Sands Inn and Suites ★★★

3.6 /5
Overall score
83%
Would recommend
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4
Value:
3.8
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Overview

Plan your next meeting or leisure stay at the unusually attractive, Spanish-style Sands Inn and Suites, near historic downtown San Luis Obispo and California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Large, flexible meeting rooms make this AAA Three Diamond-rated hotel particularly suitable for reunions, seminars, and receptions, while its proximity to area attractions makes for perfect tourist lodging.

Rooms

Sands Inn recently renovated all 70 guest rooms and suites to feature comfortable bedding and furniture, with amenities including a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, free wireless Internet access, a DVD player, and cable television. Configurations include standard queen, superior king, two kinds of suites, and more. Handicapped rooms are available.

Property features

Sands Inn & Suites is a San Luis Obispo standout for runners, joggers, exercise enthusiasts, and especially dog walkers. The hotel welcomes all well-behaved pets (fees apply), and with surrounding walking trails and nearby fields, claims itself "the most pet-friendly lodging establishment on the Central Coast of California." Guests without four-legged friends enjoy the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Complimentary continental breakfast is included.

Highlights

  • AAA Three Diamond-rated hotel
  • One of the area's largest outdoor pools, heated year around
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Pet-friendly

Nearby attractions

  • Cal Poly University (walking distance)
  • Downtown San Luis Obispo (walking distance)
  • Mission San Luis Obispo (walking distance)
  • Cuesta Canyon County Park (walking distance)

Business

  • Meeting rooms for up to 150; can be subdivided
  • Catering available
  • Group rates

Transportation

  • San Luis Obispo Municipal Airport (4.3 mi/6.5 km)

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Guest score 3.7 / 5
$84
Guest score 4.1 / 5
$133
Guest score 3.9 / 5
$104
Guest score 3.8 / 5
$114
Guest score 3.9 / 5
$111

Amenities

Featured

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities

General

  • No smoking rooms/facilities
  • Pet friendly

Activities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness Center

Dining

  • Free full breakfast

Services

  • Business center
  • Laundry service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities

Internet

  • Free internet

Parking

  • Free parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible Rooms/Facilities
  • Service dogs allowed
  • Service animals allowed
  • Accessible parking

Reviews

3.6 /5 Overall score

83% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.5/5
  • Cleanliness: 4/5
  • Hotel staff: 4.1/5
  • Comfort: 3.6/5
  • Location: 4/5
  • Value: 3.8/5

Clean and worth the money

Would recommend Sat, Nov 14, 2015
The room was clean, staff was great and walking distance to a great Pub

| N/A Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Great option for San Luis Obispo

Would recommend Fri, Aug 14, 2015
We've visited San Luis most years since 1971. Prices of lodging has become almost prohibitive, but then we found the Sands Inn. The rooms are neat, reception helpful - like a more expensive option in the area. We had a great stay and will try to get a room with them on our next trip.

| N/A Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Comfortable Stay

Would recommend Fri, Jul 17, 2015
The room is clean with comfortable beds. It comes with a good size refrigerator even a microwave oven, a flat screen TV with a DVD player. The hot breakfast is good. The overall experience was positive.

| Anaheim Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Trip to see Cal Poly student

Would not recommend Tue, Mar 10, 2015
Location is close to the campus, the room is nothing special. Staff is friendly, the breakfast is not much. No fruit was my issue. The pub across the street is fun and Curlys down the street has great food served deli style.

| LONG BEACH Couples

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 3 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

A good night's stay

Would recommend Tue, Feb 24, 2015
This hotel was very much like other hotels in SLO. It was clean, safe but outdated.

| Ripon Singles

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 2 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Great room and amenities for the price

Would recommend Fri, Dec 5, 2014
I often travel to San Luis Obispo for business and I am budget minded, so I often wind up at the least expensive motel available. I have seen quite a few motels in SLO and some of them are pretty sketchy. I booked Sands Inn at a bargain rate, so I was a bit dubious before arrival. It turns out I was quite mistaken. This is a fine motel, the best in this price class in SLO. Nice newly remodeled rooms, good furnishings, I was not scared to walk on the carpet in bare feet, free WiFi, and the free breakfast rocks! If you are lucky to get a good rate here, take it!

| Central Coast, CA Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

A great dog friendly place

Would recommend Sun, Nov 30, 2014
A n!ice patio area to enjoy your continental breakfast

| Vallejo Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Great location for SLO stay

Would recommend Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Great stay at Sands suite and inns. Had a suite which was quite roomy with full bar, small frig and microwave. Too bad it was just myself and my husband staying as it would of made a perfect get-together room to entertain. Breakfast was nice with waffles, eggs & sausage, fruit, cereal and coffee. Will definitely stay here again when we come back to visit. Only negative was street noise and next room noise as walls are pretty thin.

Money saver

Thursday night farmer's market was amazing with hot food and local produce.

| San Clemente, CA Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Good, not great

Would recommend Fri, Oct 10, 2014
Sands Inn is about as good as it can be, given the limits of an old-fashioned motel where you drive up within a few feet of your room and the first guy up usually wakes up everyone else. It's part of a row of comparable mid-level motels along Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, a little over a mile from downtown. This was a very good deal for the dollar. The room was a decent size, clean, with a good bed, good enough shower, large tv, and desk The hair dryer was old fashioned: worked one night, took me 10 minutes to get it to work the second night, and the third night it didn't work at all. But the breakfasts were good for a hotel at this rate, with several protein choices and warm and cold options. Staff was pleasant too. For this value, I'd stay again -- a 3.5 rating overall.

Dining

Nova and Urbane Cafe (lunch) are good places on Higuera St. Doc Burnstein's good for ice cream. Excellent Whole Foods nearby.

| Pittsburgh Business

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 3 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Thanks

Would recommend Fri, Jul 25, 2014
It was great. Everything I would stay again. Would recommend

| San Luis opisbo Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

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Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.