The Wayfarer: New hostel puts the “funk” in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood

Wayfarer_09It’s no secret that Spanish colonial architecture overcomes your senses upon entering Santa Barbara. But one secret that is the city’s newest gem is The Wayfarer, a new contemporary hostel located in the vibrant Funk Zone part of town.

The modern aesthetics will give the everyday traveler who happens to stroll in a whole new feel to the city. While the exterior of the hostel still embodies the classic Spanish Santa Barbara style, the interior mirrors its neighborhood’s Funk Zone artsy theme, appealing to modern minds and travelers alike.

An array of texture and color all the way from exposed brick walls to iridescent mermaids to faux fur are just a few things that differentiate this hostel from any other. The décor in particular touches up the unique appeal of the place.

“We designed this hostel with the modern traveler in mind,” said Matt Marquis, President of Pacifica Hotels, “By integrating soothing colors, playful decorative accents, communal spaces and upscale fixtures, we achieved something that is truly unique. The Wayfarer has style, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’ve found our guests love that.”

Charm and attraction can be found in every room. The front room alone is an immediate friendly “What’s up!” to travelers as it looks more like a bar with your favorite bartenders than a conventional lobby. It’s also embellished with barstools and a craft soda bar station with homemade rotating carbonated drinks.


It doesn’t end there, the hostel’s common areas give a playful pop to the atmosphere with its backlit robot statues, vibrant library books and teal back-painted glass. Guests are encouraged to meet up and kickback with a book or indulge in classic board games like Jenga or Connect Four. A shared kitchen, outdoor heated pool, and funky art pieces located around the hostel all add to the artistic appeal which makes this hostel completely unique to Santa Barbara.

Private rooms and shared rooms are both available. Each bed is custom-made and features a whitewashed oak finish, padded headboards, and denim-style upholstery, as well as built-in lighting. Beds are dressed with faux fur throws and yellow tiger pillows, highlighting a glam, yet playful flair to the rooms. A slight tug on vintage luggage straps reveals a fold-down twin Murphy bed in each private room, ideal for sleeping an additional guest.

Wayfarer_06There’s so much more to explore at The Wayfarer and beyond. Deemed as one of the “5 Boutique Hostels That Are Better Than a Hotel” by Money Magazine and “Cool, yet cheap: Stylish Hostels around the world” by USA Today, one step into this eccentric getaway is an extra kick to your more-than-ordinary Santa Barbara visit.

Experience The Wayfarer for yourself. Take advantage of 20% off your first stay with our Grand Opening special. For more information or to book a room, visit

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