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Lavender Inn by the Sea
Ranked #5 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This motel/hotel was pretty good. The decor makes you feel like you're staying at your grandmother's house, and it kind of smells like it too. The bed was extremely comfy. The shower had good pressure. They have free DVD rentals at the front desk which was convenient, and warm baked cookies every evening. They also have free bike rentals. The wine and cheese wasn't anything too great, but it is free. HOWEVER, the power went out while we were there and they barely helped us. I'm talking about the power line exploding down the street, and there was no hope for power, starting at about 8:30 pm. The sister hotel, Brisas, is across the street and we went over there to ask if we could spend our night there, which they did let us. But the power went out there too. Apparently this is not the first time this has happened, and we weren't really told anything about the situation and had to figure it out for ourselves. Maybe it was an unfortunate circumstance but it felt like we were inconveniencing everyone. I feel like the front desk of the Lavender inn needs a more congenial person working there.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2013

Greetings Erin K.,

Thank you for your recent stay with us. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your guestroom and took advantage of many of our complimentary amenities. Please accept my sincere apologies for the inconvenience the city power issue caused you during your stay. We have been assured by the city that the problem has been resolved and should not cause any further mishaps. Our hotel team has reviewed procedures for such rare occurrences to ensure minimal inconvenience. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention so that we may better serve all our guests. Warmly, Greg Broussard, General Manager

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Lavender Inn was chosen for our 2-day family group gathering, based on TA reviews and it did not disappoint. Wonderful amenities for such a small scale operation...full breakfast selections, wine &cheese, cookies, and complementary bubbly in the fridge. Front desk personnel were all super helpful with room assignment rearrangements, late check-ins, and complicated checkouts. Our people stayed in a variety of rooms, and all were pleased with their comfort, decor and condition. We agree this place is a fine value...location, amenities and attitude. We used our Suite 2 as a hospitality room because it has a really nice fully equipped kitchen plus direct access to a quasi private back patio with table and chairs. Cold wet weather prevented us from enjoying the pool and bikes, so we'd like to come back for that as well...and, it's just such a great convenience to be within walking distance of the beach and wharf. And for car-free travelers, it's just a short walk from the Amtrak station. Nearby restaurants...Brewhouse has great grub and ambiance, Rudy's Mexican restaurant is passable, and there's the famous Sambos if one wants more than one breakfast.

Room Tip: Suite 2 full kitchen plus patio is really nice..for provisions there's a neighborhood grocery st...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Lavender Inn by the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Greetings Nanm00,

I am delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed your recent stay with us and had the opportunity to partake in our complimentary treats and amenities. Thank you for your kind comments regarding our innkeepers. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of individuals who take great pride in providing top quality service to each of our guests. We look forward to your next family visit during our beautiful summer months. Book early as we tend to fill up fast. Local Secret: Our finest warm weather sunsets are in October and November. Warmly, Greg Broussard, General Manager

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights in November and was pleased we did.

The hotel/motel is a comfortable hour or so drive from LAX with cracking views of the west coast. We stayed in room, No 7 opposite the pool which was a good size (the room not the pool) the bed was comfy and the shower was large enough for me and dolly to get in.
Excellent staff, so was the breakfast which was in with the room rate the champagne in the fridge was a nice touch also. Only ate out twice at Brophy Brothers & Chucks – Brophys was the better food although Chucks was recommended by the hotel. Thought the beer was better at Chucks and talking of beer the Neighbourhood Bar & Grill is just around the corner which had a good selection of ales.

Location is good with the harbour just a ten minute walk but if you need to go in the other direction into town it is quite a trek although the choice of restaurants looked better.We didn’t do the wine & cheese or the milk & cookies but the people who did looked to be enjoying themselves.
BTW – if you’re nervous of natural disasters you’ll be safe here it’s outside the of tsunami danger zone.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Loved this hotel! Beautifully redecorated large rooms and within walking distance of everything but not too much noise. Staff were so helpful, almost felt like coming home! Lavender theme throughout, and breakfast, wine time and cookies etc were all so much appreciated. Very affordable.. only complaint, wish we had stayed longer. Will come back one day!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

The reviews are all true, this place is great, right down to the bathrobes and wine/cheese in the early evening. Everyone at the reception desk that I spoke with we're very nice and helpful. You can walk to many good wine tasting rooms within 10 minutes (Corks n' Crown was our favorite) The breakfast was very nice and filling. Rented DVDs one night and ate cookies and drank champagne :). I would definitely stay here again

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

My daugther and I were going to check out the local college- UCSB. I chose the Lavender Inn and am very pleased with the choice. It was nice, clean, very close to many things so we walked to the ocean and pier. They put out a very nice selection for breakfast and also provide wine and cheese and crackers at happy hour time. the wine was very good. They also have a sister hotel across the street so we checked out DVDs to view and could choose from a very large liabrary of both hotels. It suited both my daughter and I very well, I just love Santa Barbara and all it has to offer. Check out the nautical museum on the pier- it is very interesting on the early boats/ships sailing to our California coast and had Jacque Cousteau memorbilia donated. The diving display is very good and has areas for small children to interact and play.

Room Tip: It has a motel layout so one room is not better than another. Small parking lot and hotel so all are...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We have always loved Santa Barbara and the many boutique hotels that line Cabrillo over looking the ocean. This time we tried something just off the beach by a block and were very happy we made the choice. The Inn has been remodeled, the rooms are perfect for a romantic get away, the management even supplies a bottle of champagne in the room for your arrival, Plus they serve wine and cheese in the main lobby in the evening. Our room was on the ground floor of this two story building ( almost all the small hotels in the are are only two story), and was very accessible.

We really liked how the location of this hotel made it easy to walk to the beach and then a very short drive to the downtown area. Tuesdays is Farmer's Market with some of the booths rivaling those in France and Italy for display and great produce.

We will return to the Lavender Inn in the future for another short get away.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3812
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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: $142 - $375 (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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