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“Family Visit” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Sands Motel
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103   |  
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Ranked #16 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
1 review
“Family Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We return every year when visiting family....and are never disappointed. Very pleasant staff and atmosphere. Ideal location across the street from the ocean, and the price is a pleasant surprise also. Would recommend to everyone.

Stayed May 2015, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We stayed here recently for 3 nights while attending a conference at the Hyatt in Santa Barbara which was less than a 5 minute walk away. The motel was lovely. The rooms are small but recently updated and clean with a nice bathroom and in-room fridge, microwave and wine cooler. We were in a king room and asked for a fireplace because we wanted the top floor. The bed was very comfortable. We didn't use the fireplace because it was warm enough but was a lovely addition. There wasn't much noise between rooms but we could hear people talking when they walked by the door which is pretty typical for these types of places. The outdoor pool was nice to sit beside and the wifi worked at the pool which was a bonus. The front office closes at 9pm so important to be aware if you are driving in late! The zoo was only a 5 minute walk and there is a shuttle into town from just down the street. Overall excellent value and a great location.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Blue sands motel with clean and the manager was very friendly. He gave us recommendations on where to eat and what to explore. We felt completely comfortable like we were visiting family. The room was perfect. We slept with the windows open all night and when we got cold there was a fireplace for warmth. Very roomy bathroom with a comfortable shower. The bed was one of the more comfortable beds I've slept in. Only a block from the beach and walking distance to any shops you would want to visit. I would recommend this to all my friends.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We enjoyed a three night stay at Blue Sands Motel. We were in town for an event at the Fess Parker. Instead of staying at the hotel, we opted for this property because it seemed like our dollar would stretch further. What a great choice. It's an absolute gem of a location. Our room (we were in #1) was neat and clean with a kitchenette area. Room was updated and bathroom was spacious with extra shelves to store stuff. All staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. This is a dog-friendly property, which gave it an extra chill vibe. We would certainly stay here again. There is a natural/produce market a short walk away to pick up snacks and Trader Joes is about 1/2 mile up Milpas as well.

Stayed March 2015, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a small, well situated two story motel with a pool. The decor is perfect. We had a room with two queen beds and a gas fireplace - not a huge room but very well appointed - cozy! It had a wine cooler, bar fridge with a little freezer, microwave, coffeemaker ......& two "real glass" glasses, which were lovely to have for a glass of wine. We were on the second floor - it's a walk up which was fine for us. Our car was safely parked on the grounds - we could see it from our room.
The shower was wonderful. Great water pressure with a nozzle that can be hand held. Nicely tiled bathroom.
The only thing missing was a fan in the bathroom but there was a window which opened.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms have the pool right in front. We were on the second floor, in room 7, just to the...
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We have stayed at this motel 4 or 5 times over the past five years. The people are friendly and helpful. The location is superb. It's across the street and a little bit of a block from the ocean. Room 5 even has an ocean view. It has been updated nicely with some of the rooms having fireplaces. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

The Blue Sands is an amazing little motel. The staff is sensational and so welcoming and helpful. The room was extremely comfortable and well appointed. The pet policy is so flexible and accommodating. We could not have asked for a better stay.

  • Stayed February 2015
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blue Sands Motel

Address: 421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sands Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Sands Motel is a small property only a quarter of a block from some of the best beaches in Santa Barbara. Close to shopping and restaurants, we strive to provide you a clean comfortable room at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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