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Sands by the Sea

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15 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My son and i spent 1 wonderful week at Sands by the Sea Motel. Our room was impeccably clean and had a beautiful ocean view. The location of the Sands is perfect..across the street from the beach, within walking distance from restaurant, shops, trolley, purple line bus, etc.The motel now has a "no smoking on premises" policy which is well... More 

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Massachusetts
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our 3rd year in a row staying at Sands by the Sea with our 2 children. Service was excellent and friendly, the room was extremely clean, and the hotel is conveniently located. We stayed in a 2 double bed room--it is a basic room but very clean, with a refrigerator and a microwave and great for a weekend.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a last minute reservation for a quick overnight getaway and wish we could have stayed much longer as we LOVED it! The hotel is in an absolutely perfect location and the staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Our room was immaculate and the beds were extremely comfortable! We can't wait to come back again very... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We know the area and wanted to be as near to the beach as we could without over-paying. The property is clean, the pool is beautiful and warm and well maintained. It is directly across the street from the beach and our room (king with sofa sleeper - it was a twin size sofa sleeper) was on the end so... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking to get away for the weekend and booked a last minute stay at the Sands by the Sea in York. I had been a regular Old Orchard Beachgoer since I was a kid and was getting tired of the noise, crowds and same old places to stay. I had never been to York and wanted to check... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I take my family any place they like in the summer months...I grew up on the oceans edge. This little GEM, is a one stop beach, pool, stop. The Sands..the staff is excellent.! Sure you can get.. Better, but that's in the city.. This is a family beach..nice to see these Days..! You check in.when you get the key.your done..after... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a 1 night stay here in May. It was a quiet time so nothing much was open. The girl in the office was most friendly and helpful. The beds were comfortable and the tv and wifi worked well. As did the fridge. The carpet felt a little sticky and in need of a good clean. The bathroom needed... More 

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Palmer, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We were surprised to find out the hotel office was not open 24 hours. They were only available 9 AM to 10 PM, which was a frustration to us on a couple occasions. We needed an iron and ironing board to dress for the day and had to wait until after nine to be provided with one (after two requests).... More 

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

Mrs. Palmer, In the post season the dynamic of the York Beach landscape changes quite a bit after the crowds recede and the children go back to school. After Labor Day it is the norm for an office to open at 9:00 AM. Of the dozens of Inns, Motels and Hotels on York Beach only 2 have front desks "open... More 

Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We stayed here one night and it was fine. The gals at the front desk were very helpful and could answer all our questions. One person in our party wanted a coffee pot in the room and they gave her one with coffee. The rooms are very small and the bath room is small, but we managed. It's right across... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We stayed here on a visit to town driving up the coast. The rooms are small, but clean. Bathrooms are remodeled, bedding is new and comfortable and televisions are new and a good size. Great location!

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