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HI Santa Monica Hostel

In the heart of Santa Monica

  • Free WiFi in lobby

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1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, 90401, CA, United States of America
  • I appreciated a friendly welcome at check-in. There were guests and employees of all ages…

    Jul 28, 2021

  • Great hostel v comfortable and clean overall but no activities/social events due to COVID…

    Jul 5, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to SafeStay (AHLA - USA) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 262 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Beach towels
  • Business center
  • Terrace

Feel at home

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator

What’s around

  • In Downtown Santa Monica
  • Third Street Promenade - 1 min walk
  • Santa Monica Place - 3 min walk
  • Santa Monica Beach - 7 min walk
  • Santa Monica Pier - 7 min walk
  • Original Muscle Beach - 9 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Male Economy Ensuite Dormitory
  • Female Economy Ensuite Dormitory
  • Male Economy Dormitory
  • Female Economy Dormitory
  • Standard Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Shared Dormitory, Men only
  • Female Premium (Ensuite) Dormitory
  • Male Premium (Ensuite) Dormitory
  • Private (1 double or 2 twin beds) (Max of 2 Guests)
  • Standard Quadruple Room

What’s around


  • In Downtown Santa Monica
  • Third Street Promenade - 1 min walk
  • Santa Monica Place - 3 min walk
  • Santa Monica Beach - 7 min walk
  • Santa Monica Pier - 7 min walk
  • Original Muscle Beach - 9 min walk
  • Main Street Santa Monica - 13 min walk
  • Venice Beach - 31 min walk
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk - 31 min walk
  • Santa Monica College - 37 min walk
  • Abbot Kinney Boulevard - 41 min walk

Getting around

  • Los Angeles Intl. (LAX) - 30 min drive
  • Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal) - 30 min drive
  • Bob Hope Airport (BUR) - 48 min drive
  • Van Nuys, CA (VNY) - 36 min drive
  • Long Beach Municipal Airport (LGB) - 34 min drive
  • Los Angeles Union Station - 18 min drive
  • Van Nuys Station - 22 min drive
  • Glendale Transportation Center - 25 min drive
  • Downtown Santa Monica Station - 7 min walk
  • 17th Street/SMC Station - 25 min walk
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1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, 90401, CA, United States of America

At a glance


  • 262 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-11:00 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • No onsite parking
  • Street parking available

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol allowed onsite
*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area

Things to do

  • Beach towels
  • Billiards or pool table

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 1990
  • Elevator
  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Grab bar - near toilet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning

Freshen up

  • Hair dryer (on request)


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Globe, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

Fees & policies

Mandatory feesPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • Club Card: USD 4.00 per person, per night

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged a club card fee of USD 4 per person, per night at check-in, payable to the hostel.

PetsPay at property

  • Service animals exempt from fees

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB International, debit cards and cash.

Only bookings from non-local guests are accepted. Guests whose residence is within the same county as the property will not be allowed to check in.

Also known as

  • Hostelling International Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel
  • Hostelling International Los Angeles Santa Monica
  • HI Los Angeles Santa Monica
  • HI Santa Monica Hostel Santa Monica
  • HI Santa Monica Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, HI Santa Monica Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • No, unfortunately, but there's street parking available.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11:00 AM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Seasons 52 (3-min walk), BOA Steakhouse (3-min walk), and Blue Plate Oysterette (3-min walk).
  • No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Hollywood Park Casino (15-min drive) is nearby.
  • HI Santa Monica Hostel has a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great Location

    This Hostel was great for a solo adventure and would be great for a group of friends. Friendly staff and great location to the beach. So many restaurants and shops located near it. Only a 20-24 minute drive from the airport.

    Renah, 3 night trip, Nov 11, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Five Stars!

    Amazing staff and Clean and Covid safe! Best place to stay in Santa Monica and near the beach!

    Nate, 1 night trip, Sep 18, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    convenient to CVS Phamacy

    Randy, 2 night business trip, Sep 10, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Nice place

    This was my second stay at this hostel and I was glad to be back! People here are friendly and kind. The only one thing I don’t like about this hostel is bed. Mattress is ok but every time you make a move on the bed, and no matter how small it is, it makes a squeaky sound and it is loud. Even college dorm room has better one.

    Daishi, 1 night trip, Mar 19, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The best hostel I've been to so far. Clean, good amenities, central, and lovely people.

    2 night trip, Mar 9, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Clean, modern, close to the beach and DW

    Check in was a bit bumpy and they also put me in an all male room at first, however otherwise amazing hostel! Very clean, modern, has drinking water on every floor, cinema room, library, awesome common room and the location is just perfect if you want to explore Santa Monica and the beach. I would highly recommend this hostel, one of the best in terms of facilities and location. It’s also fairly affordable considering they offer free breakfast (toast, cereal, coffee, orange juice).

    Jevgenija, 1 night trip, Mar 3, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Definitely a must stay if visiting Santa Monica

    This hostel is wonderful. A block away from the beach, very clean and a great place to meet people from all over the world. I was a single female traveler who never stayed in this type of setting before but felt comfortable the whole time. Private rooms are definitely worth the price. Participate in the activities you won't be sorry. Hostel staff top notch. The only downside to this hotel is when they are cleaning one floors bathroom they are cleaning all the floors bathrooms so you have to go to the two single bathrooms by the lobby where ever other guest is waiting.

    Jennifer, 6 night trip, Feb 27, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Good hostel & staff

    This is is a well run hostel with a professional staff. Some reviews mention lack of a welcome, and although the staff who checked me in wasn't effusive with smiles, he was friendly enough. I could tell he was busy and managing all the guests efficiently must be a lot to handle. So I completely understand the staff not smiling or talking much. The rooms and common areas were clean enough with excellent, very clean bathrooms, plenty of toilets, and private shower stalls, that looked surprisingly nice. I only stayed one night, because I booked a hotel for my trip. I'd never stayed at a hostel so not knowing what to expect, I showered before I came, and left the next morning. It would have been fine to shower here though. The sleeping situation wasn't for me, although if you don't mind hostels, it could be fine. In the first room there was a girl coughing and I was worried about breathing that in all night, especially with the corona virus spreading. The front desk told me I could change rooms once, and luckily in the new room, no one was coughing. But one of the girls was snoring, so I couldn't sleep. I didn't mind this as much as the chance of catching someone's flu or virus, but it wasn't the best. One good thing was that guests get a good sized locker, and it fit my large suitcase. If you don't mind sharing a room with 5 or more people, you might like this place. It seems to be one of the better hostels and the girls in both rooms seemed very nice.

    1 night trip, Feb 23, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excellent stay

    The hostel was clean and well kept. I also loved that they keep the place warm, its winter and I know its SoCal but it sometimes it gets cold in the evening and im always cold but it was warm and i didnt need the extra socks i brought.

    Rheall, 2 night business trip, Feb 17, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very good conditions, clean, staff very helpful.

    3 night trip with friends, Feb 2, 2020

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