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“Great location near Farmers Market, WeHo & shopping on Melrose Ave” 4 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great location near Farmers Market, WeHo & shopping on Melrose Ave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Economic. Reasonably clean. Needs an upgrade to some facilities.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

I booked it and liked what i saw on pictures, however the reality was a bit different. I cannot say anything bad about people working there, as they were friendly and trying to help with all informations you need to know in L.A. (and there are many...) However, i was dissapointed by the rooms, beds, bathroom, as those were not really clean and i went to quite a few on my tour aroun States. What is also strange, is the smell, not just from cigarettes, but something else also you would not like to smell at home....it is really shame....is relatively close to Hollywood Blvd. and was safe when i was there.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

This Hostel is really nothing special at all, place was dirty in general (beds, bathrooms etc). I would never consider staying here again, I found it hard to sleep due to the noise from the patio area down below, where people use to smoke at all hours, and the smell in the room from this, is really not that pleasant. Like I say, the staff are helpful and really nice people, and the location is not too bad, next to a bus stop that takes you straight into hollywood, but these good things are no where near enough to excuse the bad things.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank JJno41
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

I booked this hostel for a cheap stay in LA back in July. I saw the reviews for the nearby Banana Bungalow and decided I didnt want to stay there, this however looked smarter and better recieved....

Imagine my alarm when I got an email three days before my stay saying that "The Orbit had Moved around the corner" THE ORBIT AND BANANA BUNGALOW ARE THE SAME PLACE. Alarm bells sounded louded when noone at the airport had ever heard of the orbit... to me it sounds like a deliberate diversion from the poor reviews the other property had..
Anyway that issue out of the way....

I contacted "Orbit" two days before my stay about the advertised Ariport Pick up - Absolutley no reply. So you have to take a Supershuttle or Prime Time from LAX - its about $16 per head.

The private room I booked was ok - clean enough. the Patio door did not lock so it would be possible to walk straight into the room from next door via the adjoining balcony.

The room had shower/bath a good size TV and was actually a family room with a Bunk Bed Adjacent to the Double some of the staff were very informative, some indifferent.

The breakfast was a loaf of bread and a choice of three cereals with an urn of Coffee... The kitchin did appear a though you could use it for your own meals.

Unlike the other reviews, I had absolutely no cockroach experiences, and the bed was comfy enough.

The Location is ok, close to the regular 217 Metro Bus which is direct to the hollywood walk of fame or south the get to the beverley hills area.

Room Tip: Choose a private room, with patio doors failing to lock be prepared to not leave many valuables.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank APK2011
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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

This place should not call itself a Hotel and Hostel - we got a private room and there was nothing hotel-like about it. Dirty rooms, stained sheets and carpets, weird smell throughout and cockroaches in the bedroom. We didn't eat the free breakfast as we didn't trust it so I can't say what that was like. All-in-all, great location on Melrose and extremely cheap, but frankly not worth the anxiety that I might wake up with one of the cockroaches crawling all over me.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank PriscillaMay
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Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

The girl who checked us in told us their credit card machine was not working, but there was no credit card machine to be seen in the office at all. Upon reading other reviews I don’t think they even accept credit cards – something that would be handy to know, as a person who only uses credit and carries very little cash.

Location – Great Location. Very close to Melrose shopping and a short walk to The Grove.

They have a free shuttle that picks up at LAX at set times, only problem is the van does not have much luggage space at all so if there are a few people it can be quite cramped. Other shuttles are very reasonably priced.

Room – Our room was clean, and reasonably maintained. We booked a private room, our room was large with a balcony and as well as our double bed also had a set of bunks in the room as well. Or door to the balcony did not lock, there was a piece of wood to place in the track of the door to stop it from being opened, and the screen kept falling off.

Breakfast – Very cheap and reasonably quality breakfast is sold in the kitchen every morning Some food is free others are 2$. Avoid the hash browns, they are very soggy, I believe they are just heated up in the microwave.

Luggage room is not very secure, it locks, but they don’t check if the bags you are taking are actually yours, you just put the bags in a room with a lot of other people’s bags and hope no one takes your bag when they take theirs.

The lift does not work, so you will have to carry your luggage upstairs.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank andreweggins
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

We shared a 6 bed dorm and it was OK, the bunk beds were a bit rickety but it was clean and the bathroom was OK, had a bath and shower which was ensuite to the dorm room so only used between 6 of us.

The free breakfast downstairs was good, large portion of cereal and/or toast! For $2, you could get eggs, bacon and a waffle, amazing! The staff are really helpful and friendly and the tour around Hollywood is well worth the money. The tour guide is hilarious! The rooms aren't as noisy as I thought they would be. There's free wifi and computers to use so very convenient. Is a short walk to some shops and restaurants and close to the bus routes for everywhere else. A bit of a trek to the beach though as in the city.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank gimme_wings
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Additional Information about Orbit Hotel and Hostel

Property: Orbit Hotel and Hostel
Address: 607 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036-1714 (Formerly Banana Bungalow Hollywood @ The Orbit Hotel and Hostel)
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 72 Specialty Lodging in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Orbit Hotel and Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Orbit is a safe and secure two-story Hotel featuring 32 newly remodeled rooms. Private rooms have a comfortable queen size bed and TV, some having sunny balconies and high ceilings, or a beautiful view of the West Hollywood Hills and Melrose Avenue. Dorms have 6 per room, all with closet space, shelves, their own private baths and showers. They are clean and well-kept. All rooms have a cool, colorful, retro-futuristic design giving the place a swanky Hotel vibe. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Orbit Hotel Los Angeles

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