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“best hostel in hollywood” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banana Bungalow Hollywood

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Banana Bungalow Hollywood
Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“best hostel in hollywood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

if your looking for somewhere to stay in Hollywood look no further, this is the one. stayed in an eight bed dorm which actually had two four bed rooms in it, an awesome kitchen and a bathroom. free parking is the perfect bonus in LA, and not having to leave the hostel to party makes life a little too easy. free beers every night and even free dinner on our second night, toast and cereal for breakfast, wifis good, security is perfect and you can see the hollywood sign from the veranda. loved having parties in our room and down stairs, everyone was really fun and the guy that checked us in was a super hottie too!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

If you are a back packer or budget traveller, this is perfect. If you are looking for a hotel, go elsewhere.

As a solo, female traveller in my mid twenties, this was perfect! I stayed in an all female room and always felt safe.
I also stayed in a private room and I was very comfortable. However, if you are thinking the private rooms are a hotel, as classified on their website, you may be disappointed.

Breakfast in the Tiki area was perfect for the traveller. A few different cereals and toast were included in the coast of my stay. For a small amount ( i think maybe $5 U.S) I could get bacon and eggs.

I liked the location.
It's a short, easy and direct 10 min walk to the main part of Hollywood Blvd.
The train station is about 5 mins away.
Bus stop just across the road.
Only problem was that I didn't feel safe walking there at night time alone. But it was a small price to pay considering everything else was so convenient.

The actual set up of the hostel is much cooler than any other I saw on my travels. You feel like you are in a cool apartment block. Not a dorm or school camp like some of the other hostels I have seen.

There are sheets and blankets provided but they were not the best, so do bring your own sheets or sleeping bag.

There was lots going on for the solo ir group traveller. They have a great pool room/social area where they host karaoke and some other fun things. They also have a great room with a projector screen T.V.

Most of the staff are very helpful and friendly, always answered any questions I had.

If you are over the age of 35 I would not recommend staying here as it is a youth orientated place. There is lots of fun to be had and many friendly people from all over the world to meet.

Room Tip: Great Hostel for budget travellers. Do not go here looking for a hotel.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

I decided to stay at the place for one reason only. $22 a night stay. I knew what I was getting into when I booked a place. Only requirement that I had was that they provide free parking for my rental car.

The place is pretty easy to find. Within walking distance from the heart of Hollywood.
Parking can be a bit of hassle but usually there is a spot for everyone.

Room is a college dorm styled with two bunk beds per room. The whole experience really depends on who your roommates are.

For those who are looking for cheap stay in LA and don't mind sharing a room, I'd recommend this place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2012

Intended for drunk, young party animals. Very ageist. And run by ageists. not to be recommended to others

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank tony b
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Brisbane, Australia
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108 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

If this is your first time in LA, you and your friends don't know anyone, or you are travelling alone, this is PERFECT. The hostel has activities every night, they take you out clubbing and everyone is super friendly! The only downside for us is that we booked a tour with them to go to disneyland, and although the tour bus arrived an hour late, we still had a blast. (if you book a tour, make sure you nag them to confirm and double check it.) Oh and also sometimes it does get a little hard to sleep at night due to the traffic noise, but i mean its hollywood.

Me and my friend booked a private room. Its definitely average but at least you get your own bathroom and dont need to share! and seeing as we are girls, this is very important :)

They provide 'breakfast' daily too but this is merely just toast and cereal, nothing too fancy. If you're looking for a budget stay and nothing too dodgey, this is the one.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Banana Bungalow Hollywood

Property: Banana Bungalow Hollywood
Address: 5920 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-5410
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Hollywood , Central L.A
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Los Angeles
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,673 - ₹ 7,627
Hotel Class:1 star — Banana Bungalow Hollywood 1*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Banana Bungalow Hollywood Hostel is a very popular international destination with a great location. We provide awesome rooms and dorms with many conveniences so you will definitely be comfortable. Our staff is cool and friendly, they will hook you up with Hollywood and LA. In the morning you can enjoy a free breakfast in our Tiki Garden, meet up with other travelers and plan your day. We offer many daytime activities or you can venture out and explore the city. Then in the evening we have nightly gatherings where you can meet and greet new people, plan your night and then head out into the coolest party city in California. We also offer many night time activities or you can hit the town with your new international friends. ... more   less 
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