I booked into this hostel for 2 nights. I requested a female only dorm. One big reason I picked this hostel was that they have a free airport shuttle that takes you to hostel at certain times, which fitted with my flight arrival. I had previously rung the hostel to book a space on this shuttle and was advised that it was not running on that day but if I got a receipt they would re-imburse me the cost.
On arrival I was told that they would not re-imburse me as tthey only do that for people staying 4nights or more (something i was not told over the phone). Also I was told that they do not have any female only dorms, so i was in a co-ed.
The rooms themselves are partitioned in 2, with 3 bunk beds in each, and just one bathroom. The bunk beds are metal frame and a tad wobbley when climbing up to the top, but a good nights sleep. Also, in my room, there was only 2 moveable ladders between 3 beds! No air-con either!
Despite all this, I had an enjoyable stay. The hostel is in a reasonable location, bus ride from Hollywood, 50mins bus from Venice/Santa Monica Beach, round the cormer from shopping on Melrose Ave and a few blocks walk from the world famous farmer's market. There are a few takeaways and minimart nearby. Also a few nice bars/clubs about a ten minute walk.
The communal areas are quite nice. large kitchen, pool table area, area with sofas, outside patio with chairs and tables, and another outside area with patio and faux grass! This is where the free breakfast is offered. And at night it turns into a party area where you can bring your own drink. this can get quite noisy at night (signs say the area is closed at 11pm, but this was not the case during my stay) so I would advise against a ground/first floor room.
The hostel organises daily events such as Hollywood tours, trips to Universal Studios, party night at sister hostel in West Hollywood. These fill up fast, so book early to not be disappointed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Banana Bungalow West Hollywood Hotel West Hollywood