Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel is appropriately named, as it sits right on the Walk of Fame. It is useful to know that from the street, the front door is the only part of the hostel that is visible. This is in amongst the stores and next to an open driveway. Security is good. Guests have to buzz at the door in order to gain entry and then they are faced with a lone staircase that leads up to the next floor and the reception desk. Nobody would be able to enter without passing this desk. It is also worth knowing that tax isn't generally included in the advertised prices.
This hostel is located very much in the centre of the most touristy area of Hollywood and there are many attractions within just a few paces of the hostel. These include Grauman's Chinese Theatre; Disney's El Capitan Theatre; the Hollywood & Highland Center for shopping; Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum; Ripley's Believe it or Not! Odditorium; and the Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater), home to the Oscars. This hostel is ideally positioned for someone who is relying on public transport. Not only is it close to bus stops, but the Red Line metro train station is also directly opposite the hostel. The Red Line goes up to Universal Studios in North Hollywood and in the opposite direction to the downtown area, ending at Union Station. There is a charge for parking.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The bedrooms have a decent amount of space, and some have an extra alcove that's ideal for storing large bags. Bed sheets are crisp and white, with luxurious-feeling, velvety blankets. There are large metal lockers in the room and guests must provide their own padlock. There are hooks in the room, but no other furniture -- some chairs would be a nice addition. There is one central light and there is a ceiling fan, but no air conditioning, which means a warm room in the summer. There are a decent number of power points. A metal key is provided for the bedroom door. At first we couldn't get the door to lock, but when reception explained how the lock works, we had no further problems.
The female bathroom is a good size and offers a few toilets and sinks. There are four separate showers. Each has a shower curtain and a hook for your things. There is one bench, on which people put their clothes, but some shelving next to each shower would be helpful. Showers are hot, as a new boiler has recently been fitted. Unfortunately, the cubicles for getting dressed are located in the next room and there are only three of them! Presumably if a fourth girl exits her shower at the same time as the other three, she has to be a bit of an exhibitionist!
There is a large social room with a pool table, comfy chairs, and a view overlooking Hollywood Boulevard. There is also a bookshelf on the floor above, which gives a seat by the window if somebody wants some quiet time. Be aware, there are signs here warning of a fine if someone steps out on to the balcony!
The kitchen runs over two small rooms -- one holds the sink, while the other room has the fridges and a hot plate, toaster, and microwave. It is not ideal for cooking lavish meals, but is fine for preparing a quick snack. We appreciate the early start time for breakfast of 7 a.m. and being able to help ourselves and not have to wait to be served. There is no cereal, but we really enjoy the food provided -- bagels, muffins, juice, and slices of fruit.
There is also a room with washing machines available for guests to use.
We had a good experience at this hostel. The central location is unbeatable. The reception staff are helpful. Cleaners are very visible every day and seem cheerful in their work. There are no public computers, but there is Wi-Fi and free printing is available. There are towels for hire and there are three hikes on offer as well. We would happily stay here again.