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TravelPod Member ReviewsOrbit Hotel and Hostel Los Angeles
Nice place to the price!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orbit Hotel and Hostel Los Angeles
Quite Good. Would stay again
I stayed in a private room facing Melrose. The room itself was well worth the money; spacious, working bathroom and TV, good view of Hollywood(?) Hills and people watching. It even had bunkbeds in there if I wanted to shove in more people. The noise from the street was pretty loud, but I work nights back home so I'm used to it and had earplugs (essential no matter what).
Boogie, the events organizer, was cool and helpful and even single-handedly got me to sign up for the LA city tour, which sounds kind of lame for an independent traveller. But let me tell you, LA is spread out thin and a local driver who takes you to all the sites is quite helpful. Its just a van, so its pretty inconspicuous and the guide (sorry, I forgot his name) was informative and didn't hesitate to answer questions.
The place has a nice TV room as well as a pool playing area and patio. Internet is reasonably priced, but there's cafes along Melrose as well. Lots of maps and recommendations posted everywhere, too. All in all a comfy place to crash. Check out the website (www.orbithotel.com) (I think). The pics there are pretty dead on, for once.
I didn't eat at the kitchen besides muffins and fruit in the morning. Seemed overpriced to me. And the sunday I was there the BBQ only served hamburgers which was no good to me. But that's no big deal.
Good location, near Hollywood (one bus), CBS, Farmer's Market, Melrose shopping district, Sunset Strip. You need a car in LA. I regret not getting one. I'm one of those "I don't need a ride to get there" kind of guys. You need a ride to get there. And back. It was the back home part that killed me in the end. Strange city, if you can call it that. It needs to be seen, though.
The first and third photos are views from my room.
Promised Much, Delivered Less
I stayed in a private room at the banana bungalow in March. The room itself was mostly fine although I didn't appreciate a hostel person coming in to paint the outside of the wardrobe doors one night when my friend was in the room and we were afterwards in danger of touching wet paint or getting it on our clothes. The fact that the TV didn't have many channels available when one worked said the manager had known for a week about the TV problem was unacceptable in my view... there were a lot of mainstream channels with good programs I wanted to watch simply not available! This was the main annoyance. Other aspects of the hostel left something to be desired. Firstly, I had looked up information about their tours on the hostel website and some mentioned there were no longer on. The one to Universal Studios said that you would be picked up at the end of the day at 7pm on the website (when it closes) but for some strange reason they made the pickup at 6pm which was annoying to miss an hour of extra time we could have had there. Not only that but the guy came quite late and then just took off without explanation while we waited in the van and after quite some time came back without an explanation or anything! Then the breakfast.... it was clearly written on our door what was available for breakfast but there didn't seem to be a set time and one day at about 9am the breakfast still hadn't come so I gave up trying. One day they said it wasn't on when I asked even though there was no warning of this. The free BBQ was a great and the other hostel cafe dinners looked good value for money. Quite a good location but if back in LA I would look somewhere else. I have stayed in many hostels and was not that impressed with this one!
The Orbit is by far the best spot for a Hostel and is such a great place to stay. Thanks for the good times!
Great place, great location, no complaints...
I feel it is my duty to come back to this great site that was very helpful in finding a place to stay in West Hollywood.I went on this trip all by my self and wanted to stay somewhere in a good area which would also be clean and safe...plus I was on a BIG --- tight budget.Orbit surpassed my expectations. This is a great location, especially if you have no car as you are near everything. I took the bus to all the attractions or walked (for bus routes go to www.mta.net).The only thing is I advise you to call one week before you arrive to confirm your reservation, and then again a day or two before. The office staff is very friendly and nice but they change shifts a lot and i dont think they are the most organised individuals. I booked a room 2 weeks in advance and when I got there it was given away as they had me in for a different date (I was angry but they did fix it--although I should have been offered a discount for the trouble and THEIR mistake--you are getting a great deal here so I didnt go into it)I got a private room and you get your own bathroom, with two towels and new soap bar. Tv did not really work well but I was barely in my room to care-- plus there are tvs in the lounge area if you really need to watch television.Breakfast is toast with peanut butter and jams plus theres coffe/tea as well as a vending machine for pop and other snack.Overall I recommend this place for those who wish to stay somewhere convinient and safe as well as cheap ($49 USD per night for a single private room). No maid service but is that really worth an extra $20 or $30 bucks a night? No phones in the room although there are several public phones in the hostel. Also internet service is $1USD per 12minutes....but I recommend going to cyber cafes on Melrose ave (the street you are on) if you need a long time on the net. The place felt like you were living in your own apartment and not a motel or hotel where it can be so unfriendly.They say dinner is $5 dollars and up but it's really not great food....go eat at the farmer's Market which is just a short bus ride down Fairax or just walk it if you want the excersise (about 20 minute walk).I wish you all a great time there--all the best!!! :o)
The Bannana is not at the Gershwin anymore!
the Bannana Bungalow moved to the Gershwin which sucks. But now it is at the Orbit on Melrose which is great!!!!
Want some LA excitment and flavour
Yes, its no palace BUT...I had a great time. The staff were excellent and lots of fun. The long termers are... entertaining. I got a great feel for LA because of the Gershwin. The area is full of excitment and LA flavour. Access to anywhere you want to go! Thanks guys!
Not So Bad
The Banana Bungalows/Hollywood Gershwin were not so bad. Sure, they did not look like what I thought, and this caused some location problems, but everything I needed was there, and the staff (contrary to previous reviews) were reasonably helpful.
For those who like to stay in backpackers, this was a perfectly reasonable place to be. I suspect that after their rennovations are complete, this will be a really cool place to stay.
My only complaint, and it is a minor one, would be that the staff didn't really seem to know how to deal with people who are unnaccustomed to the american way of life. How much do you tip? What sort of price is a standard breakfast? etc etc.
Welcome to Hollywood baby?!
An aboslute dump. We called it the "Winos hostel" as it seemed to be frequented by drunkards all the time.
Mind you, we got a great nights sleep there.
Bizarre spot but at least it gave us something to laugh about.
Do NOT stay here!
I stayed at the Banana Bungalow Hollywood @ the Gershwin West, and it was AWFUL.
Not only was it completely scary (there was a huge FBI operation across the street when we were escaping the godforsaken place -- no kidding), they stole my money.
They forced us to prepay for 5 nights, and then there was no hot water (barely any running water) in our room. They acted like there wasn't any problem and wouldn't help us, and then when we wanted to leave, they pointed to a sign that said "NO REFUNDS."
We are STILL trying to get our money back from them. Do NOT stay at this place. It's uncomfortable, frightening, the employees are rude, and they have no problem stealing money from poor college kids.
I had booked with my travel agent to stay at Banana Bungalow, a few months in advance.
When I arrived in LA the place I was taken to was not what I had booked!!! it was an old building in a terrible part of Town.
The great taxi Driver took to to where Banana Bungalow used to be.
There is still a hostel there, its called HOLLYWOOD BUNGALOWS, the Guys there were great they did a lot to help my rough start in LA get better, the place is being renovated and I HIGHLY recomend it to all travelers.