Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
206 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
62 reviews
Charming and relaxing!

The Lavender Inn was a wonderful hotel. The rooms are all unique and comfortable. The location is... See full review

  • LisaHalf
  • Sep 22, 2014
Beautiful hotel, FREE champagne!

The Lavender Inn by the Sea was a lovely place for my husband and me to stay. It's not directly on... See full review

  • Julia W.
  • Jul 2, 2014
Provides little luxuries, two blocks from East Beach
Formerly the Colonial Beach Inn, the Lavender Inn by the Sea is two blocks from West Beach. Surrounded by lavender flowers, the inn provides many little luxuries. Touches like afternoon wine and cheese, evening milk and cookies, free deluxe continental breakfast, pillow-top mattresses, free high-speed Internet, and a welcome bottle of champagne keep guests coming back. Guests at the Lavender Inn by the Sea can walk to several boutiques, restaurants and Stearns Wharf. Wineries, theaters and the Santa Barbara Mission are just a short drive away.
Highlights
  • Two blocks from beaches
  • Free high-speed Internet
  • Free deluxe continental breakfast
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
Rooms
Lavender Inn by the Sea guests can choose from a king, queen or two queen beds with plush pillow-top mattresses. Victorian-inspired quarters also include down duvets, lavender-scented bath amenities, lavender bouquets, a welcome bottle of champagne, free high-speed Internet, free local calls, and functioning windows. Guests seeking in-room entertainment will find an armoire with a television, free HBO, and a DVD player with free movie rentals.
Features
Lavender Inn by the Sea guests have fitness center privileges at a partner hotel just across the street. The inn provides beach cruiser bikes for use of the guests. The Santa Barbara Harbor, West Beach, Stearns Wharf, an oceanfront bike path and the numerous restaurants and shops at State Street are a few steps away. Other attractions such as Santa Barbara Zoo and Santa Barbara Missions are a short drive.  Aside from a long afternoon of swimming sunbathing or wine tasting, travellers can also take a dip in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
Dining
The Lavender Inn by the Sea offers a deluxe continental breakfast to guests each morning. Travellers sit on the patio and enjoy items like coffee, tea, hard-boiled eggs, bagels, pastries and fruit. In the afternoon, the inn displays wine and cheese in the library around the fireplace. In the evening, travellers are treated to warm milk and cookies.
Transportation
  • Santa Barbara Amtrak (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (10.1 mi/16.3 km)
  • Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (89.4 mi/143.9 km)
Attractions
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
  • Stearns Wharf (1.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Santa Barbara Zoo (2.3 mi/3.7 km)
  • Mission Santa Barbara (2.8 mi/4.5 km)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (3.4 mi/5.5 km)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (11.4 mi/18.3 km)
Business
  • Free high-speed Internet

Lavender Inn by the Sea Rooms

King Room
Room with king bed includes pillowtop mattress accessed via exterior corridors, 286 square feet, complimentary wireless internet access, complimentary local phone calls, voice mail, cable/satellite TV with premium channels, DVD player with complimentary movie rentals, compact refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, ceiling fan, climate control, windows opens, non-smoking.
Queen/Queen Room
Room with two queen beds with pillowtop mattresses, courtyard view accessed via corridors, 310 square feet, complimentary wireless internet access, complimentary local phone calls, voice mail, cable/satellite TV with premium channels, DVD player with complimentary movie rentals, compact refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, ceiling fan, climate control, windows opens, non-smoking.
Queen Room
Room with one queen bed includes complimentary wireless internet access, complimentary local phone calls, voice mail, cable/satellite TV with premium channels, DVD player with complimetnary movie rentals, compact refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, ceiling fan, climate control, windows opens, non-smoking.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Activities
Outdoor pool
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

Hotel Map

34.4102 -119.6963
Area served
Santa Barbara.
Nearby airports
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
Area description
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.

Nearby points of interest

  • Santa Barbara City College: 0.2 mi
  • Sterns Wharf: 0.4 mi
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse: 0.7 mi
  • Rafael Gonzalez House: 0.8 mi
  • Nojoqui Falls Country Park: 0.8 mi
  • El Paseo Shopping Mall: 1.4 mi
  • Alameda Park: 1.6 mi
  • Antioch University: 1.6 mi
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: 2 mi
  • Mission Santa Barbara: 2.2 mi
  • Skofield Park: 3.5 mi
  • Casa del Herrero: 3.8 mi
  • Virginia Hotel: 7.4 mi
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: 8.8 mi
  • UCSB Events Center: 8.8 mi
  • Santa Barbara City College: 0.2 mi
  • Sterns Wharf: 0.4 mi
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse: 0.7 mi
  • Rafael Gonzalez House: 0.8 mi
  • Nojoqui Falls Country Park: 0.8 mi
  • El Paseo Shopping Mall: 1.4 mi
  • Alameda Park: 1.6 mi
  • Antioch University: 1.6 mi
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum: 2 mi
  • Mission Santa Barbara: 2.2 mi
  • Skofield Park: 3.5 mi
  • Casa del Herrero: 3.8 mi
  • Virginia Hotel: 7.4 mi
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: 8.8 mi
  • UCSB Events Center: 8.8 mi
  • Cold Spring Tavern: 11.2 mi
  • Santa Barbara Zoo: 195.9 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (62)

Ratings and reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
62 out of 62
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.9

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
rsnakowski
Business
Irvine, CA
Oct 21, 2014

Quaint Motel more like a B&B

As far as motels go, it doesn't get better than this. Almost felt like a B&B with all the amenities: wine & cheesec before dinner, cookies & milk before bed, coffee & croissants for breakfast. Victorian decor isn't my favorite but it wasn't overdone. The pool and jacuzzi weren't fancy but it was nice having the option. Lastly, the staff was really nice and helpful. The location is about a block and 1/2 away from the waterfront where you can catch the shuttle for 50 cents and go either to the pier or transfer to the downtown shuffle. The location even though not on the beach is very convenient.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Pascucci for dinner if you like Italian!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Suezen
Business
Los Angeles
Oct 5, 2014

Romantic but bare bones

Sweet and cozy but mattress like granite . Breakfast pleasant enough . Usual pastries and fruit . Yogurt parfaits nice added touch. Tiny Lavendar sachets but wouldn't rate it amazing. Great location to walk to town .

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LisaHalf
Business
Valencia, CA
Sep 22, 2014

Charming and relaxing!

The Lavender Inn was a wonderful hotel. The rooms are all unique and comfortable. The location is great - within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants. The staff was all very welcoming and friendly. We will definitely be staying here again for future trips to Santa Barbara!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JCMD
Business
San Francisco
Jul 25, 2014

Cozy

Check in was a breeze. Room was clean and they give you a free bottle of chilled champagne already in the fridge! Didn't spend very much time (Santa Barbara needs to be experienced outside a hotel room) but everything went smoothly

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Julia W.
Business
Illinois
Jul 2, 2014

Beautiful hotel, FREE champagne!

The Lavender Inn by the Sea was a lovely place for my husband and me to stay. It's not directly on the beach, but it's not a far stroll. The outdoor pool and hot tub looked very nice, but we did not swim during our stay. There was complimentary wine in the lobby in the evening for happy hour, complimentary cookies and milk later at night, and a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne in the room! Delightful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Liver66
Business
California route 1
Jun 19, 2014

Lovely Santa Barbara

Super location recommend dinner on the pier for wonderful views we were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins during dinner ...great experience

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Road trip fanatics
Business
Chicago
May 17, 2014

Very nice!

Bottle of champagne in fridge, bottles of water, wine and cheese in afternoon, warm cookies in evening, great breakfast. Room was perfect. Stayed 1 night on a drive from San Diego to Napa but would definitely stay for a longer period when in town again. Very helpful in recommending restaurants and sites.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Maysie
Business
Colorado, USA
Apr 4, 2014

Tired by the Sea

This hotel was a little tired. Rooms need some updating and the beds squeaked when you rolled over. The grounds were pretty.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go see Solvang, CA. Fun Danish town in wine country. Beautiful drive.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gurlswirl
Business
Los Angeles
Apr 7, 2013

Great Location

Within walking distance of wharf and the breakfast was above and beyond. The room was comfortable and clean. I would go back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ballet Girl
Business
Gilroy, ca
Mar 18, 2013

Nice location

Beautiful atomosphere. the grounds are lovely! The Inn is small - but nice, very cozy - great perks with wine and cheese hour and milk and cookies! Staff was very helpful, especially Danny. It is a short walk to the wharf and beach - where you can enjoy beach life and resturants - then you can get on a trolley that takes you downtown...really nice feature! Spend the day enjoying the shops and more delicious food, then trolley back - and walk to your hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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