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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'

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92.0%
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67.2%
Cleanliness
72.8%
Staff
68.8%
Value
62.4%
Safety
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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%
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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!)

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

Shiv Bhakta

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

08 August 2011 Shiv would recommend this property

Liked: Typical youth hostel with plenty of people, character and things to do, both inside and close by.

Disliked: Noisy at night, smoking in the common area

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

06 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything! Location, free internet, big rooms, quit, safe 24h, ppl, u can cook on yourself or profit from the free breakfast and dinner.

Disliked: Some guest came home late and they were bit noisy, but it calmed down fast!

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

nathan hillbrick

With a large group / tour

Backpacking / gap year

30 July 2011 nathan would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff an meet alot of other traverlers there also

Disliked: nothing at all.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Sightseeing & culture

05 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The Staff were really helpful and friendly, the room was clean.

Disliked: Nothing

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

01 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: We liked the atmosphere and the rooms were tiny. We only had to share our facilities with the others in our dorm (6 people). We also liked the free stuff, like dinner or breakfast.

Disliked: There are no lockers in the room. And the staff is friendly, but theres only a few people at the reception, who really know for example the best way to hollywood, or airport, etc.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

26 May 2011

Liked: Free pancakes and free dinner

Disliked: the location

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

Emily Weir

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

03 January 2011 Emily would recommend this property

Liked: It was really cheap and right on venice beach. Free help-yourself breakfast was good. Front door locked all night which is good for security, its needed in this area.

Disliked: pretty out-dates, a little trashy. Not the cleanest, but we had a private room which was nice.

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

Emmanuel Joubaud

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

08 November 2010 Emmanuel would recommend this property

Liked: The location is great, right next to the most famous spot of Venice Beach, close to places to eat and have breakfast.The price for value is great and they even provide (spartiat) free breakfast (stuff to make waffles) and diner (just pasta).The facilities are also great (huge sofa, TV with many VHS and DVDs, books, board games and even a Wii with DDR !!) and the staff very nice and helpful.

Disliked: The closest parking is only free at night until 8am, but you can park one block away in a residential area for free. The windows are single-layer glass so the rooms are a bit noisy. It was not really a dislike for us since it is also charming and convivial but the rooms and facilities might seem a bit old and made the do-it-yourself way to some people. It does not look like the safest surroundings to hang out at night, though not that scary.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

19 September 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was brilliant and the rooms clean, spacious and comfortable.

Disliked: The common rooms were a bit dirty and people were smoking in the lounge whcih was right next to the kitchen. The kitchen was not very clean.

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

rebekah van leest

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

01 September 2010

Liked: Good location.

Disliked: Didnt have the facilities it stated on the website which was disapointing.

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

alison harte

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 August 2010 alison would recommend this property

Liked: Great location to the beach. Close to bus stop. Room cleaned every day.

Disliked: The smell of the room. Lounge and eating area was smoking permitted - a lot of guests smoking there therefore we did not use the kitchen or lounge area. generally a bit rundown. area at night is a bit sketchy. ask for ocean facing room as otherwise you are overlooking a very noisy street.

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

horvath margaret

Alone

18 August 2010 horvath would recommend this property

Liked: Great friendly people comfortable felt welcome and safe the best location :)

Disliked: no parking for guests :(

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Shopping

04 August 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: there is so much free food at this place, i couldnt believe it. this place was great. it is alot better then the Venice Beach Cotel which i have also stayed at. one of the best hostels i have ever been to. so close to the beach and everyone is so nice!

Disliked: nothing

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

Customer review

Alone

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

07 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: its very close to venice beach and good food. seed is a fantastic organic and vegan cafe

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

06 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: TV in rooms does not work - Was not told unti I asked, and was advised "oh that's because we have not upgraded to digital yet".Was emailed by hostel after booking saying that "the desposit paid was not actually a deposit and still had to pay full amount on arrival". After contacting Hostelbookers about this through their website, I go to reply. I emailed Hostelbookers again about 2 weeks later who advised me that they had spoken to VBH and told them they had to honour the deposit. This was honoured when I got there.They have free pancake/waffle mix every morning, free condiments (sauce, spices, butter, jam/jelly, sugar, coffee mate/creamer), also free pasta, rice and pasta sauce, free wifi aswell. Overall it is a good hotel for perks, but was annoyed I was not told about the broken TV, nor was advised if/when it was going to be fixed.Also, only got new towels when mine were covered in red and black hair dye stains from my hair.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.