$159 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 2, 2014 Check-out: Dec 3, 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
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 (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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Vacationstar
Business
Seattle, WA, USA
Feb 21, 2012

Amazing stay in Santa Barbara

The hotel is very cute and a great location. We rented a car, which you will most likely need, but could drive anywhere in 5 min. Close walk to the beach. 5 min drive to State St and all the restaurants. The hotel had a nice pool and hot tub, the breakfast was average - it was continental. Wine and cheese hour, as well as cookie and milk hour were great! The staff were mostly very friendly. The bed was super soft and comfy, and the room was great! We loved it here and would definitely come back!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Julienne is an AMAZING restaurant, has a great tasting menu. Would recommend for a special occasion, make reservations! It's $$$!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SB Bowl Concert Lover
Business
Los Angeles , CA
Sep 25, 2012

Concert Getaway

Perfect place to stay and get out of L.A. Wine and cheese, milk and cookies, but most of all, a very clean hotel. Will stay again next time in town.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Brewhouse is a great place to eat right around the corner on Montecito St. You can even bring your dog and sit outside!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tashina and Jordyn
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29, 2012

Perfect place to spend my birthday evening

Such a magical hotel, reminds me of grandma's house. :-) The beds couldn't be any more comfortable, the location is near the beach, and they even let me check out at 2! Great amenities such as milk and cookies in the lobby, wine and cheese hour, free DVD rentals (and they have an awesome selection!), free beach cruiser rentals, etc. I will definitely be coming back :-)

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

You have to take the time to eat at Arlington Tavern, a short drive away. The food is absolutely unbeatable! So good!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jayhawk Jane
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

For the price, I thought it rated extremely high.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
LavenderLover
Business
Irvine,CA
Nov 12, 2010

Great place, great service

Wine/cheese in the afternoon, milk/cookies at night, continental breakfast in the morning. Clean rooms, friendly and helpful staff. Hotel amenities were lavender scented. It was nice to come back to the room and smell the calming scent of lavender. Definitely will be back to this hotel.

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

Chuck's Waterfront Grill is a great place for fresh seafood and a nice view of the harbor.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Burbank, CA
Sep 3, 2009

Very nice Stay

We were there on business, the hotel was very nice and walking distance to restaurants. We enjoyed the breakfast, cheese/wine and milk/cookies. Parking is a little tight but we managed to get in the lot every night.

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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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
Anonymous
Business
West Mifflin, *
Nov 1, 2008

Great staff, comfortable stay!

I would consider the Colonial Beach Inn a great value for the money. The desk employees were all very pleasant and the rooms were small, but clean and comfortable.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

Although close State St. and the Harbor, this property is also 1/3 mile from Highway 101, making access to anywhere on the central coast a breeze.

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