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Hostel Review: Samesun, Venice Beach, California

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Samesun Venice Beach Hostel

Samesun Venice Beach Hostel is one of the few hostels found in the city of Los Angeles. The USA as a whole doesn’t appear to have many hostels, as motels and hotels are usually just as cheap to stay at. We spent some quality time at one of our favorite beaches in the world, Venice Beach, and opted to try out the $130 a night + hostel during our West Coast USA road trip.


The location of the hostel couldn’t be anymore perfect. Samesun Venice Beach Hostel is smack bang in the middle of the action of Venice Beach, with a wide selection of bars, shops and entertainment all around the building. Just like most of the buildings by Venice Beach, the exterior of the hostel is decorated with quirky street art and is usefully noticeable from afar!
Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, California

The windows of the communal area offer some of the best views in the whole of Venice. The famous Venice skate-park and basketball courts (also known as the filming location of the classic film ‘White men cant jump’ can be enjoyed over the free hostel breakfast.
View from window, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, California
The decoration on the inside is just as hip as Venice itself!
Stairs Venice Beach Samesun Hostel, Los Angeles, California


We stayed in room 32 which is a Private Room with shared bathroom. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable and there was a sink, double bed and a wardrobe inside.
Private room, double bed, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, California
Most of the rooms are dorms, mixed and single-sex as well as a couple of other Private rooms, some with private en suites.
Corridor, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, California

Social area

The Samesun Venice Beach Hostel has a shared communal area, plenty of chairs and sofas and a couple of vending machines. There are information boards on the wall offering information on the local area, things to do and events the hostel hosts such as limousine parties to Hollywood.
Communal area, Samesun Venice Beach hostel, California
This is the room guests dine at and where everybody gets together at night. The room can become crowded at breakfast so you may have to eat in your room, or stand.
Social area, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, California


The kitchen is huge and has adequate equipment to cook everything and anything. There are hobs, an oven, a microwave and a fridge-freezer. Food should be labelled else it will be tossed into the trash.
Kitchen, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, Palm Springs
Breakfast in the hostel is free and consists of toast, pancakes, jam, butter, sliced oranges and fresh coffee. Enjoy the views from the communal area as you wake up in the heart of Venice Beach.
Breakfast included, Samesun Venice Beach hostel, Los Angeles, California


There are only two bathrooms available to guests who do not have their own private suite. This was the only down side to the hostel. Each bathroom has one toilet and one shower and the queues in the morning are long!
Restroom, Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, California
We had to go to the Public Restrooms on Venice Beach (around a 3 minute walk away) on several occasions.
Public restrooms, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

Luggage Room

There is ample space for left luggage, the staff are really helpful and will give you the key upon request.
Luggage room, Samesun Venice Beach hostel, California
The luggage room has useful hangers for smaller backpacks to save on space.
Backpacking Samesun Venice Beach Hostel, Los Angeles, California

Our Rating

Overall, Round The World Magazine rates the hostel 4 out of our 6 star rating. The only marks down are for the restrooms which we feel there should be more of.
Round the world magazine reviews

Visit the Samesun Venice Beach website for bookings or book via Hostel World.

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