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Sanctuary Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Marina
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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“Dream Experience”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We loved this place! Freat semi-secluded location. The staff was friendly, excellent house keeping and nicely appointed rooms. The room we've stayed in (610S) had an exceptional view. I recommend viewing their website before booking. This is not a typical hotel. Rooms are located in duplex cottages on the beach which are well spaced on a brick street. Each room has it's own golf cart to use around the complex. (Our room was 1/4 mile from the office.

Room Tip: Views vary. We saw one room with a huge dune in front of the front patio. We stayed in 610S and the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Thank you so much for taking time to leave a review of the resort. I am glad you enjoyed the view from 610, as our Ocean Front rooms are great options for those who enjoy being close to the water with a bit more privacy. I do see you noticed other rooms that had larger dunes in front of them. These would be classified as Ocean View, which is our middle grade view. I am glad to hear your encounters with different staff members were very friendly. Let us know next time you are in the area, as we would love to have you back!

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Sacramento, California, United States
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

What a great little secret!!!! We stayed in an Ocean Front deluxe room. The room was great, decorated beautifully, large bathroom, nice wet bar, great patio and a spectacular view of the beach and ocean. Easy access to the beach, we headed north walking on the beach and practically had the beach all to ourselves. The beach was beautiful, very clean and tons of shells and sand dollars. Our dog loved being able to run free. The Patio off the room was great for enjoying the views and listening to the breaking waves. We sat on the patio every evening, had cocktails and watched the sunset. There are no automobiles allowed on the hotel grounds and each room has their own golf cart. We ordered room service from the Hula restaurant and both of us were disappointed, I had the Ribeye and my husband had the primerib. The hotel staff was always very accomodating. We have been visiting the Monterey area 3 or 4 times a year for at least 10 years and except for the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, I have to say this is my favorite. We will most likely stay here from now on.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 613D, the suite next to us also look good.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
It's great to hear what a wonderful time your family had here! Wintertime, although a slower season, can be a great time to travel due to the fact the resort isn't at full occupancy, the peninsula is less crowded, and the beaches feel almost deserted. I am very sorry to hear that your experience at Kula Ranch was not to your liking, and I will be passing along the message to their restaurant manager. Next time your family stays with us, feel free to take full advantage of our concierge service. Many of our agents here have pets themselves, and we have put together a comprehensive list of restaurants in the area that provide great tasting food, wonderful service, and welcome pets as much as they do people! I am glad to see every other aspect of your stay exceeded your expectations, and we are looking forward to seeing you in the future. Thanks for taking time to leave such a great review of the resort!

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had a family reunion at this resort and stayed in 4 units for 3 nights. This could be a near perfect resort if management took better care of the property. The resort sits above the ocean on sand dunes, includes a restaurant, and each unit has direct views. The units needed repair and cosmetic work on the outside. This was brought to management's attention. The resort is 7 miles from Monterey and close to Carmel and the airport. It's definately a place to get away but on the pricey side. The downstairs units are very noisy from upstairs foot traffic. If you can do steps stay upstairs.

Room Tip: Take an upstairs room if you can do the steps.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I appreciate the fact that you let our management team know there were parts of your stay that you felt were less than satisfactory. The weather conditions as well as our close proximity to the beach sometimes make it difficult to have the exterior of our units in as excellent condition as we do the interior. Throughout the year we consistently update and maintain our rooms, and I do apologize that you felt our efforts fell short of your expectations. When it comes to upstairs traffic, I urge you to contact the front desk if you ever find a neighbors noise is causing you discomfort throughout your stay. We are always quick to ensure everyone is able to have a relaxing stay. Again, thank you for your review, and we hope to see you in the future. Contact us direct for the best rates and we will ensure your room meets and exceeds your expectations.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

The resort has great amenities plus a restaurant that will deliver great tasting food to your room. Hot tub is large enough to hold many guests and not feel crowded. Beach access is easy for romantic moonlit strolls on the beach.

  • Stayed November 2012
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are always glad to hear the resort exceeded your expectations when it came to finding a romantic setting for your weekend getaway. Next time the two of you need some time away, keep us in mind! We would be more than happy to accommodate you for a future stay as well. If you plan to come for an extra special occasion, you can always ask your reservationist about our “Romance Package” as well!

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Orlando, FL
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

LOVED this hotel! The details were awesome! Great views and little things like towels for the beac next to the door. Would stay here again in a heartbeat! The bathrooms however had a bit of mold in the shower. Other than that, no detail was missed!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you for taking time to write your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and got a chance to enjoy the beach. Next time you are heading back to the area, be sure to give us a call! We are always happy to see our return guests back on property. We would like to thank you for bringing up the issue you had with the bathroom. If you feel comfortable, please either contact us directly (information below) or let us know the problem via the email survey we send out after check out so we can address the specific unit you were in. We love hearing feedback, both positive and negative, and would love to get that problem resolved!

Katherine
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had a great time at the Sanctuary Beach Resort. Beautiful room w/ fireplace and a great view. On property restaurant was good and room service was quick. This was a perfect escape for the two of us. Can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Highly recommend an ocean front room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
I’m happy to hear you are already ready to return back to the Sanctuary! It sounds like you were able to enjoy some of the amenities featured on property, such as our onsite restaurant and warm gas burning fireplace. Be sure to give us a call if you decided to escape again this winter, and we can have a nice warm room waiting for you! Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Katherine
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This place was awesome! We stayed in the jr. suite partial ocean view and it was nice. You could see the ocean from our room. The room was big had a couch, chair. table,wet bar the bathroom had a walk in shower plus on the other side of the bathroom had a tub and shower.We brought our dog and our outside patio was big also.The staff was very friendly and helpfull.The frontdesk even told me a place in Montery on the warf were we could have lunch with our dog. It was called Domenicos they were very pet freindly.We stayed here in late October the weather was ok. My husband and I loved the place we will beback.

Room Tip: The ocean front rooms would be the best view and higher floors.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManagementSBR, Front Office Manager at Sanctuary Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Thank you for taking time to write a review on your recent trip. I’m glad to hear that your party (the dog included!) all had a great time while staying here. It’s great to know our Front Desk/Concierge team was able to help you pick out a restaurant that all of you enjoyed! We are very lucky to be situated in an area where pets are very accommodated for. Being only 15 minutes away from Carmel is also convenient; it’s just a short drive down the freeway to take your pup to run around leash less on a beautiful white sand beach. Next time you two come, feel free to let us know yet again if you need any recommendations at all, whether it be hiking trails, restaurants, dog friendly beaches, or excursions.

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Email: guestrelations@thesanctuaryebachresort.com
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Property: Sanctuary Beach Resort
Address: 3295 Dunes Drive, Marina, CA 93933-2002
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Location: United States > California > Marina
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Marina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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