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Sands by the Sea

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   15 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
Charlie K Dedham, Massachusetts
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dedham, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just spent a week in mid-July in Sea Rose suites with family. Amazing accommodations across from one of top beaches in Northeast while surrounded by "village" that covers any and all a family needs to enjoy and relax. Sands even raised the bar by adding heated pool, so the closest pool to beach in York now even more comfortable. What... More

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Thanks Charlie! We always love your yearly reviews. What a nice bunch of comments you made. Thank you very much. We strive to be family friendly and as accommodating as possible. Hospitality is the name of the game:^). We hope you make it up again at the end of the season for another quick getaway as you had hoped. We're... More

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Where do I begin? It's in a good location. That's about all it has going for it. If you enjoy cigarette smoke, stay here. There are constantly people smoking on the balconies and it goes right through the AC units into the rooms. Let's move onto the rooms. Old, dated, nasty. Our sink wouldn't drain and had bugs floating in... More

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

I find your review to be unnecessarily harsh. If you do not alert the front desk about a clogged drain, then it will remain clogged. A quick call and would have been remedied in minutes. We are looking into the maintenance issue with the shower, but again we cannot fix certain things unless we are made aware of it by... More

Thetford, Vermont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Late review - I stayed at this hotel in August 2012. The best thing about this motel is its location - very very close to everything! Easy walk to the beach, arcade, zoo, shops, restaurants. Never took the car out of the parking lot during our stay. The room was clean and comfortable, but small. The bathroom was very small... More

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

We appreciate your honest review and we are always looking for ways to improve our services and our property. We're sorry if you experienced some noise problems when you stayed back in 2012. I assure you that even though we are a family friendly establishment, that we run a very tight ship here and are able to handle any kids... More

3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, daughter, and I stayed here recently. The location was absolutely perfect considering the close proximity of the arcade, zoo, beach, shops, and amusement park. We're still not sure though how a MOTEL gets away with charging the prices they do especially considering all the other places around there.

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

You said it yourself "LOCATION". Just to be clear, there are only 3 hotels on Short Sands Beach and we are clearly the cheapest. I'm not sure what you mean by "all the places around there". If you mean the many other places on the other beach that do not have our location, convenience, cleanliness or outside heated pool, then... More

Somerville, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have spent a view days at Sands by the Sea years ago.and now we are back.....Rooms are kept very clean and the staff is always willing to help you with your needs. I also appreciate that the prices are still reasonablele for the family. Hope to come back next year

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Just wanted to say thanks for your kind words. We really do try to keep our prices as competitive as possible and we're pleased that you appreciated that. We are the least expensive motel on Short Sands Beach. We always try to keep our family customers satisfied and we really appreciate your honest review. We'll be so happy to have... More

Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to the Sands by the Sea for 5 years. Everything about this hotel is wonderful. The location is perfect...near everything fun and across from the beach. Impeccably clean with wonderful management and service. Prices are fair!!! Comfortable rooms. I love staying there and cannot wait to return.

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us for 5 years straight! We really appreciate your kind words and review. Can't wait to have you return. Our repeat customers mean so much to us and it makes us feel good that you cared enough to review us. Take care until next time. More

Shushan, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family comes here every year for a few days and we are never disappointed. The rooms are very clean. Fresh linen and towels everyday. The staff is always cleaning. The beach is right across the street. If it rains you can just walk downtown to the shops. The hotel pool is heated. Plenty to do here. My husband and... More

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

What a review! Thank you so much for your great comments. Better than Hawaii, WOW! Take care and we can't wait to see you again. More

Troy, New Hampshire
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love staying at the Sands by the Sea. The staff is always wonderful and the location is perfect. We have been able to watch the sunrise over the ocean from the balcony of our room both times we stayed there. Our children ages 9 and 7 love to be able to go to the beach a couple times a... More

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Bronx, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

About to leave this perfect place tomorrow and cannot speak highly enough of the staff and amenities..AND location. The General Manager, Paul is an absolute gem of a human being...from the first second..his customer service skills far outweighed any I have ever experienced in any hotel anywhere in the World. Nothing is too much trouble .....and such was our experience... More

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

When I was younger we always went to York Beach the first 2 weeks of July. My grandparents always stayed at the Sands. For my husband's birthday I made reservations for this past weekend he had never been here before. We arrived on Friday right at check in time. The staff is fantastic very helpful you can reach them 24/7... More

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Address: 15 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
Location: United States > Maine > York > York Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands by the Sea 2.5*
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If you like being able to check into a clean, friendly, ocean front motel with a beautiful pool and close proximity to not only the beach, but the shops, restaurants, park, trolly, amusement park and even a Wild Animal Kingdom, then you've found the right place! Come see us at the Sands by the Sea Motel where all of your troubles and worries will melt away as you first arrive and view out over the majestic Atlantic Ocean, which is visible from most of our comfortable accommodations. We have a range of standard rooms, 1-bedroom suites, 2 or 3 bedroom cottages and even the Sea Rose Luxury Condominium Suites. We look forward to seeing you in York Beach at the Sands by the Sea Motel. ... more   less 
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