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Lavender Inn by the Sea

3.0 of 5 Inn   |   206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 'extras' are not extra here, but included: bikes, parking, breakfast, wine and cheese and many others. It turns this motel from ordinary to very pleasing. No dining room for breakfast however, so there was quite a lot of stepping over children and balancing plates on knees.

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Edinburgh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great location. Allowed us to check in at 10.30am. Have lots of little extras that add up and make the difference. Free push bikes. Saving around $50 for 2 people. Good breakfast. A cold bottle of champagne in your fridge 2 bottles of water in your room. In the afternoon red & white wine cheese platters are put on for... More

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

Greetings Carole051, Thank you for your recent stay with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. It is well-traveled guests like yourself who are the true hotel experts, so the kind comments you shared regarding our hotel is very much appreciated. We hope to see you here again! Warmly, Greg Broussard – General Manager More

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This ended up being a lovely choice, even though my husband was taken aback by the fact the swimming pool was next to the car-park. But it was a lovely pool and got great sun. The inn itself is very pretty, especially at night, the rooms were very nice, the beds were extremely comfy. We got free champagne, free bikes,... More

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

Greetings from Santa Barbara! Thank you for visiting us all the way from London. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate you taking time to share your experience with TripAdvisor viewers. With so much to see and do in Santa Barbara, I am delighted to hear you were able to take advantage of many... More

Ramsey, New Jersey
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We loved staying here, and we normally don't enjoy motels. Our room was really nice - a great comfortable king bed, great shower (no tub), and a really romantic, adorable room overall. The front desk people were so nice, and there were some surprise perks with our room (with all rooms at the hotel) - a free bottle of champagne... More

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Darmstadt
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We stayed here for our last night in California after driving down from San Francisco over the previous 3 days. As it was our last night we decided to pay a bit more and get a nice place. In the end I'm not sure we 100% got value for money (around 165 USD) but nevertheless it was a nice place... More

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea, responded to this review

Greetings from Santa Barbara ECTom! Thank you for your recent stay with us and for taking the time to offer a summary of your experience with other TripAdvisor travelers. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the complimentary bottle of champagne, our afternoon wine & cheese reception, and the nightly freshly baked cookies & chilled milk we provide. Your kind... More

San Diego, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Read other reviews that were very good and thought we would stay a couple nights. The staff member that checked us in was very friendly and we upgraded to a king junior suite that had a small kitchen. The wine and cookies in the evening are great. We really enjoyed the getting bikes that are part of the room rate... More

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UK
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

First night stopover on our road trip. Very friendly receptionist. Nice, if small rooms, which are a little tired, but more than ok for one night. Complimentary fizz in the fridges of both rooms a nice touch (not yet opened, but will be!). If there is a mini warning it's that the walls external and between the rooms are paper... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

My husband and I stayed here with our 6 month old baby for one night. I had pretty high expectations from the reviews and the website. The pros: Quaint country feeling, complimentary crackers and cheese & milk and cookies, close to downtown Santa Barbara. The cons: The woman at the front desk when we arrived was not very pleasant or... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and our 2 children love staying here, the pool is super warm, the location is excellent and the comp cruiser bikes and sparkling wine are a lovely touch.We found the reception staff exceptionally helpful and the free lemonade, coffee, muffins and fruit all make this place great value. we would certainly stay here again.

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Fountain Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had two nights here and brought all the adult beverages, snacks, etc. to feed us for days. However, this lovely hotel furnished everything, including a lovely breakfast every morning. All of us "world travelers" were extremely impressed. The location is also idea: only a few blocks up from the ocean and pier. The beds were also very comfortable.

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Additional Information about Lavender Inn by the Sea

Also Known As:
Lavender Inn By The Sea Hotel
Lavender Inn By The Sea Hotel Santa Barbara
Address: 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lavender Inn by the Sea 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along a sweep of California coastline reminiscent of the Côte d'Azur, guests can relax amid the soothing scent of lavender and soft ocean breezes at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. French-inspired paintings adorn the walls, lavender bouquets grace each room, and sunlight shimmers off the waters of the pool. Lavender Inn by the Sea's plush guest rooms feature pillow-top beds, down duvets, lavender-scented bath amenities, and a welcome bottle of Champagne. Savor a deluxe continental breakfast on the sunny patio, wine and cheese by the fire, and milk and cookies before bed. Surrounded by beautiful lavender gardens, the Lavender Inn by the Sea is just two blocks from Santa Barbara's picturesque beaches and yacht harbor. Stearns Wharf, the oceanfront bike path, and downtown shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. Golf courses, wineries, and the Santa Barbara Mission are just a short drive away. ... more   less 
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