Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara A Chance To Sleep In An Art Gallery

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Santa Barbara is calling my name. A visit to the American Riveria sounds like a perfect way to begin 2016. Away from the snow, rain and cold of Winter in Canada. For my first night in this Southern California beach community, I booked a night at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. All the conveniences of a large hotel with the coziness and uniqueness of a boutique hotel, I think this is the perfect way to begin my stay. One block from the beach, one block from restaurants and most importantly steps away from the Urban Wine Trail. Let the adventures begin.

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara on State Street

The location of the Hotel Indigo couldn’t be better. It is located steps away from Stearns Wharf and the beach on one side and the Amtrak Station on the other. Take the train into town, stay at the Hotel Indigo and enjoy a car-free weekend.

On the beach in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Amtrack train station

Car Free travel to Santa Barbara

The front lobby of the Hotel Indigo sets the tone for the rest of the property. Light, modern and visually appealing. After my check in I head straight up to the second floor to check out my room. When you check in ask for the Wine & Dine coupons they have available. I picked up four that looked interesting to me and may save me a bit of money.

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara Lobby

Wine & Dine coupons from the front desk

On the way to my room, I notice an impressive array of art on the walls. It turns out that the Hotel is also a satellite location of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. I can grab a coffee, explore the hotel and enjoy some Art all at the same time.

Upstairs lobby of the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Hotel Indigo is the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art Annex

Contemporary Art Library at Hotel Indigo

The Art is not limited to the hallways of the hotel. When I first open my room door, wow is all I can say. It is a small space but has such energy and style.

First look at my room at the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

On top of its style, it is also very functional, as small spaces are wont to be. A King bed is the main feature, but beside it is a nice workstation with plenty of accessible power outlets. There is also a closet that doubles as the coffee bar and houses a personal safe all within reach of the bed.

Work desk and closet at Hotel Indigo

It's a closet and a coffee bar

Another small wonder is the bathroom. In just 25 square feet they fit in a sink, toilet and a shower. In the photo below you can’t see the shower, but you can see a rod hanging from the ceiling. There is a glass wall that you can pull out from the wall, this creates a shower stall in the space opposite the toilet. Fantastic design and very efficient.

Compact and modern bathroom at Hotel Indigo

I don’t plan on spending much time in my hotel room, no matter how well appointed it is. I’m going to explore some of the hundreds of Wine Tasting rooms located nearby. I’m going to stuff myself at some of the fine restaurants within walking distance, and of course, I’ll enjoy a coffee while walking the seaside boardwalk. I may also grab a drink and lounge in one of the two semi-private patios tucked away on the second floor of the hotel. They look to be a perfect place to chill and escape the crowds.

Discreet lounge and patio

What do you think? Isn’t the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara a perfect way to start off my adventures in 2016? When you book a stay here be sure you tell them if you are car free as they may have an extra bit of a discount available for your stay. Enjoy!

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

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My stay at the Hotel Indigo was provided complimentary to me. My views and opinions are 100% my own. This post was not seen prior to publishing.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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