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Lemon Tree Inn
Ranked #32 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
San Francisco, CA
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“Be careful of old vs. new rooms”
Reviewed August 13, 2005

I had stayed at the Lemon Tree in the past where we had a room in the newer building. We really enjoyed the view of the gardens and were quite happy with the room. However on this visit we were given one of the old rooms. (There is a newer building and an older building). It was very small, dingy, wth a small window looking out onto the parking lot. When I asked to be moved to the newer building I was told it would be an additional $30 from the agreed upon rate. (I made the reservation directly through the hotel). To their credit, when I balked at having to pay the additional $30, they gave me the room for the same rate. I would have no problem with recommending this hotel with the condition that you MAKE SURE you have a room in the newer building. If given a room in the older building, I would recommend you try somewhere else.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed September 3, 2003

After being turned away at the sister motel, the Orange Tree Inn down the road, they referred us to the Lemon Tree. The front desk staff was wonderful, however, the room was really not very impressive for the price. We had to share a balcony, which should have been mentioned when we checked in.

For $175 a night, we really should have had a private balcony or one of the garden views. The room was closed off, in the corner and they made a big deal about being close to the elevator. Big deal!

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Reviewed January 17, 2003

have stayed at the lemon tree and sister hotel the orange tree on several occasions over the years and have never had a problem of any kind
the new section at the lemon tree is quite an improvement to the aging but remodeled old part this oaisis is in the center of town is convenient to everything staff was more than friendly and did everthing to make our stay comfortable and private the orange tree is a bit closer to night life and you can walk back to the hotel if need be after a night of fun on the town

  • Stayed December 2002, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 28, 2002

This is a well-located, reasonably priced motel with very pretty gardens and a decent restaurant.
For nearly 5 years we have traveled to Santa Barbara from Oakland nearly once a month and almost always chose to stay at the Lemon Tree. But no matter how often we stayed, they always treated us like strangers and never once exhibited a welcoming attitude. We would often mention how often we stayed and would basically get the cold shoulder in return. Other hotels we stayed in just once before would remember us and welcome us like friends. Finally, we began to notice the rooms getting run down, soiled carpets and the final straw was malfunctioning plumbing that caused the shower to alternate hot/cold blasts. When we complained their attitude was as unconcerned as ever. That was the last time we stayed there almost a year ago and we will not stay there again.

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Property: Lemon Tree Inn
Address: 2819 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lemon Tree Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic neo-60s Inn in the Center of Paradise. Set on a Tropical 4 acres, Modern Guest Rooms with Private Patios or Balconies face our Lush one acre Courtyard with Giant Heated Swimming Pool and Hydro-Spa. Guest love our Crocodile Restaurant and Bar which features Californian style Italian Cuisine with something for every appetite. Dine in our Chic Dining Room or at our Cool Bar, on our Tropical patio or enjoy private In-Room Dining. Our Full-Bar features an extensive Wine List, Great local Draughts, Traditional and Exotic Cocktails.Spacious Guest Rooms feature comfortable Beds, Sony Flat Panel TVs, In-Rooms safes, In-Room Coffee. We Offer Pool-Side Rooms, Garden and Mountain View rooms and Atrium rooms...all accessable by Elevator.The Lemon Tree has Meeting Space and offers full In-House Licensed catering for all types of events.Our Friendly 24 Hour Front Desk Staff is eager to welcome you to the Lemon Tree Inn and Beautiful Santa Barbara. ... more   less 
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