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Sands By The Sea Motel

9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Room clean and tidy but had a smokey smell which surprised me as we had no smoking rooms. Well placed location on the beach and handy for restaurants (short walk) was fine for one night stay but wouldn't want a long stay.

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Clay City, Kentucky
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The room was clean but dated. It had an unpleasant smell as many beachside hotels do. The nearby restaurant the Cavalier was mediocre. The beach access was great. There was sitting available by fires. It was a great place to end the day and watch the sunset.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for the night on the way up the PCH. Room and motel is clean and simple with all you need for the location. Best thing about this place is the proximity to the elephant seals (10 mins) and at sunset they light fire pits where you can sit and watch the sunset and meet fellow travellers and maybe... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We stayed in the handicapped accessible room on the first floor. The room was large and clean, huge bathroom, recently remodeled. Our room window was looking inside the indoor pool area, so not much of a view. Very quiet. You can walk around Best Western building and to the beach, great views of the ocean. We used $4 per person... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

It was nice small hotel with every thing needed for one night stay. Unfortunately it was very windy and we could not enjoy walk on the beach. Room was clean and bed comfortable. They provided voucher for $4 discount in the next door hotel for breakfast or use it for the continental breakfast. Will use it again if needed.

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Chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Only thing town has to offer is proximity to Hearst Castle. No gas station, drug store, fast food. I'd suggest going 6 miles further south to Cambria. Charming town with many more options including galleries, antiques. The Sands does provide a campfire every night by the beach, which was a nice touch. Motel is adequate but no restaurants open if... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This is a basic, but totally fine hotel. It was clean and very close to the Hearst Castle. The hotel is right by the sea and there are some very cool fire pits you can sit by in the evening. The reception is closed for several hours during the day, but the hotel next door is willing to take your... More 

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We were thrilled to find a motel that was reasonably priced in this part of California. It was very clean, but the view left something to be desired. The bathroom was so humid that the walls were wet after only one shower...and this was with the fan on and the window open. The breakfast vouchers for the restaurant next door... More 

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Livingston, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We needed a good, overnight motel from which to visit the Elephant Seal rookery and also Hearst Castle... and we found an excellent solution in the Sands by the Sea Motel. It was clean, very quiet, peaceful, spacious... it had great, strong, hot water in the shower and an easy-to-operate shower faucet handle (both a must!)... and we were also... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Take your time as you drive down the Big Sur coast line between Carmel and San Simeon. Stop at vista points to snap photos of the stunning views. Visit the elephant seal colonies. The hotel is located in the little enclave of San Simeon, about 5 miles south of Hearst Castle, in a cluster of several basic motels and restaurants.... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Sands By The Sea Motel

Address: 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Price Range: $130 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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Also Known As:
Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
Sands Motel San Simeon
Sands Hotel San Simeon
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon
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