Solo female traveller, 24 years old. Stayed in a 10 bed dorm without bathroom. Dorm was clean, beds comfy enough with sheets and a towel provided. As a young traveller was a bit unsettled when I can back one night to find an older woman with a walker in one of the beds, who had no obvious luggage so I was worried she was homeless and locked all my stuff away. Turns out she was OK when I met her the next day, but it unsettled me as she didnt look like the kind of person who would stay in a hostel.
There were quite a few older people staying here, which is fine although when youve been travelling yourself for a month the last thing you want is strained conversation at breakfast with someone youve very little in common with.
There were also a few weird people staying there - such as a guy who was always dressed in the same clothes and started up a very weird and intense conversation with myself and a friend, and when we went into the movie room to watch a film he was standing watching it peering out from behind a curtain! Characters like this become tiresome very quickly, and you cant relax when your constantly looking over your shoulder trying to avoid these kinds of people. This was the only hostel I stayed in with this kind of problem.
Free breakfast is good, better than any other hostel. Apparently there is free tea and coffee all day, but the coffee and hot water urns were empty more often then not, and when I asked at the front desk if there was anywhere to get hot water I was told to boil some on the stove as thats all he would do - in a very rude manner. No appology for lack of tea and coffee.
Shared bathroom worse shared bathrooms ive encountered. Clean but only toilet stalls and showers only have curtains not locking doors, so very little privicy in the bathroom area.
Staff at front desk generally rude and unattentive.
Overall this hostel has the potential to be great with its kitchen, TV room, movie room, library, internet, and brilliant location, etc, but the combination of the bathrooms, the staff, the other people staying there and the fact there is NO ALCOHOL allowed (although I saw the weird guy with a beer on more than one occasion and didnt see him being challenged, and dont see why adults cant be trusted to have wine with dinner for example) means the atmosphere is poor and unsettling.
- 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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