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Hostels in Los Angeles and San Francisco

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1. Posted by BeckyDLF (Full Member 9 posts) 11y

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Are the hostels in Los Angeles and San Francisco safe? My boyfriend and I will be traveling to the west coast in April and I was looking for cheap places to stay. I am more concerned with Los Angeles hostels, is Venice Beach or Hollywood Blvd. a safe fun place to stay? Which areas should we stay away from?

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Reputable hostels are safe enough - we stayed at Orbit in LA which was really good and which you can book from this site, but other people I've met have stayed at other hostels and had no problems.

3. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I would say Venice, I was in the same situation....steer well clear of a place called the Venice beach Hostel, it was dirty, shady and in a really bad area!I would say its more worthwhile to pay that little bit extra and get somewhere right on Venice beach or possibly Santa Monica?I spent one night in Hollywood but I found it really sleezy down there and i got bored of Hollywood in about 3 hours!Also the girl I was with got robbed while we were asleep in the hostel!At least in Venice your in a good place to hang around there, go to Santa Monica, do some shopping, go to Malibu and things!!!i definatley prefer it over there!!If you stay there, you must visit Coldstone!!Best Ice cream place ever!

4. Posted by michael127 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y


That sounds like an interesting trip you're planning. I would suggets that you stay in Santa Monica or Venice beach. I had a quick look at Hollywood or Downtown and im not sure. I hope your boyfriend is big and strong and can protect you from the wierdos around. I read one review of a hotel in Hollywood where there was a hole in the wall so people could look into your room,

cant be nice,

have fun...

5. Posted by BeckyDLF (Full Member 9 posts) 11y

yes i do have a strong wonderful boyfriend to protect me...i am sure things will be fine...just taking precaution...

6. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Yeah I agree, theres some really strange people you bump into over there!I was alone for part of it until some friends of a friend came to rescue me!!!!But I reakon seeing as there is two of you there together and your with a guy I wouldnt worry!Id definatley say stay nearer the beach areas though,i looked at a couple of places in downtown and they were kinda in the middle of nowhere!!!Same with Hollywood, that night spent there i totally didnt feel safe!!!Have a fab time!!!!