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Best Hostels When in L.A.

The following is an article “Best Hostels When in L.A.” by Marc Pulisci.

Los Angeles’s Santa Monica and West Hollywood areas used to be the prime spots for hostels in past years, but with 2017’s construction boom, more lodging providers have surfaced to cater to the many migrants that continue to flock the city. With the endless wonders that the city has to offer, from sandy beaches and hip clubs to world cuisine and idyllic climes, it’s no wonder L.A.’s hostel scene continues to thrive today.

Best hostels in Los Angeles

While everyone knows that living in L.A. is not cheap, you can certainly find quality hostels anywhere in the city perfect for any budget you have in mind. Whether you’re looking to party or relax, options are plenty with something to suit both your creature comforts and discerning tastes.

If you are planning to visit L.A. anytime soon, you might want to consider these four fabulous finds:

USA Hostels, Hollywood

If you are looking for that authentic L.A. experience, then this hostel between Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard is the place for you with its inviting sights and iconic tours of the Hollywood sign, plus some top-rate entertainment to boot. Its garden patio is available when you want to bask under the sun or enjoy a barbecue with friends. Rooms and dorms equipped with bunk beds and privacy panels are comfy enough for long stays, and you won’t have to worry about not being able to get online as Wi-Fi is reliable with plenty of charging stations for your mobile devices. Regular shuttles also ply the route to Santa Monica and Venice Beach, or you could go by foot to the Walk of Fame or Mann’s Theater for a leisurely stroll around the city’s best spots.

Melrose Hostel

This hostel presents a homely environment that fits right into your budget while still remaining plush and luxurious at the same time. Visitors commend it in terms of comfort, security, and cleanliness and for that alone, it makes it on top of most tourists’ lists. You surely don’t wanna miss their delicious breakfast, complemented by accommodating staff who will help you with your every need. Should you decide to book at Melrose Hostel, make sure you check out the rooftop patio where you can take in a spectacular view of the city’s bustling sights, including Thai Town, Koreatown, Downtown L.A., Hollywood, and Universal Studios, to name a few. The hostel is conveniently located five minutes away from the Purple Line Hollywood metro station and accessible to the city’s many buses. It has complete amenities including heated rooms, lockers, and even a business center for your printing needs.

Podshare, Venice Beach

No doubt you’ll be getting all the great walks along Venice Beach and its famous boardwalk if you decide to settle in this pod-type hostel, but the real advantage lies in how you can gain access to an entire network of Podshare locations across Los Angeles. Amenities include kitchen, showers, lockers, and charging stations as well as co-working desks if you are on business. Inside the pod, you’ll find your own flat screen television with various streaming options so you can make the most out of the free Wi-Fi. When you wake up the next morning, you also get to enjoy a hearty continental breakfast which is practically available all hours of the day.

Banana Bungalow, Hollywood

Only 30-minutes away from LAX, this retro-themed, value for money hostel is built for the partying wanderer with all-day open reception, movie nights, barbecues, and social gatherings at its Tiki garden. They even offer tickets to Hollywood clubs and TV show tapings if you want a taste of the showbiz lifestyle. It is conveniently close to the famous Cahuenga Corridor where lots of the city’s most inviting bars operate. Arrange for day tours to Disneyland or Universal Studios or immerse in L.A. culture with visits to Venice Beach skate park or the Getty Museum, whichever you prefer. At Banana Bungalow, you’ll surely get your adrenaline fix with plenty of outdoor activities to engage in.

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