4.0 out of 5

"My husband and I had such a great time staying here. We had a room that had a balcony with a partial beach view and really enjoyed the serenity. The r ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sat 04 Nov 2017

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Hotel Description

Motel near Monterey Bay in Aptos

Oceanside stay

Within a 5-minute walk of this well-placed motel, you'll find Monterey Bay and Rio Del Mar Beach. Also, Seacliff State Beach is within half a mile (1 km) and Aptos History Museum is within 2 miles (3 km).

Free perks

This motel features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center and free WiFi in public areas. Guests will appreciate freebies like continental breakfast and free self parking.

Free Internet, flat-screen TVs

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 50 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, and free toiletries are also available.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
C$114* Per night/room 29 Aug. - 30 Aug.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchen

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Suite, Kitchen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Room, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchen

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Rio Sands Hotel ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Rio Sands Hotel

Everyone (5) Family (2)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 15 Jul. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

17 Jul. 2019 by Rio Sands Team

Thank You! were happy that you enjoyed your stay.

3 out of 5
Nice private pool and functioning hot tub. The rooms, however, had paper thin walls and ceilings. We could hear the slightest movement in the room above us. Also, our room was subdivided into two rooms and neither part had any ventilation whatsoever. We had to leave the bathroom window open to let any air at all into the room.

Posted by , from California on 31 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Apr. 2019 by Rio Sands Team

Thank you we appreciate your feedback. We are sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us, We hope you give us a second chance in your future stays.

4 out of 5
Well kept property next to Rio Del Mar beach just south of Capitola. A little older, but clean and well appointed. Decent price for a weekday during spring break. Very kid- friendly, saw multiple families in pool area on our stay.

Posted by on 29 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Mar. 2019 by Rio Sands Team

Thank you for the great review! We work really hard to be a comfortable family environment. Please come stay with us again!

5 out of 5
Friendly staff, perfect location near the beach, clean, comfortable bed with lots of pillows... great!

Posted by on 28 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

1 Feb. 2019 by Guest Services

What a beautiful photo and nice review. Thank you so much. We hope you return to the Rio!

4 out of 5

Great place at an affordable rate!

Pros: Great staff, location, beach, coffee, pool, at a great rate!
Cons: Could use some upgrading.
Location: Beach, pier, food, BBQ just up the hill.
My husband and I had such a great time staying here. We had a room that had a balcony with a partial beach view and really enjoyed the serenity. The room was clean and comfortable. The beach is walking distance where there are also a market and a few restaurants to choose from. The beach walking trail to the cement ship is right there. We didn't go in the ocean, but we did swim in the pool and liked that there was little obstruction so we were able to get sun by the pool until the sun went down. Quiet and relaxing, exactly what we needed. Great coffee and friendly staff, too! Only drawback would be the thin walls. We were able to hear our neighbor debating and later we could faintly hear snoring. Nothing too loud, but noteworthy. In addition, we appreciate the ADA bathroom that had the sit down shower chair type setup, but because it was part of the shower, I couldn't get far back enough to clean the lower part of my body. It can't be prevented unless they did a complete bathroom remodel, which I'm sure would raise the rates...which in my opinion, is the most affordable quality hotel in the Santa Cruz area. So the pluses outweigh the minuses.

Posted by , from San Francisco on 4 Nov. 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice place close to the beach

Pros: Close to the Beach
It's a older Hotel but in good condition. Nice continental Breakfast. Nice outside by the pool!

Posted by on 24 Oct. 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Oct. 2016 by Guest Services

Hello, We appreciate the gracious compliments about our breakfast and amenities.Thank you very much for your review and we hope to see you again soon!

4 out of 5

Very close to beach

Hotel is nice but only problem was there was no AC in the room and it was very hot at night, I couldn't sleep:(

Posted by , from D on 18 Aug. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

1 Nov. 2015 by Guest Services

Hi Nishi, Unfortunately, it can get a bit warm in the summer. Our Guest Services staff is available at any time to provide fans or any other necessities in order to make your stay more enjoyable. Thank you very much for your review and we hope you'll stay with us again in the future!

4 out of 5

Bang for your buck

Great place to stay close to ocean that has the vibe of Rio Del Mar. Motel was clean and staff courteous. Would stay again. September and October best weather. 

Posted by on 20 Sep. 2013

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Jun. 2015 by Manager

Thanks so much for your post Norstan! we hope to see you again soon. Happy holidays

3 out of 5

Close to beach and staff friendly.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet
I have stayed at Rio Sands years ago. I used to feel like it was a great deal. Now its seems overpriced. The rooms are clean, no fan in the bathroom and we could not get the window open. The rooms seem just the same as did in the past. The wall color, bedspreads and artwork seem outdated. I think if I were going to redo the rooms I would have done them more tasteful and updated for the price they are asking per night. The staff was friendly and the free breakfast was o.k. But it is walking distance to the beach.

Posted by , from Stockton CA on 5 Oct. 2011

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Jun. 2015 by Manager

Thank you for your post. If you compare our rates to other hotels in the area that offer the same beach side location, room categories, and our friendly staff I feel we are still a great value to many travelers. We hope to see you again soon. Happy holidays

3 out of 5

Nice room, a little noisy

When we arrived, we were a little disappointed at the look of the place. However, the interior of the room was nice & clean, and we really liked the separate rooms for TV/kitchen and bedroom. The front desk help was great, very friendly. My only issue was the noise. All rooms overlook the pool area, and all day long there were kids or adults in the pool or jacuzzi. You could hear their conversation and loud playing--even with the sliding doors closed. On the bedroom side, there were constant construction noises from nearby houses. All in all, probably a fine place for a family, but not as nice for a couple trying to enjoy a quiet stay. Will probably look for a different place next time.

Posted by on 25 Oct. 2009

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Jun. 2015 by Manager

We do have a lot of families that come to the Rio Sands, but there are rooms available that are more private - ask us next time. Happy holidays

Property Features

Rio Sands Hotel offers its guests an outdoor pool and a spa tub. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hour business center and a meeting room are available. Free breakfast is available daily. The business-friendly Rio Sands Hotel also features barbecue grills and a picnic area. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Aptos motel.

  • 50 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • 1 conference room
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking


  • Airport: San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.) (65.1 km / 40.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

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. This Aptos motel provides 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.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 1 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM

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.

Guests arriving after 1 AM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Guests should contact this hotel in advance to request a dishware/utensils kit (surcharge applies). Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. 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.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • No elevators


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

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

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Rio Sands
  • Rio Sands Aptos
  • Rio Sands Hotel
  • Rio Sands Hotel Aptos

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.