We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hostel California

2221 Lincoln Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA
Hostel California
Write a Review

18 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    3
    1
    3
    3
    8
See reviews for
Families
0
1
4
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (18)
  • Mar-May only
    (8)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (2)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (6)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (2)
All months
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Ok so I stayed here back in October 2006, back then we didn't have trip advisor so I'll write my review now! Me and two of my close friends stayed in a 6 bed room for 2 weeks, we obviously had to share with some strangers but that was ok. When we first arrived at the hostel we looked at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

OMG! It is horrible in this hostel. The beds are old , rooms are disgraceful. Staff is rude. I have stayed at alot of hostels but this has to be the #1 worst hostel ever. The smells are horrible and you can not sleep. Stay away.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Kent, United kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2011

We stayed here for 1 week as no other places avaliable when we was here! It is the dirtiest hostel we had been to in a 6 months of travelling and we had been to india! You pay a ridiculous price for a dirty private room, with 2 single beds with bed bugs and cupboard being held up by books,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

This place is dirty I didn't once take off my shose i travelled all over the USA n mexico only staying in hostels and this place is by far the worst so dirty about 90% of the guest live here. Your stuff in not save!!!! It's half hour walk from the beach and it is dirty dirty dirty grimy walls... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Puerto Rico
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2010

Stayed here and got a horrible skin infection/rash/insect bites all over my face, neck, hands, and back. It's been three weeks and I still have marks. The bed was filthy!!! It has scabies. BEWARE!! DO NOT STAY HERE!! I am a backpacker and always stay in hostels. This place is disgusting and you don't want to end up like me.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Leeds, UK
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

Stayed in a private room, so felt my belongings were safe, but spent every waking hour out of the hostel because it was a bit of a dive. TV blared all night too. Wouldn't recommend unless you plan on hitting the beach hard.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

This was my first hostel experience and to be honest i could not wait to leave. Travelled with friends, i shared a private room with one of them, the others ended up dragging their mattress into our private room because there room was freezing because the door to the balcony had a gaping hole and one of the mattresses were... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
birmingham
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2010

It was dirty and the place to keep valuables is a wooden cupboard behind the tv in the living where everyone else is. so they see you put your stuff in there!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

This review is for backpackers - This hostel is not where you want to be. It is dirty and depressing. As the other reviewers mentioned many of the 'guests' are 'residents'. The atmosphere is one of poverty and despair, hardly the stuff that dreams are made of. I wish I has done some more research and not taken the reviews... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Almaty
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2008

When I came there, I did not like it too much, on the first thought. But then I realized it was not a very bad place! Yes, there is a lot of work to be done concerning its cleanliness, amenities, etc. But on the whole, this place is OK for a quick stay. I can say what things I did... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

2 photo of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (2)
Viewed
Other (2)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay

Staying in Venice

Neighborhood Profile
Venice
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
Explore this neighborhood

Amenities

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question