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Reviews of HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel

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

89.1% Overall Rating

577 out of 609 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (26/08/2015)

lina zhang thinks…

"Atmosphere and surroundings are so good. If you want to read something, you can find a quiet area to read ; if you want to make friends you can find an area to talk; if you would like to enjoy…"

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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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89.1%

Overall Rating

577 out of 609 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel'

Atmosphere
81.6%
Location
97.6%
Facilities
89.6%
Cleanliness
92.0%
Staff
91.2%
Value
78.4%
Safety
93.6%
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97.1%
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lina zhang

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

26 August 2015 lina would recommend this property

Liked: Atmosphere and surroundings are so good. If you want to read something, you can find a quiet area to read ; if you want to make friends you can find an area to talk; if you would like to enjoy yourself, there are many facilities to satisfy you. Even there is a big kitchen where you can make a good meal you like to have. In one word, I like the hostel very much. I think it is better than a hotel.

Disliked: Some facilities are not very good,especially, electric fan. At night we had to turn on the fan because it was too hot to sleep. while it made too noisy and gave me a lot of trouble to go to sleep. I hope to have central air conditioning instead.

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

Yasmin Mesney

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

19 August 2015 Yasmin would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location, 1 block away from shopping areas and 1 block away from the beach. Felt very safe

Disliked: No aircon in rooms, got extremely hot overnight

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 July 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything

Disliked: Airconditioning is missing

68.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

chris harvey

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 July 2015 chris would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing location. Right by the pier and the promenade. Great facilities too - decent wifi, comfy beds, lockers, room security, great breakfast and couches.

Disliked: Absolutely no atmosphere and completely extortionate. I have traveled for nearly 2 years in total and can safely say this is the most 'sterile' hostel i have stayed at. Nothing is done to encourage guests to interact (beyond a couple of night activities - i attended one but it was so sparsely attended I left early). Despite this, you are paying top dollar (with taxes not included in the hostel bookers price). Yes the facilities are nice and the location amazing but it is not worth what you pay.

The property's response is...

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

David Jean-Allard

Alone

Visiting friends or family

20 June 2015 David would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, nice facilities, helpful staff. Every time I stay with HI, I can always expect high standards.

Disliked: Bathroom was not particularly clean.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 June 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the pier and location makes it easy to visit the surrounding area.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

23 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice area to walk around and explore! Easy and cheap, but 'long' way to LA. Nice people and staff, nice entertaining offers

Disliked: nothing

85.7%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

21 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing kitchen. Great little courtyard area. Really relaxed. Friendly staff.

Disliked: No alcohol allowed.

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

23 February 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nead and tidy - stylish rooms and friendly Personal

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

19 February 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Sunny and relaxing flair.

Disliked: Not enough free safety for your luggage and a bit unhygienic

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

Rory Tope

Alone

Business / conference
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

12 January 2015 Rory would recommend this property

Liked: Amazing location and value considering said location. Clean with friendly and helpful staf. Breakfast a bonus too. I would very much recommend this hostel,it was my first visit to LA and the location is perfect and the hostel was one of the best I've seen.

Disliked: Nothing at all

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

26 October 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location and good facilities

Disliked: NO AIR CONDITIONING!! Very poor, considering it's almost always hot in LA! You end up paying more than the quoted price since they add tax and non-membership fee at the property, nearly $20 for two nights!

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

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

26 October 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location and good facilities

Disliked: NO AIR CONDITIONING! Only fans that blow hot air. Also it doesn't say on the website that tax is not included in the price quoted, only after making a reservation. So, booking a room for 25 Pounds you end up paying 30 Pounds at the property adding tax and non-membership fee...

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

Cody Wisniewski

Alone

Events / festivals

02 September 2014 Cody would recommend this property

Liked: Honestly the best hostel I have ever stayed at. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the location was prime, right by the beach and the 3rd st promenade.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

01 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location , close to the beach and shops. Clean rooms and common areas.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

armand sambastian

Alone

Visiting friends or family

28 August 2014 armand would recommend this property

Liked: colorfull clean quiet safe modern

Disliked: showers inertnet connection

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

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

26 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is fantastic and the rooms are clean. The cleaners do a very good job with the rooms. Breakfast is good and it's what you expect at a Hostel. The staff and volunteers do their best to entertain and assist travellers.

Disliked: Aircon. This place is busy enough to install aircon in the rooms and bathrooms. the bathrooms get so hot that you start sweating as soon as you finished your shower. The hairdryers are terrible so i recommended to bring your own.but Airconditioning have to be installed. It's the second time i've stayed there and i'm perplexed why they haven't installed them yet.

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

Anthony Christie

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 August 2014 Anthony would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, close to Santa Monica pier and just down the road from Venice Beach. Clean rooms with good space.

Disliked: Once again theft seems to be a problem whenever I visit at HI Hostel. Last time my friend had his lock broken and camera and cash stolen from a locker at the HI New York. This time, three of the guys in the room had cameras, phones and iPods stolen. Granted they should have had them locked away in the supplied lockers however the room was locked so possibly it was someone from within the room. No security cameras were in the hallway to see who had come in and out of the room and HI once again cannot do anything to help. No airconditioning in the room is fairly poor for hostel standards in this day and age. Rooms were stuffy and hot, even with the windows open. They also need to relax the 'no alcohol' policy. Makes the hostel quite boring and not nearly as social.

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

Luke Burton

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 August 2014 Luke would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location, the hostel has great facilities and friendly staff!

Disliked: If anything the room was a little bit warm but mostly nothing at all!!

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

Tracey Westcott

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

13 August 2014 Tracey would recommend this property

Liked: Location, especially if you know how to get around it's a great base

Disliked: Tracey left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Warm rooms

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location and nice clean hostel.

Disliked: Wasn't much happening in the hostel on the weekend and not much atmosphere.

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

Siret Matsina

Alone

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

30 July 2014

Liked: really good location. everything is big and clean. enough space to cook etc.

Disliked: At my stay 3rd & 4th floor didn't have any hot water. they said it's gonna be on on monday I left on wednesday and still no hot water. also they were changing the lock system for doors. so I had to go 3 times downstairs just that they send someone to check what's wrong whit our door and why it doesn't open. Also NO AIR on the 4th floor where i stayed. You couldn't breath there or sleep way too hot! I've stayed in much cheaper hostels for much better service and fully air-con.

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

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.