Walk of Fame Hostel
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This graffitti-decorated, Hard Rock Cafe-adjacent group hotel is as ultra-convenient for travelers looking to take in L.A.’s popular clubs and tourist destinations on the cheap, assuming you don’t mind sharing your space.
Between Madame Tussaud’s and the Wax Museum, you’ll find a modish, artsy hostel filled with enthusiastic youths looking to see the sights by day and party at one (or several) of the neighborhood’s many clubs late into the night. The Walk of Fame Hostel offers co-ed dorms that sleep four, six or eight guests via bunk bed—for a little extra cash, you can spring for a “deluxe” shared room, which comes with air conditioning—as well as double bedrooms that sleep two on a queen bed and boast a private or shared bathroom. All rooms are well lit and equipped with wooden floors, simple furnishings and views of the strip. As to be expected, amenities are sparse, but the bases are covered—during your stay, you’ll get a private locker, free wifi and complimentary breakfasts. The Walk of Fame Hostel also offers self-service laundry and access to a communal kitchen and lounge area, where you can make new friends over a game of billiards. For a cheap stay in the heart of Hollywood, look no further.
Location: True to its name, the hostel is smack in the middle of Hollywood’s most famous strip. The crowds can get overwhelming and the neighborhood is far from peaceful, but if you’re looking for attractions, adventure and action, you’re in the right spot.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Find some peace and quiet while you picnic amongst L.A.’s lates and greats like Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille in the city’s most breathtaking historic cemetery. If you visit in summer, you’re likely to stumble into a free screening of cult classic films, complimentary of local film nonprofit Cinespia.
Museum of Broken Relationships: This unique museum displays discarded relics of lost love that are alternately funny, tender, sad or all three. Whether you bring a date is up to you.
Musso & Frank Grill: No Hollywood best-of list would be complete without the neighborhood’s oldest and most famous steakhouse. Make like the stars of yore—Charlie Chaplin was a regular—and grab a martini, a steak, and side of house-made sourdough bread.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: If you’re booking here, there’s a good chance you were already planning on visiting the Walk of Fame. It’s a bit hokey (and incredibly crowded) but a stroll down the star-studded boulevard is palpable with glamour and history, too.
Good for: As with all hostels, the Walk of Fame Hostel draws a crowd of students, solo travelers, young couples, and friends. Especially given the location, if you’re seeking quiet solitude and R&R, we suggest you look elsewhere.
Amenities: Free wifi, laundry service, concierge
Time Out tip: Take advantage of the hostel’s activities to make friends and see more of the city on the cheap. A rotating calendar of outings includes hikes, museum passes and chauffeured trips to Downtown and the Hollywood sign.