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“Inexpensive, basic accomodations, great stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Sands By The Sea Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
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“Inexpensive, basic accomodations, great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2004

I stayed at the Sands in June 2004. The accomodations are basic (if you're driving, maybe bring along your favorite pillow because the ones in our room were flat!), but very adequate for the price. (We paid about $85/night on a weekend.) The rooms are well sound-proofed (I think - there were people on both sides of our room and we didn't hear them), and it's right by the ocean - great for taking a morning jog. This is a great stopping point if you are on your way to Big Sur from Southern California (Big Sur is about 2 hours from San Simeon) and don't want to spend $200/night. My one complaint is that our heater, while very warm and on a great thermostat (as the other reviewer mentioned) made some clicking noises - I'm a light sleeper and it was a little rough for me. But overall, Sands is a great bargain for the area.

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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2004

Had selected this place from the Web based on its location and costs.
You can't get a better deal for what it is. The rooms are clean, decent and the best heaters this side of the Pacific. It is less than 5 min walk from the spectacular coastline. And the prices are decently competitive compared to the BW and the SS Lodge. Our family had really enjoyed my short stay here.

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Additional Information about Sands By The Sea Motel

Address: 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in San Simeon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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