City view
Pet friendly
Swimming pool
Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Private Bathroom
24-hour front desk
Key card access
Non-smoking rooms

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Boasting a year-round outdoor pool, The Waterman offers rooms with free WiFi in Santa Barbara, 650 feet from Amtrak Station Santa Barbara, free coffee is available in the morning and pink lemonade and water is available in the afternoon.

Each air-conditioned room at The Waterman comes with a 55-inch flat-screen TV and a telephone. Bed linen and towels are provided.

Communal spaces include a modern fully equipped kitchen, a lounge area, a library and a outdoor patio with table tennis, cornhole and Connect 4 games. 24-hour reception and luggage storage are at guests' disposal, alongside bike hire to explore the surrounding area.

Located in the Santa Barbara’s hip Funk Zone, The Waterman is 1,650 feet away from Antioch College and 0.6 mi from Santa Barbara City College. The property is within walking distance of restaurants and 2,650 feet from East Beach.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

The Waterman has been welcoming guests since Jun 7, 2014
Hotel chain/brand: Moxy Hotels

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.8)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Private parking at the hotel


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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Closest beaches
  • West Beach

    8.5 Very good beach
    1,500 feet from property
  • East Beach

    8.8 Excellent beach
    1,550 feet from property
  • Leadbetter Beach

    8.6 Excellent beach
    4,300 feet from property
  • One Thousand Steps Beach

    8.7 Excellent beach
    1.8 miles from property
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Is this a hostel or a hotel?? The word hostel is in the description a some reviews. I’m confused! Thanks
    We are a boutique hotel with 31 private rooms. We do have a communal kitchen for guest use!
    Answered on 20 November 2020
  • Is it quiet at night?
    Some rooms do face the freeway so we recommend booking one of our pool view rooms which are quieter. If you need further assistance, please reach out ..
    Answered on 2 December 2020
  • How can I get to the closest beach from the property?
    Our hotel is just 3 blocks from the beach and we offer beach cruisers for rent so you can ride alongside the Santa Barbara pier and boardwalk.
    Answered on 20 November 2020
  • Hello, I see that you deluxe king room can room 3 people will an extra person ( small 12 year old) be able to stay?
    Yes, the room offers a king bed as well as a twin-size murphy bed, perfect for a family of 3!
    Answered on 28 October 2020
  • Is the pool heated?
    Yes, we have an outdoor heated pool.
    Answered on 13 November 2020
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Travel Proud

Travel Proud

This is a Proud Certified property where you can be extra sure of a welcoming stay.

Amenities of The Waterman
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.
  • Bicycle rental
  • Live music/Performance
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cooking class
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Movie nights
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Stand-up comedy
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Evening entertainment
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Windsurfing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Ping-pong
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Snack bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs $30 per day.
  • Accessible parking
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Auditory guidance
  • Visual aids (Braille)
  • Lowered sink
  • Raised toilet
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Heated pool
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Fenced pool
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

House rules

The Waterman takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 4:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


Until 12:00 PM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.

Mastercard Visa Discover JCB Diners Club American Express The Waterman accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

A security deposit of USD 35 per night is required upon check-in for charges or damages during the stay and will be refunded upon departure.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Outdoor Heated Pool: Closed from Tue, Sep 07, 2021 until Wed, Sep 08, 2021

FAQs about The Waterman

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • The Waterman is 0.9 miles from the center of Santa Barbara.

  • Check-in at The Waterman is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • The nearest beach is 2,150 feet from The Waterman.

  • Room options at The Waterman include:

    • Double

  • The prices at The Waterman may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Waterman offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
    • Bowling
    • Snorkeling
    • Ping-pong
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Evening entertainment
    • Horseback riding
    • Cooking class
    • Swimming pool
    • Stand-up comedy
    • Bicycle rental
    • Live music/Performance
    • Movie nights