The hotel is right across from The Ocean View Medical Foundation and the Ocean Bay Marina. Nothing specific happens in the location in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; however, in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the hotel is a choice for Phil Collins before his concert.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Its name could come from the historic Sands Hotel and Casino, a hotel and casino complex in Las Vegas.
- Coincidental, in real life, there's a luxurious hotel with similar name, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which is located in Singapore despite the hotel was build in 2006.
- Its structure and location seems to be based on the Murano Grande and ICON in Miami Beach, which were both being constructed during Vice City's development.