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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
Ranked #40 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed 31 March 2010

The website shows off the Inn at its best and it's a bit less elegant than the website suggests. We walked from the Amtrak station to the Inn but I wouldn't recommend it if you have a lot of luggage. We were also lucky with good weather.
The Inn has a definite dated feel to it though the rooms appear to have been re-decorated in an unusual theme. We had a slight issue with the drawers in our dresser as they wouldn't easily stay shut because of an uneven floor. A coat hanger under the front solved that.
Large flat screen TV with many ways to connect other devices.
I would say this is about a 3 star Inn but would gladly stay again. It is walking distance to the beach, pier and wharf. Many restaurants nearby. Not being right on the beach there is a lot less traffic noise and we had a very quiet stay. Had a small balcony too.
For a room with a king bed it was $114 per night. This is off season of course but comparing others in the same area this was very competitive.
The lady who was at the desk was very accommodating and polite. They have free wireless internet, which worked very well, a pool which was warm, a jacuzzi which was only warm and a sauna which we didn't use.
It is no where near as elegant as others but hard to beat with all they give you.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

Check in was not a good experience due to the woman with an attitude who barked commands at us. We probably should have left but didn't. All we wanted to do was check in. It's amazing that so many hotels tolerate rude staff. Perhaps she was the owner.
The rooms are colorful and roomy. There is a decent pool which is good for kids. If you want a lap pool there is one a short walk away down by the harbor. Across the street is a large park which is perfect for kids, playing sports and walking dogs. The beach is a short walk away. Downtown Santa Barbara via State Street is about a 20 minute walk as is the Amtrak train station. Breakfast is served and has basic selections. Most people ate quickly and left. Overall not a bad location or hotel but there is no excuse for rudeness so we won't be back.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Thank Duke97
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Reviewed 19 March 2010

i stayed at the Avania for one night. My room was clean and quiet, if slightly oddly decorated in green and brown. It was next to the parking lot, but the rate was only $79, a pittance in Santa Barbara even on a March weeknight.

The Avania is just a few minutes' walk from the train station, where I came in. It's maybe 10 minutes' walk to State St., not an unreasonable distance. There are a number of hotels along Castillo St. where the Avania is located. There's a very good brewpub restaurant--The Brewhouse--nearby on Monticello St., where there's also a small grocery store (not just a convenience store). It's a block and half to the beach.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Thank wanderer
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Reviewed 18 March 2010

When we booked this hotel on Expedia we booked a king room with a balcony. We were given a room without a balcony. Thinking it was a simple mistake we went down to reception to see about another room. The lady at reception started shouting at us at the top of her voice that you can't book a balcony unless you call the hotel directly and it is not included on Expedia bookings, even though it clearly states it is. In the end she gave us a room with a balcony and a staircase directly next to it. So we had to keep the curtains closed the whole time or people going up the staircase could see us in bed! This is a very shabby hotel. The bed was hard. The corridors that connect the rooms are flthy. The pool was tiny and right next to the road. It is too far to walk to the bars and restaurants on State St. Also the beach is a working beach with tractors and fishing boats. There are signs on the beach saying don't go in the water or you may get a bacterial infection. Lots of nice hotels in SB.This is not one of them.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2010

Great location with clean rooms decorated in an attractive chocolate brown and aqua color scheme. Avania Inn is within walking distance of downtown and restaurants, train station, Stearns Pier and walking path along the beach, brew pubs just around the corner as well as a small grocery store plus ball field right across the street. Sam was very helpful, even more so in person than over the phone. She answered our many questions with excellent recommendations. Avania was by far the best deal for accommodations at a fraction of the cost with all the same amenities as other places we compared. The one suggestion I would make would be to add oatmeal and/or bagels and light cream cheese to the breakfast bar. I would recommend sending away for the Santa Barbara Magazine for Visitors before your 1st visit. It had great maps, winery information, and we discovered Cocoa Loca (chocolate lovers' paradise/Buddha chocolates) plus yummy Backyard Bowls' for oatmeal breakfast, just to name a few highlights.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Barbara0908
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

Excellent value for the price. Easy walking distance to everything. Nice breakfast buffet with topnotch coffee (I'm a caffeine snob). Dorm refrigerator in room was a pleasant surprise and a great convenience for us extended stayers (7 nights). I believe I tried out all the inroom amenities (hair dryer, coffee maker, fridge) during the week and everything actually worked! (no odd hours calls to the desk for help). I also enjoyed the new turquoise and brown themed decor thruout the establishment.
Can't say enuf good things about the manager, Samantha. She was a great resource on Santa Barbara and just a wonderful human being (even allowing my friends to heat up leftovers in her microwave - shhhhhh!)
As a solo female traveler, I felt comfortable and safe during my stay at the Avania Inn.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

I had the pleasure of staying in Santa Barbara for a training conference for 8 days in February 2010. When I arrived early, my room was ready and it was no problem getting settled right in.

My room accommodations were comfortable and cozy. On the following morning after I arrived, I was surprised with hot breakfast in the lobby (the mini waffles were delightful).

If you ever have an opportunity to visit Santa Barbara for business of pleasure, I would highly recommended the Avania; just ask for Samantha, she is awesome!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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Thank Jamille2010
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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: £89 - £204 (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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