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1 room, 2 adults

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America

3.5-star3.5 stars
12 E Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, United States of America

3.5-star hotel with outdoor pool, near Stearns Wharf
  • Free WiFi
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  • Definitely not family friendly. Rooms were very small and made it difficult to maneuver…Aug 3, 2020
  • We loved the location of this hotel and the style. The pillows were awful and my daughter…Jul 14, 2020

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America

from NZ$241
  • Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private)
  • Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private)
  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Twin Bed (Men Only)
  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Twin Bed (Women Only)

What’s around The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America


  • In The Funk Zone
  • Stearns Wharf - 10 min walk
  • Santa Barbara City College - 15 min walk
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse - 20 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Zoo - 36 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Bowl - 38 min walk
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree - 3 min walk
  • Reagan Ranch Center - 3 min walk

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) - 12 min drive
  • Santa Ynez, CA (SQA) - 47 min drive
  • Santa Barbara Station - 3 min walk
  • Carpinteria Station - 12 min drive
  • Goleta Station - 13 min drive
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 31 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-6:00 AM
  • Check-out time is noon
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking (limited) *


  • Area shuttle *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • In-room safe

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America’s small print

Also known as

  • Wayfarer Hostel
  • Wayfarer Hostel Santa Barbara
  • Wayfarer Santa Barbara
  • Wayfarer Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Wayfarer Hotel
  • The Wayfarer Hotel
  • The Wayfarer Santa Barbara
  • The Wayfarer Hotel Santa Barbara


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

The property affirms that it adheres to the SafeStay (AHLA - USA) sanitization guidelines.

Optional extras

Self parking costs USD 10 per night with in/out privileges

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America

  • Does The Wayfarer offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Wayfarer does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at The Wayfarer?
    Yes. Self parking costs USD 10 per night. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Is there a pool at The Wayfarer?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at The Wayfarer?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Wayfarer?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Check-out time is noon.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Wayfarer?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Enterprise Fish Company (2-min walk), The Lark (3-min walk), and Lucky Penny (3-min walk).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 316 reviews

Fair 4.0
Not so Good
This hotel was in an excellent location and COVID precautions were taken. That is the good. Here are the negatives. The room was about ten by ten square feet, enough for a queen bed and a very narrow wall table, no nightstands, fridge, coffee maker, nor closet. We had to keep our water in a shared fridge on the first floor. The room had a musty odor that was rather uncomfortable. I opened the window to let in some air and found no screen with lots of cobwebs and a huge spider. The bathroom was so small that there were no more than three inches between the toilet and shower door which had to be moved each time the toilet was needed. I found myself wanting to be outside the room as much as possible. There was a ten dollar a day charge for parking.
us4 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Cool boutique hotel - small rooms though
Nice boutique hotel; perfect location walking distance to beach and downtown shopping/restaurants on State Street. Room was pretty small though and did not include several amenities including in-room coffee maker, iron, closet hangers - plus the window was ziptied shut so couldn't open to get any fresh air and the window blind did not cover the whole window so got pretty bright in our room at 6am. Fridge available in the lobby to store food/wine. On-site parking was $10 (recommend just parking on the street overnight) They also did not offer morning coffee service in the lobby due to Covid - so it would have been nice to maybe at least get a voucher for local coffee store for their guests. Overall cool vibe, nice place!
Ryan, us1 night trip
Good 6.0
Great location but otherwise no thrills
The location is very close to the beach in the "Funk Zone" and the staff is nice but the rooms are likely among the smallest ones we ever stayed in! They were hip but really not functional! No hangers for clothes, no fridge or minibar, hardly any storage you hear your neighbors loud and clear inside the bathroom
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved it!
Great with social distancing and Covid response. Enjoyed our stay as always.
Danielle, us3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
great place to stay!
this is a great hotel! it's funky in a good way, clean and has really good atmosphere. My daughter enjoyed her bunk bed. The location is great - short walk to the beach and the State street shops and restaurants. the only drawback is it's proximity to the highway, that is a bit noisy.
us4 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Cute Hotel / Great Location
Overall great experience, rooms are tight but efficient, staff friendly and knowledgable about the area. Overall great experience
Tery R, us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
First Outing
aside the intoxicated female banging on a door in the middle of the night & scarring my kids it was pretty nice.
Janet, us1 night family trip
Fair 4.0
Good for 1 or 2 people
We were traveling with a 12 year old and thought a private room would be big enough...boy were we fooled. These rooms are ok for single or couples, but that's it.
David, us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Chic, Colorful, Fun Hotel for Couples
The front desk staff were very friendly and welcoming. The rooms were beautifully and uniquely decorated. The property was cute with lovely outdoor activities - corn hole and ping pong. Nice lounge chairs on the bottom level rooms. Perfect location to walk to downtown Santa Barbara. 3 minute walk to restaurants and bars! One downfall is that it’s located right next to the 101 Highway, and you can hear loud trains blowing their horn in the afternoon and evening. Luckily, the trains stop running at a decent hour, so you’ll be able to sleep peacefully. The bathroom layout was extremely small. When you take a shower, you have to push out a glass door, which then blocks the toilet. I’ve never experienced this before... even in my many years of staying in tiny hotels in Europe. It was a minor inconvenience. Overall, my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves, and will be back!
Melanee, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved it
Room was nice and clean. Bed was comfortable
Dominic, us1 night business trip

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara, United States of America

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