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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 3 days ago
Chinacat_Boston Boston, MA
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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
23 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Massachusetts, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my family's 5th year staying here at the Sands by the Sea! We requested rooms 58 and 56, the views did not disappointment! It was nice to have the little corner all to ourselves. The rooms were extremely clean, bright and cozy! I love all the new touches they added this year: new dressers, TVs and a heater... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location can't be beat!! We love the area. The motel was great. Everyone was kind and helpful!! The room was perfectly fine!! Strong Lysol smell when we first got there but it quickly went away. They let us park a few hours early and stay parked a few hours after. Once the car was parked we never started it agin... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 4th stay at the Sands this year. Perfect location at Short Sands, very clean, pool perfect for the grand children, great staff and management. They seem to go out of their way to try and make your stay a perfect one.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of this motel is prime, as it is directly across from the Short Sands beach. You can pretty much park and then walk everywhere in the downtown area. With parking at the beach hard to come by during peak season, this is handy. The rooms are nice. You can tell it is older, but you can tell they... More

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Plainville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been coming to York Beach for about 15 years now and have only stayed at Sands by the Sea. Why you ask? Because the staff is friendly, the rooms are clean, the price is reasonable and the location phenomenal. Sands by the sea has been around for years but the owners are constantly updating their property because they care... More

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Hudson, New Hampshire
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This family hotel has been at this location for a long time. It couldn't be closer to Short Sands and all it's amenities. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It isn't fancy, but is quite comfortable. The only quibble I have is that parking is very tight, but given the location it's probably the best that can be done... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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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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