Orbit Hostel

7950 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, West Hollywood, California, 90046, United States
#101 of 197 hotels in Los Angeles
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 6 reviews
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Avoid going into Orbit

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 27, 2008

Not so much that the accommodation wasn't up to scratch, it was more the lack lustre of the vibe that left me coldest. Intrigued by the Hollywood experience I expected more from this place especially as it came recommended by fellow travelers who may have been taken in by the concept of 'cost conquers above quality' I'm afraid to say that with experience, there are more exciting places to stay if you look, but none so much so that can offer that feeling that the inmates have just about taken over this asylum.
I was a more than concerned to witness a British black woman who purported to be a staff member, berating an elderly traveler who had the temerity to stand-up for the more senior traveler in quite rightly correcting her ageist comments. Someone later told me that she may have been the comedy turn later that evening at the sister venue but, by now all I wanted to do was watch the antics of the LAPD removing a French woman from the premises.
Never judge a book by it's cover! The name Banana Bungalow certainly conjours up a scene, but the pages become tarnished all too soon into the book and it's just too easy to return it to the shelf from whence it came.

Unique Quality: In all cases, its the staff of a place that set up the customers expectations. This one proved less Hostel than Hostile and no amount of good will by the managers free food policy will overcome this downfall.

Directions: To their credit, culture is there on the doorstep if the traveler takes a step or two away from the reality shows playing constantly on the TV screens. Silent Movies, Experimental theatre, Jewish food and Art are all within steps from the entrances.

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Orbit Hotel & Hostel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 17, 2007

The orbit Hotel was a great place within walking distance to local Hollywood Shops and on the bus route to Hollywood and the Metro Line.

Unique Quality: From the Orbit Hotel you can walk to:

• World famous Melrose Avenue Shopping, food and beautiful people watching.
• The real Sunset Strip nightlife and clubs.
• The Beverly Center featuring the Hard Rock Cafe, movies and mall.
• CBS Television Studios for free live T.V. shows and tour.
• The Farmer's Market with it's amazing Hollywood history and great food.
• World class original comedy at the Improv & Groundlings comedy clubs.
• Elaborate exhibits at the La Brea Tar Pits and Los County Museum of Art.
• Glamorous Beverly Hills with its movie star homes and Rodeo Drive Shopping.

Decent digs for backpackers

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 26, 2007

We had a good time at the Orbit. We were out most of the days but there was plenty of room to sit in or outside and have a drink and a cheap feed from their kitchen. One night there was even standup comedians performing in the lounge. Some were very funny, but others were less than average. All with high aspirations no doubt for the future. Our room contained a double bed plus 2 single bunks. It was quite stuffy but and if you opened the window you were bound to hear plenty of sirens fly past. So not easy to get to sleep if your room was above the street. Split 3 ways, it was cheap though. They have dorm rooms that are even cheaper.

Unique Quality: I'd receommend this place based on price, location (10 mins walk to Farmers Market) and social interaction.

Directions: Melrose Ave, Hollywood

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Well Located Hostel in Hollywood

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 4, 2006

I stayed here for a couple of nights when I first arrived in the States. To be honest, it was OK but there was nothing particularly outstanding about the place. All the dorms were ensuite, sleep 6 and were clean with lockers to store any valuables in (own padlock required). They organise a whole host of tours and activities around LA, including city tours, trips to Universal Studios and Disney Land, as well as bar crawls etc in the evenings.

Unique Quality: There is a large communal area with comfy chairs, tv and pool table as well as a kitchen where they serve breakfasts and evening meals at an additional charge, a private courtyard and a streetside patio. Also available is internet access, laundry facilities, free luggage storage and a movie room.

Directions: On the corner of Melorse & Fairfax

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Great Atmosphere ? Good People

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 13, 2006

Reading the other reviews on this place make it look like the worst hostel in the world. I however do not agree with many of the comments from the other people that have reviewed this place. I think some things must have changed since they stayed there. Some things are correct like the annoying office hours of 8am ? Midnight, it is a bit of a pain for the early check-in, but there is a night security manager on when the office is shut for any problems you might have. I loved the atmosphere of the place, there was a number of great tours and trips that are organised by the hostel and nightly activities such as comedy nights and pool competitions. They must have changed the rules on smoking, now they have dedicated smoking areas, the hostel did not smell like an ashtray. I would highly recommend this place to people traveling as it is in a great location to see most of LA and the people working in the hostel where great help you out with everything.

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Orbit Hostel

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 14, 2004

we had an ok experience with this place. overall the place was clean, the decor was hip and interesting and they have internet access at $1/hr. they have a kitchen where they sell meals but guests cannot use the kitchen other than the firdge and the microwave. the location is ok. there's a bus going down to hollywood boulevard where u can change other buses to go wherever u want to. and the bus also goes to the farmer's market in the opposite direction.

we did have a few problems though. we arrived extra early as our bus was early, abt 6am and found out that the place was locked and there was nobody in the office. there was nothing much to do around the hostel either so we had to sit at the roadside to wait for the office to open at 8.

the office girl was really not very friendly and quite fierce even. and we didnt even complain abt anything! guess she was just in a bad mood. but she was in that mood the whole 3days we were there though. there's a guy who helps with the luggage and cleaning around. he's nice.

when we got our room, we realised there's no aircon or any form of ventilation at all other than the window. the worse thing was that the main road was directly outside the window. we couldnt close the window as it was too hot and the traffic noise was so loud even at night.

another bad thing is they actually allow smoking in the entertainment rooms which were actually indoors and directly opposite our room. the smell spread all over the hostel and it lingers all day.

well, i guess we wont stay here if we ever come to LA again. i think we'll just pay a bit more to stay in a proper hotel next time. this hostel is not that cheap anyway.

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