Home to the world's greatest Hostels

30,000 properties, 180 countries Over 3.5 million guest reviews 21 million bookings

HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel Reviews

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

Reviews & Ratings Explained


2258 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.

All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »

  • Show:


Fantastic location, in walking distance of most things. Brekky included, nice!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the feedback! We hope that you were able to enjoy one of our pub crawls or museum days. Come and stay with us again next time you're in LA!


Amazing hostel, met some amazing people! Central, close to the beach and 3rd sheet prom, Venice beach and the pier! Def coming back here!!!!

Owner Comment (Hide)
One of the greatest things about hostelling is meeting people from all over the world. It's great to see that you had an awesome time with us, hopefully you were able to soak up some rays at the beach! Thank you for the awesome review and please come see us again soon!


This is a very nice hostel, perfect location, clean and quiet. My only complaint is the price seemed quite high for a hostel. $55 for room of 4-6 beds.

Owner Comment (Hide)
It's great to hear that you enjoyed our hostel and our lovely little city. We're sorry to see that you found the price unreasonable. We do offer 8-10 bed dorm rooms which are about $10 less per night. We want you to know that we strive to maintain an affordable rate for all of our travelers. Please come and stay with us again soon!


Included breakfast is always good, although there wasn't heaps of variety. Kitchen facilities and general socialising areas were really nice. Bathrooms were okay but not great. My bed was quite uncomfortable but the location is fantastic if you want to see the Santa Monica area.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the review! Get in touch with us directly and talk to us about what you'd like to see included in our breakfast! We'd also like to hear what you didn't like about our bathrooms, your feedback is important to us. Happy Travels!


It's in a nice place with nice staff but it lacks an atmosphere. I'd say something like a BBQ in the courtyard would allow people to mix more freely rather than having people sit on opposite sides of tables at breakfast not speaking

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We actually do have BBQ nights, all you can eat pasta nights, pancake breakfasts, and a weekly schedule of outings that includes pub crawls, city tours, and museum days. We hope that you will come back again soon so that we can show you a great time!


Excellent staff, very friendly and know their stuff. Good location and perfect spot for a little getaway

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the great review Georgia! Thank you for spending your getaway with us.


We only stayed here for 1 night as we had a stopover in LA. The hostel is in a great location. Only a 5 minute walk from 3rd street promenade and about 10 minutes from Santa Monica pier. The staff are really helpful and the hostel is very clean and has great facilities. There are many cosy common areas to hang out and the breakfast which is provided is great. There is toast, bagels, fruit and yoghurt, cereal and juice and coffee.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for tasking the time to write us a great review! It's great to see that you enjoyed our breakfast and that our staff members were able to make your stay enjoyable. We're sorry to see that you could only stay for one night though. Summer is only four months away, we'd love for you to come back and enjoy a warm weekend (or week long) getaway with us!


Amazing location and very good premises. Atmosphere and breakfast were uninspiring though. US price for dorm bed (excessive).


Great location in Santa Monica - right by Third Street Promenade and the beach and pier. Easy walk to everything! Staff were lovely and super helpful. Had to pay for luggage storage of more than 2 hours after checking out which was a bit of a bummer. But great communal areas - kitchen, lounge rooms and a lovely fire for reading next to! Beds were super comfy and bathrooms were clean.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Walking around is one of the best ways to enjoy everything beautiful Santa Monica has to offer. It's great to hear that you enjoyed our lovely hostel and our city by the sea! We know that storage fees can be a bummer but we do offer free storage until 1:00pm for our departing guests and up to 24 hours of storage for only $5. We're glad that you got some reading in by our fire place and had a comfy nights sleep in your bed. Please come and stay with us again soon. Safe travels!


Good location! Helpful and friendly stuff! Just two blocks away from the beach and there're some good restaurants nearby.


Not enough activities for tourists on their own. Breakfast was very average and being in a room with 9 others wasn't an enjoyable experience.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We're sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with us. We actually offer different activities every day which include city tours, pub crawls, a food truck night, BBQ's, hikes and museum days. Our 10 bed dorms can definitely fill up fast, although shared space and a communal setting is an essential part of hostelling. We do offer 4 and 6 bed dorms as well as private rooms for travelers that like their space. We hope that you will give us another chance the next time you're in LA.


Best part is the location -- right near beach, pier, 3rd street promenade. Cost $1 to get to from LAX via bus. Great hostel, although too expensive: including all taxes and fees it costs me $50/night as a non-member in a 6-bed dorm. Showers don't have heat options, it's just an on/off knob, so they are warm but not hot. Dorm rooms are great -- every bed has its own outlets and light. Wifi is good. Bonus points for charming open areas like a fireplace room and atrium. Decent breakfast.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for the feedback! Great to see that you enjoyed our delicious breakfast and that you were able to get cozy by our fireplace. We're sorry that you found our prices unreasonable. We strive very hard to offer the most affordable accommodations near the beach. We also want you to know that we're finalizing some remodels for our bathrooms which are going to take care of any water temp issues you might have had with the showers. Please come and stay with us again soon. Safe travels!

1 2 3 4 Next » last »
(72 results)

View all Los Angeles Hostels

Please give us your feedback