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Sands by The Sea

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Front of property
Beach nearby
Beach nearby
2 outdoor pools
Standard Room | Desk, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of Sands by The Sea

Sands by The Sea

2.0 star property
Beach motel in San Simeon with spa, restaurant

7.8/10 Good

1,001 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Gym
The price is €74
Price available on 05/12/2022
9355 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA, 93452

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Moonstone Beach Park - 5 min drive
  • Hearst Castle - 8 min drive

Getting around

  • San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) - 53 min drive


  • Big Sur Restaurant - 8 min walk
  • Manta Rey - 8 min walk
  • Sebastian Store - 5 min drive
  • The Sea Chest Oyster Bar - 5 min drive
  • Main Street Grill - 6 min drive

About this property

Sands by The Sea

Sands by The Sea puts you 3.9 mi (6.2 km) from Hearst Castle. Guests can be pampered with deep-tissue massages at the spa and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. There are 2 outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness centre and in-room conveniences such as fridges and microwaves. Fellow travellers like the comfortable beds and helpful staff.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 33 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4 PM until midnight
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Pets stay for free (1 per room)
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–11:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

What to do

  • Beach access
  • Surfing/body boarding nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa


  • Braille/raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Alarm clock
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the motel's full-service spa. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. The spa is open daily.


Cavalier Coastal Kitchen – This restaurant is located on the beach. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Late checkout can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 150 (subject to availability)

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-out is available.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Does Sands by The Sea offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Sands by The Sea does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Sands by The Sea?
As of 4 December 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Sands by The Sea on 5 December 2022 start from €74, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Sands by The Sea?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Sands by The Sea?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools.
Are pets allowed at Sands by The Sea?
Yes, pets stay free, with a limit of 1 per room.
Is parking offered on site at Sands by The Sea?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Sands by The Sea?
You can check in from 4 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 150 (subject to availability). Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at Sands by The Sea and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as body boarding and windsurfing. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and enjoy a swim in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools. Sands by The Sea also has a 24-hour fitness centre.
Are there restaurants at or near Sands by The Sea?
Yes, Cavalier Coastal Kitchen offers beachfront dining. Nearby restaurants include Big Sur Restaurant (8-min walk), Manta Rey (8-min walk) and The Sea Chest Oyster Bar (3.8 mi).
What's the area around Sands by The Sea like?
Sands by The Sea is a short 3-minute walk from Cambria State Marine Park and 7 minutes' walk from San Simeon State Park. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.

Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Nice room
The room was not bad. The room was clean with a comfortable bed. The TV had lots of good channels but the reception was off at times. Love that dogs are free here. We would stay here again.
Joni D., 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Ann, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Sandra, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Great location needs some renovation.
Overall the room was very clean sheets and bedding we’re not stained the bathroom and room where clean and no smells. Carpet was stained by entryway but could have been from an adjoining bathroom leak at some point.The desk chair was very ripped and tattered. My hubby is a big tall man and tub/shower was small and shower head was at his shoulder blades and he wrestled with the curtain a bit but water temp and pressure were good. Closet cabinet would not stay closed. A few other random things I alerted the staff to and desk attendant at Cavalier next door wrote it down. It was a bit awkward to walk on uneven pavers through grass in the dark to check in and someone with a disability would have had to drive around to do it but everyone was nice. Don’t expect an amazing continental breakfast we got a voucher for toast or muffin with a beverage or use it as a five dollar voucher toward your meal at the Cavalier which of course we did because we were hungry and it was good but don’t be expecting waffles and yogurt or fruit. Beach front location was really nice with fire pits Price point was the reason we chose it and I guess we got what we expected. Not the worst we have experienced but not the Seacrest either!
Cavalier lobby
Comfy cleqn beds and pillows
Small tub and low toilet. Some black seen up around rim. Pumice a good Idea! I clean houses! Weird screw on front of wood cabinet I almost hit my leg on.
Great view too bad it was not seen from our room but beautiful anyway
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The hotel premises are beautiful! Right on the bluffs with fire, pits and games. Beautiful place to watch the sunset! Even has pools and a hot tub.
Karen, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Karin, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

2 nights
2 nights, nice restaurant and grounds. Fire pits are provided and let by property staff.
robert, 2-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Will not be coming back
Thomas, 5-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Close to the beach
The room was OK, comfortable and clean. Fair for the price. We liked the fact that we could use the grounds of the hotel next door. You can watch beautiful sunsets from there. The hotel is a very short walk to the beach.
Soly, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Awesome place
My kids loved this hotel. Although it was old, it was clean and comfortable. The grounds were amazing. It’s right on the beach and has lots to do. I’d definitely love to stay again!
1-night family trip
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