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Rio Sands Hotel

Traveller (50)
Room & Suite (20)
Dining (15)
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
2 Star accommodation
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All reviewsbbq areasanta cruzshort walk to the beachkitchen suitehard boiled eggspool and hot tubbunk bedsbreakfast roomfull kitchenseparate roomsthere is no air conditioningpull out couchfresh fruitfridge and microwavecoffee makerfree parkingmotel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great for families. Walking distance to the beach and small market. Kids enjoyed the pool and spa after a day out on the beach. It is a distance from Santa Cruz but we have found that we prefer to visit Santa Cruz...More

Thank Tanya E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very surprised when we got to our room. First impressions of this place were mediocre. Not bad just not super. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the facility is. There is an outdoor patio for cooking and gathering. The pool was very...More

1  Thank jimmieo23
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a top of the line facility. It is older, and a little out of the way. So is everything else that is affordable in this part of california. That said, our suite on the main floor was amazing and we got it...More

Thank lillybean5
Response from RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your positive review of our property. We appreciate your comments, and most importantly, we value your business! Best regards, Maggie

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We got a room here at the last minute. The staff are really friendly and nice. There is a kitchen in the king room, and you can pay an extra $50 for a "dish pack" to use their pans and etc. if you want to....More

Thank MzSandy
Response from RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 3 weeks ago

We are pleased that you had this positive experience and welcome you back anytime. The Cafe Sparrow is one of my favorite places as well. Best regards, Maggie

Reviewed 13 August 2018

Stayed one night with kids (7 & 9). They enjoyed the bunk beds (we had the family suite) and pool/hot tub. Breakfast was nicely done with friendly attendant. I didn't love the mattress & pillows - individual preference and both were too soft for me....More

Thank lorentz18
Response from RioManager, Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback on you recent stay. I'm happy you and the kids enjoyed the Fam Suite with bunk beds. Very sorry for the inconvenience in regards to the poo issue. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Rio Staff

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Rio Sands Hotel is by the beach. Just a 2 minute walk to 20 miles of walkable sea shore. We have rooms with fully stocked kitchenettes, a BBQ area, pool heated to 80 degrees year round. Enjoy our continental breakfast ...More served daily. Less
Hotel class
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Banquet Room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Heated pool
Hot Tub
Meeting Rooms
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Refrigerator in room
Wheelchair access
Room Service
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette, Suites, Family Rooms
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette, Suites, Family Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$121 - US$366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Rio Sands Hotel Aptos
Rio Sands Aptos
United States > California > Aptos
Traveller (50)
Room & Suite (20)
Dining (15)
Pool & Beach (3)
Family and Play Areas (1)
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George G
19 February 2018|
Response from TravelingOtter | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so but I would call them.
Karen F
16 July 2016|
Response from CotatiKris | Reviewed this property |
I would call, but I believe they would accommodate you!
Katie C
16 July 2016|
Response from RioManager | Property representative |
Hello Katie, While we love our four-legged friends, we unfortunately do not allow dogs or any other pets. Thank you very much for your interest in the Rio Sands and we hope to hear from you!
Room Tips
"There was a large family reunion going on and they partied every night, but quiet after 9:30pm."
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"Ask for room 133 as it is the only room that is inside."
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"We were up in 125 north of lobby. For winter we got a lot of light and warmth as our windows faced west which..."
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"Request a room and by the BBQ area."
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