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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb place to stay. Right in the heart of Santa Monica.. staff really helpful especially as I had a late flight- able to hold bag and have a shower before! Rooms are clean and comfortable with big lockers inside.. breakfast was included for me and it was good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great breakfast, great laundry facilities, great cinema room and Internet lounge and outdoor area, great service. I would come back here again! Perfect location right by the pier. Ran into a problem with someone staying at the hostel and the staff sorted it immediately. Perfect stay

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

clean dorms, great facilities and activities with amazing staff. 1 block away from the beach and the pier, 1 block away from the 3rd street promenade. Super convenient and centrally located. Prices are a little steep for a hostel but you get your moneys worth. book in advance. Their wednesday pub crawls and limo night on Fridays are two activities... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is conveniently located in Santa Monica for all beachgoers to have a great time. However it takes a really long time to go from there to Holywood of downtown LA (an hour by bus). The location is surrounded by a lot of bus lines that do take you anywhere, just be mindful of the time you have on... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed by the stay! The location was awesome and hostel very safe. howver very slow to check in and not overly helpful like hostels should be. I've been travelling for a very long time and stayed in tons of hostels and this goes down as one of the worst. You do not need fancy key card systems or dorms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entire staff at the reception is super friendly and helpful all the time. The hostel has a great location: downtown, just 1 block away from the beach and the santa monica pier and also from the promenade where you can go shopping. The atmosphere in the hostel is great, makes you really feel like you are on holidays in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here few nights in November 2014 when I was travelling around California and I would recommend this place, especially because of location - maybe 5 minutes walk to the Santa Monica beach. Room was specious, bathroom clean, beds comfortable so can't complain.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

It is hard to fault this hostel. I've stayed here many times over about 15 years and it seems to get better every time I go. My most recent visit was in early August 2016. The best feature of this hostel is its location but it does come at a price. Santa Monica is not cheap part of LA so... More 

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

We are very glad to hear you keep coming back to stay with us. That just means we are getting better and better and we try to make the best out of our guest's stay! We are happy we met your expectations, please come back and stay with us soon! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

My experience with hostels has never been bad and the streak continues. Took my 12 year old for her first hostel experience and we had a great experience. We were able to secure a private room with a bathroom inside which also included a balcony. The street noise did not keep any of us awake but it was indeed present... More 

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

We are so happy to hear about your great experience staying at our hostel. We definitely are well located and we are glad you got to enjoy it with your family. Also regarding our staff, normally they are always friendly towards our guests. We will mention your comments to our staff because we believe that welcoming our guests is important.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Arrived from Palm Springs for three nights in this hostel. I usually book HI Hostels and had not stayed at this one yet. When I booked online at the HI website, my printed confirmation did not mention anything about extra taxes that had to be paid upon arrival. They are mentioned on the online version of the booking, but not... More 

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

We would like to apologize for the following issues you had with your stay. Our HI booking websites states that taxes will be added at check in. We do apologize if this was a misunderstanding but unfortunately the city of Santa Monica requires us to charge 14% hospitality tax. As for our rooms, unfortunately do not have air conditioning so... 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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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HI-Santa Monica hostel is set close to cafes, restaurants and movie theatres, and is only just two blocks from the beach. The J Paul Getty Center, with its spectacular art, architecture and views, is nearby. The hostel has been fully renovated with a fresh, new look. There is capacity for 260 guests and facilities include daily movies, internet access, kitchen, laundry and breakfast.Enjoy your stay at the Santa Monica hostel with easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, UCLA, Venice, Malibu and downtown Los Angeles. A tour operator services the hostel, with daily excursions to Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, and all the area's famed attractions. This location is the largest purpose-built hostel in the USA,just nine miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Come and check out Santa Monica. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Address: 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2302
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: $45 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica 1.5*
Number of rooms: 260
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