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"The fire pits by the beach and seating to watch the coast made the trip. Direct beach access and walking trails were wonderful. " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 25 Nov 2019

Hotel Description

Beach motel with free breakfast in San Simeon

Steps from the beach

You'll find San Simeon State Park and William Randolph Hearst State Park within 3 miles (5 km) of this motel. Also, Leffingwell Landing is within 3 miles (5 km) and Moonstone Beach Park is within 6 miles (10 km).

Free perks

A restaurant and an indoor pool are featured at this motel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Guests will appreciate freebies like continental breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 33 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Other amenities include coffee/tea makers, free local calls, and ceiling fans.

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$69* Per night/room Feb 24 - Feb 25

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Sands by The Sea ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sands by The Sea

Everyone (9) Couples (1)
5 out of 5
The fire pits by the beach and seating to watch the coast made the trip. Direct beach access and walking trails were wonderful.

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019

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4 out of 5
Wish they had coffee at the lobby earlier than 7 am. Lace is clean. Staff very very very nice

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019

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3 out of 5
close to beach nice outdoors needs help indoors

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019

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2 out of 5
Good location. Hotel staff friendly and helpful. Apparently room not vacuumed well - nail trimmings on carpet. Yuk! Bathroom shower curtain, sink and window sill moldy. Will not stay there again.

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019

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3 out of 5


How much does it cost to replace a shower curtain? Mold on curtain, shower, window sill!

Posted by , from California on Sep 1, 2018

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3 out of 5
As soon as we walked into the room there’s was a funny smell. We had to sleep with the vent on and the window open. Bathroom was dirty and the tub was leaking.

Posted by , from san francisco on May 7, 2018

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1 out of 5

body odor, dirty room

Pros: They gave you a $4.00 credit for the restaurant next door to use towards a meal. It had access to an outdoor area that had fire pits.
Cons: clean the room! Don't allow staff to use the room for napping! Fresh linens!
Location: Hearst Castle is pretty much it, since Highway 1 closure. Casa De Frutia is amazing.
Upon entering the room, the bed looked like it had been slept on . Since the pillows were upright and appeared clean, I let it go. The room looked like it had not been cleaned in a long time, musty, crummy dirty floors and towels that didn't look fresh. When getting in the bed, the linens smelled like body odor, BAD body odor. We asked to be moved to another room and were told that there were no other rooms. Our room was only one of two that were in a 'hallway' which had no lighting and felt completely unsafe. There is not way to deadbolt the door from the inside to keep anyone out. It wasn't until we found a long black hair in the bed (I'm blonde) that we decided to leave and go home a day early. We could not receive any sort of credit or compensation for the 2nd day that we didn't use from the hotel since I booked thru Travelocity. What a waste and this ruined my vacation birthday weekend. Incidentally, this room was directly across from the linen room and I think that the hotel staff used this room for their naps and breaks. It seriously smelled like a gym in there...completely disgusting.

Posted by , from Sacramento on Mar 28, 2017

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. Free breakfast is available daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. The business-friendly Sands by The Sea also features an indoor pool, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Free self parking is available. This San Simeon motel is smoke free.

  • 33 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Business facilities
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) (67.5 km / 42 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Sands by The Sea offers 33 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. LCD televisions come with premium satellite channels. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. This San Simeon motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary toiletries and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • LCD television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Ceiling fan
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.

Sands by The Sea has a restaurant on site.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the motel include an indoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Maximum 1 per room


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Pets allowed (no fees)


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Late check-out fee: USD 150 (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Sands Sea Condo San Simeon
  • Sands Sea San Simeon
  • Sands By The Sea Hotel San Simeon
  • Sands Hotel San Simeon
  • Sands Motel San Simeon
  • Sands Sea Motel San Simeon
  • Sands Sea Motel
  • Sands Sea
  • Sands by The Sea Motel
  • Sands by The Sea San Simeon
  • Sands by The Sea Motel San Simeon

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.