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Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 June 2015

Stayed in 2012, got to the hostel at night after two missed planes due to delays, staff very friendly and helpful to find me a room in this building instead of sending me to the other property. However my single room was not very clean, bed full of hairs, not changed after the previous guest probably. But apart from that...

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This hostel is well located next to the Amtrak and main 101 route walking distance to a number of restaurants, a craft brewery & live music venues We stopped here on a 4 day drive from LA to San Francisco on PCH. The hostel is at the end of a dark residential road, it does offer free parking but this...

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3Thank Iain B
UK
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Think of the glamourous palm tree lined, mountain backed, Santa Barbara. Brimming with character, charm and history. Now... take a (reluctant) step into the Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel... and experience the exact opposite. Considering the wealth and beauty of Santa Barbara, the constant flow of tourists and students, there is little, or should I say, no choice, when it comes...

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Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 December 2013

So this wasn't the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in but it was far from the worst and not as bad as the reviews led me to believe. We booked this hostel out of desperation as we simply could not find anything else in Santa Barbara we could afford and arrived fairly apprehensive. It was so convenient- literally across the...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 17 October 2013

I stayed two nights in this hostel and was very sad that I didn't stay longer in Hollywood and make the drive straight through the next morning in order to avoid an extra night in this place. First off, office hours are ridiculous considering the nature of the business. 8:30 AM to 10 PM is not very conducive to people...

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1Thank Jenna041986
Cologne, Germany
Reviewed 11 October 2013 via mobile

-$95 were more than named in the reservation request - although the room with bath was confirmed, it was occupied when we checked in. The price was the same -the wifi was only working in the lobby, which closed at 10 pm - the price was too high for this small room with an uncomfortable bed Supreme location for the...

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3Thank 222Timmey
Brighton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I will start with the positive.... they have free wifi and its in a great location (that's is why they charge such high prices) We had booked 3 beds in a dorm through hostel world. When we arrived we were greeted by a rude blonde women on reception, who acted like she couldn't wait to clock off for the evening....

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1Thank christina c
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Let me start by saying all reviews must be taken with a pinch of salt, personal preference always comes into the mix, after reading a good bunch of the recent reviews I'm totally shocked as my friend and I had a great stay. I thinks people need to be mindful that this is a budget hostel in Santa Barbra. Which...

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1Thank Natalie-gsf
Reviewed 25 August 2013

It started when I had no confirmation from them for 3 days despite sending numerous emails. So i had to travel to Santa Barbara with no idea if my reservation made with visa details was valid. Then I paid USD54 for the privilege of putting my own (stained) sheets onto a boney metal filled bed in a large VERY noisy...

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1Thank Geowb
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Greetings: The SB Tourist Hostel was referred to me by folks at a writing conference/workshop that I was attending. I booked my stay well in advance, called to indicate that I needed a bottom bunk with a good bed due to my disability. When I arrived approx. 3:20 p.m., I was greeted by a young woman/desk clerk who spoke in...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A beautiful new hostel located two blocks from the beach and one block to State Street, famous for it's nightlife, restaurants, Spanish architecture and shopping. We are directly opposite the train station and walking distance from the bus station, with plenty of bike parking. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel

Address: 134 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $27 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Tourist Hotel Santa Barbara
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“Rooms on the opposite side of the train track are less noisy”
 of 5 bubbles ChiquitoRestaurant, 23 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else”
 of 5 bubbles havemonkeywilltravel, 27 Jan 2014 | Read review
“I stayed in a 12-bed female only dorm. I felt uncomfortable and wished I had the room to lock up EVERYTHING I had in the locker since I had clothing stolen. I don't think it matters what room you stay in, as people weren't that friendly and the beds were terrible”
 of 5 bubbles Jenna041986, 16 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Just don't go there.”
 of 5 bubbles _miliec, 22 Oct 2012 | Read review
“Stay in a motel when going to santa barbara”
 of 5 bubbles Loeffie, 8 Aug 2012 | Read review
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