Amy Risley

The Wayfarer

Santa Barbara

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    Girls Trip

  • When

    February 2015

  • Who

    Me, Nicole Esposito, Molly Raney + Birthday Girl Amy Hoban

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.

: 46/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hostel

  • Vibe

    A quirky boutique that makes backpacking chic.

  • Location

    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.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Mellow, current sounds in the lobby and common area.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Pacifica Hotels

  • Pool/Gym

    Year round heated pool. No gym, but they do have beach cruiser bikes and offer surf lessons.

  • Restaurant

    None, but walking distance to Funk Zone favorites, and they offer free coffee & fresh pastries for breakfast.

  • Bar

    None, but walking distance to the Urban Wine Trail's many tasting rooms.

  • Minibar

    No, but the kitchen has individual lockers for guests to store food.

  • Wifi


  • Children


  • Price

    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.

Must Dos

Must Haves

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