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Santa Barbara: Budget hostel (you heard right) opens in the Funk Zone
Santa Barbara: Budget hostel (you heard right) opens in the Funk Zone

Santa Barbara really doesn't do cheap when it comes to hotel rooms, but a newly built hostel in the city's Funk Zone is out to change that. The Wayfarer at 12 E. Montecito St. is a new building with 31 rooms, some dorm-style with four or five beds. It's a stone's throw from the Amtrak train station, Highway 101 and State Street, and you can walk to places such as Union Ale Brewing Co. and Giessinger Winery. The hostel is aimed at millennial travelers who favor experience over amenities, who don't mind giving up space for low prices, and who value extras such as free Wi-Fi (which the hostel has) more than turndown service. "Industrial cool with...

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