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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 November 2014

I stayed in a 6 person dorm room which was fine, pretty much what you pay for, the nice big lockers were very much appreciated. However if you are staying here make sure you get some really freakin good earplugs as the air conditioning in our room was a massive wall mounted fan which we had to keep on all...

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Reviewed 10 November 2014

This hostel is in a great location within easy walking distance to the beach. The shops and bars around the hostel are fantastic. The hostel had a great vibe with big communal areas and kitchens. The staff where fantastic and helped me out with a lot of recommendations. I would certainly recommend this hostel.

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 6 November 2014

Wonderful location, great staff, bedroom was superb, breakfast generous, socialising areas were abundant and laundry clean and efficient. So why not 5 stars? The bathrooms. The bathrooms are not modern but that is quite acceptable. What disappointed me was the lack of cleanliness in the level 3 male bathroom. Blocked lavatories, cotton buds and other items littering the floor for...

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Newcastle
Reviewed 6 November 2014

My friends and I had booked to stay in this hostel as we wanted to spend a couple of days at the beach and exploring Santa Monica. Upon arrival (10am) we were told we could not check into our room until after 2pm. We were told they could store our bags for us until then. They then took payment off...

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 31 October 2014

The location is great and there are some good facilities but was let down by bad cleanliness during my visit. Every single time I visited one of the communal bathrooms during my two night stay there was blood or some kind of mess, which wasn't exactly pleasant. Other than that, the rooms were decent, the staff were friendly and helpful...

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

Thank you for the feedback Samantha! I'm sorry to hear that the bathrooms weren't as clean as they should have been during your stay. I can assure you that this is not the norm for HI-Santa Monica and that our housekeeping team works very hard to keep the hostel 100% clean for all of our guests throughout the day. I...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 October 2014

This hostel is in a great location to visit Santa Monica beaches, pier and 3rd Street Promenade for shopping/restaurants. Also well connected by bus and cycle routes if you want to venture further in to LA. Great breakfast (which was included in price) had pancakes and cereals and toast! Slight set back was that is was slightly pricey (but hey...

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

Thanks for the review and the great feedback Amy J! August is not only one of our busiest months, but one of our hottest months as well. Still we'd like to apologize that the rooms were so hot during your stay and we want you to know that we're currently working to fix that issue so that it doesn't happen...

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Great hostel. Best kitchen in a hostel ever, they have cheap food nights with BBQ, pizza and pasta. Loved the chill out area out the back. Close to the promenade and the pier with the ability to take cheap tours into la to do the main sites of Hollywood On the expensive side but you get what you pay for.

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Reviewed 22 October 2014

This was a good hostel, located centrally and 1 block away from the beach and the promenade. Room was clean, breakfast was good. Showers were maybe a bit embarrassing but if you are travelling for only a few days you'll get by just fine.

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Rotterdam
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Stayed here for three nights in July. The building is nice and functional. But there are a number of issues. There is no air conditioning. The showers on one floor didn't work. Breakfast was dissapointing and wasn't re-stocked. The electronic card didn't work three times. One time I had to go downstairs in the middle of the night to have...

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 September 2014

Decided to end my summer travelling through the US in LA. Decided on Santa Monica and decided to spend a bit more money for this location. The location of the hostel is unreal!! Right slap bang in the center of everything you need! My only niggle was this out of all of the hostels I stayed in wasn't as good...

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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 St, Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2302
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: €55 - €284 (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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