For the cross-country or international traveler, a visit to sunny Orange County can be a pricey expedition. With famous palm tree-lined beaches, Hollywood stars and “The Happiest Place on Earth” all just a quick car ride away, lodging in this part of the world comes at a premium. That is why youth hostels are an affordable alternative for traveling students or visitors on a budget.
HI-Los Angeles Fullerton
1700 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Stay in a centrally located, Spanish-style home that once stood at the center of a California dairy farm. This hostel in the hills of North Orange County is just six miles from Disneyland and 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This house has a total of 20 beds and offers all of the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Air conditioning, Internet access, laundry facilities, and even lockers are available. When you’re not on the road touring Southern California, take a breather and enjoy a hike at the nearby regional park.
San Clemente’s Little Inn by the Beach
1819 S. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA
Sometimes, it’s good to get away from it all and find yourself in areas less populated by massive crowds of beach bodies on blankets. Check out San Clemente’s, a charming, family-run establishment with beautiful views and fantastic outdoor accesses to nearby hiking trails, less busy beaches, and the Ocean Institute. Located just under an hour away from Anaheim, San Clemente is a unique experience that would be terrible to miss. Close by restaurants like El Mariachi and Ishi Buri give visitors a chance to experience a wide assortment of dining experiences, all in the same location.
Orange Mango Garden Hostel
2609 Patti Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92706
This hostel in Santa Ana was established in 2011 and is just minutes away from John Wayne Airport and the Metrolink train station. Use it as your launching pad to watch an Angels baseball game at Edison Field, attend a rock concert at the Honda Center, or ride Thunder Mountain at Disneyland. Orange Mango Garden Hostel is independently owned and operated and sits on spacious grounds surrounded by fruit trees. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, air conditioning and lockers.
Anaheim Plaza Hotel And Suites
1700 Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Get the full treatment (and so much more) when staying at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel. The best parts about this little gem are how inexpensive a room is for the night (prices start at $69) and the amazing choices and opportunities for adventure that are right down the road. Like many hotels in the Orange County area, the Plaza hotel is definitely a great location destination as it’s close to Disneyland and so much more! Enjoy wonderful service, beautiful rooms and great amenities such as a fully functional game room and on site restaurant and bar.
1801 Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 90802
The Anaheim Hostel in the heart of the Disneyland area boasts four-star luxury accommodations at hostel prices. This “Wonderland Hostel” features a swimming pool and spa, fitness center, free breakfast and an evening reception. Disneyland’s nightly summertime fireworks display can be enjoyed from the penthouse viewing suite. Staying here puts you within walking distance of Disneyland, Downtown Disney, shops, clubs and plenty of dining options.
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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.