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“A day early” 3 of 5 stars
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Sands Of Time Motor Inn & Harbor House
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   549 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Woods Hole
Levittown, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A day early”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Arriving a day early on our trip to Martha's Vineyard we decided to stay in woods hole . Most places were booked ,sands of time had a room, a bit pricey 240.00 , clean , view of the port all very nice , but no coffee or refrigerator in the room! We had to leave the a/c on because of traffic noise which was to bad, it was such a lovely night.
Out the back side of the motel is a pool, which is in a nice quit area with beautiful flowers, the owner is a very nice man , helpful with any questions. Just pricey.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Big Pros: - friendly and helpful staff
- location to downtown core and also to bike path
- view from rooms
- free parking included
- free coffee in reception each morning
- large balcony with 2 comfy chairs and a small table (from most rooms -- ask!)

Cons: - "modern" rooms seem older and smaller than classic rooms
- needs a face lift -- at least new sheets
- pillows are impossibly thick and gave both of us neck problems
- no fridges in rooms
- external balcony lights only go off at 11:30 pm, hallway lights never do -- rooms are neither dark nor quiet

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This trip was a 2 week 25th wedding anniversary (Bucket List) journey thru vermont into Cape Cod. Woods Hole was the start of our memoriable journey. First, I have to compliment Arnie, I made so many phone calls pre arrival, I think I made him nuts. Upon arrival @ 5:00 pm we received such a warm welcome, a bottle of champaign awaiting us in our room with the most breathtaking Harbor view. Arnie and all the staff ofr our two night stay were very helpful in directing us around. We stayed in Woods Hole to catch the ferry over to Martha's Vineyard and it is really 2 blocks down a hill into the village. We had coffee and pastry's at Pie in the Sky tow morning in a row, adorable local bakery filled with as many danish as the busiest train station in NYC. Arnie suggested LandsFall for dinner and it was wonderful, right on the water at the harbor, great food, service and elegant pub ambiance.The town is filled with professors from the the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, very cool! Go to Martha's Vineyard, leave your car at the hotel, there are buses going around town as soon as you get off the ferry.Absolutely did not need the car. Edgars Town had beautiful shops, galleries, JUST GO! Arnie, we can't wait to come back, our 25th may just have turned into our new get-a-way. We continued our trip into Chatham, staying at a well known resort for a few more days, it was beautiful however rude and truly stuck up . There, we will not return. Can't wait to return to The Sands of Time.

Room Tip: Ask for the building in back of the office on a high floor with a harbor view.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Broadstairs
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Four of us took two rooms in the main house of this motel and after we oohed and aahed at our own harbour view, we went into our friends room and gasped at theirs. Just beautiful! Very large rooms, one with a little kitchenette and a very pretty dining area by the double windows where we ate breakfast every morning. Friendly staff with coffee, tea and lovely doughnuts provided in reception. Everything was very clean and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a vending machine for cold drinks. The hotel is about a five minute walk to the town of Woods Hole and the ferry service to Martha's Vineyard and a bus station with connections to Boston and the rest of Cape Cod.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house so can only comment on those and I would want one of those if I was to r...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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des moines
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I booked #135, an ocean view room in Harbor House, a grand old home which can be seen from the ocean. Graciously proportioned room with a huge comfortable bed, flat screen TV of course, and staff ready to assist with anything. It's a super short saunter into the heart of Woods Hole yet just far away enough to avoid any nightlife noise.

I didn't use it but the outdoor pool looked scrupulously clean and sparkling. Jen took care of my room and did a great job.

I wanted the Cape Cod experience and got it at Woods Hole.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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London,UK
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a lovely motel, with fantastic views over Little Harbor, Woods Hole; and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I have stayed here several times now with various family members, and most recently my fiancé; so it is a motel full of wonderful memories for me! I have always had rooms in the motor inn, and love the balconies overlooking the garden and harbour. The rooms in the house are also lovely (some of my family were staying in the house on our big family trip a few years ago) so I would be happy in any room! I love the little reception area and the mini doughnuts and coffee at breakfast time! The staff are always welcoming and helpful. The pool is well maintained and great to have the option of swimming in the pool at the motel as well as all the lovely nearby beaches! (Be sure to check out Nobska beach and lighthouse - you can walk from the motel) Everything is clean and comfortable. It's a wonderful place to stay!!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We stay at the Sands of Time several times a summer and always have a great experience. It is very near to all the great shops and restaurants along with historical buildings that Woods Hole has to offer and its a great place as well. Sitting high atop a hill with sweeping views of Woods hole harbor and the Coast Guard Station. The rooms are nice an clean with two distinct buildings to choose from. We highly recommend the Sands of Time

Room Tip: We like the cool rooms in the older building behind the main motel.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sands Of Time Motor Inn & Harbor House

Address: 549 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Falmouth > Woods Hole
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Woods Hole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands Of Time Motor Inn & Harbor House 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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