable and a light breakfast was provided. On the negative side our air conditioning didn't work making the room quite stuffy, there was no key for the door deadlock also the shower rose was at about... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Perfectly adequate motel, nothing to differentiate it from many others. Good location, if like us you were planning on visiting Hearst castle on the drive through the Big Sur. Could do with checking the cleaning staff - we found a childs shoe left under the bed from a previous occupant.

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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*
Number of rooms: 33
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Also Known As:
Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
Sands Motel San Simeon
Sands Hotel San Simeon
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon

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