HI-Santa Monica


The HI-Santa Monica is, as the name suggests, actually on the beach in Santa Monica and not in downtown Los Angeles. To let you know that Santa Monica is not far from L.A., however, the hostel is also known as HI-Los Angeles/Santa Monica. Do not be confused – this is the same place. The hostel is just a few blocks from Santa Monica’s glorious beaches in downtown Santa Monica, surrounded by cute cafes and trendy shops. The building recently underwent a massive renovation, too, so it is ready and waiting for you!

With more than 250 beds, HI-Santa Monica has plenty of space. The dorm style rooms sleep between six and ten people depending on the size of the room, and they all make use of shared bathroom facilities which are kept clean and sparkling. There are also private rooms with private en suite bathrooms, if you require a bit more of your own space. Bed linens, towels and housekeeping are included with the price of every bed.

Some of the amenities you will find at HI-Santa Monica are:

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  • Free linens and towels
  • Internet access
  • Discounts on area tours
  • Luggage storage and security lockers
  • Laundry facilities and guest kitchen
  • No lockout and no curfew
  • 24 hour reception

Because the HI-Santa Monica is not right in downtown Los Angeles, you might think you will need to work hard to see everything you want to see – not true. Public transportation is not far from the hostel, and there are tour operators which will pick you up at the hostel’s front door for fully escorted tours of all the area attractions. The hostel also offers great discounts on these tours, so be sure to ask about them when you check in.

Southern California is all about beaches, so why not stay in one of the more famous beach cities around L.A.? The HI-Santa Monica gives you the best of both worlds – access to sun, sand and surf, as well as access to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. What more could you ask for?


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