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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in a 10 bed female dorm which could be a bit noisy at night. The room was really hot with no airconditioning and only a fan. The bathrooms were clean most of the time. The kitchen area was decent with good facilities for cooking your own food. Breakfast was provided in the morning but lacked variety. The staff... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stay at HI for 2 nights in July. Let me start with positives first. Hostel is close to the Santa Monica pier and shopping strip, breakfast was okay. (The usual coffee, toast, cereal and fruit) there's water fountains on every floor and the common areas are very well set out and big. Okay, with the bad. The rooms are... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We checked in to find our 2 single bed room the size of a shoe box. Wifi hardly worked at all! The bedding and towels were old and the bed wasn't made right so we didn't even bother touching the supplied towels. There is no air conditioning either which can be quite an issue in summer. The bathroom wasn't any... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here for three nights on my second week during a 4 week trip backpacking around USA. I found the location of the hostel good, very close to the Santa Monica beach, Venice beach, shops and public transport. The staff were great. The rooms needs some improvements. My room had no air con except a fan which just moves... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This place is a mess. Long review but stick with me because its important to know especially if you have asthma or allergies! The rooms are old, poorly designed with no aircon and boiling hot. Upon my arrival I noticed my asthma got really bad - this is because the room was covered in dust, top to toe. My bed... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Booked this hostel for 5 nights. The room has no aircon except for a noisy fan between 6 people. On two nights I had to leave the room and walk around the hostel because the room was so intensely warm. Room became so unliveable that we had to book a private room for our last night. We were told the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Hostel was good, staff were friendly, everything nice and clean. A free breakfast was provided which is always a plus with a hostel but the breakfast that they provided was nothing spectacular so if I were you I would skip breakfast and fill up on brunch later.

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We are happy that you enjoyed your stay here at our Hostel and you were happy with our staff. We like hearing that you about your awesome stay here and regarding the breakfast, we will notify staff and work on ways to improve it, thank you. More 

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Staying in Santa Monica

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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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $57 - $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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