About Santa Monica & LA.

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HI Los Angeles - Santa Monica is your perfect headquarters for seeing all the Los Angeles area has to offer. You’ll be staying just steps to the beaches of Santa Monica, Malibu and Venice, not to mention the Third Street Promenade with hundreds of shops, theaters, galleries, eateries, and pubs! We are central to all LA buslines, and have tours that depart daily to make your Los Angeles/Hollywood stay complete. Our hostel-led tours and activities will get you out seeing, tasting, and experiencing the best of everything the area has to offer alongside fellow travelers. Leave right from our door for organized tours to see Movie Stars’ Homes, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the world-class Getty Center Museum and the Getty Villa Museum overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Activities and Programs

The hostel has regularly scheduled entertainment and educational programming that are FREE and include:

  • Comedy Theater Nights
  • Pub Crawls
  • Rustic Walks
  • Museum Outings
  • Informational Travel Logs


There are numerous tours that you can sign up for when you arrive that leave from the front door of the hostel. Visit the Starline Tours website for more information. NOTE: Remember, to get your HI Los Angeles - Santa Monica discounts with Starline Tours, you must sign up for your tours at the hostel front desk when you arrive! The prices quoted on their website are greatly discounted to guests staying with us!

Area Attractions

  • Los Angeles/Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Venice Beach
  • Malibu Muscle Beach (Venice)
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Kodak Theater (Home of the Oscars, Academy Awards, American Idol)
  • Westwood Village (UCLA)
  • Sunset Strip
  • Hollywood Blvd.
  • Mann’s Chinese Theater
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Movie Stars’ Homes
  • Mullholland Drive
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Universal City Walk
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Disney Concert Hall
  • Staples Center
  • LA Music Center
  • Olvera Street
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Tijuana, Mexico

Amusement Parks

  • Disneyland Park
  • Disney’s California Adventure
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Magic Mountain
  • Sea World San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo


  • J. Paul Getty Center
  • Getty Villa Museum
  • LA County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
  • Petersen Automobile Museum
  • Fredericks of Hollywood Museum
  • Santa Monica Fine Art Studios
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center