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Reviews of Venice Beach Hostel - Pacific Avenue

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

72.6% Overall Rating

312 out of 409 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (09/08/2014)

Pierre LAPORTE thinks…

"Young team spirit...the good place for back packers! It's not a normal hotel, it's a clearly "youth hostel". Close to the beach."

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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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72.6%

Overall Rating

312 out of 409 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Venice Beach Hostel - Pacific Avenue'

Atmosphere
72.8%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
67.2%
Cleanliness
72.8%
Staff
68.8%
Value
62.4%
Safety
72.0%
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54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Jens Olsson

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping

10 July 2012

Liked: The location and not so much more.

Disliked: The staff and the smell in the room. It was loud traffic outside.

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

mylene lafleche

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

14 June 2012 mylene would recommend this property

Liked: que le dejeuner et le souper etais compris.. donc moiins de frais a payer

Disliked: la propreté et il navais pas de rideaux sur les fenetre.. de plus cetais une chambre de 6 mais nous etions 7

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

10 June 2012

Liked: Free but simple dinner, two choices rotated every second night. pancakes for breky. location was good.

Disliked: The common room was a smoking-friendly zone.. which is great if you smoke. If you dont you only have the option of your room to hang out. Check-in process can be long.. in our case 30 mins waiting. Few weird older people staying there.. and the place was old and rundown for the price. And because of the smoking smelt like an old pub!

The property's response is...

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

Customer review

As a family with children

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Family Holiday
Relaxation/spa

31 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's only a block from the beach which is good. Show your room key to get discounts on rental bikes. It's a hostel and fine for the budget traveler.

Disliked: Didn't feel welcome when we arrived a bit before 2p which is their check-in time. Got a bad vide and almost wanted to go find another place. Can't say it was just circumstantial, seemed the check-in person's personality was just that way. Was also a bit disappointed to know they wanted a $100 cash deposit in additon to full payment or you had to pay an extra $6 if you used a credit card. Also, wasn't too pleased to see extra money on top of the 10% deposit which occurs since your bank will charge fees on top of the conversion - HostelBookers is based in the UK.

The property's response is...

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

Allan Lim

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

24 May 2012 Allan would recommend this property

Liked: The location was really close to the beach and boardwalk where all the stores and shows are during the day.

Disliked: Lacking a little bit of soul which I associate with hostels. For example, they don't have any activities you can sign up for so the people tend to keep to themselves.

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

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

18 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location, breakfast and dinner us included

Disliked: The lockers are very old.

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

Graham Hopper

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

10 May 2012 Graham would recommend this property

Liked: Brilliant hostel in a great location. Only a short walk from bus stop and a few steps to the beach. Booked a double room which was huge (2 dbl beds), included a safe, free wifi and a PC in the room and a clean bathroom. Free waffles for breakfast were also very nice! We didn't have the free dinner but thats another fab extra. Would happily stay here again!

Disliked: Graham left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Relaxation/spa
Romantic getaway
Visiting friends or family

07 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Near the beach

Disliked: They didn't have my reservation in their computer when I arrived

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

24 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were as friendly as all the travelers. Even after a big week of Coachella fans, they were still friendly to us passers-through. Advice on how to get to and from LAX was very helpful.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Mårten Leanders

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

13 April 2012

Liked: I will never book my accomedation with you again if this happends. That's 80USD extra in the price we had not expect and calculated!

Disliked: The property is pretty rough in the edges, it's good in some ways but they are smoking in the commonrooms the ceeling is licking.

The property's response is...

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

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