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    Rio Sands Hotel

    116 Aptos Beach Dr, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003-4503
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    05/11/2017 06/11/2017
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    • Excellent45%
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    Free Wifi
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    Breakfast included
    Non-Smoking Hotel
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    Private Balcony
    2.0 Star Hotel
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    Reviewed 11 July 2016

    Nice property about a two blocks from Aptos beaches. People were nice and the rooms clean. Our king size bed was shoe horned into the room but with a two room suite it wasn't too much of an issue. The one problem was the beach...More

    Thank karlinmargot
    Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 July 2016

    Hello karlinmargot, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that almost everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the location and the amenities. We apologize for the fireworks, the neighborhood can sometimes be a bit hectic on the Fourth of July....More

    Reviewed 8 July 2016

    Hotel is 2 short blocks from the beach. We stayed 1 night over 4th of July weekend. It cost $250. Room was clean. Had a very very old kitchenette...something from 1960. But still, everything worked and the room had a balcony where we could sit...More

    Thank colynyk
    Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 9 July 2016

    Hi colynyk, Thank you for your review! If we're fortunate enough to have you stay with us again, let us know what your preferences are when you're making a reservation. We can certainly set you up in a renovated room type of your choice. Thanks...More

    Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

    Don't think of (or ask more of ) the "Sands" than to be a beach hotel. Tucked into a residential enclave just steps from the beach lies this "basic" hotel. Everything here is old school. It's not necessarily tired but certainly well used. Plenty of...More

    Thank 809kevinw
    Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 8 July 2016

    Hi 809kevinw, Thank you very much for your review and your comments about our clean rooms and friendly staff! We are in the process of updating our rooms and have completely renovated several of them. We hope you decide to stay with us again and...More

    Reviewed 5 July 2016

    This is a great older motel that we always stay at. Clean rooms, great mattresses, grounds well cared for, close to the beach! We've been coming here for years. Love the remodel and furniture update. Love when they have special deals!

    Thank Wendy S
    Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 8 July 2016

    Hi Wendy, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the location and the amenities. Thank you for continuing to stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

    Reviewed 5 July 2016

    Rooms clean, staff friendly, brunch/breakfast medium. Having hard time to grip fact that could not book room for one year in advance as have do in the past year(s). was told that couldn't book more than one year ahead. When paying for current stay (June...More

    Thank rmatulich
    Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 8 July 2016

    Hi rmatulich, Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your positive comments about our staff and the cleanliness of our rooms. We sincerely apologize for the issues you experienced in making your future reservations. If you're still interested in staying with us , please call...More

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    Karen F
    17 July 2016|
    Response from CotatiKris | Reviewed this property |
    I would call, but I believe they would accommodate you!
    Katie C
    16 July 2016|
    Response from RioManager | Property representative |
    Hello Katie, While we love our four-legged friends, we unfortunately do not allow dogs or any other pets. Thank you very much for your interest in the Rio Sands and we hope to hear from you!
    17 April 2016|
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    Response from Friendly2u | Reviewed this property |
    In the 25+ years I've been going to the Rio Sands, I have never heard of the hotel offering beach firepits (other than the one's they have on the property near the pool and hot tub for stationary cooking as I mentioned in my... More
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    "The rooms far away from the pool are in the old part of the hotel which are not worth even the off season..."
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    "Handicapped people should ask for a room on the first floor. No elevator."
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    "Upstairs in the new building, facing the water."
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    "If you really want a good room, stay somewhere else."
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