Southern California Hostels

A Comprehensive List of Hostels from South to North in Southern California


International Travelers House

Location – City Center

Stay in a remodeled Victorian in the heart of downtown San Diego. Explore Little Italy and the Gaslamp district with fellow travelers. Private rooms and dorms both available.

RK Hostel

Location – City Center

Close to the San Diego Airport and the Gaslamp district. It is a great jumping off point for both San Diego and Baja California. Breakfast, tv room, and full kitchen available for all guests.

ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel

Location – Pacific Beach

Right on the boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean it offers cozy beds friendly hosts, and a fun atmosphere. Grab your flip flops and kick back at this surf hostel.

California Dreams Hostel

Location – Pacific Beach

Hostel that offers guests the best of Pacific beach. Recreational facilities include canoes, boats, hiking trails, surf lessons, and a fitness facility. Stay active and enjoy the beautiful beach.

ITH Colive Balboa Park

Location – Balboa Park

In the diverse neighborhood of Balboa Park this hostel is close to the San Diego Zoo, great international cuisine, and eccentric bars. Friendly hosts organize daily community events.

Stay Classy

Location – City Center

Centrally located in the heart of San Diego featuring a 24 hour front desk for any questions you may have. Also offers guests a shared bathroom and kitchen, and luggage storage.

USA Hostels SD

Location – City Center

In the Gaslamp district and just a short walk to the trolley to Baja it is a great jumping off point for your adventure. Taco Tuesdays, pub crawls, and even trips to Tijuana organized.

Podshare San Diego

Location – City Center

Mixed dormitories with a shared bathroom, kitchen and lounge in downtown San Diego. Private parking can be arranged at an extra price for guests traveling by car.

Downtown San Diego Lodge

Location – City Center

An affordable option for guests who want a little more privacy than hostels have to offer. Pet friendly, clean rooms located in downtown San Diego close to the zoo, museums, and eateries.

Hotel Primera

Location – San Ysidro

Right in San Ysidro within walking distance of the Tijuana border it is a great place for guests heading to Baja for their next adventure. Affordable private rooms with a garden.

Urban Boutique Hotel

Location – City Center

In the shopping district in San Diego it has private rooms, free WIFI, and daily housekeeping. Within driving distance of many of the famous sights San Diego has to offer visitors.

Found Hotel San Diego

Location – City Center

Very affordable private accommodations in the City center. Free WIFI in all rooms, a game room, and a shared kitchen. Good place to crash before continuing your travels.

Gaslamp Hostel

Location – City Center

Mid priced hostel in downtown San Diego. Hang out with fellow travelers in the shared lounge during the day while still having the privacy and security of your own room at night.

SameSun Hostel Ocean Beach

Location – Ocean Beach

Welcome to the newest addition to the Samesun family! Formerly USA Hostels Ocean Beach, we are proud to take over this award-winning hostel.

Lucky D’s Hostel

Location – San Diego Central

We offer more free stuff than any other hostel! Free Internet (wired and wireless), Free house phone (call anywhere in US and Canada Free), and a Free weekly Pub Crawl plus other nightly social events.

Hostel on 3rd

Location – Heart of San Diego

Property on 3rd is a brand new property located in the heart of San Diego: Gaslamp District. A historic building from 1912 with major renovations completed recently.

HI San Diego – Downtown

Location – Downtown San Diego

The award-winning HI San Diego – Downtown has a relaxed urban vibe and loads of social spaces. Free breakfast and tours and trips like going to jam sessions in San Diego’s Hip-Hop community.

Pacifica Hotel

Location – Gaslamp Quarter

Pacifica Hotel is located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Offers clean, safe and secure lodging at budget rates.

The Hostel California

Location – San Diego

Direct booking only. Renamed from the Au Pair Hostel, Hillcrest Hostel and ITH Zoo Hostel. Who know’s how long this one will last? Has bunks and private rooms. Located in San Diego in a cozy neighborhood.

BJJ Hostel

Location -San Diego

Website is down and Facebook page hasn’t been updated recently. They offer Jiu Jitsu training vacations with a unique opportunity to train with the best in the world and enjoy the beaches with other grapplers from around the world!

St. Christopher Hostel

Location – San Diego

No website and only a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated recently.

Hillcrest Hostel

Location – San Diego

This and the Au Pair hostel, as well as, the IHT Zoo Hostel have been resurrected as the Hostel California (See Above). Most likely due to neighbor and zoning pressure. Website is non-op and only Facebook page


LA Garden Hostel

Location – Hollywood

Shared lounge, shared kitchen, free WIFI, and parking. It is a great place to rest your head while you explore the Griffith Observatory, LACMA, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Tripper Hollywood Hostel

Location – Hollywood

Shared bedroom spaces with 4 people or less. This hostel also has a kitchen, free WIFI, breakfast, and a terrace to look out over all of Hollywood. Great place to explore iconic LA locations.

LAX Guest House

Location – LAX

Close the the airport, it is an easy place to reach for travelers without a car. A garden, and a bbq area make it a relaxing place to stop for the night before heading South.

Libra Hotel

Location – Koreatown

Offering a wide variety of sleeping situations this hotel has shared dormitories, same sex dormitories, and double rooms. It is close to the nightlife and popular attractions in LA.

Tripper Beach Hostel

Location – Venice Beach

Located right in the heart of iconic Venice Beach soak in some rays and the eclectic local culture. Mixed dormitories and smaller shared rooms available. There is a bar on site!

Tripper Beverly Hills

Location – West Hollywood

With mixed dormitories and smaller shared rooms this hostel offers guests a pool and lounge. Close to LACMA, Melrose Ave., and the Sunset Strip it is great for guests traveling on foot.

The California – Hollywood

Location – Hollywood

Smack in the heart of Hollywood only blocks from Capitol Records this hostel has free WIFI, a shared kitchen space, shared bathrooms, a coffee maker, and a continental breakfast.

8th and Ardmore

Location – Koreatown

Dormitories, twin rooms, and single rooms…this place has it all. This clean and quiet hostel is close to the Staples Center, the Coliseum, and the Natural History Museum.

Timen House

Location – Burbank

Nice garden views from the rooms and free WIFI. Centrally located in North Hollywood and close to Universal Studios Hollywood rooms come with Air-Conditioning and a flat screen TV!

Hollywood Highland Hotel & Hostel

Location – Hollywood

Right on Hollywood Blvd in the heart of the action. Just a short walk to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And don’t forget the rooms and/or bunk come with a free breakfast to start your day.

Orange Drive Hostel

Location – Hollywood

Clean with friendly staff the hostel is steps away from the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame and the prestigious Hollywood Bowl. Offers guests free WIFI and breakfast in the morning.

Walk of Fame Hostel

Location – Hollywood

Book a whole room or just a bunk. The hostel boasts central location, a game room and free breakfast for their guests. Clean rooms and friendly staff make this a fan favorite.

My Stay LA

Location – Koreatown

Clean, quiet house just a taxi ride away from the airport. Free WIFI, air conditioning, and a shared lounge and kitchen. Parking and luggage storage available to guests.

Podshare DTLA

Location – Downtown LA

One in the chain of Podshare hostels. This hostel offers free bikes and is close to the heart of downtown LA and public transportation. Mini kitchens in every room along with free WIFI.

Podshare Los Feliz

Location – Hollywood

Cool, open layout hostel with bunks lining the walls. It is in the quieter Los Feliz area of Los Angeles for guests who want less hustle and bustle. Grab your continental breakfast.

Freehand Los Angeles

Location – Downtown LA

Massive shared community space with 226 different types of rooms. Amazing amenities and services. Beautiful rooftop pool with views of LA, fitness center, and free WIFI. A real gem.

Podshare Venice

Location – Venice Beach

A podshare location for the beach lover or surfer in the hip Venice Beach area. Free bikes to cruise the boardwalk, coveted private parking, and a shared lounge and garden.

Dormshare Westwood

Location – Westwood

Classic hostel with mixed sex dormitories in the Westwood region of LA. Simple amenities include bike rental, private parking, and free WIFI in dorms and public spaces.

Banana Bungalow West Hollywood

Location – West Hollywood

On the pricier side this famous hostel gives guests a free breakfast, 24 hour front desk service. Enjoy table tennis, and billiards with new friends around the World.

Vibe Hotel Hollywood

Location – Hollywood

Clean hostel with large rooms for guests with a variety of options of amenities for every budget. It is in the vibrant, famous Hollywood hub. A game room, WIFI, and free breakfast.

Venice Beach Hostel

Location – Venice Beach

In the heart of Venice Beach and close to shopping, museums, and arts the hostel offers access to the city’s must see destination. Superior services and a broad range of amenities.

SameSun Venice Beach

Location – Venice Beach

Located in the heart of Venice and just steps from the famous boardwalk, and with many of our rooms and our common room have ocean views, come and see what West LA is all about.

SameSun Hollywood

Location – Central Hollywood

At Walk of Fame Hollywood Hostel we’ve got an amazing location right in the heart of Hollywood – and friendly experienced staff to make sure you have an awesome time. Hike your way up to the iconic Hollywood sign or mingling with fellow travellers.

Freehand Los Angeles

Location – Downtown Los Angeles

reated for a new generation of travelers, Freehand Los Angeles is truly one of a kind hotel located in Downtown L.A., with spacious suites, hotel rooms and premium shared rooms thoughtfully designed by Roman & Williams. The property also features a rooftop pool and bar, a full-service restaurant and lobby bar.

The Rumi

Location – Los Angeles

The Rumi is located in a Safe Area and walking paradise like Seoul.
Recently renovated historic 9 bedroom/9.5 bathroom in the Heart of Korea TOWN.
The Rumi hostel is super clean, brand new bathrooms, beds and dishes.

Melrose Hostel

Location – Melrose, Los Angeles

Melrose Hostel was established in 2017 with the vision of creating a warm and budget-friendly base from which travelers can experience Los Angeles in elevated comfort, safety, and cleanliness. Our hostel is at a convenient distance from different attractions and neighborhoods.

HI Los Angeles – Santa Monica

Location – Santa Monica

Just a block from the beach in amazing Santa Monica, HI Los Angeles Santa Monica is your laid-back base for experiencing the best of LA. This popular hostel is surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shopping.

Cozy Hostel Torrance

Location – Torrance

COZY is a new concept and way of traveling brings your passion to art, discovery, love for humanity together at a completely private accommodation adjacent to Boogiezone Utopia.

240 USC Turquoise House

Location – Los Angeles

We are a home Perfect for filmmakers, musicians, artists, students, and people who appreciate creativity in life! If you want to talk movies or entertainment; you will fit right in! Even if you’re on a budget, you can still enjoy Los Angeles in this charming neighborhood.

Artist Housing

Location – Downtown Los Angeles

4-night minimum stay. Attractively located in Los Angeles, Artist Housing has air-conditioned rooms, free bikes, and free WiFi. Featuring a variety of shared community spaces, the hostel is close to several noted attractions. Downtown LA is a great choice for travelers.

Banana Bungalow Hollywood

Location – Hollywood

Your unforgettable LA experience starts right here with us at Banana Bungalow – without the price tag! At our colourful retro motel-turned-hostel you’ll get lots of freebies: breakfast, movie nights, barbecues in our sociable Tiki garden, TV show tickets and even entry to Hollywood clubs.

Luxury Getaway

Location – Los Angeles

This property is so appealing because it is 8 min from LAX, 15 min from Venice Beach and 15 min from Downtown LA. It is a shared space, however you will lose yourself in the plush bedding, surrounded by the privacy curtains while streaming Netflix for free with PERSONAL TV.

PodShare Arts District

Location – Art District L.A.

This is PodShare’s newest location! The space itself is an industrial loft in the Arts District. We have a community kitchen, lounge, co-working space, two toilets, two showers, and a sleeping area. This is a co-living community – an awesome opportunity to make new friends.

The Anderson Estates

Location – Los Angeles

Welcome to The Anderson Estates! We are the best hostel in Los Angeles for international youth travelers.Our beautiful mansion was once owned by, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, who was the first African-American to earn a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame,

Surf City Hostel

Location – Los Angeles

Surf City Hostel opened in 1996 in Hermosa Beach, California, and is located about 20 minutes drive south of LAX Airport in one of the best areas of Los Angeles. The hostel provides shared room (dorm) and private room accommodation to travelers from all over the world.


Location – Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry.We offer a fully equipped 3 bedrooms house for up to 6 people with free WiFi.


Crashpad Hostel

Location – Desert Hot Springs

Crashpod Hostel is located in Desert Hot Springs. Free use of laundry and soap, free coffee and cereal, free heated massage chair. We have a convenient outside lounge area you are welcome to relax in if you have an early flight before.