Reading the previous review left me a little hesitant about the place - they were wrong! The location is great. The hostel is on a residential street between the historic Roosevelt Hotel and The Magic Castle. Very quiet at night. The beds were clean and the showers were fine - not moldy (the grout is old but NOT moldy) as previously stated. There are a number of restrooms/showers to choose from. The building has been there since the 1920's so please don't expect bathroom facilities like a Hilton.
The staff is fabulous! They are friendly and helpful. I inquired about the bedbugs and while they did not deny that they have HAD them - they did explain the situation. Bedbugs were brought to the manor by other guests travelling FROM a hostel in SF. Requesting a private room will lessen the chances of being exposed to bedbugs as this is typically a problem in the dorm rooms used for single travelers. The matress, box spring, and the pillow are all wrapped in plastic - a bit uncomfortable but worth the precaution. Our room had double French doors and a large window with 2 twin beds. The room is sparce but hopefully you're not in LA to spend most of your time in a room. There is no A/C but the nights are cool.
This is really a great place to stay. They have parking for $5 a day. Bring your own towels. I WILL stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orange Drive Hostel has the absolute best location in Hollywood! Orange Drive Hostel is centrally located in the heart of Hollywood. We are walking distance from some of the most famous sites in Los Angeles, such as the world famous Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater- Home of the Oscars, the Hollywood Bowl, Sunset Blvd, Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio, Disney's El Capitan Theatre, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, views of the Hollywood sign, Runyon Canyon-a favorite hiking trail of celebrities, with fantastic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. We are also just steps from public transportation, the best night life, shopping and restaurants in Hollywood. We are also located a short drive or bus/metro stop away from Universal Studios,Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers Studios, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills! We are the perfect location for movie Premieres, star Dedications and major Hollywood events! We offer a variety of room types, including dorm rooms, private rooms, and group rooms. Amenities Include: Free daily breakfast of all-you-can-make waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, coffee, assorted teas and hot chocolate. Free WiFi, Free Lockers, Free day storage of luggage before check-in and after check-out, Parking available (limited parking, parking is first come, first served. Sorry, we cannot accommodate over-sized vehicles. ATM, Laundry facilities, Fully equipped guest kitchen Common room w/HD flat screen TV (no TV's in rooms), Discount Supershuttle, Primetime Shuttle service to/from airport, Universal Studios tickets for sale, Discounted pub crawl with LA Epic Club Crawl. Some History about Orange Drive Hostel: Orange Drive Hostel was originally a manor home built in 1910. It later became a boarding house for the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, including Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Johnny Weismuller 'Tarzan, and' and many more. Orange Drive Hostel is a historic home filled with Hollywood history, and staying with us offers a unique opportunity to experience the Golden Age of Hollywood. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rooms are not guaranteed ready until 3:00 PM Additional key deposit is required and is refundable upon checkout. Please contact hostel if travelling with children or more than two guests/extra charges may apply. Methods of payment accepted: Visa, AMEX, MasterCard, travelers checks, and cash. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orange Drive Manor Hotel Los Angeles