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The Waterman

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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Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Call me old fashioned, but booking a hotel stay where they make you pay for your parking…Mar 29, 2021
  • Fantastic stay. GM was especially friendly in helping to find local eats. Nice facility,…Mar 22, 2021

The Waterman

from $209
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Balcony, Pool View (King Bed & Twin Murphy Bed)
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (King Bed & Twin Murphy Bed)
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Balcony, Pool View (Queen Bed & Twin Murphy Bed)
  • Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Non Smoking (Roll-In Shower)
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking (Queen Bed & Twin Murphy Bed)
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking (Roll-In Shower)
  • Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking (2 Twin Bunk Beds and Twin Murphy Bed)

What’s around The Waterman


  • 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

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-midnight
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. 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



  • Uncovered onsite self parking (USD 30 per night; includes in/out privileges)

  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site

  • Onsite parking limited

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
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 2014
  • Elevator
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public restroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in hallways
  • Closed-captioned TV
  • Lever door handles
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
Sleep well
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 42-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Dishwasher

The Waterman’s small print

Also known as

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


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

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; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-out is available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. 

Mandatory fees

Deposit: USD 35 per accommodation, per night

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Uncovered self parking costs USD 30 per night with in/out privileges

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 Waterman

  • Does The Waterman offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Waterman 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.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Waterman?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at The Waterman?
    Yes. Self parking costs USD 30 per night. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Is there a pool at The Waterman?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have pool access from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Are pets allowed at The Waterman?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Waterman?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is noon. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Waterman?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include D'Angelo Bakery (4-min walk), Mac's Fish & Chip Shop (5-min walk), and Santa Barbara Brewing Co. (5-min walk).
  • What is there to do at The Waterman and nearby?
    Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. The Waterman also has an outdoor pool.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 368 reviews

Fair 4.0
We have stayed here before and loved the stay. Upon arriving this time, there was no bike rentals, no complimentary (2) beers and waters. It was a nice inviting thing to have. Not this time... nothing. Room was on freeway side and very loud. No cold water for shower, when I called front desk he said it could be because others are taking showers too and to let the water run or try again in a little bit... What hotel doesn't have hot water heaters to cover their guest rooms. We won't be staying here ever again. They did comp the parking but still won't stay there. The man said it was new management and I was sorry to hear that because the other owners ran it very well and enjoyable. very disapointing stay.
Michelle, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Clean and Close to Fun Spots
Super clean, easy to get to and easy to walk to all the hip spots in downtown SB.
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
New Years Weekend
Very clean, helpful staff.
Kevin, us2 night trip
Good 6.0
The location is good! Beware there is a train station across the street that you hear the trains come in. During my stay the shower curtain spelled like mildew
Wil, us2 night trip
Good 6.0
It was funky...liked the decor, but room not that functional. window had no screens and our room was on the parking lot. The rugs in the halls and rooms, upholstery of chairs looked unclean and stained. I know pricing is wonky, but price we took room at was significantly more than what was posted on line when we arrived, but we paid the original price.
us1 night family trip
Good 6.0
Sheets where not provided, something about housekeeping only coming once a week on Tuesday’s.
us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Incredible staff, fantastic location!!
The staff here are amazing!! Jean-Luke was just incredible!! I think in normal non-covid circumstances this would be the perfect place to stay with friends as the location could not be better-close to shops, restaurants, and the Funk Zone. We loved the kitchen amenities as well! My daughter loved the bunk beds! The pool over State St. is incredible as well!! We will definitely be back!!
Kristen, us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
The staff was absolutely delightful! The hotel had very fun and quirky details throughout and is in an ideal location
us2 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
I love the location. In the heart of the Funk Zone, easily walkable to coffee, wine, food, and shops. Also, close to the beach and State St. I love the vibe of the hotel and the decor .. hip and modern. Also, the staff is super friendly. We checked out on Saturday 11/28 around 11 a.m and whoever was on at that time was so very nice and helpful. I wish I could remember his name! The only complaints is that the rooms are small but not a big deal when you’re out and about all day. We had a crack in our bathroom sink and it stopped up every time we ran the water (room 110). There was also some hair in the corner of the shower. A heavier more luxurious comforter in the bed would be nice too. Also, it’s sucks to pay for parking. It should be included, especially during Covid when you’re not getting housekeeping and other perks.
Stephanie, us2 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Tiny claustrophobic room, overlooking the freeway
The room is tiny: a queen bed with 2 feet of floor on 3 sides. There is no closet or place to hang clothes. The toilet and shower occupy the same space. And our window overlooked 101. Very loud and claustrophobic. The staff were kind and the decor is cool, but this place was disappointing. There wasn't even coffee!
Melissa, us1 night family trip

The Waterman