I stayed in this hostel mid-August 2012 for 3 nights in a 4-bed female dorm on the 4th floor. I had the top bunk which was pretty unconvenient for a 4'11" lady like me.
I don't usually complain while staying in hostels but unfortunately, this one ruined part of my trip in beautiful Santa Monica.
-Location!!!! It's a 5 minute walk to the beach and many restaurants & bars
-Large dining room and kitchen
-Pub crawl was awesome!!!!
-Good breakfast options
-Comfy living room & courtyard
And now the sad part...
-Being on the top floor & top bunk, the heat was unbearable. No A/C and the fan didn't work for me at all. I had 3-4 hours sleep per night, I often had to go cool myself in the living room for a few minutes.
-Staff... I didn't feel welcomed at all... their attitude was very impersonal.
-Stupid roommates...(sorry I had to say it) they placed the fan behind the door, thus making me knock it down and break it when I came back to sleep... and I was the one to blame!!! How stupid can you be??
-At one time, the lock of our dorm didn't work anymore. They fixed it quickly but always double-check when leaving!
-The wifi network was malfunctioning ALL THE FREAKING TIME. And when it worked it was for 2 minutes and only on the ground floor.
-Stoves were half working and the kitchen tools were scattered everywhere...
Would I come back? Yes just for the LOCATION. And I would pay extra bucks for a private room. Don't expect too much from this place and spend your time outside as much as you can.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica Hotel Santa Monica