THE ADDRESS IS NOT TRUE: The address they put on the website does not match the actual address. We stayed for a long time looking for the hostel with GPS and we were only able to find after we called to the hostel and got the real address.
THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT IS A HOSTEL: the house has no sign with the name of the hostel or even any indication that there runs a hostel. The frontage is of a normal house. The owner told us that is a residential area so it could´t have anything to indicate that there works a hostel. The wrong location on the site, lack of indication of a hostel and the appearance of the place made us wonder if this place was in fact a regular/legal hostel.
15 MIN WALK TO THE BEACH, NOT TRUE: They said it was 15min walk to the beach, when actually we took at least 30min.
WEIRD PRIVATE ROOM: I asked for a private room with private bathroom and our room had no separation between the bedroom and bathroom. And in the bathroom had no shower (only a bath tub) . Nobody told us that I had to use the toilet in front of my boyfriend or bathing in a tub where several unknown persons usually bathe.
BAD HYGIENE: my friend woke up scratching.
NOTHING FRIENDLY BREAKFAST: breakfast only lasts 1 hour (9 - 10am), so, if you want to leave early to enjoy the day in town, give up breakfast. And also, if it's 10am and you are still having breakfast, the owner starts removing everything from the table rudely without say a word.
RUDE SERVICE: Are two responsible for the hostel, a man and a woman. The man is very friendly. The woman received us very well when we just arrived, but shortly after (coincidentally after we make the payment), she started treating us rudely and always seemed grumpy.
VERY EXPENSIVE AS TO QUALITY: After this experience we chose to search for hotels (not hostels) in the other cities we visited. We found excellent hotels, that were cheaper and definitely much better than this hostel.
I would definitely NOT RECOMMEND this Venice Beach Hostel