The 11 best hostels in Los Angeles for 2018
How to find the best hostels in Los Angeles for your trip
Hostels in Los Angeles are dispersed throughout the city, offering many different options depending on the purpose of your trip. Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood are amongst the most popular destinations in the city and are safe and entertaining. Los Feliz is known for it’s hip shops and restaurants, and the famous Griffith Park is just short trip north from many of the hostels. Much like most other large cities, Los Angeles isn’t inexpensive; food is slightly more expensive than in London, UK, and the price for a bed in top rated hostel dorms ranges from 26-50 USD per night. LA might come with big city prices, but it also comes with big city experiences, and one of these outstanding hostels is the most affordable and authentic way to enjoy them! Keep reading to find the best hostels in LA for solo travellers, couples, parties, with private rooms, in downtown, and more!
Best hostels in Los Angeles for solo travellers
Podshare is a custom built hostel, perfect for a solo traveller. You’ll have your own pod, complete with a charging station, TV, and reading light. It’s also a great place for creative work as it has space to shoot photos and video on a green screen, record audio, and have Skype interviews. If you’re coming to LA for business this is the place for you.
Address: 1617 Cosmo Street, Hollywood
Nearest Station: Hollywood/Vine
Podshare lounge space
The Venice Beach Hostel
The Venice Beach Hostel is also a great option for any solo travellers. The staff are remarkably friendly and the hostel itself has a homey, inclusive vibe. Everyone will be willing to give you tips and advice on how to make the most of your time in LA. The beach is a short walk away, and there are plenty of unique shops, restaurants, and bars in the area. Enjoy some free breakfast with your new friends and then rent a bike and cruise along Venice Beach.
Address: 716 Washington Boulevard, Venice
Nearest Station: Connected with a network of bus routes, Line 1 (Washington Boulevard) is the nearest and intersects with six metro lines and five Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines
Best hostels in Los Angeles for couples
USA Hostels Hollywood
USA Hostels Hollywood is roomy, colourful, and friendly. You and your significant other will have the option of booking into a dorm or a private room depending on how much privacy you’d like, and the beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas will give you plenty of room to either mingle with fellow travellers or have your own space. The location is really what makes USA Hostels Hollywood an amazing spot from couples; you’ll be right in between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Strip, meaning there’s tons to do, see, and eat together!
Address: 1624 Schrader Blvd, Hollywood
Nearest Station: Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood Vine on the Metro Red Line
Enjoying warm evenings on the USA Hostels Hollywood patio
Orange Drive Hostel
Orange Drive Hostel prides themselves on maintaining a relaxed atmosphere even though they’re surrounded by a seriously long list of attractions. It’s the perfect place for you to come with your partner to explore the wonders of LA and still have a relaxing place to unwind once you’ve had your fill of La-La Land. The location is very well connected with public transport links to further explore the greater Los Angeles area, and there’s tons of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife that you can access by foot. You’ll feel like a celebrity couple as you stroll through Hollywood!
Address: 1764 North Orange Drive, Hollywood
Nearest Station: Hollywood/Highland
Best party hostels in Los Angeles
Samesun Venice Beach
Samesun Venice Beach is a great option if you’re coming to LA for the nightlife. Venice Beach is amazing by day and night, the streets are lined with young people and the bars often have multiple happy hours throughout the night. Samesun Venice Beach is not only perfectly located to enjoy everything the area has to offer, but it also has it’s very own restaurant and bar where guests enjoy happy hour drink prices all day long!
Address: 25 Windward Ave, Venice
Nearest Station: Connected by multiple buses including the 1, 3, and 33 lines
Sunset over Samesun Venice Beach
Banana Bungalow Hollywood
Right on Hollywood Boulevard, Banana Bungalow Hollywood is in the perfect spot for a great party. It’s surrounded by pubs and nightclubs (the Cahuenga Corridor having over 28 just on its own!), and the hostel staff can help get you free TV show tickets and special Hollywood club access. Not enough for you? Banana Bungalow Hollywood has their own barbecues, live music, party bus limo rides, pub crawls, poker nights, and billiards tournaments. The Tiki lounge space has such an inviting vibe that you might end up just hanging out there too!
Address: 5920 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Nearest Station: Hollywood/Vine
Banana Bungalow Hollywood’s party zone
Best hostels in Los Angeles with private rooms
Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica
Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica has it all, and we’re not just saying that. It’s a block away from the golden sands of Santa Monica beach, surrounded by renowned cafes, restaurants, and pubs, is right near the Expo Line into downtown LA, and has amazing indoor and outdoor lounge spaces. The staff are marvellous, the hostel is clean and tidy, and there are daily FREE activities to help you explore LA with your new friends. The private rooms are one of the areas that Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica really shines; the rooms have a relaxed vibe and are plenty spacious, not to mention that there’s AC! Throw in some free breakfast and you’re pretty much set for an unforgettable Californian experience.
Address: 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica
Nearest Station: Downtown Santa Monica, Metro Expo Line
Amazing private room at Hi Los Angeles Santa Monica
Best hostels in downtown Los Angeles
Freehand Los Angeles
Get ready for the time of your life at Freehand Los Angeles. Not only is this hostel massive, but it’s also professionally designed so every square inch looks amazing. It’s located in Downtown LA within walking distance of an eclectic assortment of unique attractions, restaurants, bars, and nightlife! Looking for more? It also has a lobby bar and a rooftop pool and bar with a 360 degree view of downtown LA- it’s pretty unreal.
Address: 416 West 8th Street, Downtown
Nearest Station: 7th Street/Metro Center
360 degree views from Freehand Los Angeles
More best hostels in Los Angeles
Melrose Hostel is a new hostel looking to help backpackers have the best experience possible in Los Angeles without breaking the bank. It has a top notch, homey atmosphere and is clean, and comfy. You’ll love the delicious free breakfast, rooftop patio(with a view), and inviting lounge space. It’s also centrally located, among some of the best attractions around including Thai Town, Koreatown, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, The Grove, Universal Studios, and many more! The central location also means that it has great transport connections to get around the rest of the city.
Address: 646 N Western Ave, Hollywood
Nearest Station: Vermont/Beverly
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood is on the Melrose Strip on the west side of Hollywood, just on the edge of Beverly Hills. This colourful hostel has tons to do and is all about bring international people together. There are regular free barbecues, pub crawls, comedy nights, tours, and karaoke nights to get you out on the town with your news friends. Banana Bungalow West Hollywood will also set you up with discounted tours and a shuttle to Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, L.A./Hollywood City Tours, Venice Beach, and stars’ homes. You’ll be busy!
Address: 603 N, Fairfax Ave
Nearest Station: Hollywood/Highland. Serviced by buses, take the 217 west to Fairfax from Hollywood and Highland station
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood’s outdoor Tiki lounge
Surf City Hostel
Surf City Hostel is perfect for those looking to spend their days on the beach and nights at the bar, a nightclub, in a restaurant, or enjoying a film at the cinema. There are dorms and private rooms available, and comfy lounge spaces to hangout with your hostelmates when your toes aren’t in the sand. Top it off with free breakfast and body boards on loan and you’re in for a good time!
Address: 26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Nearest Station: Serviced by multiple bus routes including the 130, Beach Cities Transit 109, and Commuter Express 438