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Reviews of HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica

Hostel | 1436 2nd Street, (btwn S M Blvd & B'way), Los Angeles, California, USA CA 90401

91.7% Overall Rating

552 out of 583 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/07/2014)

"The location was excellent! Just a short walk to the beach, the pier, and 3rd st boulevard."

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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
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Luggage Room USD 5.00

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

**Non Members will pay an additional $3.00 per night. Occupancy Taxes are not included **Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian **Maximum stay is 14 nights during each calendar year. No extensions will be granted and guests may not make back-to-back reservations **Please be Advised: If you are making a reservation for more than 1 guest we will try our best to keep you in the same room however it will depend on our availability at check in time. Please note that we do not accept group bookings for 9 or more people via the website . All such bookings must be processed via the website's groups department. Group bookings for 9 or more people via the website will be automatically cancelled and the deposits will not be refunded. **Accommodations are only available to travelers outside the Los Angeles County Area**

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91.7%

Overall Rating

552 out of 583 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica'

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91.2%
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92.8%
Cleanliness
92.0%
Staff
89.6%
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71.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

26 July 2014

Liked: The location was excellent! Just a short walk to the beach, the pier, and 3rd st boulevard.

Disliked: The rooms felt dirty (but that could be from all the sand people trek in), the rooms were all humid and at least 5 degrees (celcius) higher than the outside temperature (poor air circulation), the showers had no temperature gauge-only on, so it was either waaay too hot, or cold. The showers were also very few in number (only 4 per floor!) and were often closed for "cleaning" even though they never looked clean. They also only had a curtain to separate. Surely you can afford proper shower doors and a bathroom fan!

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

Erika Walkinshaw

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 June 2014 Erika would recommend this property

Liked: It is in such a great location. The staff are amazing and friendly and so helpful. The property is clean and well facilitated. Altogether a great place to stay. Definitely worth it.

Disliked: Erika left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

01 June 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Spacious rooms, a lot of common room where people can hang out, good facilities in general. and of course their breakfast is really good.

Disliked: The room got really hot during the nights, and the AC didn't work properly.

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

Nancy Sayers

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

31 May 2014 Nancy would recommend this property

Liked: Location is great. Staff were all super helpful especially Theo the activities coordinator, he was very welcoming, friendly and let us know about all the hostel organised activities.

Disliked: The free breakfast could have been a little better, ie butter instead of cream but that's really about it.

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Caitlin Charvet

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

19 May 2014 Caitlin would recommend this property

Liked: The location, the lounge bit very well set up and decorated, the kitchen is great and the pub crawl!

Disliked: Nothing!

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location , good facilities , clean and modern rooms , breakfast included

Disliked: Could be a little cheaper , but given the location probably a good deal

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

22 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice. Friendly. Clean

Disliked: For a hostel too expensive

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Martin Norman

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

17 April 2014 Martin would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Some of the staff were extremely rude.

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

Danielle Miles

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

23 March 2014 Danielle would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful staff members, cheap dinner options, greatmlocation

Disliked: Lockers in rooms didnt have locks -you'd have your own

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

Naomi Ibuki

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

26 February 2014 Naomi would recommend this property

Liked: Safe, clean, great location, there hold events / excursions

Disliked: Naomi left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean, nice decor and easy on the eye's. One of the better hostels i've stayed at.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really cool location a block from the mall and a block from the beach. Good breakfast (toast, bagels, yogurt, cereal, fruit). Great big kitchen. Lots of different common areas. Organised activities like tours, walks and pub crawls too.

Disliked: The girls bathroom was a looooong way from the dorm I stayed in on the 3rd floor.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The property felt secure and safe and was in a great location in the centre of Santa Monica. I liked the individual lights with power outlet by the bed.

Disliked: The showers were quite open with little areas for privacy.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything. Excellent hostel with every respect.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

BUZEA DIANE

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

01 November 2013 BUZEA would recommend this property

Liked: Mant facilities, nice living rooms, welcoming people

Disliked: ras

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

amber curtin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

26 October 2013 amber would recommend this property

Liked: the rooms are a good size! i was in a 10 bed all girls dorm and even with all of us in there i didn't feel cramped. we also had our own bathroom which was nice. lots of communal areas to hang out. they have locals some and take you on free tours, just got to pay the bus fare. good breakfast which is included.

Disliked: the atmosphere between guests seems to be lacking, this may be due to the fact the hostel is huge with lots of communal rooms.

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

Kimberley Trueman

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 October 2013 Kimberley would recommend this property

Liked: Great area in Santa Monica, with multiple bus access to the city- very conventiant. Simple breakfast. Great staff. All in all great value and would definatly stay again.

Disliked: A little wait for showers at times. A little busy in morning- dont expect to sleep in, but trust me you dont want to - so much to see and do!

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

Jill Johnston

Alone

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

16 October 2013 Jill would recommend this property

Liked: This is my first time staying at a hostel. I highly reccommend the HI -Los Angeles -Santa Monica for it's location, the excellent staff (friendly and informative) and a very clean and a safe place to stay. on a scale of 5, I would give it a 5. Thanks HI for a positive experience on my first time to L.A. I will tell my friends to visit!

Disliked: I have no dislikes, and will come back again.

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

Sarah Christoffersen

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 September 2013 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and In the center of it all. Eventhough there was only one restroom with 3 showers and 4 toilets it for women it was always clean and I didn't see People wait In Line at all! The halls where clean and I had no doubts about walking bare feet there - it was that clean!

Disliked: Dont have any

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

Shirley Seto

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Work / volunteering

10 August 2013 Shirley would recommend this property

Liked: Staff are awesome! They know everything and they help you out with so much

Disliked: Shirley left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

03 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was fantastic, only one street away from the main shopping district and across from Santa Monica pier and the beach. The common areas are great to spend time in and the hostel offers a number of tours to sign up to. The kitchen facilities were fantastic and the breakfast provided was great.

Disliked: The rooms were rather cramped and didn't have airconditioning but did provide floor fans which sometime battled against the warm temperatures.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture

30 July 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is in the best point in santa monica, super safe, great atmosphere that at the same time respects the space of others. Good service but maybe not as warm as other hostels I've been in

Disliked: It is an expensive hostel

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

14 July 2013

Liked: Breakfast, cleanliness

Disliked: Unhelpful staff, out of date offers sheet for local area, being put in a room with strangers when i asked to be with my friends, miles from the bathroom and a different floor to the person I'd booked with.

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

Silvia de Verga Patzold

As a family with children

Family Holiday

10 July 2013

Liked: Location.

Disliked: It was impossible to close the windows and just in front of the youth hostels they were constructing => very loud. The hair dryer didn't work (they knew it, but didn't do anything about it). It is quite expensive. For half the price I have lived in comfortable hotels.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

10 July 2013

Liked: Good location, close to the beach - but considering the price, you might want to pay less and get there by public transport... or taxi. Kitchen is really big, with a lot of fridge space. Dorms are spacious and beds comfortable.

Disliked: Ridiculously overpriced for what it is (consider u'll have to pay 3usd extra if your not HI member + taxes), and I've been to LA 5 times in many different hostels... After staying in other hostels between 12usd and 20usd per night cheaper (ok, it was in Hollywood, but at least there is nightlife there, more central and they had free shuttle to the beach anyways and they were showing prices with taxes included), I was shocked at the poor facilities: not enough power outlets (I saw ppl litterally calling each other names and fighting over them); no activities organised outside of the hostel; just junk food all u can eat dinners and movie nights (yay!), breakfast is average at best and around 9am you might have to queue to find table space available around 9am -also because the very few power outlets of the hostel are there, it takes ages to get an elevator, no air con... It was my 3rd (and last) stay there, and for the 3rd time I didn't get to really meet any traveller, probably because internet is only in common areas so ppl are stuck to their computers and don't talk to each other. Not a bad hostel, but very cold atmosphere and very bad value for money and hence not recommended for solo travellers