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HI - Los Angeles - Santa Monica

1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, California, 90401, United States

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Overall Rating 90%

From 37 Reviews

Hostel rating (37)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 88%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 96%
Security 93%
Service 89%
Comfort 85%
Green rating 81%

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  • Dorm
    From $33.00
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Santa Monica Hostel

Hostel Santa Monica

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Just two blocks from the beautiful Santa Monica Beach, HI Santa Monica hostel enjoys a superb location close to cafes, restaurants and movie theatres. The world-famous Third Street Promenade, known for its weekly farmers’ markets, excellent food, great shopping and engaging street performers, is nearby.

The largest purpose-built hostel in the USA, there is capacity for 273 guests and a wide range of facilities including free breakfast, Internet access, well-equipped kitchen and daily movies.

Enjoy your stay at HI Santa Monica with easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, UCLA, Venice, Malibu and downtown Los Angeles. The hostel also organizes activities including pub crawls, food events and tours, and there are daily excursions to Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios and all the area's famed attractions.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 14% is payable at check-in.
  • If a cancellation is made within 18 hours of arrival time for a booking of 1 or more nights you will be charged for 1 night.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 4 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car parking nearby
  • Car Parking Nearby Distance - Less than 500 m
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 14:00 to 00:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-310-393 9913

Fax. 1-310-393 1769

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Santa Monica Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Hollywood (More than 10km)
  • Malibu (More than 10km)

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Nice and friendly hostel. The staff are always polite and open when you are talking to them, especially the gent who signed me in as I arrived, sorry I can't remember his name. The only downside for me was the bed. I am 6'5" and the bed was a little too short for me. But not everyone is a giant such as me, so should find the beds a little more comfortable.


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Mon 10 Feb 2020

Hello Chris, Thanks for the feedback, I'll pass along your comment to Matthew who checked you in. Sorry about the bed not being long enough to properly accommodate your height. I am assuming that the beds are a standard size. Over all it sounds like you had a pleasant stay. Please visit again should you return to Santa Monica. Mike

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Michael Perez, Assistant Manager

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Best hostel I've stayed in. That's why I keep coming back


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Sat 08 Feb 2020

Thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We maintain are level of service from guest feedback like yourself. Mike

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Michael Perez, Assistant Manager

Mon 10 Feb 2020

Facilities were comfortable and shower room was clean. But the room was cold because only a thin blanket was provided. When i kept my luggage, I felt like forcing purchase a lock. And brakfast was various.


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Thu 06 Feb 2020

Hello Sohyeon, thanks for providing feedback. Sorry to hear that your room was cold, there should have been extra wrapped blankets on top of the lockers within the room. In the future please notify the front desk regarding issues with the temperature. We have a little leeway to make adjustments. Please visit again should you return to Santa Monica. Mike

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Michael Perez, Assistant Manager

Sat 08 Feb 2020

I had a great stay at the HI hostel in Santa Monica. The location is excellent, it is clean, safe and met the expectations I had for my stay. The mattresses do make a lot of noise, but I honestly didn't mind it after my first night. I really liked the kitchen and cleaning staff. They were smily and friendly and seemed genuinely so :) My friend that I traveled with had a quick read before we went so we knew the breakfast would have single packaging, as it seems to be according to law/regulations. I respect that, but that was definitely my least favourite part. I also wish the breakfast had the basics of alternative milk and bread options for those with lactose and gluten intolerance. But besides from that it was fine. I didn't explore the community ambience as we had made plans for our days from morning till night, but I would have liked to check that out another time.


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Hege Eriksdatter,

Mon 27 Jan 2020

Thank you very much for you feedback and for choosing to stay with us......we really appreciate it! We are so happy to hear you had an enjoyable time! We are looking into some alternative breakfast items and do hope to get rid of all of the single use plastic when we re-do our kitchen later this year/early next year. Thanks again for staying with us and we wish you continued safe travels!

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Irene Gutierrez, Hostel Manager, Los Angeles - Santa Monica

Wed 29 Jan 2020


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (Less than 500m)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (2 to 3km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (3 to 5km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Swimming pool (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

LAX: Shuttle - World WY Bradley Terminal to LAX City Bus CTR to Santa Monica #3.
MTA #733-Cesar E Chvez Ave/Arcdia St-Ocean/Santa Mnica Blvd. MTA #720-Centrl Ave/6thOcean Ave/Clrdo.
LAX: 6.00-23.00 Shuttle - World WY Bradley Terminal to LAX City Bus CTR to Santa Monica # 3 From: LAX City Bus CTR to 4th St/B'way.

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