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Lavender Inn by the Sea

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#7 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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 beverage. Savor a deluxe continental breakfast on the sunny patio, afternoon reception by the fire, and milk & 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Free internet
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Spanish
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10Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
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Great boutique hotel, close to the marina. The front desk staff recommended a lovely restaurant on the marina and offered a coupon. Delicious meal! There breakfast was not what we expected so we went to IHOP. That was very good. My sister was visiting from the islands so it was a beautiful ride up the coast to Santa Barbara. The lavender sachets on the bed were a nice touch. It was nice to have a refrigerator and coffee maker in the room. Would definitely go back.
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Response from GregBroussard, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea
Responded 2 weeks ago
Greetings Voyage764660, Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn for your visit to Santa Barbara. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and found our hotel to be conveniently located. Thank you for sharing your impressions with other travelers. Warm regards, Greg Broussard Hotel Manager
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Property's Favorite Review
My wife and I stayed for two days as part of my wife's 70th birthday trip to Nevada and California. On arrival William @ reception could not have been more friendly and helpful, pointing out the hotels features and facilities also giving a detailed guide to visiting Santa Barbara. The room was clean and very comfortable, I have to give special mention to the shower which had the best shower head and water pressure to give the best shower! Continental breakfast was first rate with wine & cheese samplings every evening between 4.30 & 6.30 ....they even had an extensive library of dvds available from reception if needed. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this hotel where all the staff are friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble to ensure your stay is a pleasure. Thank you Lavender Inn By The Sea.
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Response from GregBroussard, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea
Responded Feb 5, 2019
Greetings Mr. and Mrs. cadillac_avenue, What a delight it is to know we were part of your birthday celebration. We love being included in special memory making experiences. Thank you for the lovely and generous compliments. Your comments will be shared with William and our entire hotel team. We know you have many hotels to choose from when visiting Santa Barbara so our team works diligently to offer our guests a welcoming and comfortable environment and warm and friendly service. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We hope to serve you again. Warmest regards, Greg Broussard General Manager
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This review is “quaint” and the beds are comfortable. There are some things people should know. All of the first floor rooms look right into the parking lot. Room 1 was a great spacious room, room 12 was small and cramped so rooms definitely vary. We asked if the part of our group who was in room 12 could change rooms as we were there for 4 nights but they were not accommodating at all. They do not have their liquor license so no wine in the afternoons. The afternoon/evening desk clerk was not helpful at all and it was challenging to communicate with her. The housekeeping staff was very sweet and i loved all the lavender items they had in the rooms. The day time desk clerk was much more helpful. The hotel is about 3 blocks from the beach and from state street and walking if doable to plenty of good restaurants. The hotel is across from a t-ball field and in a residential district so a little odd but we were comfortable walking around. Would I stay there again? For the price, probably not. There are many inns in the area so I would try somewhere different.
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Response from GregBroussard, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea
Responded 2 weeks ago
Greetings mdean72, Thank you for your recent stay at the Lavender Inn. It is lovely to hear you found us to be conveniently located to our downtown and waterfront areas. I am terribly sorry to hear one of our team members did not reflect the service we are known for. Please know we will review our service standards with our entire team so that each of our guests feel like VIP’s. Many of our guests enjoy the qualities of a small boutique however, this limits the number of rooms we can offer. I’m sorry our team was unable to accommodate your request to move to a new guestroom. Please accept my sincere apology for not meeting your expectations. Respectfully, Greg Broussard General Manager
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I booked this property based upon prior reviews and photos of the rooms and grounds. What a disappointment. At checkin our first floor room was small, dark and faced directly into the parking lot, which, with minor exception, was the case with all of the rooms. The photographs on the hotel’s website were extremely misleading. To make matters worse, the woman working reception did nothing to try and remedy the situation. I do not recommend this property.
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Response from GregBroussard, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea
Responded 2 weeks ago
I am terribly sorry to hear you were disappointed in your stay with us. It is never our intention to mislead our guests. We understand that our boutique hotel may not be for everyone so we rely on guests like yourself to offer their honest impressions in hopes that it allows travelers to decide if our quaint lavender themed setting is the right fit. Please accept our sincere apologies for not meeting your expectations. Respectfully, Greg Broussard General Manager
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Our second stay here. The queen room was small but comfortable. Unit heat pump controlled temp. Small vanity area outside bath was very dark. The bathroom modern. Everything was clean, though from area moisture the room smelled a bit damp. Evening reception no longer serves wine, but sparkling cider with cheese, crackers and other finger foods. At night several types of cookies with milk available. Coffee and tea available all day in the hotel office. Breakfast was a good selection of cereals, boiled eggs, waffles, oj, etc. Plenty of onsite parking, a pool, nice toiletries. Receptionists were friendly and helpful. A few blocks from the beach and pier and downtown. This is a good area for walking, with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.
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Response from GregBroussard, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea
Responded May 19, 2019
Greetings grip652, Thank you for once again, choosing the Lavender Inn. We know you have many hotels to choose from when visiting Santa Barbara, so it is a wonderful compliment to hear you decided to stay with us again. Thank you for taking time to share your honest impressions with other travelers. Kind regards, Greg Broussard, General Manager
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$263 - $420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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