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1. Posted by Harrison19 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

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I have been looking into which hostel to stay in for my upcoming trip to LA this March. Most people I have spoken to recommend staying near Venice Beach.

I've narrowed it down to two hostels - Venice Beach Hostel (Pacific Avenue) or Venice Beach Cotel. Can anyone help me with this decision? I've seen a few bad reviews of Venice Beach Hostel due to a dodgy manager or something...but that was only on one review site, and all the rest of the reviews seem fairly positive.

I'm looking for people that have stayed at one or the other, or know someone that has.

Thanks

p.s. I'll be staying on my own.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2011, at 13:58 by Harrison19 ]

2. Posted by lil_gun_14 (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

Look on hostelworld.com, i will be in LA from 17th-23rd march if you fancy meeting up?

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Quoting lil_gun_14

Look on hostelworld.com, i will be in LA from 17th-23rd march if you fancy meeting up?

Now why would someone do that when they are both listed here, with the same ratings/reviews (and actually a few Travellerspoint ones thrown in for good measure) and prices :)

Harrison, as you probably noticed on the Venice Beach Cotel listing here on TP, the review that mentions the manager is actually what we call an 'untrusted' review. Now, I looked in the back end, and it doesn't look like it's someone who posted a review just to make the property look worse (competitors do that sometimes...). All the other reviews seem pretty decent, and a 78% rating based on 112 guests is certainly not bad.

Then again, a 77% rating based on 72 guests for the Venice Beach hostel is pretty much identical, so I don't think you'd find much difference in the quality here.

If you aren't set on Venice Beach, I'd probably go with the HI Los Angeles myself. 83% based on 242 reviews is very good!

These ratings are all based on real guests by the way (people that we can verify have booked through us or one of our partners like Hostelworld/Hostelbookers)!

4. Posted by Rollios (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

I've stayed at the Cotel, twice in 2009 and it was awesome, and once in 2010, when it was a bit quieter. Good place, nothing fancy, good location and good atmosphere.

5. Posted by lil_gun_14 (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

Was only saying!

6. Posted by Harrison19 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Quoting Sam I Am

Harrison, as you probably noticed on the Venice Beach Cotel listing here on TP, the review that mentions the manager is actually what we call an 'untrusted' review. Now, I looked in the back end, and it doesn't look like it's someone who posted a review just to make the property look worse (competitors do that sometimes...). All the other reviews seem pretty decent, and a 78% rating based on 112 guests is certainly not bad.

The reviews I was talking about were here: http://www.hostelz.com/hostel/523-Venice-Beach-Hostel---Pacific-Avenue

Several one star ratings, but I think I will go with Cotel! Maybe I'll spend a couple of nights at HI santa monica just to check it out.

Thanks for your help :)

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

If I'm not mistaken, that site has no way of verifying if those reviewing properties there have actually really stayed there or not (or just one person/a competitor for example). I'm not saying all those reviews are false, but there's no way of knowing which are accurate either, which makes it really hard to say anything one way or another. The one you know for sure is accurate is the long one at the top "The Hostelz.com Review".