I stayed here for 2 nights in September and had the absolute time of my life. This hostel is fantastic - I'm a young female and was travelling solo, and felt 100% safe and secure at all times - you can't get past the reception area without a swipe key. The rooms were perfect. They were really nice and well kept (a little warm though), with comfortable wooden bunk beds, lockers (bring your own lock, or buy one from the reception), and a long mirror with a sink too. I didn't find noise to be a problem. There is free wifi downstairs, and as previous reviewers have mentioned, a computer section with very fast (and very, very cheap) internet. The location is perfect, and a few moments walk to the beach and to third street promenade. There are plenty of showers on each floor and I never needed to wait to have a shower (and although they only had shower curtains and not lockable doors, it wasn't a problem). I did have a problem with the water being on the cold side a few times though, but I must have been unlucky, as the other people I spoke to about it didn't have this issue.
It is a great place to meet fellow travellers, and if you're not sure what to do, they organise several activities so you won't be bored! The shuttle service they organise to the airport is reliable and much cheaper than a taxi, so it's certainly worth looking into.
All in all, an excellent hostel, and I would definitely stay here again!
- 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