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 260 guests and a wide range of facilities including free breakfast, Internet access, well-equipped kitchen, games room 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 organises 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.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • Relaxing
  • Socialising

Green rating



I would still have book my stay at the hostel but I would've appreciated knowing beforehand that there is no a/c in the dorms & bathrooms at the hostel, there was a/c at the other HI hostel I visited and I expected something like that at an L.A. property! Should be more prominently advertised on the website. And my hesitation to recommend this hostel is not based on the hostel but rather the immediately surrounding area in Santa Monica.


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Sat 03 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

To visit the beach and meet new friends!

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Gian Karlo,

Mon 12 May 2014

Budget meal tip

The THAI restaurant nearby and visit the shopping street there is an Asian restaurant that is so cozy.

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Gian Karlo,

Mon 12 May 2014