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“Road Worthy” 4 of 5 stars
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Sands Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1930 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   |  
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Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Anaheim, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Road Worthy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Many motels/hotels in town, but The Sands is consistently good and well priced. Chris was very helpful and offered freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when we checked in. Since it was raining he also made sure we had a room near the office and that we could park in the covered garage.
The room was large, quiet and equipped with a micro-wave and small fridge. The included breakfast was in a nice room behind the office and consisted of scrambled eggs, sausage, juices, waffles, yogurt, bagels, pastries, coffee and cream-of-wheat. A great spread for a motel breakfast.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore City, null, Singapore
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128 reviews 128 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

"Do you want a cookie?" was the first question Chris, the customer service person asked when I stood in front of him at the reception counter. He was friendly and very careful to write down the breakfast hours in the morning and also the wireless access. He then pointed us to our rooms..

The rooms were beautiful designed, clean and bigger than expected. All facilities work. The bed were firm.

Location of the hotel is great and not too far from the highway. It was not noisy at all.

We had a full breakfast with self made waffle, eggs station etc. really enjoyed our stay.

Will come again...

Stayed December 2012
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california
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Clean good size room. Nice people and location. Small TV from last century! Was'nt in slo to watch TV, but next time ill bring my laptop, the screens bigger.
Pool too cold to use but looked nice.
Room price a bit high compared to other
Favorite but that hotel was booked.
OK in a pinch.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Friendly reception staff greeted us with coffee and cookies which was a very nice touch. Room very acceptable with all the facilities including free Wi-fi and coffee making, with excellent coffee. Our coffee maker did not work on arrival but this was replaced within five minutes of reporting to Reception. Handy to the freeway and in hotel / motel area about 1.5 miles from central San Luis Obispo which you could walk. Very nice pool with a lot of towels but we could not get the jacuzzi to work, we could have asked Reception. Complimentary buffet was very well received and a good choose. Enjoyed our short friendly stay.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malibu
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Booked this originally without reading reviews because pets are permitted(although we ended up leaving Fido with our neighbor). We have frequent rewards with Best Western which is directly across the street, but they don't accept pets and the staff wasn't friendly when I called about their Cal Poly package that they no longer offer even though it is still on their website. I'm glad we left the dog at home because it would have been too hot to leave her in the car during our tour of Cal Poly. When I read the A/C didn't work from an earlier review, I cancelled the reservation. The GM, Mr. Wilkins assured me that the A/C did work so we rebooked. It was a good thing because it was over 90 degrees in the middle of October. We really enjoyed our stay here - from the hot coffee and freshly baked cookies upon arrival, to the recommendation of a Pizzeria for dinner from the front staff (Woodstock) which was a fun choice since it was a Sunday and we're a football crowd. They had happy hour for all NFL games but go before 3:00 for the economical Lunch special. We enjoyed the huge selection of free DVDs and had read about this so we brought micro popcorn and cold drinks to use in the in room fridge and microwave. A good thing since the vending machine was out of order. We also enjoyed the nice pool and toasty jacuzzi. The friendly staff gave us plenty of extra towels. The beds were comfy but it would be great if they updated the bedspreads to the newer type. We brought our own pillows too since we had read the pillows were bad - but they were fine. The A/C was cool but kind of noisy when it cycled on and off during the night. Last but not least, the complimentary breakfast was just great. Waffles that you make to order, bagels, cereal (eggs were cold though) and delicious OJ and coffee. Also, they have a washer/dryer for guests use. We will definitely return here especially if our son is accepted to Cal Poly.

Room Tip: We were on the ground floor of the one story building - perfect - parked right in front of our room...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Certainly dated, but clean. We found it quiet and comfortable. Quiet rooms are on the south and west side. Bed was better than I expected. Either it was a new mattress or one of quality. Came with self serve breakfast. Added bonus of free dvd to watch movies in your room if the weather is bad. We had to book late and were worried about the options we had left. Ended up booked at the Sands and would not hesitate again if the better hotels were booked.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cozumel, Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I booked this last minute on Orbitz while traveling down from Hearst Castle that same day. I went to college here back in the early 80s and had not visited the area since. The hotel had some pretty good reviews on Orbitz, so I decided to choose this one. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Zach did a good job of making some dinning suggestions and was teaching the new front desk person there. The rooms were very clean, just a little dated though. When you start spending over $110/night, your expectations begin to change. I think some some inexpensive updates would help a lot . The wifi seems to be inadequate- it seems to choke in the morning when everyone gets on at the same time. They do have free use of an internet computer in the lobby though and that works fine. Overall, I think it is a good property and is in a good location. With some adjustments to the amenities, I think it could be even. better

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sands Inn & Suites

Address: 1930 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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