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Sands by the Sea
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence
skowhegan
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2 reviews
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“GREAT VACATION”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

EXCELLENT ACCOMIDATIONS, VERY FRIENDLY STAFF. Had a great time EVERYTHING IS in walking distance. Highly RECOMMENDED We are looking forward to returning again. The beach is wonderful and a nice pool area. The staff was more then accomidating.

Room Tip: The upper level floors have a clearer view of the ocean
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We had a great stay at sands by the sea! All the employees were very nice and very helpful! We called the day before and even with their two day policy they allowed us to stay for one night and gave us a discount! The only negatives were that the room had a heavy smell of perfume and we had a room right by the stairs. It was very loud with people going up and down, this is understandable because we called late. I would definitely go back to the sands but I would ask for a room on the second floor if possible. The beds were extremely comfortable and you couldn't ask for a better location or staff!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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mt kisco, ny
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We have been coming to the Sands for over 6 years. We chose it initially for the local. We return because we have never been disappointed, with the staff from managers, office staff, to maid service, the rooms are kept up with good mattresses lots of pillows and comfort touches. The staff goes out of there way to make your whole York Beach visit fun and stress free. Even when we have stayed over a few rainy day. I hate to say it because it will just make it harder to get a room last minute. Great for families or couples.

Room Tip: great view from second floor. watch for people letting the kids jump up above till late night if on...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

My sisters, father and I recently stayed at Sands by the Sea for the first time and
we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We were allowed an early check-in because that
day was a massive heat wave. I think the front desk felt bad for us. It was clean , comfortable,
and the staff is great , They are always cleaning up , but they don`t get in your space.
They are courteous and professional. I say that because we used to stay at the Anchorage
down the street and their staff is a nightmare. We enjoyed 4 very pleasant days at the pool.
We were able to just relax because they make it a relaxing environment. I sure they would like
their guests to return and to tell others . We already tried to reserve for next year.

Room Tip: away from corners
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

You open the door to your room and there is the sunshine and beach. The room was neat and spotless. All of the personnel were professional, friendly and very courteous. One of the most relaxing vacations I've ever taken. We can't wait to go back again.

Room Tip: Top floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Claverack, New York
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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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Framingham, Massachusetts
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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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Property: 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 #4 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Sands By The Sea York, Maine - York Beach

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