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“BEDBUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Orange Drive Hostel
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   1764 North Orange Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90028   |  
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“BEDBUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2008

Absolutely horrible - full of bedbugs! Staff nasty and unaccomodating. Bathrooms moldy and smelly. Beds not clean either. We moved out and they would not refund any money.
DON'T STAY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Liked — only the location
  • Disliked — the bedbugs and staff
  • Stayed March 2008
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

The location of the Orange Drive in the centre of Hollywood is great. It is easy to get from here to Downtown, the beach & LAX via the Metro and on buses to West Hollywood, etc.

My double room was clean and bright, and wifi was accessible from in the room (though this was my only hostel accomodation in the US that charged for the privelege). The public areas of the building were quite dark and some smelled quite strange. The shared bathrooms were dingy and the showers were in poor condition.

In all, this is a great location, and is quite good value (I probably would stay here again). But new showerheads would be a nice start!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The bathrooms
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2007

number one: the location is great if you're a first time LA tourist like i was. around the corner from the hollywood walk of fame etc... and therefore the myriad of tours on offer.

two: the hostel was clean and the twin room with shared bathrooms i stayed in was excellent - clean and tidy and tastefully - if sparsely
- decorated. plus it was comfortable.

three: the place is mansion-like and exploring it is pretty fun.

the downside was the shared toilet facilities which were breaking down constantly while i was there. the facilities were clean at least.
the shower rooms were frustrating due to the lack of something simple like some hooks to put your things on while you're in the shower.

the hostel has some weird rules around use of credit cards - as in they add a hefty credit card fee, so make sure you have cash. also while i was there one of the front of house/desk people was fairly unhelpful (not to mention abrubt when you asked a question) but the person who was working the day shift was amazingly helpful.

  • Liked — location and the fact it was a cute mansion
  • Disliked — the shared bathroom facilities
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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devon, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2007

Great hostel in a fab location for Hollywood. Our room was spacious and clean. There is a small communial area and kitchen which is nice for socialising. The staff were all freindly and helpful. If i came back to Hollywood I would stay here again.

  • Liked — Great location, right next to the hollywood walk of fame. Its also close to the metro to get other locations around LA
  • Disliked — Check out is quite early- 10am
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2007

I stayed here with my husband and we thought this was a great hostel. It was great value and you couldn't beat the location behind the kodak theatre.

I consider myself quite fussy but I was pleased with the hostel. We booked 1 night but stayed for 3. We had to move rooms, and the staff showed us a choice of 3 - which were all nice. Wood floors, light airy rooms. (we had a private which shared bathroom - which was clean).

Would definatly staff again, don't be put off by the other reviews, you won't get better value for money.

  • Liked — Location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — I thought it looked haunted (but we never saw any ghosts) It was just my imagination (but it did smell old).
  • Stayed May 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2007

I stayed here with my boyfriend for the first 2 nights of our 3 week trip to the West Coast of America. This was the worst hostel we have ever stayed in. We picked it because of the location which is the only thing going for the place. Its a dingy, dark old house which we didn't feel safe in but the worst thing about it was the uncleanliness. The rooms were dusty, bathrooms moudy and I got bitten all over by bed bugs and spent the rest of the holiday on antihistamine tablets and unable to sleep with the itching. Don't stay here!!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The bed bugs
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Solihull, UK
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

this is the worst hostel i have ever stayed in.Hostels are cheap but should offer the basic standards of cleanliness and friendly staff, and make you feel comfortable. This hostel had a seedy appearence and atmosphere. i did not feel safe there!!! i have stayed in several hostels mainly in Australia which have been cheaper than this one and by far better but i was wary of ones in USA and this confirmed why. It was dark, dingy, and looked dirty. The staff we're rude. The water was turned off for a full day too. We ended up leaving after 2 days instead of staying for the four. To make matters worst they charge you for the full stay on day of arrival as they clearly know they are running a 'hole'. Also other charges kept appearing 5$ for this 5$ for that!!!!!NEver ever will i stay at this hostel or reccommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not stay in this hostel!
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1764 North Orange Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Orange Drive Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orange Drive Hostel has the absolute best location in Hollywood! We are centrally located in the heart of Hollywood and are just a two minute walk from the world famous Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater- Home of the Oscars, views of the Hollywood sign, public transportation, the best night life, shopping and restaurants in Hollywood, Walking distance to the famous Sunset Strip and Runyon Canyon, a favorite hiking trail of celebrities with fantastic views of the Hollywood Sign. And we are just a short drive or bus/metro stop away from Universal Studios, Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers Studios, The Grove, and Beverly Hills!Orange Drive Hostel is the perfect location for Movie Premieres, Star Dedications and major Hollywood events! Our newly renovated rooms, patio garden, BBQ area and kitchen are our latest upgrade to make your stay more comfortable. We offer clean, spacious and unique dorm and private rooms. For your safety, our staff remains on the premises and we have a state of the art video security system. Our expanded breakfast, and free and discounted amenities make us the best place to stay in Hollywood. Setting us apart from other LA Hostels is our calm atmosphere. You are just steps away from all of the action Hollywood has to offer but you can still have a peaceful environment in which to rest. Our amenities include: *Free daily breakfast of all-you-can-make waffles, pancakes, oatmeal and free coffee, assorted teas and hot chocolate served all day. *Free WiFi *Free lockers (bring your own lock or buy/rent one) *Free day storage of luggage before check-in and after check-out *Parking Available *ATM on site *Laundry Facilities *Towels for hire(towels included with en suite rooms) *Hairdryers *Adapters *Fully equipped guest kitchen/Common room w/HD flat screen TV (No TVs in rooms) *No Curfew *Discount shuttle service to/from airport (Primetime shuttle and Super shuttle) *Universal Studios tickets for sale *Discounted pub crawl with LA Epic Club Crawls *Hostel Hopper pick-up and drop-off location to major attractions. Our hostel is known for its old Hollywood glamour, originally a manor home built in the 1920's. It later became a boarding house for some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan" and many more. It also played host to many of their friends such as Clark Gable who lived down the street. Our guests stay in a historic, comfortable, home filled with Hollywood History. Take a step back in time and experience old Hollywood glamour. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Orange Drive Manor Hotel Los Angeles

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