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The Rise Of “The Poshtel” & Where To Experience One For Yourself

You’ve heard of glamping, and while the trend had it’s moment in the sun, there’s a new kid of the block when it comes to cool, hip travel trends. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t but either way, the “Poshtel” is the up and coming way for young travelers to access upscale lodging at a more budget friendly rate. California getaways can get spendy quick with good reason. Wonderful locations and breathtaking restaurants often mean high food and beverage prices, and if you’re anything like us, experiencing the food in a given location is one of the best ways we like to experience and learn about the culture of a city. Taking the time to research other ways to save, we landed on accommodations at a poshtel!

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

During our recent trip to the central coast, John and I thought it would be fun to try out Santa Barbara’s very own poshtel, The Wayfarer. Located in the recently built up contemporary area know as The Funk Zone right off of downtown’s State Street, the location could not be any  better! Complete with wine tasting rooms and restaurants, there is not a better hotel in Santa Barbara for its proximity and accessibility to the day and night life of this charming central coast town.

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

There are a few different types of rooms at The Wayfarer that vary in price, privacy and amenities. For our trip, John and I chose to stay in the private king guest room and we got so lucky with a room that led us directly to the pool and outdoor recreational area just steps off our private patio. While the room was certainly smaller than most comparable king rooms we’ve stayed in elsewhere, the hotel’s design is meant for travelers and adventurers who don’t necessarily plan to spend much time in the room anyways!

For an authentic poshtel type of experience, The Wayfarer offers traditional hostel style dorm rooms with a much more upscale and secure vibe. Clean and comfortable rooms allow guests to book their accommodations depending on their needs, which is a great option for those looking to save money for other activities while traveling. These dorm rooms are gender specific, come with locker space to store all valuables and sleep 4-5 guests in a bunk bed format. Perfect for those that are looking to meet similar types of people during their trip!

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

Each morning during our stay, the communal kitchen was stocked with coffee you actually wanted to drink (Coffee Bean), fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, cereal and oatmeal with all the fixings! Guests are encouraged to grab breakfast and eat in the kitchen, outside on the private patios overlooking State Street, or in the lounge area complete with lifesize scrabble and a library of books organized by the color of the covers. Pretty hip for a poshtel if you ask me!

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

The Rise Of "The Poshtel

Overall, we were so happy with our first experience staying at the poshtel! On one last note, in my opinion The Wayfarer is definitely geared towards a younger demographic and encourages meeting other travelers that are staying there. You won’t find any fancy spa’s or restaurants on property, but you will find contemporary decor, bright red floatable couches for the pool, well designed rooms and an overall great vibe at The Wayfarer! To stay up to date on our travel getaways, let’s become friends over on Instagram and Facebook!

The Rise Of "The Poshtel


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