With trendy eateries, lively rooftop bars, and a thriving art scene, there’s plenty to see and do in Downtown Los Angeles. While many will want to take a trip to the up-and-coming neighborhood of DTLA, accommodations are often costly. Luckily, this roundup is on hand to provide you with the best cheap hotels in Downtown Los Angeles.
Freehand Los Angeles
Roman and Williams designed Freehand Los Angeles’s rooms | Courtesy of Freehand Los Angeles / Hostelworld
Freehand LA is part stylized hipster hotel, part hostel. All the guest rooms resonate boho-chic vibes with earthy tones and hand-made wall hangings by LA artists. The private rooms and apartment-like suites feature king-size beds, large windows, and a homey feel created by design studio Roman and Williams. The more affordable shared rooms sleep four, six or eight – ideal for groups – and have their own en-suite bathrooms, privacy screens, and lockers. Don’t miss Broken Shaker, Freehand’s very popular rooftop pool and cocktail bar which has expansive sweeping views of the city that are most charming at sunset.
American Hotel | Courtesy of American Hotel / Booking.com
If you don’t mind sharing a bathroom, book a stay at the American Hotel located in the hip Arts District of DTLA. The area is known for a vibrant craft beer scene, art galleries and community of young creatives. The newly refurbished building used to be the famous Al’s Bar, which saw live acts by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Misfits before their rise to fame. The hotel features pieces by well-known street artists both inside and out, but exposed brick walls and painted pipes preserve what once was.
The Kawada Hotel is in a prime location to explore the many sights and attractions of Downtown LA. The Broad Museum, Grand Central Market, MOCA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Grand Park are all nearby, while the metro station is just a short walk away and provides further opportunities to discover the city. Guests can expect all the basics, including complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room microwaves and refrigerators.
An elegant black-and-white theme sets the tone at the Mayfair Hotel situated on the edge of Downtown. With a pool, fitness room, custom podcast studio, and game room, this hotel has more amenities than others on the list, but don’t expect to pay too much more for these extras. Guests and locals descend upon the historic prohibition-era building for an evening drink in the atrium, which houses the popular M Bar and lounge.
Miyako Hotel is smack dab in the center of Downtown’s bustling Little Tokyo district. The sizable hotel rooms feature Aveda bath products and minimalistic Japanese influences throughout. There is also a small but adequate gym, a cocktail and karaoke lounge, and a Japanese restaurant. Visit the nearby Japanese American National Museum, and once you’ve built up an appetite, sample green tea desserts at Midori Matcha Cafe, and traditional omakase at one of the many sushi bars in the area.
Tucked away in the less-touristy Chinatown neighborhood is the Dragon Gate Inn. Guests on a budget will appreciate the hotel’s complimentary local calls, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, continental breakfast, and inexpensive $15 parking fee – quite a bargain for LA. Right across the way in Chinatown Central Plaza are dozens of dining options, design shops, and the popular Coffee Hall concept café, which switches between different roasters and coffee manufacturers every few days and hosts tons of fun events.
The Standard is known for its spectacular rooftop bar and pool with breathtaking views of the cityscape. After playing a few rounds of ping-pong at The Paddle Room, guests can dine in a romantic outdoor setting at The Firepit, or grab a late night bite at 24/7 Restaurant. Though typically thought of as an upscale hotel, the spacious basic rooms won’t break your budget, and feature Egyptian cotton bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi.