$171 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Oct 30, 2014 Check-out: Oct 31, 2014

Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
206 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
60 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

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.

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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

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 (60)

Ratings and reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
60 out of 60
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.9

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Arizona
Sep 27, 2010

Lavendar Inn by the Sea

A little older but with good charm, great location, good breakfast, friendly and very helpful staff, clean, would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Very close to beach, walking distance, good local brewry around corner, close to State St, excellent shopping

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tsunami Mom
LaPuente, CA
Aug 31, 2010

UC Road trip

The location was great very close to the beach.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

A wide range of different kinds of resturants just a short drive away.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Chaville France
Aug 11, 2010

Really nice. Charming

Nice colonial hotel. Complimentary champaign. Nice continental breakfast.

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

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Reedley, CA
Jun 26, 2010

Very nice hotel!

This is a very charming hotel with a great location. The price was much better than most hotels in the area. It was very convenient for walking around downtown. The hot tub was very nice. The hotel has a continental breakfast and sets out wine and cheese in the afternoon and cookies and milk in the evening. It was a very enjoyable stay.

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

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Corona, CA
Apr 24, 2010

Comfortable and relaxing

We enjoyed walking at the beach (2 blocks away), riding a surrey at the beach and visiting State Street for shopping and eating. It was a relaxing get-away that fit our "play it by ear" plans to a tee.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

The restaurants on State Street are unusual and quaint. Be prepared to spend a little extra.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jayhawk Jane
Bakersfield, CA
Feb 1, 2010

Charming and classy

I was welcomed at check-in and felt comfortable and secure in the surroundings. The rooms were immaculate with classy amenities. There was wine and cheese at 4:30 and later warm cookies; as well as a well-stocked breakfast. Only two blocks from the beach.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

For the price, I thought it rated extremely high.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
FRESNO,CA
Jan 27, 2010

NICE TRIP/OK INN

CLOSE TO MOST LOCATIONS/NOISY/SPIDERS IN ROOMS PROBLEMS WITH WI-FI

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

4
5.01.0
Semillamiga Susana
Elk Ridge, UT
Jan 23, 2010

Review of Colonial Beach Inn

We managed to arrive in Santa Barbara the wettest week of the year, but several things about the hotel made our stay more pleasant. The lobby with its cheerful fireplace, wine and cheese reception every afternoon, and coffee on demand, as well as the exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, made this vacation trip much nicer than it would otherwise have been. We really liked being two blocks from the beach and within walking distance (3 short blocks)of a decent place for breakfast, the historic Sambo's on Carrillo.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Sambo's for breakfast.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Hawthorne, CA
Nov 27, 2009

Cute and Charming

Good times

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

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
bergamo, Italy
Oct 19, 2009

little noisy and far from downtown

We joined the hotel just before dinner time Nothing was missing for our staying and it was not comparable to the location of our last trip

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