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Independence, KY
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

This is a small motel that we stayed at for two nights. The rooms were clean and very nice and roomy. We had a full kitchen in our room. I'd highly recommend it. The location was very nice and easy to get to other places from here. The pool was also very nice.

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had a corner room w and ocean view. Rooms were really clean and bathroom was remodeled. Great ocean breeze at night. The person at the front desk was so nice he called and made reservations for dinner on the water to watch the sunset. Thanks for going to extra mile. Next time I come to SantaBarbara I will be...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed in a king with a fireplace, had a nice corner room with an ocean view. It was quiet, and the room was nicely remodeled and clean. I'm glad the weather was mild, as I can see the no AC as an issue on a hot night. Overall I would stay here again, assuming the temperature stayed 70 or below.

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Lacey, Washington
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We stayed here for 3 days during the last part of September. Our room had two double beds and was quite quaint and cozy. We had a frig, microwave, and even a mini wine frig. The room also had a gas fireplace, but during September you don't need it. There was no free breakfast. We did make use the the...

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BlueSandsMotel, General Manager at Blue Sands Motel, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Freckles6 Thank you very much for taking the time out of your day to review our property during your last visit to Santa Barbara. We really appreciate it. Unfortunately, it’s true as mentioned on our website, as well as the guest confirmation letters we do state, " Due to Santa Barbara's unique weather patterns of cool foggy mornings...

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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Left pismo beach and had a reservation in La on 21st but unsure where to go on 20 th and no wi fi only lonely planet book, arrived at 3 pm and luckily got the last room. Was extremely pleased with our find, lovely friendly staff, nice pool,room spacious good area. Loved the little patio area outside our room. Best...

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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The blue sands was felt very much like staying in a good friends guest room. The room was beautiful and comfortable but a little snug if yiure into luxury. The fire place was a nice touch and everything was immaculate. The girl who checked us in was really friendly and helpful.

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Long Beach, California
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We have been staying at the Blue Sands for many years because they are so dog friendly. Going on an excursion without your pet, the management at Blue Sands allows visitors to leave (good) pets alone in your room. This clean and friendly hotel is just a block from beautiful East Beach and also has its own comfy pool. The...

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South Jordan, Utah
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This property is small but nice. It is near the beach. The rooms are small for 3-4 people best for a couple. The room was clean and beds were comfortable. There is not air conditioning which was not terrible as there was a ceiling fan and windows were open.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 12 July 2016

The Blue Sands is an uninspiring property from the street as it's an older style hotel. The reception in small and basic but the staff are fantastic. The room we had was a complete surprise with a really comfortable bed, coffee maker and wine fridge. Our balcony provided us with beach views, which is only a 100 or so metres...

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Cambria, California
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Have stayed here twice. The managers are very nice and friendly. The hotel is within walking distance from beach. Both times had same room. Love the laminate floor as so many places with carpets your socks are black after walking on them. Our room had a kitchen that was complete with pots, pans, dishes, etc. Small hotel with 10 rooms....

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Blue Sands Motel is a small property only a quarter of a block from some of the best beaches in Santa Barbara. Close to shopping and restaurants, we strive to provide you a clean comfortable room at an affordable price. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Blue Sands Motel

Address: 421 S Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3645
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Sands Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Also Known As:
Blue Sands Hotel Santa Barbara
Blue Sands Santa Barbara
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#23 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“Room #6 is right at the top of the stairs so we hard a lot of people traffic and noise.”
 of 5 bubbles freckles6, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The roomy suite has a park and ocean view.”
 of 5 bubbles blueangel728, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Up stairs rooms provide the best beach views”
 of 5 bubbles 757tonyh, 12 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Second floor middle room, Rm. 205(?), has partial oceanview for the same rate as other rooms without.”
 of 5 bubbles chicdelavie, 17 May 2016 | Read review
“No elevator to second floor.”
 of 5 bubbles EveT393, 22 Apr 2016 | Read review
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