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Sands by the Sea

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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

This was our 4th stay at the Sands this year. Perfect location at Short Sands, very clean, pool perfect for the grand children, great staff and management. They seem to go out of their way to try and make your stay a perfect one.

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Thank Kirk D
Michigan
Reviewed 13 August 2014

The location of this motel is prime, as it is directly across from the Short Sands beach. You can pretty much park and then walk everywhere in the downtown area. With parking at the beach hard to come by during peak season, this is handy. The rooms are nice. You can tell it is older, but you can tell they...

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1Thank RxDrea
Plainville, Massachusetts
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We've been coming to York Beach for about 15 years now and have only stayed at Sands by the Sea. Why you ask? Because the staff is friendly, the rooms are clean, the price is reasonable and the location phenomenal. Sands by the sea has been around for years but the owners are constantly updating their property because they care...

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Thank Deb A
Hudson, New Hampshire
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This family hotel has been at this location for a long time. It couldn't be closer to Short Sands and all it's amenities. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It isn't fancy, but is quite comfortable. The only quibble I have is that parking is very tight, but given the location it's probably the best that can be done...

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Thank lauralw49
Dedham, Massachusetts
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Just spent a week in mid-July in Sea Rose suites with family. Amazing accommodations across from one of top beaches in Northeast while surrounded by "village" that covers any and all a family needs to enjoy and relax. Sands even raised the bar by adding heated pool, so the closest pool to beach in York now even more comfortable. What...

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2Thank CoachK2525
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Thanks Charlie! We always love your yearly reviews. What a nice bunch of comments you made. Thank you very much. We strive to be family friendly and as accommodating as possible. Hospitality is the name of the game:^). We hope you make it up again at the end of the season for another quick getaway as you had hoped. We're...

Vernon
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Where do I begin? It's in a good location. That's about all it has going for it. If you enjoy cigarette smoke, stay here. There are constantly people smoking on the balconies and it goes right through the AC units into the rooms. Let's move onto the rooms. Old, dated, nasty. Our sink wouldn't drain and had bugs floating in...

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9Thank tilemover
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

I find your review to be unnecessarily harsh. If you do not alert the front desk about a clogged drain, then it will remain clogged. A quick call and would have been remedied in minutes. We are looking into the maintenance issue with the shower, but again we cannot fix certain things unless we are made aware of it by...

Thetford, Vermont
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Late review - I stayed at this hotel in August 2012. The best thing about this motel is its location - very very close to everything! Easy walk to the beach, arcade, zoo, shops, restaurants. Never took the car out of the parking lot during our stay. The room was clean and comfortable, but small. The bathroom was very small...

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1Thank badbcatha
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

We appreciate your honest review and we are always looking for ways to improve our services and our property. We're sorry if you experienced some noise problems when you stayed back in 2012. I assure you that even though we are a family friendly establishment, that we run a very tight ship here and are able to handle any kids...

Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

My wife, daughter, and I stayed here recently. The location was absolutely perfect considering the close proximity of the arcade, zoo, beach, shops, and amusement park. We're still not sure though how a MOTEL gets away with charging the prices they do especially considering all the other places around there.

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Thank Scottcowell
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

You said it yourself "LOCATION". Just to be clear, there are only 3 hotels on Short Sands Beach and we are clearly the cheapest. I'm not sure what you mean by "all the places around there". If you mean the many other places on the other beach that do not have our location, convenience, cleanliness or outside heated pool, then...

Somerville, Massachusetts
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I have spent a view days at Sands by the Sea years ago.and now we are back.....Rooms are kept very clean and the staff is always willing to help you with your needs. I also appreciate that the prices are still reasonablele for the family. Hope to come back next year

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Thank Louise M
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Just wanted to say thanks for your kind words. We really do try to keep our prices as competitive as possible and we're pleased that you appreciated that. We are the least expensive motel on Short Sands Beach. We always try to keep our family customers satisfied and we really appreciate your honest review. We'll be so happy to have...

Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

I have been coming to the Sands by the Sea for 5 years. Everything about this hotel is wonderful. The location is perfect...near everything fun and across from the beach. Impeccably clean with wonderful management and service. Prices are fair!!! Comfortable rooms. I love staying there and cannot wait to return.

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2Thank Lorrie B
SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us for 5 years straight! We really appreciate your kind words and review. Can't wait to have you return. Our repeat customers mean so much to us and it makes us feel good that you cared enough to review us. Take care until next time.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • 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)
If you like being able to check into a clean, friendly, ocean front motel with a beautiful pool and close proximity to not only the beach, but the shops, restaurants, park, trolly, amusement park and even a Wild Animal Kingdom, then you've found the right place! Come see us at the Sands by the Sea Motel where all of your troubles and worries will melt away as you first arrive and view out over the majestic Atlantic Ocean, which is visible from most of our comfortable accommodations. We have a range of standard rooms, 1-bedroom suites, 2 or 3 bedroom cottages and even the Sea Rose Luxury Condominium Suites. We look forward to seeing you in York Beach at the Sands by the Sea Motel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sands by the Sea

Address: 15 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 300, York Beach, York, ME
Region: United States > Maine > York > York Beach
Price Range: £95 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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Sands By The Sea Hotel York Beach
Sands By The Sea York, Maine - York Beach
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“Top floor - oceanfront kings are great.”
  • Double rainbow - view from balcony.
  • Clean bathroom
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“Rooms facing ocean”
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