LA's Friendly Hostels

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Often flying under the radar of traditional hotels and resorts, LA's hostels are friendly and surprisingly well-located. Even Paris Hilton couldn't resist the youthful exuberance of the visitors who stay at LA hostels. According to media accounts, Paris met Alex Vaggo, a 22-year-old Swedish model, in Hollywood near the USA Hostel where he was staying. The hostel is located within walking distance of Hollywood & Highland Center and beds start from $30. The pair met in September, but by October the female socialite had moved on.

Other LA hostels include the HI-Santa Monica, the Venice Beach Cotel and HI-Los Angeles, South Bay. HI-Santa Monica is located just two blocks from the beach, surrounded by some of the beach community's trendiest cafés, restaurants, shops and pubs. Daily excursions to many LA attractions, including Universal Studios Hollywood, can be purchased and beds start at $26.

The Venice Beach Cotel is located on the beach next to the colorful Ocean Front Walk and within walking distance of world-renowned Muscle Beach. It has ocean view rooms from $22.

HI-Los Angeles, South Bay is located next to the landmark Korean Bell of Friendship in scenic Angel's Gate Park in San Pedro. The hostel treats guests to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and beds start at $25.