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“Location, Location, Location” 3 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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“Location, Location, Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2005

Location, Location, Location...This motel has a fantastic location if you want convenience to Hearst Castle as well as ocean. I have stayed here 3 times and am going back again this week. For the price $45-$65 low season you can hardly beat it. This is a no frills motel. If you need frills you can stay at the Best Western right behind this motel and pay $169 per night. I would rather save some extra money and have more to spend on the near by retsaurants, wineries, and attractions.

  • Stayed September 2003
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2004

We paid $40 for our room which was great value.

Yes, the motel keeper seemed a little dour but she thawed on occasion! The morning muffins were lovely!

We had an excellent evening meal at the Cavalier next door where the service was superb.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2004

We arrived in town on a Friday afternoon (Sept. 2004) with no reservations, so we were pleased with a room for $65 (Queen bed for 2 people). Clean room, cable TV...and wonderful access to the beach! For dinner, we walked to the restaurant next door at the Cavalier Motel. Muffins, juice and coffee were available in the lobby the next morning.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2004

Stayed here on 1/7. Had planned to stay in San Luis Obispo but as we decided to go to Hearst castle we opted for here as it is close by. Motel keeper was somewhat dour but room was clean and spacious nonetheless with coffee maker. Small pool at rear. Nothing to do in San Simeon, only motels there which serve visitors to Hearst castle. breakfast was muffins and coffee, get you started. We had wanted to stay in best western but it was fully booked. Dont eat in Mexican up the street not great, Had a beer and a game of pool in bar opposite best western which was fun. San Simeon has not alot going for it!

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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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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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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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