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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Ranked #39 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Stopped here during a road trip.
Nice place, next to a big park and 50 years from the beach road and pier.
Decent motel standard, nothing wrong, nothing special. Good sized rooms with separate mirror and sink area. Bit of a walk to the main drug at night, but as the walk is through a nice neighbourhood, found this enjoyable.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This isn't the first time I've been here, but since my last visit there have been so many negative comments about the receptionist that I wondered what I might experience this time around. I have to say that it was completely the opposite of what others have reported here. I am assuming we were welcomed by the same person (Samantha), and the first thing she did was to point to a better deal than the one we had booked, and arrange that which saved $50 for a start. And she was very pleasant in doing it. So no complaints there - quite the opposite. The room and bed was big and comfortable, and the whole place clean and attractively decorated. Bathroom was on the small side, but unless the whole place was being remodeled the proportions of the two won't be changed anytime soon (and there was a basin and dressing area separate from the bathroom). Breakfast? Nothing to get excited about, but then this is one of the cheapest hotels in the whole area, and its closeness to the beach (easy walking distance) makes up for whatever might otherwise be lacking. There is no shortage of high end full service hotels in Santa Barbara if you want that sort of accommodations, but this is clean, well maintained, staffed by friendly people (including the cleaners), and overall good value for money. I just don't recognize the negative comments of some other reviewers here. My only suggestion for improvement would be bigger pillows in the bedroom - there were plenty of them, and comfortable enough, but a king size bed needs king size pillows, not small ones the size of a cushion.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The place has new paint but you can tell that no remodeling was done. The breakfast is not good. The walls are thin so you can hear everything that goes on on whichever floor your on. The youtube video shows one room that has new furniture in it but the one we stayed in had all old furniture and old carpet.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We happened to land here during Fiesta Days which might have explained a not-so-cheap stay, but we did get the 2 queen beds we needed. (and comfortable) The room colors are not to my taste, and my son's asthma acted up from the damp (though I didn't smell mildew myself). We enjoyed the jacuzzi and easy walk to the beach and restaurants. The reception staff was fine, helpful, just not effusive.Wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Elaine1953
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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

This is a nice place. Well maintained and also well located in Santa Barbara.

Rooms are spacious, well equipped and nicely decorated. The only was a small bathroom (toilet - shower).

Breakfast is generous and good. A big change from a lot of places that are promising more than what they are providing.

Nice swimming pool. A bit too warm, but clean.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Avania isn't a great deal, but if you're looking for a cheap hotel near the beach, its a good option. The room and the bathroom are spacious and clean, but a bit old and outdated. The lady on the reception wasn't friendly, but was professional. Free parking avaiable and the breakfast was just OK. Great location, right next to the beach and in a walking distance to nightlife. A bit expensive for what it provides, but in that area I don't think you can get many cheaper options.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

If I could rate this hotel lower, I would! The decor is way outdated and the smell is over the top! Our room was disgusting, it stunk, the A/C was loud, and you could easily hear your neighbors walking around next door as well as above you! The hallway floors and walls were stained as well! The pool and jacuzzi? Seriously? I've seen pools in the ghetto look better. No disrespect to those that have given high marks to this place, but D**M!!! If this is your last resort on a place to stay, stay at a Motel 6. I was very disappointed!! Never again! Folks! Don't waste your time or money... Trust me!

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Avania Inn of Santa Barbara

Address: 128 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3810 (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:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £98 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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