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Rio Sands Hotel

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Santa Rosa, California
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Wife and I love checking out different places. we venture down the coast often. this hotel is very clean, nice pool and garden area. BBQ's are also available. We zillowed some of the houses surrounding and were shocked by the prices. my god our house would be worth $5 million. location, location, location

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi John H, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the location and the amenities. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

San Jose, California
Reviewed 16 April 2016

My husband and I use to camp at Seacliff. It was hard to reserve a space and to drive our RV "over the hill". While looking for a hotel to stay in while visiting friends in Capitola, we stumbled across the Rio Sands. What luck! We like to stay in the breakfast building. The balconies look out to the ocean...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi happycamper173, Thanks for your awesome review! We're happy to see that you enjoyed your stay and our renovated Banquet room. Thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you soon!

Palm Springs, California
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Our room was very clean. A big thank you for the housekeeping staff. Breakfast was well presented and had something for everyone. Seems hotel stays on top of maintenance as almost everything was in great shape / condition. Would like to see an upgrade / redo in the bathrooms and the only reason why I didn't provide a 5 circle...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thanks for your review and your generous comments about our staff and amenities. Please give us a call anytime to set up your next stay and we'll be sure to get you into one of our newly renovated rooms. Thanks for staying with us and we're very much looking forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

We booked family suite which is a king bed by the very nice kitchenette (full size refrigerator, full stove, counter space, cabinets). I believe you can get kitchen items for a fee. The king size bed was a memory foam type which my husband loved and slept both of us and our toddler quite easily (especially when he wasn't sleeping...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Una, Thanks for your awesome review! We're happy to see that you enjoyed the room and the amenities. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Good: Clean overall . Main Bed comfy and clean. Pullout couch bed average comfy but clean. Pool was nice. Had wide shallower area for young kids. Cooked most meals in kitchenette which was nice for a family ... but smoke alarm went off very easily every time so keep all windows open :). Easy walk to beach. Breakfast typical fare,...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi TheCharlie17, Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate the generous comments about our rooms, staff, and amenities. We're sorry to hear you had some issues with the smoke detector and your neighbors, please don't hesitate to contact us at anytime regarding a noise issue or room assignment. Thanks again for your review and we hope you'll decide...

Reading, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Very nice hotel close to the water. Relaxing. Great staff. stay here when ever I'm in the area. Nice simple breakfast. Love the hot tub. Morning coffee on the beach. little store for small items close.

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Judy G, Thanks for your review! We're happy to see that everything worked out well for you and that you enjoyed the location and the amenities. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Reviewed 5 April 2016

Our family loves getting together at the Rio Sands Hotel. We will return again and again because everyone enjoys the comfy beds, pool, and beach. We really like having a full kitchen and the outdoor grill for family lunches and dinners. The hotel breakfast is just an added bonus!

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Tiaremarea, Thanks for your awesome review! We're happy to see that you enjoyed the room and the grounds. It's always a pleasure to have our repeat guests visit us year after year. Thank you for continuing to stay with us and we're looking forward to seeing you again!

Berkeley, California
Reviewed 4 April 2016

We are here a lot - both spur of the moment and planned trips... its a great place for an active family - lots of places to walk to, convenient, great beach for runs, kids love to boogie board, and the pool is perennial favorite... The staff is super nice and very considerate - totally love the folks at the...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Thank you very much for your gracious review and your kind comments about our awesome staff; Cole is certainly a great asset to our team! It's always a pleasure having you stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!

Redlands, California
Reviewed 26 March 2016

This was a nice, clean hotel. I think the thing I liked about it best was I was able to come and go to the beach as I wanted. My son doesn't like to wake up at the crack of dawn like I do to go watch sunrises, nor does he like walking the beach for hours... this gave us...

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RioManager, Guest Services at Rio Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Hi ridetheblue, Thank you very much for your awesome review! We appreciate your generous comments about our rooms. We're happy to see that you and your son enjoyed yourselves and we're looking forward to seeing you again!

Lincoln, California
Reviewed 25 March 2016

This is a really great place to stay, close to many things, walking distance to the ocean. The pool & patio area is awesome for relaxing time with kids and family/friends. We loved the full kitchen and upgraded decor of the room. Staff were friendly and helpful when called upon.

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Hi Machelle, Thank you very much for your review and your kind comments about our staff and our property. We're happy to see that you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you again soon!

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Rio Sands Hotel is by the beach. Just a 2 minute walk to 20 miles of walkable sea shore. We have rooms with fully stocked kitchenettes, a BBQ area, pool heated to 80 degrees year round. Enjoy our continental breakfast served daily. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rio Sands Hotel

Address: 116 Aptos Beach Dr, Rio Del Mar Beach, Aptos, CA 95003-4503
Region: United States > California > Aptos
Price Range: €78 - €212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rio Sands Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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“All rooms r great.”
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“We love to be near the pool, so love the ground floor with a patio.”
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“Location, quiet, pretty. Nice grounds and landscaping. Walking distance to beach and a nice restaurant. Funky deli, and boutique pizza.”
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“My choice is downstairs by pool”
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“Pay attention to type of room - if it sleeps 3, it sleeps 3, and if its 6 - it sleeps 6.”
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