I've stayed at many hostels all around the world, and I can say that this was one of the worst hostel experiences for me (and my friend).
When you stay at a hostel, lets face it, you don't pay for nice beach views and personalised name tages...you pay for somewhere to sleep with a clean bathroom. I surely didn't get this this time around!
When we arrived, the building and our room had an unwelcoming smell. Not sure if we we're just the unluckiest people who got the worst room?! But after our long flight and touring for half the day, I couldn't wait to have a shower. My friend had a shower first (lucky duck) which clogged up (as the shower was in the bath) and wouldn't filter down which meant I couldn't have a shower and refused to for the duration of our stay (ewwww). After crossing our fingers in the hope that the water would drain, we we're left with a bath filled with 'floaty bits' which I didn't even want to know what they were.
There was a sign in the bathroom that said if the toilet clogs up, to not flush and just use the plunger that was provided (not sure if it has ever been cleaned). It made me question our bed and the sheets! Everyone looks for different things when booking accommodation and I'm not at all the pretentious sort. We just came off a camping trip and as I quoted to my friend "I preferred sleeping in a wet tent on a log than here"
On the flip side, the location was quite reasonable and the staff weren't too bad, but I wouldn't stay here again! We stayed for two nights in total. Our Wifi didn't work in the bedroom, but in the common area it did - not a huge deal on the wifi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banana Bungalow West Hollywood is one of the most popular hostels in the country. We are located in a central location right in the hottest spot of the "Melrose Strip." The Melrose area is a very special part of Los Angeles. It is located on the West side of Hollywood and borders Beverly Hills, you can walk to many of the great experiences that Hollywood has to offer plus you will be centrally located to access all the sights and sounds of LA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Bungalow West Hollywood Hotel West Hollywood