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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Hostel!”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

Hostel is located in the heart of Santa Monica and just two blocks from the beach. Rooms are clean, spacious, and offer individual reading lights and outlets for each bed. Price is a little steep and breakfast wasn't great, hence only 4 out of 5.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

Very good hostel. Very conveniently located and friendly staff are very helpful. Very quiet atmosphere when I was there. Bunks are very narrow and bathroom was up the hall but that wasn't a problem. When I was there there was a range of ages including older people and families as well as the usual backpackers. Hostel organises activities and entertainment but unfortunately when I was there it was cancelled.
I have visited twice in a last 10 years and the standard is maintained

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Victoria, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2013

I have stayed in hostel's throughout Europe and North America, including many other Hosteling International properties.

This hostel is one of the better ones in which I have stayed. The entire facility is very clean and modern. The staff were all very friendly. The hostel is in Santa Monica, which is a great location for shopping, and some nightlife. It is in a good neighbourhood, so we had no concerns with walking around at night. The hostel is walking distance to the Beaches and the Santa Monica Pier.

The rooms were well set up, with easily accessible, designated lockers for each bed. There are ample plug in's in the rooms, and the rooms and building are well set up in general.

The included breakfasts are pretty sad, but consistent with other hostels. But hey, it's free.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Brady F
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Fab location for exploring Santa Monica!! Walking distance from both the pier area and shopping! Rooms were nice and was a bonus that each bed had it's own light and outlets- a lot of hostels don't have this!! Would stay again :)

  • Stayed October 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2013

I had a pleasant stay here. The hostel is very nice on the inside and close to the Santa Monica Beach, the Pier, Santa Monica Place Mall, and Third Street Promenade. I don't think I could've gotten a hotel in such a good location for the price I payed. The staff at the front desk was also very friendly and helpful. Complaint: The bathroom. Not only do you have a communal bathroom, but they are inadequate. The shower water is cold and it barely spits out any water at all.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Antwerp, Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

This hostel is a great hostel. It's located next to third street where shops and restaurants are located. And the beach is close to. The price you pay is not to much. Had a shower and toilet in the room. The people where friendly. The hostel is clean and tidy.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2013

This hostel is a bit pricey but you do get what you pay for. All new facilities and spacious rooms. They have a large dining area and kitchen with a free pool table. There are also quite a few common areas to pick from. They have a movie room with super comfortable couches, computer room, reading room, outdoor courtyard and the general sitting areas. The location is perfect! Easy walk to the pier or shopping boulevard. I hired rollerblades and skated to Venice Beach, it was amazing! Great choice for a hostel!

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Alisha F
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Property: Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Address: 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2302
Location: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Santa Monica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica 2*
Number of rooms: 260
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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