$171 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Nov 3, 2014 Check-out: Nov 4, 2014

Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
206 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
61 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 (61)

Ratings and reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
61 out of 61
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

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Nov 1, 2008

My review of Colonial Beach Inn

Small room, ok service!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Few restaurants down the way. 7-11 next door.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Mccomb
Oct 20, 2008

great value

Love the casual charm of the Colonial Beach Inn!

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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago
Sep 26, 2008

Just Blah

It was okay but minor things just made my trip harder. I wish I spent the money to stay somewher better.

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

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pleasanton, CA
Jul 24, 2008

My review of Colonial Beach Inn

We only stayed one night at the Colonial Inn in Santa Barbara. The hotel has nice decor but you could barely move around in the bathroom and there was no counter to place your items, they had to be either on the back of the toliet or on a counter outside the bathroom. It is right on a busy street and parking was very limited in the parking lot. I would not return because of the bathroom, but otherwise it was fine.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Apr 20, 2008

Great Value

This was my wife and I's first time to Santa Barbara and we had a great time. The Colonial Hotel was perfect for a quick cheap get away. No frills just a great place to lay our heads at night and just far enough away from state street to not get the rowdy crowd yelling and screaming all night long.

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

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CHAHIR
Business
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Apr 20, 2008

Great place, great staff

Super clean. The room was very comfortable. The staff was super helpful. The continental breakfast was generous; the afternoon milk & cookies was a nice touch and included quality local wines; the fruit basket was constantly replenished. The location is very close to everything Santa Barbara has to offer -downtown, RESTAURANTS, State St., the wharf.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Mary Moe
Business
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 1, 2008

Great stay

The Colonial Beach Inn was a great place to stay. The rooms were very nicely furnished, the addition of breakfast, wine and cheese and cookies and milk were great. Ideal location to walk to many sites. Highly recommend.

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
Anonymous
Business
Newark, NJ
Feb 29, 2008

Near the beach

I was happy to be near the beach but I felt the hotel room was overpriced! I have paid less for hotel rooms that offered much more.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

You are near State Street where you can shop and eat your heart out.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Feb 28, 2008

Very family friendly

We were very surprised to find out on are arrival the room was a Suite and very spacious comfortable and would recommend the Colonial Beach Inn to our family and friends.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The dinnig facilities were great. Also beach and recreational facilities were available and close.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Dec 9, 2007

Very homey!

The Colonial Beach Inn was very welcoming. Not only to the eyes but also in everything. Very nostalgic and simple. Staying there makes us feel at home. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get away for the weekend. Shopping stores, restaurants and the beach is just walking distance away. We absolutely loved it and will come back again.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Our hotel are surrounded by shopping store/malls, coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, book stores, spas, beach, and etc. The hotel gave us free colorful, very useful map of the city and they also included a guide book of almost all the things you could do and have fun.

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