by: Amy Risley
Me, Nicole Esposito, Molly Raney + Birthday Girl Amy Hoban
The crisp, clean tiled look of the bathroom with efficient use of space.
Our queen bed with a stately wood frame that has a "but wait...there's more" surprise...
What the what...drop the top to reveal a comfy loft bed. How genius is that?
Bad ass beach cruisers for trolling the Funk Zone.
Bunk beds in one of the unisex dorm rooms. For rates as low as double digits per night, you can claim a spot to share with buds or strangers.
Color blocked books and a giant Connect Four add to the vivid personality of the lobby.
They're about fun & games here, people.
Points for unexpected cuteness...yet no matter how much she flirted he still wouldn't carry her bags to the room.
The spacious, open kitchen opposite the front desk is open for all guests to use, and features cute little lockers to store your own food.
These lads illuminate the lounge area and up the quirk factor.
Love a pop of color by the pool.
Signage with a sense of humor.
Swimming in a sea of mermaid wallpaper. The baroque-ish frame around the flat screen is a nice touch.
The inviting exterior against a post-stormy Santa Barbara sky.
Highs + Lows
Personality. The Wayfarer is unique in both concept & design and stands out as the coolest crash pad in Santa Barbara.
Value. Let's face it- where else can you rest your head for under $100/night that isn't, well, jail.
Vibe. The hostel concept makes for a communal feeling that encourages guests to meet & mingle.
The only low is that we only stayed for one night! I could see spending a week there and making friends with lots of fellow travelers, not to mention a few more wine tastings.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
A quirky boutique that makes backpacking chic.
In the heart of Santa Barbara's way-cool and walkable Funk Zone, part of the Urban Wine Trail which houses over 20 tasting rooms, great restaurants and art galleries.
Mellow, current sounds in the lobby and common area.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Year round heated pool. No gym, but they do have beach cruiser bikes and offer surf lessons.
None, but walking distance to Funk Zone favorites, and they offer free coffee & fresh pastries for breakfast.
None, but walking distance to the Urban Wine Trail's many tasting rooms.
No, but the kitchen has individual lockers for guests to store food.
The "dorm rooms" are a complete steal, often less than $100 per night. Single rooms are reasonably priced in the $2-300 range; well worth the comfort, style & convenience.
In the Area
Eat at The Lark
The Lark, Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
walking distance from the hostel, it's a greatest hits of artisanal, seasonal yum.
Drink at Kunin
Kunin Wines, Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
a sleek winery on the urban wine trail with a delicious selection and a wine club that offers access to their frequent limited edition bottlings.
Shop at Mate Gallery
Mate Gallery, Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
a gem of a shop in montecito country mart with an amazingly curated collection of nostalgic objects & art.
12 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA
Neighborhood: Downtown Santa Barbara
Hotel Location: 12 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA