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“Near the water” 4 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
Annapolis, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Near the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I found this to be a very good hotel for the price. The parking lot was not very large, but we had no problems parking in the lot. I am not sure what it would be like in high season. It was a very short walk to the pier and beach. A real plus as there is not much parking in town either. The staff was friendly and the breakfast good. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Richmond, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We stayed one night for a sleep and that was all. Good thing. The drapes had holes in them from sun damage, so if they overlooked the shredded drapes what else are they prepared to overlook? Certainly makes you wonder. Front desk just treated us like a number. She recorded my complaints on her computer with out any acknowledgement or apology. I asked for a refund or reduced rate and she said not its done now , no reversing it.You get the impression they only want your business, bored and uninterested, stock responses. Just relying on transient business. I cant abide service of this nature.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ChesterfieldUnited Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Really enjoyed our stay at the Avania. Lovely clean room, excellent breakfast and plenty of choice. Staff friendly, Samantha advised us places to eat in the evening. Coffee and water always available in the comfortable spacious lounge. Would recommend.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I give this hotel 3.5 rating because the breakfast spread was picked up before the time allotted. The bed was comfortable, the view is of the parking lot. It has A/C which worked fine. Has an elevator. Just don't wait to the last half hour for the continental breakfast. Location walking distance to Pier & harbor.

Room Tip: Choose highest level, believe there were 3 floors.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stayed for 6 nights here for vacation and a wedding. Friendly staff, all in all a nice place. Rooms are nice, some things like carpeting in the hall could use some updating, but for the price, it's a fantastic location in walking distance to the beach and a lot of other shops and attractions (granted, we choose to walk vs. take a cab a lot more than others).

Also had a pretty nice breakfast every morning - which is a nice addition to the stay. Hot tub and pool were also nice after lots of walking to the nearby attractions!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, Ca
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We found this hotel to be average for the level of the hotel. Had a very nice location within walking distance to beach, wharf, and downtown. Comfortable bed and pillows, nice balcony with chairs and table for relaxing, and decent free breakfast in the morning.
Toilet and shower area wa pretty cramped .
This hotel was a disappointment because it is part of the "Ascend" collection of the Choice Hotel group which is supposed to be a more upscale collection of hotels and I did not consider this to be any higher or lower than the average Quality or Comfort Inn.

Room Tip: It is on a quiet stree, so it doesn't make much difference.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hemet
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53 reviews 53 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This Inn is a nice place to stay. You can walk to the beach, the Santa Barbara Pier is a short walk, State street shops and places to eat can be easily walked to. There is a harbor area close by. The Morning Breakfast had a good selection of items, hot and cold. The rooms are quiet/ In early evening you can watch a Softball game. The shower had a good water flow. The staff was helpful and friendly. Has Wifi but a little slow.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Avania Inn of Santa Barbara

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:
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Avania Hotel Santa Barbara
Avania Santa Barbara
Country Inn Santa Barbara

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