We drove into Santa Barbara for a night with no reservations or knowledge of the town. Although I had seen reviews of the Lavender Inn, we happened upon it as another place was booked and directed us a few blocks from the main drag where quite a few places were located. We stopped here first and stayed after checking 2 other surrounding inns. Our main criteria was a 2 room suite, so my husband and I could have a separate room from our 2 kids. The rooms were very clean and tastefully decorated (sort of B&B style...not terribly fashionable, but cozy and clean), the price was within our budget ($230 for the suite), the suite was spacious, and breakfast was included. There was a bottle of prosecco in the room when we checked in, which was a nice touch, and they had wine and cheese in the lobby in the early evenings, as well as snacks for the kids. The inn attendant, I believe his name was Mark???, was awesome. He was there the afternoon we checked in, and back again the next morning. He was informative, helpful, sweet, efficient, and a huge asset to the inn in my humble opinion (if I got his name wrong, his love of 80's love ballads should clarify his identity!!). We were very happy with our stay. The location is great if you have a car... it's about 4 blocks off the main drag. I would highly suggest it to the non hotel snob who is looking for a decent deal for a nice place... no brown nosing or fancy hotel robe required!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lavender Inn By The Sea Hotel Santa Barbara