This sprawling Southern Californian city is calling you, and so is that selfie by the Hollywood sign.
We, the Hostelgeeks, have worked hard and we’re excited to deliver awesome Los Angeles hostels that are all about rooftop swimming pools, fun vibes and top notch dorms.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Los Angeles.
There’s plenty jam-packed into this article, including:
- Basics about hostels in LA
- 3 Best Hostels in Los Angeles
- Best Party Hostels in Los Angeles
- Best Hostels in Los Angeles for Solo Travellers
- Cheap Hostels Los Angeles
- Handy Map
We specialise in 5 Star Hostels.
But because there is currently no 5 star hostel in this city, we’ve brought you the 3 best hostels in Los Angeles instead.
Quick Introduction to Los Angeles Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 27€ up to 35€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Los Angeles Tourism Tax: Taxes are not included at most hostels in Los Angeles. A pay-at-check-in tax ranges between 14 and 15.7% in the city.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Los Angeles
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The 3 best hostels in Los Angeles are:
- Podshare Venice – (great for digital nomads)
- Freehand Los Angeles – (female solo traveller heaven)
- Tropic Hollywood – (top pick for friends)
1. Podshare Venice (access, not ownership)
Podshare Venice is rather unique in that it’s a membership-based live/work community.
There are in fact 5 Podshare locations across the city – buy a pass for one and get access to all of the Podshare locations in that duration.
It’s a perfect blend of private pod space and social networking.
It’s great for travellers, transitioners and temps aged between 18 and 34.
The pods are designed with a stairway instead of a ladder. No more rickety bunk beds!
Each one comes with its own flat screen TV with Roku (Netflix, Hulu, Pandora), reading light and under the bed storage.
A map of great eateries and a fresh towel will be waiting on top of your readymade bed.
Make sure you check out the beautiful, big garden at Podshare Venice alongside a fully-fitted shared kitchen.
What else makes this a super cool hostel?
- Free breakfast
- Big lockers available
- Bicycle hire
- Short walk to Venice Beach
Digital nomads will particularly enjoy the dedicated co-working space which creates a perfect environment for knuckling down.
Just how much do travellers love this place? Well, enough to get a tattoo of the logo, it would seem!
Perhaps you’ll join the family and get one too.
Abbot Kinney Blvd is a hip, lively street full of bars, restaurants and boutique stores not far from the hostel. Santa Monica is just a bike ride away!
Podshare Venice is the best hostel in Los Angeles in:
- Digital Nomads
- Solo travellers
2. Freehand Los Angeles (Rooftop pool + Premium rooms)
If you’re looking for a premium stay in the heart of Downtown L.A, Freehand Los Angeles will seriously blow your socks off.
Although technically a hotel, Freehand has thoughtfully designed and flash shared rooms.
For the budget conscious traveller, we recommend staying in the dorms. There are private rooms available with a higher price tag.
These private rooms are not to be sniffed at – if you travelling couples want to treat yourself, the loft suite will not let you down!
Mixed and female-only dorms come with 4, 6 or 8 beds. And every room comes with an en-suite, towel and linen!
Fun fact: All 226 rooms were designed by Roman & Williams – well known New York designers.
Enough about the rooms. They’re great, but this Los Angeles hostel has so much more to offer…
- There’s a rooftop pool and bar with
- 360-degree views of Downtown L.A
- The fitness centre is open 24/7
- The Exchange restaurant offers multi-cultured tastes
Each week there are events being held here including DJ sets and Jazz nights, too.
Be sure to have a peek at the retail shop run by the Flowerboy Project. Every day there are fresh flowers as well as vintage clothing, unique jewellery and magazines.
Reception is open 24 hrs; an added perk that never ages.
The Best bars in L.A, fashion districts and a handy metro station are all within walking distance.
Freehand Los Angeles is the best hostel in Los Angeles for:
- Female solo travellers
3. Tropic Hollywood (amazing staff)
Let’s have a look at our third chosen hostel; Tropic Hollywood.
This hostel is all about simple design on a budget.
But that doesn’t mean your comfort will be jeopardised!
As soon as you see the super thick mattresses, you’ll have the urge to jump on the bed!
Just make sure you remove your shoes first ‘cause we wouldn’t want you to dirty your fresh, crisp sheets and complimentary towel right away!
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
The rooms are spacious and bright, thanks to the white walls and wide windows.
- Female Dorm
- Mixed Dorm
- Private double room
- Deluxe family room (sleeps 10)
What makes this hostel stand out from the crowd?
The friendly and helpful staff, of course.
They are the reason that one traveller changed her flight to stay longer. True story!
If you’re willing to pay an extra charge; pub crawls and hiking trips can be arranged.
There is a shared lounge and TV area which is perfect for mingling. Some of the rooms even have their very own chill area.
Tropic Hollywood probably got its name because it’s situated in the Hollywood district. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is 5km away.
Tropic Hollywood is the best hostel in Los Angeles for:
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Los Angeles for Solo Travellers
Solo travellers come in all shapes and sizes and many are in search of different types of hostels.
Let’s recap on the already mentioned recommended hostels for solo travellers:
Eager for a third option? You got it!
USA Hostels Hollywood offers a real hostelling experience for the social solo traveller.
Keep your solitude with the exclusively designed privacy pods in en-suite dorms, and join optional daily activities when you’re feeling social.
There’s a free breakfast, free comedy performances, walking tours and a relaxing lounge area.
Best Party Hostels in Los Angeles?
It’s time to announce the best party hostel in Los Angeles that offers tons of freebies and awesome events.
Banana Bungalow Hollywood has bouncy vibes and lovely staff that offer you:
- Party bus limo rides
- Pub crawls
- Themed parties
- Hiking + beach tours
Start your day with a free breakfast and finish it relaxing in the Tiki garden under a palm tree.
The Cahuenga Corridor is nearby, hosting over 28 bars and nightclubs – the party opportunities are endless!
Los Angeles Hostels with Private Rooms
As Hollywood is a modern city, there isn’t much of an issue finding Los Angeles hostels with private rooms.
Whether you’re travelling as a couple, as friends or simply just want some solo space for a night or two; the private room options are great in this city.
The best options are:
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for couples (pricey): Freehand Los Angeles
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for couples (budget): Time Zone Hostel
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for party vibes: Banana Bungalow
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for chill vibes: Tropic Hollywood
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for friends: The Venice Beach Hostel
- Best Hostel in Los Angeles for the budget conscious: Time Zone Hostel
Okay, now that is a bit embarrassing, currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Los Angeles. We are always working on getting promo codes for Freehand Hostels, Hollywood Hostels and all the other cool hostels to stay in.
How about we do it like that: You subscribe to our newsletter and we send you over the new hostel discounts to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Cheap Hostels in Los Angeles
Are there any cheap hostels in Los Angeles? There can be cheaper hostels than the ones mentioned above.
In our opinion, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Keep also in mind a bad location far away from the city centre costs you more in transport.
However, if you are travelling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Copenhagen.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Los Angeles
- Order the listing by price
Hostelworld usually offers great rates as well as deals for backpackers.
Map of Los Angeles Hostel Locations + TOP Sights
Now that you have an idea of the awesome hostels in Los Angeles; let’s pinpoint them on a map.
We’ve also included the top sights in Los Angeles including:
- Disneyland Resort
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Santa Monica Pier
- Hollywood Sign
- Griffith Observatory
- Griffith Park Recreation Centre
- Santa Monica Beach
- Sunset Boulevard
- Universal City Walk
- The Queen Mary
Feeling nosy? Join a 2-hour Celebrity Homes Tour around Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
Grab yourself a Go Los Angeles Card and enjoy free entry to Los Angeles’ top attractions.
Short on time? Buy a Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket and explore with ease.
Flights to Los Angeles?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over North America including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Over to you
We hope by now you feel ready to choose one of the 3 best hostels in Los Angeles!
Are you left with questions? Still unsure?
No problem at all – just leave us a message in the comment box below and we’ll get back to you right away.
We really appreciate your feedback, so don’t be shy. You’ll help to make this article more useful and interesting, and you’ll help your fellow travellers at the same time.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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How to book the Best Hostels in Los Angeles?
We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Los Angeles, California!
For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.
Here you can find
Hostel Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries