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HI Santa Monica Hostel

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Executives Suites (Max of 3 Guests) (Ensuite) | 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
City-center hostel within easy reach of Santa Monica Pier

8.8/10 Fabulous

462 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • 24/7 front desk
  • Laundry facilities
1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Beach towels
  • Business center
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Lobby fireplace
  • Communal living room
  • ATM/banking services
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Beach - 7 min walk
  • Santa Monica Pier - 7 min walk
  • Venice Beach - 30 min walk
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk - 31 min walk
  • University of California, Los Angeles - 15 min drive
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center - 20 min drive
  • Rodeo Drive - 25 min drive
  • Getty Center - 21 min drive
  • Melrose Avenue - 29 min drive
  • The Grove - 28 min drive

Getting around

  • Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal) - 31 min drive
  • Los Angeles Intl. (LAX) - 33 min drive
  • Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB) - 34 min drive
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNY) - 39 min drive
  • Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) - 51 min drive
  • Los Angeles Union Station - 18 min drive
  • Van Nuys Station - 22 min drive
  • Glendale Transportation Center - 25 min drive
  • Downtown Santa Monica Station - 7 min walk
  • 17th Street/SMC Station - 25 min walk


  • 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

HI Santa Monica Hostel puts you in a great location, within just a 10-minute walk of Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Other highlights include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and location. The property is just a short walk to public transportation: Downtown Santa Monica Station is 7 minutes away.


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.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 262 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking
  • Street parking available

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol allowed onsite

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Pool table
  • Beach nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms


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


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1990
  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Communal living room


  • Elevator
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Grab bar near toilet


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Soap and shampoo
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

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.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Club Card: USD 4.00 per person, per night
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.

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

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

Does HI Santa Monica Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, HI Santa Monica Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
As of 6 Dec 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at HI Santa Monica Hostel on 18 Dec 2022 start from CA $170, 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
No, unfortunately, but there's street parking available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
Is there an onsite casino at HI Santa Monica Hostel?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Hollywood Park Casino (15-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at HI Santa Monica Hostel and nearby?
HI Santa Monica Hostel has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near HI Santa Monica Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include BOA Steakhouse (3-min walk), Blue Plate Oysterette (3-min walk), and Barney's Beanery (3-min walk).
What's the area around HI Santa Monica Hostel like?
HI Santa Monica Hostel is in Downtown Santa Monica, a short 7-minute walk from Downtown Santa Monica Station and 7 minutes' walk from Santa Monica Pier. Travelers say the area is walkable and good for shopping.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Jeff, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Michael, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
Julia, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

paul, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
Revan, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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
Jessica, 2-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very centrally located and clean
juliette, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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!
Aretha, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Bryan, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great location
Clean and convenient, expensive for a youth hostel but location was amazing!
Matthew, 2-night trip
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