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Everything was great, the only thing i would change is the check in time. It would be nice to check in earlier.

Right on the beach, great view, Friendly staff. Restaurant was great. Loved the fire pits on the beach.

Wonderful to be able to be at beach in 1 minute from hotel room. Goofy things with room, such as bathroom door that hits the toilet bowl, making it difficult to get in and out of the bathroom.

Annoying that you must hoof it to your room or wait for staff with golf cart

This is the 13th+ year I've been visiting The Sanctuary which has undergone ownership and name changes during this time. I'm completely in love with its location and views of the beach, ocean and dunes from all the rooms. The staff at the Sanctuary is top notch...super friendly, helpful and pleasant. The rooms are well kept and clean with only minor problems. This last stay, we found stray ants converging on our wet bar. If you've been visiting The Sanctuary in the last couple years, you'll no doubt remember the golf carts that you got to drive around the property. Those are now gone. A bell hop will drive you to and from your vehicle down in the main parking lot. They are quick to arrive and pick you up and always friendly and cheerful. Even late at night and early morning. The fire pit area has been upgraded since my last visit with more chairs and furnishings. They are remodeling the lobby and spa and they have a new restaurant, Salt Wood, which, unfortunately, I did not get to try this time around. The hot tub and heated pool are always a must even on a cold night. Will definitely be back!

My family and I stayed in the ocean front jr suite. The staff was very friendly and the view was spectacular. We were situated near the bonfire area. I didn’t experience any noise issues since they were far enough from our room. The only issue we experienced was getting locked out of our room for 45 minutes; the door mechanism leading to our room malfunctioned and needed to be reprogrammed. The staff responded to this on a timely manner, but was an inconvenience considering it was getting dark and was fairly cold. I would still recommend this location to anybody that is trying to find a nice get away.

Great experience! Totally worth to spend money! There is a small parking lot past the restaurant. If you do not want to take the hotel car to your room, park there and you need to walk 1-3 minutes to your room.

Pleasantly surprised with this hotel. Right in the beach, we had such a nice time. Very clean pool and jacuzzi. Staff was great.

We stayed 2 nights over the weekend. Two adults and two older children (9 and 11). The staff was pleasant and informative. The room, 2nd floor on the sand, was in good shape and functional. The bed was very comfortable and the couch pull out bed was big and nice. The bathroom had 2 showers which was great. The nights were quiet. The area seems safe. There is a new restaurant on the grounds, we tried it once for dinner (not sure if they serve other meals). Food was good. We stayed right on the sand and the view was amazing. The pool and hot tub are really nice and well kept. For some odd reason, the very small refrigerator was stocked with a bunch of drinks we didn't want, which we think were not free? Unclear. Also, we were surprised to find out that you can't drive your car to your room. You have to load your luggage on a golf cart (with help from bell boy), and then be transported to your room. Strange and slightly inconvenient, but it was fine. Overall, we liked it.

The view from out room was amazing. I did feel that the Resort needed a little more updating for the price of the night. It was a bummer that breakfast was not included. Also the restaurant was under renovation during our stay and there was a charge for room service if food was being ordered :( The view and location is BEAUTIFUL!!! and it's also a beautiful place if you bring children along. But for the price, the resort should provide their guest with free breakfast.

We booked a suite with an amazing unblocked view of the ocean. I would recommend this resort as it was quiet, clean and you can't beat the views.

First off,the front desk is what made this an awful experience. We never had our room cleaned unless we called for service and they also showed up to clean at 5:00pm which is closing time for them I was told. This one day I had to call front desk 3 times before anyone came in. They screwed up too when we were checking out, stating that my husband's credit card was not on file anymore since they have a "new system" now. They were not sure on how many days I paid for my stay which was 4days., and I have the receipt! It was horrible because of the staff, she overcharged my husband's card, so she apologized and says that the funds were to be put back in his account after 4-5 business days, we are still waiting. The General manage spoke to me once and nothing was resolved and he will not return my calls. Horrible staff! Never returning.

Not impressed when you have to take a shuttle to your car all the time down to the parking lot and front office

The resort no longer lends golf carts to its guests. So at times we felt stuck in the room because you have to call a shuttle to pick you up, which is very inconvenient. There is no privacy, you feel surrounded. The patios are right next to each other and you can walk up to the neighbors and shake their hands with ease. So if you want to have a glass of wine on your patio and view the beach, you have everyone next to you doing the same. There are also people above you, I thought they rented the room to elephants! It was so loud! I had no problem leaving, I was almost happy to.

Can't wait to be back when the weather is better.Highly recommend this place.

A most exquisite location, beautiful scenary, friendly staff. It was slightly raining when we were there but that just meant we had the beach bonfire and the jacuzzi to ourselves. We only stayed one night en route to our final stop, but we have decided this will be the destination in the near future. Love this place.

Pleasant check-in with nice bonfire on beach. Nice to see they added pits. Nice people to interact with. Could use a little bigger fridge but just an overall pleasant place to stay.

Dunes Rd Marina CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Monterey Bay
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Sanctuary Beach Resort places you within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Bay and Marina State Beach. This 4-star resort has 60 guestrooms and offers a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or meet other guests at the free daily manager's reception. Continental breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11 AM.


Rooms

An LED TV comes with cable channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Pillowtop beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include a fireplace, a balcony, and an iPod dock.


Property features

Sanctuary Beach Resort features a private beach, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services, dry cleaning/laundry, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include a spa tub, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.

Room options

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Oceanfront

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed, Oceanfront

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Panoramic Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Oceanfront

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Sanctuary Beach Resort

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4
Everyone

By on Aug 6, 2019

Review comment responded on Aug 7, 2019

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary beach Resort soon. With every good wish, Be Inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

5
Everyone

Everything was great, the only thing i would change is the check in time. It would be nice to check in earlier.

By on Jun 6, 2019

Review comment responded on Jun 6, 2019

Dear valued guests, Thank you so much for your constructive feedback and we always try to accommodate our guests with whatever request they may have. We are continuously trying to offer an early check in but there are some days we have heavy turn over that make almost impossible. We are soon adding 24 more rooms to our inventory and hopefully that will help to offer early check in to guests. Thank You for staying with us.

5
Everyone

By on Dec 3, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 3, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary beach Resort soon. With every good wish, Be Inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

5
Everyone

By on Oct 15, 2018

Review comment responded on Oct 17, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary beach Resort soon. With every good wish, Be Inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

5

great!

Everyone

Right on the beach, great view, Friendly staff. Restaurant was great. Loved the fire pits on the beach.

By on Jun 11, 2018

Review comment responded on Jun 11, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary beach Resort soon. With every good wish, Be Inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

4
Everyone

Wonderful to be able to be at beach in 1 minute from hotel room. Goofy things with room, such as bathroom door that hits the toilet bowl, making it difficult to get in and out of the bathroom.

By on May 28, 2018

Review comment responded on Jun 11, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary beach Resort soon. With every good wish, Be Inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

4
Everyone

Annoying that you must hoof it to your room or wait for staff with golf cart

By on Mar 17, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 3, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary Beach resort soon. With every good wish, Jeroen Jeroen Gerrese | Resort General Manager

5

amazing views, great staff!

Everyone

This is the 13th+ year I've been visiting The Sanctuary which has undergone ownership and name changes during this time. I'm completely in love with its location and views of the beach, ocean and dunes from all the rooms. The staff at the Sanctuary is top notch...super friendly, helpful and pleasant. The rooms are well kept and clean with only minor problems. This last stay, we found stray ants converging on our wet bar. If you've been visiting The Sanctuary in the last couple years, you'll no doubt remember the golf carts that you got to drive around the property. Those are now gone. A bell hop will drive you to and from your vehicle down in the main parking lot. They are quick to arrive and pick you up and always friendly and cheerful. Even late at night and early morning. The fire pit area has been upgraded since my last visit with more chairs and furnishings. They are remodeling the lobby and spa and they have a new restaurant, Salt Wood, which, unfortunately, I did not get to try this time around. The hot tub and heated pool are always a must even on a cold night. Will definitely be back!

By , from Sacramento, CA on Mar 8, 2018

Review comment responded on Apr 3, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home" to our Sanctuary Beach resort soon. With every good wish, Jeroen Jeroen Gerrese | Resort General Manager

4

excellent place to relax

Everyone

My family and I stayed in the ocean front jr suite. The staff was very friendly and the view was spectacular. We were situated near the bonfire area. I didn’t experience any noise issues since they were far enough from our room. The only issue we experienced was getting locked out of our room for 45 minutes; the door mechanism leading to our room malfunctioned and needed to be reprogrammed. The staff responded to this on a timely manner, but was an inconvenience considering it was getting dark and was fairly cold. I would still recommend this location to anybody that is trying to find a nice get away.

By , from marina, CA on Feb 4, 2018

Review comment responded on Feb 5, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward welcoming you " home' to our Sanctuary Beach Resort soon. Be inspired! Jeroen Gerrese Resort General Manager

5
Everyone

Great experience! Totally worth to spend money! There is a small parking lot past the restaurant. If you do not want to take the hotel car to your room, park there and you need to walk 1-3 minutes to your room.

By on Jan 4, 2018

Review comment responded on Jan 5, 2018

Thank you so much for your comments, we are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay with us. Parking for Sanctuary guests is actually limited to the lots down by the main lobby, the parking you have referenced is actually part of the time-share property. Our shuttle drivers are available 24-hours a day for our guests' convenience and are always happy to assist. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future! Happy travels,

Sanctuary Beach Resort

3295 Dunes Rd, Marina, CA 93933
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