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The Sand Castle Inn

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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

This is my second time at this hotel. First time I did not bother to review it was terrible, facilities and service . At the time they were renovating so I half understood. A year later decided to give them another try, the rate was unbeatable for an ocean view property. Facilities improved a bit and service too but still...

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Sheridan, Wyoming
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is much to recommend this Motel by the beach. My room was spacious and clean with stone tile floors and an open, airy, beach feel. The room includes a kitchenette and free, convenient parking close to your room door. The location is excellent -directly across the street from a park area that fronts the beach. It's literally only a...

1Thank misty_bee_Wyo
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

My family visited from Florida and we stayed at the Sand Castle Inn. It was the perfect set up. They have rooms that open up to a sort of parking lot/courtyard that we used to sit and have a few and catch up. The beach was right across the street. Breakfast options walking distance. Clean rooms. Nice staff. I would...

1Thank Ronald H
Napa, United States
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Got a downstairs room, close to the office. Free parking right in front of room. Traffic noise does come in, but I didn't find it too annoying. Old school tiles on the floor, with dated furniture, but comfortable pillows, microwave, refrigerator, glasses, plates and utensils. Fresh paint in room and cable tv hookup. The 2 queen beds didn't leave much...

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Websites said ocean view.. definitely not. Blinds covered in dirt, furniture was filthy and stained, construction going on, spiders in bathroom, no hot water in the kitchen, sheets were stained, floor was covered in dirt. This room hasn't been cleaned in months. It was very dirty and I don't recommend staying here.

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GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Dear Casey: Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback on your stay at our Sand Castle Inn in Imperial Beach. First, let me say that I am sorry you felt mislead by our website. I found the term “Ocean View” in the description of our Penthouse Suite and our Apartment Suite with Kitchenette. These accommodations...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 3 December 2016

I love this simple place. It is so 1950s. Not a luxury, but very convenient and unpretentious. Hope it stays like this, but IB is getting a bit fancy and overpriced, imo. I think Room 20 is the one on the South end. That's where I stayed and it's a bit more quiet.

1Thank TS L
GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in our "unpretentious" getaway by the sea. We hope to see you again soon! We will try to get you back into Room 20!

United States
Reviewed 22 November 2016

The motel location is truly what you are paying for at this motel. We heard the waves crashing from the front door of our room. The room was quite clean and dust-free (which is a big issue for me), but there were a lot of items in the room that were old and dated. However, it is under new management,...

Thank PCady
GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Dear PCady: Thank you so much for your recent review. We are so excited to have recently added this hotel to our family of properties. We are ironing out the wrinkles and appreciate your feedback on the ceiling fan so we can quickly resolve these issues. I am so glad you were able to enjoy the sound of the crashing...

Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I am a veteran and NIKI called me 12 hours before check in time and canceled my reservation through a voicemail for someone who was willing to pay more. IT WAS VETERANS DAY! We had no place to stay because of her and when I walked into the office NIKI was rude, inconsiderate, nasty, and refused to help us find...

3Thank Rick D
GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and, more importantly, thank you for your service. We love our Veterans. I am so sorry that you had such a negative experience with Niki at our property. I talked with Niki, who is one of our sweetest employees, to learn what had occurred during your visit. She shared with...

Bahia Asuncion, Mexico
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Sand Castle Inn is a small motel on the beach in the heart of Imperial Beach with excellent parking. That's important in the summer.The surfing can be great, fishing on the city pier is always productive and great fun for children of all ages. The VFW hall is a couple of blocks away. The Mexican border crossing is just...

1Thank nealsalsbery
GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent, Five Star review. We are pleased to know you were able to take advantage of all the amenities in our area. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I recently stayed at the Sand Castle Inn and I was elated to discover that the hotel not only is under new ownership, but also the hotel rooms have all been updated. I was in town for business, but I was able to relax as well considering the hotel is right across the street from the beach. Also, it didn't...

1Thank jessica1524
GuestRelationsDept, Guest Relations Manager at The Sand Castle Inn, responded to this review

Jessica: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the property. We are very excited to have Sand Castle Inn as the newest member to our hotel family and look forward providing many memorable experiences to our guests. This ocean view from this location is priceless and the sound of the ocean is so relaxing. Thank you for taking...

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
If you wish to get away from a typical hotel environment, why not try The Sandcastle Inn where you can relax and enjoy while watching the beautiful sunset, and listening to the great sound waves of the Pacific Ocean. At this moment we are still enjoying the sun, surf, and sand of the beach. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sand Castle Inn

Address: 785 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach, CA 91932-1827
Region: United States > California > Imperial Beach
Price Range: $164 - $312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Sand Castle Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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Also Known As:
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“There are quieter and larger rooms in the back building.”
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“All the rooms are nice, but somer are larger than others.”
nealsalsbery, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view!”
jessica1524, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
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