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“Very much a party hostel. Not a bad...” 4 of 5 stars
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Surf City Hostel
26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254   |  
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“Very much a party hostel. Not a bad...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

Very much a party hostel. Not a bad thing, unless you're jet lagged and put in a room above a bar! But that's just our bad luck, not the hostel's fault.
The bed linen was old, but clean. The hostel in general was very clean.
The owner, Odeile, a French lady, was very welcoming and helpful.
I'd recommend this hostel to any party goers ...

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

Met up with mates that had been travelling all over the world here. We all met up, bought a van and went through the west coast and baja mexico. Couldnt have asked for a better base camp. Was clean enough, staff were helpful with everything. Rooms were clean enough, it was cheap and the partys was awesome!

If your going to stay anywhere in LA, Hermosa is perfect. Not to hectic, close enough to everything, and plenty to do!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

If you're all about the adventure and not primping your hair and getting a lot of sleep, then this is the place! It's right next to Hermosa Beach pier, which has dozens of nice volleyball nets set up on the beach. I guess this is the volleyball capital of the world or something. There are tons of volleyball classes, judging by the number of girls in bikinis doing line drills and hitting drills around all the nets. You can rent bikes from the hostel - $10/day. you can rent bikes or rollerblades from a shop about 100 feet away. The door to the hostel is between the Dragon Bar and some other bar. The main bathroom has 3 stalls and 2 shower stalls and is unisex - if you can't handle that, don't stay here. It didn't bother me. There were tons of cool people around and everyone gathers in the Wi-Fi room to use their computers.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

I've stayed in this hostel twice now...obviously a glutten for punishment. My first experience here was back in 2003 and I was bitten by bed bugs, the place had the stench of pee as you entered the building and the staff were really unfriendly.

I went back again in 2007 and it had made a few improvements but I'd only stay again if I were desperate. The only real redeeming factors about the place is that my boyfriend and I met some great people in our room and Hermosa is a great little beach town, with a pretty decent nightlife if that's what you're after.

The rooms have up to six beds in, each with a small bathroom which is quite good. The staff were also much friendlier than last time. The hostel does offer a free breakfast but always on a first come first served basis which is understandable. If sleep is a main priority of yours and you end up in a the rooms at the front of the building, then you won't be very happy. This is because the rooms face the main square where all the bars, clubs and restaurants are, so lots of noise is to be expected.

I love visiting the coast of LA and I love Hermosa but now I''ve resigned to paying for a private apartment as I really don't want to have to stay in this hostel again. If you are on a really tight budget, which we have been, it's an ok place to stay at best but I wouldn't stay here if it could be avoided. I've stayed in a lot of hostels and I haven't stayed in many that are this bad...either I'm really lucky or they could really do with an upgrade.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2008

This place is crazy. Party all day and night and located right on top of a bar (closes at 1:30 am though). If you are young and like to party, this is the place to be. If you want to relax, don't go here.

Rooms are a little smelly and the place is a mess!

Awesome view over Hermosa Beach!!

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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jep1982
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2008

The location of the hostel is great and it's a safe place to leave your stuff but the atmosphere is horrible. The people staying here leave a huge mess every night. The management is horrible. Because they were so rude I will not be staying here again

Stayed June 2008
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

This hostel is very nice. There is a neat & clean kitchen. Bathrooms are shared but are ok. The hostel site isn't that attractive but for sure this hostel is. Is located on the hermosa beach pier, is almost near ( you just have to walk a few) to reach the beach. Whatelse i can tell u? Go there, you won't regret!

if you need any more information or tips please contact me. i will be glad to help as much as i can!! :D

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  • Stayed April 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Location: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Hermosa Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 80
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