We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Sands Motel

1465 US 31 North, Traverse City, MI 49686
The Sands Motel
Write a Review

54 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    13
    15
    4
    7
    15
See reviews for
11
16
4
1
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (12)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (54)
  • Mar-May only
    (8)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (32)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (12)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (2)
All months
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We stay at the Sands for our anniversary. What a dump. The place was filthy. Ceiling tile in the bathroom was moldy. Bedding smelled. The sad part is, it is a great location. Will never stay here again & will be letting everyone we know to stay at ANY other place in TC other than this poorly run motel!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Macomb, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

On a Saturday in February I stayed here for a business trip for one night and as expected Traverse City winters are usually bad considering the lake effect involved but I knew that coming here. When pulling into this motel the parking lot was not plowed. "The other hotels/motels were. This one wasn't." When entering the parking lot my car... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers are raving about these Traverse City hotels

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kent County, Michigan
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

32 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (32)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (12)
Viewed
View from room (5)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (8)
Viewed
Room/suite (3)
Viewed
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities