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Surf City Hostel
Reviewed May 5, 2009

I've stayed in this hostel twice now...obviously a glutten for punishment. My first experience here was back in 2003 and I was bitten by bed bugs, the place had the stench of pee as you entered the building and the staff were really unfriendly.

I went back again in 2007 and it had made a few improvements but I'd only stay again if I were desperate. The only real redeeming factors about the place is that my boyfriend and I met some great people in our room and Hermosa is a great little beach town, with a pretty decent nightlife if that's what you're after.

The rooms have up to six beds in, each with a small bathroom which is quite good. The staff were also much friendlier than last time. The hostel does offer a free breakfast but always on a first come first served basis which is understandable. If sleep is a main priority of yours and you end up in a the rooms at the front of the building, then you won't be very happy. This is because the rooms face the main square where all the bars, clubs and restaurants are, so lots of noise is to be expected.

I love visiting the coast of LA and I love Hermosa but now I''ve resigned to paying for a private apartment as I really don't want to have to stay in this hostel again. If you are on a really tight budget, which we have been, it's an ok place to stay at best but I wouldn't stay here if it could be avoided. I've stayed in a lot of hostels and I haven't stayed in many that are this bad...either I'm really lucky or they could really do with an upgrade.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2008

This place is crazy. Party all day and night and located right on top of a bar (closes at 1:30 am though). If you are young and like to party, this is the place to be. If you want to relax, don't go here.

Rooms are a little smelly and the place is a mess!

Awesome view over Hermosa Beach!!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Graugart
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Reviewed July 18, 2008

The location of the hostel is great and it's a safe place to leave your stuff but the atmosphere is horrible. The people staying here leave a huge mess every night. The management is horrible. Because they were so rude I will not be staying here again

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed July 16, 2008

This hostel is very nice. There is a neat & clean kitchen. Bathrooms are shared but are ok. The hostel site isn't that attractive but for sure this hostel is. Is located on the hermosa beach pier, is almost near ( you just have to walk a few) to reach the beach. Whatelse i can tell u? Go there, you won't regret!

if you need any more information or tips please contact me. i will be glad to help as much as i can!! :D

  • Stayed: April 2007
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1  Thank 13ab89ca
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

The best hostel...been back for 2 summers, i will be back this summer for sure!
It doesn't have every home comfort, but it has a warm atmosphere, fun, and cheap. It is a great part of the travelling experince.
The only hostel i have been to with hair dyers free to use around the place.
LOVE IT!

Stayed: August 2007
1  Thank honeb
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

There is a guy who is kinda he chief of the Tv room. So if you like to watch other stuff than Sports, you are not going to appreciate the Tv room. There is a bar at the first floor, so just aked to be on the second floor because it's noisy on the first one. Nice people work there. Clean. Right on the beach. Pretty far from tourist attraction. Plan to have a car. I think it's a nice place to stay.

Enjoy

  • Stayed: May 2008
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1  Thank phsalo99
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Reviewed January 23, 2008

Yes, a little of everything at this hostel,
The GOOD . . .
Free breakfast, basic but didn't eat there.
Full kitchen access.
TV Room with Cable.
Some rooms with private bath.
Smoking room.
Nice owner/manager, very sweet.
Great location, literally off beach/strand area. Many low cost happy hour food/drink specials.
Clean rooms.

The BAD
The club downstairs is very loud until 2am.
If you have a car parking is expensive or you may walk 6 blocks to park.

I've been there over two weeks with few complaints/issues. Highly recommend for anyone, any age.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled solo
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Address: 26 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-3760
Location: United States > California > Hermosa Beach
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Hermosa Beach
Price Range: $40 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 80
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