The Waterman

The Waterman

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

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based on 477 reviews

The Waterman
Fri 3/12
Sat 4/12
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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.

Rooms available at The Waterman

Fri 3/12
Sat 4/12
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Queen rooms($352 - $921)
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King rooms($496 - $889)
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Double rooms($598)
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Amenities at The Waterman

  • Snorkelling
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Internet
  • Parking

Health and safety

  • Face masks for guests available
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Physical distancing rules
  • First-aid kit
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Hand sanitiser 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 sanitised
  • Delivered food is securely covered
  • Guests can opt out of accommodation cleaning
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities


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

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
  • Roll-in shower
  • Disabled access
  • Lift
  • Accessible by lift
  • No smoking
  • Lowered sink
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Pets not allowed
  • Upper floors accessible by lift
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Cooking classes
  • Horse riding
  • Bowling
  • Table tennis
  • Windsurfing


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


  • Family rooms
  • Inner courtyard view
  • Telephone
  • Carpeted
  • City view
  • Pool view
  • Storage available

Services and conveniences

  • Safety deposit box
  • Concierge service
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Key card access
  • Express check-out
  • 24-hour front desk

Media and entertainment

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


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


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Beach towels
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Fold-up bed
  • Socket near the bed
  • Cleaning products

Parking and transportation

  • Parking
  • Private parking


  • Heated pool
  • Outdoor pool


  • Laundry facilities


  • Desk

Reviews of The Waterman

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6.2 Okay
Cons:light switch didnt work nor did the bathroom fan
10.0 Excellent
Pros:Obviously there are changes due to COVID, but it was an great stay!!
10.0 Excellent
Pros:Hip and fun; great location
Cons:The water tastes weird; the perfect view of the freeway
10.0 Excellent
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 Excellent
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.
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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 15:00, check out anytime before 12:00


Cancellation/pre-payment 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 30 June 2020. For guests making new reservations at The Waterman for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, between today and 30 June 2020, reservations may be changed or cancelled 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 centre of Santa Barbara. West Beach is the closest landmark to The Waterman.

  • Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00 at The Waterman.

  • Yes, The Waterman offers free Wi-Fi.

  • No, The Waterman does not offer free parking.

  • No, The Waterman does not offer free airport shuttle service.

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

  • No, pets are not allowed at The Waterman.

  • Yes, The Waterman has a pool on-site.

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Distance to city centre

1.1 km

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Nearest airport

Santa Barbara

Distance to airport

13.7 km