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Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

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Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You should definitely book this hostel if you are: - a backpacker visiting West LA - on budget - want a premium location for a fraction of price You should note that there is no parking at the property, but there is a massive garage across the road. We payed $17 for 24 hours, which is probably a good price....

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review Arturijus! We are so glad that you had such a great experience with us! For future reference, we do have a couple co-ed dorms available, though they tend to sell out fast! For this reason, we keep them offline and reserve them for couples who are traveling together, so, if we have availability, you...

United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

HI hostels all seem very similar and a bit lacking in atmosphere, however you can't fault the one in Santa Monica for its facilities and friendly staff. I only stayed here for a night or two, however when I went to drop my backpack off before check in time, the guy was able to check me in early without me...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Wow, thanks so much for your awesome review! We are so glad that you had a great time with us and that our staff were able to accommodate you! That's just what we love to hear! We hope to see you again soon and we wish you the very best on all of your future travels!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a great lover of HI hostels as they normally lack any real atmosphere as you tend to find in a true backpackers. This one was just what I expected. Rooms were clean and comfy, bathrooms ok and the breakfast included was good. Staff were happy to help as you would expect. For me the real plus for this...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are sorry that you did not enjoy our hostel more. Next time, you might enjoy joining us for our pub crawls or other hostel events, tours and excursions. We have something on daily, and they are great ways to meet your fellow hostellers. As someone who often travels solo as well, I really find that...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 12 nights and it was a great 12 nights. - Great rooms with a good en-suite bathroom - Great travellers inside the hostel - Good staff - Two minute walk from the beach and the pier - Great social areas to relax and have fun - Plenty of social events Downsides - Cockroaches prevalent sometimes, could do...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review Sam!! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you met awesome people while here! And thanks for your feedback, we will pass on your comments to our housekeeping staff. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us, and we hope to see you again very soon!

Saudi Arabia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is such an amazing one, it's a must in a life time at least to visit and crash ther.. Totally not my last visit there.. Wether you're alone or with friends or family, it's a perfect place if you have no trouble sharing room with others.. Perfect way to make new friends and socialize.. Also the activities were...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Hey there! We are really so thrilled that we could provide you with such a great first hostelling experience! We can't wait to see you again soon! Safe travels in the meantime! :)

Terang, Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly and helpful and the hostel was in a great location, very close to all of the attractions in Santa Monica. Overall we realy enjoyed our stay here.

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Hi Jarrod! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! Don't be a stranger and come back and visit us again soon! In the meantime, we hope you have a fantastic rest of your trip! Safe travels!

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The hostel building and bedrooms overall were excellent. The room we stayed in was a 4 bed and it had 4 lockers which could fit a large suitcase, as well as provide 4 or so shelves for storage. The beds also had a light and power outlet at each bunk. The only thing that brought this review down were the...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! We do apologize about the showers, did you have a chance to report this to the front desk? Usually, our maintenance staff can fix that very quickly! At any rate, we have alerted them to watch out for it, and we...

Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Extremely good hostel, location a block from the beach and Santa Monica pier and also a block away from third street promenade. So close to shops and restaurants. The hostel itself was very modern, the beds were comfortable, and large lockers available in rooms. My only downside was the showers didn't have a temperate gage, on it was all just...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Hi Lucy! Thanks so much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed staying with us and that you loved our location! We love Santa Monica too and we hope you can come back and visit us again soon! You are right, we are trying to limit our water usage during this historic drought, but nevertheless we will...

The Netherlands
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Hi Hostel is a really great place to go. The location is perfect and central. The beach is just around the corner (literally), 3rd street promenade is a 2 minute walk and it is easy to reach by public transportation which was especially important to me being a traveler on a budget ($1,75 by bus from the airport). The hostel...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

Hey, thanks so much for your amazing review! We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed staying with us and our hostel family! We really hope to see you again soon! Safe travels and come visit us again anytime :)

Hadleigh, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This hostel is in a great location in Santa Monica. The 3rd Street shopping area and Santa Monica Mall are both very close by too. The rooms are spacious, beds are basic but comfortable, kitchen is well furnished and kitted out and the free breakfast is very good! The showers aren't amazing but server a purpose and only really need...

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mainplace, Guest Relations Manager at Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica, responded to this review

This is so great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to leave us this thoughtful review! We are actually really excited to say that we are going to renovate our bathrooms and showers in the next few months, so we hope that they'll be ready for your return whenever you are next in Los Angeles! You are most welcome,...

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
HI-Santa Monica hostel is set close to cafes, restaurants and movie theatres, and is only just two blocks from the beach. The J Paul Getty Center, with its spectacular art, architecture and views, is nearby. The hostel has been fully renovated with a fresh, new look. There is capacity for 260 guests and facilities include daily movies, internet access, kitchen, laundry and breakfast.Enjoy your stay at the Santa Monica hostel with easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, UCLA, Venice, Malibu and downtown Los Angeles. A tour operator services the hostel, with daily excursions to Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, and all the area's famed attractions. This location is the largest purpose-built hostel in the USA,just nine miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Come and check out Santa Monica. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica

Address: 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: €48 - €203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - Los Angeles/Santa Monica 2*
Number of rooms: 260
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