$193 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 21, 2014 Check-out: Sep 23, 2014

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
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
Very nice!

Bottle of champagne in fridge, bottles of water, wine and cheese in afternoon, warm cookies in... See full review

  • Road trip fanatics
  • May 17, 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 (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:
4

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gurlswirl
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
Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gogo and Mimsey
Portland, OR
Mar 22, 2011

Good location and good value

Within walking distance to beach, shopping and restaurants (no on site restaurant). Nice pool and spa. Met other travelers during afternoon wine and cheese. Evening cookies were really yummy!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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.

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Silver Threads
Westlake Village, CA
Nov 12, 2010

Just right

This was an overnight getaway, so that we could enjoy a week-night concert and still maintain work schedules. The Inn was well suited for our needs: convenient location, priced right, and satisfactory quality. We did not avail ourselves of the free wine and cheese, milk and cookies, champagne, and continental breakfast, but it was nice to know they were provided. The only negative was the absence of a bathtub.

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

Make time to take in some of the fine shows at any of the old theaters on State Street.

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
MSO
Oct 11, 2009

Santa Barbara

I would return to this hotel. Stay here rather than one of the big chain hotels. Refurbished, modern, excellent 'continental' type free breakfast, free internet, free parking & although hotel is on street with thro' traffice is relatively quiet in rooms. Can walk to restaraunts.

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

Business

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ventura Newlyweds
Newbury Park, CA
Sep 19, 2011

Comfortable & Great Locale

We stayed mid-week for a one-night honeymoon. Nicely appointed room. Great staff who accommodated our requests to store our surfboards & bicycles (they do have bike loaners as well). The only drawback was that the walls were a little thin and we hear our neighbors. However, there were quite a few vacancies, so it was pretty quiet otherwise.

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

Great restaurants, shops, beach & wine tasting nearby. a medium walk but better to bicycle>

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Newport, OR
Jul 15, 2009

Quaint little place

You get what the pictures show: the rooms are cozy, the bathroom is really nice, and the location to the beach is great. It's Santa Barbara, so one should expect to pay a little more for a "normal" room, but I was still more than happy with what this place had to offer. Plus, the ceiling fan in the room actually came in rather handy on warm nights. Also, there isn't a whole lot of parking, so when the hotel is full, you might have to park on a nearby street, but very nearby. If anyone claims this hotel is in a "bad neighborhood" as I have read before I came, they are completely mistaken.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Do yourself a favor and book a whale watching trip with Condor Cruises in the Santa Barbara harbor! We went in July when there are blue and humpback whales and it was absolutely amazing! Best part of the trip for sure!

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gray Ghost
Moorpark, Ca.
Jul 7, 2009

Good location, normal cost for area

Really is in a great location for seeing the ocean-side of Santa Barbara, a couple of blocks from the beach/harbor and half way between the wharf and the harbor so positioned nicely! Nice touches for visiting, wine and cheese tasting and cookies and milk every afternoon/evening. Only downside is that Castillo street is a fairly busy through-fare and traffic can get noisy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

mid-way between the wharf/State street and the harbor, great dining in either direction.

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
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
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

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

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Sacramento, ca
Aug 15, 2009

Nice & Quaint

This motel was furnished very nice. I liked the setting and the personal service was great. For such a small hotel, the amenities were good. I especially liked the fact that they had a good breakfast, an evening snack & cookies! These little nicesities is why I chose this hotel over another that was listed for about the same price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Only two blocks from the beach!

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