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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Avania Inn Of Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
- Avania Hotel Santa Barbara
- Avania Santa Barbara
- Country Inn Santa Barbara