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“Could have been a better experience” 2 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
San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Could have been a better experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently stayed two nights at the Avania Inn and would have given it a better rating because we liked the location, the room amenities, the comfortable bed and the adequate breakfast. However, we found that the noise level from adjacent rooms and the door slamming noises disturbing. Also, both nights there were incidents late at night in the hallway which led to some guests being expelled. Not helpful when trying to sleep. Based upon the noises, I lowered the rating.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff all did their jobs well including housekeeping: Johnny (I believe this was the spelling given) and Samantha at the front desk were both helpful. Very clean and larger than I had expected. Nice separate vanity area with mini fridge (larger than I'd expected one with freezer) and quite new microwave. Also a REAL coffee pot coffee maker! Bravo. Also, gave good Wolfgang Puck coffee.

Shower adequate though a bit weak, but hey, GREAT location only a block from beach and my favorite Santa Barbara public 50 m lap pool. The hotel does have a sweet small pool with jacuzzi and even a sauna room (ask about heating it in advance). There is a real cute little bathroom, next to the pool area which is much nicer than usual changing room with a sauna room to boot! Check to get heated ahead though.

Breakfast was adequate enough. Overall, I highly recommend The Avania and I am known in my family as being a tough customer on hotel rooms. Lastly, a nice balcony which only exist in these older hotels.

Room Tip: Corner upstairs.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I stayed here for two nights last weekend. We arrived early (1:30PM) and they said the room would be ready in 15 minutes and it was! We were upgraded to a Mini Suite and it was excellent. It had a coffee maker with Starbucks coffee, a nice sized refrigerator and a shower/bathtub with very good pressure. The size of the room was huge and had all new furniture and carpeting and the bathroom was new as well. The location was perfect with most areas we wanted to visit within walking distance. We stayed in room 301 which was very quiet and the bed made for great sleep!

The staff at this Inn was so darn friendly and helpful. We really appreciated their hospitality!!

We will be back in the near future and will definitely stay at this property!

Room Tip: We loved room 301!!
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed this hotel very much. The Room was clean and delightful as well. The location was perfect in every way. I HIGHLY recommend Avania Hotel and will look forward to my next return there. The breakfast was delicious. The staff there ,Samantha and Jon were very helpful and pleasant. My stay there was fun and relaxing. Great little hotel and a hop, skills and a jump from the ocean.

Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good value, decent size rooms. Family friendly and OK breakfast. Location just a block and half from beach and within walking distance of State street restaurants. Clean and friendly service. Room had fridge and microwave. Only negative is that the walls are thin and one can hear the hallway noise (we were next to elevator so there was lots of traffic).

Room Tip: Avoid the bottom floor; ask for 3rd floor. Can hear residents above and noise outside hallway.
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Good hotel with free parking, good breakfast, free wifi, good lookation and very friendly and helpful staff. We had a massive and very comfortable bed. The only bad part was the slightly weak shower but in total we had a nice stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Aviana Inn was almost 300. per night but the while all of the maids and service staff were nice and smiling, the main owner was not welcoming, in fact just the opposite, she never said hello or even smiled. The inn is very clean but very care worn with a dated color scheme. Although we had requested well in advance top floor rooms near each other, we were shown dark basement rooms right next to the laundry. Our objections were greeted with - oh well they are gone by 3 p.m. No flexibility or accommodation and all without a smile. The pool, jacuzzi area was indifferently maintained also, and we cleaned the leaves out ourselves. While some rooms had balconies, most did not. It also was quite a walk to the hub of Santa Barbara, State Street, and even a good walk to the beach, which is one of the positives of this location. It also was very quiet, a major positive. Breakfast was ok, not gourmet but edible.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms have much more light and some have balconies. Our request well in advance was not h...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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:
Avania Inn Of Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
Avania Hotel Santa Barbara
Avania Santa Barbara
Country Inn Santa Barbara

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