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Reviews of SameSun Venice Beach

Hostel | 25 Windward Ave., Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA 90291

79.7% Overall Rating

656 out of 735 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (04/05/2014)

Beth Dalgleish thinks…

"The location is amazing - right on the beach, you walk outside and you're basically smacked in the face with CALIFORNIA. In a great way. Our view had an awesome view looking out onto the beach, and…"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Fax
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

All Guests Need Valid Passport Upon Check In and anyone without valid ID will be charged a nights stay and will not be allowed to remain on the premises. All Credit Cards will be charged for the first nights stay at 8:00am (PST), if it's not approved your bed will be set free. So please call if you have any Credit Card issues at least 24 hours in advance. All payments must be done CASH only.

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79.7%

Overall Rating

656 out of 735 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'SameSun Venice Beach'

Atmosphere
78.4%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
69.6%
Cleanliness
77.6%
Staff
88.0%
Value
72.8%
Safety
80.0%
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85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

03 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Disliked: The wifi was too expensive and the double bed my partner and I used in a private room was too soft and sank in the middle too much, squashing us together. Also, although there was an overhead fan, the room was a bit hot and stuffy.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Marcus Stenbeck

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

30 June 2011 Marcus would recommend this property

Liked: It's right on the Venice Boardwalk and there are many activities for the people staying at the hostel.

Disliked: It slightly smells like piss, the rooms have no air-conditioning except a fan in the ceiling that doesn't make a difference, the lighting gave me a headache, and our view was straight into a dorm across a hallway.

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

Alexandra Vassiliadis

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

29 June 2011 Alexandra would recommend this property

Liked: great location, right at the beach!

Disliked: i only stayed for a night, so didn't spend that much time at the hostel.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

21 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: position, staff assistance

Disliked: Many stairs with no lift. Not suitable for older folks

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

HAIGUANG Chu

As a family with children

Events / festivals
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

13 June 2011 HAIGUANG would recommend this property

Liked: The reasonable price.

Disliked: There is only one chair in the private room. The shower water cannot go through fast enough so that your feet are in the water.

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

Kim Martin

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

31 May 2011 Kim would recommend this property

Liked: Ideal location

Disliked: .

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: cheap. best location. spacious rooms - i stayed in the mixed 6x with attached bathroom - friendly staff. smallish kitchen was never an issue. will definitely stay there again.

Disliked: having to pay for wifi that was fairly shotty at times.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing

30 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location of the Cotel (at the beach) is very nice. It is a bit long but very easy to come from the train station with just one bus. The property is clean and secure. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Disliked: The bed in our double room was ridiculously small. The kitchen was very small and not well equipped (no real stove).

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

27 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is great - right on the beach and easy to get buses all over LA. Staff were very helpful and there is a planned event every night which is great way to meet people.

Disliked: Too few bathrooms.

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

Robert John

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

21 May 2011 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: As stated clean, good staff and helpful

Disliked: You should state if you have windows or not, other than that everything was fine.

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

Mary Gilbert

With my spouse / partner

Events / festivals
Family Holiday

21 May 2011 Mary would recommend this property

Liked: The great location, price and friendly welcome from the staff.atmosphere was cosy and safe.

Disliked: Not enough tea cups and mugs provided in the kitchen...could not make a much needed cuppa!

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were friendly and the rooms were really good!

Disliked: The kitchen is quite small and does not have a cooker.

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

Customer review

As a family with children

Family Holiday

10 May 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great locatiin if you want to be in the centreof the promenade, staff were friendly and helpful, clean sheets and bathrooms.

Disliked: grubby carpets, hit room

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

Chris Hisgrove

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

05 May 2011 Chris would recommend this property

Liked: Nice view over the beach and sea, very nice and friendly staff had a great time.

Disliked: Venice beach isnt the best place at night

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

Dominik Baumer

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

01 May 2011 Dominik would recommend this property

Liked: Absolutly worth the Money!! The Location is great and the staff is very nice and helpful! The rooms and the restrooms are clean and tidy and it's a real good place to meet people as the hostel provides a lots of evening activities and bar/pub crawls.

Disliked: Unfortunatly, you have to pay for the Internet and there is no breakfast included. (At least you get free Coffee and Tea in the mornings) We went there in April and althought there was a fan on the ceiling it got really hot in our room and i don't want to imagine how hot it gets in the high summer.

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

Daniela Sbrisny

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break

24 April 2011 Daniela would recommend this property

Liked: I loved the location and the guys from the hostel. They organized nights out and were super friendly. Venice Beach is really quite after 9 pm but there are a few places to have dinner and have a few drinks just around the corner. I stayed there 4 days and was not bored.

Disliked: Free Internet would be great for all.

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

James Ratcliffe

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Family Holiday
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

24 April 2011 James would recommend this property

Liked: Right on the beach!

Disliked: Only window in our room faced a brick wall, but this really doesn't matter while you're sleeping.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

18 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: In front of the beach, safe, clean

Disliked: nothing

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

31 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean, friendly and a good location

Disliked: The common areas were not big enough for the number of people staying

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

20 March 2011

Liked: the location

Disliked: The matras

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

vanessa christie

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 March 2011 vanessa would recommend this property

Liked: The location was great - right by the beach and all the action. Within walking distance of Abbott Kenny and 1 min from bus stop to airport, UCLA, Getty. Great locale in vibrant part of LA.

Disliked: The kitchen was pretty bad. Small, dirty, not any utensils, no stove or stove-top and no table and chairs for more than 1 person...Definitely needs work. This was barely a place to prepare a bowl of cereal, let-alone an actual meal. Restaurant SEED across the street was delicious though - although pricey for a backpackers budget, its organic, vegan fare was a delicious reprise from the usual stuff you eat while on the road.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice bar. Willing to arrange a lot (for example tours or taxi).

Disliked: The kitchen is a bit small. There are not that much facilities to use. This time is was not busy in the hostel, but in a busier period it's definitely not possible to cook on only one cooker. A few more showers would also make sense. 2 per floor isn't that much.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: right on the beach beside venice beach. fairly decent sized room for 6 people

Disliked: could have been cleaner, bathroom was a bit stinking. A bit dodgey going out around this area at night so many people dont. i dont know if i would stay here again. i think i would choose to stay in santa monica next time and just walk up and down to venice beach for the market as ther is not much else there really.

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

jessica emond gagnon

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 February 2011 jessica would recommend this property

Liked: The location is perfect, 1min.to Ocean and skatepark! Nice view

Disliked: Noisy

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

Customer review

Alone

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

30 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location was great, being right near Venice Beach and all its greatness. Staff were great and very informative and keen to help. Room I stayed in was good, awesome having a bathroom in the room of 4 bunks. easy to get to from LAX.

Disliked: nothing really, kitchen was a bit funky but it was fine.