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1 room, 2 adults

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

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 continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
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From 447 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Awesome vibe
Great location
Great amenities
Value for money could be better

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

from $182
  • Room, Multiple Beds (Private)
  • Room, Multiple Beds (Private)
  • Room, Men only (Dormitory)
  • Room, Women only (Dormitory)

What’s around The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara


  • In The Funk Zone
  • Presidio Santa Barbara - 15 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 17 min walk
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse - 20 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Zoo - 36 min walk
  • Stearns Wharf - 10 min walk
  • Santa Barbara City College - 15 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Bowl - 38 min walk

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 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


  • 24-hour check-in
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Payment types at the property

Other information

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

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Sleep well
  • 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

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara’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

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Resort fee: USD 20

Optional extras

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.

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Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 243 reviews

Very Good 8.0
Had originally booked a hostel style room, but decided to upgrade to a king room. The room was nice but extremely small for the price. It did, however, have a door opening onto a small private patio that overlooked the pool, which was nice
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great stay in great location
Loved our stay, service was great and they made us feel special on it anniversary! Loved using the pool, games, and bikes. Rooms are very small but comfy!
us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Liked it!
Super cute place- different than your average hotel. In great location too. Only negative is they charge a $20/day additional for amenities (pool, bike, etc).
Diane, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Thoughtfully-designed European-style hotel
Fantastic location, trendy accommodations, small boutique hotel vibe. The Wayfarer is European in concept. It felt like the best aspects of a trendy hotel (great decor, funky pool floats, great included breakfast) were thoughtfully combined with the fun aspects of a hostel (shared common areas, games and books galore, a communal kitchen, oversized dining table) that encouraged a friendly and fun atmosphere. The rooms as bathrooms are small by American standards but perfectly functional. There is a bit of street noise from the tunnel and highway, but the location is truly ideal--the beaches, harbor, pier, and shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms are all less than a half mile away.
Kaitlyn, us2 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Very nice accommodations, website could be clearer when specifying if it is a shared or private room, but other than that, great! Very nice shared large kitchen at entrance, nice breakfast.
Stephanie, usOther trip

The Wayfarer, Santa Barbara

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