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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 167 Reviews

Hostel rating (167)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 87%
Location 98%
Security 91%
Service 89%
Comfort 83%
Green rating 83%

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  • Dorm
    From €33.07
  • Private
    From €151.17
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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.


Pardon our dust and noise while we make enhancements to our property, as we upgrade our Rooms and Bathrooms. The project has been carefully designed to elevate the guest experience. While disruptions will be minimal, access will be restricted to different floors at different times.

We will be under construction from February - September 2017
Construction will start from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm -- Monday - Friday.
We appreciate your Cooperation and Understanding.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 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.
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless 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 3.00 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax of 14% is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

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


  • Elevator / Lift
  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

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

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - 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 500 m)
  • Hollywood (More than 10km)
  • Malibu (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Lovely visit. Location coulnt be better. Room lovely and comfortable. Will definitely be back.


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Tue 21 Feb 2017

Lovely visit. Location coulnt be better. Room lovely and comfortable. Will definitely be back.


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Tue 21 Feb 2017

You have the worse breakfest of any HI hostel that I've stayed at. I don't even bother going ! It also ends up generating an unbelievable amount of trash ! I hate the big fan running in the dorms ! It makes my stay very cold and uncomfortable ! I turn it off and someonewill turn it back on who's not sleeping in it's path!


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Sat 18 Feb 2017

Hi Bert, thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, due to municipal health codes, this is the only way we can legally offer free breakfast in our hostel. It is specifically a City of Santa Monica regulation, and it stipulates that we are not allowed to make food or serve any food that is not in individual servings. We completely agree about the trash, but unfortunately it is either this or else not offer any breakfast at all. In an effort to compensate for this issue, we do engage in a number of local environmental programs like beach clean-ups, transportation management and water conservation projects. As for the fan issue, since we are a shared environment, sometimes compromises must be made so that all guests can have a comfortable night's rest. This is generally up to the individual guests in each room, and we apologize if you did not get along with your roommates. We do offer a number of extra blankets in each room if you are cold, and you are always welcome to request to switch to a different bed or room, as we would be happy to do so if we have the availability. Furthermore, we are outfitting all of our rooms with air conditioning in the next few weeks, so perhaps you will be more comfortable in the newly renovated rooms. You may also be more comfortable in a smaller dormitory than the 10-bed shared room that you booked, as they offer a bit more privacy and autonomy over your personal space.

Manager avatar

Victoria Kato,

Mon 20 Feb 2017


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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