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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 November 2014

We stayed along with other family members overnight in two rooms. On the positive side the rooms were well presented and the beds were comfortable and a light breakfast was provided. On the negative side our air conditioning didn't work making the room quite stuffy, there was no key for the door deadlock also the shower rose was at about...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2014

Perfectly adequate motel, nothing to differentiate it from many others. Good location, if like us you were planning on visiting Hearst castle on the drive through the Big Sur. Could do with checking the cleaning staff - we found a childs shoe left under the bed from a previous occupant.

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Thank HilaryCannell
Myrtle Beach, sc
Reviewed 13 October 2014 via mobile

We found this little resort by accident and were glad we did. For $79 it's perfect. The room was clean but the ocean front fireplaces and seating was outstanding. A fire burning while the sun set slowly over the pacific was almost surreal, groups of unfamiliar people gathered and enjoying the same shared experience. Wonderful.

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4Thank Freestylefoodie
San Diego, California
Reviewed 13 October 2014

Budget motel which is clean but sparse. The bathroom is good size, but the shower stall is small. No amenities at hotel. No ocean view but you can hear the ocean at night.. No air conditioning but does have a ceiling fan. Did have a refrigerator, but it was loud as it cycled on and off. No elevator. Hotel was...

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Thank Tom K
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Reviewed 4 October 2014

After not booking a room ahead of time, we discovered that the Sands by the Sea was one of the few lower priced hotels that still had vacancy in the area. Main attraction for us was that it sets right on the beach, We were little nervous when we first pulled up, but was pleasantly surprised when we checked out...

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Thank TheSandyCrab
Picton, Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 30 September 2014

This was the half way point of our trip up the coast from San Diego to San Francisco. Staying in a little seaside motel like this was on the list of things to do and I don't think we could have picked a better one. Very friendly man working the desk when we checked in, was very helpful. San Simeon...

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Thank Mark R
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Reviewed 2 September 2014

My husband and I stayed here over Labor Day weekend. The Sands by the Sea was one of the lower priced hotels we found that still had vacancy. I was a little nervous when we pulled up, as this is an older hotel, but we were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were well maintained and the location is great. About 5...

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Thank Maria C
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 1 night en route to Santa Barbara. It was a great place to stop after driving along the spectacular coastline of Highway 1. The hotel is walking distance from the beach and about 5 mins drive from Hearst Castle which is a must see. There wasn't much to see in San Simeon but our stay was pleasant...

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1Thank IS_1969
Saint Charles, Missouri
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed here because we wanted to visit nearby Cambria, but the prices in Cambria were exorbitant. For less than half the price we got a room that was clean, comfortable, convenient, and affordable. The bed was nice and firm and there was a large selection of pillow types. The towels were thick and plentiful and the shower, if small,...

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3Thank kansas57
Auburn, Washington
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Pros: close to Hearst Castle, very friendly and helpful front desk staff, nice sized and reasonably priced king room (with micro and fridge), short walk to the beach, next door to a good restaurant (The Cavalier at the Best Western), comfortable bed and pillows, nice towels and good water pressure, very quiet. Cons (in order of "con-ness"): 1. no, zero,...

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Amenities

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

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: ₹ 5,770 - ₹ 11,269 (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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“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
“Without reservations, there were no rooms avail. on a Thurs. night.”
 of 5 bubbles TheQueenChicago, 20 May 2016 | Read review
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