I stayed at Banana Bungalow for 7 nights in September with a group of friends. When we checked in we were upgraded to a room with a kitchen. The room had two bedrooms (2 sets of bunks each), a kitchen with table and a TV in one of the bedrooms.
The hostel has free phones to call taxis, car hire, and any local calls which is great. We hired a car from the place recommended by the hostel and it wasn’t too expensive. Be careful when you rent a car though, they always try to slip in extra charges, the wee sneaks! The hostel has day trips to theme parks, a city tour etc. If I were to go again I would go on the LA tour ran by Banana Bungalow, because apparently you get to see the Hollywood sign up close and all of the famous peoples houses. We went on a Starline tour and it was not worth the money. I now have photos of celebrities gates but I can’t remember who’s gate is who’s and the most distant photo of the Hollywood sign. Seriously not worth the money.
Anyways there is an AMAZING Thai restaurant right next door to the hostel (turn right when you leave the hostel). It is cheap (about US$7) and SOOO good. Subway and Dominos are also close by (turn left), and the main area of Hollywood Boulevard (where the Chinese Theatre etc is) is about a 20 minute walk away.
This hostel has the best breakfast of all the hostels I stayed in while in the US. You get a bowl of cereal and toast (with peanut butter and jelly, of course) and they have coffee and tea. You can also buy pancakes, bacon, eggs etc, they looked really good too.
The computers looked quite new, but quite often the internet wasn’t working. Also they have covered up the box to the computer so you can’t plug in a USB or earphones. But free’s free!
The hostel is very social, there are pool tables, parties at night (comedy nights, movie nights etc), and a theatre room with a big TV. They even had free barbeques some nights! I managed to sleep well each night as well, I didn’t find it noisy at all.
I agree that the parking there is pretty dodgy, but we had no problems with our car there, some boys “accidently” threw the basketball at it a few times but we gave them a piece of our mind! And it’s free parking, which is really good! Definitely get a car if you going to LA, especially if, like us, you want to see all the beaches (Huntington, Laguna, Newport, Long Beach, Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu).
Overall I was happy with my stay at this hostel. I would recommend it if you are staying in LA!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banana Bungalow Hollywood Hostel is a very popular international destination with a great location. We provide awesome rooms and dorms with many conveniences so you will definitely be comfortable. Our staff is cool and friendly, they will hook you up with Hollywood and LA. In the morning you can enjoy a free breakfast in our Tiki Garden, meet up with other travelers and plan your day. We offer many daytime activities or you can venture out and explore the city. Then in the evening we have nightly gatherings where you can meet and greet new people, plan your night and then head out into the coolest party city in California. We also offer many night time activities or you can hit the town with your new international friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Bungalow Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles