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Beach Bungalow Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
central coast, australia
1 review
“one word Amazing”
Reviewed January 17, 2009

this was the frist hostel i ever satyed at and i thought i would hate it. we booked for one night then booked it again, and we actually stayed for over a month. the staff are amazing, the sunsets were amazing, the parties.... amazing! the location is great close to bars, restuarants, transport amd shops. if you are travelling by urself and feel the need to meet new people this is the spot to come! i still keep incontact with loads of the people i meet there from all oveer the world! this place is good for the travelling budget, FREE breakfast, $1 tasty burgers, and cheap drinking with all ur new friends! each room had personal lockers however this place is safe there was no need to use them. the cleaners would come in every morning to clean the floors and bathrooms! the bungalow is not the prettiest place i have ever seen but its a roof over ur head, good times and amazing people! the worst thing i would say about the place is leaving it! i will definitely be back to stay again

  • Liked — staff, parties, meeting new friends
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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Palo Alto
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

The Banana Bungalow San Diego is the greatest hostel i've ever been to! Well, it's probably not the cleanest, but the atmosphere there is just amazing and it's directly at the beach, what else could you want? The staff is very friendly and helpful and there are parties every night. If you wanna meet a lot of fun and young people from all over the world, have party every night and get the real californian beach feeling, this is the place to be!

You can reach bus stops easily to go downtown or to old town; and for this price (~ 20 bugs a night) you really get a great deal!

Banana Bungalow 4 ever!!! ;)

  • Liked — Good stuff, fun people, party every night
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
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melbourne
1 review
Reviewed January 17, 2009

Its a fair call that its not the cleanest hostel in the world, but who wants to spend their holidays in the room.
The staff were great, always helping everyone have a great time with parties, trips to tijuana and info about the area. The location cant be beaten, with a big deck right on the beach where you spend most of your time anyway.
if you want cheap accommodation surrounded by great people and have a great time this is the place i would recomend.

  • Liked — the beach and parties
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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Melbourne
1 review
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

If you're looking for a hostel with planned trips, amazing parties & many a drinking games, stay at BB San Diego, everyone i met there were amazing, it definetly wasn't hard to make friends staying there, after 3 nights there it feels like your home and you never wanna leave! I wouldn't have if i hadn't made other plans.

It's not an expensive hostel, so you get what you pay for. But i'm a 22 year old from australia who wanted to have the time of her life, and i did. The place was cleaned everyday & I had no problem with the appearance of the hostel. Will definetly be returning!

  • Liked — The location, the people, the parties.
  • Stayed June 2008
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 reviews
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Reviewed January 17, 2009

Awesome place with really amazing, laid back people, I stayed for about a week and a half, and would have loved to stay longer. If you are up tight, or have a problem with drinking, and/or socializing with people then you might not enjoy the banana. Staff is really friendly and helpful, always something going on, and the best location- literally right on the beach.

  • Liked — Location, atmosphere
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
1 review
Reviewed December 25, 2008

Had a great time during my stay here. Met some great people and the owners/management really look after everyone.Great social vibe and best location!!!!

Stayed December 2008
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Thank Joe525
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Prague
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Reviewed October 22, 2008

I stayed here on labor day weekend. The parties are definitely insane. Lots of great guests. The place however is a crap hole and the staff even crappier. They are completely useless and a bit cliquey. If you are not a hot girl or a guy that resembles a surfer, forget about talking to them. The location is the only thing this place has going for it. Can't beat beachfront. There are some bars nearby, but PB is generally dead unless it's the weekend. Overall, if your staying in San Diego, stay Downtown, near the Gas Lamp District. There is much more going on there and the hostels are miles ahead of this one.

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  • Disliked — staff and dirtiness
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Beach Bungalow Hostel

Property: Beach Bungalow Hostel
Address: 707 Reed Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-3961 (Formerly Banana Bungalow San Diego)
Location: United States > California > San Diego > Pacific Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 63 Specialty Lodging in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Beach Bungalow Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay and play at San Diego's most popular backpacker's beach hostel! Beach Bungalow is close to San Diego's finest attractions, a renowned marine preserve at La Jolla Cove, and walking-distance from 150+ bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping catering to students and surfers. ... more   less 
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