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Rating: 3.05

Address: 5922 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028

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    Comments (19):

    1. Rachel P.
    I have stayed at this hotel/hostel so many times and I love it! First time I was here I was backpacking and met so many people, then I came back with friends for a girlie holiday and it was just as good. Its full of character, right in the middle of Hollywood and super cheap - what more do you need? For $20 a night you can't complain, plus free BBQ on a Saturday, amazing!

    16/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Marleah P.
    AWFUL!!
    It is NOT a hotel, it's a hostel! So, if you are teenager traveling to Los Angeles without much money, this could possibly be a good place for you.
    We felt misled, we thought this place was going to be a little better than it was. The rooms were run down (like it used to be a crack hotel) and fancy bright paint/art couldn't really cover it up. The staff was terribly unfriendly and didn't really want to leave their desk/conversation/magazine to help. The parking is in the courtyard. You have to fight for a spot and hopefully never have to drive anywhere because you can't get your car out. There are at least 3 or 4 cars blocking you in. The whole place is full of teenagers yelling and running all day and all night.  Non-offensive music? Actually, it's house music from the 90s playing 24 hours a day at full volume. $50 dollars a night for Hollywood is really cheap, but you get what you pay for.

    06/07/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    3. Joz Joz Joz W.
    They tout this place to be "retro funky," but I would characterize it as "retro skanky."  

    A few coats of colorful paint does not make a four star hotel.  Supposedly they have a "cool hip lounge" too, but you really have to question any place that charges only $19/night for a room for two.  

    Ew.

    13/08/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    4. Nikki G.
    My best friend recommended this place after she and her husband stayed here last year and I have really enjoyed our time! We had a private room upstairs and found it to be clean, well-maintained and everything worked as it should. The staff was friendly enough when we checked in. Chef Lucas chatted us up at the free barbecue last night and we had a great time getting to know some of the other guests from all sorts of foreign places. It's definitely a party atmosphere, so if you are bothered by music going on late and such you probably won't like it. The staff did shoo everyone into the game room at midnight so that cut down on the noise in the courtyard. We slept great, no issues, and have felt totally safe the whole time we were here. Thanks, Vibe, I'll be back.

    27/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Rob F.
    Absolutely the coolest and funkiest hotels in the city! the staff is welcoming and the rooms are a real treat. great groovy vibe. the courtyard turns into a village square type of experience where the guests all mingle and have fun. and the front of house staff are very very accommodating. Mark, Kenny and Hally are awesome!!! We accidentally dropped my drivers license and I came back after my work and Kenny had kept it safe for me after finding it! Props to this place! honest people, good times and not to mention...there's a party bus! if you're traveling in LA and need an affordable place to stay with real cool folks and a good time, come to VIBE!!

    15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Jeane F.
    If you are in your 20's the vibe hotel is perfect for you.

    My mom and I decided to stay at the vibe hotel because it looked hip and cool and was in the right area for us.  It didn't take us long to realize we were both out of the target age range.

    Things were super quiet on Friday night.  (Aside from the non-offensive hotel music which plays loud enough to hear with your door closed starting at 8:00 a.m.)  Saturday night was another story.  Their was a free comedy act downstairs followed by a party in the hotel center court area.  LOUD music, lots of people, and lots of drinking.  We went to sleep with the party and woke up to hotel music and the clanging sound of the beer bottles being cleaned up.  (See if you are in your 20's this sounds fun.)

    We were not unhappy with our stay, and actually loved the size of the table in the kitchen because we were able to have our own little art party which is why we were their for the weekend.  Next time I think I'd make a different choice because when you in your 30's bunk bed are not as cool and things like water pressure are important.

    23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Red F.
    My stay at Vibe Hotel was awesome! Free food, fun parties, great staff, and a laid back chill atmosphere. The staff was super helpful and really cool, also the tours are awesome and fair priced compared to the ones on Hollywood Blvd. The two girls that worked at the front desk really knew LA well and helped a lot with places to site see and shopping locales. My friend and I stayed in a private room and the room was nice and clean and had a full kitchen with a round bed, which was cool and super funky! Overall this was a great low budget hotel with a fun party vibe. I would recommend it for young travelers who want a great LA experience and to meet other partying 20 and 30 somethings.

    09/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Kathleen N.
    I wonder if Joz Joz even stayed at the Vibe Hotel or just wrote a shitty review just so she could be first?

    Well, I actually stayed at the Vibe Hotel last night and I totally dug it. I have to admit, when we first arrived, we weren't sure what was going on. It's kind of like a retro hotel and hostel combination. You have the option of staying in dorm-like rooms or having a private room. We opted for the private rooms. For 50 bucks a night, its pretty basic-a bed, a bathroom, a closet, tv, heater, fan, microwave and fridge. The towels and bedding were nothing to write home about, but I wasn't expecting a W hotel either.

    The Vibe Hotel looks like it used to be some old, rundown motel on Hollywood Blvd back in the day. Then the owners or new owners came along and re-painted the place, hung up random funky art and decorated the place a la Ikea style.

    This is the perfect place to stay if you are coming to LA for the weekend and want to be in the middle of it all without having to spend a fortune. I love that this place has a ton of character and I would totally stay here again.

    18/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Sarah Z.
    This place is pretty wild.  I showed up at 9 pm on a Wednesday, when I pulled in there were drunk people staggering around the court yard it was a full-on party.  Ping pong table, Karaoke bar, mini-theater and back-patio with breakfast and on the weekends I believe it is a bar.  It was really a fun hostel.  The room had 6 beds, bunks, and it looked like a couple of the girls had been living here for months.  Which if you've hosteled before you know can be challenging to try to live over.  Many of the people who stayed here are kind of the worst of LA, by that I mean wanna-be starlets who say bitchy and idiotic things to preserve their self-identity, about as secure with themselves as a house of cards.  It seems they just moved here and aren't doing so well breaking into the business on looks alone.  My friend found the place and damn it was cheap.  We had a blast, regardless of some of the posers and met some interesting folks from other places.  

    So this place is cheap, has free entertainment, sometimes a free cookout and includes a very basic Costco food continental breakfast.  For the price we paid, that is insane value.  It was great for a night or so.  To set your expectations accordingly:  this is basically like the Hotel California.  It is party hostel and kind of a run down crappy one, except they have vamped it up with paint, funky touches and of course plenty of entertainment.  It can feel more like a bar than accommodations.  Also if you want to sleep much or go to bed early, you'd better stay in a hotel.   At a minimum, get earplugs.

    One thing worth mentioning is if you are from California, you won't be able to stay here.  If you are from the rest of the US with an out-of-state ID, you *may* not be able to stay here.  We had to produce our out-of-state ID's upon check-in.  When my friend tried to stay there again later on in the trip, they told her she would not be able to stay there unless she had an international passport (she is American).. so perhaps their policies change based on availability.  

    It is somewhat confusing, but I believe this place is also called Banana Bungalow's.  Some of the staff are great and some are kind of dicks.

    15/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Paul B.
    Driving in for the first time, I was like WTCRAP IS THIS?! IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF HOSTEL THE MOVIE, AND I'M GOING TO GET RAPED SO HARD. Even walking in and talking with the staff was kind of intimidating. Some guy told me to come back in 15 minutes to check in because they were changing shifts. Uhhh okay.

    Then when I finally was able to check-in, the girl with the 'vintage' style (you'll know who I'm talking about if you've ever stayed there) kept snickering at me because she knew I was in way over my head. I was way too overdressed / too well-dressed for this place. Uhhh okay.

    Furthermore, they tried overcharging me $30 because I said that I had upgraded to another room. No I didn't...so they let me stay in a premium room for the price of a small private. That was okay I guess. But then they made me pay in cash because their credit card machine 'conveniently' stopped working. Oh but there happens to be an ATM around the corner. Oh...it's a private ATM machine where the Vibe Hotel gets a percent of the transaction fees. Clever girl.

    It's really loud because you're next to a ghetto ass club called Florentine Gardens. You're next to a car lot that always has car alarms going off. They blast music in the courtyard for the hell of it. And my room 215 had an ant infestation problem.

    Even for a hostel...this was pretty horrible. I've stayed in hostels in the darklands of China and had a better time enduring those than this. A saving grace, however, was the very relaxing bathroom. Calming colors, window with a cool breeze, strong water pressure. The ultimate feng shui. Also $79 for a small private was the cheapest I could find. Should have stayed in Santa Monica though.

    Oh yeah...everyone says 'funky' colors or whatnot for the decor. But this place is definitely NOT that funky or artistic. It's more ghetto than anything. The colors are faded, the art is amateurish, and omg my complaints are endless. I'm surprised this place doesn't get a one star. Why should you stay at a location where you fear for your life?

    Perhaps if you're looking to party then come here. But realize that it's a super shit hole, and be ready to stay in a shit hole.

    12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    11. Diana C.
    DONT GO HERE!!! This place is lame I don't care how old you are this is where the movie hostel could have been filmed. The air conditioning...wait there is no air conditioning.... This is not a hotel but a hostel. The vibe hotel does not exist upon arriving we saw a sign that read the banana bungalow...wtf?? The girls who were at check in looked like they might be auditioning for the buffalo bill part in the movie salience of the lambs.(put the lotion on the skin...) eeek. One was wearing a crazy fredricks of hollywood robe but not in a good way and she was expected to move people cars because the parking lot was sooo small that in order to get out. the persons car in front of you has to be moved every time you have to go somewhere. We were there for 30 min and checked out and went to an actual hotel. Shortest stay ever!!!when we asked for our money back they refused. ITS a scam.They refer to the parking lot as a courtyard. This place is uber scummy. If you want to be heroin chic go here.

    20/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Stephen J.
    I hated my stay here. My girlfriend and I stayed here while we were touring Hollywood. It's a fine place if you're planning on staying out or partying until 2-3 in the morning, but if you are actually interested in sleeping, look elsewhere.

    I have stayed in a variety of hostels in the US, Canada, and Europe, and this was my least favorite. In my previous stays, you at least had the option of sleeping or being quiet. Yeah, there'd be noise of conversation, or people shuffling around, but not a full-on nightclub going on downstairs. Blasting music lasted from about 10pm-2 am (and we only stayed on weeknights). One night featured my most horrific of horrors- Karaoke night.

    The rooms where on the low end of what I'd expect for a hostel, but not awful. The staff was mostly friendly, but occasionally absent when I needed them. The kitchen was seriously lacking. I found 3 butter knives, one spoon, no forks, 15 plates, two bowls. There weren't enough utensils to prepare a simple meal. Parking was annoying, but I was able to use my car whenever I wanted. Sometimes they'd have to move a car that was blocking me. Overall the "vibe" of the hostel was grungy, dirty, and not very welcoming.

    08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Matt L.
    This place is great for young people and hell for old people.

    I think if you read the reviews, you will see what you are getting. The crowd is mostly international/backpackers. 20 somethings. The hotel makes effort to keep the visitors entertained, and do a damn good job doing it.

    Also it is a hella cheap place in Hollywood. Try getting out of your room and being a social creature. You're on vacation no need to look for shit to complain about.

    People that don't like this hotel, are missing a major flaw....THIS IS LOS ANGELES, If you are staying in your hotel room, you are doing it wrong.

    I dig the place, and the ambiance.

    If you don't you are wrong ....and stupid.

    13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Mark F.
    I live in LA, but was going to a concert at the bowl and was looking for an inexpensive room for the night. The Vibe Hotel - it's really a motel - turned out to be a halfway decent choice.

    It's not in the greatest part of town, but the streets are all well lit, so my wife and I were comfortable walking to and from the motel even late at night. It's a little over a mile walk to hollywood and highland and mann's Chinese theater.

    The rate for a private room was $89 (+3 using a credit card). Any additional taxes/fees were included in the $89.

    The room itself was pretty small, but was reasonably clean. To my surprise, it included a microwave, fridge and, get this, a bunk bed. The room already had a queen size bed. Maybe this is why the room seemed so small. The bed was comfy enough.

    The staff was very friendly.

    The Thai restaurant next door is supposed to be good. And there's a Tommy's Burger a block away!

    From what I saw, most of the other guests were young europeans.

    A cereal and toast breakfast is included. Additionally, the night we were there, there was a BBQ with free beer and a dj. We missed it because of our concert, so I can't comment.

    There were free Internet stations everywhere.

    I didn't have any issues with noise, but I'm a heavy sleeper. With the younger crowd and the Hollywood blvd location, I could see how noise could be a potential problem.

    If I ever need a cheap room in Hollywood, I'd come back to the Vibe.

    20/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Laka L.
    don't try to get a quiet place to rest.
    loud, A WAY TOO LOUD music for nothing.
    they let drunk people yell till morning, no respect at all.
    we didnt really had hot water (we paid for a private bathroom for finally almost nothing).

    this is a 'teenager springbreak' place.

    it sucks cause it is so well spotted in hollywood.

    i will never ever come back here, worst hostel experience.

    05/03/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Anthony S.
    Wow. Where do you start?  The drugs sold in courtyard? Staff stealing belongings? Front Desk (if you can call it that) staff ridiculously rude and obnoxious (ESPECIALLY JIM) wow this guy is something else. From my first interaction with him to my last it was nothing short of arrogance, impolite, attitude, and just overall miserable person. My interactions with other staff were okay, nothing spectacular. According to Jim, because I finally asked him why he's do rude to me, if you own a public company...pay attention cause this is good. If you own a public company no one has any business knowing the owners last name. That's right. Jim said I have no business whatsoever of knowing the manager or owners last name to file a complaint.

    I left two pillows there less than a week ago. I was in area and I came by to pick them up. I should note I have over 10 years hospitality and hotel experience ranging from Marriott to 5-star, 5-diamond in Chicago. A reputable hotel takes guests property and puts it aside somewhere safe for a reasonable amount of time for them to retrieve. He takes me into a room accessible by anyone and after 30 seconds says "well, looks like its not here" and turns off light with me in room pitch dark now and leaves. Yes. He did this. When I say I'm not done his answer is: "switch is on wall". One of the pillows is a $100 tempur-pedic.

    I will be contacting "Joe" with no last name because its none of my business according to Jim and asking for my pillow to be replaced. The sign of a good, reputable company is making what's wrong, right. Lets see if no last name Joe actually cares about the perception and experience people have in his investment. I will follow up with what happens. I want it to be good news.

    21/09/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    17. Natalie J.
    I love this place! My husband and I go to Hollywood often to go clubbing, or special events and we always spend the night at the Vibe Hotel. It's a hostel but also offers private rooms for the night. It's perfect for us, and any guests we bring with us. It's friendly, clean, and you are able to meet people from all over the world coming here for vacation. Pool table, ping pong table, entertainment room, basketball court, morning breakfast... just a cool spot. Worth checking it out and close to everything...

    26/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Jennifer T.
    Vibe hotel... Where do I start? I mean, it's a good and affording place to stay if you're a young and careless person who's looking for a college feel environment...... They offered private budget rooms or a "dorm" room; my boyfriend and I got a private room. We were a little impressed when we got our room because they offered a kitchen. The next day when we left to explore Hollywood, I left a sign on the door specifically stating "maid service please".. Get back 6 hours later, and nothing. No towels, extra soap, or anything. When I went to the front desk and ask for new towels the employee directed me to a room full of random towels and said "go grab any" when I asked for new soap they said go buy my own.... !? Wow. There were strange people walking around the hotel always... and even sitting right in front of my room in the middle of the night having a very loud conversation... The only reason why I'm giving it 3 stars was because one of the employees that worked during the day time was very nice, welcoming, and informative. All in all, if you're looking for a cheap place to stay with a "college life" feel then the vibe hotel is the place to stay! If you're looking for a more relaxing, peaceful, and quiet place to stay.. This is not it... Hope this helped. Enjoy!

    27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Russell S.
    A fine experience. It really is a blend of motel circa 1960 and youth hostel. They even have metal keys. The small rooms are quite clean, the bed was perfect. Yeah the patio is party time every evening, but ordinary earplugs kept that sound away and I had two good night's sleep for what a single night would have cost in a low end motel elsewhere. Staff was friendly, efficient. It's a short walk from a metro-rail station (which motivated my stay, along with the price).  The second evening they had a $5 spaghetti feed. Just great.  Very much a young person's scene, yet at 62 I felt quite comfortable. A definite repeat.

    26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0