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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

Fantastic location 2 blocks from the beach, right next to the main shopping strip and a great base to explore Santa Monica.

Staff are not that helpful. Kitchen had many utensils missing, cups were in short supply and disgusting. Two most annoying things: showers are low flow to save water fine, but the water is lukewarm at best and I tried a different floors one as well and exactly the same. Secondly their Internet is absolutely useless, no one could get on to it. They said it would be fixed in the morning and still doesn't work.

I will give them credit their info sheets for things to do are quite helpful and I went on some well organized trips to the Getty and Venice beach.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2011

Thank you for your comments - I have since made sure there are plenty of utensils and you'll be happy to know that we've upgraded our wifi.
Sounds like all in all, you took advantage of our free activities and had a good time.

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Reviewed 4 January 2011

We stayed just one night in this hostel. It was really close to Santa Monica Pier and all the shopping. It is a modern, spanky clean hostel with free breakfast and WiFi. You would think you are in a hotle as the lobby has an open fireplace, there is a fountain and palm trees in the courtyard and it is big. What impressed me most (and I wish I had known this earlier) is that the hostel organises free trips each day to various sights such as Hollywood or the Ghetty Museum. There a numerous leaflets with directions on how to get to places by public transpoprt too. In the evening there are movies, pub crawls, open mike session etc, so you are always entertained. Very impressive-would stay again!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

Location is top. 2 blocks from the beach area. Many shops, restaurants, public transportation are close by. No parking. Room is ok and clean. Common area is also clean and neat. Breakfast is very simple. Staff is not helpful. Wifi is free.

Hostel guests are mixed. Some questionable homeless persons are also staying there. So the guests are not just tourists or travelers.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

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!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

Very nice hostel with top quality furnishings and lots of nice spaces;

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free wifi, really nice kitchen, outdoor courtyard, free breakfast (cereal, bread, juice), great location, big rooms, ok bathrooms.

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Expensive (35/night all in), drunk englishman. If you want free parking, go down second street North into residential neighbourhood past Idaho street, then you can park there safely, if you can find a spot. Bring a lock!

There is also the Venice Cotel which is right on the Venice boardwalk that is 25/night all in if you want a little bunker, crappier hostel but cheaper.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 October 2010

The average price of a bed at this hostel makes it very good value for single travellers. For women especially it's a great deal due to generally safe and convenient location, good security, nice facilities including use of kitchen, payg computers and an adequate breakfast provided.
I'm a little older than the avarage hosteller but have a limited travel budget and this put me right between the beach and the shopping areas and in very easy walking distance of both. If you are over 50 you might struggle if allocated a top bunk, as I was.
Public transport links make it accessible from both the LAX airport and the Amtrack station so you don't need a rental car at all - highly unusual in LA!
I booked through Hostelling International (HI)'s own website which allows you to select from all types of accomodation available for your travel dates. I'd recommend paying one or two (or even five) dollars more to get a smaller dorm room with ensuite bathroom, the less roommates you have the more sleep you are likely to get and the less use your bathroom gets.
You will need your own padlock to secure your locker, so either take one or be prepared to purchase one from the frontdesk for $5. A luggage lock will do - you don't need a heavy duty lock.
Bedding and one towel are provided, as are bathroom basics.
It's really all you need, on a budget. If you are travelling as a party of 2 you might get a motel room at around the same price, although the location won't be as fantastic. Party of 3 or more splitting the cost of one room can find better value elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 September 2010

Stayed here for two nights. The location could not be better. For any people who are traveling on their own this is the perfect place to stay. It is clean and safe. It has lockers in the room, internet available and computers for those who dont travel with a laptop. The only down side to the experience was a very unfriendly female member of staff on the front desk. Although I did go down to the desk in the early hours of the morning to buy ear plugs and was greeted by a very friendly fella so they were not all bad.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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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 - £98 (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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