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Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

I have stayed here for about 2 weeks while I was looking for a room to rent as I was going to live in LA for some time. Honestly, I loved this hostel. I wasn't expecting the Plaza or something, so if you are - don't come here.
This place was my home for 14 or so days, it was clean, the breakfast (the usual cereals and some toast with tea/coffee) was included. The stuff were nice.
Location wise:
- It is 25 mins walk away from the metro station and the Hollywood Boulevard with their Kodak theatres and all things Hollywood, or same distance to the best place in America - The Grove! If you are, like me, a sucker for shopping centres - go there. You'll love it. It has everything you need. I was practically living there while in LA.
- you can take a bus going straight to Santa Monica, from Santa Monica boulevard - about 10 mins walk from the hostel (about 50 min ride to the beach).
- Or Sunset Strip - 5 mins taxi ride away. By the way, the hostel sometimes does some parties in their basement. They're..alright. But if you want some real stuff- Sunset Boulevard.
- Melrose Ave with its shops is also within walking distance.
I've also met some good people at this hostel - and I'm still close friends with one of them.
Recommend this place, if you're practical and love LA. And especially West Hollywood.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Olga G
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

i stayed at banana bungalow west hollywood for three nights, met some lovely people and had a great time

free breakfast of toast, cereal and you can buy a yoghurt for a dollar if you wish
free dinner most nights, either BBQ of hot dogs and one night it was burgers with loads of salad, chips onions dips etc
various other nights had appetisers and other nibbles which was great as i saved a lot of money

also on bbq nights there is free beer!

i reccomend the party bus (i paid 5 dollars and it has free drinks on board and drops you at a club/bar) when it is cheap (sometimes it is 10/20 dollars)

i also did the celebrity tour which the hostel organizes, bus tour of hollywood, hollywood sign, bel air, beverly hills, celebs houses, hollywood walk of fame, rodeo drive etc hop on hop off
really cheap at 35 dolllars most tours are a lot more the tour guide/driver micheal was ace too!

they have disneyland, six flags and universal studios transport too, they go ahead depending on how many people book.

also shout out to Bao the entertainment organiser! there was a fab comedy night on the monday night i stayed wiith a free comedian who was very good.

there is FREE WIFI and 6 mac computers with free internet also!

comfy and big chill out areas inside and outside
cheap drinks machines


bedrooms were nice, clean and with clean ensuite bathrooms, i stayed in an all female dorm for three nights and met some lovely girls!

made some good friends here at bungalow and felt very welcome by staff and others.

also when requesting a towel-it was free, as was extra bedding.

you can get a taxi or shuttle from the hostel and call from the free phone. it is about 17 dollars to the airport or some days they have a free shuttle.

can be loud if you have a room facing the courtyard/tiki garden as people drink and smoke outside, they do have a curfew although if you go to bed early beware!

all in all i reccomend this place, i loved it.

Room Tip: not one facing the courtyard!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

This place has an excellent location. The staff was very friendly with us. Ideal place to stay. Close to differents locations and tourist center. The food was regular, nothing special. Great Value for Money.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Excellent location, the staff were pretty helpful. I was a bit disappointed that the Universal Studios trip was cancelled as no one else wanted to go (and was only informed the morning of the trip). I had some good people in my room, otherwise it would have been hard to meet people at the hostel, although they do run activities to try and encourage socialising, I found some of the people not too friendly, especially if they had been there longterm.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank aoife_ob
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Banana Bungalow in West Hollywood was great !
Offering breakfast every morning, evening entertainment and snacks/bbqs. The staff was very helpfull and fun.
Safe location, close to many stores, restaurants and the famous Fisher's Market (=> if you have a car, do not take it there !! Parking is EXPENSIVE (20$ for 2 hours) and it's walking distance !)
They offer affordable and fun tours.
Free wifi and computers ... small outdoor "gym" ... Free parking ... big clean rooms ... Perfect !

Merci beaucoup !!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Slandi
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