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1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
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The Sands Motel
Ranked #30 of 38 Hotels in Traverse City
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Warren, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the room definitely was not the greatest to us it's all about the beach. Room was very small especially for a family of 4. Chris the owner and host of the motel is a very nice guy and goes out of his way to make sure that you're having a good time. In the evening we were sitting around... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have found that traverse city is a rip off for accommodations at least in the summer. You will pay $200a night for a $59 anywhere else hotel. This one has a nice beach with fire pit and free kayaks but the rooms are way outdated small and reek of cover up spray. Plan way ahead if going to traverse... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a place on the water and this place is right on the water. The staff was great. The only negative thing about this place were the rooms. We paid $159 per night and the moment I walked in the room I wished I had negotiated price. Other then that I loved our time... More

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Byron Center, Michigan
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3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't looking for a five star with all the bells n whistles, we never use them anyway! This place fit our needs. Affordable and in a great location. I would love to stay for 2-3 days in the summer and enjoy the nice beach area this motel offers.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Stayed here during the weekend of the Bayshore Marathon. I was very worried based on earlier, negative ratings but needed to be close to the race venue and also not spend a ton of money. Chris, the owner, was a GREAT host to all of his guests! He really makes everyone feel at home and gets to know you. The... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I have been staying at the sands motel for 3 months now. Their monthly rates are among the most affordable in traverse city. Perfect for an NMC student looking for an affordable place to stay in the fall, winter, or spring. Location is great, right on the beach, near downtown, right across the street from the state park, and just... More

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Whitmore Lake
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We Checked in Thursday Sept 19th. The room was full of bugs, the cable did not work, the walls and shower had holes in them. The toilet didn't work and the lock on the door did not work. One of our party was accosted by one of the monthly and weekly residents in this dump and the police were called.... More

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Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed 3 nights here. We booked the stay and I asked about the cancellation policy on the phone. The girl said we just charge you for the first night and if you decide not to stay after that it is not a problem. After seeing our room and all the problems, we wanted to move elsewhere... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed at the Sands for just 1 night which ended up being 3 nights due to the wonderful beach location and staff.....Mickey was a great host to this hotel....wonderful breakfast and we met alot of wonderful people....closest type of resort to the carribean you can get in North America...see you all next summer guys...xoxox

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

I made the mistake of leaving $600 in cash in the room so I went back to retrieve it. When I got there the maid was in the room and my envelope was gone. She of course denied it. I called the police and was told 'we get called here a lot'. The only thing the manager did was send... More

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Additional Information about The Sands Motel

Address: 1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Also Known As:
The Sands Hotel Traverse City
Sands Hotel Traverse City

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