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Reviews of Los Angeles Surf City Hostel

Hostel | 26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA CA 90254

83.2% Overall Rating

264 out of 290 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/05/2014)

Lisa jaeschke thinks…

"The Location is unbeatable! I could see the Ocean while taking a shower, right on the pier, if you want to surf and or party. It's far out from central LA but you can rent a car or take the bus…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Nightclub
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.00

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Check in; 11am till 1am, if your checking in after 10pm please call in advance

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83.2%

Overall Rating

264 out of 290 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Los Angeles Surf City Hostel'

Atmosphere
78.4%
Location
93.6%
Facilities
75.2%
Cleanliness
75.2%
Staff
89.6%
Value
86.4%
Safety
84.0%
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71.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Connie Hinchliffe

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

13 August 2012 Connie would recommend this property

Liked: Great location and friendly staff.

Disliked: There are lots of people permanently living at this hostel and they treat it as if its their home ... and that you are in their space. You don't really get a hostel experience because of that.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

18 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is awesome. However a lot of stuff is far away and LA public transport isn't that good. They rent bike for 10$ here though, which is really nice.

Disliked: Internet doesn't work all the time or can be very slow

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

14 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely and friendly staff, met some good people.

Disliked: Could be a little cleaner, rooms were a little stuffy.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

02 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, friendly staff. Awesome pubs and food downstairs. Coll vibe all around.

Disliked: Breakfast was cereal not eggs. But that's my thing :).

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Renee Smith

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

26 June 2012 Renee would recommend this property

Liked: Location,location,location! Awesome staff. Had a great time!

Disliked: Nothing.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I like the location, the stuff is really friendly, you can wash your clothes.

Disliked: Breakfast isn't good. you have to carry your havy suitcase up the stairs.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

12 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great staff, awesome location right at the beach and good value for what you get!! Bike hire is cheap and rocks :-)

Disliked: The bathrooms are not that great and not that clean, but ok.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

11 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice and near to the beach

Disliked: nothing

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

26 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the hostel is pretty much ON the beach.

Disliked: it is right above a pub, which can make it loud.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Joel Jokinen

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

22 April 2012 Joel would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, clean facilities and the view from the bedroom window is the beautiful Hermosa Beach. Next door to awesome bars and restaurants as well!

Disliked: A bit noisy due to the bars next door - the bass thumping is not very nice when you're trying to sleep. The kitchen is a bit too small but there always still seemed to be enough room to cook and move around. The common areas aren't too welcoming but Hermosa Beach is best enjoyed outside anyways.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Right inthe beach

Disliked: Breakfast wasn't Great, it was the only thing included so I would say its over priced

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

29 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is excellent for anyone who likes the beach, night life and sunshine! It's the california you've seen on beverly hills 90210 and the OC ! We stayed three nights longer than we ever intended!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 February 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: atmosphere, close to the beach, very friendly staff

Disliked: rooms not as on the pictures, loud (no problem for me, but maybe for others)

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Louise Tudge

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 January 2012 Louise would recommend this property

Liked: It was in a really good location and the staff were fab! very helpful! They have lot's on offer i.e bikes for only $10 a day!! We cycled to Venice beach which was such a good day. Lot'f of pubs/restaurants on the doorstep... b

Disliked: The kitchen was very small, making it hard to cook and sit down at a table to eat.... and no outdoor area... but apart form that all good :)

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Kay-cee Mikkelson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 January 2012 Kay-cee would recommend this property

Liked: It was great the staff are really friendly, and I am staying there again because of it!!!

Disliked: Kay-cee left no negative feedback.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

15 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel is great value for money and run by really helpful people. at the time i stayed it was filled with friendly people who were able to meet in the good common roon. a great location on the beach and all the sights are either a bike ride, or bus and metro journey

Disliked: Nothing

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Relaxation/spa
Visiting friends or family

13 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location.is the only reason.

Disliked: Lack of security. Too many strange people are staying here that are unemployed Americans vs. nice traveling Europeans, Asians and South Americans or Australians. Other hostels don't allow this.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Michael Cole

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 December 2011 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: Great value for the money. Excellent location that is, literally, right on the beach.

Disliked: Michael left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

18 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location, its in a really nice beach community with a good few bars and decent surf

Disliked: Needs more space for social areas, and lockers would also be a good idea

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

simon hilton

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

18 November 2011 simon would recommend this property

Liked: Clean sheets, bathroom and so close to the beach :)

Disliked: A little loud if not your thing

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Diana Munoz

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Work / volunteering

01 November 2011 Diana would recommend this property

Liked: Location, how safe it felt, and the staff were really friendly and helpful.

Disliked: Really hot in the rooms and really loud at night from the outside music venues.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Stephen Lynn

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

14 October 2011 Stephen would recommend this property

Liked: Location, Location, Location! Friendly staff managed by english speaking French woman that is also approachable & friendly. A younger looking Steven Segal lookalike keeping the place safe at night - lol and other members of staff are also approachable and willing to give help if needed? You are presented with clean sheets upon arrival in your room and given a guided tour of facilities i.e. kitchen, common room with Satellite TV & paid internet point, quiet room with a large table to sit your laptop on with free Wi-fi access in the Hostel plus Hermosa Beach provides free internet access also to the public and so you can sit outside in the sun surfing on net! The rooms, hallway & common areas plus showers & toilets are cleaned on a daily basis. Plenty of information on the wall providing you multiple options of what to do in the area and where to visit, bus time tables on show ($1 on the beach transit bus located outside on the main street next t othe Hostel taking you to/from LAX bus city center otherwise $1.50 on Metro bus no. 232 taking you along Pacific Coast Highway). There is an option of bike hire for $10 per day to cycle along side many miles of beach on dedicated on a cycling concreted trackway that are mostly throughout level, Manhattan Beach is next to Hermosa Beach with plenty of small bars & boutiques and other shops. Supermarkets within 15 minute walk i.e. Vons, Ralphs and a Pharmacy known as CVS next door to Vons. Also, within that walking time to McDonalds, Chipolte and many small cafes/bars for meals, plus a Mexican cafe within a few minutes walk of the Hostel that is really cheap. Otherwise walk up Aviation to get your haircut at Supercuts that is reasonably priced and further up to visit Biglots store quality cheaply priced goods. There is more! You can take the metro bus no. 130 to take you to South Bay Galleria with it's huge number of shops & AMC cinema, outside many more stores i.e. Target, TJ Maxx, Ralphs and many new stores have opened up what is now known as South Bay Market Place. Just take a connecting bus south on Hawthorne will take you Del Amo Shopping Mall with a vast number of shops and just before that Sears & Marshalls, etc...! Surfing is good beginners/moderates as waves are 2/3 feet or by Manhattan Beach 3/4 feet high with nearby safe coverage of Lifeguards & station. Remember this area gets great sunny weather almost all year round and even now you'll need sunglasses as it hovers around 70/75 fahrenheit, but it can creep upwards too with a dry heat rather than being humid! Many people return to the same place and I will do so soon too, as I enjoyed my stay very much!!!

Disliked: No real dislike, but if you're not into noisy bars that are located underneath Hostel, but not to worry everything nearby shuts down by 1am because this is really popular location for tourists/students and locals which is nightly. Also, don't worry Police do patrol on a regular basis and making te place very very safe indeed!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Rebecca McLoughlin

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

30 September 2011 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: It is very close to the beach and the hostel lets you rent bikes for 10 dollers a day so you can cycle down to santa monica.. There are a varied number of bars close by which offer good entertainment. I personally liked that it was set ouside of Hollywood, although hollywood was reachable by bus and train, it takes a while, but we did it hungover and it wasn't too far, but if you were more interested in that end of town then you would be better to stay closer, this is more a place if you want to surf or relax on the beach.

Disliked: That the bathrooms were unisex, but thats me being a big girl!

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Jonas De Beukelaer

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

22 September 2011 Jonas would recommend this property

Liked: Perfect location if you're planning on spending time at the beach, And they give out free volley balls and body boards. They also have discount codes for the local supermarket

Disliked: Not the cleanest of hostels, not sure if sheets are washed/washed well. Also, the kitchen is way too small for the amount of people there in the morning.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great loction by the beach and bars are directly under and to each side. Great place to party :-)

Disliked: A bit dirty and old with the showers etc, and its not secure to from the public. Had my camera nicked from teh comon room. But then again I did leave it there in my bag.