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Reviews of Venice Beach Hostel Los Angeles Hostel

1515 Pacific Avenue, Venice, Los Angeles, USA

Atmosphere 73%

Cleanliness 69%

Facilities 62%

Location 96%

Safety 72%

Staff 69%

Value 59%

What's Included

  • Linen
  • Luggage Room

Facilities

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Free Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Mini Supermarket
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast 4.00USD
  • Towel 0.50USD

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.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 00:00

Latest Check-out: 11:00

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Not Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Los Angeles?

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Atmosphere 73%

Cleanliness 69%

Facilities 62%

Location 96%

Safety 72%

Staff 69%

Value 59%

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80% Overall Rating
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80% Overall Rating

Anonymous
22 Jun 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: Everyone is very happy and friendly. Included breakfast and dinner saves $ which is great.

Disliked: They do not reply to any emails! Took over a week to get my $100 deposit back.

Customer would recommend this property

100% Overall Rating
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100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
18 Jun 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The people are friendly and travelers are great to be around. The location is so perfect! If you just want to walk around and enjoy the views, you are definely in the right place. The price is right on top of all that.

Disliked: Nothing

Customer would recommend this property

86% Overall Rating
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86% Overall Rating

Anonymous
14 Jun 2013

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Events / festivals, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: Right on the beach. Friendly staff. Big common rooms.

Disliked: Could be a bit cleaner (a fresh paint job would go a long way) and the neighborhood is loud, but that's to be expected being right on the beach. It's one of the few hostels I've come across that includes dinner - just wish the veggie chili was vegan (not just vegetarian).

Customer would recommend this property

49% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 40%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
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  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 40%
  • Staff - 40%
  • Value - 20%
49% Overall Rating

Anonymous
12 Jun 2013

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Beach / sunbathing, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: Good location and friendly staff member called Alex.

Disliked: Rude staff especially the manager of the hostel. Upon waiting for over 30 minutes to check in, he said he would be right with us, however when we went to check where he was after waiting even longer, he was in the kitchen having a smoke even though were signs stating no smoking in the hostel. Computers did not work in the rooms, nor the wifi. I hated stayed in many a hostel and I understand staying in a hostel there will always be partying, however there was no quieter times from 12am onwards so there was a constant barrage of people roaming the hallways at all hours drinking and having conversations right outside your room. So much could be done with this hostel if a little bit of their profits was pumped back into the upkeep and management of it. Really disappointing.

100% Overall Rating
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100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
15 May 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The best backpackers I've stayed so far..amazing staff and always helpful 24/7..karaoke night on Thursdays was so much fun..I never realised how terrible I sound on the mic haha :)

Customer would recommend this property

100% Overall Rating
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100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
11 May 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Visiting friends or family

Liked: The staff were very friendly and helpful with all enquiries. The location is fantastic, except for heading into downtown via bus.

Disliked: To get to hollywood and a few of the other tourist sites you need a car. Parking is difficult in the summer season.

Customer would recommend this property

83% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
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  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
83% Overall Rating

Anonymous
09 May 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Partying / nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The Venice Beach Hostel is in a great location, just one block from the beach and the Venice Beach strip! The staff were really friendly on arrival and gave us a tour of the hostels facilities. We had a private double room which was clean and spacious!!! We also got perfect Wifi from our room, which was a real plus. The free breakfast and dinner was really basic but perfect for a hungry traveler on a budget, loved our stay here and would highly recommend this hostel to other travelers! Great value for money.

Disliked: The only downside was having to pay a $100 deposit for the room and the luggage hold facilities weren't very secure (situated in a tiny hole in the wall, with no door in the middle of the lobby). Other then those two minor details an absolutely fantastic hostel!

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

Free Locked Luggage Storage Room for all guests - for stay and AFTER check-out when guest spends check-out day - playing on beach / shopping before flying on. Yours to use & enjoy.
Here, guest is talking about a separate CHECK-IN ONLY luggage holding area for check-in: in front of reception.

97% Overall Rating
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97% Overall Rating

Anonymous
05 May 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: Location and large private room. Also free waffles for breakfast were excellent

Disliked: Laundry not open long enough during day

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

FRIENDS - YOUR GUEST LAUNDRY IS OPEN ALL DAY AND ALL EVENING / NIGHT. IT'S JUST NOT OPEN OVERNIGHT.

94% Overall Rating
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94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
02 May 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: Great, friendly atmosphere

Customer would recommend this property

51% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 20%
  • Cleanliness - 40%
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  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 20%
51% Overall Rating

Anonymous
26 Nov 2012

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Events / festivals, Partying / nightlife, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: The staff were absolutely lovely. Very helpful and friendly.

Disliked: While we were there there was a student film crew filming in the hostel. It meant that for the majority of the day and evening you couldn't access the communal areas and kitchen. On a couple of occasions ( as we actually stayed there a week) we missed dinner due to the times being changed to accommodate the crew. I'm afraid the dinner included in the price can only be described as inedible and the hostel is run down, poorly decorated and not very clean despite the fact that the cleaners insist on accessing your room every morning before 11 which means you have to get out. I won't recommend this place to anyone and if I hadn't paid upfront I would have moved hostels. From what I gather the cotel nearby is a better bet for pretty much the same price.


The property's response is

Venice & L.A. exists for filming, TV and commercials.
When Hostel is used for films, etc.- guests generally love to watch.
Interesting and fun to most - sorry for some who dislike seeing film made.

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