Outstanding stay. Room well decorated, top of the line service and amenities. Golf cart was a surprise touch.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I'm very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. Golf carts are always a fun treat. Come back soon!
right on the shore line very well cared for. place has good food on siteGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Glad you had a good time, see you again soon!
"it is a sanctuary"
This is a gem of a place. Quiet, roomy serene with nearby beach setting, just a walk away. Great place for couples loved the pool. My girlfriend called the bed and sheets delicious. hardly left the room only stayed a day because of work next day, but definitely will come back for a longer stay. why stay in nearby Monterrey and be crowded when you can […] be here and away from the crowds. Verry yummy as my lady tells me, bring some plates if you want to bring in some food to eat. this is a special place. love the quiet hour at 10. Nice, nice nice! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Serene is definitely the ambiance we aim for here at Sanctuary Beach Resort! I'm happy to hear that you and your girlfriend were able to come out for the day. Our quiet hours are something new we have implemented. Glad you both enjoyed it!
"Tucked away but close to Monterey."
Loved the view and the restaurant on site was fantastic.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Glad you enjoyed the views on property. We'll pass your compliments to the restaurant. Come back to see us anytime!
"Left as soon as possible"
Even though I paid for three nights, I left after the 1st night. Really disappointed in the place. First time using Expedia so maybe my fault but I expected the hotel would be near hotel would be near the city of Monterey. Instead it was in place called Marina. None of the charm of Monterey. They did not lie. The hotel was near the beach but the beach […] was just sand dunes. The charm of Monterey is the mix of the quant town, trees, rocks, tide pools. This place had none of it. It was just a cheap Hotel with a marked up price. It was clean, the staff was polite but for the price I expected something special. This was not it. I was exhausted when I arrived so I crashed and moved out. My time is special and I did not want to waste it there. Nothing awful about the place but nothing to justify the price. Bummed that I wasted more than for 3 nights in place with no refund. After I got some sleep I just left. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I'm sorry to hear that the resort wasn't quite what you had expected, and ended up cutting your stay short. We are located in the city of Marina which is more of a residential suburb of Monterey. Although we are not located in the city of Monterey, we are just a quick 10 minute drive away. I sincerely wish you could have given the resort more of your time so you could see we have our own unique charm. Part of the beauty of staying at Sanctuary Beach Resort is we are just a short distance away from Monterey you can go there in the day and experience the culture there and once you're done you can escape the business of Monterey and truely relax. I do hope you return to us in the future and enjoy the full experience of the resort.
"Very nice hotel"
The hotel room was very cozy. They thought of everything that you would need. Loved the view of the ocean and that you can walk right to it. I just wish it was warmer! Definitely bring your sweaters. The rooms were very clean and bed was extremely comfortable.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Glad we were able to meet your expectations. Our views of the Pacific are certainly one of a kind. The weather here is really starting to warm up, you may still want to bring a light jacket because there is sometimes a coastal breeze. See you soon!
"Great place to stay."
Comfortable, clean, friendly and beautiful. We used this as our home base to see the area and all I could keep thinking was let's go back to our place and enjoy . Great bed, heavenly shower,wonderful view and helpful staff. Perfect place for us during our week!Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort The resort is placed in a prime location, making it very easy to access the surrounding area. We do our best to keep up with the property, glad you enjoyed it! Hope to see you soon!
Room was lovely, over looking the dunes and ocean. Very relaxingGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel on Marina sand dunes"
Serene, peaceful setting in Marina, California (about 15 min north of Monterey). Location awesome. Right on sand dunes. Rooms clean, updated with fireplaces. Unique experience of using golf carts for transportation around resort - cars not allowed up onto dune areas. Staff very friendly and helpful. Had fun making smores with kids at the beach firepit […] at night. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful Getaway Location"
The room was spectacular with beautiful views of the ocean. The rooms are close enough to where you can hear the waves crashing. The golf carts were a bonus to be able to get to your car quickly and transport luggage with ease. We went here for our honeymoon and could not have been happier. The location was perfect and was not too far away from shops, […] restaurants, and other attractions. The staff was very accommodating and kind which may the stay even more pleasant. I look forward to visiting this hotel again and would highly recommend it to everyone looking for a getaway steps away from the ocean. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
A little noisy for a romantic environment with 2 different loud families in the suite next door during our stay. People should control their kids more.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Sanctuary in Marina, CA"
The Sanctuary is located on a beautiful stretch of beach surrounded by dunes. The room was clean and the decor charming. Being early May, it was a bit chilly so we appreciated the fireplace. When it wasn't too windy, my husband and I enjoyed a glass of wine on the porch, listening to the waves. The golf cart was a fun touch.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great getaway trip"
Loved the experience. Loved sleeping to the sound of the ocean. Go here. Will not regret itGenuine Expedia guest review
I have no idea why The Sancuary would get less than a 5 star rating, and I am fussy! Right on a beautiful coastline on the dunes itself, got the junior suite which I would recommend to anyone. Staff was friendly and not intrusive, amenities were perfect. Pool and hot tub were sparkling clean, and hot tub was the largest I have ever seen. This is a place […] to go if you have dogs or are dog friendly. There were either people with their dogs or people who wished they had brought theirs. The grounds were immaculate. We had lunch and dinner on the restaurant on the grounds, it is a casual pub type of place but the steak was great and service was very friendly. Go to breakfast at the mom and pop Tico's in Marina, a 5 min drive. The golfcarts were an amazing amenity, so much fun and kept the ambiance fun and cool and you didn't have the disruption of cars all over the place. Yes, if you are downstairs you will hear the upstairs people walking and using the shower, etc but you should be at the beach anyhow and not holed up in your room :). If you are a family of four or five, you may want to book a "house" and have the deluxe and a junior suite, which are all in the same building. I hesitated to recommend beacuse I don't want the secret out. :) Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The view was awesome! Our room was beautiful, we loved the carts. Staff was helpful and pleasantGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I'm glad you enjoyed your time with. The golf carts are always fun. We hope to see you soon.
Doors need to change ,very noise ...toilet very noiseGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel near natural habitat"
What I liked most of the hotel is the proximity to natural habitat, the quiet room had an excellent view of the sea.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort We are situated on such beautiful grounds. The next time you return and want to do some exploring on nature trails stop by the front desk, one of our friendly concierges would be happy to send you in the right direction. See you soon!
Spots all over the Bathroom Tiles and no Place to put anything in the Bathroom. A stand of sorts would be perfectGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Feel special at the beach"
Rooms are very beautiful, especially those with ocean view. You park your car at the general lot and then get around with golf carts, which is fun.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the golfcarts! We hope you can return back soon and enjoy the ocean!
"Perfect couples retreat!!!"
From start to finish my boyfriend and I had an incredible two day stay at this little slice of heaven. The Sanctuary Beach Resort is only about an hour and half away from our home but I felt like I was thousands of miles away. The staff was overly accommodating and allowed us to check in about an hour early, our ocean view Jr. Suite was exactly how […] it was described when booking. The only ding the room gets is that it could the gentle touch of a handy man, the sliding shudders to the patio weren't exactly on the track and a little difficult to open and shut, and the t.v. In the living room area could use updating but the mounted flat screen in the bedroom made up for it. The room was impeccable otherwise but once you see the view of the ocean you wouldn't care what the room looked like, our room was very close to the beach access where they have chairs and a fire pit, a wonderful place to enjoy the complementary split of wine waiting in your room. SUGGESTION FOR COUPLES!!!: bring snacks and your own beverages with you and hunker down! The resort is not super convenient for going out to grab a bite to eat, but the restaurant on the resort is small drive in the good cart and te food is great, but beware service leaves a little bitto be desired. I could continue writing for days but to sum it up, I can't wait to go back! Loved every second I our stay! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"One of our best experiences"
The ocean view room was one of the best experiences we have had. We have one teenage daughter and the sleeper couch worked fine. If your family is larger you will need something more than the suite. We wish we had time for more than two nights. Access to the dunes was considerate to the environment yet convenient and fun. The hot tub and pool was nice […] (broken jets though), and the bonfire at 6:30 was a great touch. The food at the Kula was great. Get the Mahi Mahi. Fun golf cart. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice but noisy!"
I have to say I have mixed feelings about this hotel/resort. The room was very nice but a little cramped. The fireplace was a bonus as it was late March and somewhat chilly. Our room was clean and comfortable however a larger bed or two doubles would have been nice but obviously would not have fit in this size room. The grounds were beautiful and having […] a limited view of the ocean was wonderful. I will say it is the noisest place my husband and I have ever stayed at. We like to open our windows at night for fresh air and listen to the sounds of the ocean. Because the units are close together there is alot of outside noise and unfortunately during the night some teenagers were roaming around and generally being teenagers but definitely disturbing our sleep. Also, because of the location of our unit, the golf carts were constantly going by with either hotel employees or 13 year olds joyriding. Hate to sound like a stick in the mud but don't think I would call it a sanctuary! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great for families."
Beautiful hotel. Loved the location, the facilities, and the fires on the beach in the evening. Great for families. My kids loved the golf carts. The only thing I would say is the refrigerator is small, and there is no microwave. We will definetly return.Genuine Expedia guest review
Beautiful location. Fun to drive your own golf cart. NOT a luxury spa hotel. Nothing fancy. Food Service is limited.Genuine Expedia guest review
Good overall experience, the kids enjoyed riding the cart, privacy of each unit were nice, distance from the ocean was good, but dissapointed with the bonfire. We expected to have a big one or maybe multiple of bonfire to accommodate the guests but instead it is only a small one that could be occupied by 6-8 people around, which is basically one or […] two sets of guest on the entire resort including the guest from the timeshare units. I know that it is a public bonfire, but it would be more enjoyable if there is at least 2 or 3, especially on the coming peak season . Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
My husband and I booked a deluxe room for 3 nights. On the second night there was a problem with the water heater and we had to more at 1:30 in the morning. This was an inconvenience, however, they moved us to a suite and did not charge us for the upgrade and Reggie, the manager, also comped us dinner and drinks the following night. All in all, a great […] place to stay and we would definitely recommend the restaurant, the food was great. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great beachfront property"
We arrived on a rainy day to a lovely room overlooking the beach, which I think all the rooms do. The fire was on in our room which was a nice touch. We ate at the onsite restaurant, the server was not great and seemed fed up. The food was very average. Wouldn't eat here again. We ordered breakfast to the room for 10 dollars each. It arrived in a big […] basket which we took out to the deck to eat, it was great good coffee and very fresh fruit. To top it off there were whales swimming very close to the shore, amazing! We would have loved to stay longer and will definitely be back. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very comfortable rooms, given that it is so well maintained there are a few weird things like door missing in closet in the bathroom, fireplace in the first room we stayed in was really cozy, but the second time we stayed there it didn't work as well and since that is the only source of heat and it was cold while we were there it was a little less comfortable. […] Also some of the carts had badly ripped shields - again it is the only way to get around the grounds so you need them to be providing the shield from the wind. All in all we loved the location, amazing walks on the sand in the mornings. I will definitely be back. Romantic, but family friendly! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great place to go and relax, rest and re-charge batteries... Nothing around it to go out and dine everything is a drive away but if your plan is to chill this is it...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The resort was very nice and the suite that we stayed in was fantastic. Nice patio and view of the ocean. Very quiet. Nice fireplace and very comfortable bed. Would definitely stay again for a special occasion.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Some serious structural issues"
The location is beautiful but beware when you ask for Beach view it may be a sand dune view with about 4 feet of water view. This place has paper thin walls. Our first night we were along on the ground floor. Night 2, a family moved in and we heard every noise, every child's voice, everything. Miserable. Plus the wind whistles through under the door […] enough we had to put a couple pillows to block it. The bathrooms are pedestal sinks with no place to put your cosmetics etc. To me that's a mistake. One of the pleasant surprises is the on site restaurant which is good, reasonable and accesable by golf cart. Plus realize they are selling timeshares on site. I am always leery of that. I think it divides the staff attention and smacks of a kind of sleezy sales environment that is anything but relaxing. I don't know that I would ever go back. I certainly wouldn't go back at high season because I would feel like I was staying in a commune with all the noise. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Place for Family With a Dog"
Super dog friendly, great beach location. Location can't be beat. They give you a golf cart to get around the property, which was fun for the kids. The "bonfire" everyone raves about could use some simple fixes--more chairs (there were a total of 6), and it would be great if they would sell wine nearby. Also, a few sticks with marshmallows for the kids […] would have been fun. Also, when we asked for a later checkout on Sunday, it would have nice if they complied. The hotel was mostly empty and it was a Sunday so doubtful they were going to get a rush of people all of a sudden. I'm sure it has to do with housekeeping, but it would have been nice if they offered a room for changing in after the pool, and they clearly didn't want to bother. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thanks so much for your response! I am so glad that your family, dog included, had a great time! Thank you for your suggestion regarding the bonfire, as wine and s'mores are something we do sell in the lobby, and are looking to sell at the bonfire as well! As for late check outs, they are strictly on a first come first serve basis on the day of check out. We do our very best to grant as many as we can, but Sundays are actually one of our busiest turnaround days. Hopefully we have a chance to see you and your family in the future!
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with the hotel. We felt like we were at home. Thank you!Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so happy you had a great stay, and look forward to seeing you in the future.
"Cannot wait to go back!!!"
I can't give anything but praise to this resort. It was way beyond our expectations! We even received a free upgrade to a Junior Suite with full ocean view!! AMAZING!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thanks so much for your kind review! I am glad the resort had availability to suit your needs, and you enjoyed your room. Hope to see you in the future!
"Love this place"
Having never been to the Montery Peninsula before I picked this hotel based on customer reviews. I wasn't disappointed. The location is breathtaking and our room was beautiful. The view from our balcony was supposed to be "obstructed " but we could see the ocean clearly and watch the beautiful sun set.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I am so glad that the view exceeded your expectations, as we do our best to provide all our guests with the best possible stay. We hope for your second time on the peninsula, you are able to stay with us again! Thanks for your review.
It was so fun! Loved the golf cart!!! The room was amazing!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thanks for your review!
"Wonderfully private and romantic"
Just a short drive from San Fran, our hotel weekend was fantastic and just what was needed. The staff was exceptionally cheerful and attentive. The rooms for fully functional, warm and inviting. The picnic breakfast and driving the golf carts were the perfect cap to the perfect weekend. I can't wait to come back!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort From the sounds of your review, you truly enjoyed all aspects of the resort! I am so glad that from the golfcart to the staff everything met your expectations. We hope to see you here in the future, and thank you for your past stay and delightful review!
I will start with the good. The staff at the front desk was exceptional, the private patio and the view was great, and the bed was very comfortable. Now the bad. The room was a little small, the bathroom tub shower was very small, the bathroom didn't have any shelf space for your toiletries. I thought I was getting private beach access from my patio, […] when in fact it was the resorts private beach access through a walkway about 200 feet from my unit.I got a similar room in Cambria that was much better for $250 + $27 tax, this room was $335 + $57 tax, I'm not sure what the story is with that, but that's not the hotel's fault. The restaurant greeter took us to a table and when we asked for a booth she said OK and just left us standing in the middle of nowhere. The waitress was very good, the food was marginal and overpriced. I will be going back up here next year, but I think I will find a place that is a better value. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I would first off like to apologize for the negative aspects of your stay. I will pass along the comments of the restaurant to their owner, and ensure he is aware of your experience. As for our rooms, because we are situated on protected land, we do not offer rooms with direct beach access. We do not want to put the protected land in jeopardy, as well the beach access is the only safe way to get down to the ocean break. As for the staff, I am glad the staff and views impressed you. Although I am not familiar with the resort in Cambira, it seems they operate a bit differently. I hope that if you return to the peninsula, you will consider us for your next stay.
"Beautiful economical beachfront getaway"
We loved it! Great value.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thanks so much for your review!
We were pleasantly surprised at the top-notch treatment from the staff as well as the accommodations. Derick, the Front desk clerk, gave us a free upgrade without being asked simply because we requested a room upstairs. My husband and I came desperately to the coast to unwind and recuperate from the stress of the Bay Area. The room more than satisfied […] our need. We love the fact that we could even see the ocean waves crashing just laying in bed. It was an amazing weekend. The bon fire that the establishment provided was a great and unexpected feature of our stay.. We will and already have recommended this hotel to our friends and family. .. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Positive remarks regarding staff are one of my favorite items to read in reviews! I am so glad that we were able to upgrade you upon arrival. Thank you for your recommendations, as word of mouth is one of our best advertising. We hope that you are able to visit again soon, and relax and unwind here at Sanctuary!
"Relaxing, quiet and beautiful..."
We really enjoyed this resort and will definately be back. (My husband, 3 year old daughter and I) We loved the evening bonfire on the beach, the golf carts and the staff was great. The resort is well thought out and the employees are very helpful as well. We even went swimming (in February) and the spacious pool and hot tup were great. It is easy to […] find and a quick drive to Monterey. Looking forward to our return... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort Thank you for your review and kind words regarding our staff and property. Its always great to have a few nights away with beautiful sunny beach weather! We hope you are able to include us in your future plans to travel to Monterey. Thank you!
"Must location for beach."
Great location. Room on the beach. The room was beautiful and clean. Our new must stay when in the area. Pricing good compared to others we have stayed at over the years. Service would have been a 5 but we waited 25 minutes in the cold parking lot for them to take us to our room. They forgot about us. But bell guy apologized and he was a nice kid and […] not his fault. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Amazing place. We had jr suite great view. 1tv died and hotel had it replaced with a new 1within an hour. Very relaxing spot.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"place to destress"
Stayed here weekend of 1/25. Its absolutely amazing if u want a place isolated from civilization. The restaurant was so so but everything else was perfect. Only stay there if you are going to get an oceanfront room otherwise you'll have obsteucted views.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel for couples!"
What a great hotel to stay at after a long day of traveling to the West Coast. Staff was very friendly and we recommend the dining/bar on site. The view was amazing and the golf carts were a fun added plus!Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I am glad you enjoyed all of your experiences at our resort. The views are something we cannot take credit for, as mother nature has done an amazing sculpting the Monterey coastline! I would like to thank you for your kind words regarding our staff, and will pass along the message to them as well. The golf carts are a very popular attraction here. We look forward to your return.
I was very happy with this hotel. I was visiting my kids and decided to try the Resort this time. It was very nice. I wasn't too sure about the golf cart, but it was ok. The room was quiet, not expensive, and had everything I could want.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Noisy, you can hear the other guests, and the water heater made noise whenever anyone used the shower. Expect to be woke up whenever the other guests use the bathrooms. The only good thing was the beach location.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort I am sorry you experienced noise issues during your stay. If you would like to contact Expedia with your information, we would be happy to get your feedback and ensure this does not happen to guests in the future. We hope if you choose to stay with us again noise does not cause an inconvenience. I do hope in the future you are able to enjoy all that Sanctuary has to offer, not just our great location!
Very relaxing - perfectGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Partial view rooms do have very partial views. $10 breakfast was wonderful! Golf cart was broken but we enjoyed the strolls. Beach was beautiful. Room with fireplace-very relaxing! Enjoyed our stay. Would come backGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Our Favorite Stop on our Trip"
Easy check-in. Driven to room by golf cart, bags were carried in, feautres of room were covered and restaurant recommendations were made. Great set up - fireplace in room - large bathroom - great balcony with ocean view. Bath robes hung in the bathroom and the bed faced flat screen tv hung over fireplace and sliding glass doors. Our favorite stop on […] our trip. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sanctuary Beach Resort To be the favorite stop on someones trip through California is a real compliment for us! I want to thank you for your comments and am so happy you enjoyed all aspects of the room. We hope your next trip to the west coast includes us!
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