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Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
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“Good value, location, clean rooms and friendly staff”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Perfect hostel if you are visiting the Hollywood area. Bus from outside the hostel takes you to Hollywood Highland, it's about 15 mins.

Nice cafes and restaurants in walking distance. Make sure you go to the amazing bakery down the road owned by a Romanian man.

Dorm rooms are clean and reasonably spacious. Nice big areas to hang out in.

Staff are nice and helpful.

It's about an hour bus ride to santa monica/venice beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Really enjoyed staying at this hostel, they had things going on most nights and even included free beer. The mixed dorm was clean and I felt safe here. The Hollywood tour is worth the money and the guide was a character. Go to the Grove for shops, bars and food (day and night) and Pikeys restaurant at the beginning of the Sunset Strip is a gastro pub with a great atmosphere, lovely cocktails and a chef trained by Jamie Oliver..yum!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

My first trip to the US and first time staying in hostels!!! The staff and management are so friendly, very helpful, and most of all were just there to make sure u had a great time!! Which I did!!
Great hostel, look forward to going back soon!!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

What a great hostel! We stayed here for twelve nights and when the time had come, we were sad to go.

Location: the location of this hostel is great. It's on N. Fairfax Avenue, close to Farmers Market and the outdoor shopping mall The Grove. There are also several supermarkets nearby.
Parking: the hotel offers free parking inside the building. We've always found a place here, but in case it's full, you can still park for free on the little streets around the hostel.
Staff: staff was friendly and helpful. The hostel is run by young people, I think some of them also travellers working there while staying in LA.

Rooms: we'd booked a regular private room because, although we like to get to know other people, we also like to be able to get some peace and quiet when we need it. Our room was pretty big. We had a double bed, a bunk bed (yes, room for 4 while we were only with two), a flatscreen tv, a table with chairs inside and a table with chairs on our own little balcony. We had our own fridge, a microwave, enough closet space and a decent bathroom with toiletries. And everything was clean. What more could you ask for in a hostel?
Oh by the way: the rooms were located around the tiki bar area, but at midnight everybody that wantd to stay up, had to go to the launch area in the basement so there wouldn't be any more noise and everybody could get a good night's sleep.

Activities and free stuff: the hostel had different activities every night, recurring every week. Free BBQ's, free stand-up comedy, $5 spaghetti, $10 limo ride... And if you weren't into those things, you could always just hang in the Tiki garden or one of the several lounge areas.

Want to know more about our two week-trip to Los Angeles (and Las Vegas)? Check out the elaborated report on my blog www.wonderfulwanderings.com

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

I stayed in this hostel for 10 days and loved it. It had free breakfast and about three times a week had free BBQ dinner too. Free shuttles to the sister hostel in Hollywood when they had events on as well. There were events on every night as well as tours and shuttles to the theme parks during the day. I went on the hostel's LA City Tour for $50 and we went all over the place, it was lots of fun. I also took their shuttle to Disneyland and Universal Studios. The bus stop is right up the road, which can get you to Hollywood Boulevard easily. The staff were really friendly, they were all young too. The rooms were tiny and super squashed in but as long as you didn't want to spend too much time in there it was okay. They also had great living areas, a huge kitchen with lots of facilities and free computers with internet. I had a great time and would definitely recommend this hostel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

After booking the Orbit (which has now closed) we were directed down the street a few blocks to the other owners hostel 'Banana Bungalow'. The place was really well looked after, has a contiki/island bar in the communal area. The place is located near the farmers market which has some amazing food. Ive got to say that the Friday night limo ride to the 'Boulvard' club was so epic and the club was amazing. Was able to hop into the front fountain in the club and get pictures with some model in a bikini. Amazing worth it for just that alone. Very good hostel in general though.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

WOW, what a great place, being the second time in LA we decided to stay at a hostel, it was worth it. We had a private room and you get what you paid for, cable TV and plenty of space.
The place had activities everyday and cheap meals, walking distance to the farmers market.
Free internet and WiFi in the court yard.
Great place to meet people from different countries.

The staff are excellent, they sure know how to party.

Things to Improve:
The smell of cleaning products its very over powering.
Double glassed windows on private rooms facing the street.
Theses are only minor things

Make sure you take advantage of all the actives the hostel has available well worth it.

TIP the bar/food staff well and your stay will be even better :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
Address: 603 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90036-1714
Location: United States > California > West Hollywood
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in West Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Banana Bungalow West Hollywood 1*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood is one of the most popular hostels in the country. We are located in a central location right in the hottest spot of the "Melrose Strip." The Melrose area is a very special part of Los Angeles. It is located on the West side of Hollywood and borders Beverly Hills, you can walk to many of the great experiences that Hollywood has to offer plus you will be centrally located to access all the sights and sounds of LA. ... more   less 
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