Great location, helpful staff, good fun
I wanted to stay by the coast in LA and you don't get much closer to the beach than at SameSun Venice. You're right by the boardwalk and straight onto the sand. it is a long way to Downtown and Hollywood, so if that's your thing you'd be better off elsewhere. The rooms weren't spotless, but nothing terrible, and the sheets were clean and the bed comfortable. It had about as much space as you could reasonably expect in a four bed dorm. There's free wifi but it is pretty slow, and free breakfast but that appears just to be tea/coffee and toast. Better than nothing but I've been to plenty of hostels where the breakfast is free and a lot more exciting. The staff were really helpful and friendly, and the hostel runs activities every evening which make it good for meeting people.