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4.3 out of 5

"I loved this place. So cute, clean, unique, friendly and helpful staff and the location was great. I would stay again. Only recommendation is having a ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 29 Jun 2020

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Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel perfect for exploring Santa Barbara

Heart of Santa Barbara

A stay at this The Funk Zone hotel places you steps from Reagan Ranch Center and within a 5-minute walk of Moreton Bay Fig Tree. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and Santa Barbara Art Foundry are also within half a mile (1 km).

Outdoor pool, terrace

An outdoor pool, self parking, and concierge services are featured at this hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. A terrace, a snack bar/deli, and a communal living room are also on offer.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

The individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and free local calls. Entertainment options include LCD TVs with cable channels, while refrigerators and microwaves provide the conveniences of home. Housekeeping is available on request.

Room (Petite Queen 135 SQF)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$249* Per night/room Oct 31 - Nov 1

Room, 1 Double Bed, Accessible (Snug Single 135 SQF)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room (Cozy Pool View King 175 SQF)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room (Cozy King 175 SQF)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, Multiple Beds (Roomy Bunk Beds 250 SQF)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.MurphyBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room (Petite Pool View Queen 135 SQF)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Waterman ratings based on 8 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.5 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 Waterman

Everyone (6)
5 out of 5
I loved this place. So cute, clean, unique, friendly and helpful staff and the location was great. I would stay again. Only recommendation is having a place to refill reusable water bottles. They offered water bottles which was great but it would be nice to have a filtered water station. The ice machine was awesome, just wish there was a water machine or something of the sort.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, Ca on Jun 29, 2020

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Jul 15, 2020 by GM

Thank you for the feedback - we will certainly take your suggestion onboard and use it in our planning to continue to improve

4 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019

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Sep 10, 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 Mar 12, 2018

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Mar 18, 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 Apr 23, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 26, 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 Sep 25, 2016

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Sep 30, 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 Sep 28, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 3, 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 Jun 24, 2015

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Jun 30, 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 Mar 24, 2015

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Mar 27, 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

There's a snack bar/deli on site. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the business-friendly The Waterman. Limited parking is available for a fee and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This 3.5-star Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 31 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 2014
  • Deli
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Parking (limited spaces)

Transport

  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.2 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Waterman offers 31 accommodations with shared/communal kitchens and hair dryers. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. 42-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room full-sized refrigerators/freezers and microwaves. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Change of towels and change of bedsheets can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on request.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchenware
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Change of towels (on request)
  • Change of bedsheets (on request)

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Boat tours nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Surf lessons - nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in hallways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Pool hoist on site
  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible meeting spaces/business center

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

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.

Guests arriving after midnight must make advance arrangements by contacting the property 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.

Check-out

  • 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.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

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

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 Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and debit cards; cash is not accepted

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

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 may be 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.

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 Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. 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; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, 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. Contactless check-out is available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of Commitment to Clean (Marriott). This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC) and SafeStay (AHLA - USA).

  • Property follows sanitization practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Car not required
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Staffed front desk
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Property does not offer onsite COVID-19 testing
  • Property does not require health documentation at check-in
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities onsite
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property follows a brand or regulatory agency's sanitization guidelines Commitment to Clean (Marriott)
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

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

  • Deposit: USD 35 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Uncovered self parking fee: USD 30 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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

You should know

  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).
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Frequently Asked Questions

*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.