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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%

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1971 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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94%

This place is awesome. I've stayed here on several occasions and the staff is super friendly and welcoming. Taylor caught me having a meltdown and was just the sweetest helping me calm down and getting me a great room. They work really hard to make this a great hostel and it shows. It's super safe, there's a mutual respect among the travellers. In the LA area, there is no question that this is the best place to stay.


80%

All in all a quite good hostel. I was in a 6-bed-dorm which offered quite a lot of space. Unfortunarely the beds were quite short (with 1.83m I am not a giant). There was no airconditioning in the rooms, it was really hot (the fan only made a lot of noise but did not really cool down). Nights are quite boring at that hostel - people communicate with their iPads and smartphones but not to each other. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed, not even beer...


89%

Amazing location


69%

Great location (10 min from the Santa Monica pier, and the third street promenade), free breakfast, wi-fi is working really well, but 10 beds in a room is getting really hot at night, not enough activities to meet people and no alcohols is allow in the hostel.


77%

best hostel in santa monica


89%

pb de parking pas cher, et ce serait bien d'avoir qq vélos en location!!! Juste le prix un peu cher!


80%

Loved the Hostel with it's nice location in the heart of santa monica! Just a few minutes to the beach.:) The only problem I had was the missing air conditioning. Santa Monica can get really hot at night so I could barely sleep in a room with 9 others and about 90 degrees Fahrenheit... Other than that I had a wonderful time and espeacially the breakfast and the many free activities like hiking or a LA city tour were really nice!


77%

Very close to the beach and the shopping streets. Very secured outside even at night. The front entrance and the door to your room requires a card key to get opened. But you must be careful not to get things stolen just in case. There are several public rooms that has sofas, computers, TVs. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the building. The shared bathrooms with showers were not that clean and comfortable. The dishes for your breakfast weren't either. Dishes are all washed without soap!!

  • 28th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

Nice location, cool and clean hostel only the male showers on the 3rd floor is like going into a oven!

Owner Comment (Hide)
You'll be happy to know that we are planning on renovating the bathrooms in the near future - so come back and check them out!

100%

Loved it! Definetly going back. Excellent location near the beach, shopping area, bars and bus stops. Friendly staff and very helpfull. Get into the daily activities the hostel plans, the tours are host by locals so you get to know the real thing! (: also is really good they dont allow alcohol, the enviroment is good and really safe.

  • 27th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
I loved the detail of your review...I'm sure all travelers will appreciate that we have a great staff and are here to give you the best experiences we can.

86%

The first room we were in was awful, so tiny and hot with no bathroom. We were moved into a bigger room to be with the rest of our friends and it was the same priced room, but much bigger with its own bathroom. The pricing doesnt seem fair for the huge difference in the two rooms.

  • 20th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


74%

Scandaleux d avoir des lits si inconfortable pour le prix qu on paie!!!( les matelas sont plus grands que le cadre, du coup ca fait un creux au milieu)

  • 19th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

Would be nice if you could have a few drinks in the court yard otherwise pretty good


83%

Room was very very hot. We had an 8 bed room which was very small for that many people. Washing was quite expensive (cost $1.25 each). No parking at all for free, it was either an expensive one close by or seven blocks away for $5 a day. They were always cleaning the bathrooms but they did them all at the same time so there was no where to pee. It was social but there weren't many meals etc organised so you had to do it all yourself (not like a lot of the other hostels).

Owner Comment (Hide)
This summer was unusally hot in Santa Monica so that had an effect in the rooms. It's not uncommon not to have free parking in a popular urban area...I'm sorry you were surprised and unprepared for this. Sounds like you took advantage of our social activities so that you could get out and enjoy the area.

71%

This place was nice although not lively at all, i would definitely recommend staying down in Venice Beach where they have hostels on the beach. Santa Monica beach itself is nice although you can easily get there if you're in Venice. This hostel has potential but I just couldn't see anyone staff or guests getting involved in any activities while I was there.


100%

Had a f*$@:-) blast....

  • 16th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

Well located, nice & clean rooms, good breakfast, good facilities in general.

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Finland
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


83%

Séjour de quelques jours, dans une chambre commune de 10 lits. Bonne rencontre ! Contrairement à ce que je m'attendais confort de vie agréable même à 10. Espace de vie commun très spacieux.


86%

Très bon voyage, j'y suis allée l'année dernière pendant une semaine et j'y suis retourné cette année! Emplacement parfait, bon personnel et plutôt propre. L'auberge propose de bonnes activités... Je recommande d'y aller!!


94%

Loved the hostel, such a great area, just thought my room little small, they add one bunk, so we couldnt even have space to open the suitcases, but all the rest, can't complain!


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