Sands Inn & Suites
Travel Blogs from San Luis Obispo
... were interactive- here you could draw on a screen to make your own jellyfish and send it off into a virtual tank. This was great fun as we designed our own. I sent off a snoopy and a minion. Could have stayed here longer. We watched the sweet little sea otters floating on there backs followed by a tank contains a giant octopus. This aquarium more than lived up to its reputation.It was difficult to leave but we had to start our trip further south to San Luis Obispo and we still ...
... They are crazy drivers. However with our trusty GPS and Gary's determination to succeed we made it out to the Pacific Highway and heading north to San Francisco. We also remembered Kelvins advice - righty tighty and lefty loosey. However as we left Simon this morning he told Gary that it is "keep the ***** in the ditch". I prefer Kelvins advice. It took us a couple of hours driving before we stopped and by the time we did Gary was feeling more confident driving ...
... a road called Mountain View Road, which is NOT for the weak at heart, or more accurately, only for those of very strong hearts, stomachs of iron and a bit of crazy running through their veins. The road started out beautiful with incredible vistas at every turn as we climbed steep and sharp switchbacks. As steep as the road was going up, it was nothing compared to the descent. Adding to the drama was the fact that the sun had on a cloudy ...
... with and did not bother to stop. The PCH did not go the whole way up and kept popping us on Highway 101. The traffic died down and I could start to relax and enjoy the ride. We stopped along the coast at one point to see dolphins swimming along near the edge of the coast. The sun was shining and it was a warm day, however there were a few clouds around, unlike the previous days. As we started out again two flocks ...
... fighting and generally having a jolly god time. For all I know it could have been a harem! I leave them basking in the late afternoon sunshine as we make the final stretch of our journey south to San Luis Obispo.
As beautiful and as wild as this (well travelled) bit of coastline is, I have to say that my heart was won with the coastline north of San Francisco. Somehow life there seemed more remote, more real, more rugged and the Pacific roared more. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sands Inn & Suites San Luis Obispo
Pet Friendly and People Friendly
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.
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.
Would have rather slept under an overpass!!!!
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!!!!
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.
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!!!
Don't waste your time
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.
This hotel is horrible
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!!!!
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.
Smoke and COLD water
The non-smoking room smelled like smoke. Bathroom window was left open. While taking a shower I got a shot of COLD water.
We stayed here a few years ago...it was wonderful.