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“a friendly experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Banana Bungalow West Hollywood

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Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   603 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90036   |  
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Karachi
1 review
“a friendly experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

This is a great place to stay at and explore the LA site..If u r looking for fun then comedy shows does it all..and if that is not enough then maybe karaoke with freshly made chicken and beef buurgers serves as the lavish meal that makes one say "Yummy" and on top of that free "beer"..How can I not speak about the staff, really helpful people specially melina, paul,chris ,muhammed , boogie I have been stayin here since last 3 weeks and its been a great time so far. You guys check out this place, to experience the fun for yourself!!!

Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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melbourne
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

I keep coming back here. The location is great for a start. Then you have the friendly staff who have got all the time in the world for you and make sure your stay is a memorable one. There are always fun activities organised that are great bonding sessions. You will meet people here that will be friends for life. The place is set up in a way that you cant help but meet others and share your stories with them. There's a great courtyard area where you could quite easily spend your whole day chatting to others. The rooms are also a good size with comfortable beds. Definately the best place I've stayed at while traveling around the U.S.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

I stayed at the Banana Bungalow for a week in May '09 with my partner. It was my third time staying there and I will recommend it to everyone! The room we stayed in was really big and had it's own balcony, an abundance of towels were supplied as well as toiletries. You won't find anywhere else in LA with better value for money.
The tours are the best part! They have different tours running each day leaving right from the hotel - the Hollywood tour was fantastic, you get to see absolutely everything. We wanted to go to disneyland on a specific day when the disneyland tour wasn't on, but the tour director, Boogie, called up and arranged for us to be picked up on our preferred day!
There was free breakfast provided, party nights with free beer and wine as well as night's out for everyone staying at the hostel.
I highly recommend staying at the Banana Bungalows if you love to have fun!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shropshire, england
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

We stayed at the banana bunaglow hollywood on recommendation of a friend who had been there the year previously. On first seeing it we were not all that keen, getting used to a 12 bed mixed dorm and all... but we couldnt have been more wrong, we had so much fun, made loads of friends and its really cheap, great accomodation.
One of the beds did break on one guy we were sharing with so its now standing with the help of a wooden block and a brick!! but that just added to the comedy value!
Beds very comfortable, The staff were amazing, great to have fun with and brilliant to get local info off, Boogie got us into some fab clubs including Les Deux and Area, (and for that im forever grateful!)
Sometimes noisy but what do you expect in a youth hostel?!
Rooms cleaned daily and you can use the launderette for free ;)
internet access is free (for 10 mins if you use the shared computer, there is only one so be prepared to line up)
breakfast is free, and free tea and coffee all day (great for hangovers!) also there are vending machines for when you cant be bothered going to the shops (10 mins away)
shopping centres, theme parks & beaches very close by.
The party room is great fun especially as the clubs in LA close at around 2pm .....BOO! so carry the party on back there...
Would definitely recommend to anyone over 18 under 30. xx

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

Convenient Location, but nearly everyone got bitten by Bed Bugs! Some girls were even advised to go to the hospital to get them checked out! Really noisy, rooms not that clean but bathrooms were. Toilets got blocked often.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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USA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

I had a great time at this place! Not only is the prices reasonable for travelers on a budget, but they offer so much extra such as internet, breakfast, shuttles and dinners for free. Their location is central and close to everything. The staff was friendly and helpful. The building is older but they do a good job of cleaning every single day. Our rooms were fine especially for the price. They have a party room in the basement which could be better. But hey,we had fun anyway. I recomend this place for anyone who is on a budget and looking for a fun, clean place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wollongong
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2009

This hostel is not clean. I stayed for a week and my room wasnt cleaned once. The shower blocks and the place is riddled with bed bugs. If u have stayed here make sure you clean all travel items absolutly everything. I have welts from the bed bug bites. And the internet is crap.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Banana Bungalow West Hollywood

Address: 603 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90036
Location: United States > California > West Hollywood
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in West Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Banana Bungalow West Hollywood 1*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood is one of the most popular hostels in the country. We are located in a central location right in the hottest spot of the "Melrose Strip." The Melrose area is a very special part of Los Angeles. It is located on the West side of Hollywood and borders Beverly Hills, you can walk to many of the great experiences that Hollywood has to offer plus you will be centrally located to access all the sights and sounds of LA. ... more   less 
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