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The Sands Motel

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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 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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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We went into this knowing the possibility of disappointment. After reading all the reviews, we were nervous. I noticed people either loved it or hated it. I think one reviewer summed it up well stating if you are looking for room service or concierge, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a place to stay... More

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Caro, Michigan, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

let me just start with, i couldn't believe the prices in traverse city compared to mackinaw city but, the sands motel was more friendly and handicapped accessible. it was still a little pricey but compared to the motels in the area, it wasn't bad, especially being it was short notice. the rooms were clean and didn't smell like chemicals (... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Great room for a motel. All rooms see the water which is right in front of you. They have a nice little breakfast with fresh local fruit. An awesome beach with perfect sand and water. If your not going in with huge expectations you won't be disappointed. FYI they don't have private butlers. They do have a real nice fire... More

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Spring Lake, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wow, what a blast we had at the Sands. We brought our son & his family to stay at the Sands for his 30th birthday. We had two rooms and stayed five days, four nights. Although I wish I had booked them in a double, there was nothing we did not need for as far as things to do at... More

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Dallas TX
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We paid considerably less than several other hotels we called and we got way more than we would have at the fancier hotels around (i.e. Sugar Beach, etc). We're glad we chose The Sands because being small, it was convenient to park right outside our door and be on the beach in 60 seconds--in other words, didn't have to walk... More

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Additional Information about The Sands Motel

Also Known As:
The Sands Hotel Traverse City
Sands Hotel Traverse City
Address: 1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
Location: United States > Michigan > Grand Traverse County > Traverse City
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Traverse City
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traverse City's best kept little secret for a motel on the beach of Grand Traverse East Bay. 21 cozy rooms with microwave, coffee pot, and refrigerator in them. Wireless net with continental breakfast in the summer time. Also, the only live streaming video of our beach and of east bay. ... more   less 

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