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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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1 room 1 adult
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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102 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be the best place to stay in Santa Monica. The staff are wonderful, friendly and so helpful. There are events organized for each day/evening so if you want to do group activities you can. The location is only minutes walk from the pier and minutes from the main shopping centre. If you want to travel into LA... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Very clean and friendly, new towels and cleaned bathroom constantly. Comfortable beds with extra blankets. Would stay again, only negative was my key didn't work once but just had to go and get it reset but other than that amazing hostel and great location.

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

Thanks for your great review. We are happy to hear we met your expectations for your stay. Also we are glad you enjoyed staying in our lovely location. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

Bendigo, Australia
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

I always stay in HI hostels when traveling, and for good reason. They are clean, comfy and there's heaps to do. The Santa Monica HI staff are super helpful and gave me all sorts of tips for my few days in the area. There is a really good free brekkie served every morning. Cereal, fruit, bagels and toast, juice and... More 

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

Thanks for your great review! We are happy to hear we met your expectations for your stay! We sure try provide the best accommodation to our guests by having a great friendly/ helpful staff and providing you with great amenities such as our breakfast and activities. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We stayed here over Christmas as a group of 8 and really enjoyed the location of the hostel and the huge kitchen that allowed us to cook christmas dinner in. The only downfall is that you are not officially allowed to drink alcohol in HI hostels but as it was Christmas they didn't seem to mind.

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

Thanks for your review. Normally all of our HI Hostels do not allow alcohol in the premises. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our lovely location and we hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

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60 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This hostel was located in the perfect spot. Right near the 3rd street promenade shops, bus stops and the Santa Monica beach and pier. Staff were friendly to me, despite what others had to say. They were also very helpful in arranging a taxi upon checkout. The breakfast was standard. Rooms were clean. Showers and bathroom were all shared, per... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in our perfect location! Also we are happy to hear our staff was friendly and helpful during your stay. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

This was the 2nd last stop on our 5 week trip of America. Although the hostel was very modern the staff could not have been any ruder. When we arrived a male staff member did not even greet us or acknowledge us and instead shoved a piece of paper in front of us for check in without saying a word.... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We are very sorry to hear our staff was rude during your stay. Our staff is usually very friendly and greets all of our guests. Again this is not the norm and we are truly sorry you did not feel welcomed. Hopefully you can give us another chance to stay with us and hope to turn... More 

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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Firstly, the location is fantastic... a block from the beachfront, easy walking distance to Santa Monica Pier and close to 3rd Street Promenade shops. There is also decent public transport from this area to get you to other places in LA. The hostel is generally clean (although the showers were a bit hit and miss when I was there) and... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear about your thoughts of our hostel lacking atmosphere. We do try our best to organize activities for other guests to interact with each other. We do appreciate you bringing this to our attention as we always look for ways to better improve our hostel. If you ever decide to stay with... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Cant fault the hostel. Rooms were clean and staff were super nice and helpful. Rooms were decently sized and free breakfasts and free wifi are always a plus. Common rooms were well kept and had a good atmosphere. Good location but not really close to any supermarkets.

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

Thanks for your review. We are happy to hear our staff provided you with friendly and helpful service during your stay. We are also glad you enjoyed all of the amenities our hostel has to offer. As for the supermarkets around the area the closest one would be about a 10 minute walking distance from the hostel. We hope you... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Worth the money. It has what you expect from a hostel and a little bit more. It is clean. Close to the beach and in my opinion, walking distance to venice beach. Close to very good shopping as well. If you want to go to hollywood or somewhere else than Santa Monica, I recommend you rent a car.

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

Thanks for your great review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and our wonderful location! We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

New York
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

To be fair, it was a particularly hot weekend for October and we were on the top floor, but honestly it was unbearably hot - in Autumn! There was quite a lot of drama in our room surrounding someone deciding they'd bring the guy they'd just met home to our all girls dorm room, to which the staff told us... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We would like to apologize for the following issues you had with your stay. Normally our staff tries to solve these types of issues if they are notified right away so that we are able to take care of the situation. We are sorry you had to experience this problem in your room. We hope you... More 

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Santa Monica
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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