“ 6772 Hawthorn Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Tel:+1-800-524-6783 „
I stayed at USA Hostels Hollywood for a week in August 2004 and it was my first trip to the states. As a lone traveller, I did not know what to expect. I booked into a dorm room with shared shower facilities. My impression of the room was not great, it was very hot and the bed was a rickety old bunk-bed. I thought about complaining but then I realised something, I had paid £10 for a bed per night which was 20 yards from Hollywood Boulevard!...and they had paid for my taxi from LAX (included in the price). Lets be realistic, the place is a hostel, it's not going to be for the discerning traveller, it is a base from which to explore and then crash at the end of the night. The staff were very friendly, probably because most of them were travellers themselves who were just there to earn a bit of money. Because of this they could impart invaluable wisdom to newcomers about what to see, what to avoid etc. There was a real family atmosphere about the place, everyone talked to everyone and I was genuinely upset when the time came to leave. There was breakfast every morning, unlimited pancakes which were awesome and the hostel arranged a lot of great excursions. If you go make sure you take the walk up to Runyon Canyon at sunset as it was a beautiful view and take the trip to the clothes market. Also there was a great walk to the Hollywood Sign via Mulholland Drive which I went on twice it was so good. All excusions are laid on for a nominal fee (around $8-10 I believe). Although the bedroom wasn't great there was a bar upstairs which was awesome. Entertainment included karaoke, open mic and comedy, plus during the day the TV would be on and so it was a great place to chill out with other travellers. The bar seemed to be open until the last person left (usually me) and the beer was about $1 a bottle - fantastic! The location of the place was brilliant, about 30 seconds walk from Hollywood Boulevard, 5 mins from Capitol Records/Mann's Chinese Theatre/Kodak Theatre. Walk out the front door and there was the Hollywood sign smiling down on you. If you are a couple then there are more private rooms available with your own bathroom (obviously you would pay more than I did) but for the independant or same sex travellers the dorms are fine. They are split into male and female. Security is not amazing but you can buy a locker and you have to use your room key for access to the building after a certain hour. I would absolutely advise anyone staying in Hollywood on a shoestring budget to stay here. The facilities are more than adequate and the price is unbeatable (especially with airport transfer thrown in). You also get the chance to meet some great people at various stages of their travelling adventures. Happy travelling **Also posted by myself on the CIAO review website**
My first impressions of this hostel werent good, and nor did it change while I was staying there. I only stayed there a few nights, as I didnt really like the place. It's cheap, which was a good thing as I was on a budget. It was loud throughout the night, the whole place was dirty, the laundry room was really small for the size of the hostel, and the staff werent over enthusiastic. A good thing was, that the staff gave us a tour of the hostel when we arrived. This is very rare, as most budget travellers will be aware. The area it was in wasnt good either. Even though Hollywood is meant to be glitsy and glamourous, it isnt. It's dangerous, and dirty. There wee some REALLY wierd people around. I think they do all rooms from single to 8-share. I was in a 6 share. It was VERY untidy, and quite smelly. But it had ensuite, so it wasnt like in some hostels where the whole building has to share communal showers. Also, they sell earplugs there... so you can imagine the noise at night. I think they are about 75cents. The post office is only a short walk away, for any of your needs. BUT the customer service isnt great, and it took me over half an hour to get anything done, and it isnt even a relativly big post office. It's also a short walk away from Klasky Gsupo building - the makers of Rugrats, the Pantages theatre, Capital records building, and the cinema (of which I cant remember the name of) where they have all the big Hollywood premieres. There is a Fast Food restaurant near by called 'Jack In The Box.' It's cheap... bascially its like McDonalds. I'm tlkaing too much about the area now, and not the hostel. In the mornings there are free pancakes.. you have to make them yourselves (how rude!!) and also there is free tea and coffee all day. I guess thats a good thing. You can access lockers if you need them. There are small ones for passports etc, and a big cupboard if you wanted to put your backpack into storage. It has two internet stations there, but they were quite expensive, and there was only one phone that could accept incoming calls. It was good to talk to people though as there is a bar upstairs, but I couldnt drink as I wasnt old enough. It's a good place to stay for a few days, as its close to Universal Studios, and other such activities, but I wouldnt go there again. Stay away!!
This hostel is now located on Schraider Blvd just off Hollywood Blvd, it is a few minutes walk to Hollywood and highland entertianment complex and subway station which contains Cinemas shops and restaurants along with some of the other hollywood attractions like the wax museum. I stayed there this summer for 8 nights and I had a great time. It costs $20 a night for a bed in a dorm room, which each have there own en-suite bathroom so no communial showers. It has pay phones, vending machines and Internet access in the downstairs lounge and in the up stairs lounge/bar is a large screen tv. There is also a laundy room in the hostel for guest use. The bar is open every night and host comedy nights twice weekly with some top comedians that have appeared on Tv and most are very funny. The hostel provides some excellent activities such as trips to Disney, Magic Mountain, Vegas and walking tours of hollywood and beverly Hills. The Hostel is very clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The hostel provide a pancake breakfast ( you have to make them yourself) and tea and coffee all day. They even prepare a meal every night that can be purchased for $4, a bargain!
The official IYHA hostels in Los Angels are just a touch too expensive to stay at ($24) considering there are some excellent cheaper backpackers in and around the city. I stayed near Universal studios in the North Hollywood district at the Banana Backpacker motel and hostel on Cuihanga Blvd opposite the Hollywood bowl for a cool $18 bucks a night which included breakfast and a pack lunch on request. The location is the biggest draw back as you are trapped in the hostel as the slipway to the highway is right out side the gate so it requires some hot footing to get on to the pathways in and around the hostel but you can pick up the souvenir number plate of the road free of charge. The traffic noise is not too bad. Due to its glamorous location, Sunset and Hollywood Blvd are walkable as well as the Universal studio lots and if you ask at the desk they can tell you how to sneak up through the winding Hollywood Hills to get to the Sign so you can scratch the name on or take in the exceptional but smoggy view. Rodeo drive and Beverly Hills require a bus journey or two and the hostel run a beach van every morning with a Venice pick up at 5pm. The hostel have a great desk and reception with a very colorful owner who besides his hotel and hostel interests he also runs a small porn empire from the back room. We had some great parties while we were there in the two weeks. The girls all show up and if your really seedy he lets guests go to a recording at his studios somewhere in the Hills.For the more frisky backpacker he holds auditions to see if you errrrr”measure up” for the movies! Don’t worry its not as bad as it sounds and all very LA. The dorms are converted Motel rooms with four beds and a TV.The kitchen is ok although you tend to go out most nights to the bars or fall asleep after a long day walking or touring the cities vastness. A bonus here is that they run a cool minivan trip for $40 dollars around all the notorio us sites from the cities checkered past from OJ Simpson to the riots or famous movie locations. Well worth a spin. The star of the show is an open air swimming pool with speakers and piped west coast rock whilst you sip a cool one during the warm summer evenings.
I stayed at this hostel during the summer, and I have to say that it was a great experience. It's situated on Hawthorn Avenue, in Hollywood, just a stone's throw from the major tourist sights, like Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The hostel is pretty cheap, about $17US per night, which is much cheaper than many of the HI places, the HI in Santa Monica, although a fantastic building, was priced at about $25US per night. For the $17 you get a complimantary breakfast of waffles and pancakes, and there's tea & coffee all day. There's vending machines in the lobby, and a laundry room upstairs.The rooms are kept clean, members of staff clean them every morning - so there's none of the dirtiness that people may associate with Youth Hostels. The real advantages of the hostel was the atmosphere - they have a bar in the back of the building - beer and shots are cheap. There is comedy nights twice a week, with comedians from Sunset Strip and Las Vegas, many of whom are very funny. There are movie nights on Monday, and a party night on Saturday, usually with a theme. Popular examples are Toga and Pyjama parties.the staff are very friendly, and will suggest activities, and give directions to the major sites. The hostel also sells a range of tours, to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Mexico etc, as well as discounted tickets to Universal Studios and Disneyland. The main problam with this hostel is it's location, in Hollywood, the wierdos come out at night, but stick to the main streets, and you'll be fine.