We stayed in Santa Barbara one night in April. We took the Amtrak from San Diego. We wanted to be close to downtown and obviously close to the train station. I contacted the Indigo and Frank assisted us with our reservation. He was very helpful in finding us a room despite the busy spring break and lack of rooms at the hotel. Frank accommodated us, despite their policy of only allowing a minimum two nights (we stayed only one night); though it helped I mentioned I'm a Rewards member (Holiday Inn member).
The hotel is a small boutique facility, two stories and contained a nice restaurant (we did not have time to try it out...it was busy). The lobby was modern and contained a business center and meeting room. Brandon checked us in and asked us if we needed any directions or suggestions for dining. We had completed a bus transit (via Amtrak) from Solvang... so we were tired and wanted to rest in our room. The room is very small but it was comfortable, containing a queen size bed, desk, and small closet. A small outdoor patio was part of our unit (very cozy and private). The quarters are pretty tight, but we did not mind. The bed was a queen, was comfortable and had a down comforter and blanket. The bed is very close to one wall, that it is challenging to get in/out of bed on that side. The television was a flat-screen and the hotel had Direct TV. We slept very well and were not disturbed by any noise, including the nearby Amtrak station and trains.
The only negative is the hotel unit bathroom. The shower is not separated by a glass door or shower curtain to prevent water from draining into the bathroom, which made the restroom very wet during our stay. Let me explain... there is no separate shower stall/bathtub to prevent water from flooding the bathroom. The shower curtain provided, only prevents splashing; while a glass door basically separated the toilet from where you would shower. Meanwhile, a larger opaque glass door separated the room from the bathroom (essentially making the bathroom one large shower). In conclusion, although the drain removed all water, the floors remained wet. You will need most of the towels to dry up the floors. Unless you are a couple or married you probably won't like the lack of privacy in the bathroom either.
Carmen assisted us with our check out and was very considerate, as she offered to hold our bags while we spent all morning walking through downtown, having breakfast, and enjoying the beach boardwalk.
In conclusion, the Indigo is in excellent location, between the 101 and the pier on State Street. The hotel is walking distance to downtown and the Amtrak station. We would definitely stay again, if they can resolve the design of the bathroom in the room.
- 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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