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 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 unpredictable touches" is how a statement describes the hotel's design. Perhaps that explains the yellow bed pillows embossed with the face of a tiger wearing a wig with braids.
With an introductory offer good through the end of the year, you can reserve a private room for three with a king- or queen-sized bed and a pull-down Murphy bed starting at $159 a night. Shared rooms (same sex) mean you can book for a group or bunk with other guests starting at $59 a night. Each room has a 43-inch HDTV, lockers and a desk.
For comparison, I checked online at Motel 6 Santa Barbara at 443 Corona Del Mar and found rooms available for random dates in August and September from $135 to $202 a night.
The hostel is operated by Pacifica Hotels, which manages a slew of California properties including Sandcastle Inn and Pacifica Suites in Santa Barbara.
"This hospitality concept is different from anything we've done before and novel for the West Coast," company President Matt Marquis says in a statement. "The emphasis on common space and socializing is of growing importance to the millennial traveler and becoming a significant part of the hospitality industry."