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Outdoor pool, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, pool loungers
In-room business centre

Guest reviews

4.3 out of 5 Excellent
598 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Parking Available
24/7 Front Desk

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment


Explore the area

Popular LocationStearns Wharf10 min walk
Popular LocationSanta Barbara Harbor12 min walk
Popular LocationSanta Barbara City College15 min walk
AirportSanta Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal)12 min drive

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  • Standard Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private King Room)

    4.4/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsStandard Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private King Room)
  • Standard Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private Queen Room)

    4.6/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 3
    More detailsStandard Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom (Private Queen Room)
  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Men Only)

    4.1/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 160 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    More detailsShared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Men Only)
  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Women Only)

    3.8/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 160 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    More detailsShared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Women Only)

About this area

Santa Barbara

Located in Santa Barbara, The Wayfarer is in the city centre and near the beach. While the natural beauty of Los Padres National Forest and Goleta Beach can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can explore Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara Zoo and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including winery tours.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Stearns Wharf - 10 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Harbor - 12 min walk
  • Santa Barbara City College - 15 min walk
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse - 20 min walk
  • Leadbetter Beach - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara Station - 3 min walk
  • AirportSanta Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 12 min drive


  • Santa Barbara Brewing Co. - 5 min walk
  • Fishouse - 7 min walk
  • Joe's Cafe - 7 min walk
  • The Palace Grill - 8 min walk
  • Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant - 10 min walk

About this property

The Wayfarer

3.5-star Santa Barbara hotel in The Funk Zone, walk to Stearns Wharf
Along with an outdoor pool, this smoke-free hotel has self parking and concierge services. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk and free newspapers are on-site. All 31 rooms provide complimentary wireless Internet access, premium bedding and flat-screen TVs. Other amenities available to guests include safes, showers and phones.
The Wayfarer offers 31 forms of accommodation with a safe and designer toiletries. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries.

This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows industry sanitisation guidelines of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking: USD 10 per night
  • Limited parking spaces
  • Local area shuttle (surcharge)

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • Lift
  • Free newspapers in reception

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Pool sunloungers


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Linens
  • Premium bedding


  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • 42-inch flat-screen TV

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Phone
  • Safe



Check-in between 3:00 PM and 6:00 AM
Early check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon
Late check-out subject to availability

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
An adult aged 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: USD 10 per night (in/out privileges)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

We should mention

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

Property is 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

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Wayfarer and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Wayfarer offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Wayfarer cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at The Wayfarer?
As of 24 Sep 2020, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Wayfarer on 25 Oct 2020 start from £125, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does The Wayfarer have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is The Wayfarer pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at The Wayfarer?
Self-parking is available for USD 10 per night. Limited spots are available.
What time is check-in at The Wayfarer?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
What time is check-out at The Wayfarer?
Checkout is at noon.
Where is The Wayfarer located?
Located in The Funk Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moreton Bay Fig Tree and Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara County Courthouse are also within 1 mile (2 km). Santa Barbara Station is only a 3-minute walk.
598 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Stay was good, very close to the funk zone and easy to walk around. Beautiful hotel with good view and had pool side outside our doors. Helpful and nice staff.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2020

3/5 Okay

Travelled with partner
Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service, amenities
Parking was difficult. Too many cars that weren’t from patrons were taking up spaces. The curtains were falling apart in room 116. I loved the eclectic style of the hotel. And the proximity to all the fun stuff in SB. I will definitely return, but the night staff needs to be vigilant with parking.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

3/5 Okay

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

4/5 Good

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

4/5 Good

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020