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Rio Sands Hotel

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love staying here. Very clean, front desk is very nice. Rooms r great, love the heated pool and jacuzzi. Great place for family vacation. Close to the beach, food, Santa Cruze boardwalk. We stay here at least 3 times a year. We tell everybody about it. Love there contenental breakfast, it's in a very nice area

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Fair Oaks, California
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Last time we stayed here was in 2009. The renovations are Awesome! The free breakfast was terrific, make your own waffles, scrambled eggs and sausages in addition to muffins, toast, fruit, yogurt, juice and of course tea and coffee. Well above your average hotel breakfast. The Christmas declarations in the breakfast room were beautiful with a coastal feel. The fireplace...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi TravelingOtter, Thank you for your wonderful review! We're very happy to see that you had a pleasant time with us. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reno, Nevada
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the location, the pool & spa, and always have a wonderful time! The staff went above and beyond this time and made our stay especially enjoyable. We love the area - the beach, the Pixie Deli, all the great local dining.

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Dear karalady, Thank you so much for your great review and your generous comments about our hotel! Thanks for continuing to stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For just under $200 a night I was expecting a much larger room. It's much bigger in the pics, I suspect they like most places add a fishbowl or panoramic lens when capturing photos. It was in fact two rooms, had everything it listed it just failed to mention there's no walking through once the hide a bed is extended,...

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RioManager, Guest Service at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi MrsMyra V, Thank you very much for your great review! We make every effort to provide reasonable rates which are competitive with other properties in the area. Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you again soon!

San Jose, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our little getaway! It's always clean, and so close to the beach! Everything about Rio Sands is just great. The one thing we always wish for is on demand/being able to rent movies. This will always be our first date spot! This week marks a year, we will be there soon! This is a great deal for your...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi darlingnicki, Thank you very much for your review and your kind comments about the accommodations and the location. We don't have on-demand movies yet, but we did recently upgrade to digital cable with HBO and other movie channels. We're happy to see that you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you again soon!

Los Osos, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just magical, and worth the extra few bucks. I have a great memory of Aptos CA thanks in part to staying there. I have paid way more for hotels and motels in resort like settings that were far inferior to Rio Sands. And the location, just can't beat it. Nice staff, and an actual decent breakfast in a very nice...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi seancassidy2016, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the hotel and our friendly staff. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Modesto, California
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quiet, relaxing, always clean and updated,dependable staff, year after year same faithful employees meeting any need that arises. Very easy check in/out. Expanded breakfast really nice. Also the distance to beach is great! Have been coming for over 20 years, we love it

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi alvabeck2003, Thank you so much for your great review and your generous comments about the rooms and our staff! Thanks for continuing to stay with us and we're looking forward to seeing you next year!

Allen, Texas
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Don't stay here! Staff is wonderful. But the walls are paper thin, sounds like construction going on however it is only the other people walking around upstairs PLUS you can hear every word they say. :(( and when another room turns on their water, you may jump because it is so loud! Apparently no room service every day as when...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Dear tangos_mom97, Thank you very much for your comments about our staff. We're sorry to see that you didn't enjoy your time with us and we would greatly appreciate another opportunity to provide you with a pleasant stay. If we're fortunate to have you decide to stay with us again, we'll be sure to set you up in one of...

Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Rio Sands is classed as a two-star hotel, based on things like furnishings, amenities etc. And technically, that's fair. You notice things like no fan and little shelf space in the bathroom. No air conditioning, cheap carpets and so on. But the total experience is much better. It's clean, comfortable -- an excellent bed -- and quiet. The location...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Terence B, Thank you very much for your generous review! We're very happy to see you had a great time and we hope to see you again soon!

New York City, New York
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We were here for a weekend getaway. Love the location. Not overly busy like Monterey, nor the rundown broadwalk feel like you can get in Santa Cruz. This is a very clean, upgraded motel. Great bed. Slept really well. Comfortable room. So clean that there were not even dust on patio chairs. Housekeeping does a great job. Breakfast is typical...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hello ilovetravelgirl, 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!

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rio Sands Hotel is by the beach. Just a 2 minute walk to 20 miles of walkable sea shore. We have rooms with fully stocked kitchenettes, a BBQ area, pool heated to 80 degrees year round. Enjoy our continental breakfast served daily. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rio Sands Hotel

Address: 116 Aptos Beach Dr, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003-4503
Region: United States > California > Aptos
Price Range: $113 - $305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sands Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“All rooms r great.”
 of 5 bubbles TamiD381, 4 Dec 2016 | Read review
“We love to be near the pool, so love the ground floor with a patio.”
 of 5 bubbles karalady, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Location, quiet, pretty. Nice grounds and landscaping. Walking distance to beach and a nice restaurant. Funky deli, and boutique pizza.”
 of 5 bubbles seancassidy2016, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“My choice is downstairs by pool”
 of 5 bubbles alvabeck2003, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Pay attention to type of room - if it sleeps 3, it sleeps 3, and if its 6 - it sleeps 6.”
 of 5 bubbles M8635HPstephaniel, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
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