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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?

Contact us directly

Atmosphere 73%

Cleanliness 69%

Facilities 62%

Location 96%

Safety 72%

Staff 69%

Value 59%

Showing 41-34 of 34 reviews

94% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
23 Nov 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break

Liked: The staff are very helpful and attentive. They made my stay great and looked after my bags while I went shopping for the day.

Disliked: The surrounding area is noisy and a little sketchy at night.. but earplugs made me sleep wonderfully.

Customer would recommend this property

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

Anonymous
21 Nov 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Beach / sunbathing, Sightseeing & culture, Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Liked: Absolutely amazing location, facilities and staff! Right at the entrance to the Venice Beach, with great room, numerous facilities and services on offer (pool, TV & movies, books, etc.) and excellent staff! We've even had a Thanksgiving dinner made by the staff for all the guests on the Thanksgiving day!The best hostel out of 4 that I visited on my trip to the States.

Disliked: The only suggestion I could probably make would be to make the breakfast selection a bit bigger (even at additional cost).

Customer would recommend this property

71% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Location - 80%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
71% Overall Rating

Anonymous
30 Oct 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture, Work / volunteering

Liked: The staff were very friendly from the moment I arrived and the guests were great. As soon as I went down for dinner everyone who like me was there travelling independently got talking and planned our evenings out. The location is great right on the beach, and I had a great time here, just me as a girl, felt safe and fine and made friends with the other travellers.

Disliked: The food is basic but you're not forced to eat it. It was great to have dinner and breakfast there so you get chatting to people, but yes it's simple but easy enough to go get something else locally.

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

Please remember the GOOD THINGS in VBH Hostel Life: nice social activity between "great guests"- and good talk together over DINNER (VBH is only place in all L.A. and So. Cal that provides you dinner!!). "Friendly staff"; and "feel safe" traveling "alone and a woman"; and "made friends".
VBH is BETTER-what it's all about - for you to be: social and find friends - to stay with on your travels.
Food -"basic": IT is ONLY HOSTEL that provides DINNER. So, pasta & sauce; or veggie Chile & rice,

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

Anonymous
05 Oct 2012

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: Great hostel with friendly and funny stuff that go the extra mile to help you out. This place had a great vibe while we were here and with free breakfasts and dinners the dinning and rec rooms were always full of buzz.

Customer would recommend this property

94% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
25 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Beach / sunbathing, Events / festivals, Partying / nightlife, Shopping, Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Liked: free food

Customer would recommend this property

51% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 40%
  • Cleanliness - 40%
  • Facilities - 20%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 20%
  • Value - 80%
51% Overall Rating

Anonymous
04 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Liked: Great location. The building is old but with character, it could be nice.

Disliked: Staff are rude with hosts. Cameras in every corner to record hosts. Messages everywhere warn the host about what he MUST do and what is PROHIBITED. I mean, rules are important, especially if many unknown people need to live together, but 1. there are ways and ways to communicate the conventions of an hostel, and they decided to adopt the worse, and 2. too many rules are unpleasant and make the host unconfortable, expecially if the staff is excessively rigid with them. If you want to stay in the area, I would definetly suggest Venice beach Cotel, which is just 10 meters to this, beach direction, is much cleaner and staff is nice.

57% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 20%
  • Facilities - 40%
  • Location - 80%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 60%
57% Overall Rating

Anonymous
03 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing

Liked: it is very close to the beach. the stuff is very friendly.

Disliked: we complained about bad roommates and the dirtyness but nothing changed. we saw a huge bug in the room. everything was very old. the bathroom was just nasty. no towels. not enough toiletpaper.

71% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 40%
  • Value - 80%
71% Overall Rating

Anonymous
01 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: It is literally a 5 minute walk to the stripe of Venice beach. It is close to everything, and you get a 10% off of rentals at the board shop around the corner.

Disliked: NOthing was bad about the protperty, its just 1-2 staff there that are always being unresonable and "TWO-FACE"

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

Please - folks, you may always come to VBH staff or managers - if you need SERVICE or HELP. We will always deal with the issue.
How can VBH be "unreasonable" - if guest does not tell us something - as here - and given a chance to be "reasonable". Give us a chance, please.

89% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
89% Overall Rating

Anonymous
01 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: This hostel is in an excellent location, literally around the corner from the beach, right in the heart of Venice! There are large common areas, which makes it really easy to socialise. The staff are friendly and helpful, and we left intending to go back during our next visit to Venice.

Disliked: Although it is good value for money that breakfast and dinner is provided, the meals were pretty much the same each day, and the food was quite stodgy and bland. However, we saved a lot of money by eating two meals a day at the hostel, so couldn't really complain.

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

FOOD - VBH is only place that PROVIDES YOU DINNER in all L.A.! Guest says "couldn't really complain", but gives us a low mark for- "Bland" ? Hell, some like it Bland - and for all others-SPICE it up: we provide - Thai chile sauce; Korean chili paste; BBQ sauce; soy sauce, worstershire; - and - chili powder & granulated; Chinese mustard; garlic, cumin,curry; real onions & granulated; ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise; -and- top it off with Kim chee; real potatoes; and salad dressing. Bland -or lazy?

91% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
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  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
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  • Value - 80%
91% Overall Rating

Anonymous
31 Aug 2012

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: The location is great! It's only 50m away from the beach!This is the 2. hostel I've been with free dinner which is great.

Disliked: There are only two waffle makers in the morning which means most of the time there's a long line waiting but hey it's free breakfast and tastes great so you cannot really complain =)100$ deposit for a 4 bed private room is a bit over the top.

Customer would recommend this property

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