We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Sands By The Sea Motel

TripAdvisorUSD 140*
View Deal
02/04/2017 03/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Lowest price we found
USD 140*
View Deal
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Professional photos
Sands By The Sea Motel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Sands By The Sea Motel
See the most recent reviews
Showing 177: English reviews
Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 13 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for one night on our way dien the West Coast. The staff were friendly and helpful, beds were large and comfy and the accommodation was clean. The hotel doesn't have a kitchen/restaurant but is partnered with the Best Western next door. Sands by the sea includes a basic breakfast at the Best Western or $3 off any...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Mark Z
Tracy, California
Reviewed 5 April 2015

Great location. Right on the beach side of Highway 1. Easy walk down to the beach. They have rooms with full oceanview, we did not stay in one, but they looked good from the outside, each one with a balcony to sit out on. Firepits by the beach are really nice as well as the benches that you can sit...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank patrick c
Columbia, South Carolina
Reviewed 2 April 2015

We didn't get to Carmel until the afternoon and so we began the Coastal Hwy trip relatively late. With all the winding roads, viewing points and the occasionally inconsiderate drivers, we got to San Simeon in the early evening. We basically stopped at the first motel we noticed and it was a good choice. The rooms were large, well appointed...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank hbs74
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We stayed here on a family trip to Hearst Castle The good: - decent price for the area - beds are pretty comfortable - close to the beach - on the right side of the freeway (beach side) - easy checkout (key drop box) - plenty of towels in the bathroom - friendly staff - room was quiet The bad:...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Ayesha1102
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

The room was recently refurbished and everything looked new and clean. There's no AC, so the room was hot, but it cooled down during the night. If the temperature had been any hotter, it would have been very hard to sleep. Other guests shouting in the hallway was annoying during the night. There's a pool, which we didn't use but...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Gorettikid
Hertford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 March 2015

I stayed at five different hotels on my recent touring holiday in California and this was by far the cheapest, so I was prepared for it to be very basic, but actually found it quite on a par with the more expensive venues, in fact offering more as it was the only place I stayed with breakfast provided! The gentleman...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank LadyRose333
Rapid City, South Dakota
Reviewed 6 March 2015

We normally stay at the chain motels, but saw the reviews on this place and decided to give it a chance. There are not very many motels on the west/ocean side of the fenced Hwy 1, in San Simeon. We were checked in by a very friendly man and given the end unit, which was very large and comfortable. In...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank SDAnnie
Elmhurst, Illinois
Reviewed 5 March 2015

We chose this spot late in the afternoon while on a road trip from Santa Barbara to the Bay Area. It's nothing special, but perfectly adequate. We thought that the rooms all faced the ocean, but in fact there are two buildings, so the one near the road doesn't have a view except at the far north end. However, there...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank salcal73
Concord, California
Reviewed 4 March 2015

We visited Sands By The Sea Motel, 9355 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452. I found the overall experience very good. The bed was comfortable, it had an indoor heated pool, but this was late February and I would have to walk outside (with wet & dry body) to get to the pool & back to my room. So the...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Alan S
Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

Room was clean but worn No air conditioning Very noisy - could hear our upstairs couple discussions No view at all except for the back of the building next door No food on site and had to walk next door where the view was great Perfect place to arrive late and leave early Shower is perfect for petite 5'2" person

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Aubur

106 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (102)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (29)
Viewed
Bathroom (6)
Viewed
Room/Suite (16)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (15)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Other (30)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (4)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (1)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (1)
02/04/2017 03/04/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near San Simeon
0.0 km away
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
#1 of 10 in San Simeon
2,573 reviews
0.3 km away
The Morgan at San Simeon
The Morgan at San Simeon
#4 of 10 in San Simeon
884 reviews
0.1 km away
Courtesy Inn San Simeon
Courtesy Inn San Simeon
#8 of 10 in San Simeon
488 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.1 km away
Oceanpoint Ranch
Oceanpoint Ranch
#12 of 12 in Cambria
75 reviews
4.7 km away
Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach
0.2 km away
Days Inn San Simeon
Days Inn San Simeon
#7 of 10 in San Simeon
550 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • 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: $128 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands By The Sea Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline and Travelocity so you can book your Sands By The Sea Motel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
Sands Motel San Simeon
Sands Hotel San Simeon
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in San Simeon
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Sands By The Sea Motel staff and other travellers.
4 questions
Ask a question
Los Angeles, CA USA
1 month ago
Brisbane, Australia
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Sands By The Sea Motel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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
5 of 5
TripAdvisor
USD 140*
View Deal
Booking.com
Priceline
Travelocity
*Disclaimer
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates