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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 #21 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
53 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The location of this motel is great, but management needs major improvement. I am not sure if this man is the owner or manager, but he lives on the premises with his three large dogs and gets drunk at the pool. Since he lives there, he acts as if you are invading his space. He is unfriendly and harassed my... More

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Munich, Germany
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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26 hotel reviews
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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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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
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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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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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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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#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara #7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara #24 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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