Still looking for a place to blow off steam and make memories for Spring Break? It’s not too late to take a road trip to one of the most exciting metropolises in the world. Here are some suggestions for where to stay if you want to vacation in the heart of all the action without breaking the bank.
Orange Drive Hostel
1764 N. Orange Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Within walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard, this mansion-style hostel is popular for its location and friendly staff. The 1920s remodeled home offers as much privacy as one can ask for in Hollywood. Although regular events are not planned by management, guests will never be bored while they are blocks away from Hollywood and Highland shopping, Mann’s Chinese Theater, the El Capitan and the Kodak Theater. Former guests urge travelers to consider the seven-day package deal, since it saves significant cash.
H.I. Los Angeles/ Santa Monica
1436 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Just a block away from miles of famously gorgeous Pacific beaches, shops and pubs, this hostel is in a prime location for people looking for a truly SoCal experience. Management organizes regular excursions to popular spots from Hollywood, to The Getty, to comedy clubs and various other hot spots year-round. Popular because of its location, spacious rooms and courtyard, guests should never hesitate to use public buses to explore on their own. Guests can stay a maximum of 14 nights per year at this location.
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Banana Bungalow Hollywood
5920 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Both international travelers and American young adults looking for adventure are never bored at the Bungalow. This hotel-sized hostel features dorm rooms equipped for four as well as private rooms. Not only are constant events such as TV show tickets and excursions available, but the international backpacking atmosphere leads to regular adventure in the heart of Hollywood. Complimentary breakfast, airport shuttle service and internet add value to this affordable location.
Samesun Venice Beach
25 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
For those visiting SoCal looking for “warm, weird and wonderful,” a stay at Venice Beach may be in order. This hostel is within walking distance of the eclectic and unique boardwalk featuring local vendors, entertainers, surfing and more. This laid-back vacation is perfect for those looking to get a tan, learn to surf or visit the world-famous Muscle Beach or Gold’s Gym. Staff-organized trips to LA’s city center and other attractions, as well as nightly activities in the lounge, are available.
1624 Schrader Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Complimentary shuttles to the most popular beaches, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and organized pub crawls are only a few of the things that make this hostel a hit. A full calendar of activities, including day trips to amusement parks and affordable walking tours, is updated daily. USA hostels also has a location in San Diego and one in San Francisco. Availability, group and individual bookings can be made online.
Danielle Farve is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.