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Our relaxing lounge is the site of many late night activities

Hostelz.com's Review
USA Hostels Hollywood is a fine hostel, and part of a chain that wins awards for the best hostels (their other locations are in San Diego and San Francisco). Upon entering the secure gate, you'll find a lovely, relaxing patio area with umbrellas and couches with red cushions. This kind of set-up is more unusual to find in most hostels and is a great place to relax after a big day of being a tourist. The premises are clean and comfortable; there may be a little noise if your room is next to the car park on the left, but nothing ridiculous. It has a nice mix of chilling and partying, and a ton of free or cheap activities -- walking tour, Hollywood Sign tour, bar crawl with a limo ride, and more.

The Location

The hostel has a top location in the centre of Hollywood, in a street between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, and a ten-minute walk to Union Station, and about the same to the famous Chinese Theatre. If you enter from Hollywood Boulevard, you won't see a sign for Schrader Boulevard, so look for the bright colours of the LGBT Centre. Hollywood is a gritty place, so if you want to stay in the nicer part of town, West Hollywood (or WeHo as the locals call it) is best. Otherwise, you can catch really cheap buses down Sunset to WeHo, and they run twenty-four hours. Don't expect to walk everywhere in LA (even "walking tours" involve catching buses). LA is very spread out; there are eighteen districts, so take advantage of the free or cheap outings at the hostel so you don't have to worry about travel logistics.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms are bigger than average and all rooms have their own bathroom. Housekeeping comes through every morning and so all rooms are kept very clean. During warmer months the dorms can get a bit hot and stuffy, so use those ceiling fans. The design of the bunk beds is excellent. They have a privacy partition, a shelf, and a light. This means you have a better chance of a sleep-in, or can read a book in peace.

Common Spaces

There's a free breakfast in the small kitchen until 10:30 a.m. There's even pancake mix supplied -- just make sure to keep the heat low if you're a rookie pancake maker, otherwise you'll burn them and smoke out the kitchen. Upstairs, you'll find a lounge area with games and a TV and big couches. You're allowed to eat breakfast and dinner there if the kitchen is too full. Along the hallway is a small lounge area where you can make a private phone call if needed.

Summary

USA Hostels Hollywood is a great hostel, where you can experience the sights of Hollywood easily on a budget. It's a cute, clean place that feels very safe. You really can't go wrong. There's a lot of outings on offer, which takes the headache out of planning your sightseeing, and then you have more time to enjoy yourself instead.

by Kristy Sullivan
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
May 2015
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USA Hostels Hollywood Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Cool hostel and comfy beds. Shady neighborhood though. It's like an embassy in the middle east. Walls close you in with electronic gates permitting guests inside at all times of the day. The outside patio is where it all takes place. It's roomy and decorated. Inside is extravagant with a fun coffee maker and juice pourer for breakfast times. Beds are large and comfortable and the bathrooms were kept clean. It's a little shady at night cause some uninvited guests come in and hang around the patio. The neighborhood is shady though, with obvious drug use down the street and up the street. The residents in Hollywood aren't pleasant, but more bully pick-pocketers who would steal your wallet in an instance.  , age 34, United States ()
1   Overrated bad hostel! This is a hostel for travelers! But what's up with this, the staff is rude, unhelpful, and not friendly at all! They dont offer any good service and they wont make you feel welcome or anything like that. The atmosphere is really boring, no fellowship or anything. Do not waste your money on that hostel! Especially not if you are traveling alone!  , age 23, Sweden ()
5   Clean, well-managed, convenient The first thing to say is that I had zero interest in visiting Hollywood, or any tourist attractions. I came to LA for work but everything was expensive, so I went with a hostel. Of course I wasn't very interested in the social aspect, but I was impressed by how suitable the buildings and rooms were, with custom beds that were insanely comfortable for both sleeping and working/reading in, very good cleanliness and nice staff who care about the quality of the place. I could work in the kitchen for part of the day, and it never got too rowdy despite the big number of guests. The intro explanation was very clear, it's well-organized, and I really enjoyed the free guided walk up Runyon Canyon. It was just guided, not much narration, and that was fine with me. It was free and nice to be peacefully outdoors. Hollywood boulevard is ridiculous, but the surrounding neighborhood is quiet and getting in and out on transport or Flyaway bus couldn't be easier. Would stay there again if I ever couldn't avoid being in Hollywood again.  , age 30, usa ()
5   Excellent hostel this is the first time for me to stay at a hostel. before i came i was very concerned about everything. but once i arrive, my concerns are all gone. this hostel is such a good place for backpackers. room is clean, bathroom is quite good, they do cleaning the room everyday. you will have your own locker so remember to bring a lock with you. stuffs of this hostel are down-to-earth friendly and helpful!!! and the hostel has many tours that you can join in. also they have free shuttle to santa monica beach every week, so many things to do. i will stay here again next time!!!
Response from the accommodation: Thank you so much for the great review. We're glad we could make your concerns disappear! We hope you also try our hostels in San Diego and San Francisco. Happy Travels!  , CHINA ()
4   Great location, helpful staff After staying in hostels all over Europe, I decided to stay at a hostel in my home country for one night before staying with my CouchSurfing host. I arrived at 1 a.m. and there was still someone at the desk, ready to help. My room was dark, but I dropped everything and crawled into bed. Comfortable beds. I like that they had en suite bathrooms and power points on the bunks. There are also magnets to claim your bed. I had my free breakfast the next morning of tea, pancakes and cereal. After exploring in Hollywood, which is right around the corner, I spent the day waiting for my CS host and using the free wireless. I didn't go upstairs, but they have a common area up there too. I found nothing wrong with this hostel.  , USA ()
4   Good, especially if you want to party I was only here for two nights in May, I wasn't actually that keen on visiting LA but was in transition between an organised tour and another part of my trip so mainly spent the time sleeping and doing laundry. However, the hostel is very well located for the Hollywood area, but bear in mind Hollywood is not a particularly pleasant area! The hostel itself though feels very safe. There are some very impressive facilities -- the bar, the computers (the only hostel that I found in twomonths traveling the States that has Skype set up with webcams on their computers! Bonus points for that!) and the best hosteling idea ever -- the power sockets inside lockers, so you can charge your phone/camera without fear of it being swiped! Why don't all hostels do this? Its not the cleanest or most spacious hostel, and not the quietest as its certainly a party hostel. But my only real complaint was that the toilets got blocked very easily and the staff response was have you tried unblocking it yourself?! (although otherwise staff were very helpful!). The organised events seemed great, the BBQ I went to was fun, and apparently the limo ride is amazing! So, in summary, if you want to meet people and party in Hollywood, a great hostel! If you're less keen, still a good safe place to stay with lots of amenities.  , UK ()
3  Compared to its sister hostel in San Diego, USA Hollywood has a lot of catching up to do to capture its hostel charm. Kinda built like a prison, the multiple concrete rooms had other rooms attached, all sharing one bathroom with shower. Additional showers were available, but in awkward locations (TV room? common!) where it looked like, only the people working there were using at times. Outings were phenomenal and had great nights planed every night. The bbqs were cheap, but hey, for the price it was good. Dont let the area full you, Hollywood is a dirty part of town, full of homeless and crazies. But if you stick to the main streets and stay with the hostel group, you should be fine. No bigger groceries stores were close, area full of bodegas and smaller markets, but was able to survive with no prob. Kitchen and areas were super clean as to be expected with the USA lineup of hostels. The staff just seemed to be into their own group with the exception of staff guys constantly hitting on the foreign girls. All in all, this hostel was just ok. Good for a few days stay.  , USA ()
4   Nice, nice! We went to this hostel in May 2008. We chose this hostel due to its location. Very well located -- minutes walk to services nearby and barely more to Chinese Theater. Nothing bad to say, the place is fun, very clean, they organize tours and have prices to Universal Studios. We really appreciated the staff -- they were very nice, fun, and helpful!  , France ()

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