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HI Santa Monica Hostel

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Front of property
Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Executives Suites (Max of 3 Guests) (Ensuite) | Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access

Overview of HI Santa Monica Hostel

HI Santa Monica Hostel

2.0 star property

8.8/10 Excellent

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Business services
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSanta Monica Beach7 min walk
  • Popular LocationSanta Monica Pier7 min walk
  • Popular LocationMain Street Santa Monica13 min walk
  • AirportLos Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.)33 min drive

Room options

About this area

Santa Monica

Located near the beach, HI Santa Monica Hostel is in Downtown Santa Monica, a walkable area in Santa Monica with good shopping. Venice Beach and Original Muscle Beach reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Ocean Avenue and 20th Century Fox Studio. Ready for a night out? Consider The Comedy Store and Shrine Auditorium.

What's nearby

  • Santa Monica Place - 2 min walk
  • Ocean Avenue - 3 min walk
  • Santa Monica Beach - 7 min walk
  • Santa Monica Pier - 7 min walk
  • Main Street Santa Monica - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Downtown Santa Monica Station - 7 min walk
  • Los Angeles Union Station - 18 min drive
  • Los Angeles Intl. (LAX) - 32 min drive


  • Café Crêpe - 2 min walk
  • Joe's Pizza - 2 min walk
  • The Misfit Restaurant + Bar - 2 min walk
  • Bar Pintxo - 3 min walk
  • Flower Child - 3 min walk

About this property

HI Santa Monica Hostel

Eco-friendly hostel near Venice Beach
Close to Santa Monica Pier, HI Santa Monica Hostel provides free continental breakfast, a terrace, and a garden. In addition to a library and laundry facilities, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • A 24-hour front desk, concierge services, and meeting rooms
  • Smoke-free premises, an elevator, and luggage storage
  • A vending machine, multilingual staff, and a TV in the lobby
  • Guest reviews speak well of the helpful staff and proximity to shopping
Room features
All 262 rooms boast comforts such as air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Grab bars near toilets and raised toilet seats
  • Heating and daily housekeeping

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available
  • Street parking available

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–10:00 AM

Things to do

  • Billiards/pool table

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Library
  • Lockers available
  • Vending machine
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Elevator
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Beach towels
  • Communal living room
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Club Card: USD 4.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged a club card fee of USD 4 per person, per night at check-in, payable to the hostel.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

Alcohol is not permitted at this property
This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly)

Property is also known as

Hostelling International Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel
Hostelling International Los Angeles Santa Monica
HI Los Angeles Santa Monica
HI Santa Monica Hostel Santa Monica
HI Santa Monica Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Is HI Santa Monica Hostel pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much does it cost to stay at HI Santa Monica Hostel?

As of Jan 31, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at HI Santa Monica Hostel on Feb 7, 2023 start from $125.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at HI Santa Monica Hostel?

This hostel doesn't offer parking.

What time is check-in at HI Santa Monica Hostel?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM.

What time is check-out at HI Santa Monica Hostel?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is HI Santa Monica Hostel located?

Located in Downtown Santa Monica, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Downtown Santa Monica Station is 7 minutes by foot and 17th Street/SMC Station is 25 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at HI Santa Monica Hostel and receive a full refund?

Yes, HI Santa Monica Hostel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to HI Santa Monica Hostel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Awesome management and great facilities!
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Just right for my short solo Trip. The beach was 5-7 min walk, lots of great food all Around the place, no worries w Any Of The roomies- felt SAFe. Breakfast included was a Huge Plus. Definitely staying here again!!
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent

Julia, San Francisco

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This was my first time staying at a hostel and it was very easy and convenient. This hostel has many amenities like a library, TV room, full kitchen, dining/lounge areas, outdoor patio/lounge area. The place was clean and mostly organized. One downside is that they only have housekeeping staff during limited hours. By evening there were no bath mats left in the bathroom and some supplies were not replenished. I had a female quad room which was very simple with only bunk beds and lockers (bring your own lock). There wasn't even a place to put personal items besides a bed. Shared bathrooms were clean but sink access wasn't easy with everyone getting ready in the evenings and mornings. Showers were always available. Location is very convenient in Downtown Santa Monica, walking distance to many eateries, 3rd street promenade, Trader Joe's and of course the beach. With staff recommendations I took a Big Blue Bus to LAX and it was easy and cheap way to get around ($1.10 to the airport). I felt safe as a solo female traveler. I would definitely come back.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent


Business traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent


Business traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Will stay again
Very clean, quiet, lots of common spaces. It’s in a safe area and I could walk to restaurants and the beach. I was there for work and wanted to be close to the beach, but not pay $400 plus s/c for a hotel or BNB. I recommend getting an upgraded room with bathrooms attached. I have nothing bad to say about this place. You are sharing a room with others, but I knew that upfront.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent

Jessica, newark

Business traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This was hands down the best hostel I’ve ever stayed at, I stayed in a few before but this one is actually like a college dorm stay, I stayed in the 6 all female dorm, everyone was quiet and respectable. The hostel has a tv room, library, shared kitchen and multiple bathrooms/showers and even a free comedy show night, I felt comfortable and safe! 5 Stars
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very centrally located and clean
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2022

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This was my first stay at this location and I would most definitely stay here again! The front desk staff were very friendly and helpful during my check-in and even provided resources about the area throughout my stay. What I loved the most about my experience at HI International Hostel was it’s close proximity to Santa Monica Beach. You can literally see the ocean and feel the cool breezes as soon as you step outside the front door! This place exceeded my expectations for a hostel experience. Everything from the beach to the Third Street Promenade are all within walking distance. You won’t need a car, unless you plan to venture further away from the area. The hostel is also close to public transportation. There are so many amazing things that I could say about my stay there. The facility and dorm areas were exceptionally clean, comfortable, and inviting. This hostel also offers various free community activities for its guests, which makes it easy for solo travelers to feel welcome and meet new people. I loved this place so much that I’m already planning my next visit! Enjoy your stay!
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great location
Clean and convenient, expensive for a youth hostel but location was amazing!
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022