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!
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.
The decoration on the inside is just as hip as Venice itself!
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.
Most of the rooms are dorms, mixed and single-sex as well as a couple of other Private rooms, some with private en suites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We had to go to the Public Restrooms on Venice Beach (around a 3 minute walk away) on several occasions.
There is ample space for left luggage, the staff are really helpful and will give you the key upon request.
The luggage room has useful hangers for smaller backpacks to save on space.
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.
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