$116 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 6, 2015 Check-out: Sep 7, 2015

Sands Inn and Suites

3 stars
View map of 1930 Monterey Street, 1930 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
74 reviews
Thanks

It was great. Everything I would stay again. Would recommend See full review

  • Dad Don
  • Jul 25, 2014
Great option for San Luis Obispo

We've visited San Luis most years since 1971. Prices of lodging has become almost prohibitive, but... See full review

  • jvanschaar
  • Aug 14, 2015

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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Sands Inn and Suites Rooms

Double Queen
This room offers two queen beds along with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Disabled facilities, DVD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Laundry service, Microwave oven, Non-smoking rooms, Refrigerator, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, Video player, Voicemail.
King Deluxe
This room offers one king bed along with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Disabled facilities, DVD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Laundry service, Microwave oven, Non-smoking rooms, Refrigerator, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, Video player, Voicemail.
Queen Deluxe
This room offers one queen bed along with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Disabled facilities, DVD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Laundry service, Microwave oven, Non-smoking rooms, Refrigerator, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, Video player, Voicemail.

Amenities

  • 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

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.

Ratings and reviews for Sands Inn and Suites

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
74 out of 74
Amenities:
3.5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Comfort:
3.7
Location:
4
Value:
3.8

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
travelsalot27
Business
Oakland, CA
Sep 25, 2012

good pool and tub

This hotel was low key on a week night, and the pool and hot tub were lovely for an evening swim and soak under the stars! Also, loved the waffle maker in the breakfast room, so fun!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jvanschaar
Couples
N/A
Aug 14, 2015

Great option for San Luis Obispo

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DK
Family
Anaheim
Jul 17, 2015

Comfortable Stay

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Connor c.
Couples
LONG BEACH
Mar 10, 2015

Trip to see Cal Poly student

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MRSLAX
Single
Ripon
Feb 24, 2015

A good night's stay

This hotel was very much like other hotels in SLO. It was clean, safe but outdated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Single

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gozer the Traveller
Business
Central Coast, CA
Dec 5, 2014

Great room and amenities for the price

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!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Proud Cal Poly Mom
Family
Vallejo
Nov 30, 2014

A great dog friendly place

A n!ice patio area to enjoy your continental breakfast

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
P.A. Mom
Couples
San Clemente, CA
Nov 18, 2014

Great location for SLO stay

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

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

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
sssw
Business
Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2014

Good, not great

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.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

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

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dad Don
Family
San Luis opisbo
Jul 25, 2014

Thanks

It was great. Everything I would stay again. Would recommend

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Family

Review of Sands Inn and Suites

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
vnogirl
Couples
LA, Ca
Jul 21, 2014

option for budget minded

Location: Not quite walking distance from downtown shops and restaurants but overall OK for sightseeing in the SLO county. Room: Relatively clean. Bathroom a bit smal for a "double queen bed" room. Walls rather thin, we could hear neighbors conversations. They could probably hear ours. Amenities: The usual hairdryer, coffee pot, TV, fridge. Nothing to cheer about. "Breakfast": Horridly weak coffee; and NO half/half for coffee. Generic store bought pastries/cereal. The ONLY perk was the waffle iron and batter dispenser. Better to have breakfast elsewhere. Cost was thankfully mitigated by online deal. Hotel is PET FRIENDLY, which is quite nice for the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Couples

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