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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Room was big, comfortable and clean. bathroom adequate, shower but no bath. Dated bathroom. Tea and coffee making facilities and a TV. Fridge and microwave. Bed was very comfy. Notice on door said office open 2pm onwards but we were there at 1.50pm, called the phone number it said to call and still no one arrived. At 2.30pm and 3...

Thank Sharon S
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Hotel is clean and comfortable. Beach is behind the hotel. Front desk person made no secret of preferring European guests to American guest, I found that to be a bit insulting. Area is very rural and nothing is open past eight PM. There are a few restaurants close by, but again, they close at 8PM. Breakfast was not much to...

Thank Debra D
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Booked our room through Priceline Express Deals. Our room was mediocre but Ok for one night. They provide a voucher for a continental breakfast at the Cavalier restaurant down the road. Better quality than if the hotel had provided breakfast but we had to walk there and wait to be seated.

Thank Brayette
Norfolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Arrived late. Not a problem the man on the front desk was lovely. Really quick and friendly. Room was large and clean. Maybe a little old but suited our needs perfectly. Place to put our head for one night and was great. Would happily return.

Thank fayred2
San juan
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We stayed here overnight for an early morning tour of Hearst Castle. The front desk staff was very friendly and provided recommendations on where to eat and what to do on our night there. We stayed in a nicely sized first floor room, but the bathroom was in dire need of renovations. There were mildew stains in the ceiling and...

Thank Anitere
Vaughan, Canada
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I cannot say that it was very cheap considering that it is a Motel. There are many motels/ hotels on the same strip - I would rather go for other location. Even it states that breakfast is included - they give you only $4 per person to the closest restaurant which will definitely charge you at least $15 per person...

Thank TravellerVaughan
Reviewed 2 August 2016

My eyes were stinging from the fumes of cleaning pinesol. I opened the windws and door to air the room out. The carpet was pretty stained. The pool looked green. I've stayed at both this place and the best western next door. The best western beats this place any day. Even though the Sands is a little cheaper you get...

Thank Marstips
Katy, Texas
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed here after a long driving day and found the motel to provide good value with tidy and clean rooms, near the ocean and right next door to a restaurant (which is annex to a Best Western hotel) where breakfast was available but the guests only receive some vouchers which will be good for a muffin and a drink or...

Thank engped
Long Beach, California
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We recently did a 6 day trip up the Central Coast. San Simeon was our first stop and stayed here. We chose this motel because it was pet friendly and didn't want to stay at a Motel 6. We were not disappointed. Clean, good size room with a comfy bed and a sliding glass door to let in the fresh...

Thank Nadith1970
Sliema, Malta
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We had a lovely, super clean room with a huge bathroom and an amazing shower. The place was perfectly located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and was a perfect place to stop for the night and just relax. Receptionist was so nice and so helpful. The whole area is so beautiful. So glad we chose San Simeon.

Thank Sara V

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Sands By The Sea Motel

Address: 9355 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9750
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Simeon
Price Range: RM388 - RM887 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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Also Known As:
Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
Sands Motel San Simeon
Sands Hotel San Simeon
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#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Rooms 245 & 245 are the only rooms with an ocean view.”
 of 5 bubbles JoeA336, 31 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We were in an upstairs room which suited us - nice and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles K4637KTjulieb, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Avoid first floor rooms, you need to keep the windows open and there are people walking around til late at night.”
 of 5 bubbles Anitere, 5 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Not sure, if any choices are available”
 of 5 bubbles TravellerVaughan, 5 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If available, ask for an ocean view room.”
 of 5 bubbles Nadith1970, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
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