Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
What We Love
- Artsy digs near the beach and in a hip part of town
- Contemporary art displayed throughout the hotel from the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; instillations change annually, providing a good excuse for a return visit
- Sleep sound knowing the hotel takes environmental responsibility seriously
- Take the train up from L.A. and explore Santa Barbara’s beaches and downtown sans automobile
- The library filled with cool books on world-renowned contemporary artists
- The verdant vertical garden
What To Know
- The hotel opened in February 2012
- Overnight parking costs extra
- Near the Amtrak tracks, and trains chugging by may wake light sleepers
- Rooms are small — 180 square feet TOPS — but chic and efficient
- Sparkling tile European-style bathrooms are well designed, but not for those needing a tub or marble expanses
- Fido is welcome (for a fee)
- No human elevator at this two-story hotel – but there is a luggage lift
- Small business center and fitness room
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A stay at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara places you in the heart of Santa Barbara, steps from Reagan Ranch Center and close to Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This hotel is within close proximity of Santa Barbara Zoo.
Make yourself at home in one of the 41 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a rooftop terrace and a garden. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours).
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
Location! This property is right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, a short walk from the pier and beach, and steps from galleries, tasting rooms, and restaurants. Easily accessible by car and even train, as the station is literally next door (more on that later).
Vibe is hip and staff were efficient, friendly and welcoming.
Common areas were clean and well appointed, to include a couple of outside areas (including a deck on the 2nd floor) great for hanging out and taking in the gorgeous SB weather.
Room was spotless - cleaning crew did a great job.
Mexican restaurant that adjoins the hotel is great!
As others have mentioned, the rooms are TINY. They clearly message "European style," so you may be expecting smaller than usual, but I'm tellin' ya... my room was like submarine crew-quarters small. If I'd been traveling with my wife or kids, it would have been too small to comfortably move around at all.
Room layout is, generally speaking, fine... just super small. Once I had my suitcase laid out on the floor (there's no place else bags will fit), I couldn't even get to the window or right side of the bed without crawling over it. As others have noted there's a small storage space that you can hang clothes and put them into a couple of drawers, but the area also houses the iron/board and coffee maker.
Tiny desk was functional, but won't hold much more than a laptop. That notepad will be in your lap.
Bathroom is also very small and interesting euro/asian layout with no separate shower area, but instead a foldable glass pane that swings open/shut between the shower and toilet. When I first saw it I assumed the room would just be flooded at all times, but in fairness it worked better than I expected.
Presumably not a hotel issue, but the water was "soft," resulting in that soft-water slippery feeling that some people (me) hate. Again, I'm guessing that's a city thing, but still was part of my experience...
Also worth noting this hotel has no elevators. There is a "dumb waiter" style elevator for moving luggage up and down, but if someone had limited mobility or struggles with stairs, this should definitely be a consideration.
Lastly, the train. I was on the side of the hotel closest to the tracks, and I absolutely heard it rumble by bright and early every morning. I was already well awake as I was still on an East coast schedule, but I don't see how anyone wanting to sleep in wouldn't have been disturbed by the horns (even if they used the ear plugs provided in the nightstand)
Nothing I'd describe as bad, really.
Location: Conveniently located by the train station and a cute area of town.
Parking: Pretty steep overnight rate for the hotel parking ($48), but there are a few public lots nearby (~$15). I made a wrong turn and ended up finding free street parking on the backside of the hotel (on Kimberly Avenue; spots are very limited).
Staff and checkin: Check-in was easy and the staff was great.
Room: if you’ve read any reviews, you know the rooms are small, which was fine by me. The bathroom was also small, but felt big enough when the shower door was folded against the wall and the curtain pushed back. The wardrobe is very small - fine for one night, but maybe not for an extended weekend for 2. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioning was responsive. There is no fridge.
Public areas and amenities: I didn’t make much use of them on the short stay, but the common areas of the hotel seemed very usable (tv lounge area, lobby, deck/balcony). The business center had everything I needed and the gym was small but all I needed.
The overall vibe of this hotel was elevated hostel experience for low frills travelers. Private, small rooms and bathrooms, but modern common areas with ample seating, and a few extra amenities and offerings like room service from the popular Mexican restaurant next store.
I had a few issues, mainly that I paid over $400 (for a refundable members fare which is probably one of the most expensive rates). I didn’t feel like the value was there at this rate. The shower was a little grimy in the corners (ew), the blowdryer had a diffuser attachment that didn’t fit the blowdryer (just odd), and the next door restaurant (that my room overlooked) was very, very loud late at night.
I stay in SB a lot for work and this is one of my go to places. Just steps from the beach and the place where I work. Rooms are on the small side but very well done and there is nice terrace and library to hang out.
On recent trip I was booked at the Indigo but I had a surprise visit from family and all hotels were booked but we needed a room with two beds. A friend of mine stayed at the Holiday Inn and agreed to trade. Both hotels were super helpful and flexible and allowing us to trade rooms in the middle of the stay. The whole transaction went without a hedge and the staff was super accommodating. The front desk person at the Indigo arranged all this very professionally and efficiently.