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Surf City Hostel
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

I went for my 25th birthday by myself. First hostel experience I've ever had and let me tell you, I had the time of my life. The staff was amazing...I'll forever remember Fab, they did a wonderful job making sure everyone was having a good time and was included. I'll always remember the people I met there. Such a solid group of people. And honestly can't beat the location. Right on the beach, great places to eat or drink. I had the best time and hopefully will be back soon. Thanks you guys for being awesome!

Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

This is seriously the WORST hostel i've ever stayed in. The room smelled like a public bathroom, with old sheets and no closet, chair or table. The people working there were really unfriendly, except for the French lady owner. There was no decent place to sit down to meet other travellers, except a little room full of drunk kids and old dudes. By the way, there is two REALLY LOUD BARS on the first floor that makes it impossible to sleep before 02:00 AM. My advice; DON'T GO!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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8  Thank Annabanana20
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

I would like to say this was an awesome hostel! I have been to many and never been to a US hostel. I would say my experience was overall positive..great staff, friendly guests. Best location you could ask for, right in the middle of the action and a few steps from the beach. Might be a little loud from the bar downstairs but in general if you are a traveler you should be able to handle it. If your looking for a European style hostel feel this is your place. I went down to long beach for business between stays and its nothing like this area!

Room Tip: Bring ear plugs if your sensitive to noise at night!
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Mcell_04
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

I have been at too many hostels to count over many years, and this hostel does stand out as one of the better.
Its cleaned regularly, including toilets shower which is important.
Theres quite a lot of space with two common rooms and kitchen and plenty fridge space
Close to beach
Laid back atmosphere, some of the staff live and work there, so it has a much more homely feel.
So if you just relax and blend in, the staff will be very helpful.
Beds could be better.
Yes, beds near front are over pubs, so loud. At the back they are fine, and have ocean views.
But, you can go out for the night without need for taxis as the main night area is out the front door.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Sam E
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Surf City Hostel.
It's a 20 stride walk onto the beach and you can hire a bike and ride for miles along to Santa Monica - it's the prettiest of bike rides.
It is a hostel - so no you don't get a 5 star room and an en suite and it is right next to some relaxing, friendly bars so bring some earplugs just in case the natter stops you from nodding off - but that also means you can enjoy walking right onto the beach for surfing and then fall out of the shower in the evening to happy hour - and a friendly, welcoming crowd plus a fine selection of cuisine. The rooms were clean as were the showers, I didn't notice sand trodden through but that sounds obvious by a beach, the breakfasts were generous amounts of jams and toast and peanut butter and cereal and occasional doughnuts. And the host and staff were really welcoming.

Room Tip: If you're on the higher floor it will be quieter. I shared an en suite but the communal shower rooms were nice too
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank CarrieBtravels
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