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Los Angeles Hostel Tips: Hollywood Hostels

Hollywood and West Hollywood Hostels
Selecting the Best Hostel Location for Your Los Angeles Stay

Nothing is more important than location when selecting a Los Angeles area hostel. Neighbourhoods vary greatly in convenience and safety.

This page helps you decide whether Hollywood has the hostel location best for you.

Hollywood hostel advantages

Although the Hollywood district of Los Angeles lacks much of its bygone glamour, hostels in Hollywood still put you in the heart of Los Angeles sightseeing and nightlife.

With few exceptions, Hollywood hostels tend to be fun places. If you like to socialize and party, you’ve come to the right place.

The Orbit Hotel and Hostel and Banana Bungalow West Hollywood are very close to the clubs on the famed Sunset Strip in the city of West Hollywood. The other Hollywood hostels are not far away.

You’ll find Universal and other studios just over the Hollywood Hills and the new Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, incorporating the Chinese and Kodak academy awards theatres within walking distance of Hollywood hostels.

Using public transportation, you can also reach Hollywood easily from Amtrak and LAX Airport. (See directions below.) Judged by rather low California standards, local transit to nearby areas is convenient. For example, you can quickly reach cultural and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles by subway. You may also use the subway to connect easily by Amtrak or Metrolink trains to Anaheim for Disneyland and by Amtrak for the San Diego Zoo.

Hollywood hostel disadvantages

If you’re going to stay in Hollywood, you have to be careful.

Straying off Hollywood Boulevard, especially after dark, should only be done on busy streets. Hollywood Boulevard itself deteriorates as you walk eastward from Vine Street. Hollywood does not have a horrific crime rate, but nevertheless is an area with crime.

In Hollywood, you’ll find areas that seem destined to become a true skid road. Homeless people abound and prostitution flourishes on some streets. You’ll encounter people doomed to hard drugs.

Not all of Hollywood—for example, the area immediately adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland complex and the neighborhoods closest to West Hollywood—is like this, however.

Hollywood hostel choices

We haven't included bad hostels, but please read the descriptions via the links carefully. Some require non American passports and proof of current international travel. A few have age restrictions.

Use the customer ratings to pick the atmosphere right for you.

You can select the currency in which you wish to view prices. If you choose to book, you may pay your deposit in this currency. There are no booking fees.

Orbit Hotel and Hostel – great location on Melrose Avenue for experiencing the real Los Angeles, but some may wish to be closer to the action on Hollywood Boulevard.

Walk to CBS Television City, the Los Angeles (Hollywood) Farmers Market (awesome snacks), the famed Canter’s Deli (show up at 3:00 A.M. for star sightings), the “in” Grove (check your email for free at its Apple Store) and Beverly Center shopping malls, less-established, but cutting-edge designer boutiques along Melrose Avenue, the Hollywood Improv comedy club, and on and on.

USA Hostels Hollywood – conveniently located just off Hollywood Boulevard near Hollywood and Highland. Free shuttle to beach 3 times per week.

Hollywood International Hostel – outstanding location across from Hollywood and Highland complex and Red Line subway stop. Not a party hostel. Also, consider nearby Hollywood and Highland Hotel and Hostel for its convenient location.

Banana Bungalow Hollywood – you may either absolutely love or hate this party hostel largely depending on your desire to sleep well. Loads of group activities on and off site. We haven’t visited the Bungalow since it moved to its present location. (A little too far east of Vine, but still within easy walking distance of Red Line subway.)

The Banana Bungalow Hollywood offers free 24-hour pickup from LAX Airport if you stay 4 nights or longer.

Banana Bungalow West Hollywood – see Orbit Hostel location description above.

Be sure bring a copy of your booking with you.

Directions to Hollywood hostels

—From Amtrak Union Station in downtown Los Angeles:

  • Banana Bungalow Hollywood: ride the Metro Red Line subway directly from Union Station to Hollywood and Vine station and then walk east on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Orbit Hostel or Banana Bungalow West Hollywood: take the Red Line to Hollywood and Highland station. From northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, transfer to westbound Metro 780 express bus or Metro 217 bus on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • All other Hollywood hostels: take the Red Line to Hollywood and Highland station.

—From outside of the arrival level (lower level) of each LAX Airport terminal (under green signs marked “Flyaway”): take the Metro “Flyaway” shuttle ($4) to Amtrak Union Station and then follow directions above. Be sure to use a Flyaway bus marked “Union Station.”

—From Greyhound: Have your ticket set up to “Hollywood, CA,” not Los Angeles. Then either transfer at the Los Angeles Greyhound station to Hollywood or use direct service from Las Vegas, San Francisco, or elsewhere to Hollywood.

From the Hollywood Greyhound station, walk a half block south on Cahuenga Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard.

  • Banana Bungalow Hollywood: turn left (east) along Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Orbit Hostel or Banana Bungalow West Hollywood: take the Metro 217 bus west along Hollywood Boulevard from the northwestern corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga.
  • All other hostels: turn right (west) on Hollywood Boulevard.

Have fun!

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