I've never stayed in a hostel before. What is that one like? PM me if you prefer.
I've never stayed in this particular one before, though it looks nice enough on the website. I've stayed in enough other hostels in various places to have something of an informed take though. In general, they're not particularly glamorous, but hardly bad places to stay by any stretch. Cheapest options typically involve a bed in a room with some number of other people in the same room (which may not always be taken by anybody, if the place isn't fully booked). Some have a small rec room (from the website, this one appears to have a pretty good one - few pool tables at least), and a lobby/lounge area. Shared bathrooms usually, though sometimes the set-up differs. Some places have bathrooms for every room and you're sharing with whoever else is staying in your room. Other places have one or two bathrooms to serve a floor. It's a lot like dormitory living actually. Reasonably clean, not much more than a place to
lay your head and kill some time if necessary.
This particular one offers a locker of sorts by your bed (supply your own lock or buy one for $5 I think), and extra locker storage in the lobby ($5 per day) for keeping your stuff during the day.
Here's the link in case you're interested. They've got some pictures on the website. Looks like a fairly nice hostel actually.http://www.hilosangeles.org/
Edited to add: actually, I just read through the website more carefully and, by my not-super-extensive-but-not-insignificant hostel experience, this one looks really nice.