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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Ranked #38 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
San Diego, CA
Level 6 Contributor
60 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

My husband and I stayed here for one night in the middle of July 2009 and it cost us two hundred dollars. The room is clean with attractive colors of blues and browns but it is small. There was a refrigerator and coffee maker in the bathroom. The outside doors from the hallway to the parking area were left open and it made me feel less safe and less cozy. Our room was on the first level and just outside the window is the parking lot. I know hotel prices can be high in Santa Barbara but I can hardly say that you get your moneys worth.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2009

After reading all the bad reviews about the front desk person, I was anxious to see what our experience would be. As soon as we entered, the lady told us she'd move us to a balcony room for free and move us to the opposite side of the hotel as the college kids who just checked in. It being Halloween weekend, she was a little grumpy about "those crazy kids." But all in all, it was a nice stay. It's not fancy, for sure. But it was fine and it's located within walking distance of State Street and the beach. Rooms were clean. Bathroom had poor lighting. I agree with other complaints about the pillows -- too thick. But it was a good hotel for the price.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bemus Point,NY
1 review
Reviewed 15 October 2009

Samantha did an excellent job of helping us out on our first visit to Santa Barbara. She took great care of us by giving us a quite room during a very busy Sunday night where there was very loud concerts going on in the area. She directed us to a nice quite place to dine that evening and where to visit the next day.The room was updated recently with a very comfortable bed and decor. It was a great hotel to stay in thanks to Samantha.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Costa MEsa
1 review
Reviewed 6 October 2009

If your looking for a nice place to stay in SB, this is it. The Avania is close to the 101 and just around the corner from the wharf. Our little room came with a cute 3rd floor balcony, a very comfortable bed, and plenty of parking. The service was friendly and very accommodating. This was a business trip, but I brought my wife along so we could stay an extra day and do some shopping and visit the SB Zoo. We had a great time!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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California
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 October 2009

We had a horrible experience with a neighbooring hotel so I called Avania, spoke to Samantha. She was understanding, gave us a decent rate. Showed us 2 of the rooms (1 with A/C one with out.) We were so surprised. Rooms were big. clean, nice and many of them had a little balcony. The outside of the Motel doesnt look too upscale but never judge a book by it's cover. We had a great time in this spacious hotel room. Pool & hot tub were very clean too. I would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2009

After reading the other reviews about the service at this hotel, my girlfriend and I decided to still book a room for labor day weekend. It was an impromptu trip and it was the best rate we could find.

We arrived early and asked to check in early, but there were no rooms available yet. After a quick walk to Stearn's Wharf to browse, we came back and eventually got a room. We stayed one night and it worked for us. We wanted a relaxing weekend and wanted to be close to the beach. It was blocks away from the beach and the incredibly small pool was decent to just splash around so we got plenty of sun.

Overall, decent rooms, service wasn't too bad since I was expecting worse from the other reviews I read, and great location.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

Travelling the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco southbound, stopped here for one night-Originally it was the free Milk and Cookies that got our attention!
Unfortunately, the receptionist on check in, grunted they didn't have any-Only bad point to hotel stay!
Large comfortable rooms with flatscreen tv, could do with new paint job/TLC, but perfectly comfortable and a 5 min walk to the Pier.
Free waffles and coffee for Breakfast eased my girlfriend's disappointment of No cookies and Milk in the evening! Yum!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank sharpnup
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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 93101-3810 (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:
#13 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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