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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
1954 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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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.

100%

Everything was great!

  • 3rd Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

Great location, helpful staff, good they have tours and stuff organised, nice breakfast too.

  • 2nd Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

if you are going to Santa Monica, this is the place to stay! The hostel is close to the Beach as well as the city. Planned to stay here for 2 nights, but ended up with staying for 8 nights. Already miss Santa Monica and the hostel! Met so many cool people at HI. If I should say something negative, it has to be the breakfast, wish it was more variety!

  • 1st Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are so glad that you loved us so much that you decided to stay longer! We live to hear these types of comments!

66%

Nice hostel, clean with spacious rooms and great location. Lacked atmosphere thought due to it's size... Not many people seemed to be mingling and didn't seem to attract the crowd who wanted to meet others. I wouldn't stay here if I was traveling alone and hoping to meet others.


86%

A good hostel, breakfast included which is nice. Great location really close to the beach and the walking street in Santa Monica. Had a great walking tour in Venice beach, thanks Ekin for that. Lots of things happening, and if you participate to the organized tours it's easy to get to know people. Otherwise I only got to know people in my own dorm.


97%

Awesome staff. Did the best they could to give us suggestions on where to go for a night out. Could we get the people in the courtyard to respect those who are sleeping in the am to keep the noise down? In the courtyard the noise bounces off the walls.

  • 21st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


66%

Really difficult to meet new people at this hostel! It The guests are not social at all. Seems that there a lot of group tours and people using it as a home, because they can't find anywhere else to live.. Don't choose the 10 beds room. lived with a group of Highschool girls and it was a mess.


74%

Solid hostel in classic North America mega hostel sense.


100%

Great hostel at a great place


83%

バス停や海から近いし、治安も良いところなので、すごく気持ちよく過ごせました。10人部屋でしたが部屋も清潔で、鍵のつけられるロッカーもあり、Wi-Fiもきちんと繋がります。朝ごはんもキッチンがあるので、自分で買ったものと合わせれば、美味しく食べられると思います。またサンタモニカに行く機会があれば利用させて貰いたいです!


89%

My bed was dirty and even the room. But very nice in the common rooms

Owner Comment (Hide)
I'm sorry that your room was dirty...it's difficult when several people are sharing a room to keep everything super clean.

100%

The staff was very accomodating and friendly, even with my late 11pm arrival! Location was great, and facilities were very good.


29%

this poor hostel is worst one ever in my entire life. what i hate the most about here is that price and fraud. they required extra fee when we arrived because we don't have the freaking membership. they should've discounted for the members rather than added extra fees for non members. we stayed 1 night. and it was 42$ per one person even our room was 10people dorm. are you kidding? 42bucks for 10 person dorm? also they provided a free pub crawl. it was fraud. nothing was for free.

Owner Comment (Hide)
I'm sorry that you felt we are too expensive. It's true - we are a membership organization and non members pay a daily non member fee. I think if you research the rates in Santa Monica for accomodations that are one block from the beach, you will find that $42 a night is reasonable even for a dorm.

86%

Really safe and friendly atmosphere. Ideal if you're travelling alone. Perfect location if you want to see Santa Monica and Venice but maybe a bit far from some of the main attractions such a Griffith park. I would recommend staying in more than one area in LA as it's so big and there's so much to see!


80%

Thanks for the wonderful and clean environment that is available for us away from home. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity extended. My main concern was the fact that, the room assigned housing 8 women was much too crowded and untidy. I also realized that, there is no screening of guests who are paired together in a room. That was surprising, indeed. As I told the staff at the front desk, next time I will ask for a room with fewer women or, pay extra for a private room. Thanks for your time.

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


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