I wasn't expecting a great deal going to a hostel but this one had some good reviews. It was basically a two night stop between vacations in LA and New York so I only really wanted a bed for the night while I lazed at the beach during the day.
Location is pretty great for the beach, it's only a block away. And an cool shopping street is the next avenue up from the hostel.
The hostel does look edgy and cool but the rooms were dreadful. It was fairly cool when I was there (21degrees Celsius) but the rooms were ridiculously hot with only one small window and one fan for the whole room. The communal bathroom was also dirty.
The hostel lacked any atmosphere and the staff, although friendly on arrival, were often stood in groups chatting at the front desk which made them pretty unapproachable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HI-Santa Monica hostel is set close to cafes, restaurants and movie theatres, and is only just two blocks from the beach. The J Paul Getty Center, with its spectacular art, architecture and views, is nearby. The hostel has been fully renovated with a fresh, new look. There is capacity for 260 guests and facilities include daily movies, internet access, kitchen, laundry and breakfast.Enjoy your stay at the Santa Monica hostel with easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, UCLA, Venice, Malibu and downtown Los Angeles. A tour operator services the hostel, with daily excursions to Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, and all the area's famed attractions. This location is the largest purpose-built hostel in the USA,just nine miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Come and check out Santa Monica. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica Hotel Santa Monica