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Surf City Hostel
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I had the best time at this hostel, it was my favourite hostel experience I've ever had. The location is as good as it gets, basically on the beach and right beside good nightlife. Everybody who stayed here was always down to go to the beach or go out for dinner and drinks. There was a great family environment and I met some life long friends. The hostel is basic but has all the necessities. When all you do is sleep there(because you are busy at the beach and out with new friends) this place is great. There was free breakfast in the morning and two large fridges to store your own food. Mom(the wonderful French lady who runs the place) is amazing, she is always looking out for people and makes sure you are comfortable and are having fun. You can rent bikes for $15/day from the hostel and bike out to Santa Monica(~2hrs) or just ride around Hermosa. I will no doubt be back to hopefully reunite with old friends and meet new ones.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 2nd floor have a view of the ocean! Rooms on the 1st floor have WIFI
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

I rented a private room with shared baths. THe bathrooms were clean. Everyone was nice. Only thing is it attracts a young party crowd. If you don't mind noise while you sleep you should be fine. I did not see ac in the room, but the night was pretty chilly so I did not need it. Linens were clean and fresh. You are steps to the beach.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

If you want a cheap room right near the beach this is the place to stay. It is not the best hostel in the world however it is an absolute fantastic location at Hermosa Beach (which can make it a bit noisy at night if you are a light sleeper) and far cheaper than any other alternatives in this area so obviously you are not going to get the same quality as a more expensive hotel. The positives other than the location (to the beach, restaurants and bars) were free breakfast, free wifi (which I could get in our room), cheap bike hire (we rode all the way up to Santa Monica and back), clean shared bathrooms and friendly staff. The negatives were a really squeaky bed, noise from the street (which we were expecting due to the location) and only a tiny hang out area - not great for meeting other guests. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: I think the higher floors would have less noise (but may not get the wifi).
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

I stop at the location being great everything else was below standard. Shower had a roach in it sink flooded then they had a go at us even though it wasn't either of us that did it. If you're into Latinos the bars down stairs have you covered. Wasn't our sorted place though. Found really good pub up the road straight up pier ave too left if looking for good DJ's and beer's. Standard greatly increased there.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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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
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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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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!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Address: 26 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3760
Region: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Hermosa Beach
Price Range: £22 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 80
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