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Blue Sands Motel

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421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here recently for 3 nights while attending a conference at the Hyatt in Santa Barbara which was less than a 5 minute walk away. The motel was lovely. The rooms are small but recently updated and clean with a nice bathroom and in-room fridge, microwave and wine cooler. We were in a king room and asked for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Blue sands motel with clean and the manager was very friendly. He gave us recommendations on where to eat and what to explore. We felt completely comfortable like we were visiting family. The room was perfect. We slept with the windows open all night and when we got cold there was a fireplace for warmth. Very roomy bathroom with a... More 

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The Sea Ranch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a three night stay at Blue Sands Motel. We were in town for an event at the Fess Parker. Instead of staying at the hotel, we opted for this property because it seemed like our dollar would stretch further. What a great choice. It's an absolute gem of a location. Our room (we were in #1) was neat... More 

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Kelowna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small, well situated two story motel with a pool. The decor is perfect. We had a room with two queen beds and a gas fireplace - not a huge room but very well appointed - cozy! It had a wine cooler, bar fridge with a little freezer, microwave, coffeemaker ......& two "real glass" glasses, which were lovely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We have stayed at this motel 4 or 5 times over the past five years. The people are friendly and helpful. The location is superb. It's across the street and a little bit of a block from the ocean. Room 5 even has an ocean view. It has been updated nicely with some of the rooms having fireplaces. Would definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

The Blue Sands is an amazing little motel. The staff is sensational and so welcoming and helpful. The room was extremely comfortable and well appointed. The pet policy is so flexible and accommodating. We could not have asked for a better stay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband and I stayed here on a trip down south earlier this year. What a pleasant surprise. It was clean and functional, and very comfortable. It is an old fashioned style motel right near the beach. But don't let the old-fashioned part or the motel part deter you. Everything is updated, yet still has the charm of yesteryear. It... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I couldn't have been happier with my stay at the Blue Sands and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. It was my home base for a 4 day business trip to San Diego and was relaxing haven for a solo female traveler. I could hear the waves from the Pacific Ocean and enjoyed the king size bed, fireplace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I loved the Blue Sands. What a surprise it turned out to be! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Big plus: they have sand toys, beach chairs and umbrellas for your use-all free. We stayed in room 11 which was perfect for this family with two kids. Kitchenette gaves us nice flexibility with a market less than a block away. Windows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Blue Sands was the first motel we stayed in after a long trip across the southern US staying in by-owner properties, and it was a welcome relief. It was nicely appointed (we got an upstairs fireplace room), clean, and in a beautiful location right across from a park, with the beach just beyond that. The pier was a short... More 

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