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206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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#6 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
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4.3
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
A romantic Santa Barbara hotel surrounded by fragrant gardens, picturesque beaches, and a yacht harbor.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Books, DVDs, music for children
Massage
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Wifi
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Complimentary tea
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Vending machine
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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24-hour front desk
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English, French, Russian, Spanish
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Patricia F wrote a review Nov 2022
The best thing about the Lavender Inn Santa Barbara was the staff. There were three of us Senior Ladies traveling together and sometimes we have to be explained things a little more than once. Arron, Jose and Esteban made us feel WELCOME not like overnight guess but friends. They took time to tell us what there was to do and see in the area. Showed us (on the map) how to get to our destinations. Arron even helped us pick out some DVDs to watch one night. I have travel a lot in my lifetime and sometimes the staff don't seem to have the time or interest in making you feel welcome much less special. Don't know who/how your staff is trained but I have a feeling these three gentlemen could do the training. I think they genuinely cared that our stay was an exceptional experience. Thank you Arron, Jose and Esteban for making us feel at home, welcome, and SPECIAL.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Good day PatriciafE8223KV. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. It's great to hear that your group enjoyed your stay with us, I couldn't be happier that our team took very good care of you. We strive to make sure that each stay is personable and it looks like we have provided this service for you. We love when our guests take advantage of our many free amenities that we have to offer. We hope to be seeing you again real soon.
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eve s wrote a review Nov 2022
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We stayed at this facility recently and when we went into the room my husband thought that the bed had been slept in but on closer inspection it was the bedding had not been ironed at all. The dust was on all surfaces as shown, therefore it was very clear that it had not been polished for some time with the result that the room felt grubby, dated and expensive. We met a friend and when we told her what our room rate was, she called the hotel and asked what the rate was for that evening and it was much less than we paid and it was available. Also unless we asked for them to provide clean towels every day by noon they would not automatically be done. We did ask and they were not delivered. Our bed was not made as we failed to ask for that! I thought we were staying in an ‘Inn’. The continental breakfast was on paper plates and plastic knives and forks which bent when you tried to spread the butter - utterly useless. I expected Basil Fawlty to make an appearance at any time. Although the location is good and the bed comfortable I would not recommend this ‘Inn’ - there is a large number of other places to stay. Overall I was really disappointed with my stay. I understand at the time when Covid was at it peak some amendments may have been necessary but this is no longer a valid excuse.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Good day evesX5370RE. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Let me express my sincere apologies to you that the stay was as to be expected. We value all guests feedback and we thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are sorry that you did not enjoy our free breakfast, we will make sure to discuss this over to see in what we do to improve in any way. We hope that you will be willing to give us another chance to make your stay great!
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MrsB010 wrote a review Nov 2022
Bath, United Kingdom95 contributions55 helpful votes
Not quite as smart as the website pictures, could do with some decorating but overall a nice place to stay. Good location, walking distance to State St and restaurants etc. Room was comfortable, clean and quiet. Coffee and tea available all day, great when its raining and you’re hanging around the hotel (we were unlucky with the weather). All the staff are great. We had an issue with our rental car and Esteban was very helpful helping us resolve this.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Good day MrsB010. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We will be sure to let Esteban know of the kind words. Our staff truly does an amazing job to make sure each stay is personable, the fine touches are our specialty. We hope to see you again soon in the future.
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Sharon C wrote a review Nov 2022
Davis, California3 contributions
My husband and I stayed at the Lavender Inn for three nights while visiting my son, who's a student at UCSB. We wanted to enjoy the lively Santa Barbara scene. The Lavender Inn was a charming, comfortable home away from home. We had a junior suite with a small second bedroom which provided a nice, sunny place for me to work in the morning while my husband was still asleep and gave us much appreciated extra space. The bathroom was spacious and well appointed. One of the highlights was a long bike ride along the coastal route. Bikes are loaned at the sister inn across the street, Las Brisas. Our bikes were nice, new 7-speed Townies, very comfy and functional and we enjoyed a 20 mile ride. The grounds are small but the landscaping is lovely, and the pool is beautiful. Breakfast is included and a nice selection was available each day. We enjoyed sitting on the patio while we ate. The staff were all wonderful, especially Aarron (spelling?) who was very friendly and informative. The location is convenient to the highway, which made it easy to commute to UCSB. And it's just a few blocks from the ocean, the pier, and lots of great restaurants. The only downside is that it's on a busy street, just down from a gas station and 7 Eleven. Again, convenient, but not picturesque. You can find hotels closer to the beach in the same price range, but I think there might be a tradeoff in charm. We'll make this our go-to inn whenever we visit!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Good day Sharon K. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Wow, such great feedback really helps us to know what we are doing great at, and for future guests to see the type of experience one will have staying with us. I'm so happy that Arron was able to provide you with amazing service, everyone here at our hotel strives for perfection to make sure each stay is memorable. It's great to know that you were able to take advantage of our many free amenities like our bikes! We hope to be able to see you again on your next adventures back to Santa Barbara.
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Scenic307632 wrote a review Sep 2022
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The location is great, a few blocks away from the waterfront and a short walk to State Street. The room was small but very nice, with a comfortable bed. The garden outside is beautiful. Also, there is a nice breakfast, and refreshments are offered in the lobby in the afternoon. The service was great, with a lot of useful visitor information. On the whole, a very welcoming feeling. I will certainly be glad to return.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Sep 18, 2022
Good day Scenic307632. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. The feedback that you provide really gives a great look into our hotel for future guests to see what experience awaits them. I couldn't be more happy that you were able to take advantage of the many amenities that we have to offer, these are always great perks that we make sure our guests are aware of. We can't wait to see you on your next return visit!
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Nick H wrote a review Sep 2022
Los Angeles44 contributions47 helpful votes
It's a nice little inn close enough to the sea. Still only a few blocks walk. Close enough to be only a few minutes to State Street and a quick cab ride to the Bowl. The rooms were clean and bed were perfect. I don't know if they knew it was my birthday or they always have a bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge, but it was a very nice touch.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: We were on the first floor and never heard anything from the room above.
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Responded Sep 13, 2022
Hello BigEvilBaby. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I couldn't be more happy that you picked our hotel for your birthday stay. Our staff loves to go over the top to provide these little details and I'm glad we made it that much more special for you. We hope that next time you find yourself in Santa Barbara that you pick the Lavender Inn by the Sea again!
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Amyrebecca90 wrote a review Sep 2022
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
We have just checked out of Lavender Inn by the sea after a wonderful stay. The location is perfect, just off highway 1 and a very short walk (5 mins) from the seafront with lots of restaurants and shops to explore. When we arrived a bottle of champagne was chilling in the fridge and the staff put some rose petals and chocolates on the bed (we were on our honeymoon). The staff were extremely friendly, special mention to Jesus who was helpful when we arrived and gave us a map of the area and a list of recommended restaurants. Lavender’s sister hotel, Bridas del Mar Inn (opposite) allows free bike rental which was perfect for getting around. The Inn also has a free happy hour every evening with some local wines. Breakfast was also a hit, a continental selection with a quaint patio area which was simply lovely. The bed is one of the comfiest we have ever stayed in! Would highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 4, 2022
Good day Amyrebecca90. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. WOW, such a special stay with us. It's great to know that we were able to provide you with our world famous customer service, we will be sure to let Jesus know about the kind words you mentioned. We pride ourselves in the fine details of our hotel and it's great to that you were able to take notice. We are pleased that you were able to take part in the many free amenities that we have to offer, knowing that you were able to getaway and relax with us is always extra special. We hope to see you again real soon!
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Michal T wrote a review Aug 2022
Rocklin, California10 contributions1 helpful vote
This inn was clean and comfortable with some nice touches. We enjoyed the outdoor seating (a great place to enjoy breakfast or a book). They offer a continental breakfast and complimentary wine reception each evening, which we did not use since we were "eating" Santa Barbara. They have a very extensive list of movies that you can borrow to watch in your room. Everyone was very helpful and provided great service. Location was great, we were able to walk to the beach, the pier, the Funk Zone, and Downtown. We would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Aug 28, 2022
Good day Michal. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Our hotel team takes great pride in the fine details of the hotel and it's always great to know that our guests take notice. Knowing that you were able to take advantage of our many amenities that we have to offer for our guests is always a great feeling, we truly want you to have a relaxing time. Providing exceptional service is what we do and it shows time and time again, it's great to know that you were taken care of! We hope to see you again real soon.
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Sheri V wrote a review Aug 2022
Bakersfield16 contributions
A wonderful week at Lavender Inn by the Sea. The staff was excellent, professional, friendly and fun. The welcome of the complementary bottle of Sparkling Wine set the stage for a lovely week. Definitely take out the bikes for a wide on the boardwalk or thru town. A memorable visit, for sure.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Rooms in front of the pool had a bit of foot traffic and gate clanking.
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Responded Aug 23, 2022
Good day SCVBucketList. Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea for your girls reunion, I'm sure you had a great experience in Santa Barbara. We believe that we truly have the best staff in the city, knowing that you were given the gold standard in service is great to hear! It's great to know that your party was able to take part in the many free amenities that we have to offer during a stay. It's feedback like yours which gives future guests a true look into what our hotel has to offer. We hope to see you back on your next reunion visit.
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AudreyH wrote a review Aug 2022
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Family holiday. We loved Santa Barbara, and the hotel is in a great location near the beach. Accommodation was spacious with separate room for our daughters. The welcome bottle of champagne in the room was a lovely touch. Staff were very welcoming and helpful recommending restaurants, places to visit and routes to cycle with the bikes we were able to borrow. Customer service was excellent with Esteban contacting us after we'd checked out to let us know that we'd left our cables bag with chargers etc. The staff quickly arranged for it to be delivered to the next hotel we were staying in, and we were reunited with the bag before our return flight home. We'd love to holiday here again!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Aug 23, 2022
Good day P7005VKaudreyh. Such kind words! Thank you for staying with us at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. The little touches that you were able to take notice on are the things that bring big smiles to our staff, they really do a great job to make sure each detail is in place. I'm glad you were able to take part in the many free amenities that we have to offer for our guests. We truly want to make sure that each guest has a personable experience and I'm glad we were able to make that happy for you! We hope to see you on your future visit back to Santa Barbara
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lavender Inn by the Sea
Which popular attractions are close to Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Nearby attractions include Jamie Slone Wines (0.7 miles), Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (0.5 miles), and Santa Barbara Harbor (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Conveniently located restaurants include McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, The Black Sheep, and Toma Restaurant and Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Lavender Inn by the Sea located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Santa Barbara.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lavender Inn by the Sea?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Russian.
Are there any historical sites close to Lavender Inn by the Sea?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.0 miles), Casa del Herrero (3.8 miles), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (2.2 miles).
Is Lavender Inn by the Sea accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.