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“Close to the Beach and very comfortable” 3 of 5 stars
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56 Central Avenue, Pacific Beach, WA 98571   |  
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Everett, Washington
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“Close to the Beach and very comfortable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

The staff was wonderful and helpful. Rooms comfortable and clean. Short walk to the beach.. Has a BBQ and cleaning station behind for clams and fish. I would recommend to all I know.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We stayed in the penthouse unit, which was really like a small apartment. The views from the room were nice, and there were wicker recliners in the bedroom you could use to relax with a glass of wine to enjoy them. The bed was comfortable, but the pull-out sofabed was lumpy and uncomfortable. Though we didn't use the full-service kitchen, it had all the appliances you would need to get you through a few days, or a week, and who wouldn't want to cook while watching the ocean waves coming in and listening to the surf? There was a nice TV and a Teac stereo radio, but we could only get one station.

The unit was clean, but it had an odor that may have been coming from the bathroom (?) septic system. It smelled like a pelican had lost its' meal of fish or something, and, no matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of it. That spoiled the experience. Otherwise, it would be a great spot for a romantic weekend.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

We spent a very pleasant but rainy March day here. The views from the picture windows of the penthouse are fabulous (even and perhaps especially in the rain). The master bedroom has a large comfortable bed and two chaise loungers as well. There's a set of binoculars with which to watch the waves and the birds. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils and we suggest you come supplied with groceries (although there are a few spots in town who could probably use your business.) The wifi in the room is spotty but we found signal using the counter in the kitchen. The beach is just outside your door. The manager was pleasant and helpful. There's a TV, stereo and DVD in the living room as well as a small fold out couch.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

We stayed in Room 4 in July 2009 (2009 wasn't a choice). There was a picture of the room on the website and it was exactly as described. It was perfect for our family - neat and clean with everything we needed. Outside the door was a balcony that ran the length of the building, with chairs to sit out if we'd had time. The beds were comfortable (even the futon), and we were glad to be able to spread out through the 3 rooms instead of staying in a chain hotel room. The walk to the beach was easy and quick, but we were sorry that the fog hadn't lifted by the time we needed to head out in the morning. I wished we'd had more time to spend there, but we were doing a circle tour of the area and had to move on.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

We tied a few days on the coast to a trip to Seattle for a conference. Pacific Beach is SMALL, and the weather was much cooler than we expected due to constant haze and a steady wind (not breeze, WIND) off the ocean. It's about 20 degrees cooler than Seattle in the summer, not factoring for wind chill, so bring sweatshirts and a jacket.

But it was exactly what we wanted--no crowds, no cell phone service, no phone in the room. The beach is amazing--not manicured, just nature doing its thing. We sat on driftwood logs watching seagulls and crabs for hours, found beachglass and shells, then would head back to the cabin to warm up. The beach is long, flat and wide; you could spend all day walking if you chose.

The cottage we stayed in was very well appointed, and looked to be either extremely well maintained or newly renovated. We could have cooked every meal there but chose not to because we were being so lazy. Full size fridge, full size stove, microwave, and coffee maker. It was a two bedroom, but we felt it would have been tight quarters with two more adults. And even though we joked about it when I made the reservation, The fireplace was very welcome in June (ok, we're from Texas--it was 95 degrees ehre when we left). The beach was about a block away, and it was visible from the front porch. The cabin blocked a lot of the wind, so we used the porch when we still wanted to be outside but get out of the wind. The manager onsite was extremely friendly and helpful on recommendations. The units
are dog friendly, too, and we wished we could have brought ours-they would have loved the beach. The exterior of the Sand Dollar motel next door did look like it had seen better days, but from the seciond floor I'll bet the ocean view was amazing. Definitely stay in a cottage for creature comforts, though.

The coffee shop up the block had wonderful pastries for breakfast, and also internet service if we felt like seeing what was happening in the rest of the world. All the restaurants in town (4 or 5) shut down pretty early, so plan ahead. The restaurant at the old Navy base was open latest and has a bar, and the food was simple but very good. Falcon Nest had excellent shakes and onion rings, and make sure to try the salmon burger.

We went up to the National Forest one day and hiked around. Amazing how a 30 minute drive totally changed the terrain as well as the weather! Sunny and warm inland, while overcast and very cool on the coast. We ate lunch overlooking Lake Quinault, and saw the world's largest spruce tree and several waterfalls, too. We also drove down to Ocean Shores another day, but not much to see there except tourist-y stores.

Not a resort area by far--just a sleepy, quiet town on the beach. It was wonderful.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
2 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2008

We a had a wonderful time staying in a two bedroom cabin for spring break. The unit was clean and well appointed. We brought food to prepare in the cabin, but there is a nice coffee shop next door where we bought hot drinks and fresh bread, and other restaurants around. The cabin had a gas fireplace and a small TV with DVD/VCR attached. Very few people around since it was still rainy most days, but I can see why people take their dogs out there. A good beach for running without a lot of interference. Seemed a bit on the pricey side, we paid $165 a night for a two bedroom cabin during the week in late March, but other than that, no complaints.

  • Liked — The cabin we had was well decorated.
  • Disliked — I wouldn't recommend staying in the main hotel. It looked like it's seen better days.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lakewood, WA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2007

Opted for a Sanddollar cottage with the dogs and parents for Thanksgiving. Website stated DVD player and fireplace, one reason for choosing there. We get there and fireplace is inoperable and no DVD player to be found. Bed in my husband and my room was most uncomfortable and was dreading the 3 nights we had booked.

Stayed November 2006
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Additional Information about Sand Dollar Inn and Cottages

Address: 56 Central Avenue, Pacific Beach, WA 98571
Location: United States > Washington > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Pacific Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sand Dollar Inn is just one block from the ocean for long beach walks. We offer 1 & 2 bedroom guest rooms and Cottages designed for family fun and romantic getaways. The Pacific Beach area is known for pristine beaches and natural beauty without the crowds. The perfect place to relax, reflect, fly kites, build sand castles, or just enjoy a campfire. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sand Dollar Hotel Pacific Beach

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