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“Banana Land - it's fabulous!”

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Beach Bungalow Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
Santa Fe, NM
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Banana Land - it's fabulous!”
Reviewed July 28, 2006

I loved Banana Bungalow! Three of us went into San Diego early before business meetings and decided to stay there and even though we were moving over to The Catamaran Resort, we didn't want to leave! It's so much more than drunken folks, truly. Yes, there's drinking but there were also plenty of folks who weren't getting drunk. We're women in our 40's and 50's and we loved staying there. Of course, we had a private room - but still, in the evenings, we mixed with the other people from all over the world and it was a great time.

  • Liked — The location and the people
  • Disliked — Could use more private rooms
  • Tips/Secrets — Understand this *is* a hostel. Go with open mind and heart and know you'll be around young 'uns
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2005

Beware of 5 star reviews. If your idea of a good place to stay is hanging out with drunken English yobs, hobo's, drug addicts and waking up in filth.Then this is the place for you.Yeah they throw parties every night big deal.For the price your paying you expect a clean room and sheets.The room I was in looked like it hadn't been vacumed in weeks.There was sand everywhere.Outside during the day on the deck you get hassled from the bums by the fence at the boardwalk.While I was in my chair sitting down, one hobo asked if I could go inside and get some hot water for his noodles.I told him to p--- off!Now here's the good part.The staff was upset at me for doing this like they're friends with this lot or something.I couln't believe it, like I was the bad guy.Anyway in all the staff and some guests who live here are in their own cliqey little world.Don't wast your money here.

  • Stayed June 2004
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Reviewed October 11, 2005

this place was gross. like an adult day care with many guests apparently "living" on premises. being close to the beach was great, but I'd rather haved camped somewhere. room was old, ratty & filthy and sleeping was uncomfortable - hard beds and noise coming from all directions. constant party playground here...definitely not for those who want a relaxing place to stay on vacation. the price brought us here, but we should have known better. save your money and stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed September 17, 2005

Stayed here for four nights at beginning of september, really cool hostel, as soon as we arrived we were invited to join the party....it was labour day....they were having a theme night.....everyone had painted themselves head to toe as a superhero! My boyfriend and i had a private room with our own private ensuite and everything was perfect, lovely and clean, brilliant shower and they even provided towels! This place is really a bit mad, a lot of the people there seem to have been living there forever. Location is excellent right on the beach, close to loads of bars and restaurants, very far from downtown but everything you need is right on the doorstep. Dont reccomend if you are the quiet type, parties happen here every single night and it gets pretty noisy, def reccomend it if you are up for a laugh esp if you are travelling with a large group of friends, it wasnt exactly the romantic getaway my boyfriend and i had in mind!!

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed June 21, 2005

This place is great! They have parties everynight and you can meet people from all over the world. The staff, mostly from England are a bunch of crazy women. Haha! Dont get Traci started on their "Real Bacon". If you dont drink and are more of the "inside type", you might want to find someplace else. Will i be back? Hell yeah. This place was great, met people from all across the world, and got to hang out with drunken Australian, English, and Swedish people etc. Jamie can plan great keg parties! -Niles Abbott

  • Stayed June 2005
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beauport quebec
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2005

Hey young people!
San diego is a great place to stay, while you are in banana bungalow!!! This is the paradise! Imagine you are right on the beach, looking at the sunset, everything is so wonderful...
Also, beside beeing romantic, you can enjoy doing party all days, from the begining of the day till the end of the night...
I do not say that The Bungalow is a great place if you do not andle the noise, but if you want to make some new friends, enjoy the beach, and take some beers, well, the Banana bungalow id the dream place to stay!!!!
Just want to say Hi to all the staff, you are guys soo cool, stay like you all are!!
And, Matt, thaks for taking me out sailing, it as been a great experience... and i'll never forget this... and u!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed April 17, 2005

I had the greatest time at the Bungalow. I was travelling alone, and about 10 mins after arriving, i was already asked to join the party on the beach! If you are looking for somewhere quiet, this is not it. But if you are looking for a great party and some super fun people, this is the place to go. I will be back as soon as i can!

  • Stayed April 2005
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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 #9 of 65 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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