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Lavender Inn by the Sea

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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Really recommend this hotel to anyone heading to Santa Barbara. Room was very nice, with a lovely touch having complimentary bubbly in the fridge. Hotel grounds well maintained, pool and jacuzzi clean and tidy. The 'Wine and Cheese' in the afternoon along with the 'Cookies and Milk', both very nice touches. Well done to all involved. We would stay again!

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

Greetings from Santa Barbara, Thank you for your lovely complements about our hotel. We are delighted to hear when guests enjoy the little extras we provide. Should your travels bring you back to the USA, we hope you visit Santa Barbara again. Kindly, Greg Broussard ~ General Manager More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Check-in was painful because they're not up to date with internet reservations and weren't polite to us while trying to figure out why we were in their lobby with a reservation e-mail from Travelocity that they couldn't locate. Their sister location across the road handles online booking and must the clerk there must have been unpleasant with our clerk because... More 

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

Greetings Jason, I am glad we had the opportunity to talk after your perplexing check-in process at our hotel. Internet reservations have changed the way hotels do business and while most of the time they are a blessing and ease for both the traveler and the hotelier. Unfortunately, there are times when technology can be maddening for all involved. Nonetheless,... More 

Springfield, Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was my first trip to Santa Barbara...I found the hotel on Tripadvisor. The facility is cool, almost like a nostalgic step back into time, cool building with a garden like setting and yet right next to a residential street. The rooms were neat, clean, and relatively spacious. The pool and jacuzzi were well maintained and part of the garden... 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 your kind comments about your recent stay with us. We know you have many hotels to choose from when visiting Santa Barbara so we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Many of our guests enjoy the intimate feel that the Lavender Inn offers as well as the convenient location to Santa Barbara and... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We were blown away by the friendliness and generosity of the owners of this hotel. Free champagne chilling in the fridge, free apperos to share with other guests after 4.30, and free milk and cookies at bed-time. We were able to borrow a movie from the hotel over the road for free. Really great value, highly recommend this hotel. No... More 

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

Greetings Isobel, Wow ~ what a wonderful list of compliments you have shared. The owners of the hotel are originally from London so it feels like family when guests from oversees visit. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the complimentary champagne, the afternoon wine & cheese, and the evening milk & cookies. Thank you for the compliments and glowing... More 

Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our 2 nights stay here kick started the land tour part of our road trip in real style. Staff all nice and friendly and the facilities excellent. It is a bit pricy but all accommodations are in Santa Barbara. It is the little extras that make the place special. Cheese and wine in the late afternoon and cookies and milk... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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290 reviews 290 reviews
52 hotel reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The hotel is located about 2 blocks from the marina. The area is quiet. The room was fine. The bed and shower were adequate. There is a safe and a fridge. The breakfast is adequate. They have hard boiled eggs, juice, cereal and pastries. The staff was very good.

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

Thank you Charles for your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and appreciate that you shared this with other TripAdvisor viewers. We hope to see you again. Warm wishes, Greg Broussard ~ General Manager More 

Portland Oregon
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146 reviews 146 reviews
22 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We had been on the road for hours and were very tired... but also early for check in. We were greeted with a smile and told our room was ready and a bottle of champagne was chilling in our room. I almost wept.... Our room was lovely with everything we needed and more than we could have hoped for. We... More 

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

Wow APennero ~ thank you for your generous compliments about your recent stay with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the little extras and are especially happy to hear you enjoyed the complimentary bottle of champagne. We look forward to seeing you when you visit Santa Barbara again. Warmly, Greg Broussard... More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

All I can say is, "wow!" Lavender Inn is not the fanciest place in Santa B, and it is not directly on the water, though it is close. Yet the staff and the setting made us feel right at home. We were there on business with one extra day to celebrate my husband's birthday. When I called, the only rooms... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful and generous compliments about the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We appreciate your accolades toward Pam and Carol. They have been loyal team members for over a decade and we feel so lucky to have them. Our entire hotel team genuinely enjoys creating a comfortable, relaxing, and home-away-from-home experience for all our guests. Belated birthday... More 

Torrance, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We arrived a little after noon, and we were greeted by Peter who by the way gave us a room upgrade. I thought that we have to wait since it was a little bit early to check in but the room is ready so that was wonderful. There was free sparkling wine in the room or you can switch it... More 

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

Thank you Charles for your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your recent stay and appreciate that you shared this with other TripAdvisor viewers. We hope to see you again. Warm wishes, Greg Broussard ~ General Manager More 

Kingsburg, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We rode the hotel's bikes two blocks to the beach where there is well marked bike paths and the day was gorgeous! It's quaint, Spanish style feel to outside, nice knowledgeable hotel staff, they provided restaurant recommendations and sites to see. What make this a good stay was the hotel was close to beach, restaurants, zoo, etc. The rooms are... More 

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