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Surf City Hostel
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Our room was given away on the first night so we had to sleep on air beds. Not a great start. Apart from that its clean, friendly and has an amazing location.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Dont expect much of this place, its a hostel and you get definately get what you pay for. Staff were friendly and people very sociable. Alot of the staff live at the hostel so really staff and people is the same thing, it seemed there was the odd traveller.

I stayed here for about a week because of the location, i absolutely love hermosa beach. The only complaint I had about the location is that its literally above the bars so sleeping is extremely hard unless your one of those people who can sleep through anything. The rooms were quite cramped and the bathrooms very small. But hey what do you expect its a hostel!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank xxJazzxx
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Reviewed 22 June 2011

Brilliant hostel. Could do with a sweep under the beds but not dirty.
The staff are really helpful and fun. The common rooms are small but everyone hung out together and had fun.
Location is fantastic if you want the beach. Close to shops and bars :)

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

i have stayed at the hostel twice. i have not ran into any bed bugs, giant spders, fleas, or snakes. i will agree the building is old and could be kept in better conditon. it definatly has the appearence of beign dirty, but it is also the fact it is old as hell and not been remodled. if you are going to stay at a hostle bring your onw towel, soap , and shampoo. there is a little market where the pier meets the street , and if that doesn't have what you want for the price you want there is a Vons straight up the hill on the left (maybe 3/4 mile) it is a nice walk past a bunch of stores and some restaurants. the staff were polite. i made reservations one trip, and another i just stopped in with two of my friends. we have not had a problem with theft (of course that depends on who is in the room with you), or people getting into our room. both times i was there i had two other friends. the first time we had one roommate who wa a great guy. i think we were more of a bother to him, but he ended up hanging out/going out with us. we are talking about heading back in may and if we do this is where we will be staying. oh i guess i should add the obvious: it is on a pier that has 5-8 bars/club on it. it tends to be noisy late at night, and people come back late at night and get up early (it is a hostel...that's what people do). most of the time we were either out late or had enough beverages on board to not notice the noise. a pair of earplugs does nicely.this place also had plenty of hot water to wash away all the hangover you can throw at it

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank LukeMB
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

I regret coming there: the hostel is filled with cigarette smoke (which I believe is illegal in California); as a person with asthma I had to be subjected to second hand smoke in all common areas. Also, the hostel is not women-friendly and harassment of women is okay there apparently--it's filled with weirdos who'd drinking all over the place, some of whom look like homeless and they harass solo guests, Disgusting place. The bathroom was shared male and female with toilet st alls being in front of shower stalls, and no separation at all. Try to go to a safer place....

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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