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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at this hostel for 1 week. 31st May-6th June. This is one of the best hostels I have stayed at. The breakfast was just what you need to start the day. The hostel is surrounded by little take aways for dinner and shops to go wild in during the day. The food court in the... More 

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

We are over joyed that you had such a terrific time here at our awesome Hostel. It makes us happy that you enjoyed our facilities, amenities, and the benefits to our great location. We are glad you stayed with us and we hope to see you in the near future, thank you. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My reservation got screwed up. The private rooms are small and dark. The breakfast was sufficient, and the public spaces were clean, bright, pleasant. I heard other visitors complain of the lack of activity and connection to other hostellers.

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

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our public spaces and our breakfast. Regarding the lack of activity and connection, we are currently working on ways to improve and make the stay here at the Hostel even better, thank you. More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Having travelled for 4 months this was one of the best hostels I've stayed in. It's not the cheapest though. The rooms are good, good lockers and personal light and socket. Free breakfast of corn flakes, fruit, toast, orange juice and coffee is good. Great location only one street from the beach and main shopping area. Great place if you're... More 

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

It is great to hear that out of the 4 months you were traveling we are one of the best locations. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our accommodations and amenities we have here and loved our awesome location. We hope to see you soon on your next trip here in Santa Monica. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

As a single female traveller I was mostly concerned about the security and this hostel has met my requirements. Pluses: Zone – you are 1-2 blocks from the beach (5 min walking distance) Breakfast included It’s clean It’s secure Could be better: More activities in the evening please! Pub crawl was great, Limo party for 55$ it’s too expensive Stuff... More 

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

Thanks for your comprehensive review. The safety of our guests is our highest priority and we are happy to hear we met your expectations. Regarding your comments about our activities we are in the process in implementing more social and welcoming activities for our guests. Our hostel is all about providing a great experience for our guests and we hope... 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: $64 - $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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