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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 #16 of 61 hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Helston, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel and our room was better than we expected, although by no mean luxurious. The beach location was perfect for us and we walked into the main town in 20 - 30 minutes each day. The staff were friendly and helpful when we checked in and for the price is a good quality... More

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La Quinta, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After two previous stumbles with corporate hotels, we ironically were forced to change our plans which found us staying at a motel - OMG. I read some reviews that made it sound like this was a dump and so on....completely the opposite! We stayed for 2 nights and we're on the 2nd floor with King with a fireplace. This should... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
53 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given all of the comparable options in the area, I would stay elsewhere next time. The motel wasn't quite what I was expecting. There was nothing wrong, and the staff was helpful, but it isn't how it looks based on the website. The rooms are more worn than we were expecting. There was also a relatively large gap under the... More

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BlueSandsMotel, General Manager at Blue Sands Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations. We strive to keep our rooms as up to date and well maintained as possible. We wish you had brought any problems to our attention during your stay so that we may have had the opportunity to resolve them... More

Munich, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were at dinner in downtown Santa Barbara with our family and the front desks calls saying that our dog was barking while we were at dinner. Since we were in the middle of dinner and had to call a taxi afterward, it took a little under an hour to finally arrive back. On the way back, we received a... More

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BlueSandsMotel, General Manager at Blue Sands Motel, responded to this review

It is important for guests to remember that we are a dog friendly hotel, not a dog kennel. Our guests are both dog owners and non-dog owners. For the comfort and enjoyment of all of our guests, we find it important to put in place “common sense” rules that all guests with dogs are asked to read and initial during... More

Fullerton, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My family and I got a last minute reservation here. I can't say enough about the service and courtesy. The room was great, clean and the kitchenette was unexpected. The pool was clean and warm and the outdoor lounge area was relaxing. Yes, there is construction next door, but it was not an issue. I have already recommended The Blue... More

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Stockholm
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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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Somerset
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 hotel reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
75 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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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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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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