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 Value for Money  3.6
 Rooms  3.5
 Cleanliness  4.0
 Location  4.0
 Security & Safety  4.1
 Service & Staff  4.3
 Food / Dining  3.8
 Total  3.9

"The hostel and its staff are awesome"

User Rating:  4.8
Reviewer:   Maruf K. of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Reviewed:   November 15, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   November 2017     Type:   Active/Adventure
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Comments  (English):
I stayed at this hostel last weekend and I had good experience there. It is cozy, friendly and the staff are very cordial and courteous. I certainly will stay there should I go to Santa Barbara.

"Never wanna leave."

User Rating:  4.3
Reviewer:   Dean B. of Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed:   November 6, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   October 2017     Type:   Single
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Comments  (English):
I extended my stay here several times, the vibe was just too good to leave. Super friendly staff and occupants. Nothing was ever confusing, everything ran smoothly and the place was constantly kept neat and tidy. Board games were fun and the guitar was an added bonus, you were never bored here.

"Cosy hostel"

User Rating:  4.3
Reviewer:   Vereba M. of Bavaria, Germany
Reviewed:   October 31, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   October 2017     Type:   Single
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Comments  (English):
Great hostel! The atmosphere there makes it so easy to meet people. The rooms are a bit small but everything is clean. Pancakes for breakfast were perfect!

"Súper small room with no windows, no Air, súper warm, imposible to sleep."

User Rating:  2.0
Reviewer:   Maria G. of Bilbao, Spain
Reviewed:   October 6, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   September 2017     Type:   Couple
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Comments  (English):
The Room was horrible, with no space for nothing, any windows so It was imposible to sleep, during the night I had to move to my car and sleep there.
The staff ver y nice. The location is not the best, 30 minuts walking from the center.

"Cosy but cramped if full"

User Rating:  3.2
Reviewer:   Jane C. of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed:   September 27, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   September 2017     Type:   Active/Adventure
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Comments  (English):
The hostel is within walking distance of the Amtrak station and also the beach which is good. Since all the accommodation in SB is expensive this place offers about the cheapest, although the prices do fluctuate depending on how busy they are. You can end up paying 58 dollars for a bunk bed sharing a cramped room with five others, and only one bathroom between ten people there's quite a wait to get into the shower in the morning. At least there's a separate toilet.

"Ok, and expensive"

User Rating:  3.1
Reviewer:   Yngvill S. of Alvdal, Norway
Reviewed:   September 7, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   August 2017     Type:   Single
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Comments  (English):
The hostel is nice, just a short walk from the beach.
The rooms were crowded, and it was expensive. But as far as I know, it is one of the cheapest in Santa Barbara.
There were no loundry at the hostel, you had to walk 2 or 3 bloks down the road
The staff was friendly and helpful.

"I would not recommend"

User Rating:  1.5
Reviewer:   Matt M. of London, United Kingdom
Reviewed:   September 6, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   September 2017     Type:   Couple
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Comments  (English):
Whilst the staff are lovely and helpful, I would not recommend staying at this hostel. The rooms are very hot and there is no air con, despite being in Southern California. The beds are uncomfortable. Most worrying is that the hostel has a big problem with ants. It was disconcerting to see your belonging covered in ants (nb we did not have any food in the room at all). The staff know that there is a problem with ants (as they advise you not to put food in your room when you check in) but do not seem to have done much about it.

We did not stay for breakfast due to the ants but all that was on offer was pancakes.

Santa Barbara is an expensive city but no matter what the price any premises selling a service should not be infested with ants. The management really need to sort this out. Maybe shut the place down for a while to resolve the issue and put in preventative measures.

"Awesome stay!"

User Rating:  4.7
Reviewer:   Tereza N. of Raleigh, United States
Reviewed:   August 16, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   August 2017     Type:   Active/Adventure
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Comments  (English):
Everyone was super friendly. Room and bed were clean. Great for a night sleep. Rooms are super tiny.

"Not worth the money"

User Rating:  1.3
Reviewer:   Maria H. of Olympia, WA, United States
Reviewed:   August 12, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   August 2017     Type:   Family
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Comments  (English):
The hostel is not staffed from midnight until morning. During this time there were numerous people in the hostel well into the wee hours making lots of noise (as in party noise). Not sure they were actually paying customers of the hostel. The conversations could be heard verbatim through the walls. In a nutshell, no sleep until around 4 am. The bathroom shower barely worked. In the second bathroom, one must lean over the toilet to use the sink, next to a large electrical panel. Not sure how that remodel was ever permitted. In short, definitely would not recommend this hostel and would never stay there again.

"A fine place to stay in Santa Barbara"

User Rating:  4.2
Reviewer:   Brent S. of San Francisco, United States
Reviewed:   August 5, 2017  (see bed and breakfast reviews from Instantworldbooking.com)
Traveled:   July 2017     Type:   Other
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Comments  (English):
Good clean safe hostel. Friendly helpful staff. No problems. Close to the beach!


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