Hotel Indigo markets itself as a hipster, environmentally friendly hotel. We chose to stay there because we do try to be environmentally friendly, we liked the price and we liked the location which was near to the tasting rooms that we planned to visit. We had read that it was located right near an Amtrak station, but since the trains don’t run overnight we weren’t concerned.
The hotel is fairly small with a creatively painted mural on the side. Parking is in the lot next door. When you walk in, you are greeted with lots of gleaming golden wood. The staff at the desk was friendly and explained everything we needed to know, including the free wifi password. There is a small luggage elevator, but it was not working, so we had to carry our luggage up the flight of stairs.
The bedroom was small, but comfortable and every bit of space was cleverly used. As a photographer, I loved the huge blown up photo of a camera on the wall behind our bed, I also appreciated the safe, where I stored my camera and lenses when we went out to eat. There is no continental breakfast, but there is a restaurant next door.
One of my favorite parts was the little library sitting area out in the open area between the rooms. It was filled with art books and photography books, perfect for resting and glancing through.
The most interesting use of space, however was the bathroom. The shower is created by closing a clear glass door that is right in front of the commode. So, that literally if you are going to the bathroom, your feet are in the shower. It is the most ingenious use of space. Some people might not like this, but we had no problems with it.
We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Indigo and will not hesitate to book there again when staying in Santa Barbara.