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1. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member, 37 posts) 17 Feb '09 04:54

Hi,

As you may have seen from other posts me and a friend will be staying in and around California for 6 weeks.

We currently have our first hostel booked in L.A (Hollywood Youth Hostel, opposite the Kodak Theatre, if anybody has any reviews?!) We've booked this is an advance as our first 5 days falls on Independance Day so we were worried that things would book up pretty fast!

But our main places of stay will be;

L.A
Santa Barbara
San Francisco
Yosemite
Orange County
San Diego
TJ

If anybody has any recommendations of where to stay it will help loads!!
:)

2. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member, 120 posts) 17 Feb '09 09:07

Travelled the west coast last summer, great craic!!
San Fran - USA Hostel, best fun I had in any hostel on my trip, parties every night, you shud defo stay here!!
Yosemite - I stayed in a place called the Yosemite Bug - I booked this through USA Hostel in San Fran...a great place to base yourself for seeing Yosemite.
L.A. - I stayed in Venice Beach Cotel, based right on the beach and a really nice hostel.
Santa Barbara - I stayed in the Santa Barbara Youth Hostel, perfect location beside the train but dorm rooms were pretty cramped.
San Diego - Stayed in Ocean Beach hostel, nice old place but if I was going again I'd stay closer to Pacific beach for nights out!
Any more questions let me know!!
Ian

3. Posted by DaniAJ10 (Budding Member, 37 posts) 17 Feb '09 10:11

Thanks Buffalo! That's great help.

Do you need to book your hostels in advance? Or can you do it a couple of days before for example? Just we don't want to be 100% tied down to plans really incase we vere of track a little!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5572 posts) 17 Feb '09 15:50

Quoting DaniAJ10

We currently have our first hostel booked in L.A (Hollywood Youth Hostel, opposite the Kodak Theatre, if anybody has any reviews?!) We've booked this is an advance as our first 5 days falls on Independance Day so we were worried that things would book up pretty fast!

Well, it's a good location. I can't speak for the inside of the property, but I walked by it a few times when I was there a few months ago. A lot of hotels/motels in that side of town are a bit 'worn' (mine was), but otherwise perfectly fine to spend some nights at. In a city like LA where you have to drive everywhere, being in a decent location helps!

I've been to most the other places, but unfortunately can't for the life of me remember where I stayed! It's been a few years (10!). We didn't book anything in advance, and this was in the middle of summer. We ended up having to sleep in the car one night as a result (fond memories of brushing teeth at a water sprinkler), but other than that found accommodation pretty easily. Might be slightly harder at hostels though since there aren't really that many in the US.

5. Posted by slugtrek (Full Member, 12 posts) 17 Feb '09 23:29

Just north of where I live is an awesome hostel called Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel. I haven't stayed there (I live less than an hour away) but whenever I drive by I can't help but be amazed at it's location. If you have a car, I definitely recommend it just for the location itself. It's south of San Francisco by a little less than an hour on Highway 1, but it's located out on a bluff with really awesome views of the ocean. I know it's a bit out of the way from your itinerary, but I thought I'd suggest it.

Here is there website: http://www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon/

Also, if you have time, Santa Cruz is a lovely place to visit. It's a surfer/hippie town just south of SF (and just south of that hostel). I just wouldn't stay at the hostel in town here. I've talked to a lot of people who have stayed there and not one of them had a positive thing to say about it.

Have fun! I've also lived in Orange County, so if you want any local advice on Orange County/Los Angeles or the SF Bay Area, just ask. :)