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Lavender Inn by the Sea
Ranked #5 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Such a comfortable welcoming place. The breakfast was very fresh and the complimentary cheese and drinks in the evening a real bonus, also fresh. The pool area was great. The free bikes were great too. Although a bit of a walk to the main action it was peaceful and relaxing. Staff could not have been more accommodating. Loved it!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We booked this as an anniversary get away. At $260.00 per night it was waaaay over priced. This is simply a tarted up motel. Yes some of the little touches are nice but they sure as heck don't come close to the room rate. Not to be overly picky but when's the last time anyone stayed in a hotel these days without a flat screen for instance? A shower-only bathroom also doesn't scream romance. The furnishings seemed dated and a bit worn. A boutique hotel or B and B would feature the finer things in life and give the place some character. All that being said, it was still sold out. There will be no next time

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Jamie H
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

Lavender Inn is an upscale motel. The rooms are small but extremely well appointed. They offer a few really lovely ammenities like afternoon wine and cheese. The location, just a few blocks from the waterfront, is in a very good area within walking distance of downtown .So what's the problem? . The problem is that this motel is not a Bed & Breakfast. It doesn't have the feel of a B&B. That personal touch of the owner/proprietor just is not present. So should I expect to pay B&B prices for this motel??????? I offer no judgement. If this establishment was in the motel or Inn category I would offer 4 stars with the caveat that I think the place is a wee bit pricey given the location is not overlooking the waterfront. But....as a B&B it just doesn't make it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank paul_nancy1
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I was afraid of those "paper thin walls" that got mentioned on here, so much so that I brought ear plugs, but never needed them. True, it's an old motel that's been refurbished, and if someone had been inconsiderate, it may have been a pain, but fortunately that didn't happen. The worst thing I guess was the 1 night we got back at 11 and the lot was full, so I had to park my new Corvette convertible across the street at the "sister property" where the bikes are rented from. It was better than on the street I guess.

All in all it was a very good experience. Pricey for what you get, but that's par for the course in Santa Barbara. I loved having AC, regardless of what they say, I find that a must. I also loved the free parking, which I read could be quite high at other places, not to mention an unadvertised surprise. Thank you TripAdvisor!

I would go again if I couldn't find anything else, but I'll try something else next time for variety. I was glad we didn't get a place right on Cabrillo due to noise. Many didn't have AC and charged for parking on top of the noise. Yes, the walking got a bit old, bring comfy shoes. It was a nice compromise between the beach and State St. Beware of Montecito, it goes to State St, but we couldn't find it coming back to save our lives. Ok, ok, we had a couple drinks, but still, even during the day driving it simply isn't there on State St.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed equal, but I like upstairs and in the middle so not too many people walked past.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

we chose this inn based on reviews and it was a great choice. the flowers and vines all around give the inn a charming touch. pool was clean and heated, whirlpool nestled in the ivy fence was very private. our room was the colonial, 2 bedroom, for our family of 4 it was ok, a bit tight. nice shower. but the great thing about this inn are the extras. welcome bottle of champagne was chilled in the fridge, every afternoon we enjoyed free wine, grapes, cheese and crackers, then in the evening we had cookies and milk, cookies are so delicious! breakfast was nice, coffee and tea available all day and pastries til afternoon.
area is quiet, bed and piilows extemely comfy. several stores nearby, walking distance to beach and downtown. lots to do and see in santa barbara, 3 days was not enough.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank TinaH7575
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

My Wife booked this lovely little hotel.Off the main strip,but still close enough to all the action.Its a nice clean little hotel,with a pool and a very tiny spa.The amenities were good,A very compfortable bed with a nice size bathroom.."No Tub" Just shower!!! Found the staff to be very helpful and got us to some great local restaurants we would have never found unless told of.
Free bikes Were a plus! Great way to get around town..Good Times!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank robdogg_hett
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Drove to Santa Barbara on Sat morning in July with no reservation, thought we might struggle to find a room but there were a few hotels with rooms available, prob all booked by 2pm. Lavender Inn was by far the best, got a better price than on website by asking at reception, staff on reception were excellent. The comp items at this hotel made it stand out, (& was cheaper than Days Inn near by) Cali champagne in room fridge, wine & cheese at 4.30, cookies at 6.30, breakfast & wifi, pool & hot tub, free bike loan & DVD loan for room. Rooms lovely with a/c. Staff excellent very helpful. Would definitely recommend!!

Room Tip: Not next to pool if possible
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Address: 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $235 - $341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lavender Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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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