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“Your one Hawaiian short of a full party” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Beach Bungalow Hostel
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2 reviews
“Your one Hawaiian short of a full party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Best location, most dynamic staff from all corners of the world to give you the true hostel experience, San Diego style(I suggest being on the deck at sunset) The place was well kept on my stay here despite the constant motion of planned events and of course unplanned. If your young or just young at Heart I sugest staying here for at least 4 days. This is defiantly a pacific beach hot spot. But it can't be stated enough, LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!!!



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  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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BananaBungalowSD, Public Relations Manager at Beach Bungalow Hostel, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
This isn't the first time that somebody from an older age group has written such a review, but we appreciate all feedback so that everybody can get an idea of what to expect. However, we think that most people who have stayed here would agree that this particular review is straining at it's utmost to paint a picture they are not familiar with so we would like to point out a couple of errors in the information posted.

We have 6 parking spaces, not 3. It is also free to park on the street outside and every street in Pacific Beach. We are not sure why or where you had to pay.

All of our staff are hostel guests that work for their stay on a work exchange program, so it is rather unfair and impolite to use these forums for personal attacks. Describing hostel workers in lower age groups as your own in such a demeaning manner probably accentuates that our kind of hostel isn't for you, so we welcome your feedback so that others in your position can read it too.

Most of your attacks seem to center on time keeping and other minor details that are perhaps the opposite to the fun, laid back atmosphere we try to create, and this over critical approach is probably what led you to ignore the 40 bars and clubs within a 5 minute walk and claim all the 'action' is downtown. On a similar note, all previous guests would acknowledge that the entire state of California has a 2am closing policy in it's bars, so perhaps you ventured much further than downtown to reach the 'cool' venues that party until 5am that we are apparently unaware of. There is almost always a healthy ratio of males and females, and we have never received a complaint about our free meals or bar crawls (picture in link below) before, so we will take that into account when digesting this review. We are sorry you didn't enjoy it here.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

I spent 3 nights at the banana bungalow and it was amazing!! Youth from all over the world, everybody totally friendly. Started with playing Beer Pong at 2 pm every day ! :D The location also is awesome!!! You wake up and 5 meter further you are at the beach! I hope sometime I will be there a second time!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

I have traveled all over the world and was embarrassed to be an American when I stayed at this hostel. Party scene is one thing. Loud, crass and over the top drinking, but a party atmosphere is no excuse for the pigsty conditions. Actually, I wouldn't feel comfortable letting a pig stay here. It was disgusting. No excuse. Staff are ok, not too friendly, not too unfriendly. Not impressive, that's for sure. I would only recommend this to people for whom a bed is an absolute rare luxury. Any conscious person (read: not f$cked up) won't like it.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pippi S
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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

The same time last year a girl friend and I stayed at the Banana Bungalow for the first time, we stayed in a mixed dorm. We had no idea what to expect (this being our first ever hostel experience) and only had the reviews from here to go off of.. so we were expecting little sleep, messy rooms, and came with extra locks for our suitcases. We walked in to everyone greeting us warmly, checked in with no problems, dropped our bags and walked right to the beach! They have free wifi and awesome deck parties, that you can pay $15 for all you can drink or BYOB and just hangout and listen to the best DJ you'll ever party to (DJ Van Jones!) We LOVED our 5, turned 6 day stay. We did get VERY LITTLE sleep (because we were way too busy having fun) our room was messy (as to be expected, when everyone is living out of their suitcase) and there is always sand everywhere (a small price to pay for staying ON the beach!) oh and we kept a lock on one of our carry-on bags that contained our camera and valuables (the rest we left unlocked and had nothing go missing!) It was an incredible week.. Honestly, we cried when we had to leave!
This year, we came back for 9 days of vacation.. and brought several friends with us. We also met up with a few friends we met last year, and were happy to see familiar faces among the awesome bungalow staff (we love you Vinny!) We had 6 people (including 2 couples) in a 4 bed private room and ended up saving quite a lot. We woke up to the sound of the ocean every morning! 2 of our friends booked after and stayed in the mixed dorm J and had a great time (best room with a view). Our first night they had double booked the private room and had us all in dorms, they had us in our private room the next night and gave us our first 2 nights stay.. so no complaints on our end! We hung out and partied on the patio almost every night, went out on every bar crawl and excursions (Snorkelling in La Jolla & Biking to Ocean Beach Market - Thomas took us, he's an amazing guide! and the Tijuana tour.. GO!) They were affordable and unforgettable! We spent every day on the beach in front of the hostel, borrowed boogie boards, and took frequent drink-breaks on the deck (where you catch the sunset every night) We met amazing friends from all over the world, including the hostel staff. My friends and I have been home a week today, and we're already planning to come back!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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193 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

The Good:
I had a blast staying here. If you are looking to have fun and party with travelers from around the world then stay here. The place is right on the beach and they have a back deck that everybody hangs out on that overlooks the boardwalk and ocean. I was also really impressed with how clean it is.

The Bad:
Do not stay here if you plan on sleeping. I stayed 2 nights and both of them the party raged til 4a.m. with loud music and drunk people yelling. I asked the security guard if they enforce quiet hours and he just shrugged and said "people are having fun". The next day I asked the front desk why they don't enforce quiet hours and he told me that it's a party hostel and he'd be happy to help me find a room elsewhere. The lockers they have won't allow you to use your own lock so instead you have to put a quarter in every time you want to lock something up. This is just cheap and inconvenient for the guests. Add a dollar to the rate and get some real lockers. The beds are complete junk, thin mattresses and the bunks are really flimsy so if your bunk mate moves it shakes your bed too.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TXtourst
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Great atmosphere here there is always something on, staff are pretty helpful and the bathrooms a dorms are pretty clean. Right on the beach and within walking distance to some great eateries and bars. The place is more party the chill out that's for sure.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tomny_84
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Europe
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71 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

This is a party hostel. If you are not looking to party, don't stay there. However, if you want to have a great time, meet new people and go out, this is the right place. Staff is fun and friendly, they organise activities every day and night. The location is perfect, right on the beach, and there is a ton of bars, restaurants and clubs within walking distance.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EU2020
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Additional Information about Beach Bungalow Hostel

Property: Beach Bungalow Hostel
Address: 707 Reed Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3961 (Formerly Banana Bungalow San Diego)
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 63 Speciality Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Beach Bungalow Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay and play at San Diego's most popular backpacker's beach hostel! Beach Bungalow is close to San Diego's finest attractions, a renowned marine preserve at La Jolla Cove, and walking-distance from 150+ bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping catering to students and surfers. ... more   less 
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