The Waterman

The Waterman

12 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States
+1 805 845 1000

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based on 96 reviews

The Waterman
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About The Waterman

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Enhanced cleaning
    This stay has committed to enhanced cleaning measures.Learn more
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi for free

Located close to Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District Station, The Wayfarer offers guests a convenient base when visiting Santa Barbara. It is moments from Andalucia Building.

A 24-hour reception, bicycle rental and a concierge are just some of the convenient services at the hostel. After a refreshing swim in the pool, guests can venture out to discover the local area with the assistance of Santa Barbara Amtrak Station, which is just minutes away on foot.

The Wayfarer has 31 traditional rooms that are equipped with all the essentials to ensure an enjoyable stay. Guests also have access to a communal kitchen.

The hostel is conveniently located for discovering the city, with Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center just a short walk away. Stearns Wharf is also within a five-minute walk.

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Property safety measures

The Waterman has implemented the following measures:
Heightened sanitation

Daily cleaning, increased availability of sanitation products.

Social distancing measures

Lobbies with safe social distancing.

Streamlined check-in and check-out.

Minimal contact with hotel personnel and other guests.

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Amenities at The Waterman

  • Snorkeling
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.

Things to do

  • Beach access
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Evening entertainment
  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding
  • Bowling
  • Table tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Hiking

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
  • No smoking
  • Lowered sink
  • Non-feather pillow
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Roll-in shower
  • Increased accessibility
  • Elevator
  • Accessible by elevator
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs

Health and safety

  • Face masks for guests available
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Delivered food is securely covered
  • Guests can opt-out of accommodation cleaning
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces
  • First-aid kit
  • Enhanced cleaning


  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Free toiletries
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Air-conditioned
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Body soap
  • Trash cans
  • Conditioner


  • Inner courtyard view
  • Mountain view
  • Pool view
  • Storage available
  • Seating area
  • Telephone
  • Carpeted
  • City view


  • Hairdryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Raised toilet
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper
  • Walk-in shower

Services and conveniences

  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Key card access
  • Express check-out
  • 24hr front desk
  • Wedding services
  • Safety deposit box

Media and entertainment

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Books
  • TV


  • Shared kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen/Kitchenette
  • Ice maker


  • Fold-up bed
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack


  • Grocery deliveries
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Snack bar

Parking and transportation

  • Parking (surcharge)
  • Private parking


  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace/Patio


  • Heated pool
  • Outdoor pool


  • Desk

Reviews of The Waterman

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6.2 Okay
Cons:light switch didnt work nor did the bathroom fan
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:Obviously there are changes due to COVID, but it was an great stay!!
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:Hip and fun; great location
Cons:The water tastes weird; the perfect view of the freeway
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:But it had amazingly comfortable beds. The decor was fancy, the bathrooms were very modern - I see why it was a little more pricey than average hostels. Had a tv in the room, and with decent channels! Location is prime. Had nightly activities but the night I was there, it was cancelled because not enough people wanted to do it.
Cons:The price
9.1 Wonderful
Pros:Rooms are not huge but comfortable, new and clean. Staff was very helpful and polite. The proximity to everything--wine tasting, breweries, restaurants, the beach and all the shops on State St could not be better. Also close to the train station.
Cons:no complaints at all.
9.7 Wonderful
Pros:We loved the boutique feel of the wayfarer. The quirky designed reception area, mermaid wallpaper in the bedrooms and state of the art kitchen facilities. Location is perfect to explore Santa Barbara. Staff were super helpful. Great value for money.
9.4 Wonderful
Pros:*The decor was awesome *The room was immaculate *The staff was super friendly *Free coffee / water / kitchen access *Free breakfast *Very funky space with a big library, board games, and fun activities planned (there was a bar crawl going on the night I got there) *THE POOL! *Super close to the train - 1.5 blocks walking *Great use of space in the room, including cabinets built into the headboard
Cons:The room, though immaculate, was TINY. I live in NYC, and this was small even by NYC standards. The bathroom floor doubled as the shower floor, which actually worked out rather nicely, but it was an odd adjustment. The space was great for one person, but I'm glad there weren't two of us staying there.


12 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

What's nearby

  • West Beach0.5 km
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara0.8 km
  • Stearns Wharf0.9 km
  • Presidio of Santa Barbara1 km
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum1.2 km
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse1.3 km
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art1.4 km
  • Leadbetter Beach1.6 km
  • The Arlington Theatre1.7 km
  • Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra1.7 km
  • Santa Barbara Bowl1.9 km
  • Santa Barbara Zoo2.6 km



Check in anytime after 16:00, check out anytime before 11:00


Cancellation/prepayment policies vary by room type and provider.

FAQs when booking at The Waterman

  • Guests with existing The Waterman reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, can make full changes or cancellations without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival, as long as the change or cancellation is made by June 30, 2020. For guests making new reservations at The Waterman for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, between today and June 30, 2020, reservations may be changed or canceled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival date. For more information, visit the Mariott Response to COVID-19 page.

  • The Waterman is located at 12 East Montecito Street, 1.1 km from the center of Santa Barbara. West Beach is the closest landmark to The Waterman.

  • Check-in time is 16:00 and check-out time is 11:00 at The Waterman.

  • Yes, The Waterman offers free Wi-Fi.

  • The Waterman is 13.7 km from Santa Barbara. The Waterman is 88.2 km from Santa Maria Public.

  • Yes, The Waterman has a pool onsite.

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Distance to city center

1.1 km

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Nearest Airport

Santa Barbara

Distance to airport

13.7 km