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Blue Sands Motel
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103   |  
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“loved this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Small(11 rooms), newly and nicely decorated.Fireplace, flat screen TV. Heated pool. free Wifi and parking($30 a day next door!). Two of the room even have views of the beach! Only 1/2 block from the park/beach. 1/4 mile? from the pier.Great place, dog friendly too.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had stayed at the Blue Sands several times over the last few years. It's always so clean and very inviting. It's almost seems like home away from home. I swear I recognize some of the guests from previous stays!! Would highly recommend it for a good price.

Room Tip: The rooms at the end closest to the park seem bigger.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I love Santa Barbara, and was looking for a user-friendly, clean place for my husband and me to enjoy the beach, State Street, the pier, and all the loveliness SB has to offer. I chose Blue Sands from Trip Advisor, and I wasn't disappointed! Small and quiet, with adequate parking and very near the beach. The room was decorated in a modern, appealing way. Very clean with hardwood floors and tile. We used the fireplace to heat the room, and the DVD player and big screen to watch our Netflix. Nice to have a full-service kitchen, too. The bathroom is beautiful and modern, with a large walk-in tile shower.

The only drawbacks I saw, which didn't bother us, was that the room is fairly compact, and there isn't much shelf or table space to lay out your items. But there are chairs to sit in, and the kitchen table. I would gladly, glady stay there again!

Room Tip: No elevator, so travelers with physical limitations will prefer one of the ground-floor rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank traveler8655
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My family of 4 stayed at this small motel for 3 nights earlier in January at the end of our 5 week trip in the USA. We decided to stay here rather than in LA where we were flying out of as it is less than a couple of hours driving to LAX from here. Motel room was on the small side for 4 people but very comfortable queen beds and larger bathroom with shower only (no bath). We were upgraded to a room with a fireplace. Great location just a short walk to the beach and walkways. Also only 10 minutes walk to the Zoo. Very helpful front office staff offering advice on places to see in Santa Barbara. Good value in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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4 Thank Matt W
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I was really impressed with the front desk staff and the room itself. It was clean and modern and very comfortable! And the location and views are spectacular! The rates were very good and I would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to visit Santa Barbara!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stayed two nights on our trip down to family for the holidays and opted for the two-bedroom suite (well worth the upgrade at a very reasonable rate). The rooms were spacious and clean, thoughtfully decorated, and seemed recently refurbished. Location was literally a stone throw from East Beach and a 10-minute walk to State Street and the Pier.
The lady in reception was extremely helpful throughout our stay, pointing out local attractions that would be suitable for a young family and even wrote down detailed useful information for us. She was fantastic, a real asset at Blue Sands!
After we had checked out we realized that we had left some items behind and contacted them - they promptly found the items and kept them safe for us until we passed by on our return trip.
We'll definitely be staying at Blue Sands again on our next stay in Santa Barbara and can't recommend them highly enough.

Room Tip: The two-bedroomed suite with an ocean view is a great room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank redstappster
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Fountain City, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

While traveling the West Coast in early December, my wife and I needed a place to stay. We like the small places and usually don't book ahead. We fired up the Garmin and knowing we were close, called and asked for rates. Being happy with the rate we stopped in to see what it was like for curb appeal. Looked good from the street, so we went to the office to see if we can have a look at a room. Very nice! Tastefully decorated with nice furniture and it had a great bed. Needless to say, we had a great night sleep after a good mead at a restaurant recommenced by the owner. A quality place at a decent rate!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Blue Sands Motel
Address: 421 South Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#23 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sands Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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