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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
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

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

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
121 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States


4.0 Very Good 553 Reviews
Wife’s Birthday Weekend
Reviewed 5 days ago

Best location, right up State Street from the pier.
Right in the Funk Zone, full of wine tasting, beer tasting, shops and restaurants.
The rooms are very small but efficiently designed. We got one with an outside patio that was large.
Great, friendly staff. They were all very helpful with A+ great attitude.
I would highly recommend this hotel to my friends and family.

Great location
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is in a great location. 5 min walk to the pier. They have a great restaurant next door, Santa Mezcal. Good food and drinks. The hotel is in the Funk Zone. There are a lot of restaurants, wine tasting rooms and breweries in walking distance.

The staff was very attentive and helpful.

Things I didn't like:
1. No elevator. There are only 2 floors I believe, but you have to drag your baggage up the stairs. Luckily, the staff did it for me cause I'm not about that life.
2. Small rooms. The bathroom in particular is very small, but the layout is most efficient for the small space. I love the mirror on the wall that extends out. The toilet is a bit high up too.

Overall, I would stay there again. The location, the poppin restaurant next door and the attentive staff makes up for the not so nice things.

Oh...and there is a train nearby too. You will hear it, but it wasn't disruptive. They even put some ear plugs in the room just in case, but it was not an issue for me at all.

Great hotel in amazing location
Reviewed 1 month ago

The location of the Hotel Indigo really can't be beat. Almost across the street from the Funk Zone and winery tasting rooms, next to the train station, and a short walk to the harbor, beach, and main streets of Santa Barbara. Our room was on the first floor and was very clean. It had a patio which was great, but as other reviews have noted it was extremely small. Which was fine for us, we're not picky and really spending time in the room wasn't the goal of the trip, but if you're sensative to space, you should look somewhere else. The parking both at the hotel and in the immediate area can be pricey (what, paying for parking in a SoCal downtown?), but there are options to keep those costs under control, you just may have to move your car once or twice.

Overall, our stay at the Hotel Indigo was overall positive, and it's absolutely on the top of the list next time we need to stay over in Santa Barbara.

hip, quirky, but worked for me
Reviewed 1 month ago

hip place in a perfect location near the water and on the main street downtown. Very clean with comfortable nooks throughout the hotel to hang out indoors and outdoors. No elevator, can be a problem with heavy bags, though there are people to help. Parking is expensive at $48 for valet and $20 for an unprotected lot. The heat/air didn't work properly in my room, wasn't an issue since it was a cool night and perfect sleeping temperature with windows open. The rooms are small, like European scale, and adequate. Bed is comfortable. I'd rather sacrifice room size for location and price, so it works for me. If you're expecting a large desk, big closet, and extra floor space, this isn't the place.

Tiny, tiny, tiny rooms!
Reviewed 2 months ago

This hotel looks nice when you walk in the lobby and the staff are generally pleasant and helpful. The hotel is located near the beach and the revitalized old town of Santa Barbara.

If you are a business traveler, think twice before booking this hotel based on what is a very competitive daily room rate! Here’s the fine print:

- The rooms are all EXTREMELY SMALL, in fact the are about 100 square feet (that’s a 10 X 10 space).
- The bed takes up most of the space.
- The “closet” is a cubby hole that also serves as the coffee station.
- There is absolutely no place to put your luggage, no luggage stand.
- The “Veranda” the first floor rooms have is a very high fenced in area between buildings.
- They have no refrigerators or microwaves so plan ahead.
- The bathroom is one room where you can sit on the toilet while taking a shower...it’s just a tiny room where a small sink, toilet and shower are crammed together and moveable curtains or glass have to be positioned just right so the shower doesn’t get everything wet.
- The sink area has virtually no room to spread out toiletries...it’s just a bit better than a pedestal sink.
- There is a fitness “closet” with two cardio machines crammed in. There is no room for you to stretch and the smell in there is questionable.
- If you get a room on the second floor, have fun carrying your luggage up a very long stairway (the first floor has high ceilings) as there is no elevator and the “luggage dumbwaiter” was broken.
- If you are hungry, hope you like Pizza as the hotel offers no food but is next to a Pizza joint. Not even a continental breakfast offering.
- Now for the best....there is no parking...the hotel has valet parking for $48/night or you can drive around the residential neighborhood behind the hotel and hope you find a spot. There are other parking options but they are at least a block away.

As a business traveler, there are many other choices where you would be better served. As a non-business traveler, consider this hotel more of a “hostel” where you should plan on spending all your time out of the room because the minuscule rooms are claustrophobic.