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Sands by the Sea

15 Ocean Avenue PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
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#4 of 9 hotels in York Beach
If you like being able to check into a clean, friendly, ocean front motel with a beautiful pool and close proximity to not only the beach, but the shops, restaurants, park, trolly, amusement park and even a Wild Animal Kingdom, then you've found the right place! Come see us at the Sands by the Sea Motel where all of your troubles and worries will melt away as you first arrive and view out over the majestic Atlantic Ocean, which is visible from most of our comfortable accommodations. We have a range of standard rooms, 1-bedroom suites, 2 or 3 bedroom cottages and even the Sea Rose Luxury Condominium Suites. We look forward to seeing you in York Beach at the Sands by the Sea Motel.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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caitlin c wrote a review Oct 2020
Brockton, Massachusetts2 contributions
Sands by the sea motel is by far one of the best motels for a family or friends weekend get away. I along with 5 other firends stayed in a suit above the bucket store which had amazing views of the beach and local shopping area right from the outside deck we spent alot of time enjoying the deck area. We walked the beach and all the local shopping centers right below us without a single worry for parking or distance. Amazing stores and restaurants just feet away! I would suggest visiting the Golenrod candy store for some great saltwater taffy you can watch made in the windows, or a trip down the road to the Nibble lighthouse which we also did, would have gone to the fun-o-rama arcade but it was closed for the season. The staff was 100% accomidating and pleasant our entire 3 day stay. Our room was clean, bright, and spacious with everything we could need for the long weekend and anything extra we needed could be found at the store right below us. Talk about the perfect spot to just hangout and be worry free we couldn't have asked for a better stay and want to make it something we do yearly there now :). We stayed on off season cant imagine how great it is when everything is in full swing during the summer!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
aliandemi wrote a review Sep 2020
Troy, New York6 contributions2 helpful votes
My friend my daughter and I booked an overnight stay at this hotel. We arrived after 10 to an open room with the key on the dresser and the lights on. The office is closed from 10pm-9am. Parking was tight but we managed to get the last handicapped space. The room was dark and dingy. The bathroom had a good amount of mold on the ceiling probably because it lacks any kind of ventilation. The TV was small. Maybe 24 inches with 2 remotes and no instruction. After 15 minutes we figured out 1 turned on the TV and 1 changed the channel. The beds were ok. The bed skirt scared me. I figured I was better off not looking any further. In the morning I thought I dropped something. I asked my daughter to look under the bed And she found a blue sock under one bed and a marshmallow under the other neither which belonged to us. Totally grossed me out. This could be a top notch hotel. The location couldn’t be better though I’m not a huge fan of short sands beach. This place needs some serious TLC and renovating. But a little maid service would have gone a long way.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Make sure the room has been cleaned, and you arrive before the office closes.
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TravelsWithGeorge wrote a review Aug 2020
Randolph, Vermont184 contributions39 helpful votes
We booked Sands by the Sea for a short getaway to York Beach last minute because of the location and price. It is not a luxury hotel but it’s clean and well maintained, and the staff are all friendly and helpful. The pool and pool area is excellent. The location is great! Because we booked late they only had double rooms available but that was fine. There were a few very minor places where the room could use sprucing up but it was clean and more than satisfactory. The only negative was it didn’t have a coffee maker but we didn’t mention it so I don’t know if it was just missing or they don’t have them. We couldn’t get the TV to work when we got there and noticed that the phone wasn’t working but Paul came immediately and took care of them. We didn’t get one of the rooms with a kitchenette. There are at least a dozen restaurants within five minutes walk. However some are closed due to Covid or were not open every day. We ended up driving less than three miles to Stonewall Cafe for breakfast one day. See my separate review (5 stars). The Tulip was a good option and had excellent coffee. We enjoyed our visit and would stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Gail wrote a review Aug 2020
Nashua, New Hampshire3 contributions
The staff and accommodations were superb! Our rooms were immaculate. The staff are super attentive assisting with our every need. Easy check in, Olga made us feel like family. The room was spotless with comfortable beds and soft towels. The location of the unit we stayed in was priceless. Our view of short sands beach and the accessibility to the local shops and the Yorks Wild Kingdom was perfect for our family, everything within walking distance. We highly recommend staying at Sands by the Sea.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Mobile753985 wrote a review Aug 2020
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Sands by the Sea was the perfect place for our family of 5, ranging in age from 1 years old to 65. The motel is steps away from a beautiful beach and a very short walk to downtown and the zoo. The motel has a pool that is well maintained. The entire staff at Sands by the Sea were excellent. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay for our family vacation. Thanks to the entire staff at the Sands by the Sea.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Room Tip: upstairs room.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sands by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Sands by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Short Sands Beach (0.08 miles), York's Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park (0.2 miles), and Funorama (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sands by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Sands by the Sea?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Sands by the Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sands by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Union Grill and Pub, Goldenrod Restaurant, and Gaskins Barbecue & Lobster.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sands by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Sands by the Sea located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of York Beach.
Are there any historical sites close to Sands by the Sea?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Elizabeth Perkins House (3.8 miles).
Does Sands by the Sea have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Sands by the Sea accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.