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Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds, free WiFi
Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds, free WiFi
Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds, free WiFi
Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free cribs/infant beds, free WiFi

Guest reviews

4.1/5 Very Good
977 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Pool
Free WiFi
Parking included
Business Services
Housekeeping
24/7 Front Desk

Map

Explore the area

Popular LocationRio Del Mar Beach2 min walk
Popular LocationSeacliff State Beach4 min walk
Popular LocationSeascape Golf Club3 min drive
AirportSan Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.)49 min drive

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Book online or call:

1-800-675-4318
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed

    4.7/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsStandard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchen

    4.2/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsRoom, 1 King Bed, Kitchen
  • Junior Suite

    4.4/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 6
    • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsJunior Suite
  • Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchen

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    • 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsRoom, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchen
  • Family Suite

    3.9/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 6
    • 1 King Bed OR 1 Twin Bunk Bed
    More detailsFamily Suite
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

    4.1/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsStandard Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

    4/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Queen Beds
    More detailsStandard Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Kitchen Suite, 2 Rooms, King Bed, Queen and Sofa Bed

    4.4/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 6
    • 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsKitchen Suite, 2 Rooms, King Bed, Queen and Sofa Bed
  • Deluxe Suite, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed

    4.3/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Sofa Bed
    More detailsDeluxe Suite, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed
  • Deluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom

    3.8/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 5
    • 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed
    More detailsDeluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom
  • kitchen suite, Queen bed, Queen sofa bed, twin sofa bed

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 6
    • 1 Queen Bed and 2 Double Sofa Beds
    More detailskitchen suite, Queen bed, Queen sofa bed, twin sofa bed

About this area

Aptos

Located in Aptos, Rio Sands Hotel is near theme parks and near the beach. Mystery Spot and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach. Roaring Camp Railroads and University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including whale-watching.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Rio Del Mar Beach - 2 min walk
  • Seacliff State Beach - 4 min walk
  • Seascape Golf Club - 3 min drive
  • Cabrillo College - 8 min drive
  • Capitola Beach - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • San Martin Caltrain Station - 45 min drive
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. Airport (SJC) - 49 min drive

About this property

Rio Sands Hotel

Motel with free parking, walk to Monterey Bay
This motel features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour business center, and a meeting room. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a computer station, and a garden. All 50 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves. Guests will also find coffee makers, hair dryers, and free toiletries.
Rio Sands Hotel offers 50 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries.

Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.

Property amenities

Internet

  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor pool
  • Refrigerator

Conveniences

  • No elevators

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • 24-hour business center
  • 1 meeting room
  • Computer station

Outdoors

  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area

Accessibility

  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking

More

  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Free cribs/infant beds

Bathroom

  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination

Entertainment

  • Cable channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

More

  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Policies

Check-in

Check-in from 4 PM - 1 AM

Check-out

Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

If you are planning to arrive after 1 AM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Renovations and closures

The following facilities are closed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
  • Spa tub
The following facilities are closed on Friday and Saturday:
  • Spa tub

Access methods

Staffed front desk

Pets

Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night
Free cribs (infant beds)

Property payment types

Important information

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Kitchen/kitchenette fee: USD 50 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests should contact this hotel in advance to request a dishware/utensils kit (surcharge applies).

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Rio Sands
Rio Sands Aptos
Rio Sands Hotel
Rio Sands Hotel Aptos
Rio Sands Hotel Motel
Rio Sands Hotel Aptos
Rio Sands Hotel Motel Aptos

Frequently asked questions

Does this property have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is this property pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at this motel?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at this motel?
Check-in is from 4 PM–1 AM.
What time is check-out at this motel?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Where is this motel located?
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Rio Del Mar Beach and Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and Potbelly Beach are also within 15 minutes.

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for Rio Sands Hotel

4.1
Very Good
5 - Excellent
414
4 - Good
369
3 - Okay
128
2 - Mediocre
42
1 - Poor
24
4.3
Cleanliness
4.3
Service and Staff
4.1
Amenities
4.0
Property condition

2/5

  • Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Came here as a kid every summer with family. Unfortunately nostalgia hasn’t kept up. This is a trashy motel. Recommendation: spend another hundred bucks and stay at seascape.

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

3/5

  • Liked: Staff & service
  • Disliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities

Underwhelming. We’ve stayed here several times over the years but it seems like the hotel hasn’t been updated in a long time. We paid almost $250 for one night. We had a one bedroom with king bed and pull out couch in living area. The pullout mattress felt like the springs were about to poke through. Extremely uncomfortable. You’d think for $250 a night they could afford to buy an updated pullout mattress. Also, the mattress on the king bed was extremely uncomfortable. So many hotels have memory foam mattresses, it would be nice if this place upgraded those. The staff was nice and the property is nice but overall we can likely find an Air B&B with more comfortable sleeping arrangements for this same price. The hotel is in a great location and can definitely charge this amount but they should definitely think about upgrading their mattresses. Also, due to COVID-19 the breakfast buffet was closed. We got a paper bag filled with Madeline cakes, an orange and a granola bar. Honestly, they should just cancel the “breakfast” all together if that’s what they’re going to provide. We had to go down the street to get breakfast and decent coffee which cost us more. I really think Rio Sands could do better. Not sure we will stay there again.

Stayed 1 night in Jul 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

I love the location. It's just a couple of blocks away from the beach. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. i would go back next time.

Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

    This traveler didn’t leave comments with their review
    Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2020

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

    Great location, walking distance to beach and restaurants. Beds were comfortable. Walls are thin. Bathrooms need to be updated. Garden and pool area are nice. Will stay here again.

    Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2020