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“Great Staycation!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #21 of 60 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Great Staycation!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

From Brandon at the front desk remembering and taking care of us, to the groovy rooms and the fabulous Anchor restaurant on premises, we enjoyed our stay here.
Why four stars? I wasn't thrilled with the workers opening our garden patio doors before 9am to walk back and forth while working. Not sure if it was construction or gardening, but it took away some of the decadence of sleeping in.
The bathrooms are very small, very european. If that's not your thing, you should check it out before checking in. If one person uses the bathroom in the middle of the night, be prepared. The door is opaque glass and doesn't actually seal and the fan comes on with the light, so it's loud and bright for the person sleeping in bed.
That having been said, we loved our stay here. Great location, close to the beach. Happy staff, ready to accomodate. Clean, new rooms.
I'll say it again, the restaurant rocks. It even attracts local Santa Barbarans, no small feat. We live in Santa Barbara, but we'll be back.

Room Tip: I would ask for a room on the beach side of the hotel. It might be a little quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stayed three nights. .Small rooms with very little room for two suitcases & hand luggage but we managed. Loved the location, 2 mins to train & 5 mins to wharf. Restaurant had not opened yet when we visited but it was no problem to walk to very close restaurants or pubs. Staff very helpful. Very good value. I would stay again. The 2 garden patios were a great place to get out of your small room to enjoy a drink & fresh air. Loved the high lounge. No views but we did not care as we were there for sightseeing not staying indoors.

Room Tip: Upstairs at the rear. Only woke once to train early hours of the morning when it blast its whistle.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I've stayed at a few descent places in SB and I have to say the staff at this hotel has been the best yet!! They were very accomodating to every request I had. The rooms felt European (small-especially the bathroom), but SB is not a place you want to spend indoors anyhow. It was comfortable, clean and modern with fascinating art along every wall. The new restaurant attached to the hotel is a great place to hang if you don't want to travel far for food/drinks. It's also located within walking distance to the beach, pier and a variety of local bars, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. I actually ended up staying longer to convert my work trip to a vacation and was glad I did!
-MP

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I stayed here on an overnight business trip. Arrived later in the evening, around 9:30pm to find a small, packed parking lot.

Turns out there was one space left, but the hotel front desk did let me know they'd figure something out if in fact the lot was 100% full.

Pros:
-Very clean
-New/new-ish remodel
-Comfortable bed
-Quiet rooms, even with people chatting in the hallways
-Great shower (dual head setup w/ rain shower head)
-Free WiFi with acceptable speeds (I tested ~5mbps)

Cons:
-Fairly small room, but it was plenty big for my needs. Reminded me of several Italian hotels I'd stayed in.
-Surprise $14 parking fee
-Small parking lot may be an issue if you tend to arrive later in the evening like myself.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I've stayed at a few Indigo hotels in Canada and the US. The rooms are always small (small for Americans, decent size for Europeans) but very well equipped. Don't count on any view, however. We had a nice garden patio (view=surrounded by trees and flowers). Could not have been more pleased with our choice. Hotel staff was very accommodating and kind. Location is perfect if you want to do wine tours and walk downtown.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kay M, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for giving Indigo in Santa Barbara a try. I'm glad you liked our patio rooms, and hope you come back to try the new restaurant, Anchor Woodfire Kitchen & Bar. It's great!
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

This is a relatively new hotel walking distance to the beach and a stones throw from the train station on the main Street in town called State St. It is much like a European hotel in terms of room size. Don't bring a big suitcase or you may have it stored in bed with you. But furnishings are modern, with clean lines and functional. Multipurpose everything abounds. A closet, slash, minibar slash coffe maker slash safe occupies about three square feet of space. The bathroom has a toilet, sink, shower all accessible by moving the glass door to block the toilet when showing, also blocking the toiletries and towels. Just a tad bit tight and cumbersome.

Staff are pleasant and helpful. Location is great and their adjacent resturaunt has just opened.

Beware though, this hotel is almost on a functioning train track. If you get a room on the north side of the hotel, the provided ear plugs won't help you. The vibrations and sound will lossen any dental work not securely fastened.

Now why am I seeing red? Internet doesn't work. In a modern hotel! I know many will come here without the need for connectivity but it was advertised and the front desk was clear that they have it. And they do. But it is so slow all operations on my computer time out. I can do nothing. And there is no excuse for this in a brand new hotel.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Kay M, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you so muh for your input. I am so sorry that the internet did not work for you. We have not had that complaint before; we have the largest bandwidth possible and it is usually very fast indeed. I will look into this problem immediatly, and thank you again for letting us know.
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Manchester, UK
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11 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We've stayed in the various smaller motels in SB and decided to step up a bit for our last trip. The hotel is very nicely fitted out but as others have pointed out, the rooms are small. Don't expect a stunning view either. We had an issue with a loose and leaking showerhead which was quickly fixed.

The beach is 2 mins walk away and if you walk North on State St under the underpass (a little dark but seems perfectly safe to me) then you hit the main drag with all the shops and bars.

The staff recommended some good restaurants including Eureka, a burgers/craft beer place and Los Arroyos, a Mexican just off State on W Figueroa. Santa Barbara Roasting does great coffee and Backyard Bowls next door is well worth a visit. We always head to Sushi Go Go in the harbor.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 121 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 60 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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, and MCASB Satellite art gallery. Stay in the heart of art at Santa Barbara’s hottest new address! ... more   less 
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