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Rio Sands Hotel

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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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AMENITIES
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Kitchenette
2 Star Hotel
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Rio Sands is a simple, no frills, amazing experience. The rooms are basic, but well thought out and very comfortable. We had a one bedroom suite with a kitchen overlooking the BBQ area. It was great to sit out on the patio and let the...More

Thank ennymel
Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 30 July 2016

Hi ennymel, We appreciate the gracious compliments about our rooms and the awesome atmosphere we have here! Thank you very much for your review and we're looking forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 23 July 2016

We rented a suite for a dear friend who just wanted a night away from kids and caregiving duties as a birthday gift. The staff was great about letting us into the room to decorate. The birthday girl had a restful night in a beautiful...More

Thank 911adele2004
Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 25 July 2016

Hi 911adele2004, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that our staff was able to help the birthday girl have an awesome day! Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

2 minute walk to the beach. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Soap in dispenser on the wall in the shower. Plastic cups for glasses. That's all fine because it's a simple 2 story designed hotel. Nice pool and good gathering area outside. The bed we...More

Thank Debi S
Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 18 July 2016

Hi Debi, Thank you so much for your great review and your generous comments about our property and our beautiful neighborhood. Thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 16 July 2016

The location is fabulous. Steps from Rio Del Mar Beach and Aptos, Beach Drive . Unfortunately that's the best I can do. Other than the staff was very friendly and welcoming.The motel is OLD and very little has been done to update it. We had...More

Thank Sue C
Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 17 July 2016

Hello Sue, Thank you very much for your feedback. We're sorry to see that your stay did not meet with your expectations. We would greatly appreciate another opportunity to provide you with a pleasant stay. If we're fortunate enough to have you decide to stay...More

Reviewed 14 July 2016

The "gentleman" that works at the front desk was less than accommodating, avoid him. We asked for a late checkout, and you would've thought we were asking for a free night. Not friendly, and not a great representation of the hotel. The rest of the...More

Thank ashley w
Response from RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands HotelResponded 17 July 2016

Hi Ashley, Thank you very much for your feedback! We're sorry to see that you had a negative experience with one of our staff members. Our Guest Services team is committed to providing excellent customer service at all times and we're disappointed that we fell...More

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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Amenities
Top amenities
Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Meeting Rooms
Banquet Room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Centre with Internet Access
Room amenities
Microwave
Refrigerator in room
Things to do
Pool
Hot Tub
Heated pool
Outdoor pool
Details
Price range
US$159 - US$342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette, Suites, Family Rooms
Details
Price range
US$159 - US$342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette, Suites, Family Rooms
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George G
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Response from TravelingOtter | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so but I would call them.
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Karen F
17 July 2016|
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Response from CotatiKris | Reviewed this property |
I would call, but I believe they would accommodate you!
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Katie C
16 July 2016|
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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!
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"Ask for room 133 as it is the only room that is inside."
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"We were up in 125 north of lobby. For winter we got a lot of light and warmth as our windows faced west which..."
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"Request a room and by the BBQ area."
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"Choose an upstairs room closer to Aptos Beach Drive (not towards the back, where traffic, making the hairpin..."
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