Rio Sands Hotel

Rio Sands Hotel

116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA 95003, United States
+1 831 688 3207
C$ 141

rate per night


based on 469 reviews

Rio Sands Hotel
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About Rio Sands Hotel

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Clean and Tidy
    This stay has listed several different cleanliness practices.
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi and Parking for free

Nestled in the Aptos neighborhood of Rio el Mar, the Rio Sands Hotel is just minutes from Santa Cruz and about 35 minutes from Carmel and Monterey. Guests can get to Seacliff State Beach and the Rio Del Mar public beach within a two-minute walk, where they will find 20 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Here, guests can also find a fishing pier, an artificial reef, and the SS Palo Alto, a sunken cement ship dating back to World War I. There is also a bar and restaurant, a mini-mart, and a deli near the beach.

This all-inclusive hotel is a non-smoking property that does not allow pets. For guest convenience, this hotel provides plenty of 24-hour services, including front desk reception and guest assistance, as well as a 24-hour business center and coffee service available all day and night. There is an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi with a lounge area, open year-round for guest enjoyment. The hotel also offers an outdoor garden area, BBQ grills and picnic areas, and a banquet room that has been recently renovated for various meetings and special events.

There are 50 guest rooms at the Rio Sands Hotel, including a variety of room types and configurations. The hotel offers select family suites with optional bunk beds and kitchens, as well as a number of accessible guest rooms and upgraded suites with deluxe amenities. Complimentary WiFi is offered in all guest rooms, which also feature a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and modern furnishings. Select guest rooms also feature a private terrace.

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Standard Rooms(C$ 141 - C$ 455)
Standard Room
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C$ 141/night

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C$ 149/night

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C$ 158/night

C$ 158 totalSuperTravel
King Rooms(C$ 216 - C$ 503)
King room
1 king bed

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C$ 216/night

C$ 216
1 king bed

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C$ 226/night

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C$ 242/night

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Deluxe Rooms(C$ 245 - C$ 505)
Deluxe room
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1 queen bed

C$ 245/night

C$ 245
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C$ 280/night

C$ 280 totalPriceline
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C$ 322/night

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Queen Rooms(C$ 142 - C$ 505)
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C$ 142/night

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C$ 146/night

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C$ 180/night

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Double Rooms(C$ 169 - C$ 489)
Double room
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C$ 169/night

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C$ 178/night

C$ 178 totalSuperTravel
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C$ 205/night

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Amenities at Rio Sands Hotel

  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Coffee machine
  • Free parking
  • Business centre
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
  • Cable or satellite TV

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Physical distancing rules
  • First-aid kit
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Guests can opt out of accommodation cleaning
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces


  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee machine
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette


  • Family rooms
  • Seating area
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Sofa
  • Telephone
  • Carpeted
  • Pool view
  • Storage available

Services and conveniences

  • ATM on-site
  • Business centre
  • Wake-up service
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Room service
  • 24hr front desk


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Grill
  • Balcony
  • Picnic area
  • Garden


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet
  • Fan
  • Free toiletries
  • Heating

Media and entertainment

  • Radio
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • TV

Accessibility and suitability

  • Disabled Access
  • No smoking
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private entrance


  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet
  • Private bathroom


  • Computer use available
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Desk


  • Minibar
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Vending machine (snacks)

Things to do

  • Beach access
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Scuba diving

Pool and spa

  • Hot tub
  • Outdoor pool

Parking and transportation

  • Free parking


  • Wardrobe or closet


  • Tennis

Reviews of Rio Sands Hotel

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2.0 Poor
Cons:Room smelled of mold and my friends fave began to swell up almost immediately. We both felt our throats be Coming dry and swollen. We had to leave immediately. Dirty as well!
8.0 Very good
Pros:Close to the Beach . Great Room.
Cons:Parking a little tight


116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

What's nearby

  • Rio Del Mar Beach117 m
  • Seacliff State Beach0.8 km



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Distance to downtown

0.9 km

Nearest Airport

Monterey Regional

Distance to airport

42.8 km