This is a pretty rough place. It's fairly inexpensive if you get a good deal booking online, and the location is too good to be true (just on the beach front with a nice bar to play pool at across the street, bus stops to downtown LA are near and you can just walk to Santa Monica easily). On the other hand things can occasionally get pretty loose. There are wild roof parties going on every once in a while on the rooftops involving people who don't even stay at the hostel (which means that they can access the rest of the building too), they ask for your room number at the door but they unlock it for you regardless of what you come up with (friend once jokingly yet literally said 'room one billion three or four thousands' and they still gave him access), and most importantly they give shared room access to random local drunk bums in the middle of the night if they can afford to pay for the room, which might sound like a good social plan to some, but actually stinks quite bad (literally) in reality because the rooms are small, the smell can get terrible, those guys are often obnoxious and the lockers are a joke. I guess I got lucky none of my stuff ever got stolen there (I stayed for ten days). The bunk beds are hard on the back, but overall sleep quality is decent, if you don't lose your sleep over worrying about your belongings. The kitchen is a joke, but there is a very nice restaurant across the street at the corner, in addition to other cheaper fast food joints and convenience stores. The bathrooms and showers are good. This place is not for the weak hearted, but if you can handle it it's a good spot to crash at, just make sure you get a cheap deal.
Oh, and don't pay for the internet there - the wifi from the bar nearby can be reached from anywhere in the building, it is reliable and there is no password.
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