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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
badbcatha Thetford, Vermont
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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Thetford, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Shushan, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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Troy, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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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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Sterling, Massachusetts
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137 reviews 137 reviews
34 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We stayed here and found the rooms to be cozy. The beds are nice and firm. Our lamps were not functoining we asked for a fix and one was promptly done. The maid service was also excellent the pool certainly looked inviting btu our weathre has been dicey. One piece of advice, Sands is right down in the heart of... More

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Millbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I used to stay at this motel years ago, when I was younger, with my family. It has always been a nice place to stay, and it is very conveniently located in the center of town. I enjoyed my stay there this time around, and would stay there again. I don't really have many negative reviews, as the staff is... More

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

We always appreciate an honest review and we wanted to thank you for yours. We're glad that you noticed the improvements like the new TV's and we are committed to doing more and more each and every year. We're so glad that you think the Sands by the Sea is such a nice place to stay. It means quite a... 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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