lemon tree inn


The Lemon Tree Inn is located on the Historic Site of the Mountain View Auto Court.

Built in 1920 the Mountain View is considered the First Motel-Type Operation in California. 

The Original Lemon Tree Motor Hotel was built in 1960 on the site of a Horse Pasture and included our First 38

Guest Rooms, our Large Swimming Pool, Meeting Room, Lobby and Porte Cochere with its Landmark Zig-Zag Roof.

In 1965 part of the Original Mountain View Auto Court Property was sold to the Alpha Beta Grocery Company which became a very successful Grocery Store location and Shopping Center. Most of the Original Mountain View Auto Court was demolished which made space for the addition of another 17 Guest Roomsto The LemonTree Motor Hotel.

The Hotel was operated as a Vagabond Inn from 1968 until 1993 when the Lemon Tree name was restored. Plans were prepared and the Lemon Tree Inn was expanded to its current configuration in 1996. The Hotel now has 96 Guest Rooms, The Crocodile Restaurant and Bar and Elevator Service to all floors.

The Hotel's Architecture is in the International-Style Popular in the 60s, and through the changes elements of this style were carefully retained and Integrated into our Modern additions. The essence of the Original Auto Court can still be felt at the Lemon Tree and we are respectful of it's 1960s heritage.  

The understated elegance and functional arrangement of our facilities make the Lemon Tree a unique and memorable experience.

Lemon Tree Inn: Santa Barbara at its Best

Make Lemon Tree Inn your new Favorite in Santa Barbara. Beautifully appointed Suites, incredible views, impeccable service and the Crocodile Restaurant & Bar.



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Tropical Courtyard


Enjoy a relaxing time in our tropical courtyard. more

Te Bar


Cocktails or dining in our lounge. more

Crocodile Restaurant


Gourmet Italian or California Cuisine. more



... a great place for meetings or social occasions.