We rented Room 11 at the Sand Castle Inn on the night of 28 December 2013. You folks have a great location there in Imperial Beach.
However, our experience in the room we rented was far from satisfactory. Here are some of the more serious problems we encountered in our stay.
a) The faucet unit in the bathroom shower needs replacing. It is completely messed up. Cold is hot … hot is not. Very difficult to make work. Also there didn’t seem to be enough hot water or the faucet malfunction made it difficult to get it. My wife managed to get a hot shower. My shower was luke warm and my daughter’s was cold.
b) The alleged pull-out bed sofa is absolutely non-functional. Try to pull it out and lie on it. Impossible. One can sleep on the sofa when it is closed, but then it is not a “bed” as advertised.
c) The bed in the bedroom is fine for one person … but again, it is very old and if two people sleep in it you simply roll into each other in the middle. Bummer.
d) The faucet unit in the kitchen is broken too.
e) The curtains/blinds were broken in the main room and only semi functional in the back room.
Honestly, the room felt a bit grungy and it seemed like the room needed a good deep cleaning and some repainting of the walls and replacement of the curtains etc. There were burned out light bulbs in several fixtures, no sheets for the pull out bed, and not enough towels. We did get those replaced when we asked. The young man working at the desk was helpful and pleasant and did his best to help.
Bottom line this is a nice room, but it needs clean-up and maintenance. The room was way over-priced at $168. It was a very poor deal for us. Given its present condition, I will not recommend the Sand Castle to other folks, nor will we return in the future.
- Also Known As:
- The Sand Castle Hotel Imperial Beach
- The Sand Castle Hotel
- The Sand Castle Motel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you wish to get away from a typical hotel environment, why not try The Sandcastle Inn where you can relax and enjoy while watching the beautiful sunset, and listening to the great sound waves of the Pacific Ocean. At this moment we are still enjoying the sun, surf, and sand of the beach. ... more less