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!!!
- Also Known As:
- Sands Beach Hotel Geneva On The Lake
- Sands Beach Motel Geneva On The Lake, Ohio