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“Had a great experience! Very Safe” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banana Bungalow West Hollywood

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Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
United States
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82 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Had a great experience! Very Safe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you're coming to Los Angeles and would like to be near Hollywood and need parking that won't cost you more than your entire stay, you're in luck because this place is great!

I stayed in a 6 person mixed dorm

Pros
Free Parking
Free Breakfast included cereal (non-diary options available), bread, Nutella, pb&j, and Oatmeal
Lockers in the rooms were awesome (bring your own lock!)
Closet area in the room
Small shelves for top bunk (big enough to put your phone and keys)

Cons
If you couldn't find parking in the small garage, parking was a pain to find on the street
I slept in a room by a window that faced the street and the street noise was very loud.
Beds are...sensitive? That's not the word I'm looking for but what I mean is if your bunkmate moves, you might feel it.

Overall, I would stay here again but I would try to find a bunk away from the window.

Room Tip: If you have a room that faces Fairfax Ave, try and get a bed away from the window or buy some earplu...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

I stayed in a 12 person mixed dorm, the rooms are average, but lots of individual bathrooms which is great (though increases wait times!). There were not many plugs in the room which was a bit of a pain, plus being in a room with 12 others didn't equate to the best nights sleep, but what do you expect for the rate?

However, free breakfast everyday, free dinner most days and entertainment and friendly staff really bumped this place up. I had a few days where the hostel provided all the entertainment, which was awesome. They also don't charge for extras like so many other places do (like wifi and parking). Although the rooms are basic the hostel has enough going on that you don't need to spend long in your room anyway!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Myself and my friend visited Banana Bungalow at the beginning of December. It's an excellent location if you want to get out and explore Hollywood and it's surroundings.

We stayed in a private room which had everything we needed. On the small size but we really only used it to sleep. Bathroom inside the room was cleaned and I believe towels changed daily if you needed.

The only negative would be our room backed onto a car park so night times it was quite loud with trucks and cars coming in and out.

Breakfast was simply but again, all we needed and free of charge.

Staff at the hostel were very helpful and knew their way around LA which helped when asking for directions.

If we were staying longer I'd take part in the hostel run activities. They sounded awesome, we just needed early nights to make the most of the day ahead!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

This was my first time staying at a hostel, and I have to say I'm impressed. My boyfriend and I stayed in a private room. Everything was pretty clean when we arrived. The hostel provides breakfast and while it may not be the most amazing breakfast, it helped us save money. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. The hostel has many events and tours, and I'm really happy we participated in a few of them.
If we come back to LA, we're definitely staying here again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Carol R
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

Clean comfortable room, staff were very friendly and helpful. Free breakfast was included each morning, and on some nights there was free/cheap dinner and alcohol. Free parking was also included. Overall it was excellent value and one of the best hostels I've stayed at in America.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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43 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Room was clean and comfortable. Wouldn't write home to Mum about it but it seemed to have a good atmosphere for those wanting to stay longer! I am not sure why you would though LA is not the travellers friend. One major con was the cold showers in the morning, not so fun.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

This hostel is in a great location in west Hollywood. Close to bus into town, walking distance to Farmers Market which has loads of shops, food, cinema...feels very safe. Lots of Indy clothing, hipster cafes and fabulous deli, Carters....room great value for money. Clean, spacious..would def stay again..

Room Tip: Private room very good.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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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