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Rio Sands Hotel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I like this hotel. The patio was really nice along with the breakfast they had. We love hiking and we were not to far from Henry Cowell State Park which was beautiful. We were close to some great Mexican food at Manuel's and did a wine tasting in Santa Cruz.

Bed was a little noisy, kind of like sleeping on newspaper. But comfy nonetheless! Great location, can't beat the 2 minute walk to the beach. Great stay for the price, I'd definitely recommend.

We have stayed there many times and love the friendly staff as they are alway so nice and accommodating!!!

unusually late check-in for a Hotel, noticed this fact after booking on Orbitz. 4pm instead of the usual 2pm most Hotels offer. standard 11am check-out time. Nice big room for continental breakfast with superior coffee. strange light switches that i couldn't get used to. All and all a pleasant experience, I'd book again

took the family out for a weekend trip, mother-in-law as well, stayed here and the accommodations I was looking for all 5 of us. Two queen beds and a pullout in the small area. Good continental breakfast which I like for convenience in the morning. Wasn't a fan of the toilet that kept running all night, and our bedroom window backed up behind someone's home hearing the dog. Good hotel but not sure was worth the money we spent for the night. The pictures of the room online were deceiving, looked better online then when I walked in the room was little disappointed for the money spent. The lobby and eating room is where they put the up grades, need to do that to the rooms!! It was about a med range cost of a night hotel room not what we spent. Not sure I'd stay again.

We've stayed here many times. My wife and I just had a couple nights stay booked. We were there 1 night and 6 am the next morning, our sitter called and our child had the stomach flu. We talked to the front desk and they refunded our second night right then. They were very understanding. Thank you Rio Sands. We will be back soon.

Perfect location, just steps from the beach. Facility was updated and fresh--very clean and smelled nice and clean too. Comfortable beds and pillows, nice pool area and hot tub. Breakfast area was also very nice. Would definitely stay here again!

Great weekend. Came for a soccer tournament. Would come back.

Sound proofing between rooms could be better. Expensive .

It's always nice to stay at the Rio Sands with the kids of any age. Many families, comfortable and convenient.

Had a good time. very nice rooms. Saw a whale and sea lions. Weather was good, we would recommend this highly to all.

The room was clean, the bed was awesome, and overall it was a very nice hotel.

Tempurpedic bed and loose frame do not go together ;-).. great place to stay overall experience ,wonderful

The staff at the hotel was AWESOME. Very professional and friendly. They welcome us with a big smile and gave us towells for the pool. The room was clean and the pool and jacuzzy were super fun for our three boys.The continetal breakfast was very yummy and plenty.We will come back here again!

great place to stay, not comfortable at night for walk because no street lights

Nice place, swimming pool and spa. Right near the beach. Can't beat the price!

Beach hotel, pretty cool place. Badass continental bfast. Rooms are in good condition. Love the location. A block from the beach.

The location was beautiful. When they say 100 steps to the beach, they mean it. The hotel was very clean and the staff was very nice. We needed a hotel room close to Monterrey which was fully booked. This was only 20 minutes away on Highway 1. It was a pleasurable ride to Monterrey. If you are on the first floor, you tend to hear the people on the second floor. Overall, we had a great experience here and would come back again as the beach is so close! We took a walk on the beach every morning.

The hotel was clean, the staff was friendly, the location was great! Now for the down side... it was noisy! This motel is surrounded by beach rentals... cheap enough for young kids to rent for the week... or weekend. My husband, son, and I stayed at the Sands for three nights and had one restful sleep out of the three nights we were there. People were up all hours of the night drinking and partying... even in the motel. The walls are super thin, so we could hear EVERYTHING that was going on in the rooms next to us!

Room options

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Junior Suite

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Family Suite

King 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Rio Sands Hotel

Everyone (13) Couples (2) Family (6)
4

nice little area.

Everyone
Our view

I like this hotel. The patio was really nice along with the breakfast they had. We love hiking and we were not to far from Henry Cowell State Park which was beautiful. We were close to some great Mexican food at Manuel's and did a wine tasting in Santa Cruz.

By , from Keller, TX on Nov 13, 2017

4
Everyone

Bed was a little noisy, kind of like sleeping on newspaper. But comfy nonetheless! Great location, can't beat the 2 minute walk to the beach. Great stay for the price, I'd definitely recommend.

By on Oct 28, 2017

4

love the convenience

Everyone

We have stayed there many times and love the friendly staff as they are alway so nice and accommodating!!!

By , from Hilmar, Ca. on Oct 19, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 22, 2017

Thank you for writing us a lovely review Penny! We take pride in providing the best customer service and I am glad to hear that it shows. So happy everyone enjoyed their stay with us and hope to see you soon.

4

nice location, acceptable facility close 2 beach

Everyone

unusually late check-in for a Hotel, noticed this fact after booking on Orbitz. 4pm instead of the usual 2pm most Hotels offer. standard 11am check-out time. Nice big room for continental breakfast with superior coffee. strange light switches that i couldn't get used to. All and all a pleasant experience, I'd book again

By , from Earth on Oct 7, 2017

Review comment responded on Oct 22, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review007! So glad you enjoyed our new Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting company coffee we recently started serving. I do realize our check in time is later than most places have it however if your room is ready we will absolutely check you in early. If its not ready please feel free to stop by get your parking pass and hang out at the pool or go down to the beach and we will call you as soon as its ready.

3

close to the beach

Everyone

took the family out for a weekend trip, mother-in-law as well, stayed here and the accommodations I was looking for all 5 of us. Two queen beds and a pullout in the small area. Good continental breakfast which I like for convenience in the morning. Wasn't a fan of the toilet that kept running all night, and our bedroom window backed up behind someone's home hearing the dog. Good hotel but not sure was worth the money we spent for the night. The pictures of the room online were deceiving, looked better online then when I walked in the room was little disappointed for the money spent. The lobby and eating room is where they put the up grades, need to do that to the rooms!! It was about a med range cost of a night hotel room not what we spent. Not sure I'd stay again.

By , from sacramento ca on Jul 4, 2017

4

close to the beach. nice pool and spa.

Families

We've stayed here many times. My wife and I just had a couple nights stay booked. We were there 1 night and 6 am the next morning, our sitter called and our child had the stomach flu. We talked to the front desk and they refunded our second night right then. They were very understanding. Thank you Rio Sands. We will be back soon.

By on May 18, 2017

5

perfect location!

Everyone

Perfect location, just steps from the beach. Facility was updated and fresh--very clean and smelled nice and clean too. Comfortable beds and pillows, nice pool area and hot tub. Breakfast area was also very nice. Would definitely stay here again!

By , from CA on Apr 20, 2017

4

nice room, good breakfast, friendly service

Everyone

By , from P on Nov 4, 2016

Review comment responded on Nov 27, 2016

Hi Kristin, Thank you for your review! We hope you'll decide to stay with us again soon, we'll be sure that the hot tub is in tip-top condition!

4
Everyone

Great weekend. Came for a soccer tournament. Would come back.

By on Aug 8, 2016

Review comment responded on Jan 1, 1970

Thank you very much for your review! We're glad to see everything worked out well for you and we're looking forward to seeing you again!

3
Everyone

Sound proofing between rooms could be better. Expensive .

By , from San Anselmo, CA on Aug 7, 2016