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“Great Location!” 3 of 5 stars
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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Country Inn by the Sea)   |  
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Ranked #33 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Location!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Inn is in a great location, and easy to find. Rooms are a bit dated but very clean. Free parking is a bonus, easy walk to the pier and town centre.
Included breakfast was good. Overall good value for Santa Barbara, would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santa Monica, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Santa Barbara has a lot of hotels and motels. Most are very expensive, and you may not be near the areas you want to visit. The Avania Inn of Santa Barbara offers a fantastic location, walking distance to the beach, the Wharf, the harbor, State St., as well as many restaurants. A beautiful park is right across the street.

There is a free breakfast in the lobby daily. The rooms are nice, and mine had a mini fridge and microwave as well as a great balcony. Be advised, there is NO smoking in the rooms, so if you do smoke, there are designated areas outside, or maybe another hotel will be better for you.

I found the staff to be friendly and very accommodating. The price is not the cheapest in Santa Barbara, but all thing considered, it is a great value especially if you want to be near the beach. The hotels nearer to the water can be any where from two to three times ( or more) the cost of the Avania Inn.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I really enjoyed the convenient location in a neighborhood environment. I didn't have a car so walking into town and the beach was very convenient. The room was clean and new. The decor was odd but fine. I appreciated the complementary breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed there and came home with bites that resembled bed bug bites. After reading other reviews, it seems we are not alone. Decent location, bad remodel, way over priced. Oh and bed bugs!!!!! Buyer beware.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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La Quinta, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Drove in from Pacific Grove vacation and was hoping to find a nice place across from the beach. Unfortunately our choices of top picks from Trip Advisor were full and everything else was soon expensive. Came across this one by chance and were happy with the rates. King room was large and clean and nicely decorated for the price. Not a bad deal for a quick stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We stayed here for one night en route to LA. Room was large but the decor quite bright on the eyes!! Bed was comfy and I slept well. However, due to it's proximity to Stearns Wharf and State Street, my wife could hear party goers until the early hours. This was after we requested a quiet room. Would recommend for a short stay only

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We spent one night here at the end of 2011. We managed to get a good deal on our room which is why we stayed here. The room it's self was ok as we only used it as somewhere to dump out suitcase and sleep.

The room was small but nice and clean, there was also a small but nice pool outside. Our room had a private patio as well.

Check in was quick and simple and the lady at reception gave us a list of things to do.

Overall I would stay here again, but only if I could get a good deal

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Country Inn by the Sea)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Avania Inn of Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara Hotel is located 1 block to waterfront. Offering a Free Hot Breakfast buffet, Free Wireless Internet. Rooms offer Pillow Top Premium Beds, Fridge/Microwaves in rooms, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards. On site Heated Pool & Spa. Also on site Redwood Sauna. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Avania Inn Of Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
Avania Hotel Santa Barbara
Avania Santa Barbara
Country Inn Santa Barbara

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