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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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Hamburg, Germany
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The pub crawl hosted by the volunteers, Keith and the others (i forgot their names), was very nice! We went to several different pubs which all had different themes. You gotta check them out. By the way, drinking at the hostel is not allowed. It's the same every HI hostel in the US indeed.

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

Thanks for your great review! We are glad you had a lot of fun at our pub crawl. Our volunteers sure know how to show our guests how to have a great time. Yes, unfortunately Alcohol is not permitted at our hostel but our location is full of bars that you can easily walk to one. Just ask the front... More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, right in the centre of Santa Monica, a short walk to the shops and 5 minutes to the pier. There is a large parking garage opposite for those who are travelling about in cars. It has a good sized kitchen and breakfast was more than adequate

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

Thanks for your great review! It sounds like you had a great stay at our hostel and we are happy you enjoyed its lovely location. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the hostel for 5 nights and had a really enjoyable time. I travelled with two friends and we couldn't find much fault in the place. For the price this place is definitely worth it and the location is great as it's so close to the 3rd Street Promenade as well as the beach and Santa Monica Pier.... More 

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

Thanks for your great review! We apologize for the showers being cold at times. At this time we have fixed our water temperature in our showers so now everyone can have a nice warm shower. We are happy to hear you liked our hostel and its lovely location. We are also glad you were able to enjoy our facilities. We... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel is great because of the location. It's a block from the promenade and across the street from a large parking garage. I like the hostel itself with its great kitchen, living spaces and library. This place is one of the best deals in town

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

Thanks for your review! We are happy to hear you liked our Hostel and its lovely location. Glad you were able to enjoy our facilities our hostel has to offer. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location is best as only 5 minutes walk to the beach and big blue bus#3 directly brings you here from LAX. The girls' dorm is really clean and comfortable, and normally it's very quiet for good sleep except for the unpacking noises causing by late arrived travelers.The problem is that I stayed for three nights and will stay for... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Hopefully when you come back in August your stay will be even better! See you soon! More 

Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be sure to visit the bookstore next to the Hostel and talk to Shane about any travel plans or dreams you may have. He is an expert and can hook you up with great deals and discounts. Even though I am a local, I call on Shane when I am planning travel for friends coming to visit LA and Santa... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We are able to hear that Shane was helpful with all your travel needs. Come back and visit us soon! More 

Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I've been twice in this youth hostel, and it's a good one in California. Well located : - By bus from LAX Airport : 1 hour (3$) - By Shuttle : I recommand The Hostel HOPPER you can book at the front desk at the Hostel (17$) 20/30 mn. I've taken both. Be prepared to have some coins with you... More 

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

Wow! A lot of future guests will sure find this information on your review to be very helpful, thank you for sharing! We hope you can come back and visit us soon! More 

Port Chalmers, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Good location for Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Rooms tidy and secure. Safe car park across the road. Really enjoyed a first night in LA staying here. Communal dining area is friendly and serves an excellent free breakfast.

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Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

This hostel from the get-go was very accommodating and friendly. All booking processes were simple, easy, and efficient. The staff were great; very helpful and personable. You are literally located a 1 min walk from the beach and in the heart of the premonade full of phenomenal restaurants and storefronts alike. One of the main things that set this hostel... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed stay at our hostel. We always thrive on providing the best activities for our guests to join. Our pub crawl is one of our most popular activities and it is great way to meet other travelers. We're glad you able to make friends which made your experience even better. We... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Amazing Experience. Great rooms, everything you need is there. Clean, neat, organized, beautiful... great infra sctructure, not to mention the location, which is close from the best spots in Santa Monica. Nothing missing, on point!

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Thanks for your great review! We are happy to hear that you liked our hostel so much. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon! 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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