I really appreciate any hotel that is pet friendly, and the Blue Sands is that. The rooms are nicely appointed. I enjoyed the fireplace and large bathrooms. I experienced two problems during my stay. I was there for nearly a week and it was very quiet. One night however, there was a very loud group that arrived sometime around 11pm and banged around, shouted, partied and made it impossible to sleep until 4am. Since the management is onsite, and the hotel is small I can't imagine they didn't hear it, but obviously I didn't sleep at all. I realize this could happen in any hotel but it was annoying, none the less. The other problem has already been discussed by several others. Guests are told when the dogs need to relieve themselves to walk them off property. Most of the time I was there it was raining. This means that several times per day I had to bundle up and brave the elements, crossing huge puddles (too big for me or the dogs to jump over) to the park across the street. Because my dogs are small, I got to carry them in the rain, through the puddles. To appreciate the inconvience, you really need to picture this: a small 50 year old woman in rainboots and coat with a dog under each arm so obviously no way to carry an umbrella. Now picture this when it is dark...say 9:30 before bed. Or after midnight as happened a few times. The park is very dark. There are homeless people sleeping in the bushes sometimes. As a single woman, I don't think crossing that street at midnight is a good option and walking in front of the other hotels is more of a walk than I'm up for at that time of night. Really, a strip of artificial turf, or small gravel area would be very welcome and would cause me to give this hotel an excellent rating. As it is I would probably stay there again, but only if I had someone with me who would notice if I didn't make it back to the room after one of my midnight jaunts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Sands Motel is a small property only a quarter of a block from some of the best beaches in Santa Barbara. Close to shopping and restaurants, we strive to provide you a clean comfortable room at an affordable price. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Sands Hotel Santa Barbara
- Blue Sands Santa Barbara