$159 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 15, 2015 Check-out: Jan 16, 2015

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

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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 (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

3
5.01.0
Tater Tots
Business
Los Angeles
Jun 1, 2009

Good Times . . .

The hotel staff was very attentive and kind. The location is great!!!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Debra, the Comfort Seeker
Business
Oakland, CA
Mar 21, 2011

Beautiful accomodations, close to beach

Friendly staff, always quick with a smile, very helpful with any questions I had. Accomodations were tastefully decorated, bed very comfortable. Being 2 blocks from the Santa Barbara Harbor and beach made for a great location for walking and exploring, even tho it rained for most of our visit. Santa Barbars is beautiful in spite of the weather!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
home again
Business
Austin, TX
Nov 15, 2011

relaxful retreat

From walking in the door to the smell of pastries and fresh hot coffee until the time we left four days later, it was like going to a friend's home. There was a delightful wine and chesse and fruit reception each eveing and then at bedtime, there were hot baked cookies and cold milk! Yum...it doesn't get much better than that. We were also extremely delighted when we got to our room and they had a surprize awaiting us...a cold bottle of champagne in our refridgerator. We definitely would and will recommend the Lavender Inn to anyone who asks!

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Rent a car. there are so many places to go and things to see. It is much more ecomonical than using a taxi service.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Moylady
Business
N.Ireland
Jul 22, 2012

family holiday

Quick check in, good size room for 3 people, only fault we had corner room and was very dark inside , poor lighting also. excellent continental breakfast next morning. 5-10minute walk to beach. Would recommend "Joe's cafe " for eating, good food, about 10-15 minute walk to same Would recommend this hotel to family & friends

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Recommned Joe's cafe

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Green Trees
Business
Eagle River, California
Jun 18, 2012

Great Place

Lavender Inn by the sea was a great spot. Specifically when you compare them to the competition in the same price range I was very happy. The beach cruiser bikes were great the bed was very comfy and the overall feel was nice. Do not be deterred by the negative reviews. I should have wasted less time reading all the reviews and just booked. Enjoy Santa Barbara.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

Borrow the free Beach cruisers and ride along the beach. It is a short but rewarding lazy ride and it is at no cost. I will be doing it again.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Road Trip Godzilla
Business
Chicagoland
Sep 30, 2012

Pleasant accommodations in Santa Barbara

Upon arriving we were a bit surprised by the location of this hotel being on such a bustling street and having virtually no shield from the street noise. However, the room was nice, with a wonderful shower and bathroom. The complimentary bottle of sparkling wine was tasty, and though the street is busy, the location itself leaves little to complain about being that it is so close to the beach, wharf, and plentiful dining options.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Brewhouse, while noisy, serves very good dinners and is located just a couple of blocks from the inn.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Russia
Oct 15, 2012

Good hotel in Santa-Barbara

+room is clean and comfortable +good location +good breakfast

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Santa Barbara newbie
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 3, 2013

Cozy family stay or romantic getaway

Part of a three B&B group, across a small street from the main inn Brisas del Mar, this adorable inn offers coziness and comfort. The amenities are actually more than enough. Rent bikes for free. Check out dvds. Frolic in the pool and spa at each hotel. Dig in to the continental breakfast that offers parfaits, hardboiled eggs, fresh-cut fruit, etc. They also keep you satisfied with wine and cheese and milk and cookies, while you wait for dinner. It's all so thoughtful, you can't help but feel at ease. The staff is friendly and accomodating, too. The location is a little bit west of most other B&Bs, but it was easily walkable from the Amtrak station (~5 minutes), and only 4-5 blocks away from State St/Stearns Wharf.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

take a short walk (4-5 blocks) east to State St, and take the electric bus (50cents a person) from Stearns Wharf or the Amtrak station to the larger shopping/eating destinations up north. You can hop off at one of the convenient stops, if you want to check out a boutique/store/restaurant along the way.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kdarney
Business
Los Angeles
Mar 10, 2013

Nice accommodations

Well maintained grounds. Centrally located. Great staff.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Liquor store across the street has a nice selection of mid to upscale CA wines.

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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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