$191 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: May 31, 2015 Check-out: Jun 3, 2015

Lavender Inn by the Sea

3 stars
View map of 206 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
66 reviews
Best Mothers Day !!

We enjoyed our stayed at the Lavender Inn. The staff was more than accomadating and so friendly. My... See full review

  • gregg m.
  • May 14, 2015
Would Stay Here Again

The decor was very Victorian (not my preference) but was clean for a B&B. The room was large and... See full review

  • rsnakowski
  • Jan 14, 2015
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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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.

Ratings and reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
39 out of 66
Amenities:
4.1
Cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.4
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
FRESNO,CA
Jan 27, 2010

NICE TRIP/OK INN

CLOSE TO MOST LOCATIONS/NOISY/SPIDERS IN ROOMS PROBLEMS WITH WI-FI

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Klunk
Business
Nevada
Feb 23, 2013

Remodeled motel

Very clean, older motel converted into present day inn. Outside and inside noise heard because of older construction. Outside light illuminated through door jam. Free wifi was a plus, and the remodeled bathroom was nice too.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
none
Oct 12, 2009

Trying too be nice

The place is not bad. It can be noisy if one leaves the window open. This place has its own charm, the amenities were nice and the staff very friendly and helpful. A bit pricey like everything else in Santa Barbara. Some of the people walking down the street are questionable. A nice place to stay without a Hotel atmosphere.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

If you don't mind walking the restaurants are close and shopping is a bit farther but worth it. Any way you can cut it we still had Fun.

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
bergamo, Italy
Oct 19, 2009

little noisy and far from downtown

We joined the hotel just before dinner time Nothing was missing for our staying and it was not comparable to the location of our last trip

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

Business

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
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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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Arizona
Sep 27, 2010

Lavendar Inn by the Sea

A little older but with good charm, great location, good breakfast, friendly and very helpful staff, clean, would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Very close to beach, walking distance, good local brewry around corner, close to State St, excellent shopping

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Review of Lavender Inn by the Sea

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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
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
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
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
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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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