Ratings based on 1,288 Verified Reviews

4.5 out of 5
92% of guests recommend
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.4 Room comfort
4.4 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Pismo Beach, CA

Very quaint and nice amenities!

Posted Jan 17, 2018
Pros: Amenities and atmosphere.
Cons: Rust debris, under the bathroom sink was dropping on the floor (Room 14).
Location: Walk to the beach and on the pier (shops and restaurants), drive to State Street for shopping and dining, visit the mission and the courthouse.
Very impressed with the ambiance and amenities (continental breakfast, happy hour wine & snacks, cookies, dvd rentals, pool). Clean and comfortable and very pleasant staff. The lavender cachets added a nice touch & noon check out a plus. Walking distance to the ocean & pier. Good value. We plan to return.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 17, 2018 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings Fran and Dan, Thank you for your recent say at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our hotel, amenities, and atmosphere. Thank you for alerting us of the rust under the bathroom sink. We’ll be sure to have our maintenance team remedy this matter immediately. It has been our pleasure to serve you. Kind regards, Greg Broussard General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Los Angeles

Nice boutique hotel in Santa Barbara

Posted Jan 12, 2018
My friends and I stayed for a night here. We stayed in the corner room with 2 queen beds. It felt like a suite. Everything about this place was perfect -- especially the wine & cheese hour. I can't imagine staying here longer than a day though. It was pretty pricey for what it was.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Jan 8, 2018
Nice and quaint. Lot's of freebies included. Complimentary champsgne in the room. Wine and cheese, cookies and milk in lobby. A variety of breakfast items to get you going. Breads, fruit, cereal, oatmeal packets, hard boiled eggs, coffee, tea and juice. A bit more than I wanted to spend but the freebies made it pleasant. 100ft from Carriage museum. 5 min walk to beach.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 8, 2018 by Greg Broussard , Hotel Management
Thank you for your recent say with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and treated yourself to the little extras we offer. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea and for sharing your experience with other travelers.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from NYC

Wonderful stay by the beach!

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Easy check in and they upgraded our room to a one bedroom with a fireplace. Very friendly staff. The breakfast is free with a variety of options. The location is central and we rented (free!) from their sister property across the street. Highly recommend the Lavender Inn by the Sea. They really went above and beyond. Can’t wait to visit again!
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 7, 2018 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings from the Lavender Inn by the Sea, Thank you for your lovely compliments. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and treated yourself to a bike ride through our beach city. Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Redlands

More Than We Expected

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Enjoyed our stay here! We celebrated our 49th Wedding Anniversary💗💕🎂🎉
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 3, 2018 by Manager, Hotel Management
Happy Anniversary! Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea to celebrate this very special anniversary. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and feel honored to be part of this memory making event. Wishing you many more anniversaries to come. Warm regards Greg Broussard General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

VERY NICE

Posted Dec 30, 2017
Pros: everything
Cons: breakfast could include more.
Great location, stayed here for one night. We had four people, stayed in a standard two queen bed room. Had to pay 25 for an extra guest fee, but totally worth it. There was complimentary water and CHAMPAGNE in the fridge! Beds were extremely comfortable, and the bathroom was very clean and everything was perfect. Moreover, there was free BICYCLES for borrowing for four hours at a time! the location was just 5 min by bike to the beach, so we rode our bikes along the coast.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jan 2, 2018 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings May, We are pleased to hear you and your travel buddies enjoyed your stay at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Thank you for the lovely compliments. It sound like you treated yourself to the many extras we offer our guests. Should your travels bring you back to Santa Barbara, we hope you visit us again. Warm regards, Greg Broussard General Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Los Angeles

Pleasant quiet hotel close to beach

Posted Nov 25, 2017
Pros: The food and the quiet surroundings.
Cons: A high-pitched squealing sound came from the toilet tank every time it was flushed. Needs to be fixed.
Location: Within walking distance of the beach and Chuck's Waterfront Grill, a very good neighborhood restaurant.
I've stayed here twice now and will most probably come back again. This hotel has nice rooms with wifi and DVD players, a pool, and a very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast, wine hour, and night snacks were all very good, but most of all, I like that both times I've stayed here it was very quiet and peaceful.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 30, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings Richard, Thank you for returning to the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us again and look forward to serving you again. Warm regards, Greg Broussard General Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Windsor, CO

Good hotel with some nice perks

Posted Nov 21, 2017
Pros: Wine & cheese
Cons: Better bath lav or a bigger shelf added so there's a place to put your things.
Location: Lots of restaurants nearby at the harbor and the pier. We liked the "On the Alley" with good clam chowder and fish and chips.
The hotel is nice and has some good perks. The check-in lady was all business, no small talk, no smiles, just the facts. The room was small, but adequate. One thing I didn't like was the pedestal sink. There was no place to put your toiletries. The shower was adequate. This seems like a old hotel that has been renovated and updated. The perks are the bottle of champagne in the room at check-in, the refrigerator, wine and cheese at 4:30 - 6:30, milk and cookies 6:30-8:30 and an ok breakfast. Breakfast was bagels and cream cheese, pastries, cereal, juice, coffee, hot chocolate. We met some nice people at wine and cheese. The proximity to the harbor area and pier are another plus. Overall, I'd stay here again and would recommend it.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 23, 2017 by Manager, Hotel Management
Greetings Randy, Thank you for this lovely review of our hotel. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time in Santa Barbara and treated yourself to the “perks” we offer our guests. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea and for your personal recommendation. Warm regards, Greg Broussard General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Ventura, CA

Clean and Cozy with delightful Staff

Posted Nov 19, 2017
We enjoyed a memorable get away weekend at the Lavender Inn,, and Alexa and Carol were very kind, helpful and courteous for our check in and all our amenity needs. It's a quaint hotel near the ocean and away from the busy parts of downtown Santa Barbara, but close enough to walk to or ride the city trolly's. We had a really great time staying here, and will likely do it again!
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 25, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your weekend get-a-way at the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Thank you for recognizing our team members Alexa and Carol. We are fortunate to have a team of Super Stars who truly care about offering our guests the best service possible. Your experience is very important to us so we appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts with other travelers. Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Valencia, CA

Nice stay

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Pretty grounds while sipping our complimentary champagne. Cute little room and good location. Can be a little loud with street traffic.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 24, 2017 by Manager, Hotel Management
We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the ambiance of our hotel. It’s wonderful to hear you treated yourself to our complimentary champagne on our garden patio. Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager