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Lavender Inn by the Sea
Ranked #5 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ile de France
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“Excellent place in SB”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

It's a very nice hotel, build as a motel (the room aren't on a corridor but directly outside).
Champagne in the room as you arrive (well as a french i can tell this champagne is more a gag than a real French Champagne), nice room decorated with taste, and very clean. Since i came on this hotel after a Motel 6 in Pismo Beach it was like a little paradise.
You will not have a view to the ocean, but u will get a really nice clean pool inside the hotel. try it, it's really a good one.
The breakfast is enough for an european but maybe not enough for a texan (if u know what i mean). I was satisfied enough to wait 1 pm to lunch.
This place isn't so far from the center town but we used the car to get in (only bc it was a nice car).
Go for it blind if u want a cool place to sleep.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Husband surprised me for our 10th anniversary. From the moment we arrived until departure it was a wonderful experience. Very clean room, lovely lavender amenities, comfy bed and room. My husband ordered flowers and Liz called him to ask if she could make a flower arrangement and added little chocolates around the flowers. That's the level of service we received all weekend. Great location and yes a bit of noise but that didn't bother us because overall the location is great. Thank you to Joe for his help too! We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

I went to visit my college daughter in Santa Barbara last week and found a hidden gem! The room was delightful with crown molding,great bedding, free water , a bottle of champagne, and lovely decor with green and white accents.The bathroom was newly remodeled and my room was steps from the pool and jacuzzi! I loved the free cookies and milk,and wine and cheese every night! wow! Also I like the bowl of fruit in the lobby with coffee and tea, always available. Since I sleep in till 10 am in the mornings, I usually miss the free breakfast,but this place had a big tray of pastries in the lobby after 10 am...sweet! The staff was friendly and the property was nicely landscaped as well. I was able to walk 2 blocks to get to the beach and then a few more blocks took me to State street, where all the shopping and restaurants are.
I can't wait to go back and visit my daughter, so I can stay at the Lavender Inn.

Room Tip: I went on the website Santa Barbara hotel group and got one night free.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This was a lovely place to stay over in Santa Barbara. The extra amenities they offered were really great. The dvd library available to guests was extensive, and even included new releases. The continental breakfast was decent considering the size of the hotel, and milk and cookies, cheese and crackers, and complimentary champagne or sparkling cider upon arrival were outstanding. The pillowtop mattress in the hotel room was cozy and had me sleeping in the next morning. Lovely old fashioned furnishings and an up-to-date bathroom made the stay even more pleasant. This hotel was very clean and quiet. While I didn't use the pool or spa, I took a good look at them and they seemed very well maintained as well. This hotel was about 2 blocks from the beach, and it was a very easy distance to walk. We got bicycles from the hotel at no extra charge and rode them up and down the beach and pier and up into downtown. This was a huge plus, very convenient. The staff at the front desk treated us well, and made some very nice restaurant recommendations, including a coupon for a complimentary appetizer at a nice steakhouse down at the harbor. I really want to return for another visit to this hotel, highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at the Lavender Inn for 1 night on the way from LA to San Francisco. The place is lovely with a very cosy home-like feel to it. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms are nice as well. The beds are very comfortable indeed. As we stayed on the Christmas night I think the Inn was almost empty and it was very quiet - no noise whatsoever from other rooms or the road.

The little lavender touches were cute and the service excellent. We got our delicious cookies and milk on arrival, and then even some more for the road in the morning.

Lavender is not smack-dead in the center of SB, but only a short drive away, and as you need a car for pretty much everything you do in the US - it's still conveniently located close to the beach.

Overall, very pleased with our stay at the Lavender Inn, so thanks to the hosts.

Room Tip: We stayed at room 10.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lavender Inn by the Sea
Address: 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Fitness Centre 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 (per night): ₹ 13,640 - ₹ 24,565
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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