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Lavender Inn by the Sea
Ranked #5 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Lovely, classy inn. Our room was elegant, clean, great service and staff. They offer free muffins, fruit, juice and coffee in the morning...and wine and cheese with crackers in the afternoon...warm cookies in the evening. We can personally attest that both the pool and the hot tub are nice. It's located on a fairly quiet street, and we never used the car to go anywhere. Just a few blocks to the beach, close to restaurants and the wharf. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Awesome hotel! Wine, cheese, milk and cookies, continental breakfasts,bikes.... great place! Near everything that is in Santa Barbara. Walking distance and great public transportation. I recommend you take the train to go to this fabulous place.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here a few nights ago and loved this place! We had a relaxing visit! They have a nice pool and hot tub. Cookies and milk, wine and cheese, and free breakfast are all wonderful touches which make this place special! Free parking and breakfast! And the complimentary bottle of champagne was wonderful! We were so relaxed I slept through dinner so we ordered food from a nearby bar 2 blocks away and my boyfriend picked it up! The hotel was a bit of a walk to State Street, but we could have rented bikes for free! I would recommend this inn to anyone looking for a nice, relaxing getaway in SB!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Lovely hotel - each room has own access from the outside - bit motel style but with more panache! Lovely decor, really clean and a huge comfy bed! Complimentary champagne and breakfast. They also let us park our car after check out, which is really useful in Santa Barbara where parking can be tricky! Pool and jacuzzi available too. I would highly recommend this hotel and would hope to come back again some day!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We chose the Lavender Inn based on its location. It was walking distance to the wharf and State Street. The room was reasonably priced, very nicely decorated, very clean, and comfortable. Parking was also free! Carol checked us in when we arrived. She was very welcoming and personable. The complimentary bottle of champagne, wine and cheese, and cookies were a very nice touch. A basic continental breakfast was also available, free of charge. Instead, we walked down State Street and had an excellent breakfast at the Beach Break Cafe ~ very large portions at very reasonable prices. (The frittata was really good!) I would stay here again!

Room Tip: The hotel has only two floors, but there is no elevator. Luggage must be carried up to the second fl...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

I must admit I was quite dissapointed to find out this is a simple motel when the price and the expectation they build is almost of a boutique hotel...they are trying to elevate the propertry with a little bit of nice decor in the rooms (nothing oustanding although), the cheese&winw tasting and the milk&cookies but for breakfast, you have to sit in a small terrace by the street and if it is chilly like it was our case, bad luck for you because they arent other options...we know lodging in US is expensive but we felt cheated this time...we were expecting more a lovely B&B house as in Napa and we ended up in a motel, it is more a price issue, as motel is good but it is simply not worthy the $...

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

You could not get a better located hotel for all that Santa Barbra has to offer. When we arrived we were warmly greated. The room was clean and tidy.The little extras came as a nice surprise meaning the champagne in the fridge. Then we were told about the wine and cheese and the milk and cookies.There was a good selection at breakfast, Tea,Coffee, cereals,pastries and freash fruit. The pool area was very clean and tidy.We always found some where to park.There was plenty of towles and the bathroom was very clean.
I would recommend this hotel to stay in.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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