OB Rag Poll on Whether to Repaint Exterior of OB Hostel

by on November 19, 2014 · 19 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

The OB Rag is running a poll right now on our home page on what readers think about the possible repainting of the exterior of the OB Hostel by its new owner, USA Hostels.  Take the poll and tell us what you think.

If  you’d like to explain your position, please  use the comments below.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna November 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I think the paint should stay. The hostel is an iconic piece of unique OB art.
One of the reasons people visit OB is its unique take on life.
Don’t muck with it.


kat November 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I LOVE the exterior of the Hostel as it is true to the cultural make up of OB and the surrounding coast. It is whimsical and attractive. That is my humble opinion and thank you for asking for it. — Kat


Mari November 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm



Dani November 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm

leave it as is.


Blake November 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Keep it like it is! Looks amazing.

But can we please raise some money to paint Silver Spray Apartments?! That place frames our beach and could look a million times better with a paint job.



jb November 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

The way the hostel looks is unique, as is OB and we should strive to keep it that way. There are plenty of run of the mill, boring buildings in SD, we don’t need that in OB.

I do agree with what the other poster said about the Silver Spary Apartment building though.


Gary Gilmore November 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Painting it over would be a slap in the face to the spirit of OB. You can’t walk past the hostel without feeling a little pride & having a little smile.


Blind Ricky November 19, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Please don’t change anything!


Dave November 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

Keep it the way it is…it expresses something unique about OB. Besides, it was only done recently and the colors are still bright.


Joy November 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

I don’t like it, it’s too much, it’s a sore to the eyes. I like the idea behind it, I just think they went a little too much over the top.


Marilyn November 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

Keep it as it is.


Marisa November 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

I think the hostel is fantastic as is. It’s vibrant and wonderful sight!


Leanne November 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

Keep it how it is – for sure


tia November 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Poor little hostel just sat there like a grayish-white lump all those years. Then, little by little, it was transformed into the bright funky Spirit of OB site we’re looking at now. Please leave it alone – at least for a while.


Michael Brady November 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

I stayed there two times early fall 2013. Loved the beautiful painting of the place. Cheerful and bright, just like the visitors. Keep the colors alive. I will be back…


Lynda November 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

The paint and peace symbol should stay. It is iconic. Unique whimsical sensibility like the town.


Judy Collier November 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

I love it! Please don’t change it.


Tom G November 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Oh jeez, I can’t believe anybody would even think about painting over the current artwork. It’s among the best, most OB defining artwork in the community. A resounding KEEP THE HOSTEL PAINT JOB AS IT IS!


Michael Brinsley February 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Keep it as it is. Iconic is not the ‘correct’ word.

This ‘establishment’ not only standsa as one of a kind, shared to travelers hostile, but an exemplary location shared with the community as a living-in art form to continued to be shared with tomorrow even more so than today!

Keep it… >My vote!


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