$219 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 3, 2014 Check-out: Aug 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
97 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

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

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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.

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 (97)

Ratings and reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
97 out of 97
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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Maui, Hi.
Mar 17, 2011

lavendar Inn

Very homey and comfortable. The extras like the champagne, breakfast, wine/cheese receptions made it very nice. A little noisy. Best to stay on second floor.

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

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MacsPac
San Diego, CA
Sep 30, 2010

Lavendar By the Sea/Colonial Beach Inn

Nice touch with complimentary champagne. Nicely appointed rooms. Very clean and kept well up-to-date. Great shower facility. Provided good information as to area and directions around town. Room was well maintained and upgrated.

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

Have a wonderful meal/dining experience at Boushon's in downtown Santa Barbara. Excellent food and preparation...OUTSTANDING service and attentioin to your needs.

Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Maui, Hi.
Mar 17, 2011

lavendar Inn

Very homey and comfortable. The extras like the champagne, breakfast, wine/cheese receptions made it very nice. A little noisy. Best to stay on second floor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
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
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
Liver66
California route 1
Jun 19, 2014

Lovely Santa Barbara

Super location recommend dinner on the pier for wonderful views we were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins during dinner ...great experience

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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
Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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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