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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 558 Reviews
Much better than reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit worried about this hotel with reviews but don't be. They have listened to negatives and provided 3 options for parking at different rates and also have tried to address any noise. We didn't hear noise during our 3 days. They provided free bikes which was great for an hour's trip along the beach. The rooms were lovely and clean and had everything we needed plus more - flavoured water in reception, coffee, snacks and treats incl jelly sweets in room!! Would stay here every time in Santa Barbara and location couldn't be better.

Stylish Little Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our room was very small, but we expected that, so we weren't disappointed. A tiny place with tons of style is preferable to a giant generic box. The bed was small, too (full, not a queen or a king), but very comfortable. The location is great, just blocks from the beach and the train station. The staff are all friendly and helpful; we forgot our iPad in the room, and they called us right away and ran out to bring it to us because they remembered that we were headed for the train station. They also promptly followed up with us regarding an inaccuracy on our bill. (We were charged twice at the restaurant.) It seems almost ungrateful to say that we only wish the hotel were a *tad* less pricey. We will likely return.

Best Dog Friendly Hotel in Santa Barbara!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I called ahead and offered to email my service dogs S.A.R.A. license, and spoke to the friendliest concierge named April. Upon check in, April did a great job of getting me into a ground floor unit with a private patio, perfect for dogs. My dog received a welcome bag filled with amazing treats and even extra poop bags! Beautiful boutique hotel two blocks from the water. Modern eco amenities and Wonderful staff!!

Great location, absolutely lousy hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

First off, let me say that the staff is absolutely amazing. Wonderful service. And a great location, but that is where the romance ends.

First impression: $48 parking. What?!?
Second impression: booked a package with 2 drinks included, but the restaurant (not owned by the hotel) closed at 9.
Third impression: no elevator. Front desk guy was super nice and carried the bags up. But having just had ACL surgery, the long flight of states was not convenient.
Fourth impression: room and bathroom ULTRA tiny. Barely room to get around the bed.
Fifth impression: music could be heard through the wall ALL NIGHT LONG, windows offers no sound proofing and super loud. We didn’t sleep.
Last impression: breakfast at the restaurant Santo Mezcal was amazing! Will go back to eat at the restaurant for sure.

In a town with great hotel choices, this is not one of them, particularly not for the price. Highly recommend you book elsewhere.

Hotel Indigo
Reviewed 2 months ago

Very nice, close to the beach. I enjoyed the 2nd floor outdoor lounges,, grab a drink from next door and kick back. Several live music venues within blocks the weekend I was there. Close to the Santa Barbara train station. Modern Europian styling in rooms, with a library area, work out room, board room and office areas available for use. Art displays add to the classy feel. Fresh coffee or make your own in room. My new place to stay when I visit again.