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1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
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The Sands Motel
Ranked #32 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The manager of this motel is a LIAR! People stumped and banged on floor upstairs and walls 24/7 while I stayed there month to month. Manager and workers are nothing but liars! THEY PUT HIDDEN CAMERAS!

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Booked room for a future date. Cancelled well in advance owner unathorized charged againist my credit card defrauding me of $350.00. Now will be pressing charges as he refuses to return these funds.Called to discuss but he will not return my calls. This has given a sour opion of Traverse City Michigan.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A few of these reviews mention that the owner of this motel is a nice guy. The problem is that this nice guy is not putting any of his profits back into his business. The carpeting is burned and stained, ceiling tiles show water damage, the mattresses are old and are covered with crinkly protective plastic. The sheets are threadbare,... More 

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Warren, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 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 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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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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Additional Information about The Sands Motel

Address: 1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
The Sands Hotel Traverse City
Sands Hotel Traverse City

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