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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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Palmer, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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 37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

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 September 4, 2014 via mobile

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

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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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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