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Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our stay at the Lavender Inn. The staff is supper friendly and knowledgeable; it's close to the beach and the FunkTown area; it's not far from State st and the room was comfortable. If you visit Santa Barbara for the city sites and not to stay at a luxury hotel, this accommodation is for you.

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New York City, New York
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61 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this hotel last minute for a couples visit to Santa Barbara and was not disappointed! We ended up getting a suite on the ground floor which was very spacious and comfortable and also very quiet. Bed was large and comfortable and the things like free make up wipes/soaps/lavendar on pillow etc were unexpected but nice! Great location -... More 

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

Thank you Icoton, for your lovely review of our hotel. We are pleased to know you enjoyed the Lavender Inn by the Sea and treated yourself to the little extras we offer our guests. We rely on guests like you to share their honest opinion of our hotel, so we appreciate the time and care you offered in sharing your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small two storey hotel of about 28 rooms a couple of blocks off of Santa Barbara West beach. Many lovely touches and great customer service, from Nick and Peter in particular. Wine and cheese late afternoon and home made cookies in the evening plus coffee and hot drinks available all day. We also enjoyed the breakfast which was all part... More 

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

Greetings Besty_11, Thank you for your recent stay at the Lavender Inn by the Sea and for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers. We are delighted to know you enjoyed our hotel and appreciate your kind compliments of Nick and Peter. We are fortunate to have a hotel team who are take great pride in offering... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's the little things that make the difference and Lavender Inn provides so many little touches of hospitality - from the free breakfast (common in Santa Barbara but not elsewhere in California) to complimentary wine and cheeses in the afternoon to homemade cookies and milk to in the evening. Staff were friendly, the room was clean and the inn is... More 

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

Greetings Aingeal, Thank you for this very kind review of your recent stay with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the Lavender Inn and appreciate the time and care you have taken in sharing your experience with others. We rely on travelers like you to let us know what we are doing well and how we might improve.... More 

Woodland Hills, CA
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63 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This refurbished hotel is charming. Excellent location, near the freeway, a few blocks from the beach and a short drive to downtown. The bed was comfortable and the room was fairly quiet. The Staff was very helpful and friendly, especially Peter at the front desk. When I asked Peter where I could buy the Sunday LA Time, he pulled a... More 

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

Greetings Alswedd44, Thank you for your lovely review of our hotel. We are delighted to know you enjoyed your stay at the Lavender Inn. Your kind comments regarding Peter is greatly appreciated. He is one of our superstar team members who take great pride in offering the finest service possible to all our guests. Should your travels bring you back... More 

Saddle River NJ
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305 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

It was accessible to the beach area especially riding the bikes. Walking distance to many great restaurants. I did feel that the hotel room was stuffy.The A C was noisy . The bathroom adequate with a lovely shower, and bath robes were a nice treat. Mattress was firm and sheets were not heavy. We almost stayed across the street at... More 

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

Greetings from the Lavender Inn by the Sea! Thank you for your recent stay with us. There are many hotels to chose from when visiting Santa Barbara, so we are delighted you chose to celebrate the holiday with us. Thank you for the time and care in sharing your experience with other travelers. Should your travels bring you back to... More 

Los Angeles, CA
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54 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Given the charming surroundings in Santa Barbara - the ocean, the mountains, the architecture - it is puzzling as to why the hotels do not take advantage of the setting. Lavender Inn, like other places I gave stayed in Santa Barbara looks good on paper but in reality is sub par. We stayed one night after a long day at... More 

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

Greetings Jack9003, I am terribly sorry to hear you were disappointed in your recent stay with us. It is never our intention to mislead our guests so we appreciate reviews of travelers like yourself who take the time and care to share their experience with us and others travelers. There are many hotels to chose from when visiting Santa Barbara,... More 

Buninyong, Australia
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62 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Stayed two nights. The rooms are comfortable although the ceilings are quite low so can feel a little cramped. However, good service, nice breakfast and comfortable beds. The street is quite busy however the hotel is tucked back a little behind the carpark and a strip of garden - lovely seating area, nice place to relax with a drink. The... More 

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

Greetings GladJohn, Thank you for your recent stay with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are delighted to receive your compliments toward our hotel team and enjoy hearing that you treated yourself to our lovely wine & cheese reception in our garden area. Should your travels bring you back to our area, we hope you visit us... More 

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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Lavender Inn for two nights over presidents day weekend and were extremely pleased with our experience. This was our first time to Santa Barbara and we had no idea what to expect. We received a friendly welcome when we arrived with some great dinner recommendations as well as maps of the area and... More 

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

Greetings Brian, Thank you for spending your holiday weekend at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are pleased to hear that you and your wife enjoyed our hotel and appreciated the little extras. There is no better compliment than for us to hear that we created a “home away from home” for our guest. We look forward to your... More 

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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

We'd never been to Santa Barbra before. Since we'd just spent four days in Monterey and were heading home to Palm Springs, we'd decided to cut our drive home in half, and make an overnight pit stop in SB. So the night before I checked Trip Advisor for reasonably affordable accommodations with good reviews. Let's just say Santa Barbra is... More 

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

Greetings Lee Ann, Thank you for this fantastic review of the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your short visit us. It is always nice to know that we lived up to our TripAdvisor reviews. We appreciate when ravelers like you take time and care to share their experience with others and offer... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Lavender Inn by the Sea

Address: 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3812
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $225 - $390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lavender Inn by the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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