Sands Inn & Suites

Sands Inn & Suites

1930 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo CA 93401

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  • Nov 22, 2020 by Jessica C.

    Kind manager but gosh these walls are thin. Any door that shuts will shake your walls. When people talk next door, you hear them. They're not even yelling, you can just hear everything. When the cleaning lady vacuums next door, it's like you're in the same room. We're glad to only be staying one night.

  • Oct 31, 2020 by Ruth B.

    The front desk person was rude and angry when I asked if I could check in at noon as I had requested early arrival when I made the reservation.  I was aware that is not a guarantee but hoped I could check in at noon.   The front desk person said there is a $25 early check in fee and I said fine and that I'd be happy to pay it.  She then looked at her computer and said we won't have anything available until 3:00 pm.  I said I'm 82 years old and just finished a long drive to get here and would it be possible to have a room by 1:00 pm? In an angry tone she said there's nothing available till 3:00 pm. I said I'm going to need a room earlier, so I will have to go to a different motel.  She said, "GO FOR IT."  I left and found another room and then was charged for the room at the Sands.  I have left three messages for the manager, Sarah, and have had none of them returned.

  • Oct 25, 2020 by Jennie Davis

    No towels really. I've asked all day for a twel but nope. Been here for 2 days and its cost $122 each night but I cant get a towle or a warm jacuzzi. So lame. Not coll.

  • Oct 18, 2020 by Stephanie D.

    Wont rent to locals!!! Beware!  Poor customer service.  Led me on that we could rent, asked for early check in said rooms weren't ready but there's an hour left before check. So they need to get 70 rooms cleaned in one hour??? I call BS!!!

  • Sep 22, 2020 by Shelby Ramirez

    The pictures of this place are very deceiving. Everything is very worn down, main light in the room didn’t work, bathroom lock was broken, there was a lot of residue/dirt left in the shower (see picture), cracks in the foundation (pictured), paid for 4 people and they didn’t bother to even put enough towels in the bathroom for us- there was only 2. The outside of the room was even worse. Even though all the rooms we were next too were no smoking rooms, the outside area was so filled with smoke from cigarettes it was awful. There was lots of shady people outside, watching me and my family unload our cars & watching us walk to our room. It was very uncomfortable. We were honestly Afraid that our cars were going to be broken into. Lastly, continental breakfasts were supposed to be included, but because of COVID they just decided to not serve any kind of meals, not even some sort of pre-packaged. The ONLY reason I gave this place 2 starts was because the pricing was reasonable-ish and the staff in the lobby was kind.

  • Sep 07, 2020 by Sasaru Sarutobi

    Room didn’t have hot water bath tub was full of bugs and it didn’t have a microwave false advertising don’t recommend coming back here anytime soon

  • Aug 29, 2020 by Leah S

    Very pleasant stay. Breakfast was not available due to coronavirus, and the Hotel Tonight app said there would be breakfast, so our room was upgraded from queen to king bed for free. We stayed in the Governor suite. Carpets could be a little cleaner. Shower and plumbing were great - no slow drain. Toilet flushes very quickly. Comfortable bed and pillows. Comfortable temperature. The alarm clock was an iHome that was an hour and a half off, so I fixed it.

  • Aug 18, 2020 by Sierra Roscom

    This place was busy but it was in a convenient area of town to stay. Close to bars and shopping. The front desk was very nice as well. Clean room all except the filter in the air conditioner was clogged and dirty. Other then that the bed was very comfy!

  • Aug 12, 2020 by Kristen Marschall

    With an unmasked worker at the front desk (despite signs calling for masks), holes in the floor on our balcony, and soft spots in the floor outside of our room on the second floor, we just didn't feel comfortable staying here during a pandemic with our 18-month-old.

  • Aug 12, 2020 by Vale Free

    Carpets smelled like urine, the internet had EXTREMELY poor security, and just as poor performance. (Decent speed, but dropped connection constantly)

    The front desk staff were lovely, but that doesn't change the experience of the room. The toilet clogged almost immediately, and the bathroom window had no screen, so bugs were free to fly in as long as it stayed open. At least you're provided a fridge, microwave, tv, and a nice A/C while you're there. Oh, and also poor soundproofing on the doors, so get used to the sounds of car doors, babies, and room service carts all outside of your door.

    Absolutely wouldn't recommend a stay here, but not the worst you can go for, for a one to two night visit.

  • Aug 04, 2020 by Mike Stewart

    Decent place for the price good pool but the grounds need to be cleaned up a lot of trash in the parking lot and the bushes

  • Aug 01, 2020 by immortalcryz1

    The hotel was overall nice, need a little bit of remodeling but it was nice. The staff was really nice. Parking was limited.

  • Jul 19, 2020 by Annie Chanthavysouk

    Cute place not far from downtown. Nice and clean friendly service and they have a pool

  • Jul 13, 2020 by RyanVR

    Very Bad I place an would not recommended going. The pool was filled with multiple hairballs and there was also a lot of dirt at the bottom of the pool. In my room there were multiple pieces of hair in the bathroom. On one of the towel racks there were a bunch of little holes. It doesn’t sound too bad but the holes looked like bugs. We also got a bad, small, scraped up tv in my room. We also found a pair of dirty white socks in my room. The best thing was the bed, the bed was very comfy and clean.

  • Jul 09, 2020 by alvin almada

    A two star experience. Even with current social protocols the stays aren't any different than normal times. Would of liked better towels if anything more than was in place. A go to for our of state crews.

  • Jul 02, 2020 by Ray Rebello

    Good for the price. Rooms are being renovated. Good service and location.

  • Jun 19, 2020 by Steve & Darlene Osmek-DeGhetto

    This hotel has declined a lot over the past year. Our previous visits have always been pleasant.
    Our room was clean and large, but the outside areas were dirty and run down. There were cigarette butts , piles of dirty towels and garbage bags laying around the walkways outside of the rooms. Our neighbors on both sides were yelling and cursing until past 1:00 am. I'm not sure what happened since our visit last year, but I will not ever stay here again.

  • Jun 13, 2020 by Mitchell Hathaway

    Staff is super friendly and they are always trying to assist the guests with a multitude of needs. Lynn at the front desk is exceptionally pleasant and always greets us with a smile

  • Jun 07, 2020 by dack canales

    Older hotel, but clean and great front desk service. Quite and great location. Had little bit difficulty understanding how to work the ac/heat, but really didnt need it because the weather was great. My biggest complaint with these older hotels is that the toilets are set very low. Hard for someone a little older like me lol. But i recommend this place.

  • Jun 07, 2020 by Jackie Galindo

    No towels when I got into my room, bed is uncomfortable for me. Unfortunately for me, they are renovating the rooms next to mine. So should be great for the next person.

  • May 14, 2020 by angellea chernault

    Paid a little over $130 for 2 king bed rooms for one night.Great price!Clean, comfortable rooms!Great view!Didn't have any complaints!

  • Mar 09, 2020 by Yvonne Greenlee

    Older room but comfortable. Noisey heater and refer. Great breakfast with plenty of choices. Nice friendly accommodating staff. Pool and hot tub good condition.

  • Feb 27, 2020 by Ben Manski

    This used to be a good value. It has become increasingly run down. It's gotten to the point that in our most recent visit, the plumbing for the entire facility was broken. This made our visit stressful. Staff were friendly but did not take care of the issue. We were forced to check out early and go elsewhere. {Edit: Contrary to what is reported here, below, this is what happened: On our first day I told the front desk there were issues with the plumbing. They said that their maintenance person was going home in 10-15 minutes. I told them I would let them know if I needed someone to come over. The next morning the situation became intolerable. I went to the front desk. I was told that plumbing throughout the entire facility was problematic due to construction. I asked for a plunger. They said there was only one for the entire motel and that another guest was using it. They told me that they would have it brought over. After an hour of no action, we left. It's stunning to me that they did not think to send someone to get another plunger (if that was the issue, which it appears it was not). Seriously, don't stay here. And seeing the response below, I will be posting further reviews elsewhere}.

  • Feb 10, 2020 by Rich May

    Very nice OG motor hotel. The shift manager, Veronica, was amazing. We saw her help three phone customer special requests with patience and a sense of humor, while getting us and two other front-desk walk-ins in 10 minutes. The hotel is also nice. I would recommend the pool side suites. Nice two-room suites fifteen minute stroll from downtown.

  • Feb 03, 2020 by Nicole Doran

    Don’t underestimate this place it is amazing and affordable. I’ll start with the staff, extremely helpful and friendly. We booked the king superior room because we had our newborn with us. The room was clean, smelled nice, the bed was comfortable, everything was inviting. Our newborn slept almost through the night and it was quiet. I was worried because some of the reviews said they could hear through the walls, that was not the case. We did hear people at the pool but at about 9pm not a peep. We ate the complimentary breakfast which was delicious and a plethora of options. They even had an outside patio and a gym. We had stayed at a La Quinta two nights before and have to say this place was like night and day compared to big name hotels we’ve stayed at. We would definitely recommend this stay.

  • Jan 27, 2020 by Anthony Smith

    We stayed one night, rooms were clean and modest. Staff were friendly and the inn is close to the Apple Orchid, which is a great place to grab dinner. The main advantage of Sands seems to be good accommodation at a much more affordable price compared to surrounding places.

    Would stay again.

  • Jan 20, 2020 by David Tom

    Friendly staff, clean rooms, and good breakfast. Prices are reasonable, most of the time. Wish it didn't fluctuate so much for people who may stay often. Otherwise, a great choice if one want to be close to downtown.

  • Jan 07, 2020 by Jillian Philpott

    Pros: great breakfast and friendly staff.

    Cons: the bathroom could have been a little cleaner.

    I would stay here again.

  • Dec 24, 2019 by Tre Luna

    This is the second time I've stayed here, and so far it's been consistently good. Quiet, clean rooms. They have mattress seals to protect against bedbugs, which is a nice detail. The breakfast is the heartiest, most protein based I've encountered from a hotel in SLO, which is nice: sausages, eggs both scrambled and hard boiled, plus for bonus the option of unflavored oatmeal. (Yes, they have plenty of sugar options as well, but it's great for those of us who don't/can't eat sugar to have breakfast, too.) Overall, very helpful.

  • Dec 21, 2019 by Don Noble

    Excellent price value proposition. Nothing fancy, clean room, comfortable bed, pretty good breakfast, friendly front desk. Close enough to Downtown. What's not to like. I will stay here again. Before I retired, i traveled the Western US every other week. It's not Marriott or Hilton, but its half the price.

  • Dec 12, 2019 by Billy B.

    Used for a last minute room while traveling.   Great price. And the rooms were very nice.   The staff was very friendly.

  • Dec 02, 2019 by Shaun Bengtson

    Probably one of the best cost friendly/good experience motels I've stayed at in SLO. The staff were friendly, the rooms had all that you could ask for (fridge, microwave, coffee pot, storage, decent bathroom, plenty of outlets for charging devices) and it is in a good location for access to downtown. One tip...bring earplugs. The walls are thin.

  • Nov 20, 2019 by Angela George

    Great place to rest. The price was very reasonable for the area. Breakfast is included was pretty tasty. Rooms were older but clean. We liked it enough to book an additional night and they were able to match best deal online. Overall quite pleased with our stay.

  • Nov 15, 2019 by Ryan Korslund

    Stayed here due to what I found on Plugshare regarding access to outlets for overnight EV charging. This was a great benefit! Rooms were clean and fine, only complaint was low water pressure on sinks and shower.

  • Nov 13, 2019 by NeCtOr 408

    A comfy stay, was a bit noisy around 8pm I was on the bottom floor so it's to be expected. Also found a couple crickets in the bathroom but there harmless. It would be worse if they were roaches. Bed was cozy and great TV channels. Thanks Sands Inn.

  • Nov 08, 2019 by Luella L.

    Stayed here recently and was pretty bothered by the constant noise coming from the paper thin walls. Additionally, lots of sketchy people in the parking lot all night. My boyfriend and I got in late after a concert at the Fremont and had a disturbing note waiting on our car. Would not recommend staying here to anyone. Especially if you are alone.

  • Nov 06, 2019 by Brad Gamson

    The room I stayed in was quite large and had a very comfortable king size bed. The room also had a microwave oven and refrigerator. That was great because I was there on business and take my own food on the road with me. If you are traveling to San Luis Obispo, stay at this freeway close motel.

  • Nov 06, 2019 by Frank Frank

    Great room's stay here every time I'm in slo. I always recommend this place price is sweet and so are the cookies

  • Nov 04, 2019 by Brittany Blaine

    So far great rooms, staff, cleaning is perfect , pool plus hot tub are super nice . PLENTY OF PARKING. Rooms are secure and options seem endless! We Love the huge selection for breakfast. Yummy waffles, fresh bagels , pastries, muffins, cereal, etc..with tons more breakfast options. No complaints at all. Good coffee always available and finally a hotel with decent wifi. P.s. love the maids ... They work so hard in the blazing heat and to perfection.! Thank -you Sands Inn & Suites we will be back for sure!

  • Oct 29, 2019 by Marisa Post

    Great location near Cal Poly. Room was updated and clean and parking was convenient. The staff was very responsive and accommodating.

  • Oct 27, 2019 by Remy P.

    My first issue was the door. I had keys and at first didn't work. Then the front clerk came to check on the door. She was able to open the door but she struggled to. I seriously have to put my shoulder into opening this door. I don't know what is wrong but it was a hassle, so much I didn't want to leave the room. Then the room had this weird odor like a sterilized bleach smell which gave me a headache. The room was somewhat clean there was some debrief by the front door like they swept it behind or something no big deal. The AC is very nosy and wasn't cooling. The pictures on the website are very misleading as that is not how my room looked. Regardless, I was only here for a night. I would not want to stay here longer.

  • Oct 14, 2019 by Christina H

    Super cute clean hotel. Free breakfast was a plus and our room we were able to literally park right in front of.

  • Oct 11, 2019 by Karen Joseph

    Great rooms, staff and breakfast. Convenient location.

  • Oct 03, 2019 by Mao Nuon

    Good customer service. Clean room and quiet. Wifi reception was terrible.

  • Oct 02, 2019 by Jack Jessop-Ellis

    Very nice, clean room, friendly staff, good breakfast. I would stay here again.

  • Sep 08, 2019 by Jen P.

    Although very clean, safe and located well, this hotel is very average. The photos on their website and the "suites" are misleading. It is a motel 6 style hotel with outside walkways. Air conditioners work but are very noisy when they turn on and off (large unit mounted above the vanity).  Had a king bed with four regular sized pillows.  Frustrating. Breakfast was adequate but dominated by sugar (fruit loops, raisin bran, yoplait yogurt, sweetened juices, toaster burned toast too easily, so the breakfast room and lobby smelled of burned toast.  Adequate but we would probably not return.

  • Sep 06, 2019 by DennySzw

    No se si yo pague muy barato o que (68 dolares la noche en septiembre 2019), pero de las mejores relaciones precio - calidad que encontré en todo mi viaje por California. El desayuno es variado y de gran calidad, la habitación impecable. Hay café en la recepción las 24 hs. Nada más para pedirle a un hotel rutero.

  • Sep 03, 2019 by LuAnn Polk

    The hotel is old and they are renovating it. Our room had holes in the carpet and the room was worn looking. There was plenty of heat and hot water.

  • Sep 03, 2019 by Elleana L...

    Im so impressed with this hotel. The Quality for the price is above and beyond. Plus, the breakfast is amazing. Let's not forget the cookies. This is all thanks to the employees who make the breakfast and the afternoon cookies. Ok, I need to get names of these employees... So u can say Hi..there is one housekeeper who sings when she employees means happy guest mean happy boss..lamplighter so out of date and u can tell they don't care

  • Sep 02, 2019 by Daniel Liu

    Good rate with free breakfast. It's not a luxury hotel, but is fine if you just want to stay there for a night and quickly hit the road the next day.

  • Aug 30, 2019 by Chris L.

    This past weekend I and my family stayed at the Sands Inn & Suites. I'm a Cal Guard Soldier and was in SLO for an army event. I cannot begin to praise the Staff enough. The service that I and my family received was outstanding and absolutely enjoyable. While in transit I called and spoke with Trent explaining that we'd be arriving later than anticipated. He assured me all would be fine. We arrived hours later in the evening and were met by two very nice ladies at the reception desk. I apologize that I cannot recall their names to directly compliment them. They took care of everything wonderfully. After driving from So Cal that was greatly appreciated. We arrived in our room to find a note thanking me for my military service. THANK YOU for your support and patriotism! The room was immaculately clean. All amenities were great! There were already extra towels in the room. The room temperature had already been set to a comfortable level. Everything down to the last detail had been taken care of. During our stay my family and I used the pool and partook in the provided breakfast. Not surprisingly, the pool and recreation area was clean and well taken care of. The water was crystal clear and obviously regularly maintained. Perfect temperatures for both the pool and jacuzzi. The breakfast was great! All food was fresh and prepared well. The fruit, eggs, pastries, cereal, coffee, juice and waffles were delicious! And, there was a nice lady that was obviously assigned to provide service to the patrons at breakfast. She did a great job!! It should be more than apparent that my Five Star rating of the Sands Inn & Suites is well deserved and warranted. My gracious thanks and kudos to the Staff!! V/R, Soldier

  • Aug 29, 2019 by Cayla Dee P.

    Cookies at Check-In? Yes please! The staff were super nice and friendly. I do have to say, I had not one, but two hiccups when I tried to check in. Two rooms and bad keys..Not the best after a 4 hour drive. But the staff had a smile on their faces and made me comfortable. Speaking of comfortable! One of the best beds and pillows I've slept on in a hotel...and so inexpensive, I was shocked. It is close to the University, but a little far from downtown if you want to walk. But it's right next to the highway if you need to jet out. Even though they are next to the highway, you can't hear it. The views are beautiful, and the pool and jacuzzi are nice as well. This place is great for the money.

  • Aug 27, 2019 by Cilene S

    Pernocté una noche a fines de junio. Me dieron factura sin deuda pendiente al retirarme, pero cobraron dos veces el alojamiento en mi tarjeta de crédito Visa.Intenté contactarlos por la página web, por el correo electrónico que figura en la factura y nunca respondieron. Me comuniqué telefónicamente el 12 de agosto y dijeron que habían cambiado de dueño. Ni Visa ni el hotel me han devuelto los 160 dólares que cobraron por duplicado.

  • Aug 22, 2019 by Jordan M.

    Not the greatest hotel however not the worst. Pool area was well maintained, landscaping was desirable. Had to switch rooms because our original room smelt like cigarettes, 2nd room was a little better however had left over food in the refrigerator from prior guests. Again, not a bad place if you just want a place to sleep, gets pretty rowdy at night so I recommend staying in a more family friendly hotel.

  • Aug 14, 2019 by Renee B

    No frills, dated decor. Great customer service. Clean rooms. Comfortable bed. Damn those chocolate chip cookies are irresistible! Nice pool space. Attractive rate.

  • Aug 11, 2019 by Hektop

    Me alojé en ese hotel el 29 de junio pasado y luego vi en mi resumen de tarjeta que han cobrado dos veces mi estadía, el 3 de julio y el 10 de julio. Mismo monto, todo igual y repetido. Numerosos correos a su página y a su correo electrónico han sido inútiles para obtener siquiera una respuesta, lo que me lleva a pensar que no se trata de un error sino de un sistema. Si se alojan aquí revisen los cargos de tarjeta!!!

  • Aug 06, 2019 by Nonthmove

    The Sands is a good motel to stay with a family. We had a 2 queen room which was a good size, slightly larger than average with a counter top and sink both in the bathroom and outside in the living area. There was a fridge, microwave, coffee maker,ironing board and hair dryer too. The room had recently been redecorated except for the fixtures and fittings in the bathroom but all was clean and more than adequate. Pool was nice, staff were great, breakfast was ok but not great. Over all it was a nice stay at a decent mid range motel.

  • Aug 04, 2019 by Tatiana G.

    If I could give this place 0 stars i would, and I never even stayed here! I found this place through Expedia, which i have booked through with before with no problems. I booked this place about 2 months in advance- for the reasoning of decent reviews & reasonable pricing. Three days before my boyfriend and i are ready to go on this trip, a family emergency came up. Immediately I have to cancel my reservation, which i do so through the Expedia website with no problems or any cancellation fees. Next day after i have this emergency things seemed to be okay enough for me to go on this trip again, at least i thought so. I re-booked the last room availble and of course the price was about $30 extra per night- which i understood since it was two days before our stay. Long story short i had to cancel the day right before the trip due to the same family emergency. I call the hotel asking to speak to a manager about my situation so i wouldn't be charged their cancellation fee, because you know how life is stuff just happens. The person i talked to says that there was no manager there at the time and they would let them know my situation and have them call me back, which I was fine with. Hours pass by and I have yet to receive a call, so I call them  back asking again to speak to a manager. You would think after a few hours there would finally some manager on the property by then. I once again talked and asked to speak to the manager, i get put on "hold" by the guy, little did he know that he didn't put me on hold- i could hear everything. In the background i hear the guy that answered ask another guy what to do that person says to him- "ask them for their information, when they're supposed to be arriving, & that's all they can do for now since there was no manager, or just hang up". They both start laughing! Completley UNPROFESSIONAL. Once the guy got back on the phone I immediatly tell him how that was not okay and that i just heard everything that was said. At this point i was furious. I demanded to speak to someone in management, there of course was no one there. I ask for their names which were Trent and Nathaniel, and they said the next manager would be in the next day and they would pass on my information and have them call me back. Next day rolls around and again i received no call at the time they said they could call me back at. I call and ask to speak to a manager and finally there was someone there. I cannot recall her name but she understood the situation and agreed what happened was unprofessional. I got my reservation cancelled with no fees. I will never be staying here though. Very unprofessional staff.

  • Jul 29, 2019 by Michiel S

    Min of meer noodgedwongen uitgeweken naar dit hotel omdat het hotel waar we oorspronkelijk geboekt hadden (aan de overkant van de straat) geen kamer meer had met 2 Queensize bedden die we wel geboekt hadden. Sands Inn zou ook beter beoordeeld zijn via Ik kan niet echt vergelijken maar Sands vonden we niet geweldig. Vriendelijk personeel maar verder een bedompt en oud gebeuren. Het ontbijt is ook niet geweldig ook al is dat zelden in Amerika dat het echt goed is. De WiFi op de kamers is waardeloos. Je moet naar de receptie om ontvangst te hebben. Volgende keer wat anders.

  • Jul 28, 2019 by monarat

    Great access to the 101 freeway and a decent walk into the heart of downtown if you want to stretch your legs. The pool is big. The jacuzzi was being worked on at the time so we didn't use it. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and quiet. The beds were pretty comfortable. We ate a bit of the free breakfast, usual fruit, cereal, muffins and waffles. I think there were hard boiled eggs and yogurt. Will stay here again for the location, price and convenience.

  • Jul 17, 2019 by Allen Ash

    Stayed here for 3 nights in July 2019. The positive aspects are that it was very reasonably priced, the room was as expected for the money (less than $100 per night), the bathroom was spacious and clean, and the included breakfast was better than most (waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, yogurt, bagels, juice, etc.)

    We did have two issues, one was that our room keys stopped working every day (twice on one of the days!) so they had to be reprogrammed, and the second is that the WiFi is so slow as to be virtually unusable (1.5 - 2 Megs download speed.) Both were minor issues but slightly annoying nonetheless!

    Overall I would stay there again if I were just looking for basic accommodations.

  • Jul 17, 2019 by Gimly57

    Hôtel propre, chambre niquel avec tv, frigo, machine à café, sèche cheveux. Piscine sympa. Petit déjeuner bien avec gaufre, œufs, baggel, pain grillés, viennoiseries, café, thé différents jus. Nous avons appréciés faire étape sans cet hôtel durant notre road trip.

  • Jul 16, 2019 by Les D

    This was a last minute find. I didn't plan on stopping here, but the road was long and we were so tired. This place is clean the room is a good size. We have two queen beds a little table with two chairs and a TV. The bathroom is clean the bed is comfy and there is a pool the kids were happy to jump in and swim around for a while. The hotel clerk was friendly and super helpful.

  • Jul 15, 2019 by Saja Lynn

    Great rooms, and affordable! Beds are comfy, rooms are spacious and the water pressure was awesome. Included Breakfast was scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, grapefruits, yogurt, various breads/bagels/pastries, coffee and juice. Could have more tea choices but that is nit-picky.

  • Jul 11, 2019 by Jeff Cathey Sr.

    This place is the best, not to cheap, not to expensive. Nice staff and very clean. 24 hour coffee service and a complete breakfast area to eat at with literally everything you need for a good breakfast. The guest who stay here are very friendly

  • Jul 11, 2019 by mara k.

    We had the same experience on July 4 as two other reviewers.  The biggest issue is the rudeness in which we were treated.  At around 5:00 pm that night we got a message saying our reservation was canceled due to a computer error.  It was a shock to learn that after driving for 5 hours to get to SLO we would have no place to stay (after making a reservation and confirming it). The staff was so rude, they actually hung up on us! They refused to let us talk to a manager. And they neglected to mention that if you have a confirmed reservation they are obligated to find you another place to stay in the same hotel class or better and pay the difference if it costs more! We only learned about this from the very helpful clerk at the Lamplighter Inn, where the three of us were forced to stay in a room with one bed (it was their last room). They got us a room at Motel 6, but that was not acceptable for us. We understand that mistakes are made, but the issue was handled is such a disrespectful/dishonest manner that I would advise against staying here ever.

  • Jul 08, 2019 by Eddie S

    Beautiful place to stay. Room was very clean and cozy. The water pressure on the shower was very low but overall it's a very safe place to stay.

  • Jul 05, 2019 by Azucena Hernandez

    Well if I could leave 0 stars I would !!!

    I called to confirm if this hotel was Dog Friendly June 17
    I was told yes so I made my reservation for July 4th

    It's July 4th I'm enjoying my relaxing baby moon road trip I call @ 4:00pm to confirm there was not going to be any issues with my room also if there was any issues with a late check in since I wouldn't be in town until about 8 pm

    I was told yes by Cesar !

    6:40 hits while my husband & I are enjoying our last pit spot before getting on the road & getting to our hotel room just to receive a call from Cesar stating our room was having a " issue " & they could no longer accommodate us & since it's a holiday & hotels are booked & over priced they could only have us sent to MOTEL 6 .

    Asked for a manager & there was no one "available"

    Apparently when you do everything in a timely manner & check the day off to avoid any issues your aren't giving any consideration !!

    Well now here a pregnant woman is crying trying to find herself some better accommodations...

    Wish I could review the actual experience of the stay but I wasn't even given the opportunity.

  • Jul 05, 2019 by JoAnn R.

    I want to say how disappointed I am in this hotel.  We made our reservation through an online booking agency weeks ago and received confirmation to stay at the hotel for Fourth of July.  This was not just a last minute getaway for the holiday, but we would be meeting my daughters' boyfriend 's family.  On the way down to SLO at around 8:30 am, we called the hotel to see if we could check in early and they said that they did not have early check in but they could call us back if our room became available earlier than the 3:00 pm check in time, we gave them our name and phone number.  Around noon we stopped by the hotel to see if we could check in then, they said they were still not taking early check in.  We decided to go to the beach with the rest of our group while we waited. Around 5:00 pm we went back to the hotel to check in.  When we got there they told us they were booked and that The online group had overbooked and that we could go to motel 6 farther away from town and see if they had availability.  We were stunned, not just that we, on 4th of July, had no room for the night, but the hotel did not even offer to help us by calling other hotels or even offer an apology, though they said they'd give us a discount on our next stay if we were ever back in town (like we would even consider them as an option). We didn't want to be farther away since we were only going to be there that evening and half of the next day.  While sitting in the car in their parking lot trying to find another room I noticed that a family that was behind us in line were sitting in their car in the parking lot also, so I went over there to see if they had the same thing happen to them,  they said no, that the hotel kept hassling them to check in all day or  they would lose their room. I wondered after the fact, why we could not check in early, but this other family was being pestered to check in.  Meanwhile, we thankfully, found another room costing us twice as much since everything in our price range was already booked.  I believe what happened here, is because it was a holiday they were trying to get in as many full price customers as they could, and gave us the excuse that the online group overbooked.  I ask that in reading this review you think twice on reserving this hotel due to their lack of obligations to online reservations and that they should have known they were overbooked at one of the first two times that we called them and could have told us then, giving us more time to find a new reservation.

  • Jul 04, 2019 by Azucena H.

    Well if I could leave 0 stars I would !!! I called to confirm if this hotel was Dog Friendly June 17 I was told yes so I made my reservation for July 4th It's July 4th I'm enjoying my relaxing baby moon road trip I call @ 4:00pm to confirm there was not going to be any issues with my room also if there was any issues with a late check in since I wouldn't be in town until about 8 pm I was told yes by Cesar ! 6:40 hits while my husband & I are enjoying our last pit spot before getting on the road & getting to our hotel room just to receive a call from Cesar stating our room was having a " issue " & they could no longer accommodate us & since it's a holiday & hotels are booked & over priced they could only have us sent to MOTEL 6 . Asked for a manager & there was no one "available" Apparently when you do everything in a timely manner & check the day off to avoid any issues your aren't giving any consideration !! Well now here a pregnant woman is crying trying to find herself some better accommodations... Wish I could review the actual experience of the stay but I wasn't even given the opportunity.

  • Jun 21, 2019 by MrGaucho1...

    We were looking for a decent last-minute hotel to spend the night in SLO. NAILED IT! Try the Sands. You can get a lot of fancier places in SLO for more money. The location of the Sands is GOOD. It’s on a strip of hotels that are a short drive to downtown and the University. Nothing is real close, but nothing is really far away. The room was fine. They all basically face the parking lot, so revving engines at 5 am is always a risk. But that said, the rooms were CLEAN and WELL APPOINTED. We slept fine. As for service, reception was FRIENDLY at each encounter. The included breakfast was better than some, worse than others, but generally TASTY. As for the price, we were quoted a higher price when we arrived, but they quickly matched the online price, making the Sands a GREAT VALUE. I’m a snob and prefer a little fancier hotel experience, but the Sand’s superior value made our visit memorable.

  • Jun 15, 2019 by FredM737

    We arrived late and were treated to an upgrade! Our room was a suite which was big and comfortable. Our only problem was there was a gas station next door and our bedroom window faced that way, so at 6AM the truck deliveries arrived and made a lot of noise. But the staff was friendly and the room was clean and you can't beat the location.

  • Jun 11, 2019 by Fran C

    The room was clean with the exception of little flying bugs. They only give you two towels, and small bath towels at that. Provide plastic cups only. For just under $200.00 dollars a night, I think the accommodations could have been much better.

  • May 29, 2019 by Anthony Germano

    Nice place to stay. Room was clean and had everything you would need. I have to say that the company I work for put me up for the night so I don't know how much to cost. Breakfast was ok, the usual. Waffles, scrambled eggs, sauage, cereal, toast different juices. If you are looking for a place to stay that's near to the downtown I would stay here.

  • May 17, 2019 by 167shanno...

    We had such a friendly check-in experience that I had to write my first review on here. My husband and I were passing through town this past Wednesday night in the university suit. We arrived without a reservation but the gentleman matched the price we saw on Hotels Tonight and treated us as wonderfully as the staff from the Ritz Bacara that we had just previously stayed at. The room was very clean and comfortable at a great bargain. This trip was to decompress after my father’s funeral and I’d like to let our front desk agent know that his hospitality meant more to me than he probably realized. Thank you, Sands Inn!

  • May 11, 2019 by Alex Patterson

    Very nice and comfortable place. No weirdness, just a solid clean room and had organic soaps. Would definitely stay here again.

  • May 08, 2019 by Jacob Smith

    Very clean! Great breakfast, Quiet & Beautiful. Will definitely recommend.

  • Apr 22, 2019 by Peter Young

    We have small dogs,its difficult to find a hotel that will accept pets,the hotels in this area that do are not nice IMO. This motel accepts dogs for a small fee.They give you a free breakfast and the rooms are very reasonable. If you manage to book a suite, you get 2 rooms with a kitchenette.2 doors separate the bedroom from the living room. This is the best value in SLO,I have stayed in many hotels up there.The front desk staff was very nice. They have a carport garage to park in if you have a small car; keeping you car in the shade.What I really like is that they have plenty of trash cans around the property,and they keep them empty.We will be back.

  • Apr 13, 2019 by E B.

    The "suite" we stayed in needs some TLC. Quite basic. The breakfast was fairly decent. The location is great if visiting Cal Poly. Front desk was helpful and friendly. Warm chocolate chip cookies in the evening.

  • Apr 12, 2019 by Alex Patterson

    Very nice and comfortable place, no weirdness just a solid clean room and had organic soaps. Would definitely stay here again

  • Apr 02, 2019 by DP Chan

    Convenient location. easy to find, spacious and clean room, very reasonable rate

  • Mar 24, 2019 by Lety G.

    I think this place is amazing ! The rooms are a good side and gave everything we needed on top of that the staff is over the top nice and helpful the continental breakfast is complete and the outside seating is just the added touch thank you for making my family's stay amazing

  • Mar 10, 2019 by mike pallas

    Been here a few times and never a problem. I've had good experiences with the staff as they have been friendly.

  • Mar 10, 2019 by CraigT170...

    I come here to visit my daughter who is a student at Cal Poly SLO. This is a great location to stay when visiting. This was my first time at this hotel. It was very LOUD by my room. They put me right next to the Ice Machine and the outside washer/dryer. I couldn't get WIFI. I went in on the first day twice to complain, they said they have issues from time to time and it would come back up. Next day I went back again, still no WIFI. Brought my computer to them, they logged in, went back to my room and it disconnected. I told them it was my room. They said they would send someone to check it out. No one ever came. I work off of my computer and this is a major issue. They really didn't take it seriously. This is an average hotel, nothing fancy. I was incredibly disappointed in their response to my inability to get wifi. I'm sure I burned up a lot of Data using my phone as a hotspot.

  • Feb 21, 2019 by dbowers75

    We stopped here on our drive to Northern California. Family of 4 with two teen boys. The double queen room was more than adequate. Clean, decent beds & hot water. Staff was hospitable & place seemed like a decent place to stop. Plenty of places to eat in the surrounding area as well with a 5minutes drive.

  • Feb 08, 2019 by andy fresquez

    It was good but we were down stairs people were going up and down most of the time , next time I want to stay in room 148 across by the pool good service . thank you .

  • Jan 26, 2019 by wildimagi...

    This place is very inexpensive, the room was very decent and the breakfast was amazing. It has it all and I'm not trying to make this place standout but I have nothing to complain about. It even had a covered parking structure with 110v outlets if you need to recharge your EV. The nearest Vons grocery store is about 4 miles away but that wasn't all that bad. I arrived on a Wednesday night so I guess that's why it was pretty quiet but still, it had a nice swimming pool and jacuzzi outdoors that I wish I could've tried out but it was really too cold to run across the parking lot to enjoy. The room had a microwave and mini fridge, flat screen television, quick internet access and lots of parking. There are a lot of other hotels on this strip and I could've chosen one of them but when the inexpensive price PLUS the good ratings from other people who have stayed made this an easy choice. Definitely will come back when I'm back in the area.

  • Dec 27, 2018 by Annacool2...

    I was extremely disappointed on my stay because the room next door was too loud, the bedroom blankets were thin, and the check out process was unprofessional. Please be mindful of this when traveling here

  • Dec 23, 2018 by Chris

    The staff is very helpful and quick with check-in. The rooms have been clean and nice to stay in. Very quiet area also. I love that it is walking distance to Apple farm.

  • Dec 19, 2018 by Ashlee Harlow

    The inside of the rooms are nice and newly renovated which was lovely... The outside leaves something to be desired as does the breakfast (when I got there the eggs were all gone and there was no hot water to make oatmeal)... Fitness center was functional and I was grateful to get in a workout

  • Dec 18, 2018 by Jeremy Millet

    Great location just off the 101. It was clean, beds are ok. I had to drive to a laundromat 10mind away to get some change for there washer and dryer.
    They sale soap and have the washer and dryer that only take quarters, but they don’t have quarters or a change machine.

  • Dec 11, 2018 by Kelly B

    I was disappointed with this motel.The front makes it look nicer than a Motel 6, but that's what it is basically. For some reason, we were given a handicap accessible room, which had a large open space in the bathroom that we didn't need and it took away from extra space we might have had in the room itself. My husband asked if they had any other rooms available and the clerk said "no", which I find hard to believe since it was during the week in early December and was not at all crowded. The worst thing about our room was that the maid had sprayed so much air freshener in the room, we had to keep our windows open for the first 24 hours to try to get rid of the overwhelming smell. We found it hard to even sleep with the smell, not to mention that I have asthma and had to use my inhaler a few times because of it. The room was small, the refrigerator doesn't have a temp control on it and froze all our food, the hot tub was barely warm and the pool is not heated and was freezing. The maid's make a lot of noise talking really loudly and pushing their carts over the rough walkway outside of the rooms.

  • Dec 04, 2018 by Keith Hardy

    The rates at The Sands were very reasonable so my boyfriend Stephen and I simply decided to book a weekend getaway in SLO. We were pleasantly surprised to find that our room on the first floor was very clean and spacious. We both commented on how pleasant the room smelled. Too often that's not the case. The staff was very nice and accommodating. They even came to our room to help us hook up our free in-room DVD player. We enjoyed the full breakfast and although it was a bit chilly, we even spent ample time in the Jacuzzi. Finally, they even allowed me to plug in my electric vehicle in the covered parking. We enjoyed our two day stay and would definitely return.

  • Nov 30, 2018 by Naomi W

    Got a Groupon deal on this hotel. It is inexpensive, clean, comfortable. The room was bigger than I expected and had lots of blankets and towels. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was great (waffles, cereal, breads, yogurt, all kinds of drinks). Good location close to freeway and downtown. Very nice landscaping and pool. They do have covered parking but it's for compact cars. Lots of outside parking near the rooms.

  • Nov 23, 2018 by Shimmer

    This inn was small but quite nice. The room was clean and had everything we need. The bed was somewhat ok. The breakfast was good. It was a good deal for what we paid. We enjoyed our stay and will come back when we are in the area.

  • Nov 19, 2018 by RichardQ

    Enjoyed our stay in the Sands Inn. For an affordable motel, it offered a nice and clean (though dated) room, friendly front desk service, a better breakfast variety than most similar motels, and a place to plug in (120v outlet) for electric vehicles. There’s a great looking pool and hot tub which we didn’t have a chance to use this time, and a friendly pet policy which made us wish we brought our fur baby. All this adds up to a place that we will plan to stay again in the future.

  • Nov 09, 2018 by Jing K

    Only a few blocks from downtown and just down the road from Cal Poly. Friendly staff. Room on second floor. High ceilings, quiet. All the basic stuff. Funny little coffee maker but they stocked Farmer Brothers coffee. Bath had little window to outdoors so it was nice and sunny. Comfortable bed. Absolutely spotlessly clean. Not a mote of dust to be found. Breakfast had excellent scrambled eggs, excellent sausages, and two waffle makers featuring a good batter, syrup, and again spotlessly clean--someone came in frequently to clean them up. When I come back here (lovely town), I will try to stay here again.

  • Nov 08, 2018 by Tom O

    it was adequate for an overnight stop on a long roadtrip. clean, comfortable bed and bath good lighting nice breakfast good price hotel staff friendly and professional secure parking good soundproffing in walls and ceilings

  • Nov 07, 2018 by jbbabyPal...

    Nice room with a walk-in tub for senior. Located at ground level, at the entrance and was very quite. Breakfast was great, loved making my own waffle. The kid had fun with it too!!! Good location close to market and other venues.

  • Oct 21, 2018 by Philip DeCook

    Great value for the price. My refrigerator was a little noisy, and the walls are thin, but I slept just fine. Good continental breakfast.

  • Oct 16, 2018 by Stephanie B.

    Our family stayed at Sands Inn & Suites for an overnight in the area and were pleased with out little room.  The rooms are modest and laid out in the classic roadside motel variety with a sink and fridge at the end of the room.  The toilet and shower as well as another sink are behind a door.  The beds are comfortable, and the room was quite clean.  It was great that they had a DVD player (and we had happened to bring a movie).  There is a free breakfast available in the morning with some excellent coffee and great fruit (as well as other things, such as make your own waffles, cereal and eggs and meat, which I did not partake in).  This is not a fancy place to say, but it is a great budget choice if you want a clean and comfortable place to lay your head.  A three diamond hotel that I am a fan of.

  • Oct 13, 2018 by Karla Page

    Fresh baked cookies at the front desk. Pretty good continental breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff. Definitely will return

  • Oct 04, 2018 by Antioch_C...

    I stayed here for a one night getaway that I booked on Living Social. I was very impressed with the accommodations, pool & spa area and free breakfast. The Hotel Staff were very friendly and professional. Thank you Lou & Jason. I was able to receive an early check in and was offered freshly baked cookies to take back to my room. The room had everything I needed for my stay and was close to the pool & spa area. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Oct 04, 2018 by Denise H.

    I stayed here for a one night getaway and was very impressed with my accommodations.  The Hotel Staff at check in, were very friendly and professional. Thank you Lou & Jason.  I was able to receive an early check in and was offered freshly made cookies to take back to my room. My room was close to the pool & spa area, which was perfect for my day of swimming and relaxing.  My room #151, had everything that I needed for my stay and I loved the view from my window.  Pool & hills in the background. The free breakfast offered a nice variety of items, both hot & cold foods. The selection of pastries was very good. The Lemon mini scones were yummy! I would definitely stay here again

  • Oct 01, 2018 by Mark N.

    We were so stressed to go on our first trip with our little maltipoo of a girl. We searched for months trying to zero it down to a place with good dog-friendly reviews (on Bring Fido). This place did and it worked out for us great. The hotel and check-in was smooth. We chose a suite so we could have a large room for her to roam around. The place was very clean and the bedding was great.  There is a pool and sauna, but we did not partake.  Near the freeway, so easy to get to wherever you want to go in that area. My knocks: 1) the bathroom was small and the shower pressure was weak, 2) the refrigerator kept making this ticking sound, and 3) paper-thin walls. We could hear the people talking and snoring next door. We were lucky we had a end room, so only neighbors on one side. That helped because our girl is bark-happy. She did bark a bit until the neighbors settled down around 11 PM. The continental breakfast was good. Sausage was tasty and scrambled eggs OK.   SLO is a great destination anyway. We'll definitely do it again, now that we're not doggie newbies anymore.

  • Oct 01, 2018 by Sandblabb

    We needed to check in early to be ready for a wedding and they were very accommodating and even upgraded us to a suite because it was ready for Check in. The bed was very comfortable. The breakfast is far superior over other hotels.

  • Sep 26, 2018 by Mike S.

    The hotel is centrally located and close to Cal Poly University. The staff is nothing but wonderful and always out to take care of your needs. Ms. Liu at the front desk will help you get anything that you need accomplished while you're visiting the area. She also makes some mean chocolate chip cookies. The most helpful thing is the deal I found on Groupon for this hotel. What a real value of a find. The rooms were clean and in order. The rooms come with many amenities such as a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a coffee maker and a hair dryer. Just to mention some. The pair of queen size beds we're comfortable. The housekeeping staff is on top of their job. if you're looking for a Supervalu and a nice hotel this is the one you want to choose. Good luck in the future.

  • Sep 24, 2018 by Kenley Law

    Good place. Pretty pricey for what it is, but I guess it is peak season(sept) and it is all relative. The main selling point for us this that it is dog friendly and almost every other guest has a dog, which is great! Rooms are clean and spacious. There was oddly, a cricket in our room which was super noisy but they switched us to another room with no problems!

  • Sep 22, 2018 by nanapapa2...

    We made reservations about a month ago to stay at the Sands and I told him that I wanted to rooms next to each other because my mom is ill and when we got here there was no rooms that were close together fortunately there was a young man at the counter who went out of his way to get us as close as possible he tried very hard took him about 20 minutes but it was well worth it my mom feel safe and comfortable

  • Sep 10, 2018 by Hannah Martinez

    Sincerely loved staying here. Very clean room and decent breakfast. Had grapefruit cut up which was awesome! Walls were a smidgen too thin I could hear the guest next to us snoring who I originally thought was a motorcycle trying to start and quickly found out it was not. Staff very friendly !

  • Sep 10, 2018 by Hannah M.

    Sincerely loved staying here. Very clean room and decent breakfast. Had grapefruit cut up which was awesome! Walls were a smidgen too thin I could hear the guest next to us snoring who I originally thought was a motorcycle trying to start and quickly found out it was not. Staff very friendly !

  • Sep 07, 2018 by DavidWood...

    Sands Inn is well placed on Monterey Street, the upper end of the main shopping and restaurant area, which is dominated by hotels. It's among the more moderately priced hotels and gives good value for money if you want a clean room and a comfortable bed. Free parking and wifi is included, although we found the connection pretty sluggish in our room and had to go to reception to use the internet. The staff are friendly, there's a decent sized pool, a reasonable buffet breakfast and it's only a short walk into the heart of town.

  • Aug 28, 2018 by 361Petra_

    Was gefällt, ist ja sehr individuell. Unser Zimmer war überladen mit Kitsch, hatte ein Himmelbett und war in rosa gehalten. Muss nicht sein. Am schlimmsten ist jedoch die Höhe des Kingsize- Bettes. Man braucht schon akrobatische Fähigkeiten, um es zu besteigen. Viel zu hoch für Leute, die zum Schlafen eigentlich nicht klettern möchten. Frühstück war nicht enthalten konnte man aber etwas überpreisig im Restaurant erhalten. Wifi war sehr schwach und instabil. Die Zimmer waren sehr ruhig.

  • Aug 26, 2018 by Phat H.

    The place is very clean and organized. There is a good selection of food for breakfast. They were very accomadating, we got a free upgrade to a suite from a queen bedroom.

  • Aug 23, 2018 by Bruno K

    Prompt service. Clean room and comfortable bed. Nice standard breakfast. No complaints and can definitely recommend.

  • Aug 22, 2018 by domalain2...

    Accueil très sympa et irréprochable. Chambre propre et bien équipée. La piscine que nous n'avons pas utilisée semble propre et agréable. Climatisation silencieuse. Dans la chambre café et produits toilette à disposition.

  • Aug 15, 2018 by Alejandra Cruz

    I say it was 3.5. Loved the toiletries. Bed was comfortable and clean. Bathrooms too. There was a great selection for breakfast, but it wasnt the most tastiest. But the carpets were old and just didn't feel clean. I only gave it a four because of the DVDs that they have available and the kids loved that they were greeted with warm cookies.

  • Aug 06, 2018 by G F

    Hotel room was pretty clean. Staff was very friendly and courteous. Breakfast was decent. There is a speed bump near the entrance that snagged our car a couple times even at very low speeds. Sofa Bed Mattress and Recliner were very uncomfortable in our room. Tried to sleep on sofa bed mattress and back was sore in the morning. Overall, wasn't too bad though.

  • Aug 05, 2018 by Mary Lewis

    Nice quaint hotel. Great customer service. Free breakfast, coffee and tea. They even had fresh baked cookies in the office for guests. Clean and comfy room. Nice pool and jacuzzi.

  • Jul 25, 2018 by David Drake

    Have stayed here in the past and it was a good economical place. Clean good price. Good parking. A little noisy, for a suburban motel. Helpful staff.

  • Jul 23, 2018 by Elena C.

    Clean hotel and dog friendly great location I definitely would stay here again and decent breakfast it helped getting some food in our tummy's before our day. Ginos pizza is walking distance from here and it was so delicious

  • Jul 22, 2018 by William J

    My wife and I just spent one night here as we traveled to see the Big Sur. We found the staff to be very friendly, the room was very nice and the complimentary breakfast was more than adequate. It is right off Route 1 so very easy to get to. I would certainly recommend this hotel.

  • Jul 22, 2018 by Lonny53

    We got a good Groupon deal for 3 nights here and there was only a one time fee of $25 for our dog. The room was nice and there was an excellent buffet breakfast every morning. Very friendly staff. It was close to downtown SLO and many attractions

  • Jul 21, 2018 by Linda H.

    This is our second visit here.  The beds are supportive and the towels are soft.  We got a bonus this visit when we asked for a King bed, so my husbands feet did not hang over the edge when he slept.  They did not have any in the regular rooms so they upgraded us to suite.  We really appreciated that.  We sat out front in the chairs, enjoying to cool weather, eating our take-out and enjoying the view of the mountains.  We will stay here again.

  • Jul 20, 2018 by janetmI99...

    Our room had two queen and with a very large bathroom. The room was on the first floor room 125 near some stairs but it was quite. There was a pool. There is breakfast from 6:00 a.m. so if you have to leave early, you can get something to eat. The breakfast was very nice.

  • Jul 16, 2018 by Carey Yip

    Hotel is pretty clean. Close to great 4 star resturants. Free breakfast is not too shabby. I would be a return customer.

  • Jul 13, 2018 by Vanina H

    Estuvimos solo una noche de paso por SLO, llegamos tarde en la noche, pero la gente de recepción nos recibió excelentemente, nos recomendaron un lugar para comer a unas cuadras de allí, "Ginos Pizza"; muy buenas!! y el lugar excelente.- La habitación era enorme, muy limpia, con todas las comodidades y mas. Nos dieron una habitación con balcón a la calle, pensé que iba a ser ruidosa, pero tuvimos la suerte que al día siguiente era 4 de Julio, asique no hubo mucho movimiento y dormimos espléndidamente. La cama era ENORME y SUPER cómoda, justo lo que necesitábamos!!! Al día siguiente nos levantamos tarde y a pesar de que el desayuno era hasta las 10.30, y eran las 11 igualmente nos dejaron pasar, si bien ya no quedaba mucho, pudimos desayunar y se notaba que suele ser un buffette bastante completo, (huevos, baggels, jugos, waffles recién hechos, café delicioso, panes dulces frescos, cereales, fruta) La Sra. encargada del mismo, muy amable y hasta nos dio unos panes dulces para llevar en el viaje.- También cuenta con pileta, de la cual no pudimos hacer uso, pero se veía muy bien.- Estacionamiento y Wifi gratuito.- Lo recomiendo y sin duda volvería

  • Jul 13, 2018 by Vanina H

    Estuvimos solo una noche de paso por SLO, llegamos tarde en la noche, pero la gente de recepción nos recibió excelentemente, nos recomendaron un lugar para comer a unas cuadras de allí, "Ginos Pizza"; muy buenas!! y el lugar excelente.- La habitación era enorme, muy limpia, con todas las comodidades y mas. Nos dieron una habitación con balcón a la calle, pensé que iba a ser ruidosa, pero tuvimos la suerte que al día siguiente era 4 de Julio, asique no hubo mucho movimiento y dormimos espléndidamente. La cama era ENORME y SUPER cómoda, justo lo que necesitábamos!!! Al día siguiente nos levantamos tarde y a pesar de que el desayuno era hasta las 10.30, y eran las 11 igualmente nos dejaron pasar, si bien ya no quedaba mucho, pudimos desayunar y se notaba que suele ser un buffette bastante completo, (huevos, baggels, jugos, waffles recién hechos, café delicioso, panes dulces frescos, cereales, fruta) La Sra. encargada del mismo, muy amable y hasta nos dio unos panes dulces para llevar en el viaje.- También cuenta con pileta, de la cual no pudimos hacer uso, pero se veía muy bien.- Estacionamiento y Wifi gratuito.- Lo recomiendo y sin duda volvería

  • Jul 06, 2018 by Jessica H.

    My husband and I found this place on Groupon while we were looking for an affordable place to stay to celebrate our first anniversary together. When we arrived at the beginning of the week, they were quick to accommodate us and very friendly, giving us recommendations for things to do in the area. Within a couple minutes of us being in our room, they called us and told us they wanted to upgrade us to the honeymoon suite for our anniversary! We were so touched by their care during our stay from then on. They also provided a great breakfast spread every morning, yogurt, toast, eggs, waffles, etc. The rooms were always cleaned despite us leaving things around. It's also very close to downtown SLO, providing a variety of things to do and places to see, depending on the days you stay. Pismo was only about 15 mins from the hotel, downtown less than 10 mins. We made a bit of a mistake when we were here, we thought we checked out Saturday, when in reality, our check out day was Friday. We didn't realize this until we tried our keys in the afternoon on Friday and realized they didn't work. We talked with management and since we stayed 5 nights, they gracefully let us move our stuff out without any additional fees. The place is a little dated, and the parking lot a bit small for even regular sized sedans, but well worth the stay for the price and the wonderful service. Thank you for a fantastic week!

  • Jun 30, 2018 by gilgross6...

    The staff was very helpful and friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. Plenty of parking. Pool looked clean and refreshing even though the weather temperature was to cool to enjoy it. The only things that I would say in the negative are they only had waffles at breakfast (eggs would have been nice) and the shower was a little small. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Jun 29, 2018 by Pablo U

    Estuvimos de paso en SLO únicamente. La gente que nos recibió fue súper amable, el desayuno espectacular (huevos, baggels, jugos, waffles recién hechos, café delicioso, panes dulces frescos, cereales, fruta), el hotel limpio, excelente baño, camas muy cómodas. Tiene piscina se veía muy bien pero no alcanzamos a probarla. Volvería siempre!

  • Jun 28, 2018 by André D

    Das Zentrum von San Luis Obispo ist fußläufig, verbunden mit einem kleinen Spaziergang, erreichbar. Das Interieur könnte mal erneuert werden. Ansonsten war alles in Ordnung. Für eine oder zwei Nächte sicherlich akzeptabel.

  • Jun 27, 2018 by Sua And Evan

    Stayed here while visiting San Luis Obispo. The staff was very friendly, kind, and accommodating to our needs. Room was pretty small, though. But personally it was fine. Only thing is that there wasn't much variety for breakfast. Overall Sands was a pretty good hotel.

  • Jun 17, 2018 by Nancy B

    A visit begins with chocolate chips cookies at check-in baked by friendly and helpful staff members. Add to this a wonderful choice at breakfast, including sausage and eggs, and you will be ready for a walk into the center of town, about one mile each way. For lunch and dinner there are a number of restaurants close by the hotel. There is a nice exercise room that I didn't use; however, I did enjoy the spa.

  • Jun 09, 2018 by Annie Gladding

    A quaint, pet friendly hotel with lots of space for our family, a great location, good breakfast bar and friendly staff. I stay at a lot of nice hotels for work. This want the Marriott, but for the price, it far exceeded my expectations. We will be back next time we're in SLO.

  • May 30, 2018 by GiantScre...

    Stayed for one night during Memorial weekend. The hotel is directly off the 101 freeway exit and it's minutes away from downtown SLO. The customer service from the moment we arrived was wonderful. Complimentary cookies at the front desk when we first arrive and an early morning breakfast is included! Friendly staff and clean rooms made for a good stay

  • May 17, 2018 by Mike Saggese

    My girlfriend and I stayed at Sands Inn for two nights while our house was being tented for termites. We were upgraded to a suite, and were impressed at how clean and quiet it was. Fittings and decor is a bit older, but nothing was in poor condition. The staff was very helpful and courteous for all of our requests. The hotel is pet friendly, but did charge a $25 fee- no big deal considering most places don’t allow pets.

  • May 16, 2018 by 707clayg

    I ended up booking a room at the Sands as I got a good deal compared to everything else in the area. For what we got it was the best deal anywhere from Pismo Beach to Paso Robles. The room was a very good size with a desk area and a small table, it had a mini refrigerator and a microwave oven. The king bed was very comfortable. The parking was a little tight as they were full both nights we stayed. San Luis Obispo was over 70% booked the weekend we were visiting. The staff was very pleasant and helpful when we checked in and brought out a tray of hot cookies. They had four people working the check in so it went very quickly and they were all very friendly and pleasant to deal with. The dining area is larger that most motels we have stayed at that offer a free breakfast with both inside and patio eating areas. The hot breakfast selections were good with scrambled eggs and sausage, cereals, bread and bagels to toast and two waffle makers. They also offered some sweet rolls. This breakfast was on par with what we get at a big chain motel we normally use. The motel has been around for awhile but seams very well maintained, everything was very clean, very nice art on the walls, warm feeling, large bath room area, outside vanity with sink and the shower worked nice. Only negative was you can hear the people walking around up stairs. Try for a room that is one story if possible. I recommend this for a good place to stay. You should book early to try to get a good price on a room.

  • May 15, 2018 by Anthony Stegall

    Great place to stay in San Luis Obispo. Conveniently located off hwy 101 at Monterey st. Rooms are clean and spacious. You can take a short walk to downtown or when trolley is running it only cost .50 to ride. Plenty of restaurants and shops.

  • Apr 29, 2018 by Catelyn A.

    Out of Motel 6 (South), Sunbeam Motel & Sands, this is by far my favorite place that I have stayed at. I will for sure be staying here again!! I felt very safe here. Front-Desk staff was very nice as well as Housekeeping. My room was very clean and bug-less. One thing I always check for in my hotel room is for bugs. There is an iron & board, microwave, refrigerator, and blow dryer which is nice. Depending on traffic it's maybe about 5 minutes or less from downtown. It is also about 3 minutes or less from Cal Poly depending on the day/time. For an inn the rooms are much more modern which I like. I have added some pictures for you all to see. Sorry about some of my stuff you see in the pictures :p . Hope you have a great stay here!!

  • Apr 19, 2018 by Ron B.

    Here for Poly Royal weekend, happened to find this place available thru and snatched it up and so glad I did. Traveled here in my Electric car and a bit light on charge upon arrival, but they offered 10 wall plugs in a covered parking area for EV Charging needs of their guests, slow but will get you some range to find faster chargers. Hotel staff was very professional, friendly and helpful. Located walking distance to Cal Poly, less than 1 mile so you can avoid on-campus parking if desired. Also walking distance to faster chargers for you EV folks. We were fortunate to get the "Governors Suite", nice two room setup with a king in the master and a sofa bed. Worked well for two adults & two kids. The breakfast was excellent. That was the BEST scrambled eggs I have ever had at a buffet. They were so fluffy, I was amazed. Waffles etc, similar to many other nice places. Would certainly return here when I wish to be in SLO vs Pismo.

  • Apr 11, 2018 by Eric Schechter

    My wife and I took our son to tour Cal Poly and stayed two nights at the Sands Inn.
    Our room was neat and clean, the bed was very comfortable and the staff was very nice.
    Coffee and breakfast was good and well stocked. We will definitely be returning to the Sands next time we are in town.

  • Apr 09, 2018 by ihitchhik...

    There are so many great places to stay in the area - but this is not one of them. The HVAC was either too hot (89F) or too cold (61F) although the thermostat was set at 68F. The TV remote did not work. It wasn't particularly clean looking. I have to agree with a previous reviewer who described it as dated and slightly gloomy. Spend a bit more and stay in a better place.

  • Apr 08, 2018 by Jan R.

    We might use this hotel again as it's a good money value, but not in the warm months because of our AC problems. Do not accept room 144! The hotel allows pets but the reservation system doesn't have capability to add one's pet. I told the fellow at the check-in counter we had a chihuahau with dog crate. The front desk people are all very pleasant. Our room was neat, small, clean, nicely maintained, smelled fresh, and 1 queen bed. The mattress was okay probably should be replaced. The bathroom was tiny but clean & nice, with one sink. I'd recommend an extra towel bar and wall hooks for our toiletry bags. The breakfast bar and seating was quite nice. The pool area was large and inviting! The air conditioner could not get the room cool at night for sleeping...this is with daytime temp of only 76 degrees! The room is small and heated up from the day. Thankfully we travel with a fan!!!!! There was a little window in the bathroom and a front window so we could get some cross ventilation until locking up for the night. It wasn't until early morning  before the room temp got to 65:( It's interesting to note that the AC was set at 50 degrees when we first tried the thermostat. I thought that was odd until we tried to get the little room cool. Previous guests must have had the same issues. We took the cover off the filter to make sure it was not clogged. It wasn't. But like I said, we'd consider staying here again but I'd need the AC working. I really do NOT like dealing with maintenance issues during my stays. This was one of those times we decided to quietly co-exist with the AC issue because it seemed that it was more than a simple fix required. That is why I'm comfortable "yelping" about the AC in room 144 and giving only 2 stars.

  • Apr 06, 2018 by Dawnice Dotson

    Rooms are nice designed like an upscale/ current appearance of furnishings. Nice countertops and updated electronics. They have a pool and spa and part of their parking lot is covered by building with rooms

  • Apr 06, 2018 by Gabriela Valdespino

    Great experience.. Excellent service and maintenance staff are so nice, make you feel welcome;)

  • Apr 02, 2018 by Castellan Zargo

    The room was clean and comfortable with a your average presentation. Pretty much everything you could want or expect at this price point. The pool looked really nice but I didn't end up using it. My only complaint would be about the mini fridge which was a little loud. Overall a good experience

  • Mar 16, 2018 by Raul E.

    I really enjoyed my stay at the Sands Inn & Suites was here for work purposes and I must admit after working long hours and going back to our room after our shifts to the comfortable bed and the room was really clean and the staff and housekeeping were all amazing!! Team Sands Staff Keep Up The Good Work y'all were all amazing!

  • Mar 15, 2018 by Karmen A.

    Clean hotel with friendly staff (and free cookies!) I was rather pleased with my over night stay. Hotel seemed quiet and safe. Easy walk to to the downtown area. Super comfy beds!

  • Mar 09, 2018 by Martin Kreuzinger

    Wir waren nur eine Nacht in diesem Motel und haben daher weder den Pool noch das kleine Fitnessstudio genutzt. Die Zimmer selbst sind sauber und modern eingerichtet. Ein Kühlschrank und eine Mikrowelle sind im Zimmer vorhanden. Die Zimmer sind etwas Hellhörig, aber meiner Meinung nach noch in Ordnung. Das Frühstück ist sehr einfach gehalten. Man darf hier kein großes Buffet erwarten. Alles in allem für den günstigen Preis eine gute Unterkunft.

  • Mar 03, 2018 by webster5575

    Nice place, clean, tidy, good rooms and feels safe. Breakfast included is really quite good, all you need for a decent start to day. Decent little gym too, hot tub and pool but we didn’t use it. Would definitely stay again.

  • Mar 03, 2018 by McDadLondon

    Slightly dated motel style place with a small pool. It's not too far to downtown, rooms are clean but a little gloomy. Breakfast buffet is included but mediocre. Ok for a night but would be depressing for any longer.

  • Feb 27, 2018 by DonaldYokum

    This was the last stop on our extended trip, and we wanted it to be a comfortable one. The Sands filled the our expectations perfectly. The rooms were more than adequate in size, the beds remarkably comfortable, the amenities were all there. Showers were great , all the appliances worked, and we woke up to a fine breakfast in the office area. Will be back!

  • Feb 23, 2018 by Virginia D.

    Solid budget motel close to Cal Poly (and VERY close to freeway...) on a small hotel/motel row.   The rooms are showing some signs of wear, but nothing egregious!  It's clean, albeit basic. We paid $89/night & I thought that was more than fair.  Having recently stayed at a DISGUSTING motel for a school trip, I can tell you this place is perfectly fine. Had a 2 queen room & there was plenty of space. Nice to have a fridge. (Microwave, too- but we did not use).  As others have noted, the heater/AC is LOUD. Wear ear plugs if you need to use it & want to get any sleep.  You can hear the comings & goings, so get a 2nd floor room, if you can. I did not avail myself of the breakfast, but when I went in to get water both mornings, it was well-stocked & a friendly staff person was there replenishing. Very much Costco foods... but again, you get what you pay for. Stay at a resort or B&B if you want gourmet! Small but serviceable gym. Never had to fight for the 1 treadmill :) Staff was attentive. Brought up requested blankets (so we could turn off the heater!) & we left an item there that they are shipping to us.

  • Feb 22, 2018 by gina potzernitz

    This was a great place to stay Matthew the Manager was great!! The hot tub, nice quiet rooms, huge room. Easy to get to.

  • Feb 20, 2018 by Erik S.

    Let me start by saying that you can spend more on a hotel but WHY!!! The evening staff was very helpful. Got my room in seconds and only $79 dollars a night. Yep $79 dollars a night. The rooms where spotless and had everything I needed. Very quiet and plenty of safe parking. In the morning the staff was busy making a delicious breakfast with many items to choose. Gotta give the lady with the glasses a BIG shout out. Her customer service was AMAZING!!! She made sure that I had fresh eggs and came out to each table with a pot of hot coffee. The whole time I was thinking "I'm I at Denny's". There's so much more I could comment on this place but would rather save some surprises for y'all.

  • Feb 19, 2018 by Aracely Peralta

    Rooms are clean pet friendly pool is great as well as the Jacuzzi breakfast included it can save u $

  • Feb 06, 2018 by Jeff Brody

    Average stay-nice showers, good bed. But, pillows poor, breakfast poorly maintained. Front office staff seemed confused and untrained.

  • Feb 02, 2018 by Jeff B.

    Room remodeled, but becoming dated. Furniture starting to show signs wear..scratches on furniture,etc. Very uncomfortable pillows and the AC runs like a jet engine taking off.  Asked for senior rate and everyone behind the front desk paused like a deer in the headlights..mass confusion and unprofessional. Just not a professionaly run facility.  Too many other good choices nearby to come back here.

  • Feb 01, 2018 by Laura B.

    This place needs help and a new manager.   The room was clean and smelled like bug spray.   The noise of banging like furniture being moved til 1 am. Went to call the front desk and the phone in the room was not even connected so I tried to call going through the whole intro and finally get a ring and nobody answers twice in the night I gave up went to bed, not my job to confront the noise.   Went to the front desk when we were checking out and I was told the power went out for a while.   I got this deal from Groupon and u get what u paid for.   The shower was broken the cold handle kept falling off.

  • Jan 31, 2018 by 1eleectric1

    For MLK jr we decided to visit the San Luis Obispo area, from Morro Bay to Pismo Beach and the Edna valley wineries, and Avila Beach. Our stay at Sands inn was very pleasant, especially because of its location allows easy access to the Freeway and all the points of interest which by the way includes SLO MISSION and the downtown farmers market on Thursday evenings. The room although small, was clean and comfortable, the staff very friendly and helpful, offered DVD’s to watch free of charge ( after a wonderful hike to the top of Cerro San Luis it was good to relax while watching an oldy). Being able to have free hot breakfast is not bad either.

  • Jan 16, 2018 by pROMIT bHATTACHARYA

    Neat and clean rooms. Have hot breakfast with a waffles maker eggs n sausage along with some cookies n fruit juices. Overall if you are paying about $70 worth it. Is near enough to freeway without being noisy

  • Jan 11, 2018 by Lisa Sanchez

    First time visiting Sands Inn located in San Luis Obispo Ca. I was very impressed overall with this hotel. Very clean for the price I paid. Marcus at the front desk registration was very nice and made me feel welcomed when I first walked in. Keep up the good work this is a great hotel to stay at if your in San Luis Obispo Ca

  • Jan 06, 2018 by Rachel P

    Upon check in, we found it necessary to need an extra bed, the two gentleman at the front desk immediately adjusted our accommodations! This was a huge relief after our long day of travel. Spacious room! Lots of space. Very clean and comfortable. Will return again!

  • Dec 29, 2017 by Neije M.

    This is a nice little hotel. Clean rooms, spacious and comfortable. Front desk was great and baked fresh cookies that were to die for. The free breakfast was well stocked and yummy. The bathroom had a bit of plumbing issue (fixtures are a bit old). Also kinda weird to make my coffee in the bathroom, Otherwise I would stay here again.

  • Dec 28, 2017 by Lari B

    This place is close to 101 for easy on, off but noise is not an issue. Comfortable surroundings if you want to take a morning walk. An advantage was being able to park right in front of the room like in days of old and I didn't find noise from cars to be an issue. Room was comfortable size with microwave and refrigerator. Wide selection of channels on tv. Wi-fi worked fine. Breakfast had a good variety of selections. Also had a small gym to workout. My only suggestions would be to put and extra blanket in room during winter for those who don't want to turn up heater and front desk staff could be a bit more friendly.

  • Dec 28, 2017 by MANNY P

    First , the staff was very kind and helpful. The hot tub is huge. The building is rather old and needs some updating. One thing, in this area it really depends on your price point. This was on the low side in terms of cost for the area, so what we got was ok. I am willing to pay a bit more for a little more updated facility.

  • Dec 25, 2017 by Bryce E.

    This hotel was pretty run down, you could tell they had tried to update some pieces but it was done halfhearted. The heater was too loud to fall sleep with. The breakfast but was good, what you would expect for a budget hotel. The staff was helpful.

  • Dec 24, 2017 by Ashley T.

    We had a wonderful experience here. Rooms were clean and comfortable and staff was SO friendly and accommodating. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Dec 09, 2017 by Henry Nelson

    My girlfriend and I were forced to leave our home in Ojai due to the recent wildfires, and the staff here at Sands could not have been any nicer! There was a whole group of us coming from Ojai and they welcomed us with open arms. They lowered the rate and waived any dog fee, saying that we were welcome to stay as long as we needed to. They had a BBQ and wine tasting event by the pool for all the evacuees, with live music and a lot of love and gratitude in the air. It was very special and I recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly inexpensive place to stay. Thank you Matt!

  • Nov 22, 2017 by Jon Guan

    Very nice staff. The inn itself was acceptable -- nothing fancy. However, because of its proximity to Cal Poly, it's regularly sold out.

  • Nov 08, 2017 by Paul V

    I needed a place to stay for two nights and didn't want it to be a budget buster, the Sands Inn and Suites was a perfect fit. The location is close to the freeway but not noisy, nice clean rooms, friendly front desk staff and a nice little breakfast included in the price of the room. I read one reviewer who said the rooms were quiet and yes they are! I recommend this place if you need to a place to stay for a few nights for a good value. great place!

  • Nov 06, 2017 by Marc C

    Checked in at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday and there were two people working the desk. The room had a microwave and refrigerator which helped because I had leftovers. I forgot my phone charger but thankfully there was an iPhone lightning dock on the clock. The breakfast had waffle machines, fresh fruit, hot sausages, and eggs. Fitness center was decently equipped with kettle bells, rowing machine, bike, and several weight machines. Service was quick and friendly.

  • Nov 06, 2017 by Jessica S.

    Got a Groupon and stayed here this past weekend when I was in town for a wedding. For the price, this was a fine place to stay. Here are some pros and cons which may help you make your decision on booking a room: PROS: -Staff was helpful -We stayed in a room with two queen beds so I'm not sure if this is for all rooms, but our room had two sinks with a mirror in separate areas so two people could get ready at the same time. That was awesome. -We stayed upstairs and it was pretty quiet for the most part. CONS: -The Internet was TERRIBLE. My phone never reached full signal with the Wi-Fi and cut out a bunch of times. I couldn't connect my computer either. Definitely a big problem for me personally. -The beds weren't very comfortable, but for the price, it's not a huge shock. To summarize, this was a decent place to stay for the price. Know that the Internet was pretty shoddy so if you're staying there for business and need to do work, it may not be a great place for you.

  • Oct 31, 2017 by Chrisu P

    Hotel is Clean. Matraces are in there ages..... Whirlpool Out of Order. Breakfast we came at 9 am, got the Last bagel...No refills and No cleaning in between. Overall a nice thing for one night. A Bit sad they not care more about the place.

  • Oct 29, 2017 by Gloria L.

    Old and moldy! Yikes, way over priced. Tried to update but they forgot to upgrade the structure first. Bathroom shower stall was big enough for Barbie doll only. Moldy door jams, room borders and carpet was filthy. No thank you! Will not be returning.

  • Oct 28, 2017 by Kate P

    I got a really good price for the room on Groupon. We were upgraded to a suite on arrive, I was pleasantly surprised at the room. It was very big and had a separate lounge and bedroom area. The decor is traditional, standard motel style. The room was clean and had a comfy bed. The gym wasn't huge but was fairly well equipped and was an added bonus. The breakfast was a little carb heavy and no grapefruit or fruit as other reviews have mentioned but again perfectly acceptable for the price. The staff were excellent. The male member of staff working on the Thursday night recommended that we go to the night farmers market, which was excellent and well worth it if you are in town on a Thursday night.

  • Oct 25, 2017 by jessicadelgadob89

    The hotel is in a great location near bars and restaurants. The room was very clean and spacious. Great customer service! Housekeeping was excellent!

  • Oct 24, 2017 by Dulce C.

    For being a small inn, this place was great! Groupon got it right when offering a really good deal to stay here. The rooms were clean, the front desk was friendly, and they offer fresh baked cookies in the evenings. And free breakfast! For the price I paid ($150/2 nights) I recommend this place anytime.

  • Oct 22, 2017 by SueBirk

    My husband and I spent one night as I had an appointment at Cal Poly. This was a good location near the university. We got one of the larger suites-- and loved the extra space. The price was reasonable-- the place was clean-- nothing super luxurious, but comfortable. The suite was two rooms with a very generous bedroom (with a sink and vanity area), a balcony, and the living room had the standard hotel furniture plus a bar area. The check-in staff were nice and personable. The breakfast was the standard fare for breakfasts everywhere, but I did enjoy their scrambled eggs and sausage patties. Best of all, the room was QUIET. Our room was above the covered garage area, and even on the street, found the room to be quiet. This was the best part of this place.

  • Oct 20, 2017 by Cole Pike

    Very nice inn, great value, clean and upkept besides couple small oddities like a light that turned on and off if you got inot the bed

  • Oct 17, 2017 by Benjamin Bradshaw

    Decent place. Middle of the road for a decent price. Bring your own pillows, as the hotel ones are unforgiving.

  • Oct 11, 2017 by Jess M

    Great place to stay for a night or two. Comfortable beds, clean rooms, nice complimentary breakfast. The room has pretty much everything you need, mini fridge, microwave, tv etc. The pool was a nice extra amenity too.

  • Oct 06, 2017 by SoCalGal D.

    We stay at this place every time we drive through SLO.  Staff is always friendly, they have free breakfast and they are pet friendly. It's about a mile walk to downtown, but if you cannot walk you can catch bus 9 which takes you directly there or take an Uber which will be about $5.  The wifi works great and the rooms seem to be remodeled. The only negative is the shower is pretty small but that is not a deal breaker since everything else is great.

  • Oct 02, 2017 by eireannmac

    I stayed here one night on business. The staff was very friendly and the property was clean and decent. Breakfast the next day was typical hotel/motel breakfast fare. Prices were very reasonable for the area.

  • Sep 18, 2017 by steview411

    I booked this hotel at late notice whilst on our travels and having read the reviews it was a good choice. Nice clean rooms, good breakfast and fairly short drive to down town. The hotel is located in a strip of hotels/motels close to the main highway so is fairly easy to get to. Room included coffee making facilities, fridge and a bonus of a bath tub rather than just shower. Te reception staff were polite and helpful, a big thanks to Bridgette who helped us out with maps and general information on the area. I would have no hesitation to stay there again if ever visiting the area.

  • Sep 11, 2017 by Angela G

    I was surprisingly pleased with the hotel and so were my friends when we stayed there this past weekend for girls running and wining. Even though every room was booked, I got a good night's sleep, the breakfast was more than the typical stale pastries and whatever else they happen to find laying around (eggs, sausage, toast with jam, pastries, different coffees, etc.), the service at the front desk was great (one of my friends needed an extra blanket-they brought it right up to the room, our room key didn't work and even though the clerk was on teh phone, she didn't want me to wait and so multi-tasked). We thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and would definitely stay there again...and it's so 'front and center' to everything-it was great.

  • Sep 05, 2017 by kristina rosales

    Very great hotel. We stay 1 night after labor day weekend in Pismo Beach area. This hotel has amazing employees with excellent customer service.

    The breakfast was delicious and was included. From eggs and sausage, to fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals and pastries, juices/coffee, and more. The rooms were very clean and spacious. Nice pool, workout room (a bit small) but more than adequate. Both which close at 10 pm.

    Every staff member I encountered was a pleasant experience. Even the lovely lady that waved as we drove off. I will most definitely be returning when in this area. Thank you all the staff and employees including room service for simply being awesome. God bless you.

  • Sep 05, 2017 by Kristina R.

    Very great hotel. We stay 1 night after labor day weekend in the Pismo Beach area. This hotel has amazing employees with excellent customer service. The breakfast was delicious and was included. From eggs and sausage, to fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals and pastries, juices/coffee, and more. The rooms were very clean and spacious. Nice pool, workout room (a bit small) but more than adequate. Both which close at 10 pm. Every staff member I encountered was a pleasant experience. Even the lovely lady that waved as we drove off. I will most definitely be returning when in this area. Thank you all the staff and employees including room service for simply being awesome. God bless you.

  • Sep 04, 2017 by Yvonne J.

    Good hotel with all the amenities:  plenty of towels, good quality toiletries, big fridge, clean microwave oven, free breakfast, and fitness center.  And friendly staff. Everything I needed was available, just in smaller size.  I've stayed in larger brand name hotels that had worse amenities.

  • Aug 23, 2017 by Richard G.

    Friendly staff, nice room, good breakfast, great location.  Perhaps it's off season, it was our first visit to the area, but we tempered our expectations given the deal we got online.  I think we paid just over $100/night.  Definitely surpassed our expectations.  Very nice experience, thank you!  We will be back

  • Aug 15, 2017 by Eliseo Herrera

    Nice conference room. I was here for a seminar and it was perfect for our needs. About 13 people and a presenter.

  • Aug 09, 2017 by Todd B

    The place is clean and the service is polite. It's a bit dated, but good value for the money. Wifi is so slow it's almost unusable. It had a comfortable bed and a good tv, which was all I really needed for a good nights sleep.

  • Aug 07, 2017 by A TripAdvisor Member

    Clean, functional, microwave, fridge/freezer, free wifi, pool with loungers, conveniently located off the 101 but close enough to downtown. Would stay again for an overnight stop Rated as a 4 as rooms don't quite live up to pictures and a little overpriced for a simple functional motel but as motels go, ok. The pool definitely has the selling point.

  • Aug 06, 2017 by MamaJuji

    Room was upstairs, and when we asked to be farther away from the stairs, staff willingly accommodated us. The room amenities were nice but not exceptional. For the road trip weary, it was pleasant. Breakfast was adequate, with the usual hotel quality scrambled eggs, sausage patty, make your own waffle, yogurt, cereal and toast/bagels. Families would likely enjoy the selection and convenience. Nice, but not worthy of a vacation destination stay.

  • Aug 01, 2017 by Alex Rodgers

    The rooms are large and very nice. Showers are large as well. The continental breakfast in the morning was small but not unsatisfactory. A very good motel, much better than a Holiday Inn or motel 6.

  • Jul 26, 2017 by Chuck Eby

    Surprisingly had a great experience with a very nice comfortable room. The hot breakfast was as good as any Hampton that I've stayed at.

  • Jul 16, 2017 by Barbara Williams

    Love Love this Place. Can't wait to visit again. The full size help yourself breakfast is real nice. Rooms are nice and clean. The front to the maids are very nice and welcoming. Answers every questions today have. Pool is nice. Worth the price that's for sure.

  • Jul 12, 2017 by Mike E

    My son and his girlfriend took the train to San Luis Obispo from San Diego yesterday and arrived in SLO late in the evening without a booked hotel room. Since I knew the area very well and was familiar with the Sands Inn & Suites on Monterey St, I decided to make a call on their behalf, as they had texted me from the train upon their arrival. They asked me if I had a recommendation for lodging. I called the Sands and Daniel was working the front desk and took my call. I explained that my son and girlfriend were just arriving in town, not familiar with the area and asked me for a recommendation. Daniel said he had just few rooms available and offered up a very competitive room price. He was the consummate customer service professional. I booked a room as a gift to my son and his girlfriend. I got a call later from my son and he was so excited that Daniel had upgraded them to a very nice room. They had been traveling for almost 8 hours and that special touch was just what they needed. A special thanks to Daniel for his very professional and compassionate handling of my request.

  • Jul 09, 2017 by Alpita Patel

    We checked in late but had quick friendly welcome. Rooms clean, big and very comfortable! Would definitely stay here again!

  • Jun 26, 2017 by Desiree Harrell

    The rooms are awesome and staff has always been amazing everytime we stay there. They are friendly and helpful. They have a dvd player and free dvd rentals in the lobby. Breakfast is free which is always a plus. It is walking distance to lots of places. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Jun 20, 2017 by Jose Coria

    Excellent value, close to 101, and Cal Poly. Rooms were modest sized, clean, and comfortable. There was a pool and gym I didn't use, very but nice to have. Will definitely look into this place again when in town.

  • Jun 11, 2017 by Christina Yasay

    The room has a rather large mini fridge, microwave and TV. The shower is rather small. However, the overall room is nice and clean. The outside is simple but well-maintained. It is really easy to get to from the highway 101. The staff are also friendly. It is about a 20 minute walking distance to the downtown area of SLO.

  • May 31, 2017 by Andrea Reynolds

    The staff was friendly and the rooms were comfortable. The mattress was nice and they had and extra blanket and pillow in the room already in case you needed them. The continental breakfast was actually a bit more than standard fare, most places have the self serve waffles, they also had sausage and eggs available! The hotel is located about a 10 minute walk from the dowtown SLO shops and restaurants. Would definitely return.

  • May 30, 2017 by Rachael Auer

    I've stayed at the Sands Inn probably 4 or 5 times. All of those times the breakfast has been great, and the service has been the great. The cleanliness of the rooms were good most of the times. The wifi was not great; it was pretty weak and slow. I couldn't watch a 4 minute video on the wifi. The service has always been friendly, and my family and I enjoy staying here when we need a room.

  • May 26, 2017 by Denapriser

    Decided to give it a try since we were visiting at Cal Poly (which is literally a mile away). Great close location to downtown as well but we were so surprised by the large room. We had two queens with table and desk, refrig and microwave and a separate dressing area with a sink so two people could actually get ready at the same time. Room was clean and while more on the basic side nicely decorated. Pool looked nice and breakfast was included. I will definitely come back.

  • May 14, 2017 by Milton Lemus

    Extremely friendly staff. Clean rooms and cater to pets really well. Rooms are a little small, but over all I would definitely stay here again.

  • May 04, 2017 by Ricardo Corona

    I only visited the conference room and it was nice looking. The parking lot was a bit crowded but understandable due to the conference. Hotel is close to plenty of eateries.

  • May 03, 2017 by Abtin Amir

    The good: The staff was very nice, the room was clean, and breakfast was good. The bad: The water pressure from the sink was unbearably low and the room had very little sunlight. Overall, it's a decent place but nothing stood out that would make me want to stay again.

  • Apr 25, 2017 by T Ochoa

    The Sands Inn and Suites we're neatly tucked away in the Heart of the City. It was a stone throw's away from restaurants, shops, museums, and nearby parks. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. They were quick to help us situate our party despite Limited room availability. The breakfast provided was decent and offered a variety of choices. The rooms or modest, but had all of the necessary amenities. The tub, toilet and sink or a little small for my liking but the comfortable queen size bed made up for it. A really great place for an overnight stay at a decent price. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Apr 25, 2017 by MeuterMedia

    very nice clean hotel. drive up parking. heated pool. wonderful breakfast. internet slower if your room is away from lobby. walk only 20 min from downtown. brewery and food just steps away. recommended if the price is right. high weekend room rates. meutermedia

  • Apr 24, 2017 by Marcella Ochoa

    The room was clean and comfortable. The free breakfast was decent and had a variety of options that they kept stocked. The front desk was helpful.

  • Apr 20, 2017 by Maria P

    The room was affordable and clean. Everything was pretty much as expected. Breakfast is simple but not bad.

  • Apr 18, 2017 by Jaime Aviles

    This place is nice and the staff is friendly. The breakfast was nice and tasty. Unfortunately, the walls are paper thin, the hot water is affected by the other rooms, and the toilets are really low to the ground.

  • Apr 17, 2017 by Mike Archipley

    Had a great stay and the breakfast was good. The only complaint I had was that the spa was under maintenance. Actually looked like it was being torn out and replaced but it was not mentioned on the booking website as an amenity

  • Apr 11, 2017 by Eric Mah

    The Sand's Inn was a pretty good hotel. The breakfast was just ok. The parking was limited though.

  • Apr 11, 2017 by Kevin George

    Very good accommodation. We were upgraded to a king suite upon arrival. Rooms were very well kept. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful.

  • Mar 17, 2017 by Scott Hess

    Rooms are old, not updated. Although the bed was comfortable and room was clean. Breakfast not worth waking up for.

  • Mar 03, 2017 by Peter T

    We had booked a 3 night stay at this hotel, and, personally, I was a bit worried about this prior to our stay. What if it was dreadful, WiFi not working, breakfast rubbish etc etc. We didn't need to worry though. It was clean and good, with lots of choice for breakfasts, nice enough bathrooms, good large beds, plentiful parking, mostly working WiFi (and printing etc) services, and terrifically nice staff. I was actually quite sad to leave the hotel at the end of our stay.

  • Feb 16, 2017 by orange552015

    We enjoyed our stay. The room was large and clean. We had 2 beds. Breakfast was included. The pool is heated.We had to carry our luggage to the second floor. The hotel clerk did offer to carry our bags for us.;

  • Feb 12, 2017 by Aniuska Ramírez

    Location was perfect, first exit of the freeway, front desk was very attending, Bridget was so sweet she saw I wasn't feeling well the morning of our check out and offered us a late check out. Downtown SLO was accessible within a 15 minutes walk, close to a brewery and right next to a gas station. Room was perfect. It included a microwave, small fridge, I will only add an extra blanket, since the room was a bit chilly. Breakfast was good as well, love the "at home" atmosphere, computer, SLO magazines, coffee, microwave, free DVDs.

  • Jan 29, 2017 by Tyler Peabody

    Got a free upgrade to a suite. Really excellent stay for the money. You won't get a high flying hotel experience, but you'll get more than you pay for.

  • Jan 23, 2017 by d l

    SLO isn't cheap so you do get what you pay for around here. But for some reason, I found this place and it wasn't bad. Monterey has most of the motels in town, and I've stayed at a few of them, the last being the Inn at SLO across the street a few years ago when it was a Best Western. For one night, Sands was a no-frills but had a convenient location to Downtown and was easy to get to. Love that they had chocolate chip cookies at the registration desk and comp. breakfast. I know the Holiday Inn Express is around the corner but it costs more. For my stay, the Sands was on point.

  • Jan 08, 2017 by svenneo

    Vi kom till San Luis Obispo för att besöka Farmers Market och stanna en natt på detta hotel. Detta var ett vanligt hotel med loftgångar ,parkering utanför rumsdörren ,en stor asfalterad yta samt en inhägnad pool. Gratis parkering på innergård , men med begränsade platser. Rummen var rena och bra , förutom att vår aircondition var störande. Vistelsen blev ändå riktigt bra av att hotellet hade: - Ett bra läge med gångavstånd till Down Town , ca 10 minuter. - Bra personal med fin service och information. - En fantastisk god buffefrukost.

  • Jan 05, 2017 by Melissa B.

    What a cute little motel! Dog friendly, front desk was informative, great price, bed in room was comfortable, pool is heated, (also whatever they use to scent the room was amaaaazing, so fresh) I felt like I was honestly at my grandparents house between the scent & the decor in the room. Loved it. Great place to stop & refresh.

  • Dec 30, 2016 by Lauren F.

    Best Affordable Pet Friendly Place to Stay $$ My husband and I met and attended Cal Poly SLO. We have a pretty good idea of what the town is like and the accommodation options are too. After we graduated, we used to stay at Motel 6, but after our last visit, we decided to stay here from now on. We had room 147. Here's the pros and cons: +Fast, friendly front desk and check-in process +Breakfast hours til 10am +Clean +Well-lit rooms +Best location: walking distance to campus, few min. away from downtown, next to freeway entrance/exit +Pet friendly +WiFi +Tv - Bathroom is a little outdated, but still clean and well-lit - Shower door is difficult to open/close. Not enough room to put toiletries in the shower. - Faucet handles are not consistent with the direction to turn for hot/cold water I recommend staying here if you're looking for a pet friendly place to stay because there are very few options. Good price for a clean place and enough room to move about.

  • Dec 26, 2016 by Jeffrey Wang

    Service and rooms were nice and comfortable. Only complaint is shower head and faucet sprayed water weird.

  • Dec 23, 2016 by ohdonnaoh

    Sands inn is on a strip with about 12 other SLO hotels. Not far from downtown but definitely not walkable. It looks like a motel. The rooms were comfortable but quite dated. Wi-Fi was terrible so don't plan any important uses of your computer. Service was good, they were prompt and courteous with any request. Breakfast was ample, our kids loved it but stay away from the "eggs and sausage" got a major tummy ache from these - I was the only one from my party that ate them and the only one that suffered. The waffle machine is a nice touch and so is the Ruby grapefruit. The apples on the other hand tasted like sawdust. Very easy access of the 101. We got a good price on hotwire but if it had been more than that I would have been irked One major gripe, we just saw that our friends were charged an extra $20 per night and we're not sure why. We will call today. When we left they said no charges so that is totally uncool! Check your credit cards!

  • Dec 23, 2016 by Donna G.

    Sands inn is on a strip with about 12 other SLO hotels. Not far from downtown but definitely not walkable. It looks like a motel. The rooms were comfortable but quite dated. Wi-Fi was terrible so don't plan any important uses of your computer. It was very convenient to have a washer/dryer and they worked great. The jacuzzi was out of order. Service was good, they were prompt and courteous with any request. Breakfast was ample, our kids loved it but stay away from the "eggs and sausage" got a major tummy ache from these - I was the only one from my party that ate them and the only one that suffered. The waffle machine is a nice touch and so is the Ruby grapefruit. The apples on the other hand tasted like sawdust. Very easy access of the 101. We got a good price on hotwire but if it had been more than that I would have been irked One major gripe, we just saw that our friends were charged an extra $20 per night and we're not sure why. We will call today. When we left they said no charges so that is totally uncool! Check your credit cards! Come with low expectations and you'll be fine.

  • Dec 18, 2016 by Isis van Noort

    This was such a nice place to stay! We were driving at the west coast and made a stop in San Luis Obispo, the staff pointed out nice places to see and was really friendly.

    At night we went to the town, which had a really great atmosphere around itself. Good place!

  • Dec 16, 2016 by c. holland

    Bed is close to perfect. Room & bathroom are roomy & clean. Room heater is great (very loud). View of a beautiful green mtn. Breakfast is plenty. Staff has been very helpful and friendly. I will return here. (Stayed for work)

  • Dec 14, 2016 by Kathy984

    Clean spacious room with nice decor. Had king bed, 2 bedside tables & lamps, table & 2 chairs, desk and chair, long sink counter with towel bars, separate toilet bath/shower room (with operable window). Wardrobe with plenty of hangers. Pretty basic but sufficient for 1 night. Nice breakfast. Would suggest you make reservations by phone as our on-line reservation wasn't logged in (they said they've been having troubles) but they did have plenty of room so we got what we wanted.

  • Dec 10, 2016 by Bella J.

    Bugs everywhere. In the shower, climbing up the walls, found pincher bugs in and around our bed, and for some odd reason there were crickets (that we ended up finding and killing) in our room that would not stop chirping... would not recommend!

  • Dec 03, 2016 by Rachel G

    I was a bit unsure of what to expect from a motel but this place was awesome. They had cookies when you checked in, were super nice about us getting there early. The bathroom was nice and they tv was too. I really relaxed. Super comfy king bed. Breakfast was kind of gross... gummy eggs, hard pastries, and separated juice (must not have been working right) but what can you expect from free breakfast. They had grapefruit which i liked. Overall would stay again!

  • Nov 30, 2016 by Yazan Z.

    This place is amazing. We booked online after reading the mixed reviews but the place was rated 4.5 stars on expedia and, so we went for it. We paid just under $90 a night and stayed there for 3 nights. We were so glad we did, upon arrival the friendly staff  offered us coffee and cookies which was much needed after a long drive, check in was super fast and smooth. The room was very clean and specious, had everything you needed (TV with HBO, DVD, fridge, hair dryer, coffee maker and even a microwave). We were surprised to learn that downtown was a 5 min walk and all around the hotel there was restaurants and shops as well as a great brewery 2 blocks down on Monterey. The swimming pool was pretty nice but the best part was the jacuzzi since November has cold nights, it was nice to come back and relax in the hot jacuzzi. Forgot to mention they have free breakfast which is good (not a 5 star restaurant) but has everything you need like cereals, eggs, waffles, sausages, baked goods, juices and coffee. Also there was plenty of parking since they have 3 parking lots. Over all this place is definitely worth the money if not more and did I mention they have 10% AAA discount! Highly recommend it if you are planning to visit San Luis obispo.

  • Nov 25, 2016 by travelgames

    I am giving this an average rating because it is. It's not great but not horrible. Feels like a motel, which we didn't love. We had a pretty large room with a separate bedroom. Front desk staff was AWESOME. Hot tub was not awesome - lukewarm. Breakfast was better than most, although the sausage was literally cold inside. Had nice grapefruit halves, which you don't see everywhere, and the fresh fruit was appreciated.

  • Nov 25, 2016 by Jie Z.

    Bad: 1.They give us key for a room with people live in!! What a scary thing if I live in there and they give key to other people! 2. No slippers. 3. They have 3 remotely control for tv. Too confused to enjoy the TV. Also I can't switch channel if it's not close enough to the TV. 4. It's cold night and we tried to run the heater. But it's too noisy to keep it open. We can only use our clothes to keep warm. Good: it's clean. Good breakfast. price for the quality.

  • Nov 19, 2016 by Ramakant S

    The hotel is very near US101 but there are no restaurants within 0.5 miles. The entrance is tricky. Our room had an AC unit blasting air directly to the head on the bed. Breakfast was ok but lacked selection of fruits and yogurt. Price was great.

  • Nov 19, 2016 by Kenneth T.

    Dirty carpet, soiled from the front door to the bathroom. Found hair in one of the queen beds. Water stopped up in sink. Bathroom need renovations. And not very accommodating for the handicapped. Had to call the front desk to get instructions to operate the TV - someone stole or threw away the instruction card. Had to store my wife's diabetic medicine in the front desk fridge, ours did not work in the room. Night front desk clerk had a good attitude and was very accommodating given the situation. The owner's better pony up the bucks to  renovate and get new management other wise you might lose your AAA auto club rating ( not that it matters - AAA is also a joke.) I keep scratching as I write this review. I have broken out with something. That's it, I'm getting my RV out of storage.

  • Nov 16, 2016 by meb94706

    I likes this hotel. The price was decent for the area. Our room was clean and comfortable. Good breakfast... i loved the night staff.It was walkable to some cute restaurants. I would stay here again !

  • Nov 14, 2016 by Renee H

    I had zero issues with this place. They have friendly staff, clean rooms, and a great location. I would absolutely stay here again for the price per room. They are small rooms but it was worth the price!

  • Nov 11, 2016 by John B.

    We come here every year for a bike weekend among good friends. There are many options in SLO and you somewhat have super high end $$$ or classic motels. The Sands is in the modern motel category. While the building shows a bit of wear, the staff is incredibly helpful and the rooms were spotless. I actually caught the cleaning lady on her hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor. Service - they went well beyond what they needed to do. We had an issue with Expedia and the manager immediately offered to call them and see if he could resolve an issue. We left the lobby and about an hour later he informed us that he resolved the issue. Rooms - very clean and comfortable. The door lock was a little loose but not really an issue. Location - everything is close to downtown. This location is a good walking distance. All in all a good solid spot and we will continue to come back.

  • Nov 08, 2016 by Regina C

    This hotel has very friendly and attentive staff. The rooms are spacious and clean. The refrigerator and microwave are a nice amenity. The beds are very comfortable and we felt safe at this hotel. The free breakfast is really nice and more than just continental. I would recommend this hotel for the price and what is included.

  • Nov 07, 2016 by Linette P

    we stayed two nights while visiting our son in school ...very spacious room, clean, comfortable bed, friendly staff and great location. pool & jacuzzi a nice amenity...the free breakfast more than adequate....older place, but no complaints...take a pool towel tho...theirs very tiny.....also had micro & mini fridge.

  • Nov 03, 2016 by Molly Hill

    The rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. I fell asleep instantly once I laid down.

  • Nov 01, 2016 by Matthew L

    When we go to the Central Coast we like to take our dogs. This is a dog-friendly motel. They have been working on updating the rooms and the place is looking good. They are quick to address problems. And they are in a great location. Close to CalPoly, the turn off to Paso Robles and the 101. I'd call this a solid place to stay. They don't overwhelm you, but the beds are decent and the bathrooms clean.

  • Oct 17, 2016 by scubagirl51

    We arrived early having booked online the previous night. The manager upgraded our room to a king size next to the pool. The pool and jacuzzi were clean and well maintained. Breakfast was perfectly adequate and there is plenty of parking. All the staff were really helpful with things to do and where to eat. Loved the town and would recommend this hotel. Great value.

  • Oct 12, 2016 by JRA87

    I stayed here after a wedding at La Cuesta Ranch on 10/1. I booked AAA rate through the website 3 days prior to the wedding. We arrived at 10:45am knowing it was going to be nearly impossible to check in at that time. To our surprise the sweet manager gave us keys to an available room so we could get dressed for the wedding. The room was small but clean and fine for 1 night. The room also included a fridge and microwave. Apparently breakfast is also included but we missed that. I paid $125 for a Saturday and most neighboring hotels were charging over $180 a night. As long as you are not expecting a 4-5 star resort, you will be happy with this hotel for a night or two. Thanks again for the early check in!

  • Oct 09, 2016 by linda s

    We were just passing thru and this is a great place to stay for not much money but feeling like you got your moneys worth. Staff was friendly upon arrival. Room was dated but clean. Breakfast was a bonus. Great location close to the university (which was a great running distance from the hotel) and to the local shops on Higuera Street. I think the hotel is dog friendly also which if I had researched it better I would have brought my dog! Next time we pass thru I would definitely stay here again.

  • Oct 02, 2016 by twobuttes

    We found this to be an extremely friendly staff and the property was well kept. The room was comfortable and the pool complex was extremely nice as we were there during a heat wave. The room was clean although not updated recently. The price at 89 dollars is hard to beat and you cant expect high end at that price point. The breakfast was good enough and we did not find it to be at all dirty as described in one other review. I was quite satisfied. They were also very dog friendly.

  • Sep 12, 2016 by Nicol H.

    We came as a group and were told we were getting the best rate. Yea right! They jack the rAtes up for groups. When another one of our party booked a room rica felt they got a suite for $99 (1/2 what the group was charged $168) on a Saturday & Sunday. We were then told they would adjust the rates to $149 - and they never did!!!!  We were given the run around for 3 days and now they are saying since we paid its too late. Shitty managers and horrible business. Don't stay here they are crooked

  • Sep 05, 2016 by Capt-R0N

    The Sands Inn & Suites is located in Central San Luis Obispo California - a short walk away from the famous Mission. We arrived later than planned; but, we lucked out with a room available at the Sands. The room was clean and comfortable; in an otherwise quiet location of the Motel; the same could not be said of the neighbors - both above and beside our room - apparently all from the same extended family travelling group they demonstrated how not to behave in public - drunken stupidity - what a mess for the hotel staff to clean up. This Motel property is among a few in the town whose architecture closely matches that of the historic Mission that is central to this location and has a newer section added that keeps this history in style. The Motel is well maintained and clean. There is a breakfast available that is adequate. The staff are pleasant and helpful. Visit the Mission - attend mass - walk quietly and reverently around the property and take in the history; it is fascinating.

  • Sep 01, 2016 by Tommy Ng

    Always nice to support local owned businesses, really spacious rooms and nice amenities. Parking, wireless Internet and breakfast all included. Plus the location is central to SLO great restaurants all around. For the price, this place was perfect.

  • Aug 29, 2016 by Rocio d

    Esta bien ubicado, cerca de la ruta. My limpio, habitaciones amplias, camas cómodas. Durante la madrugada dio la casualidad de uqe habia alguna familia con niños en alguna habitacion cercana, y se quedaron jugando hasta tarde y se escuchaba todo. Fue dificil dormir a causa de eso, por ende no se destaca acusticamente. Fuera de eso impecable todo. El desayuno bastante completo, mi unica recomendacion es que cambien los huevos revueltos (si podemos llamarlos asi), creo que eran esos en polvo, y realmente son feos. El wifi en nuestra habitacion no funcionaba muy bien. En el area de desayuno si. La atencion del personal impecable!

  • Aug 14, 2016 by Marissa J

    Had complications with a room and he handled the situation well and even upgraded nice room they upgraded to the June suite. They even had fresh cookies and a trolley stop not far away to take you to downtown SLO and a gas station near by just in case you need anything that you forgot to purchase before.There was also a pizza place near by that delivers and is pretty delicious.Enjoyed my stay!

  • Aug 07, 2016 by Margaret B

    I ignored the bad reviews of this property instead choosing to believe the better reviews and booked this property for a two night visit to San Luis Obispo. We left after the first night as, even at $140 a night, I could not see paying for another night of what was an extremely rough around the edges low end motel. The bathroom was held together with various shades of caulk (see photo). The view from the bed was of exposed piping under the sink (see photo). The final straw was the deplorable lack of any effort to maintain the breakfast area during breakfast service (see photos). I understand how keeping a busy free breakfast area can be a challenge but I've also seen it done many many times at other hotels/motels. When I approached the front desk to ask why not even a minimum of effort was being made to keep the breakfast area clean I received an eye-roll from the young lady who then sent the other young lady to the breakfast area where she gave a cursory wipe to the area. To management, this was the morning of August 4, 2016 if you are interested in knowing who your staff was this particular morning, but then again, my experience might be your normal. The attached photo was AFTER the young lady's attempt at cleaning the area. We have stayed at more "breakfast included" lower priced hotel/motels than I can even begin to count and never have we encountered such a filthy breakfast area. You can read all the other bad reviews about the dated furnishings, lack of parking spaces for all guests, and how the parking spaces they do have are ridiculously close together, and I suggest you, unlike me, give them serious consideration before booking this motel. I am grateful that they allowed us to cancel our second night's stay without penalty.

  • Aug 07, 2016 by Melanie L.

    The staff very nice just want to put that first.   Here it goes.... The hotel is marginal, the advertised WIFI is non existent, the price of 180 is highway robbery literally as hotel is close to freeway.   If you were to web search the hotel, it advertises 71$/night.   Which is an appropriate price given the quality.  Of note the continental breakfast is equivalent to what one would expect at a days inn.   Disappointed..

  • Aug 07, 2016 by Margaret B.

    I ignored the bad reviews of this property instead choosing to believe the better reviews and booked this property for a two night visit to San Luis Obispo. We left after the first night as, even at $140 a night, I could not see paying for another night of what was an extremely rough around the edges low end motel. The bathroom was held together with various shades of caulk (see photo). The view from the bed was of exposed piping under the sink (see photo). The final straw was the deplorable lack of any effort to maintain the breakfast area during breakfast service (see photos). I understand how keeping a busy free breakfast area can be a challenge but I've also seen it done many many times at other hotels/motels. When I approached the front desk to ask why not even a minimum of effort was being made to keep the breakfast area clean I received an eye-roll from the young lady who then sent the other young lady to the breakfast area where she gave a cursory wipe to the area. To management, this was the morning of August 4, 2016 if you are interested in knowing who your staff was this particular morning, but then again, my experience might be your normal. The attached photo was AFTER the young lady's attempt at cleaning the area. We have stayed at more "breakfast included" lower priced hotel/motels than I can even begin to count and never have we encountered such a filthy breakfast area. You can read all the other bad reviews about the dated furnishings, lack of parking spaces for all guests, and how the parking spaces they do have are ridiculously close together, and I suggest you, unlike me, give them serious consideration before booking this motel. I am grateful that they allowed us to cancel our second night's stay without penalty.

  • Aug 07, 2016 by M M.

    This review is mostly geared toward the motel's customer service.  Although I would have given 1 star, another employee helped save things a bit. We thought we would stop in to see if we could check in.  We encountered a young girl at the desk leaning against the computer looking bored to tears.  We asked about the possibility of checking in.  She asked what name the reservation was under.  We gave her the name and she said she couldn't find our reservation.  We offered to give her our confirmation number.  She rudely responded by saying she looked at all the reservations of people checking in that day and did not show our name so the confirmation number would not help.  She was apathetic to the fact that in essence she was telling us we did not have a room.  I asked to speak to the manager and she said he was out to lunch, but suggested we come back at 3:00 p.m. (it was around noon).  I asked her how coming back at 3:00 p.m. would help when she said she we weren't on the list of people checking in that day and that she didn't have a room for us?  With absolutely no interest in helping, she said, "I don't know".  I couldn't believe the attitude or apathy!!  I told her that I think this warranted her interrupting the manager's lunch and asked her to give him a call.  She said she couldn't.  I said, what would happen if you had an emergency?  "Oh, then I would call the manager", she said.  I said, "Okay, well give him a call".  She said she couldn't.  "He doesn't have a phone?", I asked--blank stare from her.  She said you can come back in a half hour when he is done with lunch.  My partner interjected that she is putting the burden on us.  She then said, "I'm sick and not feeling well".  OMG!!  Are you kidding me?  Frankly, at this point, I had no sympathy for her.  She was rude, unfriendly, and apathetic so now she wanted me to feel sorry for her because she claims to be sick!?  She then tried to make me feel bad by saying, you don't have to yell at me.  I was agitated and my voice was stern, but yelling, I was not--if I was yelling, the windows would be shaking.  I told her that I would wait in the lobby for the manager.  After a few minutes, a gentleman walked in and went behind the counter.  I asked him if he was the manager and he said he was not.  I explained that we had tried to check in and that we were told we didn't have a room.  He looked us up and found our reservation instantly.  He was very professional and checked us in without an issue.  As far as the room goes, it is good size for two people and appears clean.  It's unfortunate that one person can put such a damper on what could have easily been a good experience.

  • Aug 07, 2016 by Franc L.

    Rooms are small as expected for a motel. During high season this motel almost triples the price. WiFi does not work and breakfast is average. Will not stay here again.

  • Aug 03, 2016 by WowPeter

    Yes it's another "Oldie But Goodie'. We had a two-queen bedroom [138], an end room. We had a good nights sleep, so that means our bodies liked the beds! There was a sink, tub/shower [no grab bar], and a low-oval toilet in the bathroom. There was also another sink with a large counter area in the main room. WIFI and A/C worked fine and there was a TV, microwave, fridge/freezer, the usual furniture for most hotels. Adjacent to the main lobby was also a work-out room with a weight station and a treadmill. Monday's breakfast [8/1/16] was scrambled eggs and sausage patties with two [I think] waffle makers, apple and orange 100% juice, two other fruit drinks, as well as breads, sweets [including some scones!], and the usual other stuff. Outdoor eating area and outdoor pool. There was also a limited amount of covered parking. Jason checked us in and was most helpful. Great guy!

  • Aug 03, 2016 by Jessica D.

    I stayed here a couple nights when my house was being fumigated. The service was great and they have breakfast in the morning! Yum! The room itself was out dated, but clean. And even though I didn't have a chance to use the the well kept pool, I noticed they cleaned it daily. Perfect hotel to stay at when you're looking for a few nights in San Luis Obispo at a reasonable price! I will definitely recommend Sands Inn to my friends and clients. PS... They have freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the front desk daily.

  • Aug 01, 2016 by BigUglyFish

    Visiting southern California for college tours with a stop at Cal Poly SLO. Since our days were full of travel and activity, our time in a hotel room was going to be limited. So we were looking for a reasonably priced room that was clean and comfortable in San Luis Obispo, near the CP campus, so that we could get the full feel for the school and town. The Sands Inn fit those needs perfectly. The room was comfortable and we were able to get a good night's rest. When we checked in, the front desk staff was helpful and friendly and guided us to an excellent spot for dinner that evening.

  • Jul 25, 2016 by marisa2222016

    The front desk staff was kind. The ac wasn't working in our room, so they moved us to another room that was a little smaller and cheaper. I enjoyed both rooms. The bedding was comfortable, and I liked that there was a sheet overbthe blanket, instead of a bedspread. The bathroom was accomodating and clean with spacious vanity. There were plenty of power outlets, and good wifi service. We didn't take advantage of the greakfast, but it looked great. My husband and I Enjoyed the pool and spa. The motel is close to nightlife and restaurants. I would stay here again, and look forward to bringing my dog.

  • Jul 24, 2016 by Jeff Y.

    This place is not a 5 star hotel but it doesn't need it to be. It's clean, has a fridge, a microwave and the management is very friendly. Is minutes away from all the beaches without the expensive price that you will pay if you are staying at one of them. Breakfast is nothing fancy but good enough. Totally recomend this Inn.

  • Jul 24, 2016 by Liz G.

    Pet Friendly! We love pet friendly! With 2 large dogs sometimes it is difficult to find quality lodging at a reasonable price.  This place is A+ in our book.  They accept the dogs and even provide a basket with pet policy, poop bags, biscuits, large towl and extra sheet just for the dogs.  There is plenty of outdoor space to walk the dogs with grassy areas and dog bags for picking up around the grounds.  The rooms are large and clean! The staff is friendly and attentive providing great service! Parking is easy and free!  Local free pizza delivery to the hotel.  Fresh baked cookies in the lobby.  It is pleasant and quiet.  Plenty of places to walk to for coffee, beer or a meal with your pooch.  Will recommend and return.  Thank you Sands for all you do.

  • Jul 04, 2016 by Mandy M.

    this is a motel with a lot of empty promises, tiny rooms and rude management for Mariott prices. I was very disappointed not only with the place but the communication as well. Which went like this: - in my room the wifi signal is so weak, it's practically useless - well sir, you came at a time when we have a lot of guests and they too would like to use it - the speed bump is so low, it hits my car no matter how I drive over it - your car sir is too low (smiles) - I couldn't sleep much between 1 and 2 AM last night, the people above us were screaming - you should have called us, we can't do anything unless you tell us (reception was across the open courtyard/rooms. Notice how I was always the problem. Their philosophy is that guests only complain because of their own flaws. The hotel has nothing to do with it. Besides no wifi and bad TV signal and dead batteries in the remote, and inedible breakfast items, the room was normal. Very outdated and deteriorated bathroom but OK beds and furniture, For which $49 would have been a fair price. Unfortunately it was $200. Misleading description and photos on Smart.

  • Jun 27, 2016 by John R

    Standard bed & breakfast type of accommodation. Nothing fancy but just OK for a one night stay. Breakfast was the regular sausage and eggs with muffins and pastry. At about $230 per night thru Tripadvisor, very expensive for what you get. Parking was very tight and would be easy to get your car dinged up.

  • Jun 22, 2016 by The_Rabbit_55

    As has been mentioned in other reviews, this is a good value and very conveniently located to US 101 as well as walking distance to the downtown shopping and great restaurants. Staff is polite, accommodating and easy going. A nice breakfast is included and my bed was very comfortable. What stands-out the most, and of high importance, is how clean the room and grounds are. Good job!

  • Jun 16, 2016 by Thomas Z

    Convenient to 101 and downtown. Great breakfast buffet. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Got us into room early. Pool recently renovated but temporary fencing still in place. Rooms clean and comfortable.

  • Jun 04, 2016 by Lisa B.

    Was given room 222. Shower and bathtub did not work. I was then given 216. Stephan at front desk wanted me to make sure that worked before assigning it to me. I went up, door wasn't even shut. Shower worked but room was dirty from last guest. There was no maintence or cleaning staff in hand on a weekend. I asked for cleaning wipes so we could shower. So we showered in 216 and slept in 222. The only reason i gave it a 1 was because of Stephan, the gentleman working the front desk. He did not have words. This hotel is very outdated. It needs help!

  • May 17, 2016 by srwolffy

    Clean, safe, decent hotel. Not a whole lot to it. Small stall showers in the bathrooms. If you can get a decent price I would recommend. Good location, not walkable to downtown but just a short car ride. Very close to Cal Poly. In a pretty quiet area of town.

  • May 09, 2016 by DarkSurfe...

    Este motel se encuentra en el extremo de San Luis Obispo, por lo que para ir al centro hay que coger el coche. Aunque también tiene dos o tres sitios cerca para cenar y tomar algo. Tanto las habitaciones como el baño son muy espaciosas y con todo el equipo. Los desayunos son de bufet completo, muy recomendables.

  • May 08, 2016 by Ed J

    Appears more like a higher end motel. That being said, didn't distract from a good relaxing time. Spent two nights (Thursday & Friday), weekend rate nearly doubles; not sure if that's standard SLO or not. Beds were comfortable, also had a decent size fridge and a nice HDTV. Breakfast is included and is your standard continental plus waffles. Trolly service running on Thursday night will get you downtown quickly so you can avoid the arduous task of finding a parking spot with the farmers market going on. Situated at the top end of SLO, it's only about a mile from downtown.

  • Apr 20, 2016 by Isabelcsp

    Precisávamos passar a noite em San Luis Obispo e não havíamos feito reserva. Fomos a 2 hotéis mais conhecidos e não tinha vaga. Num dos lugares, nos indicaram o Sands e disseram que era até mais barato. Ficamos muito satisfeitos com o quarto. Amplo, limpo e confortável. Café da manhã cortesia e com boas opções.

  • Apr 15, 2016 by Niki S

    The picture are definitely deceiving. This is a motel for sure. On a street with other motels. I paid way too much for this room. The bathroom was gross, old and falling apart with caul concealing mold. The bed was ok, not terrible. I would never stay here again.

  • Apr 06, 2016 by esptraveler1996

    We arrived at 8pm for a college tour the next morning, so the Sands was a great value for the 12 hours we spent there. The beds and pillows were clean and comfortable. The towels looked new. There was a DVD player and a microwave in our room and a nice big flat screen tv. The decor and room itself were outdated but everything worked well. Our room was upstairs with a door facing the parking lot but they gave us a choice of up or downstairs. The free breakfast was not gourmet and served in an outdated, impersonal room near the front lobby-but we all found plenty to eat and drink. We left with full bellies and a good night sleep ready for a long day of touring!

  • Mar 24, 2016 by MAWWCW

    For the price this is a great place, room very nice, great pillows, front desk very welcoming, heated pool, hot breakfast. Workout equipment needs attention, old and beginning to rust, but treadmill was state of the art.

  • Mar 08, 2016 by Lillian L.

    This is where we always booked rooms when our son was at Cal Poly. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the free breakfast was always very tasty with lots of selections--waffles, bagels, sweet rolls, hot cereal, cold cereal, orange and apple juices, coffee, tea, bagels, and English muffins. Their prices were not too expensive, but did double for graduation weekend, which disappointed us.

  • Feb 27, 2016 by Bumppa1146

    I've been to the Sands Inn and Suites several times on business trips to SLO and have always been very satisfied. Their breakfast is way above average, and the rooms are definitely not motel, but hotel quality.

  • Feb 27, 2016 by Mychele16

    We were in town for a family baptism and knew we weren't going to be in the room very much so we were looking for a comfortable bed, clean room and affordable. Sands Inn & Suites was this & more! We were looking for two rooms: one for my husband & I and the other, a suite for my in-laws and their daughter & grandson (9yr) - the suite had ample space and offered a large pull out sofa bed for them, in addition to the King bedroom (each room had its own TV - nice flat screens) and served their needs perfectly. One very nice thing that happened was the front desk staff readily offered to bring my in-laws luggage upstairs to their room, since there isn't an elevator to get to the 2nd floor suites. Our King room was very comfortable and we all enjoyed the nice continental breakfast in the mornings. We recommend Sands Inn & Suites!!

  • Feb 23, 2016 by TanTien

    I'm not sure what I expected for the price. But the room was ultimately comfortable where it counted. The bed was very comfortable. The normally poorly placed AC unit was mounted very high and so did not blow constantly on you and was also quiet and so I slept really well. Not a lot of noise from the street but then the room (142) was located sort of on a side street and with ground-level room front facing the parking lot, while the sad bathroom faced kind of an empty lot that was being used for nursery plantings. They even included a large compact fridge and a decent flat-screen TV. Downsides were very tired looking sink and shower stall that had seen better days in another presidential epoch. Icky grout, tiny bathroom. And the breakfast was technically not continental: they had really bad scrambled eggs that looked like instant, but if you ate the pretty decent sausage patties, the combination was more edible. And they had a good selection of pastries, bread, cereal, OK coffee, juices, and even a waffle station and yoghurt cups. So for an included breakfast, it more than satisfied a quick checkout. All in all, very reasonable if you set your expectations correctly and not too far outside of the main part of town.

  • Feb 23, 2016 by Glenn H.

    I'm not sure what I expected for the price. But the room was ultimately comfortable where it counted. The bed was very comfortable. The normally poorly placed AC unit was mounted very high and so did not blow constantly on you and was also quiet. They even included a large compact fridge and a decent flat-screen TV. Downsides were very tired looking sink and shower stall that had seen better days in another presidential epoch. Icky grout, tiny bathroom. And the breakfast was technically not continental: they had really bad scrambled eggs that looked like instant, but if you ate the pretty decent sausage patties, the combination was more edible. And they had a good selection of pastries, bread, cereal, OK coffee, juices, and even a waffle station and yoghurt cups. So for an included breakfast, it more than satisfied a quick checkout. All in all, very reasonable if you set your expectations correctly and not too far outside of the main part of town.

  • Feb 22, 2016 by Jenny G.

    Customer service and customer appreciation at its best! This is a great place to stay! My husband, his fellow employees and myself all agree that we love staying here! The Manager, Matt is doing an awesome job, as well as Stephen and the rest of the staff! We stay at this hotel about 2 weeks out of the month and have been doing so for about a year now. They are ALWAYS super accommodating and always manage to get us a room even on a last minute request! I  would recommend this hotel to anyone! Rooms are comfy and clean and breakfast is hardy and yummy! You won't be disappointed!

  • Feb 08, 2016 by 319elisao

    It was king bed suit with pool up bed. Clean and cozy, but needs updates. Carpet, countertops look lile motel stile. It had cute balcony. They advertise pool and hot tub, but it was very dirty with debries. No one could swimm. We paid $140. I don't think that hotel worth that price. Convenient location ok continental breakfast.

  • Feb 05, 2016 by gildoross...

    Ubicado en una zona de hoteles en la puerta de San Luis Obispo, el personal es muy atento, dispuesto a responder preguntas y ayudar al huésped. Las habitaciones son muy espaciosas, cuentan con heladera, horno a microondas y cafetera con café de cortesía. Hay piscina y jacuzzi y un amplio catálogo de películas para elegir y ver en la habitación (de cortesía). Finalmente, el desayuno es muy completo e incluye el clásico scrambled eggs and sausage. Lo recomiendo 100%.

  • Jan 31, 2016 by NannaZ

    Rooms are clean. And cold. And the heating system requires an engineer degree. So one of the family members had a very cold night. Television with 3 remote controls. Impossible to deal with - unless you have the above mentioned degree. Now - we did look forward to breakfast. That was the cheapest ever! Eggs made of what? Outright disgusting. No hygiene observed - bread in plastic bags where all the guest could stick their hands into. No cheese. Not coming back. Many other options in the area.

  • Jan 19, 2016 by joanM3014

    The one complaint that I have is that there was a very different odor in the room. I think the clorox, cleaning smell may have been covering up some deeper,underlining problem. Also, the drainage from the bathroom sink was very slow. That being said, it was fine for my needs, the staff was friendly, the breakfast was presented well. Good value for the money.

  • Jan 17, 2016 by Steven B.

    A very reasonable place to stay if you need a place to crash.  I'm really glad they are here.  They also let us have our dogs in the room and weren't all drama about it like some other hotels that make you fill out a liability release AND collect a huge non-refundable deposit.  So, big points for that.  Why three stars and not four is cleanliness.  I wiped down the top of the armoire and other flat surfaces to get rid of dust bunnies and wrappers they didn't clean and totally soiled three wash cloths!  That scared me, so I wiped down the TV remote and handles too.  Yuk!!!  We all know what happens in hotel rooms, EVERYTHING.  So, they need cleaned really well in-between guests.  If the Sands Inn ups their maid service, this place is an all around winner for those on a budget.

  • Jan 17, 2016 by Bronte I.

    I have been here several times and have not been disappointed. The rooms are basic, but very clean and most rooms include fridges and microwaves. You can't beat this for the price which includes an extensive continental breakfast (served from 6 am to 10 am). Complimentary chocolate chips cookies are offered at night. The friendly staff has always been professional and informative. If you are stopping in SLO, this is the place to stay.

  • Jan 12, 2016 by Lauren K.

    Our room was nice with a large bathroom. Pretty impressed. Room had a pleasant smell unlike most musty hotels on the cheaper side. Would stay again!

  • Jan 10, 2016 by coastalcownou

    We stayed here for just one night on a quick 1 night trip to San Luis Obispo. The hotel was conveniently located to downtown, just a 5 minute drive. The room was large and clean and plenty of places to walk dogs. The staff was helpful and cordial. Would recommend and would stay here again

  • Jan 10, 2016 by Yunnie L.

    I really liked this place.  We had a king size bed and the price we paid was pretty decent. $75 for a nite coming with a small coffee maker in the rm, a hair drier, microwave, frig, flat tv with cable (if ur twilight fans, u can watch twilight pretty much all day), free wifi & parking, iron, nice closet, and clean bathroom and the room. Nice desk and the office chair. The location is close to downtown, 15-20 mins walking. Ain't bad at all. It also came with the breakfast. Coffee is okay, I didn't try the waffle. Had juice machine, bread, scones, muffin, yogurt, cereal, fruit, scramble eggs (it didn't taste good to me), and burger patties. The only thing I would prob complain is the towel. I got a towel that has stains and a hair which grossed me out. The rm is comfy. I will come back to stay here again. Stayed in the first floor. Some college students were loud when they went up to the second floor. Over all, I gave 4 stars. I stayed in Motel 6 while back and paid a few bucks cheaper but got bed bugs. And motel 6 didn't have much amenities in the rm.

  • Jan 02, 2016 by ericac707

    Firstly the room wreaked of air freshener/cleaning products. I had to go straight to CVS to buy Benadryl in order to sleep in that perfumed pollution. The next morning breakfast was sub-par. The powder eggs were inedible and 30 minutes before breakfast was over the waffle mix ran out and we were informed that she would not make more mix as that would take her 15-20 minutes. Even so that would have still been within the breakfast time slot. She also made references to us coming down late, a sort of "that's what you get" kind of response. I would only suggest staying here if you needed to bring your dog, since It was definitely not up to my human standards.

  • Jan 02, 2016 by Jo W.

    Drove down here with our dog to spend a few days in SLO. Not luxury by any means but a simple, clean, no-frills hotel for a decent price. There was a variety of food for breakfast, including make-your-own waffles, yogurt, cereal, bagels/english muffins, eggs, sausages, juices and coffee. All the staff was friendly. We also requested a late checkout on the last day and they were able to accommodate. Location is good as it's close to downtown (not quite walking distance but a short drive). The only complaint I had was that the walls are thin and our neighbors were banging things around for hours late at night and early in the morning.

  • Dec 31, 2015 by Lila D.

    This was a nice stop on my way to Oakland. The bed was nice the room was very clean. The toiletries were organic which was a nice touch.   I booked through Expedia simple check in. They serve breakfast which was ok if you are not a vegan or vegetarian. The one thing I could eat was the waffles and the batter was all gone by the time I got there which is ok. I wasn't craving a big breakfast. The only bad thing was the coffee in the room. Medium roast. Really weak. I will definitely stop by here again but bring my own coffee. Oh another cool thing they had a microwave and frig. I also noticed dogs in the other building. So looks like you can bring your pets

  • Dec 30, 2015 by Jennifer Z.

    I am extremely disappointed by the customer service I received from the people working at this hotel. First while checking in, the gentleman told me at the front that he would need a card to hold room, nothing would be charged until checkout and I could use a different form of payment. It ended up charging right away on a card I didn't want it on. But I understand mistakes happen and I didn't get upset about it. I went back to tell him and he said that he waved the $25 dollar pet fee and that I was all set for check out and I didn't need to come back into the front office the next morning. I ended up being charged $25 pet fee because there doesn't seem to be any communication between night staff and morning staff. I called him back and he was very apologetic and said he would refund me the $25 within 24 hours and I would get a receipt confirming that. I never got it, never received a refund. Called back and spoke to another lady explaining my frustration that I keep being lied to. She said she would talk to a manager and get back to me. I have heard nothing in 2 days. There's not anything more I can do now than to let everyone know that this hotel will say whatever they need to get you off the phone. Very sad to loose a customer over something like this that was so easy to fix. I will not recommend anyone to this hotel.

  • Dec 26, 2015 by Krissy C

    Booked last minute through Hotel tonight on Saturday night. Great value even without the slight discount. Got a king bed room on bottom floor and it was HUGE. Smelled good, heat worked quickly, easy parking. Front desk check in was quick and attendant was very welcoming. There are a lot of choices at this price range and I would stay here again.

  • Dec 04, 2015 by Travel_Greener

    we stayed 2 nights during a holiday weekend and the place was packed (as seen from unavailable parking spots). Rooms are basic but clean. Only complaints - heating/ cooling was off the wall mounted (close to ceiling) a/c unit and the coverage of the cooling/ heating was limited. If you slept on the side of the bed closer to the unit, it seemed ok, but a few feet away (on the other side of the bed) it wasnt too pleasant. Breakfast offerings are decent and staff seem dedicated and friendly. good place to crash for the night while coming thru town, etc in a safe part of the city, it seemed.

  • Dec 01, 2015 by Arnold G

    Stayed over Thanksgiving weekend. Would have been 5 stars except the phone in room was broken, and could not call the front desk. Was told they were working on it the entire time we were there, but it was never fixed. Clincher for us was that they accept pets in their rooms, and our miniature poodle was right at home. Decent free breakfast each morning. Great location right off freeway. Would definitely stay there again. Convenient to downtown.

  • Nov 11, 2015 by Danielle S.

    I had an excellent stay here! The service was amazing! The bed was very comfortable! They let you rent out DVDs for free because each room has a DVD player. We didn't go swimming but we put our hands in the pool and even though it was 55 degrees out the pool was still warm so I'm guessing it's heated. It isn't far from downtown or the college so you are in the center of things. I would definitely recommend and stay again. Plus free breakfast!

  • Nov 02, 2015 by R M.

    First time bringing our dog with us overnight. Easy check-in, friendly staff & a cute dog basket full of goodies. The room was clean and so were the grounds. I would  suggest that they have "real" eggs at their breakfast buffet otherwise there were many choices. We would stay here again.

  • Oct 12, 2015 by S0CalTraveler

    We stayed here during a special event and appreciated the customer service we received from Jason during check-in and check-out. He's a consummate professional who attended to every request we made (and we made several). This is an older motel, but the rooms were large and the bathroom was well stocked beyond what you expect for a place in this price range. You can walk to downtown, but to get to the city center, it may be better to drive the mile down Monterey Street. Lots of great places to eat and shop once downtown, including tourist attractions such as The Mission and Bubblegum Alley (which is disgusting but fascinating at the same time).

  • Oct 11, 2015 by Jon E

    We stayed here with our 2 dogs, and couldn't have been happier. We booked the suite and it was so comfortable, so spacious, clean and welcoming. It would have been nice to have a couple of plates and cups but wasn't a big deal. The bed was extremely comfortable. The breakfast was good, (scrambled eggs are never very palatable in a buffet) The location was perfect. All in all the value for money was very good. We will absolutely stay here again.

  • Sep 29, 2015 by Michael H.

    I've stayed here a couple times during work trips, it's a nice hotel. Standard, nothing special but clean and friendly staff. The pool is very small. They are dog friendly, but there isn't really any space dedicated to dogs. Probably the best things about Sands is their breakfast. Great waffles! big selection of breakfast foods and lots of seating. The beds are comfortable, clean and staff is very friendly.

  • Sep 26, 2015 by Petch W.

    Fantastic pet friendly motel. Spotlessly clean with lovely staff and yummy free breakfast. Great pool and hot tub. Perfect stop over from SF to LA. Big thanks to all the staff, we stayed in the Junior Suite- wow! It rocks!

  • Sep 23, 2015 by Yael S.

    We came here after a long drive in road 1 and lovely staying in the Big Sur , we didn't expect too much me and my son just wanted to get good night sleep , the hotel is not fancy but for the price we got we had a big room with 2 beds everything was really clean and organize Now we gonna to get some breakfast and then continue in our trip Absolutely worth the money If you look for a good place with a fair price this is the place! RECOMMEND!!!!!!

  • Sep 11, 2015 by TomJ56

    Right off the freeway, in northern part of San Luis Obispo (SLO) Helpful Staff, Rooms are good size. Nice walk to downtown SLO downtown for the Farmer's Market. Breakfast typical of free breakfasts, sausage, eggs, various pastry items. Pool and jacuzzi, covered parking. Fairly quiet, even though close to freeway access.

  • Sep 10, 2015 by TravellersDevon

    After a long trip we arrived hot and tired to be welcomed by reception. She was very helpful nothing being to much trouble. The room was clean and comfortable. Negatives being no safe which you need when traveling and air conditioning very noisy and not keeping room cold. It needs updating. To the town centre about a mile walk. Good for a stop over.

  • Sep 09, 2015 by Anthony E.

    We stayed for two nights during this past labor day weekend in room 235 (if i remember correctly).  The unit was located in the very corner of the property which lacked natural light to come in.  Given the wide lens brochure photos this room was actually smaller than their "suites" pictured in the brochure.  The first night was something getting used too since the refrigerator was being loud so I unplugged it.  Problem solved.  Also, not enough electrical outlets for your devices but we were able to manage.  But hey!  Wifi is free and signal range was good in the room.  If you book here, try to request the rooms by the pool area as they seem to be bigger and not cramped like the rest of the rooms opposite of the pool area.  Fortunately, we only needed to sleep and freshen up here since we spent most of the time exploring SLO & Morro Bay.  We did try the pool and what I found at the bottom were coins, dirt and a cigarette lighter.  So needless to say, it needed some cleaning.  The "free breakfast" was ok but don't expect eggs benedict or bacon.  Go for the waffle maker, yogurt, bagels and toast.  Cold and hot cereal were also available too as well as OJ, Tea and coffee.

  • Sep 06, 2015 by Shawna D

    My husband and I were just passing through on our way to San Francisco and stayed at the Sands to get some rest. The staff were very helpful in directing us to local restaurants and night life and very accommadating with our little pooch! The rooms were very clean and tastefully decorated. I was especially pleased with the new shower head in our bathroom. Although we did not swim, they boast a heated pool and spa and a lovely seating area with a swing and all. In the morning they have a full free breakfast with some of the best waffles I've ever had. We definitely plan to stay there next time we go through!

  • Aug 15, 2015 by Tanner R

    We stayed here last minute because of Orientation at Cal Poly SLO. When we stayed here before it was an ok experience. It's basically a place to sleep and thats really all. The breakfast is mediocre at best and extremely basic. I wouldn't recommend eating the eggs. However this last time we stayed there we had a big issue. THE HOTEL HAS NO SAFE!!! be aware of that so when we left the room we were concerned about our laptops and what not, but figured it would not be a big deal. Long story short MY $1500 LAPTOP WAS STOLEN FROM THE ROOM and the hotel didn't no what to say. They claimed to have looked everywhere for it. Lesson of the story don't stay here if you have nice things because chances are they won't know what to tell you either

  • Aug 08, 2015 by Darci K

    I selected this hotel over other lower priced options since put it at the top of their "favorites". After forking out $236 for a motel 6 like room I feel like I was really taken advantage of by both and the Sands. There is no way you should ever consider paying this much for this place. Moldy bath fixtures, dirty carpet, cheap decor, horrible breakfast selections,... I would accept this in a $100 or less hotel but no way for what I had to pay. Will never recommend or stay there again .

  • Aug 06, 2015 by Sairah H.

    Nick and mike are the two nicest front desk people we have ever met! We had a minor issue with our room and the more then corrected the issue. I will come back here for two reason the beautiful rooms and the amazing customer service! Plus there are cookies at check in!

  • Aug 02, 2015 by nanlar

    Nous étions partis de San Francisco vers Los Angeles en parcourant la magnifique route 1 et un arrêt s'imposait à mi-chemin. Notre choix s'est arrêté sur ce beau petit motel. Super bel accueil à la réception. Le personnel était très sympatique. Nous avions lu que le déjeuner continental était inclus, ce qui n'est pas négligeable mais nous avons eu l'agréable surprise de voir le choix qu'il y avait au buffet. Céréales, oeufs durs, bagels, pain, pâtisseries, yogourt, crêpes, bacon, jus, café et même une machine pour faire ses crêpes soi-même. La chambre était au-delà de nos espérances. Un frigo, un lit propre et confortable, un comptoir coiffeuse à l'extérieur de la salle de bain, un miroir grossissant avec lumière intégrée, séchoir, cafetière et café, fer et planche à repasser. La salle de bain était petite mais pratique, lavabo, douche, toilette et produits personnels. Le wifi est gratuit. Le motel possède une joli piscine mais nous n'avons pas eu l'occasion de s'y saucer. Je recommande cet hôtel si vous parcourez la route 1 et que nous prévoyez coucher en chemin. Nous avons payé 108 $ Canadien pour une nuit en juillet 2015.

  • Jul 30, 2015 by guilherme...

    O preço é justo e o atendimento muito cordial. O quarto é enorme e acomodou 4 com facilidade. Só pernoitei, mas vi que tinha piscina, além de vagas à vontade para o carro. O café da manhã também é bastante generoso.

  • Jul 29, 2015 by surfergirl1950

    Have stayed here before and would stay again when back in California, a lovely hotel, very clean, large rooms, lovely bathroom, staff very friendly. Hand for shopping and visiting the San Luis Obispo Mission.

  • Jul 23, 2015 by Bumppa1146

    One of the best on "motel row" Monterey Street. There are several good restaurants within walking distance. Very nice, spacious rooms, with all the amenities. Great, great free breakfast.......not just juice and donuts. Highly reccomended

  • Jul 13, 2015 by M M.

    Attractive establishment...  rooms were quiet clean comfortable and spacious. ..  complimentary breakfast was very good and included outdoor seating.. the staff was great and very helpful.. supermarket and drugstore relatively close...Margaret, St. George UT

  • Jul 07, 2015 by Stella L.

    Booked this place for 3 of us via hotwire and wasn't expecting much to get to stay at this place. When we got there, they told us that the website says we booked a room with 1 queen bed but how can't that be when we selected 3 persons upon booking. Glad that they gave us a room with 2 queens in the end, staff is friendly and helpful, will consider coming back again. Room is clean and spacious, breakfast is better than I expected though I expected more, had waffles, eggs, yogurts, cereals, toasts, muffins, tea, coffee, orange juice.

  • Jul 03, 2015 by Candomama

    Very nicely furnished high ceiling spacious room with thick crown moulding, double sinks, comfy beds, plush towels, nice carpet and even a lighted magnifying mirror. Clean. Room 221. A breakfast with eggs and sausage and real orange juice along with the normal continental items. Friendly staff.

  • Jul 02, 2015 by zepkar

    We stayed during Cal Poly graduation so pricing was way higher than it should have been. I would not categorize this hotel as "Inn & Suites", it really is very basic. Staff were very friendly, helpful and relaxed. 2 computers in lobby for guest use. Pool small but adequate, breakfast included eggs, waffles, meat patties, oatmeal, cornflakes, juice etc. Not fancy but starts the day off. The fridge in the room was so noisy at night that we unplugged it. I would check out other options before staying here but as a last resort, is fine.

  • Jun 19, 2015 by Jaime P.

    When my wife did the reservation, I was expecting a common hotel room, but when we got there, wow!!! A nice living room with a little bar was waiting for us and the bed so comfortable, the place is very quiet. I highly recommend this place for people who's on the way or visiting San Luis obispo

  • Jun 18, 2015 by Jennifer J

    We booked this hotel knowing it would be dated and accepting that it maybe poor quality. However we were completely happy we stayed here. The décor was of times gone by but very clean and in good tact. The pool area is great for family time and the location is perfect to walk into town to access restaurants and shops! The best part of this stay was the service received by all staff.

  • Jun 06, 2015 by Karen O.

    For the price, it's fine. Room Was clean and decent size but a bit on the noisy side even through we were on the top floor. The linens did smell of bleach as someone noted earlier - not a perfumy smell but certainly clean! The location is decent - about  mile to central downtown and close to shuttle stop if you don't have walking in mind. The check in was good - staff is very friendly. My only real "complaint" is the breakfast is lacking. What looked to be "I can't believe I'm not eggs", make your own waffles, kinda marginal looking fruit. We opted for cold cereal and an apple.

  • Jun 05, 2015 by Shelly W.

    Friendly helpful staff. Check in was simple and a breeze which is nice after a long drive. Located right off the freeway. Rooms were clean and bed was comfortable. Breakfast was better then basic continental but nothing exciting. Nice refrigerator and microwave in room. Was pleased with my stay and would visit again

  • Jun 01, 2015 by Zac V.

    My parents used to stay at this place when I went to college in SLO.  The breakfast is a step up from a continental breakfast and there is a pool.  The staff is down to earth and will help you if you are a reasonable person.  There is a fun little Irish bar across the street and plenty more to do while in town.  Would recommend to a friend who is staying in town for the night and might want to find a good deal at a walk in rate.  Don't  show up during the college graduation and expect a room to be available without a reservation though.  The whole town sells out for college events.

  • May 31, 2015 by Mert51

    It was memorial day weekend and every hotel was sold out. I paid a lot more than their regular price but I had no other option. Check in was easy, got my room assignment right away including a warm cookie. Luckily, last room left for me was one of their two suits. It was a big room with super king size bed, TV with many channels, large bathroom, lazy-boy chair, a couch, table. There was also old-fashioned display of antique items next to TV like old times. Everything looked clean, old but clean. There is also pool but did not use it. There was free breakfast in the morning, eggs, sausage, fruits, cereals, coffee, OJ, toasts, etc. Overall, good place to stay If you can get price right. Wireless also worked nice. Parking was free.

  • May 31, 2015 by Mert E.

    It was memorial day weekend and every hotel was sold out. I paid a lot more than their regular price but I had no other option. Check in was easy, got my room assignment right away including a warm cookie. Luckily, last room left for me was one of their two suits. It was a big room with super king size bed, TV with many channels, large bathroom, lazy-boy chair, a couch, table. There was also old-fashioned display of antique items next to TV like old times. Everything looked clean, old but clean. There is also pool but did not use it. There was free breakfast in the morning, eggs, sausage, fruits, cereals, coffee, OJ, toasts, etc. Overall, good place to stay If you can get price right. Wireless also worked nice. Parking was free.

  • May 30, 2015 by L K.

    The rooms are a little smaller than the photos make them appear and the outside feels a little like a dive but we were really happy with our stay here. We had a quick overnight trip so we needed something clean, quiet and close to downtown. Oh, and cheap. Everything inside was clean and stocked. The linens smelled fresh with a touch of bleach. There was a coffee maker, mini fridge, small closet and everything the neighboring Holiday Inn would have offered, but we got it for about $50-60 cheaper.

  • May 29, 2015 by Giantroad_Melbourne

    Pleasantly surprised at the value and comfort offered here. Just on the outskirts of the main part of town among a number of other hotels over 1 km from the city centre. Range of free videos available at reception. Staff quite helpful.

  • May 23, 2015 by Vanessa K.

    Currently staying here over Memorial Day weekend and we are appalled at the basic lack of customer service we've received since we checked in this afternoon. If it weren't for being Memorial Day weekend, we'd pack up and go to another hotel if we could. The rooms are dated, but that wouldn't be as big of a deal if we received so much as a smile since check in. One example of deplorable service was when I asked for a crib to be sent to our room and the lady checking me in rolled her eyes and said "ok". I didn't realize that request was so demanding, but OK. I said thank you and we went about our way assuming she was having a bad day. Four hours later,  we came back from dinner and no crib was ever brought to the room. I called the front desk and let them know I had asked for one at check in but it was never brought. The response was a long sigh and then, "okay I'll bring it over" (hangup). No basic niceties whatsoever. About 10 minutes later,  she knocked on the door, my husband opened it, she threw the pack n play in his direction and walked off. My husband said "thank you" and as she was walking away she said "sure". I mean, what's the deal? That's the only thing we've called to ask about since we arrived. I will never stay here after this weekend and I will be telling all of my bay area friends to steer clear of this hotel.

  • May 17, 2015 by Marco_Red...

    O hotel é simples porém tem um atendimento super cordial e é muito limpo. Muito bom para quem, como nós, estava fazendo a rota 1 pelo litoral de san franscisco para Los Angeles. O quarto é muito espaçoso e confortável.

  • May 11, 2015 by Desi C.

    My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weekend getaway in slo! We got a decent deal and I was pretty happy with the location. It was cute, clean, and close by to downtown. The pool area is nice. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • May 04, 2015 by Emily O.

    What a rat hole! I kept apologizing to my wife the entire night for making such a poor choice. I was assured by the front desk lady that our room was an upgraded room that was recently remodeled.  I'm afraid to find out what the rest of the rooms look like

  • Apr 11, 2015 by TheBoneman

    If you just need an economical place to crash and sleep, it fits the bill. It isn't a place you would want to linger - it is showing its age and some of the furniture is worn / stained. But it was clean and the staff was helpful. The breakfast is definitely a bonus and the location can't be beat.

  • Mar 28, 2015 by Kristine C.

    Bottom line...a basic hotel in a good SLO location.  Near downtown, Poly, etc. Pros:   Reasonably priced Friendly staff Clean room "Deluxe" continental breakfast Coffee in the lobby all day long DVDs available to borrow Pool area was nice AC was strong Cons: Small room (one of the beds was only a few inches from the wall) Water pressure was weak Eggs were nasty and rubbery

  • Mar 11, 2015 by Celeste B

    We didn't mind the $139 price because I thought the included breakfast would be as good as a guest review said it would be. The breakfast was as bad as we have ever had: maybe powdered scramble eggs, commercial-ordinary breads, tepid water for tea. The room was nice: average but stylish and clean. The refridgerator in the room wasn't cold and couldn't be adjusted. The "home-made" cookies upon arrival are commercial, not "home-made", however, they are fresh. We wish we'd gone out to a cafe for breakfast! (I stayed in March 2015)

  • Feb 21, 2015 by costalmei...

    O quarto é otimo, grande, assim como o banheiro. O café da manhã era simples, mas bem variado. O quarto estava muito, muito limpo, e apesar de não estar calor, podia-se usar a hot tub (limpa tambem). Estacionamento gratis.

  • Feb 16, 2015 by EARL S

    I'm picky about hotels and was nervous about what we'd find at check in. All in all, I was impressed. Their breakfast was fantastic, the room was gigantic and had separate sleeping quarters for the kids, the pool was amazing, and the location was perfect (right off the freeway and centrally located to downtown SLO). Our only complaints were 1) the smell ... we were hit with that old, musty smell when we walked in, but once we got the air flowing, it was fine; and 2) the bed was hard and uncomfortable. The room was very clean though and we were pleasantly surprised at how quiet the room was with how close it was to the street (except for the wedding reception they hosted Saturday afternoon with a very loud dj). All things considered, we were happy we stayed here and would book again!

  • Feb 05, 2015 by Diana R.

    Stayed on night only for a Lindsey Sterling concert at Cal Poly. The room was clean & smelled great, not stale. It was very spacious, had a table, usb chargers, a vanity mirror & closet. The bathroom was also spacious and had cute mermaids & anchors in the wall. We were very happy with the room. The bed was very comfortable. It was a quiet place. Didn't get a chance to use the pool but it looked nice. Breakfast in the morning was fun. They had a variety of food: make your own waffles, grapefruit, eggs/sausage, cereals, muffins, bagels, milk, OJ & coffee. Staff was friendly and helpful. Honestly I wish we would have stayed longer because this place was cute, comfy, & accommodating.

  • Feb 01, 2015 by Adrian S.

    This place has bad customer service the employees look like they hate life! No one was smiling nor greeting guests as they walked into the lobby! Greeting guest to me is a no brainer! You should obviously acknowledge guest as they walk in!!! Won't be staying here anymore.

  • Jan 27, 2015 by michael z

    My wife and my dog and I stayed here for a night and had a great time. This hotel is basic, but it's very clean, comfortable and in a great location. The rooms were very clean and nice, breakfast was wonderful with scrabbled eggs, do-it-yourself waffles and all the other standards. Free cookies and rental movies in the lobby. The location keeps you within walking distance or a very short drive to downtown and the college. We would stay here again and highly recommend it!

  • Jan 20, 2015 by Mandy C

    Um bom hotel para pernoite, pernoitei nesse hotel em uma viajem de carro de Los Angeles para San Francisco, equipado na medida certa, consegui até lavar e secar minhas roupas, a cama é confortável, banheiro simples porém limpo, estacionamento na porta ótimo para descarregar e carregar as malas sem muito trabalho, funcionários atenciosos te recebem com cookies quentinhos, café da manhã bom...recomendo para pequenas estadias, valeu a pena!

  • Jan 13, 2015 by Scott A.

    Sands Inn did the trick for us in SLO.  We didn't need luxury, but the room was modern  and had plenty of space for  a family of 3.  Everything was clean and the hot breakfast was more than enough to get us going.  Great value for the area!  Centrally located to all the local attractions.

  • Dec 30, 2014 by N0str0m0

    We were driving through SLO and could not find a room in any of the "usual suspects" and my wife found this motel on Trip Advisor, so we took a chance. And we are glad we did. The Sand Inn feels like an older motel that has been thoughtfully updated with lots of "extras". For example, free wifi, free continental breakfast, heated pool, etc. Fresh paint and towels abound and although older, the room was clean and the bathrooms looked recently updated. The calk was new and there were no rust or water stains to be found. The staff was very helpful and kind, especially Chris, the night manager when we arrived. Also, the Sand Inn is in a terrific location if you have business at Cal Poly. We stumbled upon this little gem by serendipity, but will make it our go-to motel in the future.

  • Dec 21, 2014 by Danielle F.

    I am rather disappointed with this hotel. It's a motel pretty much and to top it all off when we went to use the shower our towels were filled with stains that looked like blood and some other kind of fluid. The only good thing about this hotel is they have wifi, for the most part.

  • Dec 09, 2014 by Nicole S

    The room looked clean, but it was pretty dated. Rust stains on the metal in the bathroom, but it was fine. Great location, walking distance to Apple Farm and across the street from a cool Irish pub. We were here for a family reunion and needed a place to stay in the area, but Embassy Suites was all booked up.

  • Nov 27, 2014 by Valeria_A...

    Hotel simples, mas limpo com quartos espaçosos e equipados, estacionamento interno, com opção coberto ou na porta do quarto. Funcionários prestativos. Café da manhã típico americano. Sua localização não muito próxima ao centro da cidade não chega a ser problema, pois estávamos de carro. Tem opção de restaurante para jantar próximo ao hotel.

  • Nov 22, 2014 by 899traveler

    Stayed here for 2 nights, a Thursday and Friday. Room with 1 king bed, on the ground floor by the pool. The room was HUGE! There was the regulation table and chairs that all motel rooms have, but also a desk with easy outlet access on the lamp for my computer. A dorm size fridge with freezer (i.e., bigger than the counter top size), microwave, iron & board, hair dryer, coffee maker. Free wifi. A good bathtub (lovely long epsom salt soaks!) with a sink in the bathroom and a window that opened, and another sink outside the bathroom. The towels were new and even if not 5-star ultra thick, they were substantial and not threadbare. Definitely one-up from Motel 6! On the whole very clean, too. Looked recently painted and re-furbished. Sheets were scent-less (no Tide detergent with its strong smell here, thank goodness) but a little rough to the touch. The overall usual motel room smell, which comes from some cleaning product, was minimal, also a great relief for me as I'm coming out of a history of chemical sensitivities. I have only two reasons why I didn't give 5 stars: the pillow-top mattress was just a little soft for me, and the walls are thin. Thursday there was no one on either side of me and it was beautifully quiet. Friday they were occupied, and due to the adjoining doors on each side of my room, noise filtered through. I could hear muffled snoring - didn't bother me because it was very muffled, but I could still make it out if I paid attention.

  • Nov 12, 2014 by terrid802

    Clean rooms and friendly staff. An older facility , nothing fancy, but management goes out of their way to make stay pleasant; fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at check-in and DVD movies to borrow. Nice outdoor patio for enjoying the free breakfast and adequate fitness room. Outdoor spa was nice.

  • Nov 01, 2014 by 1angelaa37

    Halloween I expect some debauchee. Now, the night after, at midnight it continues. Called the front desk and they were oblivious. The grossness factor is that there were at least 20 hairs on bathroom floor and in bath tub. They were obvious! Rooms are tiny and overwhelmed by big dark furniture. There was not one place in the room where my husband and I could pass each other with ease. I love my dog and I want her with me. But, having to stay in pet friendly places like this make me question myself. SLO seems to be far behind in both the number and quality of hotels that will take pets. Hence, here we are.

  • Oct 31, 2014 by Aki S.

    One of nicest motels I've visited. Clean, spacious rooms, nice pool area and complimentary breakfast with cereals, bread, waffles and scrambled eggs. Friendly staff and good location. I got room for $70 + taxes from HotelTonight app.

  • Oct 30, 2014 by Janelle S.

    This was the second place my boyfriend and I stayed on our trip up to San Francisco. It was much nicer that the place we stayed at the night before. The TV was newer as was the DVD player and the WIFI worked well. The lobby also had quite a few DVDs to choose from which was nice. The room was clean and the bed was comfy although I wish they had better pillows. For breakfast I was excited to see that they had a station to make your own waffles. They also had eggs, sausage, toast, bagels, cereal, yogurt, and an assortment of pastries. I thought this was an awesome find for the price and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Oct 19, 2014 by Mark S.

    Our group uses the hotel and conference rooms several times a year and the staff is always courteous and friendly. We were there just this weekend. The room rates are reasonable for the area. The rooms are always clean and the beds are comfy. The continental breakfast is ok too. We look forward to the next time we do business with them.

  • Oct 10, 2014 by Steven S

    Sands Inn is about as good as it can be, given the limits of an old-fashioned motel where you drive up within a few feet of your room and the first guy up usually wakes up everyone else. It's part of a row of comparable motels along Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, a little over a mile from downtown. This was a very good deal for the dollar. The room was a decent size, clean, with a good enough shower and large tv. The hair dryer was old fashioned: worked one night right away, took me 10 minutes to get it to work the second night, and the third night it didn't work at all. But the breakfasts were good for a hotel at this rate, with several protein choices and warm and cold options. Staff was pleasant too. For this value, I'd stay again -- a 3.5 rating overall.

  • Oct 07, 2014 by Rita H

    We were extremely pleased to find this place on our spontaneous overnight stay in SLO with our pooches Sam and Kona. This is a great pet friendly motel/inn. The rooms are spacious, clean and nicely decorated providing every amenity available including; free Wi Fi, refridge, Breakfast, microwave, make up mirror and a pet basket!!! Staff were friendly professionals . This was a great comfortable value for the money would not hesitate to stay here again..

  • Oct 07, 2014 by Michael Rita H.

    Stopped overnight on a whim on our drive down to Lis Angeles with our pooches; Sam snd Kona. What a wonderful surprise this place was! Pet Friendly large spacious nicely decorated quiet rooms including all amenities ; free Wi Fi, refrigerator microwave,  iron, fitness room, pool, DVDs....Magnifying mirror (a must!) Breakfast and a pet basket with treats.. This is a not a luxury resort but a small motel/inn but it certainly was more comfortable than many resorts we've stayed at. Great overnight... would return in a heartbeat, excellent value as well.

  • Oct 02, 2014 by P R

    This motel is much, much nicer than I expected. The grounds and pool area were in excellent condition and very clean and tidy. The rooms were quiet, clean and spacious with excellent "heavenly beds' as good or better than Westin's. The small refrig. and microwave were a pleasant surprise since most Westins and Hilton's don't even offer them in their rooms. In fact, this motel is nicer than some Crown Plaza hotels I've stayed at! - And to top it off, they offer a free breakfast which included scrambled eggs, waffles, cold cereal, and fruit!

  • Oct 01, 2014 by adam k.

    Want to say thanks to Jay and the Sands for making adjustments when a family emergency altered our plans. They could have charged us yet did not. That's the way to build relationships and loyalty.

  • Sep 26, 2014 by Corinne C.

    $165 plus tax for a basic motel room on a Friday night. Very poor value

  • Sep 22, 2014 by Anita Y

    This is a cute and convenient place to stay, if you're taking your college student to Cal Poly. We were happy that it was close to the school and overall it was very convenient and easy to get around. If you're coming back late you may have to park in the back of the Inn, which has no lights. The shower stall was smaller than expected, but overall the staff was very helpful and pleasant. I would recommend you stay here.

  • Sep 08, 2014 by Catherund

    We were traveling down 101 heading to Santa Barbara and need a place to stay for just a night. We went to Hotel Tonight and found Sands Inns and Suites to be the best deal of the bunch. We checked in and could tell it wasn't a 5 start place but the staff was kind and the room was clean enough. The next morning we went to use the toilet and shower and they were both back up. Pretty gross. We notified the staff and they said they were aware of problem but were unable to fix. Not great given I had just went for a long run and was a sweaty mess. Upon check out the clerk immediately notified me that the entire room would be refunded and they apologized for the inconvenience. This was the right thing to do of course, but it came without any hassle or discussion. Thank Sands!

  • Sep 07, 2014 by Rose M.

    Bed was so uncomfortable. The hotel looked better in the pictures. It is so old. Not recommended at all. We were charged for 120 night which is not even worth it. For additional 30 dollars you get to stay at a nicer hotel Next door. We should've go with our instinct. Regret staying here. We didn't sleep at all. :( :(

  • Sep 05, 2014 by KC2155

    Pleasantly surprised at hotel, staff and town. Really nice on all counts. I chose it from the map as a stop off point on the way from San Fran to LA. I am glad I did. The hotel was so clean and made us very welcome. Breakfast was a little on the light side but I forgive. We walked down to the Farmer Market and the place was humming. Really nice people enjoying themselves and so well mannered. We had a great meal in town to and the prices for both hotel and food were very good. A great stop off point.

  • Sep 02, 2014 by Pipeline18

    We stayed over Labor Day weekend. The rooms were priced at 179.00 a night but not as high as others in the same area with similar amenities were (249.00). The room rates were obviously raised for the holiday. The room came with a hot breakfast that was just ok keep in mind it is complementary. The pool area was nice and was also clean.

  • Aug 28, 2014 by Amy B.

    My husband and I have been staying here for many years as we pass through SLO on our way to or from LA. We have a Greyhound with whom we love to travel, and the Sands has always been dog friendly. The motel had seemed a little tired, so we tried the Holiday Inn Express at Christmas. It was okay - not really worth the price-tag. So last weekend we decided to go back to the Sands, and I'm so glad we did! Wonderful re-do... All new furniture, linens, mattresses. Upgraded amenities. Flat screen TVs with a large DVD library. Dog welcome-basket.  And still the same great prices! We liked it so much on the way down that we stayed there two days later on the way back. Several reviewers have mentioned the staff, and I'd like to chime in on that: Super nice - everyone from the Desk to the Maids. Nice AND professional - as much as any big-city hotel. The only possible negative - the AC was very loud. But - at least it worked, and was easy to adjust. I LOVE the Sands - we'll be back again - soon!

  • Aug 18, 2014 by Susana P

    Se trata de un buen hotel, típico de esta zona, con muy buen servicio. La habitación, cómoda y con todo lo necesario, como heladera, microondas, cafetera; lo único que, personalmente, no me gusta es que la pileta del baño quede fuera de éste, lo cual genera cierta incomodidad. El hotel cuenta con una piscina muy bonita, a la que lamentablemente no pudimos ir porque hacía bastante fresco. San Luis Obispo es una ciudad hermosa, cálida, con muy buen ambiente, en cuya plaza central tuvimos la suerte de presenciar un excelente recital, cosa que suele hacerse los viernes de verano.

  • Aug 13, 2014 by jekkajai

    I got a deal for this hotel on living social. The staff allowed me to check in early and was able to put my mom in the room next to me. Channel selection is great and beds were comfy. The hotel does look a little dated, but that doesn't really matter to me. The breakfast selection was decent and included. There is free wifi. I did not use the pool, but it looked clean and nice. Parking was an issue, we had to park in the further back which didn't have much lighting. I really like that u can bring your dog here. I didn't bring mine this time, but I saw some families who had and they said they really liked it. My only real gripe is that the little mini fridge was super loud for me. I am a light sleeper, so it kept waking me up. Maybe it was just my room, my mom didn't complain about it. Rooms were clean! This hotel is right off the freeway. It isn't really walking distance to downtown unless you want a long walk. But it is a short drive to downtown. The area seemed safe and there were many restaurants near by. I would stay again if I can get a deal like the one I got :-)

  • Aug 11, 2014 by Ted E.

    Great little hotel.  The room was clean and comfortable, with a fridge and microwave in the room too.  Nice pool and hot tub, great breakfast everyday, and you can even check out free movies at the desk to play on the DVD player in your room.  WiFi and parking are included, along with breakfast.  The staff was very friendly and we had a great stay!

  • Aug 06, 2014 by OSidefamily1

    We were pleasantly surprised by the Sands Inn and Suites. Every staff member was friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and the breakfast was much better than expected. We will definitely stay here next time.

  • Aug 05, 2014 by S M

    Lovely! remodeled hotel in old town San Luis obispo . I purchased a deal through Groupon for a one night stay, and was very happy with the hotel. While the exterior is dated, the rooms were completely updated, clean, and amenities you just don't get anymore: refrigerator, microwave, full free breakfast. Staff was over the top courteous and helpful. Down the street are all the new name brand hotels, all of which are nice, but you can't beat the service of the Sands Inn.

  • Aug 01, 2014 by Lawrence B.

    Customer service here is superb. Our original room was nice, but our neighbors were too loud. Asked the front desk if they had another room, & they immediately switched us to a wonderful suite, NO QUESTIONS asked! (But I told them my complaint anyway). Pool was nice and breakfast had make-your-own-waffle stations. Their customer service manager (or whoever teaches the staff how to treat customers) should be very proud.

  • Jul 29, 2014 by DaddyBlue

    Decided to visit the CalPoly campus with my family and see the sites. Sands offered the amenities I was looking for on their site. The good: the guys at the counter were nice and breakfast offerings were OK. The bad: old facility being masked by new paint and carpet. The shower faucet had to be turned 20 times, not kidding, to get cold water flowing. My kids almost got scalded the first time they took a shower trying to get cold water to flow. Lights in the bathroom and bedroom flickers when microwave was used. Proof of old electrical wiring. Our keycard had to be redone twice so that we can get in the room. I was looking forward to the sauna but that too was a disappointment. The water was cold and felt like it never passed 70 degrees. Lastly, the room was stuffy and the walls were paper-thin. I don't know why this place gets the 4 and 5's. Stop doing that people. It's misleading people relying on the reviews; specially those traveling with kids. The room rate is too high for what the Sands offer. Hope this honest daddy review helps others looking to get a quality stay.

  • Jul 23, 2014 by phk123

    This hotel charges a lot of money for what one receives.. The rooms and look are outdated... Most annoying is the feeling of lack of privacy from the other guests who sit or stand outside to talk, drink and smoke... Sorry but for what they charge for a room, one can go elsewhere and have an updated room and some privacy from the other hotel guests.

  • Jul 22, 2014 by 4ntraveler

    This hotel is situated directly off highway 101 which makes getting around via the freeway extremely easy. The room had everything that is necessary for an overnight, nothing more and nothing less. The coffee pot decanter was missing from the in-room set up but as coffee is available from the free (more than adequate) breakfast, we did not bring this to management's attention. The property is well kept and neat. The staff aim to please and are courteous and greet guests with a salutation or a nod and smile if you pass them. For $115.00 all inclusive rate for a 2 bed room was comparative to other hotels in the area charging $40+ for rooms. We would stay here again.

  • Jul 22, 2014 by Nina K.

    This is very nice, our room is a double, roomy, remodeled, clean room.  The walk to downtown is several blocks, but,  a 2 min. drive.  The pool area is nice, maybe not as grand as the photos, but, no complaints. Nice extra toiletries, like make up remover.  Breakfast in the morning has DIY waffles, fruit, yogurt,  ect. Is satisfying. I would stay here again.

  • Jul 15, 2014 by marabobara

    Needed a hotel that takes dogs on our most recent jaunt to SLO and booked our rooms here via Was pleasantly surprised! Nice rooms (just a tad outdated but so is the cute owner), big bathrooms, nice size heated pool, yummy continental breakfast, free movies, free internet and what I loved most was you can hop on the trolley just outside for only 50 cents and it's a quick ride to downtown SLO. Easy access to the highway and less than 5 minutes from Cal Poly. Will definitely stay here again when we have to bring our dogs.

  • Jul 12, 2014 by Mara R.

    Why not five stars? One reason: a little outdated. With that being said this place is great for the money. Nice big heated pool, yummy continental breakfast of waffles, eggs, sausage, muffins, bagels, cereal and fruit. Big fitness center. Two computers behind a soothing waterfall structure. Plenty of seating in the lobby. Free movies to check out both kids and adults. Rooms were a tad small.....bathrooms were a tad big! No way to really change this without spending a fortune.  Very quiet inside the rooms....I slept great! Here's the bigger reason I like this place: they are pet friendly! They are very accommodating to travelers with pets. They give you a pet basket upon checkin with a sheet to put over your bed, a towel probably to wipe dirty paws and poop bags. The area they ask you to go to was a short walk to the front of the motel and was clean....yep not one poop did I see the many times we were there. I love that you can walk out to the street and pick up the trolley into downtown SLO for .50 cents.  It's really a great location for a quick jaunt in the highway either up to morro bay or down to Avila beach. Met the owner one morning and he is very friendly just like his staff. Owned this place for 38 years. We will stay here when traveling with our dogs.

  • Jul 07, 2014 by Andre B

    Adorei o quarto, espaçoso e bem equipado. Estacionamento na frente do quarto. Chuveiro muito bom. A única coisa que achei bem fraco foi a qualidade do café da manhã. A localização está ok. Mas não gostei muito da cidade, ficaria em Santa Barbara.

  • Jul 06, 2014 by Magdalena P

    I had a wonderful experience: very clean, excellent complimentary breakfast, friendly and accommodating stuff (many thanks Lisa, Sarah, Chris & Mike), great value, close to everything (restaurant, shopping, entertainment, beaches, etc..). Highly recommended to everybody! Magdalena

  • Jul 01, 2014 by Scott A.

    Room clean but very dated and depressing. Not enough light. Good free Wifi. Tiny toilet. Crapy sink I hit my knee on because I'm tall and couldn't get my hands under the faucet. Shower head at chest height with a low flow head on it that leaks. Rusty. Crumbling grout. LOL My son's room had little barking dogs in the room next door. My room had a loud AC unit  outside the window. Place looks much better on the outside.

  • Jun 12, 2014 by cmpfuntime

    The Sands Inn and Suites is an old run down facility. The carpet, drapes and bathroom need a desperate upgrading. The blankets on the beds were thin and old. The breakfast was disgusting. The eggs were cold and hard. The bagels were stale as well as the rest of the danish. The bananas looked like they were almost a week old. We left after 1 night. The front desk was not very friendly or happy, but they did recommend a great restaurant...CRAWDADDY's. We will not stay at the Sands Inn again while visiting our son at CAL Poly. Sorry

  • Jun 11, 2014 by Gabby L.

    Overall we'd like to do 4 1/2 stars. We would give it give it five stars for the staff for sure and four for the facility (a little larger room would have been the only change.) We loved this place! We are traveling with our dog (medium size) and stopped in to see what this place was like. They were awesome and friendly so we decided to stay. The staff was pleasant and helpful (they gave us information about the town and I saw one of the guys helping two people with luggage, which was nice). They provided treats, poop bags, a towel and a sheet to cover the bed for our dog. The breakfast was good and the staff, again, was great! The rooms are smallish, but we weren't planning on hanging out too long on the room anyway. The beds and shower were good, which is what is important. We didn't hear a lot of outside noise or noise from other rooms. It's close to the downtown and very close to the university. We were able to walk into town for dinner.  It's a really nice town and we'd definitely stay at this place again.

  • Jun 10, 2014 by Gr8ass

    The staff are great food really good. The front desk staff took really good care of me, and the room was clean and comfortable. The pool area is great, and the room wasn't too expensive. They have a nice gym, the lobby staff is great, and they have free dvd's to watch.

  • May 24, 2014 by sailandtravel

    The area is old, but hotels should be upgraded from time to time. The beds are new and the room is comfortable, but the carpet, drapes and bathroom could use a little help. The staff is courteous and the prices are reasonable. The breakfast provided was much better than average.

  • May 20, 2014 by letstalktravel

    This was another pit stop on our way up the coast. I am quite easy to please without all the frills, but I wished we would've paid more for one of the other hotels around the area. It was only for one night and I'll make it quick and easy: Pros - affordable - free decent breakfast - convenient location to the freeway - convenience for walking to downtown shops and restaurants Cons - jacuzzi was lukewarm (bummer) - decor and furnishings were circa 1984 - shower pressure was lacking - bed was too hard for us I would only recommend as a one night stay if you want no frills and a hard bed is fine for you.

  • May 11, 2014 by Chilly25

    We stayed at this hotel during a trip we took along the pacific coast highway. I have to be honest we were dreading this stay but out of the 4 hotels booked this was by far the best. We were checked in by Chris who was extremely efficient and friendly. We were given a choice of rooms which we were able to park right outside. The hotel provided us with a map and excellent directions to the downtown area including where restaurants were located, the distance and closing times of the shops and restaurants. The downtown area is really lovely and is about a 20 minute walk away (approx 1 mile). The hotel itself was extremely clean, the room was of a good size with plenty of amenities (fridge, microwave, coffee maker) and breakfast was included (a really good selection). Had a great nights sleep, as the area is slightly out of town it is very quiet. If you travelling there is a gas station right next door. Would 100% recommend.

  • May 03, 2014 by efspetaluma

    Old style motor court. Squeaky floors. We got the "Governors Suite" on the second floor which included a separate sitting room. We had a mini fridge and microwave (no plates or utensils included). 3 sinks: bathroom, bedroom and bar. Clean. Comfortable bed. Relatively quiet. Very helpful staff. Breakfast included (eggs, waffles, sausage and good pastries). Within a mile of downtown. Good restaurants (try the clam chowder at Splash) within walking distance. Pool. Hot tub. Quiet air conditioners!

  • Apr 28, 2014 by Stan D.

    To quote Betty Davis, "What a dump!"  I will never stay here again.  The guy who checked us in was warm and personable.  Get to the room, open the door and the place smelled like an old smoking room even though it was non-smoking- Strike 1.  Unplugged the mini frig because it made a ticking noise, unplugged the alarm clock, who needs them anymore- Strike 2.  Shower, if you enjoy being peed on by a cherub with scalding hot water then icy cold water, then scalding water, then icy cold water, by all means stay here- Strike 3.  One out!  The bed was an inner spring mattress that should have been thrown out 10 years ago- Strike 1.  The pillows were disgusting.  I had a difficult time sleeping- Strike 2.  The walls were thin and you could here everything as well as people outside- Strike 3.  Two outs!!  The toilet ran constantly, we are in a drought situation here in Cali- Strike 1.  The built in hair dryer had a freaking night light that you couldn't shut off or unplug.  And it was on a wall where it reflected in the vanity mirror because the sink was in the bedroom- Strike 2.  The furniture was from the 1980's at least and way too much of it in the room.  One fabric covered swivel chair looked like it came from a porn studio!  It was NASTY- Strike 3. Three OUTS!  Friends stayed on the other side of town at a Motel 6 and said it was just redone.  They paid $77 a night and raved how clean it was.  We paid $169!  A jacked up price for the SLO Marathon.  Can you say rip off?  Never stay at this dump.

  • Apr 28, 2014 by cyberluddite

    We chose this place mainly because we were traveling with our dog, and this hotel accepts pets. It turned out to be a pretty good choice. The hotel was fairly full when we stayed so room options were limited, but they did have a suite available for what seemed like a reasonable price (I think it was $129, plus another $20 for the dog). The room was quite spacious--a living room with sofa bed, wet-bar, desk, TV, etc., the bathroom, and a separate bedroom with an extra sink and another TV. The bedroom had REALLY high ceilings (maybe 20 feet high) and tall windows, and was otherwise very spacious. The bed was comfortable, but the sofa bed, which our daughter slept on, was something of a joke. The "mattress" was wafer-thin and didn't cushion her from the bars and springs underneath, so she had a seriously uncomfortable night of sleeping. Something to keep in mind if you plan on having anybody sleep anywhere other than the bedroom during your stay. The room décor is decent, though the bathroom was dated (looking like something from a cheap 1980s suburban condo) and not particularly well-maintained. The HVAC system worked well. There is free Wi-Fi, but the signal was weak and the connection speed was slow, at least in our room. There's a pretty nice pool and hot tub area, with patio tables and a nice gas BBQ available for guest use. (Beware if your room is near it, though--some rowdy, shouting guests took it upon themselves to have a loud party there the night we stayed, and the management didn't seem interested in doing anything to stop them.) There's a "fitness center" but it's fairly worthless--there are only a few machines and most of them are not in proper working order. The rooms come with breakfast which, while not all that good, is at least several cuts above the typical "basket full of industrial-grade mass produced pastries" sort of thing that passes for "breakfast" at many hotels in this class--at least this one provides a steam table with pans of scrambled eggs and sausages, as well as some fruit, toast, yogurt, etc. All in all, while this is certainly not a luxury place, it was just fine for what it was and I'd stay there again.

  • Apr 26, 2014 by travellerms36

    They serve an excellent breakfast with home made joghurt, fresh grapefruits and warm items as well! We stayed for one night with our whole family, grandparents and adolescents included! We would book it anytime again!

  • Apr 22, 2014 by JohnFromSantaClara

    I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights with my family in April 2014. We rented one of the suites as there were 3 adults and 2 kids. The room was a nice size. It was comprised of 2 rooms with a bathroom in between. The main bedroom included an extra sink which was nice. Nene (aka Grandma) was sleeping on the pull out sofa. At first it was not comfortable so we simply pulled out the mattress on the floor. The next morning we talked with the staff. They replaced the mattress with a brand new one and added lots of extra blankets. The next morning the staff went out of their way to ask us if the situation was better. They even came to check on us once. The pool was really nice. It was the perfect temperature and really nice for swimming. My two boys and I had a blast. The boys thought the free breakfast was fine. Nothing unusual but it was clean and stocked on our visits. The price for the suite was also good. I think it was around $160 a night. The location was very convenient to both downtown and the Cal Poly campus. I wished the wifi reception was better. We tried to go to the pool and lobby but surprisingly it did not improve.

  • Apr 15, 2014 by daveoman

    Booked a bit last minute at this place because of an event at Cal Poly. We needed 2 queen beds, but that wasn't available. So, we ended up with a "suite". The suite was a king size bed with a pull out couch. The king bed was very comfortable. The pull out couch was horrible. The springs were missing on one of the corners, and you really could feel every piece of metal through the "mattress". That was a real bummer. We doctored it up by putting the comforter down, as well as stuffing the crazy amount of pillows in there. That made it tolerable, but barely. The location is solid, as are most of the spots there on Monterey. The parking can be a real PIA, with a very nice covered area right when you pull in that is only suitable for compact cars. And I mean COMPACT. Again, unfortunate... The breakfast was solid in the morning. Kind of hard to mess up eggs, sausage, and the waffle maker. They also had plenty of cereal, bagels, toast, etc. A plus for all that... The front desk was very good about everything really. I should have complained about the couch bed, but I don't know what they could have done. My bad though for not even trying (it was late when we pulled it out.)

  • Apr 14, 2014 by Dzonka

    The room was tiny, and impossible for two people to move around, made worse by the fact that the sink was in the room, and only the bath/shower and toilet in the bathroom. The furniture is dated, dark and dinged. The tiny armchair was dirty. The breakfast was dull, the pastries were tiny, and the coffee and "hot" water just lukewarm. The staff were disinterested.

  • Apr 09, 2014 by Oswetripper

    This hotel is easy to find if approaching from the freeway. It is built in a motel style, but is off the road and has plenty of private secure parking. The breakfast arrangements are much better than those provided by most similar hotels and the rooms are very comfortable. We received a very nice welcome complete with cookies upon arrival and we found all of the staff to be very helpful. For those going to the Thursday night market, this is a long walk, but do-able.

  • Feb 11, 2014 by HealthNutMom

    All upgraded rooms, great breakfast with family feel, awesome price for an expensive city. What more could you ask for!! Super professional staff and helpful. The bathroom in the room we were in was very gross though… only complaint.

  • Jan 16, 2014 by Orjan1961

    Mycket prisvärt hotell med trevligt bemötande och gratis film att låna. Wifi ingår och rummen är bekväma, poolen nyttjades liksom bubbelpool. Kan Rekommenderas! Frukost serveras och de har hamburgare och ägg, vilket inte är det vanligaste. Bravo!

  • Jan 15, 2014 by Merriki

    We stayed for 6 nights. We had a suite and had plenty of room for 4 adults. Staff were very helpful and breakfast was great. Good location easy to get to downtown and shops. Good base for day trips in the area. Loved it.

  • Jan 13, 2014 by chrisinfluence

    We found this hotel last minute as we were traveling from San Diego back to the bay area and needed lodging for the night. The place is clean, staff was nice and price was right. Also, if you haven't been to SLO town its a great little college town with lots of great restaurants, shopping and bars.

  • Jan 09, 2014 by Lisiane40

    Foi uma agradável surpresa,pois pelo valor não tínhamos muitas expectativas.Quarto muito limpo,espaçoso,camas confortáveis,amenidades no quarto,secador de cabelos excelente.Café da manhã em estilo buffet(algo bem incomum nos EUA)incluído na diária.Estacionamento grátis e wi-fi excelente.Enfim,nada a reclamar,só elogios!

  • Jan 02, 2014 by James L

    Great location with access to town and freeways. Quite area with easy access to roads to enter and exit. Staff very courteous and ready to assist you with any request and assistance. Room décor tasteful, chairs could use more padding to sit and watch TV.

  • Dec 28, 2013 by Vicki P.

    We really didn't want to stay at a Motel 6 and didn't want to pay the price of a Hilton.  This was perfect.  Bed, pillows, room was comfortable.  Love the little things like free DVD rentals, cookies at the counter (yes, I'm a pushover for food), breakfast and the customer service was great.  Will definitely stay here again if the need arises.

  • Dec 26, 2013 by Wandalicious

    Needed to book a room in town because the significant other had a show at SLO Brew. Just really needed a place to crash, but places in town can be pricey! The Sands met our needs perfectly; a little dated but clean and spacious. The bathroom looked newly remodeled and was immaculate. The room had a microwave and a fridge, nice touches although we didn't use them. The sink was outside the bathroom, which I like since I can apply make up while the boy showers. All in all, it felt safe and clean, which is what we wanted. Upon check in, the hotel clerk, Chris offered us fresh baked cookies and a map of downtown. Very sweet! Since it is a motor hotel (where you park your car outside your room), there was a little bit of noise in the morning as the early risers packed up and left, but that is to be expected. Overall, I would stay there again.

  • Dec 20, 2013 by T C.

    Definitely can't judge this book by it's cover.   I had the opportunity to check cruise down to SLO for a wedding of an old friend of mine.  It was going to be a over nighter, so of course I was looking for a cheap place.  I would've just slept on the streets, but the SLO police probably wouldn't have enjoyed that.   The Sands, not too much to say except "Comfort"  Check in was extremely easy, rooms were clean, pillows were soft, bed was not lumpy, check out was easier, place was clean, warm continental breakfast, and the best "warm chocolate cookies at check in."  Can't ask for more.  The place looks old, but if you are just looking for the basic comforts without paying a fortune, this is your place PROS: Chocolate chip cookies Nice pillows Walking distance to downtown CONS: Water pressure in showers was a little low

  • Dec 18, 2013 by Brent B

    This is one of those "Motor Court" lodges that you see in movies and tv shows from the 60's & 70's, but the rooms have been nicely updated. Mine was comfortable, with a very nice bed and the typical amenities with the addition of a dvd player. The bathroom a little crowded, but had plenty of counter space. The free breakfast was incredibly carb heavy, which is no surprise, but nicely presented.

  • Nov 26, 2013 by kenromford

    We stayed here for a night last March (sorry about the late review). Check-in was very friendly and room was huge with 2 king beds. Breakfast was good - we enjoyed the waffle-maker (a novelty for us Brits). Easy to walk into the town centre, about 10 mins in a straight line. Lots of bars and restaurants especially in Higuera St. We particularly liked McLintock's - a fun steakhouse with good food and good atmosphere. Only (minor) negative point was the disposable plates and cutlery at breakfast - it's much nicer to eat off real plates with metal knives and forks - and it can't be very green to create all that waste every day. One more thing - there seems to be a shortage of cabs in SLO - we tried to get one to take us to the Amtrak station and it took a lot of ringing round to rustle one up for us. The station is only 1.3 miles away, but that's a long way with cases!

  • Nov 24, 2013 by Mya G

    I wasn't sure what to expect but as soon as we opened the door to our double queen room, we were thrilled! The views from the balcony were exquisite - the blue skies and mountains providing a serene scene. The staff was extremely helpful and polite. The breakfast was MUCH more than your usual continental breakfast - the waffle machine, eggs, sausage made our morning! I will definitely be staying here again in the future whenever I travel to SLO.

  • Nov 23, 2013 by SoniaSiri

    Quartos limpos, atendimento simpático e cookies maravilhosos quando se chega cansado e faminto. Café da manhã, variado e agradável. Deixamos o carro com as malas dentro sem nenhum problema. Excelente relação custo x benefício.

  • Nov 03, 2013 by WalterWal...

    Para quem vai de San Francisco e precisa pernoitar no meio do caminho esse hotel foi uma otima escolha. Na recepção havia Cookies quando chegamos. Quarto bom e tranquilo, com vaga para carro na porta do quarto! Chegamos cansados e apagamos! Cafe da manha muito bom, com direito a waffles!

  • Oct 14, 2013 by TravellerH7

    Stayed here for one night. Our room was spacious, clean and with good amenities, but a little dated. Free parking, pool, hot tub, DVD loan and breakfast were much appreciated. We were able to walk into downtown SLO from the hotel.

  • Oct 13, 2013 by Jason P

    We stayed at the hotel for one night whilst making our way from Monterey to LA. The hotel was certainly very clean and tidy, our room was more than large enough for the 2 of us and our luggage. The pool and hot tub area were clean although the old exercise equipment didn't look to clever. The breakfast offered by the hotel was a welcome surprise and had plenty of variety including hotel and cold dishes. Regards location some may consider the walk to downtown San Luis as a little far, however is easy to locate by walking/driving down Monterey Street. The Irish bar across the road from the hotel was perfect if not wanting to go into town and offered a number of food choices. Overall I was very happy with our stay at this hotel and were certainly recommend it to other travellers.

  • Oct 04, 2013 by David D

    I would stay here again. Rooms were very clean. What made this place special is the two men at the front desk who were very helpful and friendly. One of them referred me to the Irish Pub across the street at it was also good. All in all an excellent find. Nothing fancy just comfortable and clean. Breakfast was quite adequate as well.

  • Sep 27, 2013 by MMPJMH

    We have stopped in SLO dozens of times driving from LA to SF and stayed at nearly every single motel in town! Ladies and gentlemen, we have found the indisputable winner here at the Sands: amazingly hot jacuzzi, a heated pool that is truly heated (albeit not Palm Springs-ish, but hey it's not the desert either), superb service (our refrigerator did not work so they offered us another room and when we declined, lisa in Housekeeping said they wanted to reduce our rate for the night), travel tips (Sara at the front desk alerted us to the Thursday night street fair), and centrally located (right near trolley pick-up or a fun 10- block walk to downtown). We'll stay again and you should too!

  • Sep 23, 2013 by M-lori M

    Driving in I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The rooms and bathrooms very clean. The beds comfortable and towels fluffy. The added DVD setup was so appreciated! I'm a mom traveling with 2 teen boys and they needed something to do. The rooms were small. The breakfast was a nice surprise. Good stay and would return.

  • Sep 16, 2013 by Jalluca

    Abbiamo soggiornato in questo motel per una sola notte, ed è stato veramente piacevole! Camere pulite, carine, con tutti i comfort (frigo,phon,tv,mappe gratuite del luogo,wi-fi), posto tranquillo e, ciliegina sulla torta, una buonissima colazione che ci aspettava la mattina con frutta, waffle, muffin, salsiccia, uova e tutto ciò che serve per affrontare una giornata all'insegna del passeggio nella grandissima e splendida terra statunitense. Consigliatissimo!

  • Sep 12, 2013 by M. K

    Service was very friendly. Breakfast was very tasty. Rooms small but included recliner, good after long drive from San Francisco. DVD "rentals" great if you have kids! AWESOME gateway to wine county. Wish we had more time to visit vineyards and breweries.

  • Aug 30, 2013 by helene_Ly...

    Hôtel un peu vieillot qui nécessiterait un rafraichissement mais qui reste très agréable. L'accueil est irréprochable. Bonne literie, grande salle de bain, frigo, piscine agréable Super petit déjeuner en terrasse.

  • Aug 24, 2013 by snooploopfloop

    A beautiful inn with great views, pleasant decor and wonderful service. A gracious and caring staff made my stay very enjoyable. All the extra services were amazing and well worth the price. Good location in a quaint section of town. A comfortable place to relax and unwind.

  • Aug 06, 2013 by fimes

    we stayed here in june 2013, we were driving from l.a to san francisco so broke up the drive by staying here for 1 night, really wish we stayed longer. san luis is great. the hotel was very clean and the staff were great. we were upgraded to an exucitive suite (wedding anniversary) at check in and the guys at the front desk were very helpful, we told them we were driving the coast road and they showed us loads of places to visit, morro bay, availa beach, pismo beach got to see the sunset there awww. if you stay here try out franks resturant. leave the hotel and turn right towards the town. i think its the 2nd right but its a small white building, try the chilli cheese burger, so sloppy. the hotel has a nice pool and car parking is good. complimentary breakfast is nice.

  • Aug 05, 2013 by emp3r

    I changed our hotel reservations from another hotel when I discovered that the rooms in this place had recliners in some of their rooms, and the most accommodating and helpful staff when I made the reservation. We needed a ground floor room (no elevators) and the recliner for medical reasons and the hotel was going to be busy as we were part of a wedding group that was using this hotel but they were able to accommodate our needs. The extremely wonderful staff continued throughout our stay. Although the rooms are older, they have everything needed for a very nice stay. We stayed for 2 nights, the room was very clean, had refrigerator, microwave and the promised recliner. It was very quiet except for the air conditioner, which on low was still very loud, but we did not need it after we freshen up the room. The second day, we never needed the air conditioner on at all. The room rate included breakfast, however, we never ate the breakfast but others that were with us did and they liked it a lot. There was a very clean pool that we did not use but others were enjoying it. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Jul 31, 2013 by Lqdeutsc

    The Sands Inn is the place to stay if you're looking for a good rate and need to bring your dog along for the ride. They have a complimentary breakfast and an outdoor pool and hot tub. My parents stayed here every time they visited me while I attended Cal Poly.

  • Jul 30, 2013 by KV67

    Our family of 4 stayed 2 nights at this hotel. We found the room to be clean and well maintained. However, for some mysterious reason, an old chair was placed in front of the bathroom. It only took up valuable space. The complimentary breakfast was really good, lots of fresh fruit and youghurt, and the staff was making sure to refill everything. We found the front desk staff very helpful and friendly,giving practical tips on what to do in SLO. The kids enjoyed the outdoor pool, and the free wi-fi. We can recommend this hotel.

  • Jul 24, 2013 by SJaggers

    Stayed here one night with my two sons. We decided to walk downtown - a little too far of a walk but we did it. Lovely downtown area with tons of eateries and shops. Hotel check-in staff was super friendly. I'd stay here again. Free breakfast did the job. Nothing fancy but just right.

  • Jul 23, 2013 by David82605

    We hit Paso Robles on the Central Coast mid Saturday evening BUT during the mid State fair. It soon became clear that PR was sold out and we drove 20 minutes south to Atascadero. Nothing to be had - well if you we're prepared to pay up to $199 for a $70 room you might get lucky. They were making hay on a sunny day - guess that is understandable. So on further south to San Luis Obispo, a town we have stayed in many times over the years. On our third attempt Sands offered us a converted conference room for $75, no TV, roll-away beds. We took it right away - after all our options were dwindling. And they were including breakfast and free WiFi so suddenly our evening got brighter and we were happy to drop the difference between that rate and the gouge rates further north on a decent dinner in SLO. Complaints - not in the circumstances and the guys on reception were friendly and helpful

  • Jul 21, 2013 by Doxie57

    My husband and I stayed here in July 2013. It was a bad experience. We had to stay there,because all the other hotels in that area were full. We had been driving all day, and were tired. They gave us the " conference suite" for a cheap price. One of the other posters spoke about the conference room turned into a suite. I don't have a problem with a conference table, chairs and lots of old pictures and trophies on the wall. What I have a problem with is that it was dirty. The bed linens were stained and felt like they were not washed. It just had that dirty feel to it. The bathroom was not that bad. My husband saw the room beforehand, and asked if the ancient looking air conditioner worked. They said yes. Well, it didn't. It was not terribly hot outside, but after we got back from dinner, the room was stifling hot and stuffy. My husband told the front desk, and they came to look at it. The man said he did not know what the problem was, it had been working. They would get the maintenance man to come out, but he lived out of town. We waited an hour. My husband went to the front desk to ask about it. The man was sitting there folding towels, and said he "just called" to say he would not be coming. Why didn't he call our room to tell us that? He just plain lied. My husband had a few words with him and left. The man said some rude comments to my husband. So much for the customer is always right. Never stay here. They are just not professional at all!

  • Jul 20, 2013 by Meggen S

    We stayed at this hotel many times when my daughter was a student at Cal Poly and decided to stay there again on a recent CA driving trip. The motel was just as we remembered, and the property is maintained well. The staff was friendly and helpful, and our room provided everything needed for a basic, comfortable stay. The room was clean, and the lobby had delicious just-baked chocolate chip cookies at check-in. The included breakfast was ample with a good number of choices. While this motel is very "basic", at $79/night it provided everything we needed for a nice return visit to one of our favorite towns.

  • Jul 17, 2013 by zmanCalifornia

    As Cbauer81 noted, indoor corridor hotels, which the Sands is not, are quieter; and there was the unavoidable car noise from the centrally-located parking lot. Fortunately this calmed down when it came time to sleep. The breakfast area was basic, but clean. Breakfast was nothing to write home about, but there was reasonable variety and plenty of food; and hey, it's free! Piping hot waffles that I was able to make in the self-serve waffle maker, were a fun novelty for me. Staff, in general, were very helpful, especially Chris in reception, and Lisa who's in charge of housekeeping. For me the midweek special: $79/night for 2 or more nights, made Sands a great value! The Sands is a bit far to walk to downtown, about a mile, but the good news is that there's no need to go downtown, at least to eat. I especially enjoyed eating at Jaffa Cafe, about 3 blocks toward downtown on Monterey.

  • Jul 03, 2013 by A J.

    11:00 -- checkout time -- rolls around and my boyfriend isn't back from some solar site in the middle of nowhere. We had prepared for if he didn't get back in time, throwing all the luggage in the car so I wouldn't have to sit ladled with baggage. That didn't work though, for the enormous amount of fruit, veggies, goodness knows what I brought along for the trip in an attempt to avoid gas station food. So I pack up my big open box of food and waddle into the front office, nearly dropping it en route. I let them know I'm ready to check out, and asked if it wouldn't be too awkward if I hung out there in with my stupid overflow of bananas, melon, and cucumbers till the boyfriend was back. In excellent mercy and customer service, the two men at the counter asked how long he would be. I told them he had said half an hour to 45 min., and without a blink of an eye the one man had made a fresh key card and was walking me back to the room, telling me to just wave on the way out to let them know we had cleared the room.

  • Jun 20, 2013 by Cbauer81

    Recently stayed here for Cal Poly Graduation Friday June 14-Sunday June 16. Have stayed in different nearby hotels and decided to give The Sands Inn & Suites a try. I normally stay in a "indoor" corridor type hotel, because of noise issues. I am a light sleeper and it was very quiet here. No noise whatsoever. There was a little problem with my reservation, graduation weekend is always crazy, but was quickly fixed without any other issues. Yes this place is a little older. ALL hotels in SLO are older!!! But very clean. Good carpet. Comfortable beds. Refrigerator, Microwave. Clean bathroom. Shower was good. We didn't use the swimming pool due to the weather, but walked over to check it out and everything looked really good. It's not within walking distance of downtown, no hotels are. My family and I will definitely stay here again!

  • Jun 20, 2013 by AirJanet

    The Sands Inn & Suites is a nice, clean and well located motel in San Luis Obispo. While not the Ritz, it served my needs well with a comfortable bed, good internet access and a refrigerator. I liked that I was able to park right at my room door, which helped as I was only staying 1 night, and I needed to easily move stuff from my room to/from my car. This hotel sticks out for 2 reasons, (1) they have a nice collection of DVDs that you can check out for free and watch in the DVD player provided in the room. (2) The breakfast was better than most hotels of this caliber; I particularly liked the fresh cinnamon rolls. Again, while not exciting, this hotel met my needs very nicely, and was an oasis after a long drive.

  • Jun 18, 2013 by pandasdad

    Stayed during Cal Poly graduation, so the rate was inflated (as all in town were). Breafast buffett eggs/potato's were luke warm every morning. Some cobwebs on the cafe patio covers. Rooms are dated but comfortable. SLO trolley picks up right in front.Helpful staff. I've stayed in 5 or 6 places in SLO over the past 4 years and this place is OK for around $99 a night. Just needs a bit of TLC.

  • Jun 16, 2013 by guanghui j

    booked the hotel blindly in hotwire, it is surprisely very good. the environment is peacefully quiet, staff is very nice. my parents thought the hotel is 4 star, my kid loves the swimming pool. it will definitely be my first choice in the area.

  • May 23, 2013 by sherree28

    Our stay for so wonderful and pleasant. The staff were so accommodating and friendly. The hot breakfast was great. We were able to walk to downtown San Luis Obispo from hotel location. The hotel is a older hotel but has been updated and is very clean.

  • May 17, 2013 by Stanleythemanly

    We stopped in SLO on our way up the coast to San Francisco. After inspecting all of the motels on the main strip, we decided on Sands as likely to be the best value for money. It was in the middle of the price ranges, above Travel Lodge and Best Western. The rooms are VERY basic, but serviceable. One thing that was particularly annoying was the fridge which made an incessant noise which made it difficult to sleep. The people at the front desk were always very courteous and helpful. The breakfast was fantastic, and the ability to eat in the outdoor dining area with the mountains in the background. The other facilities on the resort like the spa and the pool looked excellent, but we didn't have the opportunity to use it. In summary, not bad if you're willing to part with some cash, but If we had our time over we would probably splash out a bit more and go to a better place.

  • Apr 25, 2013 by davis-family

    We got in late at night and left in the morning after breakfast. Staff was friendly late at night. Room was clean. Quiet. Bed was comfortable. Water was hot enough. Close to Cal Poly. Breakfast was included and was decent. the facilities overall are older but fine. What more could you want?

  • Apr 21, 2013 by Andrew P

    Went there Apri 20 for one night with my family. Was the only place available and the assistant manager charged me $219 for a suite. The air conditioninng was making a seeping sound like a gas chamber, floors are not attached to the subfloor and squeek, food for breakfest is gross, and water tempature changes while taking a shower. Stay away.

  • Apr 18, 2013 by Davejk01

    The general manager Matt is super awesome but so is the whole staff that I've encountered. The house keeping is friendly. You know what, I've just never experienced service like this in all my travels, you be your own judge and tell me of I'm full of it!

  • Apr 18, 2013 by Granthamjacy

    We are from Texas and the staff was more then willing to give us recommendations for the best resturaunts and how to get to the beach. They even printed out maps for us:) Thank you for making our stay so amazing!!!

  • Apr 16, 2013 by bitman

    This place was quiet, clean and inexpensive plus they take pets. We like this style of motel where you park at your door. Not a bad walk to downtown. Very pleasant and peaceful motel with staff was friendly and helpful. We will definitely come back.

  • Apr 12, 2013 by misstripsalot

    This was the first stop on a road trip and we were impressed. Our kids loved this place s they had a heated pool, a huge collection of DVDs to borrow and a breakfast buffet. The rooms were spacious and clean with well maintained fittings and furniture. Wifi included was great too.

  • Apr 02, 2013 by FresYesHuh

    Great hotel with even better staff. Jason greeted us with warm cookies as we entered the lobby. Then as soon as I had mentioned my name, I was told that I was upgraded to a King room and handed a pet basket for my dog. His basket included his own towel, a large sheet for him to sleep on, and even a list of local pet-friendly restaurants. The room was very cozy, and the bed was as comfortable as they get. The T.V was old, but who cares- you shouldn't go on vacation to watch t.v; also, they made up for it by having a hundred DVDs for us to choose from for free. The location was great as well. It was only a few blocks from the downtown bar scene, and the weather was beautiful, which made the walk very enjoyable. The only downside was that the walls seemed very thin when the neighbors showered in the morning. The hotel held onto its 5-star rating because of the extraordinarily kind staff who were always happy to help us in any way possible.

  • Apr 01, 2013 by EuropeanTraveler16

    Both times I have stayed at this hotel, I have found the staff to be extremely welcoming and helpful in many ways. The rooms were quite comfortable, and the breakfast was very good, offering many choices. There were several restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel. This is an excellent choice for anyone traveling by train, although a taxi ride is required.

  • Feb 20, 2013 by Fab W

    Nous avons séjourné une nuit dans cet hotel. C'était une bonne idée de s'arrêter dans cette petite ville dynamique avec nombreuses boutiques et restaurants. Nous avons fait le tour des hôtels tous situés dans la rue et obtenu le prix le plus intéressant au Sands. Nous avons signalé que la chambre proposée n'avait pas de baignoire et ils nous ont proposé une meilleure chambre avec baignoire pour le même prix. Personnel sympathique, petit déjeuner correct. Nous avons bien fait de choisir ce motel.

  • Feb 14, 2013 by ashdog11

    I highly recommend this hotel. We have stayed here numerous times & the service is always excellent. This last time they even upgraded us to a King room for no extra charge. I like it b/c it is very clean and close to downtown. They have a pretty good continental breakfast in the AM too.

  • Jan 08, 2013 by 4words

    We stayed here one night while looking at the university. Chris was very friendly and gave us a great rate for the evening. Room was clean and bed was comfortable. They also had binders full of DVDs to check out for free. The only negative was my pillow was lumpy. They should have more pillows on the bed. Overall I will stay here again I really enjoyed my stay.

  • Jan 07, 2013 by Mcap A.

    We stayed at here this past weekend on two separate nights.  First impression was great because the night manager was very friendly and helpful.  The price was also great, we booked through PriceLine at only $68/night. We do agree, the decor and furniture are outdated, but that isn't a deal-breaker for us.  The room was clean, the price is right, and we will stay here again. The only cons we found were low water pressure, the armchair in the room was questionable, the blankets were thin and in the first room we stayed, the wifi was inconsistent.  These cons were minimal and would not have an affect on our decision to stay here again.

  • Jan 02, 2013 by scwave

    We used the Sands Inn as a base for three families with kids ranging from 5 to 15 to explore SLO and surrounding areas. The hotel staff was great! I want to emphasize this point in this review. Chris and Chris were accommodating and helpful in our booking...beating Obitz in both price and convenience. Then they made an effort to keep the families together. Outstanding service. The queen suites were clean and perfectly suited for a family of five. Pool and hot tub were well maintained and a big hit with the kids. The hotel is a short four block walk to downtown, and there is a nice bakery even closer. The complementary breakfast is fine....the kids loved making their own waffles, but the coffee was blah. Good value for a place to sleep and as a starting point to explore SLO.

  • Dec 30, 2012 by Amanda D

    We chose this hotel as a place to sleep while wine tasting around the area. It is not fancy, so don't expect too much. It is, however, easy to find, has friendly and helpful staff, clean and has a fridge and microwave. You should consider this place if you plan on seeing the surrounding area and simply need a place to lay your head.

  • Dec 25, 2012 by Don G.

    The outside looks great.  The inside, not so much.  Peeling wallpaper, stains on the walls, grubby couch, mediocre bedding.  The people were very nice ... I don't know why they don't clean the place up a little.  Didn't even bother with breakfast, with the Madonna Inn nearby.

  • Dec 20, 2012 by Prcipce

    Many motels/hotels in town, but The Sands is consistently good and well priced. Chris was very helpful and offered freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when we checked in. Since it was raining he also made sure we had a room near the office and that we could park in the covered garage. The room was large, quiet and equipped with a micro-wave and small fridge. The included breakfast was in a nice room behind the office and consisted of scrambled eggs, sausage, juices, waffles, yogurt, bagels, pastries, coffee and cream-of-wheat. A great spread for a motel breakfast.

  • Dec 10, 2012 by PapaRichWee

    "Do you want a cookie?" was the first question Chris, the customer service person asked when I stood in front of him at the reception counter. He was friendly and very careful to write down the breakfast hours in the morning and also the wireless access. He then pointed us to our rooms.. The rooms were beautiful designed, clean and bigger than expected. All facilities work. The bed were firm. Location of the hotel is great and not too far from the highway. It was not noisy at all. We had a full breakfast with self made waffle, eggs station etc. really enjoyed our stay. Will come again...

  • Nov 29, 2012 by Agonte2

    posto tranquillo, parcheggio riservato, personale molto professionale, non lontano dal centro, il servizio della colazione è buono e particolare è molto carino ha tutto quello che serve, piscina, wifi, frigor, aria condizionata.

  • Nov 25, 2012 by Rebecca M.

    Just spent the week in hotels around California, and this was the best of the bunch. Friendly, helpful services, best coffee all week, decent breakfast, movies on loan, comfy beds. Not the quietest or fanciest place we stayed - but the friendliest and most welcoming. Was a very relaxing night.

  • Nov 12, 2012 by gegelasui...

    Nous avons séjourné une nuit dans cet hôtel. Les chambres sont spacieuses avec un frigo et une machine à café. Ce petit hôtel un petit peu retiré du centre est calme et le personnel est accueillant. Si vous voulez vivre l'aventure américaine...c'est là que vous devez aller.

  • Nov 05, 2012 by badboyjedi

    Clean good size room. Nice people and location. Small TV from last century! Was'nt in slo to watch TV, but next time ill bring my laptop, the screens bigger. Pool too cold to use but looked nice. Room price a bit high compared to other Favorite but that hotel was booked. OK in a pinch.

  • Oct 29, 2012 by Julien D

    nous cherchions une étape entre san Francisco et Los Angeles, petit môtel en périphérie de la ville, pour une nuit cela convient très bien. Restaurant / Pub à proximité Très bon accueil Chambre équipée : frigo, micro onde, Lecteur DVD... Rapport qualité Prix

  • Oct 27, 2012 by Cheltonian-65

    Friendly reception staff greeted us with coffee and cookies which was a very nice touch. Room very acceptable with all the facilities including free Wi-fi and coffee making, with excellent coffee. Our coffee maker did not work on arrival but this was replaced within five minutes of reporting to Reception. Handy to the freeway and in hotel / motel area about 1.5 miles from central San Luis Obispo which you could walk. Very nice pool with a lot of towels but we could not get the jacuzzi to work, we could have asked Reception. Complimentary buffet was very well received and a good choose. Enjoyed our short friendly stay.

  • Oct 21, 2012 by Lauren T

    Booked this originally without reading reviews because pets are permitted(although we ended up leaving Fido with our neighbor). We have frequent rewards with Best Western which is directly across the street, but they don't accept pets and the staff wasn't friendly when I called about their Cal Poly package that they no longer offer even though it is still on their website. I'm glad we left the dog at home because it would have been too hot to leave her in the car during our tour of Cal Poly. When I read the A/C didn't work from an earlier review, I cancelled the reservation. The GM, Mr. Wilkins assured me that the A/C did work so we rebooked. It was a good thing because it was over 90 degrees in the middle of October. We really enjoyed our stay here - from the hot coffee and freshly baked cookies upon arrival, to the recommendation of a Pizzeria for dinner from the front staff (Woodstock) which was a fun choice since it was a Sunday and we're a football crowd. They had happy hour for all NFL games but go before 3:00 for the economical Lunch special. We enjoyed the huge selection of free DVDs and had read about this so we brought micro popcorn and cold drinks to use in the in room fridge and microwave. A good thing since the vending machine was out of order. We also enjoyed the nice pool and toasty jacuzzi. The friendly staff gave us plenty of extra towels. The beds were comfy but it would be great if they updated the bedspreads to the newer type. We brought our own pillows too since we had read the pillows were bad - but they were fine. The A/C was cool but kind of noisy when it cycled on and off during the night. Last but not least, the complimentary breakfast was just great. Waffles that you make to order, bagels, cereal (eggs were cold though) and delicious OJ and coffee. Also, they have a washer/dryer for guests use. We will definitely return here especially if our son is accepted to Cal Poly.

  • Oct 21, 2012 by Sylviecc

    J'avais réservé sur internet en ajoutant un commentaire "Please, confirm that's a suit with 2 bedrooms". Bien entendu, mon commentaire n'avait pas été lu et ce n'était pas une suite avec 2 chambres séparées, mais plutôt un salon avec un divan-lit et une très grande chambre. À notre arrivée, comme il restait une autre suite identique, ils nous l'ont laissé à moitié prix pour compenser (ce fut apprécié... Le beau-frère ronfle !!). Dans la salle de bain, la porte avait des "dégoulissures" tachées... Un peu dégueux... Un petit coup de peinture serait de mise. La chambre était vaste et propre. Une petite table aurait été la bienvenue dans le salon pour nous accommoder pour le souper. Le réceptionniste, bien que très gentil, n'a vraiment pas été bon dans ses recommandations (ex: je lui demandé un resto où on aurait de la pizza et du poulet... Le seul poulet au menu du resto recommandé était des ailes de poulet en entrée... Je lui ai demandé un endroit où acheter des imper... Le magasin recommandé n'avait vraiment pas de genre de chose et un centre d'achat important se trouvait à moins de 3 minutes de là... ) Le petit déjeuner inclus était très correct (scramble eggs, saucisses, salade de fruits, gaufre, toast et bagel, yogourt, etc).

  • Sep 17, 2012 by LynchmobMike

    Certainly dated, but clean. We found it quiet and comfortable. Quiet rooms are on the south and west side. Bed was better than I expected. Either it was a new mattress or one of quality. Came with self serve breakfast. Added bonus of free dvd to watch movies in your room if the weather is bad. We had to book late and were worried about the options we had left. Ended up booked at the Sands and would not hesitate again if the better hotels were booked.

  • Sep 15, 2012 by Sapflo

    Hotel etape , loin du centre ville , chambre veillotte ... Hotel bizar .... ! Bien pour une nuit ! Personnel agreable , la piscine est a l autre bout de l hotel !! Hotel bien pour une nuit etape pas plus

  • Sep 08, 2012 by Elliott H.

    So my girlfriend and I were headed back down the coast after a short tour of NorCal and their delightfully overflowing breweries.  After stopping in Santa Rosa we booked a room at a motel in SLO to have a place to spend the night.  When we rolled up to said place at 10:45 PM, they accidentally booked us for the following week and they no longer had any vacancies.  We were incensed. We went to our car and started calling nearby hotels/motels as quickly as we could until we called Sands Inn & Suites.  The voice on the other end was the first cheerful response on the phone and when we asked for a room he set us up in a very nice suite at a great price considering the last minute nature of our reservation.  When we arrived at the Inn, Zac (I think) was helpful and kind.  Our room was luxurious and massive with air conditioning to boot.  Granted, the AC unit in the bedroom did not work and the ice machine was being replaced (which involved me wandering around the premises with an ice bucket like a crazy person). But overall what was a very stressful night ended up being one of our most comfortable stays on the whole trip.

  • Aug 30, 2012 by hotelflamingo

    I booked this last minute on Orbitz while traveling down from Hearst Castle that same day. I went to college here back in the early 80s and had not visited the area since. The hotel had some pretty good reviews on Orbitz, so I decided to choose this one. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Zach did a good job of making some dinning suggestions and was teaching the new front desk person there. The rooms were very clean, just a little dated though. When you start spending over $110/night, your expectations begin to change. I think some some inexpensive updates would help a lot . The wifi seems to be inadequate- it seems to choke in the morning when everyone gets on at the same time. They do have free use of an internet computer in the lobby though and that works fine. Overall, I think it is a good property and is in a good location. With some adjustments to the amenities, I think it could be even. better

  • Aug 26, 2012 by Rob R.

    Hotwire considered this a 2.5 star hotel, but I beg to differ.  Although the front staff was nice, the room contained original furniture and bedding from 1965.  They have added dvd players to complement the vcr built into the tv.  The a/c unit shook the whole wall and the bathroom fan was ready to die a not-so-peaceful death. Even discounted, this place was not worth the $120 we paid.  I would definitely try another place first.

  • Aug 25, 2012 by ron r

    Original carpet, bed spreads, and even tv! The travel lodge is looking really good as I type this. The parking lot is by the majority of rooms, so be sure to ask for one upstairs! I'm am impressed that they've added a dvd player via rca cables to plug into the the tv with integrated vcr.

  • Aug 22, 2012 by amksba

    We stayed for one night last week, very last minute. Making a same day reservation during the summer with a dog was no easy feat, but the staff was really fantastic! The hotel was clean, but the rooms were a little cramped. The owners would benefit from some easy upgrades. The beds were not-so-comfy and had kind of icky comforters, and the lack of a/c in the rooms was a bummer. We were overly warm, as we had a first floor room and our dog was restless from hearing the activity outdoors. If I were to stay here again I'd definitely request a second floor room. But, it was perfectly adequate for a one night stay, especially for a place that allowed dogs, and the staff made it a very friendly and welcoming place. There were mini-fridges in the rooms, which would be great for an extended stay to explore the area. Breakfast was included and was fine - nothing outrageous but the bagels and waffles were good. Obviously I can't stress enough the awesomeness of the staff - they really made the stay worth it and are the highlight of this place - they even had delicious fresh baked cookies in the lobby, as well as a giant book of DVDs you could borrow for free!

  • Aug 22, 2012 by Akane T.

    After reading other reviews, I guess my experience was pretty good... The room was clean enough but the comforter was dirty (suspicious looking dark stains--blood? wine? ugh...) Luckily the sheets were clean and I made sure that was the only thing my legs touched. Score: I didn't have to wait for hot water. But during my bath I got a call saying the room downstairs had a roof leak, can an inspector come up and check it out? Great. Sure. Yeah. No problem-o. It didn't end up being my room so after he checked I got back to refilling my tub and enjoying my bath. (Not many hotels have tubs anymore...) The breakfast was something to be desired. I sampled the potatoes and eggs. Meh. Bland, soggy, undercooked. Coffee was too watery. I settled on a bagel instead. When I checked out I made sure to double check the charges before signing. When I looked at my bank account online they charged me an extra $15. I called right away - what was the extra charge for? I had the receipt, signed and dated. That's not the amount I signed. He assured me that it would be 'taken off in a few days' and that it's 'just a protection fee, but we rebate it once the charge goes through'. What the heck? Never heard of that... A fee to protect themselves from overdraft charges? Hmm. Overall, it could have been worse. Not bad. But nothing to rave about either. Just beware of extra charges and the bedspread. Oh and leaking roofs.

  • Aug 05, 2012 by cj02139

    We went to SLO to visit a friend for dinner and breakfast. Nice place; would stay again; most rooms in 2-story buildings. We were on bottom floor; very little noise from top floor (even though the place appeared full). There are about 8, queen-sized rooms in single story building which you can request if you do not want someone above you (no separate sink from toilet/shower). Did not try breakfast though it looked nice. Likewise the pool (which we would have tried had we not been out so late). Quick and easy drive into downtown. A half-dozen or more other motels are in the same block.

  • Jul 14, 2012 by Carrie85259

    With two boys, two dogs, my husband and myself we reserved a one room suite. It was a nice clean suite with plenty of room. Great value & great location. They have a selection of movies you can check out of the office and offer a (better than most) breakfast. The staff was very accomodating. We will most likely stay again on our next trip to SLO.

  • Jul 11, 2012 by the_elms

    Room and bed were Clean and odor-free. The staff was easygoing and hospitable. The breakfast was the best on our trip, well-stocked with waffles and fresh fruit. High speed internet, fridge, micro included and they did not try to upcharge for any services. Note that it is a motel with the flavor of an Inn, for example a cozy living room in the lobby. They also have 24 hours a day coffee and a free computer station with Internet in lobby. Once we got over the hokey country furnishings we really felt very comfortable at this place and would stay again.

  • Jun 01, 2012 by llc-mycroft

    The staff was nice, but the facility needs updating. The walkway to our second floor room was dark and had lumpy, damp outdoor carpeting. Room was serviceable, but cramped. Several hotels nearby looked in much better condition, and I will stay at one of them or the Madonna Inn next time I'm in SLO.

  • May 30, 2012 by princessinsb

    I called the night before a holiday weekend and they had a cancellation and room for us. Guys at the front desk were very nice on the phone and in person. Room was a great size for us. Breakfast was tasty. It was too cold out for the pool, but we did get in the jacuzzi at 8am... good times. Would stay there again!

  • May 23, 2012 by ANDYCalifornia

    room / not to my likening/ old and out dated / in furniture and paint colors/ bed good ,TV old/,bath tub and shower average/ location good /swimming pool very nice but beware not heated /breakfast set up fair that home run appeal really not there,also hot tub to small , grounds very nice , but place getting old , in general the place needs some updating , also machines in rooms making a little to much noise.

  • May 06, 2012 by lilie021

    L'hotel est excellent pour une étape à San Luis Obispo. Charmant, dans un très joli cadre entre colines et palmiers. La chambre est propre et complète (tv, wifi, fer à repasser, frigo ...) Située au calme. Très bon petit déjeuner, très complet. Excellent restaurant mexicain à 2 pas à pieds de l'hotel. A recommander vivement !

  • Apr 28, 2012 by John S.

    Two words: bed bugs. I woke up with a total of 32 (!) bites. I should have asked for a refund but I figured that I had used their room so they should at least be paid for it. Needless to say, my wife and I won't be returning.

  • Apr 22, 2012 by PetesrLakeErieshore

    You won't die from staying here. Dingy? I think that's the word. Two or three places across the street seemed nicer

  • Apr 08, 2012 by Mike D.

    Better choices in SLO.  Outdated.  Minimal toiletry amenities.   Smoke alarm chirped twice during the night (probably battery).   Paper thin walls.    Had to unplug in room frig due to compressor noise.

  • Mar 30, 2012 by Evicat

    Stayed in the so-called "Presidential Suite," which seemed exciting until we opened the door. The hotel basically took a business conference room, stuck a bed in it, and called it a suite. There were all kinds of weird civic awards on the walls (the owners?), a big folding table, horrible fluorescent ceiling lights like you find in a school hallway, and the bathroom had those soap dispensers that come in public restrooms. There was also no discount for this bizarre arrangement, so we paid exactly the same amount as people who got to stay in normal rooms. I was particularly annoyed that the guy at the front desk did not give any indication whatsoever about the kind of weird room he was giving us -- probably because we had not pre-booked and he didn't want to risk us walking away. Definitely would not go back.

  • Mar 27, 2012 by sailandtravel

    Found this hotel in the AAA book, they had rated it 4 stars. The rooms seems nice a first, then we tried to turn on the heater. This was a suite, so it had two rooms, the front room had a heater that worked, but the bedroom heater was not functional. we had reservations for 3 nights, after staying for 2 nights and they could not get the heater fixed, we left one night early. The desk manager did provide us with a small portable heater, which did help, but was quite old and noisy. The location is great, close to Cal Poly College and downtown eating and shopping.

  • Mar 13, 2012 by Lfour44

    The Sands Inn is ok. It is fairly clean. The internet service is horrible. If you can get a connection it only lasts a few seconds at a time. They really need to upgrade this since most people want online access. The front desk staff is so-so. The free breakfast is so-so. The walls are thin and you can hear the people in the next room having a conversation. Parking is good. Proximity to Cal Poly is good.

  • Mar 05, 2012 by Thomas R

    Nothing luxurious for the price but more than satisfactory for a one night stay 10 mi from the beach. I have stayed at this location more than 20 times and will continue because of the location near downtown and my relatives.

  • Mar 03, 2012 by Drln007

    I found this hotel passing through town and found it to be a very pleasant experience. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The price was reasonable, the rooms were comfortable, and breakfast exceeded my expectations.

  • Feb 27, 2012 by Matthew C

    The service is great, the rooms are fine and the breakfast is good. Everything you should expect from a modern hotel at a very good price. I stay here every time I am in SLO, which is about once per quarter to recruit new grads at Cal Poly.

  • Feb 20, 2012 by Sierra S.

    The virtues of this place are that it is not very expensive, and that it permits dogs (for a substantial extra charge). The "continental breakfast" causes me to wonder which continent they are referring to.  It was truly pathetic.  I don't recall ever having worse coffee.   They do offer a wide selection of DVD movies, if you are staying in at night, with your dog. There are so many other choices of motels along Monterey Street that I don't think I will return here.

  • Dec 31, 2011 by jetsetroadbound

    Upon arrival the staff was fantastic and very accommodating. The man at the front desk bent over backwards to get us set up to our satisfaction. When we got into the room however, we found that the towel rack had been previously broken lazily glued back to the wall. It fell off as soon as we went for a towel, and half of them fell into the toilet. We told the front desk and they assured us that it would be dealt with by the time we got back from dinner. It wasn't dealt with. And in the morning we found that the room fridge had frozen all our food solid, ruining our produce. We told the staff and they didn't bat an eye. At the very least they could have apologized for inconveniencing us. I hate to be picky, but nothing frustrates me more than being ignored when I'm paying for a service.

  • Dec 28, 2011 by Eric35400

    Localisation bien, calme et à l'écart de la circulation. Un peu trop zone commerciale pour le cadre général. Mais pratique. Chambres grandes, avec de grands lits mais chauffage vétuste effroyablement bruyant, douche à faible débit, une des chambres très dégradée (moquette tachée, rideau déchiré, ...) alors que l'autre était propre. Petit déjeuner minimaliste et cadre pas très accueillant. Accueil inégal : entre très chaleureux et froid selon les individus.

  • Dec 28, 2011 by 47MaineYankee

    This is an older motel large room, comfortable bed with microwave & refrigerator and thermostat on wall. The shower and toilet in separate room. Wireless connection was weak with no provision for wired connection. Not well maintained, vanity drain was disconnected, very noisy hear people next door at normal conversation levels.

  • Dec 18, 2011 by jmiko48

    We read the reviews that suggested that the Sands would be a good place to spend a night. Not so. We checked in on Friday evening in December. The room was 55º, not surprising since the room was unoccupied, so, we turned on the heater. Not only was the heater extremely laud but it took about an hour for the room to heat up 6º. As we huddled under the bed covers to get warm there was no chance of going to sleep since the heater sounded like a diesel truck in the room, so, we had to turn it off. Taking a shower in the morning was not an option since we could not wait the several hours it would have taken for the room to heat up. When we told the desk clerk in the morning about the problem with heat the answer was “…yes those heaters can be temperamental.”

  • Dec 02, 2011 by Highwaydog

    Older hotel that shows it's age. Staff friendly and nice breakfast but the rooms and furnishings are old and show their age. Probably wont' stay here again.

  • Nov 07, 2011 by Sarah K.

    Whatever you do, don't book a room by the pool in summer. Although probably obvious to most: loud, obnoxious children abound. A/C not working 4th of July weekend forced us to open the window not five feet from the pool gate, which even at close to 10pm is still being opened and slammed shut. Pitter patter of hyper kids sprinting down the upstairs breezeway is a horrendous but inevitable cacophony to a first-floor dweller. Boo on this whole sitch. Alas, it was a decently low price for a holiday weekend stay, but along with the tacky interiors, it's highly likely we won't be staying here again.

  • Oct 30, 2011 by 2leashes

    My grown daughter and I spent one night here while visiting my younger daughter at Cal Poly. We were very happy with our stay. We had a King suite upstairs called the President's Suite.:) Quite spacious! Huge bedroom with a sliding door. Decent sized living room with a wet bar. It's pet friendly, too! The pool area is very nice and inviting. We sat out there before dinner since it was a gorgeous day. The front staff is so friendly and helpful. The one thing they admitted needed fixing is the WiFi. Unfortunately, I was not able to get it on my iPad except down near the office, but then it disappeared. I hope they fix that soon! I really do like my Facebook! :) The breakfast room and patio were wonderful. They served a nice more-than-continental breakfast which included some hot items, as well as the usual fruit, cereal, scones, coffee, etc. I didn't care for the Sunny Delight-type "juice", though. :) I prefer real orange or grape. All in all, if I could continue to get a room of this caliber for a low rate, I will definitely stay again! It's a little hidden gem close to everything! Just get that WiFi fixed, please! :)

  • Oct 24, 2011 by Angela K.

    We stayed in a suite and it was relatively inexpensive and fantastic. The suite was spacious with a living room that had a queen side pull out sofa bed and a TV. There was also a bar and fridge in the living room. The room with our bed also was equipped with a TV and a sink. The bathroom separated the living room and the room. The room led out of a private patio looking outside. The staff was courteous and found us an international plug converter for a camera. I really liked the breakfast. We could make our own fresh waffles which were so yummy. They also provided other hot foods like sausage links. Cereal, bagels, toasts, and condiments were an of course. This was probably the best free breakfast I've had at an inn so far (from my trip from LA to Carmel/Cambria/Monterey back down to LA). I definitely recommend this place if you need a place to stay in SLO.

  • Oct 21, 2011 by simonr78

    This hotel was well placed for us as a stopover on a Coast drive, staff were friendly and the motel style layout was acceptable for us. The rooms are quite large and comfortable. i would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to others.

  • Aug 16, 2011 by Max L

    Abbiamo dormito al Sands inn & suites di San Luis Obispo per una notte durante il trasferimento da los angeles a s.francisco, il motel è molto carino ha tutto quello che serve, piscina, wifi, frigor, aria condizionata. Percorrendo la stessa strada in pochi minuti si giunge al paese con ristoranti e negozio. Consigliato!

  • Aug 07, 2011 by 192400

    Das Hoterl liegt am Hotelrow, etwas außerhalb vom Ortszentrunm, wo alle 20 Minuten ein Shuttlrbus für 50USCents fährt.Der Empfang war sehr freundlich u. hilefsrbereit bezüglich Aus künfte über San Luis Obispo. Der Zimmerpreis liegt dutlich unter den Kettenhotels in der Nachbarschaft. (80 USD für eine Nacht).Das Zimmer war sehr gräumig, sauber u. zweckmäßig eingerichtet.Das Parken in der Garage war kostenlos.In der Mitte der schönen Hotelanlage befindet sich ein großer Swimmingpool.

  • Aug 03, 2011 by Narziss

    Easy to find with a lot of great small eating places nearby, and wonderful help from the people at the reception desk to find them. Best seafood chowder in California is about 100 yards down the road.

  • Aug 02, 2011 by 1cinderella

    Stayed here based on reviews, and we were not disapointed.The room was very clean and well maintained. The front staff that we had contact with was young and very helpful and knowledgeable. We hope to stay again !

  • Aug 01, 2011 by DancinB

    The Sands Inn & Suites gets a Very Good rating from us because of the service, the price, and the location. It is clean, the staff is very helpful, the pool and spa were terrific, and the ease of getting everywhere we wanted to go was great (Pismo, Avila, Morro, Cayucos, etc.). Hotel prices in the ocean-front towns were too high for our 5-day trip. Staying at the Sands in San Luis was a much more reasonable option, especially with the free breakfast, free DVDs, and because we were able to take advantage of a special rate offer. If you want a reasonably priced, family friendly place, you'll like the Sands.

  • Aug 01, 2011 by cossid

    Better than average continental breakfast in a spacious eating area. Even with several families on vacation present it was quiet. Friendly atmosphere. Location is excellent and represents a good value.

  • Aug 01, 2011 by Saravana k.

    This is officially the worst hotel i've stayed in. Everything smells and the room is dingy. And did I say the room smells? It wreaks. I almost felt like I was sleeping next to a homeless person. And the breakfast was not good. The orange juice is either tang or sunny d. Not worth for the price. On a positive note the front desk staff are cheerful and helpful.

  • Jul 25, 2011 by Jimmy S

    I can't say for sure that the room was dirty, but it felt that way because the felt like I stepped back into the 1960's. I could hear practically every word my neighbors said and people walking by my room in the morning woke me up multiple times around 5am. Not what I expected from a 3 star. The staff was not too friendly. I would honestly say 1 1/2 stars. I suggest you find a different hotel, there are lots of nice ones at the same prices on the same street.

  • Jul 15, 2011 by Wendy S.

    We have stayed here twice and will most likely stay here again next time we are in SLO.   You can easily walk to town from here.  Good for families because you can feed them a real breakfast, cereal or waffles, juice etc.  Personally, I walk the three blocks to Splash Cafe because I am picky about my morning tea. It's clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, the price is right, and it's close to our favorite places to go in town. This is an inexpensive motel that manages to keep it's standards high.  Free DVDs to borrow, a nice pool and poolside tables on a large patio.  Great place to stay in SLO.

  • Jun 21, 2011 by southwind3

    The Sands has spent some money on upgrading its lobby and facade, but underneath it is still a run of the mill motel. The rooms are clean and the hotel is near Grand Ave, one of the main entrances to Cal Poly. The continental breakfast is cold cereal, yoghurt, hard boiled eggs, juice plus make your own waffles. However, if you want a waffle be prepared to stand in line. Also, the indoors breakfast room is too small for the hotel on busy days that are too cool to sit outside, you may not get a seat.

  • Apr 16, 2011 by Mark S.

    Like a moth drawn to open flames, I always find myself staying at the Sands Inn when I'm in SLO. Yes there are more luxurious options out there, Madonna Inn comes to mind. But damn it. When I'm in SLO all I want to do is eat a large spencer steak at Jocko's, wine tasting and ogling at Cal Poly coeds. Another reason to stay here is the free breakfast every morning. It's a pretty decent spread with waffles, bacons, fresh fruits and cereal. Give Sands Inn a try and you'll have more money to spend on wine.

  • Apr 13, 2011 by Albuquerque74

    The motel is adequate. The included breakfast is excellent! The price was reasonable. We were perfectly content. We would stay there again.

  • Mar 28, 2011 by ebrynnie

    The Sands Inn is a doubt about that. It's better than a Motel Six, but...worse than a Ritz-Carlton...-:) The Pros: Very close to Cal Poly. The Cons: A older property trying to make itself look better. Personal observation: Every price quote for any motel/hotel in San Luis Obispo is centered around "what's happening" at Cal Poly...!! On Parents Day, for example, expect to pay ridiculous prices for any motel/hotel room in the ENTIRE San Luis Obispo area. One year we had to drive all the way back to San Maria to get a motel room at a ridiculous price, the time, we felt "lucky". advise is to book early if you're in that area. If you are in the area on a BIG Cal Poly day you could be in trouble. ..

  • Mar 18, 2011 by dallas099

    It all started pulling up to the motel. I had to drive through a road construction. When I checked in, it took no more than 3 minutes. The young man and young lady seemed so cold like they wanted to get you out of their hair as fast as they could. The room--they put us in a room furthest away from the office next to the alley. We start to take our suitcase out of the car and we saw and heard two young adults screaming something about buy me a Red Bull. Before we walk in I notice the door. Looks old and dirty. We walk in, the room looks old, cold, not very appealing to the eyes. The cover on the bed looks like it came from the 1800s. Immediately I think this is not worth $90. I go back to the office and ask for a different room. They put us closer to the office and this room looks better. Better TV, cleaner newer carpet. We decided to stay. Now the bed--hard as a rock. I was so upset with this place we didn't even have the breakfast. Never go back again.

  • Feb 06, 2011 by Michael L.

    Service was nice, the breakfast was great, but the layout of this hotel is one of the most confusing I have ever seen.  Check in is in a completely different building, and there are too many staircases and no elevators. If i were to stay here again I'd request a room on the first floor so I don't have to lug my luggage up thousands of flights of stairs.

  • Jan 20, 2011 by roadrunnerCalifornia

    I like the Sands Inn, especially when I am traveling solo. The winter rates are decent, mostly in the summer everything in town is overpriced. Location is convenient to downtown and Cal Poly, rooms are clean, staff is pleasant. Pool area is good for sitting and relaxing as well as swimming.

  • Jan 18, 2011 by candie s.

    Service at check-in/out was courteous and pleasant.  We were even informed of the free DVD's we could rent out.  The room itself was clean.   Breakfast was amazing ... two words "waffle maker"!  That itself won me over ... well that and it was free :)   Great value for the price.  Would most definitely stay here again.  Within walking distance to all shops and restaurants.

  • Dec 30, 2010 by John R.

    This is a solid, inexpensive motel with nice management. The room was clean and the counter people friendly. My car got stuck on a little piece of metal that was sticking out of the cement block at the end of a parking space. When I went to back out, it got caught on my bumper and dislodged it. The general manager, David, was extremely nice and apologetic, helped me get a truck out to get the car unstuck, and the hotel paid the fee to get my bumper fixed. It was a great customer service experience and I will definitely stay there again.

  • Nov 02, 2010 by jaesoriano

    It's been a little while since we stayed at the Sands Inn & Suites, but it was an okay place. From what I remember, the price was fairly decent, though I feel it could have been cheaper. The Sands is essentially a motel, but the pictures tend to make it look a bit more glamourous than that. There's nothing special about the rooms, but you can definitely tell that it's old. Because of its age, our bathroom felt a little dirty, despite it actually being clean. The pool wasn't very clean, either, and the hot tub has a cover that you have to remove yourself. Despite those flaws, however, the Sands gave us a clean room and a comfy bed, so I would say it's a decent place if you just need some lodging.

  • Oct 25, 2010 by mvdljca

    The Sands is an economy motel that was shameless enough to charge $149 a night for a room that was just slightly less than OK. Oh, it was parent's weekend at Cal Poly (I was there for a different reason), a time during which rates at local hotels and motels seem to approximately double. The room was small and needed updating, the sheets were flimsy, the desk clerk surly and the breakfast blah. For $69 or $79 a night, I wouldn't complain. For $149 a might (plus tax), I'm complaining.

  • Aug 29, 2010 by Anna T.

    My stay at this inn was awful. I was driving with my boyfriend from Southern California to Northern California and we decided to stop in San Luis Obispo for a night. Since we left Encino at around 9, we arrived in San Luis Obispo at around 2am (after some car trouble). When we went to the hotel lobby to check in, the woman who checked us in was very unpleasant; I felt she made no attempt to make us feel welcome, but rather made it seem like we were a huge hassle to check in. She took my information down which made sense since the reservation was in my name. Then she took my boyfriend's information down. I don't know if this is normal, but I've never experienced this at any other hotel I've stayed at. She not only took down his information from his I.D. card, but also wrote down what car we arrived in, the color, model, etc. even after telling us that the hotel has open parking. I don't know if my boyfriend and I are overreacting, but we felt singled out because we're young and might "cause trouble". When we got to our hotel room, we discovered that our door was left open. We called the front desk and she didn't offer to change our rooms but asked us if there was anything missing. The next morning, after checking out, we were getting ready to leave when we encountered more car trouble. We were unable to even leave the parking lot and after a short while, the hotel manager comes out and asks us, "Are you planning on taking off anytime soon?" He told us that the car smells were bothering him, and he was indoors in a building at least 200 feet away. He doesn't offer any information regarding auto mechanics in that area and is upset because we were waiting in our car in the hotel parking lot while we made calls to figure out what to do. I think the only good thing about this hotel was that it was pretty clean and it was next to a Chevron gas station. Other than that, I would not recommend a stay at this hotel when there is a Best Western right across the street with better ratings at around the same price. The hotel staff at Sands Inn only know how to make a bad day even worse.

  • Aug 26, 2010 by Chi T.

    I picked this place because it was inexpensive and closed by to Cal Poly. I used the term "inexpensive" instead of "cheap" is to identify the actual price of stay. The room is pretty standard and clean. I am somewhat OCD, so I want my stuffs to be REALLY clean... Parking is challenging because the spots are rather close to each other, so I just park at the very end spot by alley docking and extremely close to the curb on the driver side to avoid any dings and scratches. The continental breakfast was actually pretty good to be honest. They served all sorts of fruits, cereals, and a DIY waffle machine (I enjoyed making the waffles more than eating them, heh). It's an okay place to stay at for the cost!

  • Aug 19, 2010 by Bruce W.

    Comfortable, clean, quiet, strong free WiFi, a block fm freeway, near the university campus with lots of choices for restaurants and a laid-back student village vibe. Front desk friendly and willing to give good advice about what's around the neighborhood (staff is probably mostly college student folk who are energetic and friendly). Left my laptop on the bed when we left. They called me as soon as they found it, but we were already too far down the road to turn back. The next day I spoke with the manager, David, and he arranged to have the computer professionally packed and mailed by UPS. It arrive the next day in perfect condition. To say I appreciated that service would be a understatement! Thanks Sands Inn!

  • Aug 14, 2010 by jovisgrandma

    This Motel is great at everything. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Immediately fixed the squeaking door, immediately someone came to adjust the DVD player. The Spa was hot and clean. The king bed was absolutely perfect. It's 2 blocks from the 101 and yet 100% quiet. We would surely look forward to staying again. Mr. and Mrs. Moore

  • Aug 03, 2010 by kenney l.

    In my opinion if your looking for a retro 70's adult movie feel this is the place for you. It literally feels like i stepped back into time with the blue carpet ,light blue drapes and orange bedspread , it really felt like a $30 motel in a run down part of town, sorry just my opinion. The front desk help was polite and very helpful though. price was insane considering whats next door and brand new.

  • Jul 03, 2010 by ChemnitzP...

    Beim Check Inn im Hotel wurden wir vom Personal darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass der Zimmerpreis für AAA Mitglieder (auch ADAC) günstiger sei. Dadurch haben wir einen noch besseren Zimmerpreis erhalten. Auch war es möglich, sich vorher einige Zimmer bzw. Suiten anzuschauen, um danach zu entscheiden welches Zimmer bzw. welche Suite für uns in Frage kommen würde. Im Hotel gibt es einen schönen Innenhof mit Pool. Geschäfte sind in einigen Minuten zu erreichen. Am Morgen ein continentales Frühstück der besseren Art,nicht zu vergleichen mit dem was der Urlauber von anderen Hotelketten gewöhnt ist. Insgesamt waren wir mit diesem privat geführten Hotel sehr zufrieden.

  • Jun 23, 2010 by Caitlyn D.

    Better than a hole in the wall place. Outdated place, the staff is nice, but the owner whom I encountered.... she was not so much. She was a god representation of the place-- kinda dumpy. It was clean though. No dirt, and it is in a convienent location. with better research other hotels will give you a competative rate. You can get a little more comfort for the same cost, and a friendly staff just a few places down at Comfort Inn. The lobby at Sands looks like it was decorated at Goodwill, and behind the pool it looks like the city dump with abandon trailors-- not the best view from a second story room. Pool is kinda dirty. But you get what you pay for, and the outside is a good indication of the inside. Pillows suck like the other reviewer said. No bugs, no mice.... no offensive odors. Just would never be a first choice place to stay

  • Jun 05, 2010 by Spunk65

    Hier hat es uns super gut gefallen. Waren 2 Nächte hier. Große saubere Zimmer. Sehr nettes Personal. Sehr gutes Frühstück. Waffeleisen zum selber Waffeln machen. Frischer Obstsalat, Toast, Kuchen, Zereralien, Kaffee, Wasser, Milch, Butter, Marmelade, Philadelphia. Super Betten. Kaffeemaschine, Microwelle und Kühlschrank im Zimmer. Ins Zentrum sind es ca. 15-20 Min zu Fuß. 2 ÜF inkl Tax ca. 150 $. Gerne kommen wir wieder.

  • May 26, 2010 by redvisorman

    There's nothing too sweet about this place, except for maybe the watch and gun collection. Pretty lame motel style rooms, decent mattresses. My biggest gripe was the "Continental Breakfast" which consisted of make your own waffles (probably the only part I liked), orange soda (not juice), lousy watered down coffee, old fruit, and not a drop of water anywhere. The parking lot was difficult, I'll leave it at that, and drunk people screaming in it at 3 a.m. and then again later at 4 a.m. wasn't really good for sleeping. Their "handicap accessible" room did not have a walk in shower, and there were only hairdryers in some rooms, if you didn't get one you had to get a loaner from the front desk. There are other places in the area, you can do much better.

  • May 22, 2010 by Mavros66

    the stay of 3 nites was adequate.. as visitors from a foreign country we found the checkin staff on arrival to be "stiff", unsure of answers to questions put to them about simple "demographics" of the area, the room was motel style .. the bed though comfortable was the smallest in all our stay in california..there was a most ample breakfast included in the price and was a welcome start to the all we found that the accommodation was adequate and well priced.

  • May 18, 2010 by funinthesunNorCal

    From the awful check in experience to being rudely kicked out of the pool, I would NEVER stay here again! We'd reserved our room (which was a HUGE disappointment) online and when we asked about the AAA discount, the young kid at the front desk said "we can't do anything" and he wouldn't even look up the price for us. When we requested more pillows, he seemed super irritated....isn't that his JOB?? The only really great thing was the breakfast, and I think that's because I LOVE waffles! Especially freshly cooked waffles! But the Sunny D for OJ and sugary fruit salad was awful. Overall, I'd rate this place a low 1 and would NOT RECOMMEND!!

  • Apr 17, 2010 by Felicity S

    An ordinary motel withan interesting breakfast room full of photos of the owner with country music stars, presidents etc as well as antique/collectables in glass cabinets. Clean and comfortable and good v for m.

  • Apr 05, 2010 by JenD43

    This hotel was a great deal. The staff behind the front desk were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great....except there was no water. Room was clean. We used the hot tub and it was nice too. Overall this place was a great deal for what we paid - $62.

  • Mar 20, 2010 by PommyMommie

    We reviewed this hotel on google already, but we so impressed with the Sands we wanted to put our good review on Tripadvisor as well: The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room was very, VERY clean and well-appointed. The beds are VERY comfortable. Yes, the decor looks like extravagant late 80's, early 90's, but it matches and is well-maintained. We were traveling with our two little dogs, and we have stayed at some "pet-friendly" places that were very unfriendly price-wise and lacking in cleanliness. Did I mention that the room at the Sands was incredibly clean??!! The pool/spa area was also well-maintained and invitingly landscaped. The price absolutely cannot be beat. We had stayed the previous night at the Traveler's Lodge in Paso Robles for TWICE the price and it did not have the amenities the Sands did and it hadn't been updated since the 1950's (including the plumbing - YIKES!). Talk about threadbare for a whopping price! We were so thrilled to find the Sands and won't hesitate to go back on our next visit to SLO. What a gem!

  • Feb 23, 2010 by Allthatravels15

    I wanted to go to SLO for my b day, but since we were on a budget, I decided on the Sands Inn over the Quality Inn and suites. We stayed 2 nights in a deluxe room, paying around $79 per night. The guy at the front desk during the night shift was really cool and kind. We got free dvds and the hotel room was really clean actually. We were provided with lots of pillows and blankets. The only thing I did not like was the bed, It wasn't really comfortable kind of hard, but my husband did not have any problem, so I guess it depends on what you like. Oh, they also have a pool with warm water, too bad it was raining the whole time we were there and could not use it. I would stay here next time I go to SLO, its a good value and we like to be out most of the time anyway.

  • Feb 15, 2010 by mc1honey21

    The front desk is rood!! The rooms are disgusting & the pull out sofa bed is very uncomfortable. The springs in the mattress is all you feel poking your body. The worst night sleep ever!!!!! The carpet looks disgusting. Save yourself the headache & spend a few more dollars to stay somewhere else. I honestly did not want to touch anything in the room including the door knobs. You can hear your neighbors flushing their toilets. NO extra pillows or blankets. What else can I say.

  • Jan 25, 2010 by tigerwon

    no confirmation email of internet booking, abrupt staff on the telephone. Do not respond to email contact. Have to telephone if you are in the UK. Do not book if you want a warm hospitable welcome. They do not collect from the airport- told to 'get a taxi'

  • Jan 20, 2010 by JazAustralia

    My partner and I loved this motel. We stayed one night during a road trip from LA to San Fran. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean, comfortable and cosy. It's located around 1 mile from downtown. On friday nights a trolley runs from just outside the motel to downtown every 15 minutes for only a quarter. DVD's were available for free from the front desk. Breakfast was great, with fresh waffles. Best thing of all was the price!

  • Jan 04, 2010 by imontheroadagain

    Stayed at this hotel after reading the reviews and basically found it to be OK for the $$. Arrived in the mid afternoon and was the only one at the property at the time. The check in clerk was very friendly and also helpful in finding a local store. There was no microwave in the room but a call to the front desk resolved the matter quickly. The room was basic, but clean. The bathroom probably hasn't been remodled for approx. 30 yrs, but was functional. The walls are kind of thin and you could hear the people next door coughing. Also, the a/c-heater was a bit noisey and you could even hear the neighboring units go off. Breakfast is very basic. Still, for the money, it's probably the best value for the area.

  • Oct 14, 2009 by JennyWhelan

    Good location, a little outside the town centre. Good, clean accommodation. Filling standard american breakfast although the amount of plastic used was far from an environmentally friendly option. Friendly staff.

  • Oct 05, 2009 by skiang

    We booked our Sands reservation over the internet and were pleased to find out we were placed into one of their King Suites. Let me tell you, this was the best discount motel room I have ever stayed in. The room was indeed a suite , containing a living room, complete with flat screen tv, dvd player (with free movie rentals at the front desk), bar with fridge and sink and pull out sofa bed. There was also a very large bedroom with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and all the normal ammenities. Some of the decor was dated but by and large the room was clean, tidy and an extremely good value for the money. Frankly, for the price, I was expecting our stay to be a disaster, with thin walls, dirty rooms, etc., but it was the furthest thing from any of my fears. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to stay in SLO. Also, as one last comment, they are extremely pet friendly so if you are traveling with animals, they welcome it.

  • Sep 09, 2009 by TrailBlazer_7

    I spent five nights here while visiting friends in SLO. The clerk at check-in was friendly and enthusiastic, and really made me feel welcome. There are two buildings, one of which is a single story, and my room was in this building. The decor of the room was dated, but it was clean and the bed was very comfortable. There was a heat wave in SLO for the first two days of my stay, and the A/C was more than adequate to keep me cool. The motel provides a complimentary continental breakfast from 6 to 10 am, which was basic but very adequate. My room had a combination DVD and VHS player, and free movies are available at the front desk - a really nice touch. The motel is a 15 minute walk to Mission San Luis Obispo and the downtown area; it is also on the trolley route which will get you there in about 5 minutes for a quarter. I would stay here again.

  • Sep 07, 2009 by Kenny L.

    A decent place to stay.  Clean, quiet and friendly service.  It's near 101 and a gas station/convenience store and they offer an AAA discount.  I would give this place more stars, but their pillows were utter and complete garbage and did not contribute to a restful sleep. Breakfast is pretty standard fare for this kind of establishment and they have cable and free no password or login needed wifi.

  • Aug 24, 2009 by jewelcree18

    We were so lucky to have made the Sands our choice for our weekend. Due to a mixup on our reservations...which we made online....they were made for Sept. instead of August. They only had one room left....a suite....and they offered it to us at no extra charge. It was a lovely room....large and comfortable with a big tV, DVD and tape player...with free checkout of videos. All the staff members were friendly and extremely helpful. I'm not a breakfast person but my husband enjoyed it very much. We were so fortunate to have gone to this hotel because SLO was completely sold out the weekend we were there. I can't thank the personnel enough. Everything was perfect...if you like firm pillows and beds. Thanks so much to all who work there...we hope to see you again soon. You even provided the best weather.

  • Aug 04, 2009 by CaliforniaTreehugger

    With the current economy and a daughter in college at SLO, spending money on a hotel is now a luxury for our family. This stay was a real treat for us. Our two queen room was clean and spacious with updated furniture, firm bedding, nice size TV, DVD player, fridge, microwave, wardrobe and dresser storage and two sink areas, one outside of the bathroom. There was a full tub with shower. The pool area was also roomy with plenty of lounges, tables, chairs, umbrellas and a small hot tub. The pool was clean. The breakfast included two waffle machines and the typical assorted muffins, bagels, granola, oatmeal and cut fruit (I think it was canned). We took our food back to the room on provided trays. The check in/out was friendly and efficient with the night staff being the typical starving college student with a little bit of attitude. There was also a little bit of partying going on Saturday night, but nothing outrageous. Parking can be a challenge when fully booked. Close to FWY and downtown. At $150 a night plus taxes etc, this is considered a good deal for the area. If it was less, we would consider staying here every time we visit.

  • Jul 19, 2009 by jayandirene

    My wife and I just got back from a weekend in San Luis Obispo. We stayed at the Sands Motel and Suites for three nights. It's a nice enough place, the rooms are clean and the prices are OK. But a loud party began last night in the room next to ours, and it didn't end until 3 a.m. It had quieted down enough by midnight that we tried to sleep, but it started up again around 2. I called the front desk, supposedly open 24 hours, but it rang 20 times without an answer. So I called the police. I don't know if they came or not, but the noise went on until 3. The desk clerk this morning said he was sorry to hear about our problem. But I'm the one who had four hours sleep.

  • Jun 30, 2009 by Keith S

    With my sister I stayed here after the death of my brother-in-law. The owner was his business aquaintance and was kind enough to offer the conference rooms for the services. That was very generous, as was the catering. Thanks to Jason for his help, too. The staff was equally gracious and helpful. They were accommodating when we checked out and other members of our family checked in by allowing them to take over our room, rather than forcing my sister and myself to haul our belongings out before the transfer. The continental breakfast was excellent and including two waffle irons for the do-it-yourselfer. Plenty of fresh fruit, also. The only drawback was the Sunny Delight, instead of OJ. The rooms were good and clean. No complaints. Coffee machine included. Soda machine nearby. Walking distance from historic downtown SLO. Thanks for the hospitality.

  • Jun 24, 2009 by RobinC21

    We came for the car show in Pismo Beach, but lodging prices there are jacked-up during the show. San Luis is a short drive away, and we were upgraded to a suite for a reasonable price. We had a large screen tv in the living room, and you could borrow DVD's from the front desk. The bedroom had a dresser and an amoire, and the bed was comfortable. We were traveling with another couple who had never seen "do-it-yourself waffles" and were thought they were great. The dining area has indoor and outdoor seating. Wish we could have stayed longer and relaxed by the pool. The pool is clean, heated and a nice size with plenty of lounge chairs and tables. We visited with the front desk person and the maintenance crew. All very friendly.

  • Apr 10, 2009 by MBMfamily

    Our room was great for the price. The external noise level was high, but the room itself was quiet. It was very dog friendly. We had some problems with one of the heaters in our suite, but we managed with extra blankets they loaded us up with. They were already working on the heater as we departed. We enjoyed our stay and will stay there again.

  • Dec 08, 2008 by louredo

    Das Hotel hat uns gut gefallen. Wir haben 2 Nächte dort verbracht. Frühstück, Sauberkeit der Zimmer war gut. Das Personal war sehr nett und hilfsbereit. In fußläufiger Entfernung sind Restaurants und Geschäfte. Der Ort ist sehr schön, die Menschen unheimlich angenehm. Wir sind mit dem Trolley (Haltestelle vor dem Hotel) für 50 Cent in die Stadt gefahren. Schöne Strände sind in ca. 10 Minuten mit dem Auto erreichbar (Pismo Beach). Jederzeit wieder.

  • Nov 17, 2008 by bopqueen

    After reading many reviews of hotels in San Luis Obispo, I was a little nervous about this hotel. We were upgraded to a suite from a normal room (it is a deal on their website) and the suite was HUGE. Not fancy, but clean. There was a bar, a couch, a little table with chairs, a bathroom, and a normal 2 queen bedroom. The air conditioning worked really well in both rooms and a refrigerator and microwave were added convienences. You get a free continental breakfast, which wasn't much, but enough if you are not a big eater. The hotel decor is a little cheesy, but not tacky. The pool was clean and nice after a hot afternoon and the spa was hot. I booked this hotel because of the price (most hotels in the same area were at least $50 a night more) and I got more for my money than I anticipated. It is not a fancy hotel, but it works just fine for a place to rest your head.

  • Aug 21, 2008 by BritinSoCal

    In response to my fellow Ventura County resident... SLO isn't the cheapest of towns for hotel accommodation and we were searching for something reasonably cheap. For $139 we got what we expected. the room was clean and more than adequate for a weekend getaway. Can't comment on any noise since after a hard day's vacationing (if that isn't an oxymoron) we were out for the count... Breakfast - whilst not the ritz, was adequate - and breakfast items were covered and tongs were provided. Coffee was even available out of a china mug, which is one up on the styrofoam cups at a Comfort Inns.

  • Aug 19, 2008 by goatsrus

    Our bill was 289 for two nights in August, Sunday and Monday. We chose this property because it seemed to be more affordable than some of the others we checked out and also did not seem to be a cheap dumpie place either! and a good location.We had an upstairs what they call a non-smoking Suite in the corner with the gas station behind it, which was two rooms, the front room with a couch, table and two chairs, wet bar, TV on the bar, and behind the bar was a sink, microwave and fridge. On the way to the back room is a very small bathroom with a very tiny toilet seat so if you have a large behind I would not stay here. Luckily my husband and I have small posteriors! Then the back room was two beds, another TV and a sink. Everything was clean, the carpet looked new the cleaner they use in the room left a pretty strong " motel smell".We went to bed at 8 pm and got up at 6:00 am and the bed was very comfy, we slept real good and the noise from the gas station behind us didnt start until we are up and ready to go visit our family. We enjoyed the soft buzzing of the wall mounted air unit to cool the place down . I do think if we were later sleepers the gas station noise might have been an issue in all of the upstairs suite rooms with the motors revving and such. I am a smoker which is a Huge No No in SLO hotels and environs(mostly everywhere now in California) this is NOT Las Vegas ha ha so I was very happy to have chairs and a table on the outside deck and a trashcan ashtray I could sit beside, but the trash can was full of wine bottles and beer cans and was not emptied in 24 hours. It was still full just before we checked out. The swimming pool was a very Jade Green which was odd, and the second day we were their the Pool and Hot Tub were both closed and out of order. OH DARN! The continental breakfast offerings are fine for a quick blast of caffeine and carbs nothing to write home about. We loved the easy walking distance to eat at the Apple Farm Inn but will probably try another place on our next visit.

  • Aug 15, 2008 by rmtok1

    Service was crappy, did nothing to shut up the guests that were next door with their TV on full volume til 3 am. The air conditioner sounded like it was going to come off the wall. the carpets were nasty and the food served at the breaksfast was just left out there for everyone to put their hands all over. Go stay at Comfort or Quality Suites!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE The manager that was employed during our stay stated she would reimburse back at least a portion of our stay, due to the problems, quit or was fired 4 days after we complained.

  • Jun 20, 2008 by kate2010

    We arrived on monday June 16 and was pleasantly surprised that our room was upgraded to the Mayors Suite. Our 3 year old had more room to play around. My husband just loved the room which was complete with a refrigerator, microwave & a mini bar! There were always people in the front office to answer any question & they were really helpful & nice. The free continental breakfast was also good. The dining area was interesting with all of the owner's collection on display. We were very happy with our room and our stay in general. SInce there weren't too many people around we even got the covered parking. Will stay there again if we visit SLO.

  • Mar 16, 2008 by Bobette23

    The Sands is a nice basic hotel. Maybe a little pricey for what you get, but they throw in a free continental breakfast. It is an old school motel, centered around the parking in the middle, so you drive right up to your door. Rooms are not too large, not too small. Table with 2 chairs, a one comfy chair, a king bed, 2 bed stands, an armoire with iron and ironing board, a 3 drawer dresser. Decor is basic hotel, nothing fancy. Bathroom is rather small. Shower, no tub. Low-flow shower head. My room had just been redone, with new carpet and furniture and a nice big flat screen TV. This is still an older building and you can see the wear - some repaired spots in the wall and tilework. The location is fairly quiet, far enough from the freeway to not get road noise. There is no restaurant on site but several within walking distance. It is maybe a mile and a half from Cal Poly. You could walk it you want but it is uphill to Campus. Free wifi in room. Continental breakfast was basic - bagels, fruit, coffee with dry creamer (my pet peeve), cook-em-yourself waffles, oatmeal, cereal. Decent sized pool with spa and many chaise lounges. There are many motels and hotels on this part of Monterey Street so you have your pick.

  • Mar 11, 2008 by lincoln12

    The management was more than accommodating when we needed help with our arrangements. They were very friendly and the facilities were very nice with a great view and nice pool area. It was easy to find with a more than courteous staff.

  • Feb 23, 2008 by CAWillie

    A perfect place to stay for a visit to SLO the central coast, and the college! Quick access to the highway, a bus stop to Thursday market, great places to eat nearby. Our room was large, clean, and fully equipped. The waffles, and additional breakfast offerings, were a great way to start the day. Add to this the friendly staff, from the front desk to the housekeepers, and we're already looking forward to our next stay at the Sands.

  • Sep 28, 2007 by happyjackson

    The Sands in SLO is little older but nice looking property. It is close to 101 and a main arterial so you get the noise that comes with that. The staff was efficient and friendly. The room was booked/paid as a double Queen but upgraded to a two-room suite with the mention of the web site offer, Google it. The suites are named after family members, friends, and different folks that the owner knows. The room smelled fresh. It was a good-sized room with a small living room up front. It had a hide-a-bed, desk, wet bar, microwave, small fridge, TV, DVD player and such. The Bathroom was in the middle. Behind the bathroom was a large room with two Queen beds, a wardrobe, dressers, tables, another TV and a DVD player. Each room had it’s own very quiet Air Conditioner. The room was clean but showed a little guest abuse. The bathroom was almost clean, a little mold around the grab bar in the shower. It looked like it had flooded recently. There was a watermark on the door it was a little swollen, discolored, not moldy, but everything was dry. The carpet could have been cleaned about a week ago. The beds were comfortable and gave up a good nights rest. The Wifi worked perfect, five bars and fast. The pool had a slight greenish color but didn’t smell bad and swam well. There were a few exercise machines outdoors near the pool, which was nice. My midsized SUV and the covered parking didn’t get along, can you say compact only. Breakfast was one of the better on our trip. Well stocked, good variety and clean. You eat in what doubles as a small museum of the owner’s collection of artwork, glassware, pocket watches, and other collectibles and memorabilia. The owner joined us for breakfast and talked about some of the items, pictures of him with different celebrities and politicians. That was pretty cool he was a real character. There are a lot of places to stay in SLO some of them cheaper, some more expensive. The price was fair especially after the upgrade. If I get down there again, I’d stay there, the old guy made it just that much more memorable.

  • Sep 03, 2007 by Gizmeister

    We arrived and check-in went smoothly. We got to our room - which we had booked as a "suite" and it was crowded for two adults and a small pet. We felt there was too much clutter of furniture in such a small room. The bed was very comfortable, however the wireless internet did not connect so we went to the front desk and they couldn't help us. So we went to a Best Buy to buy a device to fit on our laptop, and it still didn't work - but we were able to pick up service from the inn across the street. I called the front desk to ask about this and they told me it was my computer. It couldn't have been since I was using my laptop for my entire trip and didn't have any problems till we arrived here. We checked in on Friday and out Sunday and both the previous hotel and the next inn we stayed at we were able to use our laptop. Unfortunately, you could hear the people in the room next to us, and the people stomping above us. The tub leaked out water and had to be refilled to enjoy a bath tub soak. The room itself was clean, but the carpet was dirty and needed cleaning. My husband is Asian, and I am Caucasian, and we own a small Pekingese and the reason why we stayed here for their pet room. Anyway, I was in the shower and he went to take our dog for a walk, we didn't know that the Sands would allow for racist skin heads to stand outside their room and call people names based on a pet they are walking and their ethnicity. My husband didn't say a word, there was one of him, and six of them. I heard them making a loud fuss when I had come out of the shower. It was deplorable - foul language, laughing, jeering, stomping, and calling people names from the walk above us. Thank goodness they checked out by the time we got back from breakfast - go to the Apple Farm it really is good food for the money and you can walk to it from the Sands. I was going to say something to the front desk staff when we came back from breakfast but the racists had left. We suggest you stay at the Sands during the week and you may enjoy your visit. The rooms are not "suites" they are glorified motel rooms you park your car in front of.

  • Sep 03, 2007 by EffigyRanch

    We thought the best part about this place was the staff, very friendly and helpful. They went out of their way for us, and that really helped. We stayed in a suite and did enjoy having the extra space of the front room, mini fridge and microwave. The bedroom had high ceilings; was spacious and also well furnished. It was in walking distance to some shops and restaurants etc. For all of the hotels we saw in this area this seemed like one of the nicest.

  • Aug 24, 2007 by rjo7

    I spent a week calling and pricing motels in the SLO area. I needed a place to accommodate my family of 5 for a week. I ended up getting a 2 room suite for about sixty to eighty dollars less per night than the competition. I am a maintenance director so I was continually watching to see how the facility was being maintained. The pool guy was there every day for at least 2 hours keeping the chlorine level above 3.0 and vacuuming the pool! The ph was perfect too. The hot tub was also clean. They did a good job cleaning the rooms. The continental breakfast was clean and fulfilling. The service was friendly and diligent. The free movies were a nice perk for the kids. This is not a 5 star motel so be realistic. If you want an excellent value in a clean functional motel, this is a great option. I'll stay here again the next time I'm in the area!

  • Jul 21, 2007 by GREATplace_reviewer

    I have been going here for years. I am going there tomorrow in fact. It is very clean the suites are large with microwave, and a fridge along with the basics. The pool is nice very clean along with the hot tub. A selection of free movies for your stay. The breakfast is GREAT they have pre-made batter to make waffles along with many other choices for free! It is close to all the exciting places.

  • May 12, 2007 by jim97456

    Arrived at 4pm. Two desk clerks on duty. Very friendly and compitent. Explained about free videos and dvd's as well as free expanded breakfast from 6am to 10am. Went to room and found it was big and clean with coffee maker. nice TV and dvd player, fridge, hairdryer and iron. Called for extra pillows and within 5 minutes got a friendly maid with 3 very nice big pillows. Had 2 rocking sofa chairs and table. One was old and creaked, but was very comfortable. Beds were very nice and clean. The free breakfast was incredible. Fresh bagels and sweet rolls, cereal, juice, toast and amazing waffles. Every one of the many staff members we saw stopped and spoke to us to make sure we had what we needed. Whatever problems the Sands had in the past have been corrected and service is very important to them now. Will stay there again in the future.

  • May 07, 2007 by MillervilleMayor

    This was a great price for a suite that was easy to share for 2-couples. The staff was excellent as was the great waffles for breakfast.

  • Mar 30, 2007 by suehiker1

    We stayed one night at this motel to check it out since it is pet friendly. We did not have our dog with us but were assured he would be welcome on our next visit even though he is a 70 pounder. We got a suite upgrade with our AAA card. The room was clean, nicely laid out and very roomy (2 separate rooms). The breakfast was nice although I missed having yogurt available. The waffle maker was great and everything was available until 10am. It was nice to be able to walk downtown to the Farmers Market on Thursday night. There is also a free trolley that runs back and forth to downtown if you do not care to walk. All in all, this was a great value for the money and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Mar 16, 2007 by jkeith44

    We normally stay at another motel in SLO but changed this time to the Sands and were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were big, clean and arranged well. The staff were all very helpful. We will definately be staying there again.

  • Oct 28, 2006 by missionviejomex

    Stay here only if you are on a budget. Furniture was dated and dirty. Wouldn't stay here again unless if was much, much cheaper than I paid, $71.00 a night. Walls were thin; I could hear next doors room TV until 2am. Bed wasn't soft. SPA didn't work. Only positive was 2 things: Plasma TV's in rooms and the front desk folks were nice. Other than that, avoid this place.

  • Oct 22, 2006 by bumppanana

    We have stayed at this very nice suite motel several times. The rooms are large, everything is clean and well maintained. The free breakfast goes above and beyond the normal continental fare. You can make your own waffles! We had a great 3 days in San Luis. Highly recommended.

  • May 10, 2006 by magoojie

    A good motel, clean, tidy, good beds and shower! Nothing amazing but very good value for the money we paid. Just a short walk into the centre of SLO. Free breakfast was good. Would definitely stay here again.

  • May 28, 2005 by A TripAdvisor Member

    loved the self serve waflle makers

  • May 27, 2005 by A TripAdvisor Member

    My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night on the way from San Diego to San Francisco, and it was great for our needs! The person at the front desk when we checked in was very helpful, and ready to give us all types of information about the area if we needed it (which we didn't because we were leaving first thing in the morning). The free movie rental selection was pretty decent, and we almost regretted having to leave so soon as we would have taken advantage of that. The free breakfast was very good as "continental" breakfasts go (there were make-it-yourself waffles, oatmeal, toast, juice, coffee)...and the dining area reminded me of being in someone's dining room (some of the decorations were a little over the top, but it still had a feel of someone's home). The only problem we had was that in the morning while we were getting ready, suddenly the cable/satellite service just went out for no apparent reason. They were pretty quick about getting someone over to check out the problem when we called, but unfortunately the problem wasn't resolved before we left. Not a huge deal, but if I was staying there for another night I'd hope the problem would have been fixed before we got back to our room for the evening. Be sure to ask for the AAA rate if you're a member!

  • Apr 16, 2005 by A TripAdvisor Member

    My family was in san luis visting family and we stayed in this toilet of a room, one of the beds had not been changed and the room was was the worst ever. the room was not worth the stay we where going to leave but where stuck. the breakfest was gone at 8am and we where told we should have got up early to get breakfest. HOW RUDE!!!!!! DON"T STAY HERE!!

  • Nov 27, 2004 by Kitbit

    Stayed here in June, luckily for one night only. This is the second worst accomodation I have ever stayed at, the worst being Prague university halls of residence before the iron curtain came down. I am sorry that this place tainted my view of this little town. I don't know what rooms the people who gave good reviews stayed in but they certainly weren't the one we stayed in. Awful - I would rather have slept in my car.

  • Jul 13, 2004 by winter54

    My stay was decent at the Sands only after they fixed my shower and air conditioning. I really believe that these problems should be taken care of before they give out a room. The motel was full, so another room was not an option. Also, a previous review stated that the motel is "pet friendly". Well, they were wrong! My cousin was forced to stay else where because they stated that his dog was to large for the sands. Turned out to be a blessing for him, because his motel was much better.

  • Jun 27, 2004 by A TripAdvisor Member

    This motel was the worst place I have ever stayed at. I would rather sleep on the street then stay at this place again. Our room was never cleaned during our two night stay. When I called to get it cleaned they told me the maids had already left for the day, and this was at noon. I only had the "do not disturb" on the door until 10am, and figured having my room cleaned would not be a problem. The attitude of the management on duty(Susan) was extremely rude and unprofessional. As a graduate from Cal Poly, I can honestly tell you that there are so many other hotels to stay at in this great town that would make your experience so much better. Sands Motel and Suites is a place no one should ever have to experience!

  • Jun 02, 2004

    I stayed at the Sands for a wedding I attended in SLO and loved my accommodations and so did my pooch. Consideration for pets was a big plus and the staff and the room were both warm and friendly. Whenever I go to SLO, my pooch and I stay at the Sands and we're planning on coming again this year.

  • May 23, 2004 by Northcoas...

    The Sands maintains a high standard of service and cleanliness and offers good value despite the challenges of operating in a partying college environment where peace and quiet can be hard to come by. We've enjoyed several stays and two graduations.

  • May 13, 2004 by cbrent

    Please, avoid this place at all cost. The Motel itself is respectable, but the staff was one of the worst I've ever encountered. As a paying customer, I have never before, in my life, been treated the way the Sands Motel staff treated me during my 2 night stay. I wanted to check out after my first night, but they held a $50 cancelation fee over my head, which made me stay one more night. Looking back, I shoulda payed the $50 penalty and got the heck outa there. SLO has way to many nice places to stay, LOOK ELSEWHERE!!!!

  • May 10, 2004

    There are a lot nicer facilities at much better prices. Management and staff were very rude. Stay at the Peach Tree right across the street.

  • May 10, 2004

    Dishonest staff....unauthorized and non explainable charges to credit card. Was not allowed to use the pool even though we paid to stay at the hotel. You're better off bringing a tent and camping by the freeway.

  • May 10, 2004

    This hotel is extremely overpriced! We were treated worse than if we were staying in a hostel while we were paying resort prices. I would NEVER stay here again!!!

  • May 06, 2004

    Don't stay here- this place is a **** hole and way over priced for what you get!!! Plus even though I was a paying customer they told me I could not use the pool facilities. The management is rude, unfriendly, and inconsiderate. I also had an UNAUTHORIZED charge of $500 on my credit card 2 days after checking out- that no one at the hotel could seem to explain. There are way better places to stay in San Luis Obispo than this dump!!!!

  • Oct 28, 2003

    Thanks to a referral from Days Inn in SLO, we found the Sands pet friendly. Also visit their website to mention their upgrade promotion to a suite, complete with a separate sofa bed. Free VHS rentals also included from their small collection. Terrific value.

  • May 02, 2003

    The non-smoking room smelled like smoke. Bathroom window was left open. While taking a shower I got a shot of COLD water.

  • Aug 09, 2001

    We stayed here a few years was wonderful.