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“Just steps from the beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rio Sands Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence
Fremont, California
1 review
“Just steps from the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

We just came back from a short vacation and on a whim I tried a lesser known hotel off the beaten path. When we where first assigned our room (147) I was concerned because it looks like it was in the older part of the hotel. Obviously it had recently been renovated and looked beautiful. But I have learned through experience that its best to see the room before complaining. I am so happy, because the room has a balcony with a view of the beach. I highly recommend the front hotel building. The pool and hot tub are great and have been kept private from the neighborhood. If I am in the area I will certainly stay here again. Loved the continental breakfast as well.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the main street on the second floor have beach views
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank David F
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BartfieldGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hi David F,

It's great to hear that you had a good time while staying with us. Room 147 does offer what we refer to as a "sneak peek" of the ocean. Guests always enjoy the view from the balcony. Thank you for taking note that the room and building have been recently remodeled. We appreciate your recommendation to our Hotel.

Hope to see you soon!

Your Friends at the Rio Sands
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Walnut Creek, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Lovely property with pool, hot tub and nice fountain courtyard, clean room with 2 queen beds. Must especially emphasize the friendly and helpful hospitality staff at front desk. We really enjoyed the generous continental breakfast (make your own Belgium waffles) and appreciated the reasonable off-season rates and 2-minute walk to beautiful Rio Del Mar beach and esplanade trail. Looking forward to returning in autumn.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank JanoCheney
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BartfieldGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Hello JanoCheney,
Thank you for noting the property grounds, the cleanliness of the rooms and the efficiency of our Front Desk staff.
We are glad that you enjoyed the breakfast. Our continental breakfast is certainly much more than the traditional croissant, oj and coffee usually served at other establishments.
The nearby beautiful beaches certainly contributes to the “Gem” that our property is.
Thank you for our kind review, we look forward to seeing you this Autumn.
Rio Sands Associate
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Napa, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We are a family of 6 and stayed in the jr suite. As beach hotels go, we were pleasantly surprised, especially considering the affordable price. The hotel is located within short walk to the beach, resaurant, deli and small market. The staff was friendly and assisted us whenever necessary. The pool and hot tub were an added enjoyment after a long day at the beach. It turned out to be a really fun weekend beach trip.
Thank you Rio Sands!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
Helpful?
Thank Napachad
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BartfieldGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Greetings Napachad,
You can’t beat the rates considering the many amenities we offer. The hotel’s close proximity to the beach really adds to the affordability!
The Jr. suite is an excellent room to stay in for a family of six. It seems your family had a fun time at the beach. It’s always good to hear that our guests enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi. It is definitely a relaxing way to end a fun day at the beach.
Thank you for appreciating the assistance the staff extended during your stay at the Rio Sands.
Rio Sands Associate
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is an excellent place to stay only a few short blocks from the beach. Quiet room with a balcony in a residential neighborhood. A good place to stay for couples looking to get away. Easy access to the pier in Santa Cruz or a short drive down to Monterrey. Planning on staying here again and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank chiefan1
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BartfieldGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Chiefan 1,
Judging by your review you really took advantage of your stay at the Rio Sands. Our location does offer convenient and easy access to both Santa Cruz and Monterey areas.
We are pleased that you enjoyed the quiet neighborhood and lovely surroundings. Like you, couples enjoy the location and often make reference to the Rio Sands as the “perfect romantic getaway”.
We hope to hear from you soon to plan your next getaway.
Rio Sands Associate
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Anahola, Hawaii
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

My wife and I stay at the Rio Sands regularly when visiting our daughters (last Jan was about the 5th or 6th time). Though it's only a block from the beach its probably the least expensive place in Aptos. Rooms are clean, fairly spacious (for what is essentially a motel), and most have a separate smaller bedroom for kids (some of the second rooms have bunk beds!), and some have kitchenettes. The staff is very friendly and breakfast comes with the price. Oh yes, they have tempurpedic mattresses.

Room Tip: If you want the extra kitchen space ask for a room above the banquet room
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank JDH96703
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BartfieldGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Aloha, JDH96703
We appreciate your continued patronage. It seems you’ve stayed in various room types during your visits to the Rio Sands. If you have a preferred room type just give us a call and we will update your guest profile to reflect your favorite room. If this is helpful; our king rooms offer the tempurpedic mattresses.
Time and time again we hear “how affordable” the rates are. We agree. Our guest get “a lot of bang for their buck”!
Thank you for taking the time to share your input.
Rio Sands Associate
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Merced, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband & I have been staying at the Rio Sands for a few years now. It is easy to stay at a hotel/motel for one night & not have a good time...that is not the case for us...everytime that we have stayed at the Rio Sand's, we have always had a good time, even once in a while if there has been an issue, the staff has been right on top of checking it out & working on it. The staff has always been professional in their jobs & they have been very helpful...my husband has knee problems & the staff has even helped me getting our luggage into our room. When we make a decision to "run away from home" the decision is usually to the Rio Sands..on the rare occasion we don't stay at the Rio Sand's, their sister hotels in Morrow Bay are also fantastic.
Personally, I think that if you are going to be in the Aptos area, and you are lookingfor a place to stay for the night, you should check out the Rio Sands...You will have a very enjoyable time staying ar the Rio Sands!!!!

Room Tip: If you are sensitive to noise, you should get a upper floor room & a room fan for some "wh...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Debra H
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BartfieldGroup, Owner Representative at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Debra H,

Thank you so much for your review!

It sounds like you always have a great time while staying with us and we couldn't be happier to be your top escape destination!

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,
The Staff of the Rio Sands
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Watsonville, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Moving to this area and looking for an apartment. I rented and I love it so much I don't want to leave! Super friendly front desk staff that really goes all out to make sure I am happy. My room is always clean and staff is concerned that it is being attended to. Beds are some of the best I have ever slept on! The free breakfast is always fresh and attended by lots of guests. No complaints!
My Apartment when I finally find one won't be nearly as good! Ray R

Room Tip: Get here asap to get your choice of room. Upstairs and downstairs are all nice.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Ray R
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BartfieldGroup, Owner Representative at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Ray R,

What a kind and thoughtful review! Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

Each of our guests is special to us and it’s so nice to hear that we are special to you too.

Sincerely,
The Staff of the Rio Sands
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Additional Information about Rio Sands Hotel

Property: Rio Sands Hotel
Address: 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003
Location: United States > California > Aptos
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Aptos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sands Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rio Sands Hotel is by the beach. Just a 2 minute walk to 20 miles of walkable sea shore. We have rooms with fully stocked kitchenettes, a BBQ area, pool heated to 80 degrees year round. Enjoy our continental breakfast served daily. ... more   less 
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