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“A Little of Everything” 4 of 5 stars
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Surf City Hostel
26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254   |  
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Los Angeles
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“A Little of Everything”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2008

Yes, a little of everything at this hostel,
The GOOD . . .
Free breakfast, basic but didn't eat there.
Full kitchen access.
TV Room with Cable.
Some rooms with private bath.
Smoking room.
Nice owner/manager, very sweet.
Great location, literally off beach/strand area. Many low cost happy hour food/drink specials.
Clean rooms.

The BAD
The club downstairs is very loud until 2am.
If you have a car parking is expensive or you may walk 6 blocks to park.

I've been there over two weeks with few complaints/issues. Highly recommend for anyone, any age.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise from adjoining night club.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2007

I had booked surf City weeks in advance and on arrival was turned away and told i my booking had been cancelled. This was totally incorrect and i was left with nowhere to stay that night! The staff were most unhelpful and i have still not recieved a refund for the deposit i paid!!

CHECK YOUR RESERVATION BEFORE YOU GO!!!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2007

We had a private room with shared bathroom.
Room was fine - basic but clean.
Bathroom was clean most of the time.

The location was amazing, in the best street in Hermosa beach, the only problem was the noise, which didn't stop me sleeping because I can sleep through anything, but it was ridiculously loud, the walls were vibrating and it went on until about 3 Fri and Sat evening.

Other than that - hostel was fine. Oh, and you had free brekkie which was cool.

  • Liked — Location and price
  • Disliked — Noise from 2 nightclubs below
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2006

The smell of urine was particularly rancid. The hostel also has a serious problem of being above a nightclub and next to a live music bar, that would often compete to be the loudest. We couldnt sleep on any night that we stayed due to the thumping bass shaking the room until 2 in the morning. It was so loud one night that we were waiting to fall through the floor onto the clubbers downstairs. It was also unclean and you had to worry about the cleansliness of sheets, pillows etc. We have been travelling through the US and Europe the last 10 weeks and this is easily the most regretful stay we had. I guess if you were staying out all night it wouldnt be too bad. It is relatively cheap and right on the beach.

Stayed November 2006
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2006

This place is awesome! Close to the beach and bars and hot chicks! The staff are really friendly and they run a tight ship and dont mind you staying up and drinking in the lounge till all hours of the morning. I'd go back and stay there for sure!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Location: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Hermosa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 80
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