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“Yet another A+ stay!”
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Sands by the Sea
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in York Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Massachusetts, United States
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Yet another A+ stay!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

This was my family's 5th year staying here at the Sands by the Sea! We requested rooms 58 and 56, the views did not disappointment! It was nice to have the little corner all to ourselves. The rooms were extremely clean, bright and cozy! I love all the new touches they added this year: new dressers, TVs and a heater in the pool! The pool was very clean and a perfect way to wind down from a busy day at the beach and York's Wild Kingdom!

The location is just perfect. You can just park your car and really not have to worry about driving anywhere. Parking in the front is on first come first serve basis, but there is plenty of parking in the back.

I forget the girl who worked in the office during the nights name but she was great. We got locked out of our room one night and needed an extra blanket on another night and she helped us out no problem.

We love staying here and can't wait to be back here again! Thank you Sands by the Sea for all these awesome vacation memories :)

  • Stayed August 2014
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Claremont
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Location can't be beat!! We love the area. The motel was great. Everyone was kind and helpful!! The room was perfectly fine!! Strong Lysol smell when we first got there but it quickly went away. They let us park a few hours early and stay parked a few hours after. Once the car was parked we never started it agin until we left- which was a sad day. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Michigan
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 work at keeping it clean. The staff seems hard working and our room service was in fast and quick in the morning after we left.
The pool is nice, but it is small. It is sometimes hard to get a seat around the pool if it is a hot day.
The other downfall is how the rooms connect to the outside, so when people are out smoking, you can smell it if you are hanging on your balcony area.
I would go back simply because it was convenient, and an easy place to stay. We had our kids and it was perfect. If I was in the mood for a romantic get away, I may have been disappointed.

Room Tip: 2nd floor may have a possible better view. We were on the first and could just make out the ocean.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Plainville, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 about your family. Just last year we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and was given an extra night in room 2 by our daughter after staying our customary week in suite 39. What a pleasant surprise to find a bottle of champagne waiting for us by them. If you are in need of extra supplies, or have any concerns just ask the desk. I've read other reviews that had some complaints, if you brought it to their attention, they would have resolved the issue quickly. As stated before we've been coming to Sands by the Sea for years starting as a 3 night stay and quickly turning into a week's stay in Suite 39. We wouldn't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 and they do their best to be accommodating.

Room Tip: upper floor rooms have the best beach view
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Dedham, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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 will bring us back more than anything is attentiveness of staff. Paul and his staff have the place spotless and immaculate and are ready to jump through hoops to please. 3 teenage girls and a special needs sister in law equals needs to be met and self inflicted hiccups (clogging a toilet type of thing) along the way, and yet things were was addressed so fast it was like nothing happened!!!......Can't wait til next chance to get there for either a quick get away or another week! Thanks Sands!!

Room Tip: If you want to maximize your view get one of the suites or an "end room". The extra comfor...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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SandsbytheSeaMotel, Owner at Sands by the Sea, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
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 here for you and your family anytime. Take care and god bless you guys.
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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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