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“WARNING - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS DUMP or ANY ASSOCIATED WITH SANDS BEACH RESORT!!”
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Sands Beach Motel
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Sands Beach Motel
Reviewed July 25, 2010

WARNING!!! DO NOT STAY HERE!! We made the mistake of booking a cottage and hope this spares others from wasting nearly $160 for a terrible overnight stay. Booking was through the Sands Resort in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. They also own the Poolside Motel, Parkgate, Sailor 's Rest, and the Sands Beach Motel. We stayed in one of the 1 br cottages down the street from the Sands Motel. We were told there was beach access but the "beach" was actually a concrete wall with a rusty ladder that had to be lowered into the water off the break wall! The entire area was littered with garbage and not anything you'd expect to see when paying nearly $160 a night. We were also told there was a pool but it's down the street in the parking lot of another dumpy hotel.

The cottage is in terrible condition. The fridge did not work but still had food in it from the previous renters. The little window air conditioner in the small bedroom did not cool the other spaces in the cottage. The TV only had 4 channels - no Cable and it was in the kitchen, and the remote was broken! We couldn't lock one of the windows in the living area so security was a concern. There was no curtain on the bathroom window so we had to rig up a towel to cover it up. The other windows were covered with horribly stained fabric blinds.

The mattress on the only bed had to be the original when these retro cottages were built - it felt like we were laying on the box springs - terrible! AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF - THE SHOWER DID NOT WORK!. It looked like the owner installed a new shower head but unfortunately there was no control knob at the faucet to force the water to the shower head. Taking a bath wasn't possible unless you bath with your knees under your chin - it was that short.

Woke up at 7 AM after a rest - less night, and couldn't wait to go home. When we went to the office at the Sands Motel to turn our key in, we told the agent all of this and said that this cottage was overpriced even if we only paid half of what we did. She said she could only offer an apology and not a partial refund - ridiculous in light of the fact that the very basic essentials weren't available to us.

We use this site as a valuable tool and we have written many reviews. We are very experienced travelers - literally we travel all over the world, and we've stayed in a variety of places. We research as much as we can before traveling, and we weren't expecting too much because we know that Geneva on the Lake is an old - retro to the 50s and 60s beach resort. We've stayed at the Anchor Inn and it's been updated and is clean. I'm sure that's the case with other motels and cottages on the "strip" BUT unless you know for sure, my advise would be to stay at the Geneva Lodge, Anchor Inn, or other places that you KNOW are well taken care of. We don't mind staying in a "retro" motel if it's been maintained but there's no excuse for charging us 2010 prices for a dump that hasn't been truly renovated since the 1950s. For the same money or even less you can get much much more!! Buyer/Renter BEWARE!!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2010

This place was filthy. Cobwebs and spiders everywhere you looked in the room. No carpeting and the floor didn't look like it had been swept in years. The bed frame was bent so we had to sleep with our heads at the foot of the bed. No maid service. The air conditioning froze up and at one point we had no electricity. They advertise a private beach but that was a joke to. It was very small with concrete walls and even pieces of concrete in the water. I wouldn't recommend this motel or this place to my dog. He deserves better. If you plan on going there for a family vacation I would think twice about it. To us the only thing to do there was drink and there wasn't enough alcohol to make this place look good. What we learned from this experience is to look at the room before you pay. Because once you pay there are no refunds/no exceptions.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank cac03
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Reviewed August 11, 2008

We were looking for a one night stay off of I-90 and near lake Erie to break up our travel. My husband found this motel online; he called to check availability and was offered a lakeside room for the price of a basic room - this was promising. We arrived a little later in the afternoon, the clerk working was on her way out. There wasn't a staff member visible the rest of the evening or in the early morning. We had to get advice for meals from another motel's staff. The room itself was spacious, however the beds left much to be desired. The coils could be felt upon sitting/lying in the bed; very uncomfortable:( There was a window in the room that did not shut completely, providing an unpleasant breezy draft at night. However, on a positive note, the sound of the lake and waves was extremely pleasant to listen to. In general the town itself was a little run down and many of the shops' employees seemed somewhat unfriendly.

4  Thank leikerui
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Additional Information about Sands Beach Motel

Address: 5225 Old Lake Rd, Geneva on the Lake, OH 44041-9793
Location: United States > Ohio > Geneva on the Lake
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Geneva on the Lake
Price Range: $65 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Sands Beach Hotel Geneva On The Lake
Sands Beach Motel Geneva On The Lake, Ohio

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