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Rio Sands Hotel

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Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“bbq area”(12 reviews)
“santa cruz”(25 reviews)
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Beachfront
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
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2.0 Star Hotel
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All reviewsbbq areashort walk to the beachsanta cruzhard boiled eggsbunk bedspool and hot tubfamily suitecontinental breakfastfull kitchenresidential neighborhoodmake your own wafflespull out couchnice breakfastwaffle makerno elevatorthe breakfast areafirst floor
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Would not allow me to stay downstairs , even with a special needs child- had to lug everything upstairs, even with vacant rooms downstairs. This old "motel" has a good location, but the rooms are not updated - Will not be staying here again. Paid...More

Thank AngelaSac2015
Response from RioManager, Front Office Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for your review AngelaSac2015, I am very sorry your stay was not an enjoyable one. We do our best to get into our rooms and update and modify as needed and try to update a few rooms each year to keep them up...More

Reviewed 27 August 2017

Rio Sands is in the Barfield Hotel Group. They have some well run lodging on the California Central Coast. In the Santa Cruz area the Capitola Venetian and the Aptos Rio Sands are part of the group. I've stay at the Rio Sands for decades...More

Thank P7830SCjamesw
Response from RioManager, Front Office Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for your review P7830SCjamesw, I am sorry that you found the room uncomfortable and small. Since you have been staying with us for many years I am sure you have specific rooms that you enjoy more than others, if you call us directly...More

Reviewed 18 August 2017

We stayed an extra night and needed a place to stay found this great place and so worth the drive from the boardwalk because the room included a full kitchen and breakfast. Very quite location and very quick walk to the beach. We had six...More

Thank Salli F
Response from RioManager, Front Office Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review Salli F! I am glad you chose us for your stay for your family and happy to hear that the family suite worked out well for everyone. The Aptos area is a lot calmer than staying directly in Santa...More

Reviewed 19 July 2017

We stayed in one of the Family Suites for five days. Clean, comfortable, friendly staff. My daughter and I shared the king bed, two teenagers shared the bunk beds. There was a pull out double sofa that we piled our bags on. We were usually...More

1  Thank Sacramento2011
Response from RioManager, Front Office Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for the great review Sacramento2011! So glad our Family Suite worked out for you and your family. We appreciate the great feed back and hope to see everyone soon Rio Sands Team

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Pros: Just a couple blocks from the beach, clean and spacious rooms, free continental breakfast. Cons: No A/C, upstairs neighbors' footsteps are loud and people walking right outside the patio door are the downsides of being on the ground floor Overall, a comfortable stay but...More

Thank JeepneyGirl
Response from RioManager, Front Office Manager at Rio Sands HotelResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for reviewing our property JeepneyGirl ! The Aptos weather is usually nice and cool, but we do get a few weeks of the year when it gets hot so we understand during the day time the rooms can be a little warm. We...More

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About
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Amenities
Top amenities
Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Breakfast included
Beachfront
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Meeting Rooms
Banquet Room
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Business Centre with Internet Access
Room amenities
Microwave
Refrigerator in room
Things to do
Pool
Hot Tub
Heated pool
Outdoor pool
Details
Price range
US$106 - US$252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Family Rooms, Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
Details
Price range
US$106 - US$252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Room types
Kitchenette, Family Rooms, Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
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Traveller (50)
Room & Suite (18)
Dining (15)
Pool & Beach (3)
Family and Play Areas (1)
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George G
19 February 2018|
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Response from TravelingOtter | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so but I would call them.
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Karen F
16 July 2016|
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Response from CotatiKris | Reviewed this property |
I would call, but I believe they would accommodate you!
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Katie C
16 July 2016|
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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!
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Room Tips
"Request a room and by the BBQ area."
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"Choose an upstairs room closer to Aptos Beach Drive (not towards the back, where traffic, making the hairpin..."
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"The rooms far away from the pool are in the old part of the hotel which are not worth even the off season..."
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"Handicapped people should ask for a room on the first floor. No elevator."
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