Hostels in Los Angeles

Hostels in LA Are for More than Just Youthful Travelers

Hostels in Los Angeles offer a relatively inexpensive lodging option, especially for international travelers, students on a budget and solo travelers looking to socialize. Hostel accommodations are very hit or miss, especially because they are often staffed by international travelers who only stay for a month or so. If you’re lucky you find a clean bed and friendly staff, if not, you find bed bugs and eccentric owners or rude employees. This can all be at the same establishment from month to month. Hostel bed prices have doubled in the last few years, so if you have two or more people, you may get a better bargain on a budget motel than two dorm beds, but you won't get the same party atmosphere. Many hostels also have private rooms available.

Hostel Check In Criteria

Some hostels require membership. Many require a foreign passport, or an out-of-state driver’s license and current student ID, at least for dorm rooms. This is a good thing, as it decreases the chances of finding the...MORE local homeless population in residence using hotel vouchers.

Taxes at Hostels

Hostels are required to charge the occupancy tax rate of the city where they are located, ranging from 10 to 15.5 percent. For some reason, many of them do not add the tax to the charge when you book the room online, but you are required to pay the tax when you check in.

If you are looking for spotless rooms or a quiet night’s sleep, hostels may not be for you. If it’s all your budget can handle, pack your earplugs, keep a strict watch on your stuff and bring a good attitude and an interest in making friends with other travelers.

Here are the top hostels in Los Angeles.

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    USA Hostels

    USA Hostels in Hollywood
    ••• USA Hostels in Hollywood. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    USA Hostel in Hollywood is not quite as central as some others, halfway between the Hollywood & Highland and Hollywood & Vine Metro Stations. It gets the highest ratings of all the LA hostels.
    Address: 1624 Schrader Blvd, Hollywood,CA 90028
    Located on a side street near all Hollywood Blvd. attractions
    Phone: (323) 462-3777 or 1-800-524-6783
    E-mail: hollywood@usahostels.com
    Website: www.usahostels.com/locations/hollywood/
    Rates: 8 room classes from 6 or 8-bed dorm rooms at $45-$52/bed, to semi-private rooms and suites from $115 - $140, discounted weekly rates, Private baths in all except semi-private rooms.
    Check-in Criteria: International travelers 18 and older with valid foreign passport and proof of international travel, U.S college students with a current out of state college ID with a government issued id (driver's license, etc). Mixed dorms are reserved for couples or siblings traveling together. Couples must reserve two beds.
    Features: Guest kitchen, lounge with...MORE stage, garden patio, free cook-your-own pancake breakfasts, free linens, free lockers, free incoming phone calls, Internet access, free wireless access for laptops, onsite laundry, daily activities such as pub crawl, walking tours, bus tours, free beach shuttle, reimbursement for airport shuttle, no curfew

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

  • 02 of 11

    Orange Drive Manor Hostel

    Orange Drive Manor is in a 1910 manor home centrally located just behind the Hollywood & Highland Center within walking distance of most Hollywood attractions. The property was once a boarding house for Hollywood actors like Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth.
    Address: 1764 North Orange Drive, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Located in a 1920’s manor house on a residential street near the Hollywood Walk of Fame and attractions
    Phone: (323) 850-0350
    Email: Info@orangedrivehostel.com
    Website: www.orangedrivehostel.com
    Rates: Dorms $40 to $48, private singles or doubles $86 to $98, Private rooms for groups from 3 to 6 $40-$48 per person, advance payment by PayPal or travelers check, no credit cards (or book at Hostelworld below), ok to arrive without reservations, Parking $5/day
    Check-in Criteria:  No guests from Greater LA area. Proof of travel required.
    Features: Free breakfast, free WiFi, free lockers, free luggage storage, guest kitchen, onsite laundry, small common room with TV, patio...MORE BBQ, towel rental, no curfew. 
    Note: children are allowed, but must be approved directly with the property.

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

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    Banana Bungalow Hollywood (former Vibe Hotel)

    Banana Bungalow took over the old Vibe Hotel and brought back the dorm rooms as well as trying to offer everything a backpacker or hosteler might be looking for. There is also a Banana Bungalow in West Hollywood.
    Address: 5920 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028; 603 N. Fairfax Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
    Phone: (323) 469-2500 Office, (877) 977-5077 Toll Free in US
    Email: hollywood@bananabungalowus.com
    Website: www.bananabungalow.com
    Rates: 4-6 bed dorm rooms have a kitchen and private bathroom, male, female or mixed $33 and up, Private rooms in small, regular and premium, $103 and up, extra charge for 3 or more people in a room. Weekly rates are available.
    Check-in Criteria: Proof of international travel required. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. Under 16 may not stay in dorm rooms. 
    Features: Free parking, free Internet, free breakfast, free coffee, linen included, laundry, fitness center, air conditioning, weekly discounts, game room, basketball and...MORE BBQs, in-room kitchens, in-room cable, late checkout, TV, meals available, luggage storage, discounted tours, free Airport pick up with 4 nights paid.

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

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    Hostelling International – USA - Santa Monica International

    Hostelling International is a membership organization. Non-members can pay a daily temporary membership fee of $3 per day in addition to bed rates. 
    Address: 1436 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90401
    Phone: (310) 393-9913
    Fax: (310) 393-1769
    Email: reserve@hilosangeles.org
    Website: www.hiusa.org/california/los-angeles/santa-monica
    Rates: Bed prices from $34-55 +tax in 6 to 10-bed dorms, tax included
    Check-in Criteria: Guests must live outside of Los Angeles County. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 14 nights per year.
    Features:  24-hour check-in, linens included, towels included, elevator/lift available, wheelchair accessible, kitchen, meals available, common rooms, outdoor terrace, steam room, laundry room, game room, Internet access, currency exchange on site or nearby

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at TripAdvisor.com

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    Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel

    Hollywood Walk of Fame Hostel
    ••• Hollywood Walk of Fame Hostel. Photo © 2014 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel, previously known as the Hollywood International Hostel, is right on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. 
    Address: 70381/2 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles
    Located near Hollywood Blvd. attractions
    Phone: 1-800-750-6561, Outside USA (323) 463-0797
    Email: info@hollywoodhostels.com
    Website: www.ushostel.com
    Rates: Dorms (3 - 4 beds per room) from $35 (plus tax) per night, Private Rooms: From $115 (plus tax) per night. Proof of international travel required. 
    Check-in Criteria: International travelers 18 and older with valid foreign passport and proof of international travel. No children or pets allowed. Mixed dorms are reserved for couples or siblings traveling together. Couples must reserve two beds.
    Features: non-smoking hostel, common room, reading room & book, exchange, guest kitchen, breakfast included, 24-hour reception/check in, no curfew/lockout, laundry on site, lockers, free Internet, discounted pick up from airport, bus or...MORE train station, luggage storage, steam room

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com​​

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    Samesun Venice Beach (formerly Venice Beach Cotel, still using old website)

    The Venice Beach Cotel is part of the Samesun Backpacker Hostels chain. It is located right on the Venice Beach Boardwalk in a 2nd floor walk-up with ocean views from the common area and lots of group activities.
    Address: 25 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
    Located on Venice Beach boardwalk
    Phone: (310) 399-7649
    Email: reservations@venicebeachcotel.com
    Website: www.venicebeachcotel.com
    Rates: $40-50 and up shared, Private rooms from $150-$175
    Check In Criteria: 18 and up, valid passport required.
    Features: Non-smoking, no curfew, Free breakfast, free Wifi, 24-hour reception, linen included, towels for rent, lockers, safe deposit box, card phones, kitchen,luggage storage, tour desk, bike rental, steam room, vending machines, 24-hour security
    Note: Valid passport required including for US citizens. No elevator. No parking.

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

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    Surf City Hostel - Hermosa Beach

    Surf City Hostel is located a block from the beach in Hermosa Beach between two bars that play loud music until 2 am, so it's a great location to party, but not so much if you want to go to bed early.
    Address: 26 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
    Phone: (800) 305 2901, Outside US (310) 798-2323
    Fax: (310) 798-0343
    Email: info@surfcityhostel.com
    Website: www.surfcityhostel.com
    Rates: From $35-45 for dorm beds, From $92/couple for a double room, weekly rates available. Ocean view rooms available (higher cost).
    Check In Criteria: 18 and up, valid passport required.​
    Features: Free breakfast, free WiFi, linen included, free bodyboards and volleyballs, kitchen, laundry, luggage storage, lockers, bike rental, surfboard rental, tour desk, card phones, free street parking nearby

    Easy booking on , additional reviews at 

  • 08 of 11

    Stay on Main

    Stay on Main is located in a beautiful historic building in Downtown Los Angeles with strangely modern shared or private rooms.
    Address: 640 South Main Street, Los Angeles
    Phone: 1-310-831-8109
    Fax: 1-310-831-4635
    Email: SouthBay@hiusa.org 
    Website: www.hiusa.org/california/los-angeles/south-bay
    Rates: Bed prices $45 in 4-6 bed dorm rooms, twin private room with shared bath $105, with ensuite bath $125
    Features: Non-smoking, Free breakfast, linens and towels included, free internet, common room, fitness center, laundry room, luggage storage, 24-hour reception, adaptors, games, wheelchair friendly, ceiling fan

    Easy booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

    Continue to 9 of 11 below.
  • 09 of 11

    Orbit Hotel

    Orbit Hotel is a budget hotel and hostel in LA's Fairfax District
    Address: 7950 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90046
    Located near Melrose Avenue shopping, CBS TV Studios, Farmer’s Market, Beverly Hills
    Phone: Toll Free (855) 846 - 7835, local (323) 655-1510
    Website: www.orbithotel.com
    Email: management1@orbithotel.com
    Rates: 30 rooms. 6-bed dorms with private bath $27-37/bed, private queen-bed rooms with bath $85 - $99 for 1 or 2 people. Fee for additional people in room. Weekly specials on dorm rooms. Credit Cards Accepted
    Check-in Criteria: All ages, dorms open to international guests only, private rooms open to anyone.
    Features: Café Delux serves breakfast and dinner for around $5, coffee and tea free all day, 24 hour check in, movie lounge free, kitchen, BBQ parties, free underground parking (first come basis), Internet Access $1/12 minutes, no curfew/lockout, free linens, lockers in rooms, private baths in all rooms, discounted tours and shuttles, free pick-up from LAX Airport 1-3...MORE p.m. Mon-Sat, bicycle rental

    Additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

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    Hostelling International – USA - Los Angeles, South Bay - San Pedro

    Located in the Los Angele port neighborhood of San Pedro, overlooking the Korean Friendship Bell and the coastal cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this hostel in an old Army barracks is not too far from the LA Cruise Terminal, harbor tours and other harbor attractions, but remote and inconvenient to most tourist areas of LA. If you're not planning on visiting San Pedro attractions, it may not be the best choice.
    Address: 3601 South Gaffey St, Building 613, San Pedro CA 90731-6969
    Phone: 1-310-831-8109
    Fax: 1-310-831-4635
    Email: SouthBay@hiusa.org 
    Website: www.hiusa.org/california/los-angeles/south-bay
    Rates: $30-37 in 2 to 16-bed dorms. $51-57 for 2 person private double-bed room. $3/night Discount for Hostelling International members ($28/yr for 18-54 yrs old, $18/year for 55+, free under 18. )
    Check In Criteria: Govt issued photo ID required, no children under 5, 5-18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian
    Features: Free Sheets, kitchen, common rooms, laundry room, game...MORE room, Internet access, lockers available, playground, BBQ.
    Note: This is a seasonal hostel, operating from mid-June to mid-September. Available to groups of 20 or more in the off season.

    Easy booking on , additional reviews at 

     

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    Backpackers Paradise and Adventurer All-Suite Hotel

    I hesitated to put this property on the list because it gets awful reviews but they have the least expensive beds in town if you need to be near LAX. If you're going for a private room, you'd do better to try Priceline for a 2-star hotel near the airport, which you can usually find for a $75-85 bid. This location has two sections, the all-suites Adventurer Hotel and the dorm-style Backpackers Paradise with 4-bed to 20-bed gender-specific and mixed dorm rooms.  

    Address: 4200 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Phone: (310) 419-0999, USA (800) 852-0012, Canada (800) 648-6363
    Email: laadventurerhtl@yahoo.com
    Website: www.laadventurerhotel.com, www.backpackersparadise.com
    Rates: Dorm beds $17.99-35.99/day; 2-room suites from $200, 3-bed suites from $300/day, additional charge per person. credit cards accepted. Cottage $250/day. Check website for specials.
    Features: free 24 hour airport shuttle, free shuttle from the Hawthorne Greenline Metro Station or LAX Transit Center, free...MORE gated parking, free WiFi, free dinner buffet with purchase of beverage, free breakfast is a blueberry muffin with tea or coffee, free cake and popcorn, free daily champagne, free daily trip to Manhattan Beach, cocktail bar, pool, room service.

    Easy Booking on Hostelworld.com, additional reviews at Tripadvisor.com

    This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with the hostels for the most current information.

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