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“Excellent Stay”
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Sands by the Sea
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Stowe, Vermont
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

My husband Derek and I stayed at Sands by the Sea during our road trip up the Maine Coast this July. We had our three children with us and we all LOVED it. The pool was excellent and the rooms were clean and very comfortable. I would recommend this to anybody staying in York. Only wish we could have had more time at this place!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
I'm so glad you loved it! We loved having you guys stay with us. Call us back any time you're in town and we'll accommodate you again. Thanks for your kind review and we hope to see you next time! Take care.
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We had a room with a king bed and pull out sofa. The room was small, but it was fine for our basic needs. The location of this motel is great. We opened our door, and there was the beach accross the street, a small store next door, and all of York beaches shops and restaurants within walking distance. The price was great for the ocean view. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We would definately go to this motel again. *****

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Dedham, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Location amazing!!!...Beautiful Pool!!!!...Simple rooms that are clean and suites that are amazing!!...Owner and staff so easy to deal with and will resolve/help in any way you can!!!...Sad for week away there to end and can't wait for 2013 visit!

Room Tip: If only 2 or 3 people/1 kid.....get a king with sofa instead of 2 doubles.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2012

My daughter and I stayed at Sands by the Sea the last weekend in July. We had a room with a king sized bed and pull out couch. The room also had a microwave and small fridge. The motel is VERY clean. The room was spotless. The pool and surrounding area were also spotless. The pool is open until 10pm so my daughter (who is 11) was very happy. Parking is limited so there is only one space per room. My husband came up Saturday night and since I have a jeep wrangler he was able to fit his motorcycle behind my jeep in our space. The limited parking may be a problem for those with more than one vehicle. The other guests at the motel were families with children but outside of the pool the motel was not noisy. Great location to walk to everything downtown. Short Sands Beach is directly across the street. Overall we were very pleased with out stay here and would come back again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the second level and had a nice view of the pool and Short Sands Beach.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The other reviews tell it all! I've been staying here 2-4 nights after Fathers Day weekend every June for years, and have ALWAYS had a great experience. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...ample off-street parking behind the building...simple and clean accomodations. The rooms are not large, but you won't find a larger 2 double-bed at York Beach! Even if you prefer the Long Sands for laying out...best you stay here for the pool and convenience and hop on the trolley (that stops in front of The Sands) for a scenic ride up there.

Room Tip: We visit every year the week after Fathers Day...just days before the seasonal rates DOUBLE!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2012

I'm very happy I chose Sands by the Sea this weekend. My husband and I hesitated at first because we read a few reviews that the hotel was not clean and the beds were uncomfortable. However, we found none of those reviews to be true. I mentioned this to the office clerk, and he said the hotel has a new owner. They renovated the hotel rooms and bought new beds. We had a standard room with 2 double beds for a family of 4 with 2 young kids. There was enough room to add an air mattress as well. It was very clean, walls lightly colored with lighthouse pictures! There is a large refrigerator and small microwave in the room along with a hair dryer that was very powerful. The only downside was the shower water pressure was low so it took longer than usual to wash my long hair. The pool was great too. The chairs in the pictures are old ones. There were newer, nicer chairs and a few tables at the pool as well.

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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2012

I had reserved a room with my boyfriend and I for a vacation over the weekend and we were more than pleased with the stay! Everything was clean and nicely organized. The staff was extremely friendly and even had a nice conversation with us when we arrived and left! If you're staying in York or anywhere near, please stay here! Two thumbs up!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sands by the Sea

Property: Sands by the Sea
Address: 15 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
Location: United States > Maine > York > York Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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