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4.1 out of 5

"Vincent did it all. ran the front, showed the rooms, and delivered need towel, all the staff was pleasant, and the Wifi was faster than average. Thank ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 23 Apr 2017

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Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel near Stearns Wharf

Heart of Santa Barbara

Within a 15-minute walk of this The Funk Zone hotel, you'll find Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara City College. Santa Barbara Zoo and Santa Barbara Bowl are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Free perks

An area shuttle and free self parking are featured at this hotel, along with an outdoor pool. Guests will appreciate free perks like continental breakfast and WiFi in public areas. Luggage storage, laundry facilities, and concierge services are also on offer.

Free WiFi, flat-screen TVs

The 31 guestrooms offer free WiFi, premium bedding, and flat-screen TVs. Other amenities include safes, showers, and free toiletries.

Room, Multiple Beds (Private)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
C$176* Per night/room 23 Feb. - 24 Feb.

Room, Women only (Dormitory)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Room, Multiple Beds (Private)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, Men only (Dormitory)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

The Wayfarer ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Wayfarer

Everyone (6)
4 out of 5

Posted by on 9 Sep. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Sep. 2019 by David Romero - General Manager

Thank you Anonymous. We appreciate the great score. Have a great day.

2 out of 5

Add 15 a night for parking

Pros: nothing
Cons: you have to pay for parking each night in an unsecured lot which is ridiculous.
Location: Spearmint Rhino gentlemen's club is about 30 feet away across the street so that's a plus id say.
The best way I can describe this place is its a hipster hotel, room is tiny , seems like all they did was throw upnoxious wallpaper on the walls and call it renovated. The toilet didn't work properly and the lighting in the bedframe malfunctioned so it was going on and off randomly so I just ended up unplugging it. The "continental" breakfast was a joke, all that was served was bread and cereal. I would not recommend this place to anyone to stay, you have plenty of options in this city id pick somewhere else. I'm not sure why it has such good ratings even if everything went perfectly with my room experience its nothing special. I stayed here on a business trip if that helps at all.

Posted by , from La , California on 12 Mar. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

18 Mar. 2018 by GM

Hi John, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review from your recent stay at the Wayfarer. The entire staff at the Wayfarer takes pride in providing the best possible service and comfort for our guests and we are always looking for ways to improve.

4 out of 5

Good Stay

Pros: Great Location
Cons: Blackout shades on the east side of structure
Location: Train station is close, located in the vino hub, beach and resterants are walking distance.
Vincent did it all. ran the front, showed the rooms, and delivered need towel, all the staff was pleasant, and the Wifi was faster than average. Thanks

Posted by on 23 Apr. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

26 Apr. 2017 by General Manager

Thank you for your review and kind words toward Vincent! We hope to welcome you back again soon!

4 out of 5

Great Location, pricey on the weekends

The Wayfarer is a great boutique hotel that is conveniently located to all the action on State Street. Though close to the train station, that was not a problem in the room as the ac cancels out any noise. Since this an upscale hostel as well, I found the guests of the Wayfarer to be interesting. The price difference on the weekend is significant and you get charged for parking. I would go again but only during the week.

Posted by , from Marin County on 25 Sep. 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Sep. 2016 by Kristin-General Manager

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience while staying at the Wayfarer. Thank you for being our guest and we hope you can visit us again! Warm regards,

5 out of 5

Modern, clean coles to main attractions

Pros: Decoration And cleaness
Location: Godo shopping And restaurants
We stayed just for a day, but I world come back for sure

Posted by , from Sao Paulo on 28 Sep. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Nov. 2015 by Casey

Dear Vania, SO happy we could be your stopover and that you had a great stay during your time here. We look forward to your next visit. Warm regards, Casey General Manager

5 out of 5
Great location! Close to beach, bars, downtown, train station... I was very pleased.

Posted by on 24 Jun. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Jun. 2015 by Casey

So happy you enjoyed our location and your overall stay. We always aim to please. Warm regards, Casey General Manager

5 out of 5

Another great stay!!!

Third time staying at this place, refuse to even try any other place. Price and location are perfect. There are things to do 360 degrees around you!! Rooms are perfect and WELL taken care of!! I will be back soon!

Posted by , from Detroit on 24 Mar. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Mar. 2015 by Casey

Dear Jason, What a wonderful five star review!! I'm so happy we have you as a continued guest! I also appreciate your stubborn refusal to try any other place :) This review was so nice to read. If you have a chance, say hi to me next time you visit us. Warm regards, Casey General Manager

Property Features

Free breakfast is available daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. The Wayfarer also features an outdoor pool, concierge services, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Self parking is free. This 3.5-star Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 31 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Concierge
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (16.8 km / 10.4 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Wayfarer offers 31 accommodations with safes and designer toiletries. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms.

  • Communal kitchen
  • Flat-screen television
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Debit cards


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 20

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

Hotel Names

  • 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
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.