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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 #10 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
philip h Winchester, United Kingdom
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
34 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a bit anxious when we pulled into the Sands from our drive up from LAX on a fri late evening to an empty office. When we called the night manager he stated he left the key in a safe hidden location. My friend and I laughed that it felt like checking into a campground. So I was incredibly... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Went there for one night with two kids. Nice, quiet place which is close to the beach. Not very fancy place, but nice. The people working there were very kind. It is not open 24-hours så don't arrive too late in the evening.

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Missoula, Montana
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The best kept secret in Santa Barbara. Location is great. Nice market just up the street, and only a half block from the beach! Great location. The staff there very friendly. Reasonably priced. Clean, fireplace, with a kitchen. I highly recommend!

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

Thank you for very kind review. The produce market you mention is a wonderful place and consistently gets great comments from our guests. It is particularly convenient for our guests with kitchens and is popular with the locals as well. We hope to see you again in the near future. More

Grand Junction, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

Clean and comfortable, walking distance to the beach but nothing special. For the price, I will look around for something else next time. I was willing to pay more for the beach location, but it is actually on the other side of the main road and a block or so walk from the beach. Again, not bad, but next time... More

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We started out wanting to find an affordable place close to the beach to celebrate Valentine's day. The Blue Sands is perfect -- reasonably priced, sparkling clean and comfortable, and even a romantic setting with the patio tucked away under the trees. We book our room months in advance to be sure of our accommodations. We already have our reservations... More

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I was looking for a casual, dog friendly place to stay in or near Santa Barbara over Thanksgiving 2013. I found the Blue Sands Motel on DogFriendly.com, a great website that list dog friendly cafes, businesses, beaches, parks, etc. Generally, I found Santa Barbara to be very dog friendly. The entire motel staff is very friendly & helpful, especially Arielle,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

Driving between the SF Bay Area & San Diego with our dog, we needed a place in Santa Barbara to stop for the night. Delighted to find this small, quiet motel that cheerfully accommodated us, particularly because our 70-pound pointer exceeds the size limit many places impose. Great location just off 101, but only half a block from East Beach;... More

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We recently booked 5 rooms for ourselves and guests for our daughter's wedding. Everyone was very satisfied. The rooms have been refurbished and are most comfortable. Yes, it's close to a busy street, beach, and park; if you want QUIET, this may not be for you. But, it's close to everything, cosy, has a great little outdoor sitting area near... More

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Additional Information about Blue Sands Motel

Also Known As:
Blue Sands Hotel Santa Barbara
Blue Sands Hotel
Blue Sands Santa Barbara
Address: 421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sands Motel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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