Santa Barbara Beach Hostel Receives Prestigious Award

Zack Garhart

ITH Santa Barbara Beach Hostel Receives Prestigious Award

As the latest addition to the ITH brand of hostels, the Santa Barbara Beach Hostel received the prestigious HOSCAR award for Best New Hostel in North America. HOSCARs are annual awards given out by the company Hostelworld, which is an aggregate for bookings and travel services around the world. HOSCAR awards recognize hostels around the globe for their performance in several different categories, and this is the first time an ITH property has received such an honor.

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With a newly renovated space, the Santa Barbara Beach Hostel boasts amazing, up-to-date facilities and an optimal location. Just a few blocks from the beach, the hostel allows travelers to experience Santa Barbara to its fullest without a car. The hostel’s location is just steps away from the Amtrak station, giving travelers an easy commute to the hostel. The Santa Barbara Airport is also less than ten miles away, making it easy for travelers to access the Santa Barbara Beach Hostel through ride-sharing or public transportation.

Many bars, beaches, restaurants, boutiques, and shops are within walking distance of the hostel. In addition to being located near a handful of yoga studios, the hostel features a large outdoor space ideal for laying out a mat and practicing yoga. With weekly Farmer’s Markets, the city of Santa Barbara offers plenty of activities for travelers to choose from on their visit. Daily activities are also arranged at the hostel, making it a perfect place for solo travelers to meet fellow guests and form friendships as they embark on their travels.

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Guests have raved about the cleanliness of the space, in addition to the friendliness of the staff.

“Best hostel in all of California. I stayed in many and this is by far the coolest, cleanest, friendlier, more modern, etc. The location is perfect, everything is brand new and confortable and the best part is the general vibe – all the staff members were amazing, always socializing with the guests and creating activities every day. so many recommendations and cool suggestions for plans. If you’re traveling with a car there’s also free parking around. Overall really perfect :)” – 10 stars – Anonymous (Female – Portugal)

Review from Hostelworld 02/24

“It is What it is, and it was Great. Fantastic location, nice staff, personal beds, clean, relaxed, ocean coast, mountains, hike, hot springs, dive bar. Hope to visit you again” – 10 stars – Christian (Male – Denmark)

Review from Hostelworld 04/2024 

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The staff at ITH comes from all different countries, and each member brings something unique to the table. Creating memorable experiences in a safe, comfortable, and social environment is something that they strive for with each new wave of guests. Receiving the honor of Best New Hostel in North America is something that ITH manager Kai says has already helped establish the brand on booking sites like Hostelworld and should continue to bring more attention to the backpacking culture that the company is trying to create and foster.

Global media outlets have also picked up on what the team at ITH is doing in Santa Barbara and recognized them for their creative approaches to creating a unique guest experience. For the company, the media attention and receiving a HOSCAR award only raises the bar as they strive to be a leader in hospitality for backpackers on a budget.

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