The hotel is situated on State street (restaurant and shopping street) just a few minutes walking from the boardwalk, the central beach and the pier in Santa Barbara. I.E.: location is perfect. Everything you need is within walking distance. Better yet, the restaurant in the same building looks cool and according to locals is a good place for lunch or dinner.
Service was also impeccable; locals in the reception helped us with what to check out, what to stay away from, where to eat and so on.
However, the reason for not getting full score from me is (1) the small hotel room (we had a king bed w/ patio) and (2) the noise from the occasional passing trains.
Even though the rooms are cool as cool can be with brick wall and street art, it always felt cramped (we had one big suitcase) and messy. Luckily, the patio was our savior, it's like another room and adds significantly to the size of the hotel room. Besides, it's totally private and even gets sun!
Unfortunately, our room was facing the next door train tracks, and once in a while a train passed making a terrible noise. Therefore: do stay but get a room (with patio) on the other side of the building).
One small thing I'd like to add: why do so many hotels lack something to hold toothbrushes?
Anyways, I recommend a stay, but be aware of (1) and (2).
- 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 Amtrak station, MOXI, Funk Zone, Stearns Wharf, and Urban Wine Trail. Contemporary art and colorful murals grace this 41-room, pet-friendly, boutique hotel. Our sleek, modern, micro guest rooms feature comfy beds with premium linens, usb-media-ready tvs, ergonomic workstations, space-efficient storage, wet bathrooms with spa-inspired showers with 8 ft. high showerheads and Aveda products, and yet the smaller footprint characteristic of environmentally friendly lodging. Select rooms have private outdoor gardens and mountain views. Facilities include a business center, fitness studio, boardroom, art library, open-air lounges, and a MCASB Satellite art museum with free Wifi throughout the hotel. Stay in the heart of art at Santa Barbara's hottest address! ... more less
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