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Reviews of SameSun Venice Beach

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

78.7% Overall Rating

654 out of 732 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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78.7%

Overall Rating

654 out of 732 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'SameSun Venice Beach'

Atmosphere
76.8%
Location
90.4%
Facilities
69.6%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
84.0%
Value
71.2%
Safety
80.8%
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62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

06 August 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is fantastic, it's just a 2min walk to the beach. Basketball courts and "Muscle Beach" is 5-10min walk. Lots of pubs, restaurants and shows going on very nearby. Staff are pretty friendly and helpful.

Disliked: For those who aren't so well travelled and enjoy the safeness of surbubia, Venice Beach and the area the hostel is in may come across as a complete culture shock. At night, it is NOT safe for the faint-hearted and heading anywhere into the residential areas is a definite No-No. In saying that, most people go for the beach and the sights along the boardwalk. Rooms and bathrooms aren't terribly clean and would be depressing if it weren't for the beach views. Place has a lot of potential because of the location and how Venice Beach accommodation is so expensive. It needs some more investment to improve rooms, facilities and safety. The info on pricing is way off. It costs around $80 inc tax/tips to get from/to Union Station. The laundrette is a 20min walk away, despite it being listed as 2min away. I'd research the area a little to know how much things will cost you before booking.

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

Mario Anthony Iacobucci

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Shopping

04 August 2010 Mario Anthony would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, clean, safe & secure, and the staff was very friendly. I enjoyed my experience very much & would definitely return to The Cotel again for another stay.Mario Anthony

Disliked: Mario Anthony left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Partying / nightlife

20 July 2010

Liked: Excellent location right next to Venice Beach.

Disliked: Stayed in a private room in an extremely uncomfortable bed-it almost had springs sticking out of it. The combination of this and the lack of air conditioning made for a very poor nights sleep. There was also only two bathrooms on our floor which always seemed to be occupied.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Romantic getaway

13 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Clean rooms.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

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

07 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everyone was very friendly and helpful. i liked being able to have our own room (so you got some privicy) but still stay in a hostel and get to meet new people. The directions to and from the airport, stations and local attractions were really useful.

Disliked: Some of the locks on the doors were rather loose, but you could always ask to put small essential valuables in the safe behind the desk. The common room was rather smoky too, which was a shame as it was a really nice room.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing

05 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Thanks for having a great time at VBC!

Disliked: -

100.0%
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Customer review

22 June 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: one of the best hostels ive stayed in (and THE best in the US), checkin lady was unbelievably efficient, checkin was a breeze and she never kept me waiting long. seriously, give her a raise, she knows exactly what she is doing. she was american caucasian, <25yrs old.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

18 June 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: SUPER FRIENDLY STAFF AND RIGHT ON THE BEACH!!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Michelle Wardley

13 June 2010 Michelle would recommend this property

Liked: We booked a dorm room but were upgraded to a private, which was great. The private rooms were basic but very clean and serviced each day. The hostel was very quiet (and we stayed over a weekend) and is also really secure, you have to buzz to reception to be allowed in through the main door. The location and transport around venice beach is fantastic. The staff are extremely helpful and available 24 hours a day.

Disliked: Michelle left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

31 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, awesome staff...clean, secure, super little bar :)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

27 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good value foor money Had a bad and smelly room with no view/window first - Switched to room with windows which was perfect

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

24 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location 100 meters from the beach!! i had view of the sea from my window. I was upgraded to an en-suite room, which was nice! Noise from the bar downstairs was lil annoying but not big problem...but still clean and bathroom basically brand new

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

16 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

16 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The people running the place are really friendly and helpful which made the experience the best, rooms are clean but the bathrooms can be dirty. Bit scary in Venice Beach at night so going out from the hostel at these times can be a bit precarious but during the day it is awesome.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Adam Johnson

14 May 2010 Adam would recommend this property

Liked: Reasonably good, serviceable hostel in a fantastic location--you're about 90 seconds from the beach. Street parking is free, available within about two blocks of the hostel and seemed easy enough to get (though I was there on a non-summer weekday). The hostel itself and its facilities aren't terribly memorable, and my mattress wasn't terribly comfortable, but the place is definitely good value for the money.Also I STRONGLY recommend the Townhouse bar located across the street from the hostel--especially on Wednesday nights.

Disliked: Adam left no negative feedback.

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

Talia Standing

08 May 2010 Talia would recommend this property

Liked: The location is fantastic and it is very reasonably priced!

Disliked: Talia left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

06 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Right on Venice Beach. We did the tours from the hostel- picked you up at door and returned you there- tours good. Hostel great, staff helpful and friendly. Facilities good. Right near bus stop to go anywhere else.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Simon Pearson

01 May 2010 Simon would recommend this property

Liked: great party hostel

Disliked: Simon left no negative feedback.

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

Bart Parsons

29 April 2010 Bart would recommend this property

Liked: Our 3rd stay at the Cotel and once again the hostel out performed in every way! Cheers guys for giving us a going away party with no notice! See you next year!

Disliked: Bart left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

28 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: property good , just alot of bums outside on the streeets

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

28 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's a very cool place--not too many people in the dorms, clean, social, amazing location and very friendly staff. Only let down is slightly expensive internet, but hey, can't have everything, right?

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Robert Richardson

28 April 2010 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: It was just nice and friendly for the word go. Lovely staff, friendly guests, right on the beach, a smoking area with free tea and coffee. Need I say more.

Disliked: Robert left no negative feedback.

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

vizioli serena

25 April 2010 vizioli would recommend this property

Liked: staff, free coffee, atmosphere, lounge room

Disliked: vizioli left no negative feedback.

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

Chris Vogias

25 April 2010 Chris would recommend this property

Liked: Its close to venice beach, thats about it. If your a non smoker stay away from this hostel.

Disliked: Chris left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

24 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: friendly, helpful staff

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.