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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Ranked #38 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
San Diego
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264 reviews
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“Good Location. Clean Rooms.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2011

Apparently it is difficult to find a reasonably priced hotel in Santa Barbara. What you would pay less than $100 per night, you pay closer to $200 per night. Anyway, with that being said, we stayed 2 nights in the Avania Inn. It is on Castillo Street - about 2 blocks to the main drag/water. The location was great. We walked to the wharf, State Street, etc without problem. The parking was free and easy as well.

The front desk clerk who checked us in was no nonsense, but efficient. We were in room 202. No balcony/patio. But it did have a view of the mountains out the one bedroom window. Overall the room was good, larger than I had expected. We had a king bed, sofa, 2 chairs, bench, table. The roof was remolded, the bed was comfortable, the bathroom had granite counter top, small fridge. The shower pressure was a bit of a disappointment. The first night was had to let the water run to get hot for a long time.

I thought that the room was a bit dark. Maybe needed another light/lamp. It was pretty quiet, only one time did I hear some people in the room above us walking around. We slept well.

There is a small pool and jacuzzi, which wasn't too bad. They serve a continental breakfast that is just OK. There are waffles you make yourself, which were tasty as were the scones. Could have used a hard boiled egg or mabye some cheese - but that is just me.

If I'm being picky the sheets and towels were what you'd expect from a cheaper hotel.

Overall, it was a good stay and I'm not sorry I booked us here.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2011

I stayed 3 weeks in the Avania Inn during my vacations and visited the english class in Kaplan / City college! The time was great, people in the hotel were from the 1st day until the end very very friendly and helped me wherever they could.
Samantha: always friendly and good mood, had nice talks with her and she was lending me her nice pink bike, so I could use it during the 3 weeks whenever I wanted => thanks a lot again
Mercedes: She organized the breakfast every day, very helpful to get some tips or ideas what to do in SB and figured out some schedules for me like bus or train => thanks for everything
May: really nice and helpfull, her nice pink cruiser-bike was great! Also she was funny and always friendly - thank you!

Room Tip: This hotel is really nice and clean, good place
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2011

Stayed here three nighs in April. Compared to price it gave us more than expected.
Great location, free parking, free wi-fi and fast connection, Inside rather nice facelifted and up to date. Outside part of building not so exciting but it is well compensated by
other benefits. No luxury but not bad at all.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Thousand Oaks, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2011

Stayed there with three other women in one of the double rooms. Air conditioning didn't work so we cooked at night. There was only one window in the room and no fan so you couldn't get a cross breeze to take advantage of the cool summer evening. When I complained to the lady at the front desk she refused to offer any kind of discount on the room and said I should have called housekeeping. (In the middle of the night I'm going to call housekeeping to come in and fix the a/c???) She wouldn't budge in the slightest and seemed to think it was all my fault that we all slept poorly because the a/c wouldn't work. The location is excellent to walk to much of the Santa Barbara shore activities but I'll never stay there again. I'd rather stay someplace that actually appreciates the customer.

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  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2011

As motels go this one is not exceptional but gets the job done. Location is only a short walk to State Street and the ocean front, room was comfortable and clean, staff were helpful and the breakfast offered a few choices. If looking for a moderately periced motel in Santa Barbara this one should fill the bill.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2011

A decent clean property, competitively priced. The room was this smallest I've seen this side of Paris, and they skimped. on every possible amenity

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

Accommodations and facilities are good, and close to the beach, and just a short drive from downtown. But the receptionist needs to lighten up and be more friendly. The breakfast and cleaning staff are the opposite, and make up for her grumpiness.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Avania Inn of Santa Barbara

Property: Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Address: 128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Country Inn by the Sea)
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Avania Inn of Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara Hotel is located 1 block to waterfront. Offering a Free Hot Breakfast buffet, Free Wireless Internet. Rooms offer Pillow Top Premium Beds, Fridge/Microwaves in rooms, coffee makers, iron/ironing boards. On site Heated Pool & Spa. Also on site Redwood Sauna. ... more   less 
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Avania Santa Barbara
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