Review: Banana Beach Bungalow, San Diego

Welcome to paradise. This gem of a hostel perches itself right on Pacific beach, surrounded by dozens of bars, shops and restaurants.

Perfect for surfers, beach lovers, nightlife enthusiasts and anybody else in between. I have to admit, I did struggle at first, as I visited this hostel last year and absolutely loved it. There was always something going on and the parties on the deck were amazing.
This time it seemed very quiet and reserved, and the prices have soared since I last visited from a nice $27.50 a night to $37!IMG_1767[1]

That to me, is a little too much.

Either way, the hostel is bright, clean and the staff are extremely friendly. You can choose to chill out on the deck, with views of the ocean, sit and watch a film on the big flat screen TV in the lounge (inclusive of Netflix) or step outside, straight on to the promenade and stroll, cycle, rollerblade, skate or whatever else you fancy all the way down to mission beach.

The rooms themselves are nice, bright and very clean. There is no air con or much air ventilation and it can get HOT. I stayed during a heatwave and sleeping, sitting or anything else was unbearable. I know they can’t help it being to hot but maybe having fans in all rooms would help (ours didn’t have any as we had a window but the window didn’t do much either).

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Make sure to take advantage of the themed nights. They have an all you can eat hot dog night on a Monday and also hosted a free jacket potato and toppings night on another. You can’t say no to free food.

Also if you are wanting to hire a bike or surfboard, ask at reception as they have some handy discounts. A surf board was just $15 for the day with the card they gave me.

As a round up, I would definitely recommend staying at this hostel. It isn’t the cheapest but I guess you are paying for the prime location that it is in. You are spoilt for choice for places to eat, drink and shop and the hostel puts on a few fun events as well!

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