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Blue Sands Motel

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Ranked #12 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful little motel close to the beach. However be aware that a new hotel is buing built on the plot next door and they start early. This will probably go on for a while while looking at the construction stage right now. If you are an ealry bird it probably does not matter even if the view gets a bit... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
26 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Blue Sands is a great little motel on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, its about 1 mile (20 minute) walk down to the pier, a lovely walk along the seafront. The room has a cute little kitchen with a BIG fridge, so you could self cater if you wanted to, and though it looked small from the outside, as... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Motel is situated really close to the beach, room was really comfortable and clean, but the best part was the really lovely friendly staff. They gave us beach towels and pool towels and let us use beach chairs. Had a very relaxing time and if in Santa Barbara again would definitely stay here. Bit of a walk to the main... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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75 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stayed here for 1 night with my mum. It was extremely hot when we were there which made everything stuffy, but with fans in the room it made it more bearable. (Not much you can do in a heatwave). The room was beautiful, the beds were comfortable and the bathroom was one of the nicest i have seen in... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We enjoyed our three day stay in the blue sands motel a lot. It is located in a calm area. We greatly appreciated the helpful advice on which restaurants to look out for, etc. Staff was always nice and helpful. The nice beach is just across the street and down-town area with little restaurants and some shopping locations is also... More

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Bellville, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We attended a graduation ceremony for our daughter in Carpinteria, just a few minutes up the coast from Santa Barbara and chose the Blue Sands for a variety of reasons, for which we were well rewarded. A small, cozy and highly affordable property full of charm with an easy half-block walk to the beach, it served our purposes perfectly. I... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I was looking for some time away to relax that wasn't too far a drive from where I live in LA and didn't want to spend a lot of money. And I wanted to take my dog! This was perfect. The rooms were very crisp and clean and very nice, with a little kitchenette so I was able to bring... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Loved this place. We stayed for one night on our way from San Francisco to LA and it exceeded expectations. Very well decorated/furnished room with a very good shower. We enjoyed the pool and the motel provided pool towels for us. Beach 3 mins away and they provided beach towels and chairs too! Only gripe was that there was no... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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34 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We stayed as part of our trip up the west coast and arrived without a booking. , This place is an excellent stopoff and actually far better than a motel. Clean and well appointed it is a very convenient place.

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Sonoma, CA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Blue Sands Motel for two nights in March 2014. We were impressed with the large tidy bedroom and a spacious bathroom that had a great shower. Understand that the latter was due to a recent renovation but not all of the units have received the upgrade. The staff was very helpful passing on... More

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Address: 421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sands Motel 2.5*
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara #7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara #22 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
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The Blue Sands Motel is a small property only a quarter of a block from some of the best beaches in Santa Barbara. Close to shopping and restaurants, we strive to provide you a clean comfortable room at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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