HI Hostel Santa Monica, Los Angeles

1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA (show on map)

Expert reviews

The Guardian review:

“This great value hostel is adjacent to Venice and the famed Pacific beaches, and has 260 beds spread around colourful dorms, doubles and family rooms, plus kitchen, library and laundry facilities.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of HI Hostel Santa Monica, Los Angeles. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.2 out of 5.0

Ranked 25th in Los Angeles


What guests liked

All you need to know

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 a capacity for 273 guests and a wide range of facilities including free breakfast, Internet access, a well-equipped kitchen and daily movies.


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Recent guest reviews


6 April 2024

Perfect Hostel in Santa Monica for nice people.

Very clean place and very friendly staff. This place is run very long time here and very good standard hostel method. No smoking, no alcohol, no drugs. There are 24/7 free coffee and hot water to have own drinks. Huge professional kitchen like real restaurant size. 10 huge refrigerator, stones, ovens etc… Located central Santa Monica, easy to walk to beach day and night. Nice to walk around residential area as well. Also they let me stay lobby area after check out to do some work with wifi and have drinks. Very friendly place to stay. No crazy drunken hostel peoples here. Safe to stay here with kids as well.

Nothing to say bad about this place.


4 April 2024

La mejor locacion y

The space was very comfortable, it's ideal if you travel alone and you don't mind sharing!

The rooms are very small for 4 people but if you have a lot of activities to do you won't be in the room other than to sleep


2 April 2024

Great find ~ 1 block from the beach!

Great location, clean facility & opportunity to meet people from all over the world!

Noisy the first night we were there.


2 April 2024


Breakfast is good and the place has an industrial kitchen and good common spaces, where people can hang out and talk.

I had problems with my flights and didn't arrive for the 1st night. The person on the front desk first said my reservation was cancelled, but he was going to see if could get me a bed to this other night. But then came a supervisor and the reservation was magically on and had to be paid full. It sounded dishonest. I didn't have a prpblem with paying, but the way they told me sounded like they were taking advantage.


2 April 2024


Location, everything was very clean, good breakfast, helpful staff.

Liked everything.


29 March 2024

Want to go for a beach holiday, this is your place

Close to the beach, bedside charging and lamp, organized activities at some days of the week, great location close to the beach.

The room had a bit of a slightly unpleasant, non-neutral smell. No privacy curtains on the bed


29 March 2024


The dedication. Accessible. Help from the stuff. The warmth of the fireplace as well as this was the place to meet and talk to the people.

One can not not like when the lift is out of order. There must be something done about it. And it was.


29 March 2024


Excellent location and very international

I wish the beds has curtains and be more private


28 March 2024


Friendly, helpful staff and great atmosphere. Happily surprised that breakfast was included. Met lots of interesting people and enjoyed the public spaces. First time in a hostel and would definitely consider again. Location has super-close access to beach, restaurants, stores and the Santa Monica Pier.

Originally booked 4 nights but needed to cancel two of the them. It was within the stated guidelines, but the per-night rate on my remaining nights increased. Only other dislike was my bed...very loud every time I moved. Made me self-conscious so didn't sleep well.


28 March 2024

Nice Hostel

It was quite simple with nice dining facilities and is modern. Plentiful social spaces. Shared bathrooms, but there was also a private bathroom with a shower in our room, which was nice Free breakfast was great with bagels, fruits, cereals, and free bottles of juice. Great location next to the pier and within walking distance of many nice places to eat and convenience stores. Clean bathrooms


27 March 2024

Good value for money 👍

Breakfast and a nice fireplace and a comedy show!! 👏🏻

The shower water should be a bit warmer.


27 March 2024

I'll come back, because it's one of the best intercultural experiences.

Location, room, staff, people, value for the money etc.

Nothing to say here.


27 March 2024

Friendly, helpful staff. Polite visitors. Clean, comfortable, good value for the money.

Everything, seriously.

Nothing negative to say.


26 March 2024

Great for a short backpacking tour at Santa Monica

Everything was great, place is well run, people are great, rooms are clean and good, bathing area is well maintained too, everyone has key access for security.

Just the beds could have had a curtain for privacy.


23 March 2024

Wonderful experience

Friendly staff and clean environment Also providing events for new comers Definitely a great place for people wishing to to know more about different cultures

It’s kind of a facility problem which consecutively 2 days of no hot water to bath. Cold bath was quite suffering during the winter days in LA


19 March 2024

Great location

Amazing location just down from the pier and beach with lots of shopping and restaurants nearby. Free breakfast was also good with a variety including cereal, bagels, fruit, coffee. The kitchen facilities were also very large with good quality modern appliances.

Did not read the no alcohol policy prior to arrival for new years stay, but that is entirely my own fault. Staff very kindly told me places I could go instead.


19 March 2024


Probably the best hostel of hi hostel ive tried! Amazing location - for me the santa monica is the best place to stay in LA, also the staff, people were so nice. Everything was so clean and the best thing is a breakfest where you have many of options to eat. I very recommend !!


19 March 2024

Fun, enjoyable time in Santa Monica. All the staff were fantastic! Entire Hostel very clean!

Friendly staff Clean rooms with comfortable beds Breakfast was great

Wifi was limited in the rooms.


18 March 2024

Comfy hostel in attractive beach area

Really clean, spacious, nice location close to the beach, good breakfast


16 March 2024

Great option for a few days in a central location. Friendly staff and holidaymakers.

Well priced compared to alternatives. Excellent breakfast. Good options for rooms to relax / chat in. Fantastic central Santa Monica location. Clean bathrooms. Lockers in the rooms.

Beds were noisy. Ideally invest in non-sprung beds to keep the noise down.


15 March 2024

Good location and facilities. Could be better in other aspects.

Location was amazing, right in the heart of Santa Monica in a walking distance. Check-in was easy and breakfast was okay.

Bathrooms could be more clean and there was soap missing for taking a shower. As I expected there was soap I didn’t bring my own and once you are wet in the shower is difficult to get out to take it. They need to pay more attention to this. Also, I paid a fee for letting my luggages downstairs but it was between the check-out time, I got back to take them at 10:30am (check out is at 11am) I just didn’t want to let it all in the room, go back upstairs and disturb my roommates. Well, they will ask you to pay a fee anyways, no consideration at all.


12 March 2024

Good - average

I like the cleanliness in the common areas and the library

Roommates were not supportive and clean at all... Clothes all around the floor


12 March 2024

Very good

Value for money, super clean and great staff. Breakfast was exceptional!

Crowd control can be improved. There were few loud and unpleasant travellers who didn't respect others. Also, the bedding was a tad bit uncomfortable


11 March 2024

Very good

Good location & facilities. Very clean and felt safe.

Limited breakfast options.


11 March 2024

Good for one night or an extended stay. Happy the most with the location and easy access to transit.

The hostel has awesome common areas, activities (although I was only there for one night so I couldn't attend), easy access to public transport via bus, and the location in Santa Monica is great.

They are now requiring people to show their state ID/driver's license, passports are not enough. I wasn't aware of this policy change and would have appreciated a heads up. This policy may only apply to Americans but I am unsure.

Hotel facilities

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Luggage storage (additional charge)
  • - ATM/cash machine on site
  • - Lockers
  • - Invoice provided


  • - Garden
  • - Outdoor furniture


  • - Non-smoking rooms
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Lift
  • - Heating
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Air conditioning
  • - Vending machine (drinks)
  • - Vending machine (snacks)
  • - Shared lounge/TV area


  • - Hiking
  • - Beach
  • - Stand-up comedy

Cleaning services

  • - Daily housekeeping


  • - Wheelchair accessible
  • - Toilet with grab rails
  • - Higher level toilet


  • - 24-hour security
  • - Key card access
  • - Smoke alarms
  • - CCTV in common areas
  • - CCTV outside property
  • - Fire extinguishers
  • - Access to health care professionals
  • - Face masks for guests available
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