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Reviews of Los Angeles Surf City Hostel

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

80.2% Overall Rating

269 out of 297 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/08/2014)

Joshua Edmundson thinks…

"Great location right by Hermosa Beach and surrounded by bars so has a good vibe going on!"

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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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80.2%

Overall Rating

269 out of 297 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Los Angeles Surf City Hostel'

Atmosphere
79.2%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
72.0%
Cleanliness
71.2%
Staff
87.2%
Value
79.2%
Safety
80.8%
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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.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ami Price-Gagnon

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

30 August 2011 Ami would recommend this property

Liked: Unreal location and atmosphere. Staff were incredibly friendly. It was in a party area so if you are alright with some noise and want to meet people it is the right place.

Disliked: The public transit is easy from the airport, but other than that it's difficult to get around. But that's LA in general, it's a car city.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

29 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very close to beach, and very good people of all the world. Staff very helpful and nice.

Disliked: Overbooking. When we arrive at midnight discover that the reservation of the first night was overbook... so mi cousin sleep in a common room without lock... very bad.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

23 August 2011

Liked: Location

Disliked: hard to find, very loud not only from the bars around the hostel but from people working/ living in the hostel. room is very small. not really hostel experience just exists for making money.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Daniel Vioreanu

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

23 August 2011

Liked: Location

Disliked: Small room, no check in after 2 a. am., no check out before 8 a.m., no asignements to bed, small public rooms, in room 103 permanently lives someone that takes up all the space, hostel is very loud.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

15 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location,atmosphere

Disliked: space in room

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the beach and small-scale. 10$ bike rent

Disliked: Very far from downtown and hollywood

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

06 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Was right next to the beach and bars. Perfect spot! Really nice people working there!!

Disliked: Many stairs :P

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

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference

30 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location and the staff.

Disliked: The rooms could be a little cleaner. That may however, be somewhat due to the travelers.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

28 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location for the beach, really friendly vibe and good free breakfast. Would have loved to have stayed longer!

Disliked: For a city break it's not ideal as public transport into hollywood and la central is pretty non-existent, that said it can be done if you're willing to take the time/organisation to travel in.

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

Valentina Prodan

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife

21 July 2011 Valentina would recommend this property

Liked: right at the beach, great staff and nice people. totally recommend it

Disliked: the rooms are a little bit small but which hostel has really big rooms?

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

Andrew Deaves

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife

14 July 2011 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Had an awesome stay at Surf City! if your looking for a great location for a beach break in the day and a good party in the evening then Surf City is the place to be! all the people are very friendly and make you feel welcome from check-in to check-out! will be staying here again!

Disliked: everything was perfect!

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

Matthew Smith

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

26 June 2011 Matthew would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff. Great location

Disliked: Tiny rooms

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

Benjamin Coonan

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

23 May 2011 Benjamin would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly, helpful staff. Nice location in terms of proximity to the ocean and the quality of the surrounding neighbourhood. Ample restaurants and bars/pups in close proximity.

Disliked: Not entirely close to LA's tourist destinations, if that's what you're after. LA's public transport options are pretty shambolic and to get to Hollywood or Downtown LA via public transport will take you 1hr 15mins at best, 2hrs at worst. If you're after a safe, leisurely, relaxed time by the beach, however, this is the place for you.

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

Sanna Karlsson

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Business / conference
Visiting friends or family

05 April 2011 Sanna would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing location! It's right on the beach and the perfect place to meet nice people from all over the world! It's also in a small community with everything you need nearby. The next time I'm going to LA, I will definitely go back! Staff was helpful and the other guests very friendly and sociable.

Disliked: It could have been a little cleaner. The hostel relies on people to wash their own dishes and, well, that doesn't always work perfectly. Corridors, common rooms and bedrooms are cleaned (at least gone over) daily though. Also, public transportation doesn't really function, so a rental car is recommended as it's a bit away from the central parts of LA.

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

Tessa Mapstone

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Sightseeing & culture
Partying / nightlife

22 November 2010 Tessa would recommend this property

Liked: This place has a really homey feel to it; lovely, friendly, helpful staff; amazing location (beach views from the window!); clean and comfortable; great common areas and kitchen...We had a great time! (and they have bikes for hire!)

Disliked: Can be a bit of noise from the bars in the street on the weekends.

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

Eric Chollet

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
City break

10 November 2010 Eric would recommend this property

Liked: OK

Disliked: Hard to find. the entry is well hided. the reception is close from 10 pm to 8 am

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

TEDD CHRISTOFF

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

03 November 2010 TEDD would recommend this property

Liked: location was perfect, staff was helpful and fun, and free breakfast.

Disliked: no complaints....

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

Tim Quick

Alone

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

26 October 2010 Tim would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly and helpful staff. Great vibe in an awesome location. Would definitely come visit again. Thankyou to all staff at surf city for the awesome experience!

Disliked: Slightly bigger common areas would have been nice.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Breanna Smith

Alone

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

15 October 2010 Breanna would recommend this property

Liked: It was good if u wanted to spend most of your time out of the hostel. Really close to beach and lots of resteraunts/pubs

Disliked: It wasnt very spacious, the staff were useless.. it seams far away from everything, but its all there, just a bit hidden... sourrounding areas more interesting. The weather was bad so i had nothing to do.