Ratings based on 1,267 Verified Reviews

4.4 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
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
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Cute hotel, conveniently located

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Two blocks from the ocean and a five minute walk to downtown. Clean, comfortable and very friendly staff. Would definitely stay again!
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 24, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
Thank you for this lovely review of your recent stay with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our hotel, the location, and our hotel team. Your personal recommendation is greatly appreciated. Kind regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from South Carolina

Beautiful, convenient hotel.

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Pros: The location was the best thing about it.
Cons: The bathroom was separate from the vanity, which felt a little odd. Overall, though . . . not a big deal at all.
Location: We went to the beach, the shopping district, the wharf, and ended our trip at the beautiful Old Mission. None of these things were far away.
Our stay was short, but pleasant. The hotel is located within a short drive of everything that we wanted to see in Santa Barbara. The staff was nice; the breakfast was great; and the patio on the street was peaceful, semi-private, and loaded with character.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 22, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings Steve, Thank you for the lovely compliments about your recent stay with us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Santa Barbara and our hotel. 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
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Upland, CA

Lovely Hotel

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Friendly Staff, early check in, clean and beautiful room & bathroom, the amenities were wonderful ! The wine & cheese hour, cookies & milk at bed time, and the breakfast were outstanding! My 11yr old daughter, my husband, and myself loved our stay here and would definitely recommend & come back.
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 21, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
Thank you, Peggy, for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate the lovely compliments. It has been our pleasure to serve you. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

if you are sensitive to noise / find another hotel

Posted Nov 6, 2017
This hotel is close to 2 lane traffic artery for the Beach and ROAD ACCESS TO HWY 101 ; no freeway noise but constant street traffic noise from CASTILLO DR and TRAIN noise from railroad tracks, just two blcks away Oddly , TV did not work and had to get staff to enter the room and fix Old Wall heater was disconnected and no sign telling us why... finally, A visit to the FRONT DESK and they point to WALL MOUNT combo AC and HEAT unit.... hey, PEOPLE -- tell us your heat and AC functionality BEFORE we enter the room ! NICE TOUCH: Champage in room b/
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 7, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
We are terribly sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with your recent stay with us. There are many hotels to choose from when visiting Santa Barbara, so our team works diligently to offer our our guests the best experience possible. Please accept our sincerest apologies. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from CA

Close to beach

Posted Nov 2, 2017
We didn’t get the compliment room update that it was promised by Expedia. The room condition is so so. It dose not like images!
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 4, 2017 by Manager , Hotel Management
Greetings Steven, Thank you for your Expedia VIP membership. As a valued guest, we offer complimentary upgrade upon availability. Unfortunately, our hotel was full the dates of your stay and we did not have a room to offer as an upgrade. Please accept our sincerest apologies. Respectfully ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Very quiet even close to e street.

Posted Oct 28, 2017
Pros: Most evrything. Great to have wine + cheese & crackers in the evening.
Cons: OK as is.
Location: Close to the beach & wharf
Loved the tables/umbrellas in front of our room with extra shade. Great place to sit with book and glass of wine ust picked up @ Bridlewood Winery.
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 29, 2017 by Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for choosing the Lavender Inn by the Sea. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. It has been our pleasure to serve you. Warm regards ~ Greg Broussard, General Manager