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Published May 19th 2013
The place to stay in Hollywood
We booked our flights through STA travel who recommended Banana Bungalow, but we took it upon ourselves to book our own accommodation when flying into LA.
However, hotels and motels were coming up a bit too pricey for our price range so we decided to look back at Banana Bungalow. We discovered that Banana Bungalow, in West Hollywood rather than just the Hollywood location, did double rooms and by the pictures they looked pretty good for a fair price.
As we were staying three nights at the hostel we were able to go with a shuttle company, who picked us up at the airport, and get our money returned to us by the hostel when we got there.
The hostel was open plan, clean and had a good vibe to it. Free WiFi and a free basic breakfast of cereal and toast were given to us and we were checked in in no time.
The room was fairly big with a queen bed and bunk beds, a TV, mini fridge, microwave and our own bathroom. It wasn't hotel standard but definitely one of the nicest hostel privates I've been in.
The hostel had a mini bar in a tiki garden which looked awesome. The staff were very friendly and always there to help. They organized nights out, movie nights in, transfers to attractions amongst other activities for backpackers and tourists to do. Unfortunately we only had three days and I'd already planned to jam as much in as I could so we didn't really join in with other tourists this time.
The location on the little map when we booked the hostel seemed it was within walking distance to Hollywood Boulelvard and all the attractions and only seemed a little further away than the other Hollywood location, however it was a good 30-40 minute walk to main Hollywood and I wouldn't have felt comfortable walking back alone at night. This was the only disappointment I had with the hostel, although the following day the staff made us aware of a bus stop a less than five minutes walk away from the hostel which was $5 for a day pass, including the metro, which would get you around Hollywood with ease. After learning this I was a lot more satisfied with the location.
Depending on the season, privates ranged from $75-85 per room per night and dorms from $24-35 per person per night.