The hotel is only a couple of blocks from the beach so is ideally located. The shops and restaurants of Sanhoteta Barbara are also within walking distance. Its also worth exploring the vicinity of the hotel, known as the "Funk" before heading straight to State Street as there are some cool venues nearby. The hotel design is very stylish, which I liked. It is very modern and has all the amenities you would expect. The on-site restaurant/bar is also very good and a seemingly popular destination. Its worth a visit.
On the downside, the rooms are very small. I don't mean by USA standards either. Being from London, these are small even from a European point of view. While you have to admire the innovative use of space, the queen room we were in felt almost like it was more suitable for a single traveller. I guess it is a symptom of the age of the building. More importantly, we were not aware of the fact (and perhaps that is our fault too) that the hotel is directly next to the train station! The Amtrak trains stop running by 21:30 and although make a fair amount of noise, are not too much of a bother. The real issue is the (albeit occasional) freight train that may run in the middle of the night. The noise of the deafeninlgy loud bells was a pretty rude awakening and size of the train did mean the room was actually shaking a bit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara blends historic splendor with sophisticated design and offers eco-friendly, artful lodging steps from the Funk Zone, Stearns Wharf, and Urban Wine Trail. Contemporary art, colorful murals, and a plant-filled living wall grace this 41-room boutique hotel. Guest rooms feature spa-inspired showers with Aveda products and the smaller footprint characteristic of environmentally friendly lodging. Select rooms have private outdoor gardens and mountain views. Facilities include a business center, fitness room, boardroom, art library, living wall, open air lounges, and a MCASB Satellite art museum. Stay in the heart of art at Santa Barbara's hottest address! ... more less
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