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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
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#2 of 10 hotels in Marina
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
Value
3.8
GreenLeaders Bronze level
The Sanctuary Beach Resort invites guests to experience a luxurious seaside escape in Monterey Bay. Nestled between the rolling hills of the Carmel Valley and ocean tides of the Marina Dunes, The Sanctuary Beach Resort enchants travelers with its surroundings, top-of-the-line amenities and world-class attractions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Bicycles available
Spa
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
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Fireplace
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Microwave
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Judy V wrote a review Aug 5
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We celebrated my birthday at The Sanctuary and we were not disappointed. As soon as we arrived, check in was a breeze. We were taken to our beachfront suite via a golf cart! The room was very spacious with a queen bed and a sofa bed which accommodated our family of four comfortably. We loved having the fireplace on the cold nights especially after a day at the beach. We enjoyed a glass of wine on our patio at night just listening to the ocean waves. We had dinner at @saltwoodkitchen. The food and service was amazing! We dined outdoors and were given blankets to keep us warm! We took full advantage of the pool, firepit at night, along with the outdoor games (volleyball, bocce ball, and connect four). We will definitely be back again!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 days ago
Dear judyv658; Thank you for highlighting all that our little heaven has to offer: From a smooth check-in, friendly staff, comfortable and clean rooms, delightful dinner at Salwood our on-site restaurant, and fun amenities. Thank you for sharing your experience with others and looking forward to your return! Robert
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Diane S wrote a review Apr 2022
Saratoga, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
100/100 We’re going to tell everyone about this place is beautiful clean everyone is friendly Eddie Julio JOE joe Excellent service Breakfast was excellent Staff very helpful very accommodating very tranquil setting Dog friendly is a bonus
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Bring salt and pepper Water if you drink a lot
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tmat93245 wrote a review Aug 3
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The check in and comfort staff was amazing. I cannot speak highly enough. Since departing dealing with management to correct an issue has been less than helpful. My issue of being charged extra for a complimentary upgrade, when we had to move rooms, remains unresolved. In addition, the completed charges to my card are higher than what is on my itemized receipt that I received at check out. The hotel is gorgeous, and I had looked forward to staying again, but for the price we paid, and the issues we had with our room, added to spending time for multiple days trying to rectify an issue after vacation, is far more than I had anticipated. I will not likely return.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear tmat93245. Thank you for posting your review; we are indeed very fortunate to have such a dedicated team. It was also a pleasure speaking with you a moment ago. Per our conversation, you were never charged for an upgrade and the $100 credit extended as a gesture of apology for the room change has been approved by booking.com, our 3rd party vendor, and should appear on your bank statement rather quickly. As always, customer satisfaction is our number 1 priority and I am so glad we were able to get to the bottom of your concerns. Looking forward to welcoming you back very soon. Sylvain
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36bm3mx306 wrote a review Aug 2
San Francisco, California1 contribution
Came here for a quick birthday weekend away and can’t say I’ve ever slept better - the comfiest king bed with the sliding door open, smelling the salty ocean air and listening to the waves was the best thing I could imagine. Service was impeccable, received an upgraded room at check-in with a fantastic view and every employee made us feel like family. The food at the restaurant was delicious - I ate so much bread dipped in mussel broth I might not fit in my comfy hotel robe anymore! The beach view with fire pits at sunset cannot be beat, and the hot tub was the perfect temperature. I also love that it’s dog friendly - met so many cute furry guests!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear 36bm3mx306. Happy belated birthday! Thank you for the wonderful review, and kind comments in regards to the service provided. So glad you enjoyed your dining experience at our on-site restaurant SaltWood as well; I will share your comments with the team which I know will be encouraged by your remarks. Please join us again soon! Robert
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fusiondave wrote a review Jul 2022
Boston, Massachusetts25 contributions6 helpful votes
Stayed for 3 nights at the resort. Stayed at the bungalow situated right on the beach facing the ocean. We chose this place for some rest and relaxation, and we got it! If you are looking for a noisy night life look elsewhere. Lol. The place is serene and relaxing, and the service was discrete and prompt. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The restaurant on site is highly recommended.
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear fusiondave. Thank you so much for your kind words in regards to your overall experience and service as well as the generous endorsement. I will share your comments with the team which I know will be encouraged by your remarks. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Sincerely. Robert
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Kelli Maxson wrote a review Jul 2022
El Dorado Hills, California1 contribution
Relaxing vaction by the ocean with amazing resturant right on site. Salt and wood has fresh sea food in a beautiful setting. Staff was exceptiona especially the manager who helped us with our reservation with american express.
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Kelli M Thank you for taking the time to rate our restaurant and for our kind words in regard to the food and service. Please join us again soon. Robert
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TheTravelingBGs wrote a review Jun 2022
Los Altos, California23 contributions70 helpful votes
The Bad: BEWARE if you are trying to buy a "cottage" or "villa" of 2 rooms in one of the oceanfront cottages. The sales people will tell you that you can do this and be guarenteed to get your rooms together... but they are lying. We booked this and I asked the sales person point blank twice if it was guarenteed that our 2 rooms would be together in a cottage and she said 'yes, of course.' On the morning of our trip however, they called to say that the rooms could not be together and that it was first come first serve based on availability & occupancy. This is probably illegal false advertising and if I can remenber, I will report to BBB. They literally are lying about their product in order to make sales. A front desk person said "they've had this problem before and the sales people keep promising it even though they can't make that promise." So definitely don't believe them if you try to book the 2-room cottage/villa: they are lying and can't promise the rooms will be together. No or limited housekeeping. No towels at pool. So basically, these guys do not have their act together, and for a $800+/night place, that is not excusable. The Good Despite those problems, I can't give this place 1-star because there are some great qualities. * Great location: not many places in the bay area where you can get a cottage and literally walk out onto the beach with glorious sunsets. * While not 5-star quality, I thought the rooms were fine. * Pool, while not 5-star quality, was nice and very family friendly. * The actual people working there seem friendly and like they are trying to do a good job. Hard to recommend this place with their current management: I saw other hotel guests arguing & irate with the hotel about some issue. And you can see all the recent 1-star reviews: this place has serious problems. Which is a shame, because it is a gorgeous location.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Robert Laforgia, Guest Services / Front Office at The Sanctuary Beach Resort
Responded Jun 13, 2022
Dear Galvin W. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. First and foremost, we are truly sorry to hear you were misled by the Sales representative upon making your reservation. Despite what you were told, we were unaware of any booking issues and the minute you brought it up to our attention this past Saturday, we initiated a plan to address your unfortunate experience so we could correct the shortfall at once and prevent any further occurrences. Nonetheless, this should have never occurred in the first place so please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience we have caused you and your family. I would love the opportunity to touch base with you offline. I can be reached via the email address at robert.laforgia@hhmlp.com. Looking forward to connecting soon. Robert
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ROSLYN L wrote a review Jun 2022
Tucson, Arizona5 contributions6 helpful votes
The power being out & no coffee in the morning was bad enough. They had a generator only in the lobby for 4 hours. Then no cable & they did not bother to address it for over 6 hours. At 1k a night, the WORST experience I have had in my 20 years of 5 star travel
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Robert Laforgia, Guest Services / Front Office at The Sanctuary Beach Resort
Responded Jun 5, 2022
Dear rozlauterback. I would like to apologize on behalf of our resort for the incident that occurred with the power loss yesterday morning and for how it negatively impacted all our guests, including you and yours. This unfortunate incident that not only affected the resort's power lines but the phones and Wifi aroused above property and affected over 30 thousand people in the area was beyond our control. To your point, our lodge is equipped with a generator which only allows us to operate to a bare minimum. I can assure you that we learn a lot from this very unusual incident and this will allow us to put the system in place so we can be better prepared in the future to prevent any further occurences. I would love the opportunity to speak with you offline at your earliest convenience. I can be reached by email at robert.laforgia@hhmlp.com
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Casady B wrote a review May 2022
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If you are thinking about staying here please let me save you the time and money, don’t do it! I think some context helps, so a little about me. I am from SF and in my late 20s. My husband and I work in tech and VC. I booked a private whale watching charter for my husband’s birthday and needed to find a place for us to stay for the weekend. I was torn between the Ritz Half Moon Bay or the Sanctuary. After doing some research it seemed like the reviews were not that far off and they had the same price point. I assumed they would have the same experience. I was wrong. Do not stay here! Trust me! I wanted to believe all the great photos and figured for the price it should be worth it. I decided upon arrival to upgrade to the panoramic ocean front suit. Our suit was the furthest on the right when facing the ocean and the view was completely obstructed by a sand hill. The beach access and fire pits were closed off due to a wedding. None of which was told to us ahead of time. We had brunch at the restaurant on site. It was advertised that there would be patio seating and live music. Both not true. It looks modern online but the food quality was nothing better than a local diner. The hotel had a timeshare in the middle and only the surrounding rooms are apart of the “hotel.” The quality of amenities, service, and customers is not what is advertised. We walked to the pool, no towels were out for guest, it truly felt like a run down apartment pool. Our tv didn’t work. Any flush of the toilet from our neighbors was heard clearly. It became almost comical for my husband and I as to what we expected vs the reality. If you would say the rooms were $300 a night it would justify what you got in return and I would have no complaints. But when you book a hotel for over $900 a night and then additional money to upgrade you find yourself confused as to what you are getting. I felt so embarrassed brining someone here anticipating it would be a luxury hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded May 30, 2022
Dear casadyb2021. I am truly sorry to hear about your subpar experience. At the Sanctuary Beach Resort we strive to meet guests expectations and obviously we have felt short in this particular occasion. I would love the opportunity to connect with your in person. I can be reached via email at robert.laforgia@hhmlp.com or by phone at (831) 883-9478. Looking forward to speaking with you soon. Sincerely. Robert
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macmo2014 wrote a review May 2022
Santa Cruz, California5 contributions4 helpful votes
Just got back from a heavenly stay at the Sanctuary Resort. Our room was one of the Panoramic Ocean Front Deluxe guestrooms and it was perfect for the two of us with a private porch and two Adirondack chairs on which we could sit and take in the absolutely stunning view of the Monterey Bay. The fireplace provided the perfect amount of heat to take the chill of the brisk late afternoon breeze. The large swimming pool was the perfect temperature as was the enormous jacuzzi. For those who give Saltwood Restaurant mixed reviews, you must not have had the oysters grilled to perfection. And the black cod - sublime! The room's bedding and mattress were superior quality, and the double sink bathroom stocked with l'Occitane products was spacious enough for both of us to use at the same time. The staff was incredibly welcoming and attentive to all our needs. And the General Manager, Michelle E., treated us like VIPs. Having stayed previously at one of the famed resorts in Big Sur, I can say without hesitation that the lodging, amenities and breathtaking beauty, and the general feeling that our satisfaction was the number one priority, puts this resort on par with V and PR when you factor in the affordability component. Thank you for the truly wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded May 30, 2022
Dear macmo2014. Thank you for your endorsement and the raving review. We are very fortunate to have such an incredible staff starting from Michelle and all the other members of the team. I will also share your review with the food and beverage crew which I know will be encouraged by your remarks. Please join us again soon
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$521 - $753 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sanctuary Beach Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Nearby attractions include Marina State Beach (0.8 miles), Fort Ord Dunes State Park (3.0 miles), and Pezzini Farms (3.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coffee Mia, Ticos Breakfast & Lunch, and Noodle Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Sanctuary Beach Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop (8.4 miles), Cannery Row (7.8 miles), and Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories (7.8 miles).
Does The Sanctuary Beach Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.