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“Basic amenities... great location.”
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Sands by the Sea
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 August 2013

Sands by the Sea is just what you'd expect of a hotel... clean, basic, comfortable bed. The best thing about it is it's location. It is directly across the street from Short Sands Beach, walking distance to all the restaurants and nightlife, and the trolley stops right out in front if you want to travel hassle free to a nearby destination. The room was a little small, but adequate... and a great view of the ocean.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I have been going to the Sands each summer since I was a small child and now I take my own family each year as tradition. If you are a family with children I cannot stress enough the sheer convenience of this location...especially in terms of getting all the kids and their stuff to the beach. Everyone gets the best of both worlds at the Sands - the kids love splitting the day between beach and pool and so do we! A variety of restaurants and shops are in walking distance but there is also a trolley that stops across the street from the Sands during the day to take you to local sites up the coast and local restaurants over on long sands - again you are not having to cart around the kids/family in the car all the time. We stay in the Sands condo suite now but for years had stayed in the regular rooms which were always very clean and maintained. Regardless of which room you select and the size you are barely in the room anyway with all the things there are to do in walking distance of this place. The bonus is the deck at the condo...we love to people watch during the evening and have a prime view of the York Days fireworks :) It truly is not summer without our trip to the Sands. We can't wait to get there in August!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

The property was so clean and comfortable. The room was perfect all around. The location was awesome....right in the heart of everything.....across the street from the beach. I would definitely stay here again when we return to York Beach.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

We're so glad you loved your stay here at the Sands by the Sea Motel. Thank you so much for your thoughful review. We really appreciate the positive feedback and we cant wait to have you back again. Until next time.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Rooms are extremely small and very dated. Felt like I had stepped back into my childhood of the 50's. The rooms were clean and the bed very comfortable. We were on the end with view of the ocean and next to the street.
I was concerned about the noise of the street but the room was quiet. The only noise was from the air conditioner in the wall. I had never been to York Beach and it too was from the 50's but in a fun way. It was great.
The room rate was not as quoted on trip advisor but $209. Definitely not a good value and don't plan on canceling after you book because that is impossible. Won't go back again.

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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

Thank you for staying with us. We always appreciate a constructive review, however I believe that telling people that the rooms look like they were from the 50's is quite a misleading statement. The rooms are not small at all either. In this area our standard size room (which you were in) is bigger than all of our competition. The motel was built in 1961. Also, the mattress, boxspring, bedding, window treatment, pillows, wall art, alarm clock, lamps and microwave were all new within the year. As the new owner I am pouring a lot of capital back into this place, but I cant do it all at once. We are always working on ways to improve and impress. I have updated a lot of things since I took over and I will continue to do so into the future, year after year. Our rates are actually quite competive and haven't gone up in 7 years until just this year. Also, we are seasonal as well, so canceling upon check in will never be permitted. Our website is very clear about that and so is the staff. If you're looking for even more modern accommodations we also offer the Sea Rose Luxury Condos here at the Sands by the Sea and those will knock your socks off! Check them out on the site. I'm glad that your bed was comfortable and that your room was quiet and clean. Those ocean front rooms are quite relaxing. We hope you reconsider coming back to us one day. Thank you again and take care.

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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Sands by the Sea is in a great location, you can walk to the beach, shopping, and dining. Their rooms are very clean but they are a little small. However the closet and dresser helps significantly so the room isn't too cluttered. The pool is also very nice, but doesn't seem to be heated as it was about the same temperature as the ocean across the street.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

Thanks for taking the time to review us. It is much appreciated. We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself while staying here at the Sands by the Sea Motel. Please keep in mind that if room is a concern (depending on how many are in your party), we do offer all types of different accommodations from standard rooms to spacious suites, cottages, luxury condos and studio kitchenettes.

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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Family vacation spot that exceeds expectations every year! Location alone is ideal, but GM Tate Duffy and his staff (led by Chris and Paul) "raise the bar" with support, cleanliness, and attention to every detail imaginable. I challenge anyone to find a place that combines all Sands does in one "package!"......Already counting days til next visit!

Room Tip: View from the corner rooms is breathtaking, and Sea Rose suites are "affordable luxury: at its...
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

I visited York Beach for a family wedding and stayed at the Sands by the Sea for two nights. As soon as I checked in I knew I had made the right choice. Chris the manager was extremely nice. The room was immaculate. There were two double beds, a refrigerator, microwave and clothes hangers that you could actually remove from the closet. The view from the room was towards the pool and the ocean across the street. There are chairs outside every room and it was pleasant to to sit outside in the evening. It was very nice to open the windows and smell the sea air at night. The motel is centrally located to everything. Very nice little shops and restaurants to choose from. Its great to park your car and be able to walk to everything. A nice little place to stay in the village of York Beach. Would definitely return again!

Room Tip: Rooms on the second level have a nice view of the beach across the street
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2013

What a nice review! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm regarding the Sands by the Sea Motel. Your comments and advice for all the potential TripAdvisor readers was great! We're always trying very hard to make our guest's experiences comfortable and pleasant and we're so glad that you enjoyed all the little things we do for our guests as well as our location. It means a lot that you chose us to stay with on vacation and also that you took the time to review us on TripAdvisor. It is much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Take care and thanks again.

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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
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Price Range: £94 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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 
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