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“Average rooms and no atmosphere whatsoever”

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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

The hostel itself is not that bad. Amenities are decent, there is a free basic breakfast and the location is good. However, this must be the most boring hostel I've ever been to. The dorms are not great either: cramped and smelly. If you find an alternative in Santa Monica, go ahead, you're not missing anything here.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I really liked this hostel's location. It is practically on the beach. It is also very near (about 1km) away from Venice Beach, and about 20 min. (by public transportation) away from Malibu beaches. I liked staying here because you have the beach very close by, and if you want to go to LA main area (LACMA, Getty Center, Hollywood, etc.) you can just take public transportation and get there very easily (between 35-50 min.) depending on where you are going. It also felt more safe than staying let's say in Hollywood.
It is a very big hostel, with great common areas. The rooms are clean. The only thing I didn't like was that non private rooms don't have ensuite bathrooms (I don't even know if private rooms have ensuite bathrooms). So you basically have 4 bathrooms stalls and 6 showers per floor all in one big bathrooms (female and male are separate)... so you are always sharing the bathroom.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

I stayed here early July 2013 and as I was travelling on my own, was a little nervous about what to expect! I need not have worried, the staff were helpful on arrival, and I met so many fantastic people who were all to willing to hang out, go to the beach, out drinking and to disneyland etc! The room was a lil average, I stayed in a 6 bed dorm room and it was way too hot - woke up at 6am due to the heat. There was a fan, but it was pretty ineffectual. The bathrooms were clean and satisfactory, the breakfast was also pretty good! All in all a fantastic place to stay and would highly recommend. Unfortunately it gave me high expectations for another hostel, which was definitely lacking!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

This is the nicest of all the hostels I have stayed in. The location is great. You are two blocks from the Santa Monica Pier and one block from the promenade. There are parking garages close by as well as good bars and places to eat. They offer a very clean and quirky atmosphere. The biggest plus though is meeting people from many different countries and making new friends to see the city. I highly recommend this if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic place. Close to everything, clean, staffed well and the private rooms are the best deal going in the area.

This place was home to me (when I was in Santa Monica) over the course of two years.

You can lock your bike up outside overnight and cheap overnight parking is available directly across the street.

Public transportation will get you anywhere in the city and by comparison to other cities, it's cheap! Find a "hop on, hop off" tour bus, it's far cheaper than a taxi and you get a tour as well.

If you are still reading this then you are working on a budget and would like to know where the good, cheap eats are.

1. Rent (or better yet, buy) a bicycle. You'll see more and save!

2. Carrentals.com>LAX. The blue line (Santa Monica bus) #3 will take you to the LAX transit center and you can get to your car rental company via shuttle busses.

Next, take your butt to 4th and Rose in Venice and have a Carne Asada burrito from "La Isla Bonita" taco truck then sell your bike and/or your rental because you won't want to leave. After that, get some wifi and download the "Happy hours" app. It will let you know where the cheap drinks (and near free food at the same time) are. Wokcano on 5th at Santa Monica is one of the best!

This allows you to adjust your schedule at the beach and tours of the stars homes accordingly.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

I've stayed at 5 H.I. places before and Santa Monica was the best so far. It's a real modern, clean, and cool place to stay. Youhave to pay a little more than in other locations but it's worth it. It's super close to Santa Monica Pier/ Beach and the Promenade and has friendly staff and nice rooms. They play movies outside and have cool relaxing areas all over the hostel. Breakfast was good, they have free coffee all day long. It's entrance is kinda hidden and you have to know what you're looking for to find it. Also you can only store your luggage for free in the storage room for two hours. This and the fact that it's more expensive make them loose one star. But overall I had a pleasant stay and can recommend it. Just so you have an idea when i talk about expensive...I paid pver 50 bucks for one night in an 8 bed female dorm compared to 33 a night in a 6 bed female dorm in Chicago.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

I stayed here with 3 friends and we loved the place! It is a very clean, hip hostel that has a great atmosfere. the staff is very friendly and service minded. The rooms are very spacious with clean bunkbed, at least that is what we booke at the time. The facilities: kitchen, garden en relaxation rooms are wonderfull, nicely decorated and most important clean. It is a definetely worth a visit, it is not the cheapest hostel, but it is certainly one of the best if you prefer a safe and clean accomodation, very near the tourist attractions of Santa Monica! Enjoy!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Address: 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2302
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Santa Monica
Price Range: £33 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica 2*
Number of rooms: 260
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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