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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

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1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hostel is right in the heart of LA, Santa Monica which is a relatively safe place to stay. Staying in Santa Monica you'll also be brushing shoulders with some of LA's wealthiest and greeted every morning on the sea front (which is 2 short blocks away) by Ferrari's, Lambos and many exotic cars. It's also right next to a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good hostel, brilliant location! Rooms could do with an upgrade, but the facilities are great, lovely courtyard, little cinema room and nice big kitchen and dining area. It is right next to the beach, and close to lots of restaurants, shops, the pier etc. I recommend going to Venice Beach and Malibu. The hostel arranges nights out and trips which... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

We're happy to hear that you were able to enjoy all the amenities our hostel has to offer! And that's awesome that you were able to tag along on some of our daily (and nightly) outings. Be sure to check out our Getty Museum trip the next time you stay! We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel is two blocks from the pier, its clean, the staff is really nice, they are even doing small talk on a busy day. The rooms ( I saw) are spacy, there is a lot of glass and nummerous opprtunities to explore Santa Monica, Venice and LA If you have a rental car, you might have a problem finding... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Chatting with people from all over the world is one of the biggest perks of working or volunteering for Hostelling International. Parking can definitely be a hassle on weekends! That's why we typically recommend forgoing a car completely and exploring on foot, or even better, on bicycle! We'll actually be offering more bike rentals when summer rolls around and there... More 

Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hesitated staying at a hostel but because of the great reviews and that I was going to spend most of my time outside, I decided to book it. I was in one of the largest rooms with 8 beds for 4 nights. All beds were occupied most of the nights but all the guys were very respectful and quiet.... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

You bring up a great point, Giles9999. You can't always judge a place by it's online reviews. Personally, we love talking to you guys and hearing your feedback but sometimes you've definitely just got to take the plunge and check a place out to form your own impression! We want to thank you not only for giving us a chance,... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here in July 2014 for 4 nights. It was expensive enough compared to other hostels, but totally worth it. Location was brilliant, a short walk from Santa Monica Pier, and all of the shops and restaurants on 3rd Street. The dorms and bathrooms were absolutely spotless. Stayed in an 8 bed female dorm, each bed had a large locker,... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Belfast! Hopefully you were able to join us for one of our comedy shows, bbq's, or pub crawls! Make sure you come in and see us again the next time you're Stateside! More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I believe staff was very kind and helpful all the time, rooms are very decent and clean; I personally believe there is a lot of noise around but It may be cause this type of hosteling so If you have a problem to sleep just take with you earplugs! facility was clean and complete all you could need and the... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

It's true, the hustle and bustle of the Santa Monica streets can definitely carry on until late at night. Especially on weekends! We actually offer ear plugs at the front desk, be sure to grab a pair the next time you stay with us. We really enjoyed reading your review and we look forward to seeing you again the next... More 

Guaruja, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It is an example to be followed by an others hostel. It is very clean, safe and well maintained (rooms, bathroom, common areas). Check in: 14:00 Check out: 11:00, you can leave your luggage on storage room till 13:00 for free, or pay U$5, to leave all day. After checked out you can stay at the courtyard using wi-fi free... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback Guaruja! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in the states! More 

méxico city
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I think this is a great hostel and its best asset it its location. The rooms are clean, (i stayed in two different rooms), the staff is really helpful (some of them speak spanish), the lockers are big enough to put your bag, just remember to bring your own lock. I always found an available shower, and the bathrooms were... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review Majomaol! We're glad that you loved our beautiful city as much as we do. Please come in and see us again the next time you're in Santa Monica! More 

Solihull, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stayed here mid June for about a week in a girls dorm with 6 other girls, the dorm was kept tidy-ish but very clean. Theres lockers in the rooms, just remember to bring your own lock! The beds were bunk and everyone was relaxed and chilled. The location of the hostel is fab - minutes away from the beaches... More 

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Lucy! We'd like you to know that we've revamped our breakfast and fixed those issues with our key system. We hope that you will come back and see us again the next time you're stateside. We'd love to take you on one of our hikes, museum trips, or some of our other local outings. Once again... More 

zurich
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The location was perfect and the accommodation was very clean throughout. Included in the rate was a buffet style breakfast which was varied. I felt safe and comfortable, there are lockers available in your room where you can safely store your bags and valuables. I can not recommend this hostel highly enough, it really was first class value for money.

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mainplace, Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Zurich! Positive feedback adds fuel to our fire! The next time you stay with us be sure to join us for hamburger night and to check out one of our pub crawls. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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