"Great location, close to the beach and 6 minutes to downtown. The wine and cheese reception they have daily is great. Staff is friendly and accommodat ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sat 15 Oct 2016

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Hotel Description

Hotel near Carriage and Western Art Museum in Santa Barbara

Close to the beach

You'll be steps from Carriage and Western Art Museum and within a 10-minute walk of Moreton Bay Fig Tree with a stay at this Santa Barbara Beach hotel. Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum are also within half a mile (1 km).

Free perks

This hotel doesn't skimp on freebies - guests receive free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free self parking. Business travelers can take advantage of the laundry service. There's an outdoor pool on site, and laundry facilities and concierge services are also offered.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

In addition to flat-screen TVs with cable channels, the 23 guestrooms offer free WiFi and coffee/tea makers. DVD players, free local calls, and free bottled water are also available.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Lavender Inn by the Sea ratings based on 18 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Lavender Inn by the Sea

Everyone (4) Couples (1) Family (1)
5 out of 5
Easy walk evertwhere-lovely large #15 room-easy parking

Posted by on 27 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

28 Mar. 2019 by manager

We are please to hear you found us to be conveniently located and that you found your room to be nice and spacious. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn for your visit to Santa Barbara. Kind regards ~ Greg Broussard, Hotel Manager

5 out of 5

Posted by on 22 Feb. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Apr. 2019 by manager

Thank you for our 5-star review.

5 out of 5
The room and grounds were awesome! Loved the lavender touch in the rooms!

Posted by , from Westchester, IL on 5 Dec. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

6 Dec. 2018 by manager

Thank you volleyball for our 5-stars and your kind compliments. We are thrilled to hear you found us to be ‘awesome’. Should your travels bring you back to Santa Barbara, we hope you visit us again. Kind regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager

5 out of 5

Cute hotel in central location.

Great location, close to the beach and 6 minutes to downtown. The wine and cheese reception they have daily is great. Staff is friendly and accommodating. We didn't go into the pool but it looked very clean.

Posted by on 15 Oct. 2016

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5 out of 5
very nice excelentlocation and service the room was near the street but exceptionallyquiet er

Posted by on 23 Oct. 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Experience

Pros: Hotel offers wine and cheese at certain times and two bottles of water each night. On the first night we got a free bottle of champagne in the room!
Cons: Wine all the time in the lobby! Haha. I know thats unlikely but during the evenings would be cool! On the other hand the milk and cookies were great!
Location: Right next to the beach! Cant beat that!
Great customer service from the Staff, especially Peter. Great at providing us with information and offered us all the amenities that came with the hotel! Definitely will be staying here again.

Posted by , from In the barrel, CA on 26 May 2015

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3 out of 5

Birthday Trip

I promised my wife an in-room massage for her birthday in our Santa Barbara trip. I called and asked how large were the rooms and who they would recommend. I was given the name of the person who " does this all the time." When we arrived, we had to cancel the massage because the room was a bit larger than a closet with no room for a massage table. I contacted the front desk and they  could not identify anyone who would have given me that information. The jacuzzi, if you can call it that, (room for 2.5 people) did not open until 9am (really?) The rest of the stay was "nice" We were not impressed and will not use this facility again

Posted by , from California on 14 Oct. 2013

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5 out of 5
I would stay here again and again... it was perfect!

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA on 10 Sep. 2013

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5 out of 5

The hotel made us feel welcomed

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, close to beach
Walking distance to the beach and to all the shops

Posted by , from Reno, NV, USA on 15 Oct. 2012

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4 out of 5

nice place to stay

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants
good location for what we wanted to see in the area they had a good deal of information of area attraction good value for the price

Posted by on 21 Oct. 2011

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About the Lavender Inn by the Sea

Location 206 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free nightly manager's reception. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, multilingual staff, and a garden are also featured at the business-friendly Lavender Inn by the Sea. Self parking is free. This Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 23 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (16.3 km / 10.1 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.7 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Lavender Inn by the Sea offers 23 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily. The hotel hosts a free manager's reception daily.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available

Hotel Names

  • Lavender Inn Sea Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Inn Sea
  • Lavender Sea Santa Barbara
  • Lavender Inn By The Sea Hotel Santa Barbara
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.