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HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel Reviews

1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Los Angeles, USA

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85%

Rating
1945 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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69%

Bathrooms were gross and needed a real clean not a quick rinse that they got each day. Showers were either too cold or too hot

  • 3rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


60%

No vibe at all. Boring experience.

  • 28th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


80%

They need a ventilator in the mens bathroom, 3rd. floor.


94%

Stayed in the 10 female dorm with my friend. The room was spacious and clean. Large lockers were provided. There were power sockets and night lamp for each bed, which was highly convenient. Location was within walking distance to the beach and the main strip. Large parking station was across the road with reasonable day rates. Simple breakfast of toast, cereal and yoghurt were provided. Would stay here again.


89%

Great location. The free tours are a nice touch.


80%

Close to the beach and a really nice hostel with pool table, library, outdoor garden and more. Breakfast good, beds good, kitchen good. Staff nice except for a guy which seemed annoyed of me asking questions about transportation to the airport. I was amused by the fact that its a alcohol- free hostel, which is a nice break from some other hostels with a lot of drinking.


97%

Overall an excellent hostel, with a location that cannot be beat. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. Only negative were the showers which had some temperature issues (too hot!). Otherwise a great stay.


97%

Very helpful staff. Great communal spaces. Decent breakfast. Clean rooms. Two blocks from the beach, perfect.


80%

Toilets don't flush correctly. The room was smelly.

  • 18th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


83%

without a doubt I think it's a bit expensive and very poor breakfast

Owner Comment (Hide)
I'm sorry you felt that the breakfast is poor. We offer cereal, fruit, yogurt, bagels, toast, cream cheese, boiled eggs, orange juice, coffee, tea. I think you will find that we are the best value for your money if you want to stay in beautiful Santa Monica one block from the beach. Unfortunately, superb locations cost a little more but only you can determine the value of that.+

86%

The location of this hostel is amazing, and it has everything you need, almost! It does lack that getting-to-know-people-feel that most hostel have. Its a very big hostel (260 beds i think) so i feels a bit more like a hotel, with shared room! A big downside is that they cant garantee that you share a room with your own group, you could get in a situation where you are in seperate rooms! But its a good location for shopping and beach time!


77%

Thank you for an nice stay.

  • 16th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


89%

Nice hostel very close to many restaurants, stores and beach. Staff is convenient and safety place. However, first time I must pay for computer use in a hostel.

  • 13th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Typical HI hostel. Might need a little paint here and there but generally very clean. Nice size rooms, comfy beds and lockers for everyone. Excellent location between beach and shopping area in Santa Monica.


83%

Clean, nice place. Bit expensive, you could probably also book a motel for that amount of money if you're traveling with someone else. Excellent kitchen and very good location. Quiet hostel at night


86%

Breakfast could do with some varity. Wifi was good across the hostel. Lots of things to do.


91%

This hostels best asset is it's location - in the heart of santa monica which is one of L.A's nicest areas. Aside from that it's a pretty stock standard H.I hostel. Excellent facilities, security etc but lacks atmosphere.


71%

Not a place to party..no alcohol allowed in the hostel and people all on their phones ..no hostel interaction


74%

Clean, does the job and centraly located. Couldn't ask for better than that.

  • 4th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


57%

No one tells you that you have to pay extra fees. That is not fair.

Owner Comment (Hide)
I know, surprises are a drag...but it is important to read the "Things to Note" section when you book on Hostelworld to avoid these surprises. Following is what you would see when you book for our hostel: Hostelling International is a non-profit membership based organization. Non-members will be asked to pay $3 temporary membership fee per night upon check-in. Occupancy taxes are not included.

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