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Room, 1 King Bed, Kitchen | Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Deluxe Suite, 1 Bedroom | Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Junior Suite | Blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Rio Sands Hotel

Rio Sands Hotel

2-star property

4.2/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Business services
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk
116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos, CA, 95003

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationRio Del Mar Beach2 min walk
  • Popular LocationSeacliff State Beach4 min walk
  • Popular LocationMonterey Bay9 min walk
  • AirportSan Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.)49 min drive

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About this area


Located in Aptos, Rio Sands Hotel is near theme parks and near the beach. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and Lighthouse Point Park are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Seascape Golf Club and Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including whale-watching.

What's nearby

  • Rio Del Mar Beach - 2 min walk
  • Seacliff State Beach - 4 min walk
  • Monterey Bay - 9 min walk
  • Aptos History Museum - 2 min drive
  • Seascape Golf Club - 7 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Pixie Deli - 2 min walk
  • Marianne's Ice Cream - 16 min walk
  • Café Sparrow - 16 min walk
  • Aptos St. Barbeque - 18 min walk
  • Ambrosia India Bistro - 18 min walk

About this property

Rio Sands Hotel

Motel by the ocean
Rio Sands Hotel provides amenities like a garden and a 24-hour business center. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, and a computer station
  • Barbecue grills
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the family-friendly amenities, overall value, and location
Room features
All guestrooms at Rio Sands Hotel offer amenities such as free WiFi. Guest reviews highly rate the comfortable rooms at the property.
Extra amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global) and SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • 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 on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Microwave
  • Outdoor pool
  • Refrigerator

Guest services

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

Business services

  • 24-hour business center
  • Computer station
  • Meeting room


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination


  • Cable channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 4 PM - 1 AM
Late check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
If you are planning to arrive after 1 AM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
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 not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night

Property payment types

Important information


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.

Optional extras

  • A kitchen/kitchenette is available for an additional fee
  • 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

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
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
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
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 does not have elevators
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
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

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 Rio Sands Hotel have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Rio Sands Hotel?

As of Oct 7, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Rio Sands Hotel on Nov 6, 2022 start from $150.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Rio Sands Hotel pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much is parking at Rio Sands Hotel?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Rio Sands Hotel?

Check-in is from 4 PM - 1 AM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Rio Sands Hotel?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Rio Sands Hotel located?

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Rio Del Mar Beach and 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Monterey Bay. Seacliff State Beach and The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Rio Sands Hotel and receive a full refund?

Yes, Rio Sands Hotel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Rio Sands Hotel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 458 out of 1002 reviews
5 - Excellent 46%
Rating 4 - Good. 353 out of 1002 reviews
4 - Good 35%
Rating 3 - Okay. 120 out of 1002 reviews
3 - Okay 12%
Rating 2 - Poor. 40 out of 1002 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 31 out of 1002 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
There was mold on the bathroom blinds and the hotel doesn’t come with AC. Our room did not have a ceiling fan above our bed either so it felt very humid throughout the night.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Nice Staff.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
We've been coming here for over 20 years. Like the location and the breakfast buffet. Staff is always friendly. A couple of problems this time - Because of our late reservation we got what was probably the smallest room in the facility, no balcony or view. Couldn't get the HVAC system to work.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Location an great family hotel
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Nice room. Great bed.
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2022

3/5 Okay

Nellie, CLOVIS
Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Was given a room with no top latch lock. Half of it was missing. I called down to rhe fromt desk and the guy was super dismissive. He said it was unnecessary as the bottom locks. Its standard on all rooms. I asked to be moved rooms. He said he couldnt. He had no authority to move us. But mentioned our 3rd party booking. I asked again because he generated our room number. We did not feel safe. There were 2 exact rooms like ours empty next to us. He just kept saying he couldnt do anything and that its fine. Hung up. So disappointed in the customer service. He also was super unfriendly when booking and didnt let us know about breakfast. The actual hotel was pretty good for the price. No ac in rooms. It was a hot night.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
It is near the beach
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

2/5 Poor

Traveled with family
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very expensive for what it is. The location by the beach must be the justification of the price but no seaview. The rooms and bathrooms are basic, no complimentary bottled water like other hotels and the beds are very soft. The staff weren't welcoming eg they didn't even mention breakfast was included and we had to ask where it was located in the morning. You could easily not realise it is included. The breakfast was ok; sausages, scrambled eggs, waffles you make yourself (best bit), porridge, ceraels, sliced bread to toast. Free parking. No lift if on upper storey of the two levels. Pool ok but no towels available when we used it. The location has one bar/restaurant in walking distance and a little convenience store. Overall the stay was ok but don't feel the hotel is priced appropriately. Eg twice what I would expect given its quality and service.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

3/5 Okay

Traveled with partner
Liked: Property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Great location near beach. Rooms ok but no A/C. No breakfast 2 of the 3 days we stayed with no explanation. Severely understaffed. Nobody ever answers the phone.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Everything was great staff were very friendly and attentive to all needs
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022