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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in one of the Sea Rose Luxury Suites, located on the second floor of the building next to the main hotel. If you're looking to be close to everything ... the location couldn't be better. It is a 1 minute walk across the street and parking lot to Short Sands Beach. 1 minute walk to The Goldenrod Kisses... More

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bellefonte, pa
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love, love, love this place. It's clean, located 1 block from the beach, and just a short drive to the Nubble, Fox's, and Brown's. Friendly, helpful staff. Wish the bathrooms were a bit roomier. We stay here every time we're in York Beach.

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Beacon Falls, CT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at this place a few times over the past couple decades through a couple of owners. You can't argue the ideal location of this motel, you can park your car and not get back into it until your vacation is over. There is the beach right accross the street, a playground, arcade, shops, several places to eat... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect location-across the street from short sands, next door to a convenience store (semi-sketchy one but it has what you need), right next to shopping & restaurants. We felt very welcome when checking in. All staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a room with a King bed and sofa bed. It was clean and a decent size - fit... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiny room. Thin walls. Carpet was musty smelling. But overall very clean room. Staff very friendly and helpful. Has a pool but small. Close to the beach and shops. I would not stay here again because of the area, very small beach, would go to wells or Ogunquit again.

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North Andover, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for several days and never had to use our car. There's plenty to do with the beach, arcades, restaurants and a zoo/ amusement park all within walking distance. The room was spacious and very clean and the pool was an added bonus as a few days were a little cold for the beach. The staff answered all questions... More

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Boston, MA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed two nights in a standard 1-king room on the 2nd level. This motel is pretty no-frills. Rooms are simple, with minimal furnishings, and no extra services (no room service, for example). But its comfortable, and very clean. The location right in the middle of town, and across the street from Short Sands beach is really perfect. You can... More

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

This is our 4th or 5th year staying at the Sands. It started with an overnite, then a stay in the sea rose suites for the next 3 summers. We first stayed in the back condo with the rooftop deck, which was delightful, but really love Sea Rose 1. It has enough room for 2 couples and a few kids.... More

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Rockland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned home from our 2nd time staying at Sands by the Sea. Located directly across the street from Short Sands Beach, we parked our car in the back lot and basically didn't touch it again for the rest of the week (except for a quick trip to Kittery for some back to school shopping :)! Within easy walking... 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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Sands By The Sea Hotel York Beach
Sands By The Sea Maine/York - York Beach

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