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Sands by the Sea

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15 Ocean Avenue PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Pool / beach towels
Beach
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Air conditioning
Desk
Safe
Iron
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Len O wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Great location and nice staff. Right across from the beach. Though for $240 a night, the bed should not be severely sagging in the middle. Was a pain trying to keep from rolling into the middle and colliding into my wife all night. Rooms are old and sparse, but at least they are clean.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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RockPadula wrote a review Aug 2021
Albany, New York7 contributions3 helpful votes
Pros: Location is near the ocean, and in walking distance to attractions in the area. AC worked good! Cons: Check-in is confusing because very congested area. Man who checked us in kind of chuckled. No welcoming attitude. Door was not secure—no deadbolt; door not fitting frame properly; lock was faulty; chain lock on inside. Scary. Dirty clothing, including undergarments, from someone’s previous stay was inside of two drawers of the dresser! Gross. Some of pillow cases appeared dingy/brownish. Flying bugs. Sofa sunken in. Beds uncomfortable. Very little water pressure in sink. 12 inches between bed and bathroom door. Extension cords used for lights on wall near bed. Dusty ceiling, falling on you. Tattered curtains. Mirror rusted/clouded. Soap dispenser in shower broken. Towels like sandpaper. Parking is very tight. Other areas of motel (laundry area) appears filthy and old. Overpriced, even considering the location. We really wanted to leave. Couldn’t wait until daylight. Will never stay here again. Sorry, owners. Just being honest.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CoachK2525 wrote a review Jul 2021
Dedham, Massachusetts1011 contributions202 helpful votes
This place is the Cal Ripken of consistency and quality in Short Sands area. Simple and contained, the staff attention to detail is amazing and the ability to be right in the center of everything (so no need for a car!) and only outdoor pool truly steps away from ocean. Thanks Tate, Andrea, Romeo, and staff and sad week already over but ready for 2022!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Go for the Sea Rose suites or at least a corner room in main hotel area!
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TBC wrote a review Jun 2021
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I recently stayed at Sands by the Sea with my girlfriend. I was very unsatisfied to find a bunch of mold in my bathroom and the room smelled heavily musty. It caused me breathing issues. Would suggest any other hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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caitlin c wrote a review May 2021
Brockton, Massachusetts5 contributions
Just returned from our second stay and couldn't be happier :). The staff was welcoming and accomidating in our sleeping situation making sure we had two beds and a pullout couch for the littlest kiddo we even had the owner check in with us several times to make sure we were enjoying our stay couldn't be more helpful. Our boys spent the day in the heated pool and the convenice of walking to the shops, arcade, and beach right across the way cant be beat! Loved stopping in at The Bucket store down stairs for breakfast, lunch, ice cream or grabbing needed items they are always so friendly and the food is delicious. Overall great stay price point is affordable, location is perfect, and rooms are just right even for the family trips! Already planning a romantic getaway back with the hubby :)
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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$132 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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sands by the sea hotel york beach
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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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 Inn on the Blues.
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) and First Parish Church Congregational (3.0 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.