20 COOLEST Hostels in Los Angeles (February 2019 • Insider Guide!)

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Hollywood. Beaches. Clubs. Sports. Food. Perfect weather. America’s second largest city really has it all.

But with all of the pros in Los Angeles – it doesn’t come cheaply. Which is exactly why we have put together this guide of the 20 Best Hostels in Los Angeles, California.

The hostel scene in Los Angeles is small in quantity but high in quality. With the help of this guide, you’ll know what the highest reviewed hostels in Los Angeles are.

And, as an added bonus, we have organized the best hostels in Los Angeles by your travel needs. So whether you are looking to party, get a private room with your SO, meet other cool travelers or anything in between – this ultimate guide to the best hostels in Los Angeles has got you covered.

Then, you can get back to what matters – exploring this amazing and huge freaking city!

Let’s take a look into the top hostels in Los Angeles.

 

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Los AngelesBest Hostel for Solo Travelers in Los AngelesBanana Bungalow West Hollywood

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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in Los AngelesBest Cheap Hostel in Los AngelesSan Vicente Place

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in Los AngelesBest Hostel for Couples in Los AngelesOrange Drive Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in Los AngelesBest Party Hostel in Los AngelesBanana Bungalow Hollywood

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Los AngelesBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in Los AngelesPodShare Venice Beach

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in Los AngelesBest Hostel with a Private Room in Los AngelesTime Zone Hostel

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Best Hostels in Los Angeles

This is the Broke Backpacker’s Insider Guide to the best hostels in Los Angeles

 

The 20 Best Hostels in Los Angeles

From Hollywood to Beverly Hills and from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Boulevard, these fabulous youth hostels in Los Angeles are sure to impress. Conveniently split into different categories, you can see at a glance the best party hostel in Los Angeles and the best hostels in Los Angeles for solo travellers or couples. Need to combine work and play? The top hostel for digital nomads in Los Angeles has you covered. And, if you’re visiting on a tight budget, or want more dough to play with, the best cheap hostel in Los Angeles is ideal for budget backpackers.

Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

 

Overall Best Hostel in Los Angeles – USA Hostels Hollywood

USA Hostels Hollywood best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Games Room
• Laundry Facilities

Our choice for the overall best hostel in Los Angeles in 2018, the award-winning USA Hostels Hollywood is a great place to meet heaps of new people, relax, and get a good night’s sleep. Close to the metro, the hostel arranges diverse events, including BBQs, walking tours, and comedy nights, throughout the week to help you meet people and fully experience vibrant LA. The top-notch facilities include a kitchen and a lounge with foosball, a TV, musical instruments, and a Wii. Wi-Fi is free and iPads can be borrowed for free too. Breakfast is included. All guests have a locker and there are mixed and female-only dorms in addition to private rooms for two at this awesome Los Angeles backpackers hostel.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Los Angeles – Banana Bungalow West Hollywood

Banana Bungalow West Hollywood best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Pool Table
• Laundry Facilities

Banana Bungalow West Hollywood is our favourite when it comes to the best hostel for solo travellers in Los Angeles. Meeting other travellers is easy with the range of fun activities, including parties, BBQs, and movie nights. The social vibe is strong in the common areas too, which include a sunny terrace and a casual seating area with a pool table. The kitchen is large with multiple appliances—no need to wait hungrily in a queue or bash elbows. If you can’t be bothered cooking, though, cheap dinners are available and there are tons of eateries close to hand. All dorms have their own bathroom, and the hostel has laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and space to work.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Los Angeles #1 – San Vicente Place

San Vicente Place best hostels in Los Angeles

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• Free Breakfast
• Café
• Swimming Pool

A sociable youth hostel in Los Angeles, San Vicente Place is the best cheap hostel in Los Angeles too. Sociable and friendly, the hostel has a large swimming pool, which is perfect for cooling off in the California sun. The outdoor space also has a terrace and BBQ—did someone say pool party?! Indoors, you’ll find a café and a well-equipped kitchen. There’s no need to go hungry here! And, breakfast is included. There are dorms for four, six, and eight, including some that are for females only.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Los Angeles #2 –  Melrose Hostel

Melrose Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

Melrose Hostel is simple and comfortable: that is why it made our best cheap hostel in Los Angeles list!

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• Free Breakfast
• Luggage Storage
• Housekeeping

A fairly new youth hostel in Los Angeles, we predict that Melrose Hostel is going to quickly become a top hostel in Los Angeles in 2018. Stylish with an arty edge, the clean and comfy hostel is centrally located and close to public transportation links. The roof patio provides great views over the City of Angels and is a sociable space to bond with your fellow travellers. Breakfast is included, and other freebies include Wi-Fi, the use of computers, printing, drinking water, and luggage storage. All guests have a locker (though you’ll need your own padlock). The staff team regularly arranges diverse events too to make your stay even more fun.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Los Angeles #3 – Surf City Hostel

Surf City Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

Another quality option falling into the best cheap hostel in Los Angeles category is Surf City Hostel…

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• Complimentary Breakfast
• Restaurant
• Laundry Facilities

Situated at Hermosa Beach, Surf City Hostel is close to amazing nightlife, the sandy beach, and heaps of restaurants and shops. Public transport is just a stone’s throw away from this Los Angeles backpackers hostel. The friendly staff organise regular in-house events too, giving people more chances to mingle. Borrow a body board, hit the beach, and then make use of the laundry facilities to wash the sand away when you come back. The hostel has a shared kitchen and a cosy lounge too, perfect for chilling at the end of a fun-filled day.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Los Angeles – Orange Drive Hostel

Orange Drive Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

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• Complimentary Breakfast
• Laundry Facilities
• BBQ

Welcome to Hollywood, baby! Stay in a former grand manor that once hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth, and soak up the star-studded vibe and glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. A relaxing LA base, Orange Drive Hostel has single-gender dorms for six and an array of private rooms. The cosy double rooms, combined with the romantic history and top-class modern facilities, make this one of the best hostels for couples in Los Angeles. CCTV, round-the-clock security, and lockers make this a secure place to stay, and the cool common areas include a kitchen, a patio with BBQ, and a lounge with TV. Wi-Fi is free and breakfast is included at this recommended hostel in Los Angeles.

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Best Party Hostel in Los Angeles – Banana Bungalow Hollywood

Banana Bungalow Hollywood best hostels in Los Angeles

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• Free Breakfast
• Games Room
• Fitness Centre

The best party hostel in Los Angeles, Banana Bungalow Hollywood is a youthful and fun hostel where it’s easy to make new pals and many great memories. There’s always something happening, from pub crawls, poker nights, and living it large in a limo party bus, to free BBQs, pool playoffs, and themed parties. There are plenty of things to do in the daytimes too, with tours, a courtyard and garden to chill in the sunshine, and a TV lounge. Free breakfast helps to fight off hangovers and each and every dorm room has its own bathroom, TV, and kitchen!

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Los Angeles – PodShare Venice Beach

PodShare Venice Beach best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Free Breakfast
• Laundry Facilities
• Luggage Storage

PodShare Venice Beach is a top hostel in Los Angeles for both solo travellers and groups. The capsule-style beds have not only a personal reading light and a power socket, but also your very own TV! Talk about being spoilt! The co-working space, with free-to-use computers, desks, and Wi-Fi, makes this the best hostel in Los Angeles for digital nomads too. When you’ve finished work, head outside for a game of ping pong or football, a BBQ, or simply to laze in the sunshine. The leather armchairs in the TV room invite you to take it easy, and the kitchen lets you cook up a little taste of home.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Los Angeles – Time Zone Hostel

Time Zone Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

With a funky atmosphere and a great location, Time Zone is one of the best hostels with a private room in Los Angeles.

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• Complimentary Breakfast
• Café
• Laundry Facilities

A sociable top hostel in Los Angeles’s vibrant and starry-eyed Hollywood, Time Zone Hostel is great at most things … location, staff members, facilities, and atmosphere. The reception is manned 24 hours, so no worries about finding a Los Angles hostel near the airport for after late-arriving flights. There’s a lovely courtyard with seating in both the shade and the sun, as well as indoor seating areas, a movie theatre, pool table, and kitchen. There are private rooms for one and two, and mixed dorms in various sizes, some with regular bunk beds and others with pod-style beds for total privacy.

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More of the best hostels in Los Angeles

And, because we’re super thorough and really want you to have a top stay in the City of Angels, here are even more of the best hostels in Los Angeles:

 

DormShare

DormShare best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Bike Hire
• Laundry Facilities
• Housekeeping

Located in Westwood Village, DormShare is a recommended hostel in Los Angeles for people who like comfort and convenience. The beds have been custom-made to maximise space and provide a comfortable space when you sleep, and each comes with a personal reading light, power outlet, and locker. Hostel facilities include a sleek modern shared kitchen, a lounge, a patio, and enough bathrooms to avoid morning queues.

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Freehand Los Angeles

Freehand Los Angeles best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Free Breakfast
• Restaurant
• Fitness Centre

With everything you need, and more, for a terrific stay in LA, Freehand Los Angeles is bursting with excellent features and amenities. Indeed, it could be the coolest hostel in Los Angeles thanks to the gorgeous rooftop swimming pool and bar, high-class restaurant, round-the-clock high-tech fitness centre, and chic rooms and dorms that combine comfort, practicality, and style. A fab LA base for flashpackers, families, and couples, it’s close to the metro and some of the city’s swankiest areas.

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The Venice Beach Hostel

The Venice Beach Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

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• Free Breakfast
• Bike Hire
• Laundry Facilities

A small and intimate youth hostel in Los Angeles’s Venice Beach, The Venice Beach Hostel is in a prime location for enjoying sun, sea, sand, surf, and … culture! Yes, the Venice Beach area has much more to offer than only beaches—although, the beaches are really sweet! Grab a free boogie board before hitting the sands, rent a bike to explore, stroll the nearby boardwalk with its cool shops and street performers, book tours onsite to see more of vibrant Los Angeles, and find awesome nightlife almost right on the doorstep. A kitchen, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and TV lounge make life a beach indoors too.

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HI Los Angeles Santa Monica

HI Los Angeles Santa Monica best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Tour Desk
• Bike Hire

Close to the gorgeous sands and sparkling waters of Santa Monica beach, live the high life at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica. Tours can easily be booked onsite in addition to a range of hostel-arranged events and activities, and you can hit up the many local bars with pals old and new. There are diverse common areas to suit different moods … a bright and spacious dining/work area with a pool table tucked into a niche, a large and modern kitchen with multiple ovens, hobs, sinks, and work surfaces, a laid-back reading room, a cosy lounge with a fireplace, a cinema-style movie room, a sunny courtyard, and … we think you get the idea! Other perks include free breakfast and Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and luggage storage. It’s easy to see why this is a recommended hostel in Los Angeles.

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Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel

Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel best hostels in Los Angeles

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• Complimentary Breakfast
• Bar
• Laundry Facilities

One of the best hostels in Los Angeles for star-struck travellers, the Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel offers the ultimate views, for free! One of the coolest hostels in Los Angeles, you get to enjoy the sights of movie premier events and celebs strutting down the red carpet. There’s a Hollywood (pavement) Star right outside the front door! The metro is handy too. Grab your new mates for a game of pool or foosball and cook shared meals in the modern kitchen. Housekeeping keeps everywhere looking spick and span and you can take care of your own necessities with the laundry facilities. Hollywood ain’t a place for scruffs!

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PodShare Arts District

PodShare Arts District best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Games Room
• 24-Hour Security

Perfectly located for creative travellers and backpackers who want to tap into their inner artist, the industrial-chic PodShare Arts District is just a short stroll from some of LA’s brilliant street art and galleries, not to mention trendy restaurants, shops, and bars. The pod-like beds even have their own TV! Dorms sleep 18 but the custom-made beds ensure you don’t feel a thing from your neighbours. The shared spaces are pretty cool too, with modern bathrooms, a kitchen, a co-working space, and a lounge.

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PodShare Los Feliz

PodShare Los Feliz best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Free Breakfast
• Laundry Facilities
• Minimart

A cool co-living space in LA and a top hostel in Los Angeles for solo travellers in particular, PodShare Los Feliz is a small and intimate pad with ten pod-style beds in an industrial loft. You can cook up a storm in the kitchen and mingle in the dining room, laze in bed watching TV (yes, all beds have their own TV!), surf the free Wi-Fi or use the free computers, and catch up on all the goss while chilling in one of the comfy seating areas. Plus, you’re able to use all the top-class facilities in all the other PodShare hostels around the city too. There’s plenty of storage space and lockers are available.

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Samesun Venice Beach

Samesun Venice Beach best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Restaurant
• Bike Hire

Samesun Venice Beach is loaded with handy facilities. Prepare a feast (or, dinner!) in the kitchen, or grab something tasty from the restaurant. Catch up on your laundry. Book tours and rent bikes to explore Los Angeles. Pick up a good read from the book exchange. Surf the net with the free Wi-Fi. Watch TV. Chill on the comfy sofas. Join in with evening activities. There’s loads to do at this youth hostel in Los Angeles! Dorms sleep from four to seven, and there are female-only dorms and private double rooms too.

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Angeles B&B

Angeles B&B best hostels in Los Angeles

• $
• Free Breakfast
• Restaurant-Bar
• Games Room

A charming budget hostel in Los Angeles with an olde-worlde vibe, Angeles B&B has various-sized dorms, including some that are only for the ladies. In a central location and close to public transportation connections, it’s a great budget base in LA for broke backpackers and travellers who prefer to splash the cash on other things. Being cheap certainly doesn’t mean it sucks though—there’s free breakfast and FREE DINNER, free tea and coffee, and free Wi-Fi. And that’s on top of the shared kitchen, laundry facilities, TV lounge, and dining area.

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The Anderson Estates

The Anderson Estates best hostels in Los Angeles

• $
• Swimming Pool
• Tour Desk
• Laundry Facilities

The Anderson Estates is an LA hostel that people seem to either love or hate. We think it’s okay, though, for a few nights’ stay if you’re the kind of traveller who likes an offbeat vibe, quirky people, and doesn’t mind roughing it a bit. The hostel attracts stoners, hippies, and creatives, so if this sounds like you, you’ll love it. The price is low and the facilities are good for the cost. There’s a swimming pool, a kitchen, a lounge, and more. Do note that there’s an age restriction; only people aged between 18 and 35 can stay here.

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Sea Rock Inn

Sea Rock Inn best hostels in Los Angeles

• $$$
• Swimming Pool
• Laundry Facilities
• Tour Desk

Although not strictly a hostel, Sea Rock Inn is still a great choice for budget backpackers in Los Angeles. There are rooms for two or four, with one or two king-sized beds—share a room with your BFF or book a few rooms for the whole squad. All rooms have a bathroom and most have basic amenities like a fridge, TV, and microwave. The swimming pool is the perfect place to chill and mingle and the tour desk makes exploring LA easy.

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Last thoughts on the top hostels in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles can be a great time, this massive city is not without it’s challenges. But with the help of this guide, booking lodging will NOT be a challenge.

But remember, if you can’t pick one – go with USA Hostels Hollywood.

USA Hostels Hollywood best hostels in Los Angeles

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