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The Wayfarer Hostel in the Funk Zone

Santa Barbara may be known for its classic Spanish colonial architecture, but The Wayfarer, a new contemporary hostel in the vibrant Funk Zone neighborhood, brings a refreshing aesthetic. Combining industrial materials, a beach-oriented color palette and unpredictable touches, the 100-bed, 31-room hostel offers guests a modern social travel experience. Built by Young Construction, The Wayfarer sets its own precedence among hostels/hotels by offering upscale accommodations at affordable rates.




While the building exterior embodies the classic Santa Barbara style, the interior diverts from that motif, aligning with the Funk Zone aesthetic and appealing to the modern traveler. “It was great to be a part of such a creative team, including Central Coast Real Estate, Pacifica Hotels and the architects, AB Design Group,” states Young Construction owner, Bob Young.

The Wayfarer is centered on the urban wine trail, home to over 20 wine tasting rooms and phenomenal dining options. The state-of-the-art hostel is conveniently located blocks from the beach and just a few steps from State Street. Some of the Wayfarer’s amenities include, daily complimentary breakfast in a beautiful and spacious community kitchen, and a  heated pool.





Guests may choose to relax and enjoy themselves in the playfully decorated spaces or explore all there is to do nearby.

In the hostel’s common areas, pops of color abound in backlit robot statues, vibrant library books and teal back painted glass, adding to the playful air. The rich marble counter tops, red brick accents, warm wood finishes and plush lounge seating establish an inviting setting for socializing night or day. In the library, guests can prop their feet up on a pouf and grab one of the colorful books to peruse or challenge each other to oversized-Jenga and Connect Four.




In the fully-equipped kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a large table and ample prep space invite guests to cook and dine together.

In both private and shared rooms, 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, underscoring the rooms’ glam, yet playful flair. A slight tug on vintage luggage straps reveals a fold-down twin Murphy bed in each private room, ideal for sleeping an additional guest.  All room types include a full en-suite bathroom, free Wi-Fi, 42” HDTV, individual lockers, and a desk.


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Poolside guests can enjoy an unimpeded view of lively State Street and stretch out in chaise lounge chairs for a little R&R or good old-fashioned people-watching.




The Wayfarer is located in one of Santa Barbara’s most distinctive districts, the Funk Zone – an emerging four block radius that encompasses State Street to Garden Street, and Montecito Street to Cabrillo Boulevard. The eclectic neighborhood is ever-evolving with independent boutiques, galleries, artisan restaurants, and microbreweries that primarily cater to young, artistic, and adventurous travelers and residents.





The Wayfarer is located at 12 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For booking or questions, call (805) 845-1000 or visit:

Bob Young and his brother David, along with the team at Young Construction, have been committed to building quality custom homes in Santa Barbara for nearly four decades. Their personal involvement in each project along with their detail oriented approach and cost effective construction solutions continue to produce award-winning homes and quality commercial projects for their clients.



9 Ashley Avenue, Santa Barbara, California 93103

805.963.6787 /



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