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    Rio Sands Hotel

    116 Aptos Beach Dr, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003-4503
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          Overview
          • Excellent46%
          • Very good38%
          • Average9%
          • Poor4%
          • Terrible3%
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          Free Wifi
          Free Parking
          Breakfast included
          Beachfront
          Pool
          Non-Smoking Hotel
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          Kitchenette
          Wheelchair access
          Business Center
          Private Balcony
          2.0 Star Hotel
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          Reviewed 2 days ago

          WantEd a quIet setTing awAy frOm aLl thE touRist acTion in Santa Cruz. The Rio SanDs waS tHe perfeCt hotEl aNd locaTion. The hotel and grouNds weRe metiCulously mainTained. ThE rOoms weRe very comfortaBle wiTh a niCe patIo adjAcent to tHe poOl arEa. The bEd...More

          Thank monsoons2013
          Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded yesterday

          Hi Monsoons2013, Thank you for your wonderful review! We're very happy to see that you had a pleasant time with us. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

          Reviewed 3 days ago

          Welcome: We arrived at 2am and were very welcomed and processed to our room in less than 5 minute. Very courteous and knowledgeable staff. Room: very clean and spacious. We had a table with 2 chairs, desk, 6 dresser/desk drawers, closet microwave, kitchenette [$50 extra...More

          Thank dep9130
          Reviewed 5 days ago

          The Rio Sands is a favorite of Families with children. We do not usually book hotels that cater to a younger generation. I will say the stay@ Rio Sands was most pleasant. The hotel is managed with the comfort of all guests first and foremost....More

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          Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

          The staff helped us out of a very difficult situation. On a cross country motorcycle trip, one of our bikes had battery problems. The desk staff had to deal with many questions as we were trying to figure out what to do and Julio saved...More

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          Reviewed May 16, 2017

          My first stay at this hotel will definitely turn into my "go to spot" when visiting the Santa Cruz area. This hotel is just a block from the beach, close enough to hear the rhythmic, periodic whoosh of waves crashing into the shore. The rooms...More

          1  Thank Dmmay33
          Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 3 weeks ago

          Hi Dmmay33, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the location and the rooms. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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          About
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          Amenities
          • Top amenities
          • Pool
          • Free Parking
          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
          • Breakfast included
          • Beachfront
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Free Parking
          • Breakfast included
          • Meeting Rooms
          • Banquet Room
          • Business Center with Internet Access
          • Room amenities
          • Refrigerator in room
          • Microwave
          • Things to do
          • Pool
          • Hot Tub
          Details
          • Price range
          • $139 - $353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
          • Hotel class
          • Room types
          • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
          • Kitchenette ,
          • Family Rooms ,
          • Suites
          • Number of rooms
          • 50
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          • California >
          • Aptos
          • Also Known As
          • Rio Sands Hotel Aptos ,
          • Rio Sands Aptos
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          Room & Suite (16)
          Dining (15)
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          Hotel & Grounds (34)
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          Questions & AnswersAsk a question
          Karen F
          Are service dogs allowed?
          July 16, 2016|
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          Response from CotatiKris | Reviewed this property |
          I would call, but I believe they would accommodate you!
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          Katie C
          Do you allow small dogs?
          July 16, 2016|
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          Response from RioManager | Property representative |
          Hello Katie, While we love our four-legged friends, we unfortunately do not allow dogs or any other pets. Thank you very much for your interest in the Rio Sands and we hope to hear from you!
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          CaNative07
          Does the hotel have fire pits/rings to take out on the beach or should we bring our own?
          April 16, 2016|
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          Response from Friendly2u | Reviewed this property |
          In the 25+ years I've been going to the Rio Sands, I have never heard of the hotel offering beach firepits (other than the one's they have on the property near the pool and hot tub for stationary cooking as I mentioned in my... More
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          "Lots of noise in the area. If you are sensitive, it's not good for you."
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          "Staff does attempt to meet special requests made in advance."
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          "The further from the pool- the quieter your experience will be"
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          "Book a suite and have the massage therapists come to your room."
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