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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

90.1% Overall Rating

561 out of 593 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (02/09/2014)

Cody Wisniewski thinks…

"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."

Read all HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel reviews

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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90.1%

Overall Rating

561 out of 593 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica Hostel'

Atmosphere
87.2%
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100.0%
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90.4%
Cleanliness
93.6%
Staff
88.8%
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76.8%
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100.0%
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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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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.

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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%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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