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Reviews of Venice Beach Hostel - Pacific Avenue

Hostel | 1515 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA 90291

75.4% Overall Rating

305 out of 395 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (30/10/2013)

Tamara Davidson thinks…

"Absolutely nothing. My friend and I booked four nights in thos hostel amd after ten minutes inside we felt disgusted and unsafe."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wake-up calls
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 4.00
  • Towel USD 0.50

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

Please note that a refundable deposit will be asked for at check in. *Important notices* Please note: This micro site info and terms control the reservation. Please note: all shared is same price; no specific room/size is reserved (not responsible for reservation service form limitations); VBH places shared in any room as per availability at check-in as it determines. *** off - season SPECIAL NOTICE *** All Specials require minimum 2 DAY stay. Specials on-line are 1 time only; may not be re-booked through on-line services. *Check-in notice* Check-in by 4PM or earlier time provided by guest. Reservation may be released after this time - all or part. If later check-in is needed - Please email or call before 4 pm and request late check-in. Not responsible for released reservation for late arrival without required notice of late arrival. (Original reservation notice is not enough.) *Last minute reservation notice* *Please note: Please make reservations early - special re last minute reservations: Last minute reservations are reservations made within 3 days and have special handling and limitations. Last minute reservations are subject to written email confirmation of reservation by hostel. They are otherwise tentative. You must check for an email confirmation from hostel. With the difference in times between reservation services and hostel; and other crossing reservations - there exists the possibility of no availability for last minute reservations. Venice Beach Hostel Rules and Regulations (R and R's) apply - listed on our website (plant Venice) - please review website. (Planet Venice) Important R & R's (not all), e.g.: Venice Beach Hostel Rules and Regulations (R and R's) apply - listed on our websites (planet Venice) - please review websites. Important R & R's (not all), e.g.: (1) Cancellation requirements (a) By making a reservation you specifically agree to these cancellation conditions. (b) Cancellation is 72 hours prior to arrival date. No partial cancellation of reservation dates. (c) Cancellation only by email or other writing. (d) Please note: VBH cancellation time is different than Reservation Company and controls; (2) PRICES: cash prices quoted - without taxes, deposit or non-cash payment pricing; (3) Due at check-in: city occupancy tax, refundable security deposit; balance of price; and non-cash pricing extra: (4) Reservations more than 30 days in advance may be required to be fully paid. Credit card provided will be used. (5) In event of cancellation within 72 hr. of reservation date/no show: cardholder agrees that credit card will be charged for room reserved if: no-show; on-timely cancellation plus merchant charges incurred for charging these items on card and/or merchant charges incurred for returning any portion will be paid for by cardholder. (6) At check-in: you may not change reservation by reducing the time reserved. You agree to be responsible for the time reserved. Otherwise it may be treated as you making an untimely cancellation. (7) Low price guarantee is for a shared room with the same amenities in room and in hostel and location. (Details in VBH) (8) Reservation company 10%commission will be deducted from VBH room/bed rates; but each day's balance amount is rounded up to the nearest one-half dollar. Items listed above added. Check-in charges will therefore be different than reservation company print-out. (9) Children only in private rooms. (10) Proper and valid ID required. VBH reserves the right to refuse service. (11) Special rules/limits apply for locals in shared-read R and R's before reserving for shared. This reservation service is only for foreign & out-of state travelers who are continuing travels. All others must contact VBH directly to confirm reservation and verify that they are non-locals & travelers.

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75.4%

Overall Rating

305 out of 395 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Venice Beach Hostel - Pacific Avenue'

Atmosphere
72.8%
Location
88.0%
Facilities
70.4%
Cleanliness
71.2%
Staff
79.2%
Value
71.2%
Safety
75.2%
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Hannah Heggie

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 April 2012 Hannah would recommend this property

Liked: Really close to all the action on Venice Beach. The breakfast and dinner is great, excellent value for money. Nothing flashy but the staff are really helpful and it's everything you can expect for the price/description. Would recommend it!

Disliked: A little tricky to find the place at first...

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

04 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The breakfast and dinner are good, basic but you can jazz it up. Good common area, spacious and comfy.

Disliked: This place is pretty old and so is everything in it, in room wifi is crap, in room computers need updating and they are slow. Laundry is only available after 8pm or before 10am due to the cleaners using it to wash sheets etc- there is only one washer and one dryer for a pretty big hostel- they should have more. Two things we look for when booking is in room wifi and laundry and both here were crap.

The property's response is...

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

Pauline Duffield

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

05 February 2012 Pauline would recommend this property

Liked: Staff + location, location

Disliked: A few rooms can be noisy.......so nothing new there!

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
Sightseeing & culture

04 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free breakfast, dinner wifi. There are computers in the rooms. Clean and comfortable. Fantastic location one street back from the beach. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the hostel was fine but old fashioned....the waffles in the morning are great...the best thing bout the hostel is free wifi n breakfast and dinner included

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Marcus Berggren

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

29 November 2011 Marcus would recommend this property

Liked: Good location and friendly staff.

Disliked: Not totaly easy finding all the breakfast food.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

16 November 2011

Liked: location, laid back, free breakfast computer in room

Disliked: not very clean, hair all over everything and lots of old towels, toiletries in bathroom

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

12 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, friendly staff, clean spacious rooms and cozy beds, WiFi in the rooms, best bang for the buck. Recommended to anyone visiting LA / Santa Monica.

Disliked: Nothing to complain about.

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

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

02 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the airport, next to the Venice Beach. Ideal place for the first night for waiting a friend flying from other city...

Disliked: Not very efficient staff... Check in took almost 2 hours and they did not even offer the people to put their luggage in the storage room while waiting.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

24 September 2011

Liked: location near beach internet

Disliked: see above

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

Gus Campos

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 September 2011 Gus would recommend this property

Liked: Location and price

Disliked: Nothing

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

15 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: -

Disliked: It seemed as if the staff would have no idea about how to check people in. Theire system is too bad and so they haven't had our reservation...we had luck because after about an hour waittime we finally got our room but a lot of people that also had a bedbooked for the night were sent away and they often overbook theire hostel!!!!

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

14 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: free breakfast and lunch, super nice staff

Disliked: a few party hungry young guys, but nothing really bad

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

10 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Seconds from the beach, had a great view from the room, very close to public transport, very close to shops, bars, eateries, etc. Room was clean and spacious, the free food was also good!

Disliked: Can be slightly noisy at night, but this is a small price to pay for the location!

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

PAUL CURTIS

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 September 2011 PAUL would recommend this property

Liked: The property has all the facillities you would need. Free internet, WIFI, breakfast is good, the free dinner is pasta or rice, which you have to cook yourself. The rooms are cleaned daily, and despite being a bit old and shabby feel clean. Location is great for Venice beach

Disliked: It is a bit run down. The staff are helpful, but not friendly. I had to pay more than what was described on HB. The location is great for the beach, but miles from Hollywood. It is not a safe area to be out at night time. No AC in the stuffy dorms

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Jens Wilde

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

05 September 2011 Jens would recommend this property

Liked: good location, very close to the beach,

Disliked: kitchen selfservice - the expected BREAKFAST AND DINNER was no more than ingrediants like pasta or pancakes stuff . Ok for one day - dishes not very clean

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

Iona Rennie

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

02 September 2011 Iona would recommend this property

Liked: Great relaxed, chilled out atmosphere, very sociable! Free wifi and internet/PC's in rooms. Breakfast and dinner available along with good cooking facilities, provide all extras condiments etc. Staff very helpful and friendly.

Disliked: Nothing

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

31 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Computer with internet in the room. Free wi fi. Location next to the beach and pubs. Huge room.

Disliked: If you pay with credit card, theres a recharge. You have to leave a 100 usd deposit when you arrive (they give it back to you when you check out)

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

Melissa Barnes

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

31 August 2011 Melissa would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere in the hostel was great and the common rooms where a perfect place to meet other travelers. The hostel is in a fantastic location 2 minutes from the beach and heart of Venice.

Disliked: They didnt have my booking on file, but they managed to find me a room. They and a lot of other hostels in Califonia need to update there room allocation systems to the online world and not just bits of paper.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Venice Beach Hostel is a chilled hostel with everthing you need including breakfast (pancakes) and dinner (pasta or rice) The location is awesome!! Plently of shops and food near by!! There's also BLUE bus's really close, that can take you where ever you want..Santa Monica for just a $1!!! Venice Beach hostel was great I enjoyed my stay very much!!

Disliked: Didnt get to stay longer!!

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

Related Sarudi

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Work / volunteering

21 August 2011 Related would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere, PC in every room, friendliness of staff. LAX is close.

Disliked: Dirty lounge and neighbourhood.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Ziva Fajfar

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

19 August 2011 Ziva would recommend this property

Liked: Very spacious room, helpful staff.

Disliked: A bit far from everything.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, free waffles FTW!

Disliked: Took a long time to get me a key, although i'm sure this was a very isolated incident

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa

17 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: - pc in every room - huge room, lot of space

Disliked: - breakfest and dinner a little poor

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

ferhat arar

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

09 August 2011

Liked: the location is terrific

Disliked: 1.the building is not at all maintained, place is doomed to fall apart 2. Management is mildly honest: - my credit card was so called "declined" there because they prefered cash - they "forgot" I already paid an advance on hostelbookers - my booking was originally accepted then cancelled for the last three days - I had to ask to get a receipt 3. There was supposedly an Internet Computer in the room that never worked (was relying on it!)