The 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Los Angeles

Staying in Los Angeles doesn't have to cost a fortune with these budget-friendly accommodation options.
Staying in Los Angeles doesn't have to cost a fortune with these budget-friendly accommodation options. | trekandshoot / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 November 2020

With exclusive restaurants overrunning Venice, high-end stores lining the streets of Beverly Hills and an endless array of pricy Hollywood hillside attractions, a proper LA adventure can be costly. Luckily, affordable accommodation in Los Angeles isn’t as scarce as you might think, allowing visitors to spend their money on trying organic hemp lattes and charcoal-infused lemonade instead. Here are ten of the best cheap hotels in the City of Angels.

Hotel Normandie, Koreatown

This historic 1920s property has been refurbished and modernized, but the building’s unique character and charm remain, with original skylights, restored mahogany doors and sophisticated woodwork rounding out the vintage decor. The hotel offers complimentary wifi, a daily wine reception and continental breakfast, as well as free passes to the nearby Wilfit Sports Club, with a full service gym and fitness classes. Try the renowned Cassell’s Hamburgers restaurant, or make reservations at the hidden speakeasy, Walker Inn.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

BLVD Hotel and Spa, Studio City

BLVD Hotel and Spa is especially great for families or guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, which is only a short walk away. The economical rooms include rain shower-heads, microwaves and minifridges, while the larger suites offer a full kitchen and private outdoor patio. Guests can unwind by the indoor pool after a day at the park, or book a massage at the in-house spa. The metro station is right across the street, giving you easy access to the Dolby Theater, Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and downtown LA, all for just a cool $1.75.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Mama Shelter, Hollywood

Hidden among Hollywood’s tourist hotspots – Amoeba Music, Pantages Theater and the Walk of Fame – Mama Shelter, is a stylish retreat between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. The rooms are on the smaller side, but make up for it with eccentric decor and an iMac with free wifi, so you can tell your friends all about your stay. The rooftop bar is also one of the most popular spots in the city, with views of the world-famous Hollywood sign on one side and downtown’s skyscrapers on the other.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Venice Breeze Suites, Venice Beach

Venice Breeze Suites is just steps away from the Venice Boardwalk and beach. Budget travelers will appreciate the full-size, well-equipped kitchen with ocean views, the rooftop sundeck with a barbecue and the on-site laundry facilities. The modern loft-style rooms have exposed brick walls, high ceilings and feature design pieces such as Jasper Morrison chairs for ultimate SoCal comfort. With the Venice Boardwalk, Venice sign, canals, skate park, Muscle Beach gym and more nearby, it’s easy to plan a day full of sightseeing and surfing.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
24-hour front desk

Freehand Los Angeles, Downtown

Freehand LA is part stylish hipster hotel, part hostel. Guest rooms radiate boho-chic vibes with earthy tones and handmade wall hangings by local LA artists. Having been expertly curated by design studio Roman and Williams, the private rooms and apartment-like suites feature king-size beds and large windows, inspiring a homey feel. The more affordable shared rooms sleep four, six or eight – perfect for groups – and have their own ensuite bathrooms, privacy screens and lockers. Don’t miss out on a visit to Broken Shaker, Freehand’s popular rooftop pool and cocktail bar, where you can relax and enjoy sweeping views of the city.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

The Garland, North Hollywood

Colorful, retro and sophisticated, North Hollywood’s Garland provides easy access to LA’s main sights of Hollywood, Griffith Park and Universal Studios, as well as trendy neighborhoods such as Los Feliz. Families can choose to stay in a kids’ room that comes fitted with a bunk bed separate from the main bedroom, or a basic room with a private balcony. Further amenities include free trolley rides to Universal Studios, outdoor dining, a calendar full of events and a large pool area surrounded by loungers and a fireplace.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • USC Hotel, University Park

    Channel Elle Woods by staying next door to the campus where Reese Witherspoon livened up law lectures in Legally Blonde. The USC Hotel is clean-cut and modern, with traditional decor and a range of facilities that include three restaurants, a fitness center, a pool and a business center. When you’re not walking to some of the nearby attractions – including LA Football Club and the Staples Center – be sure to spend some time by the pool. The ivy-clad outdoor area is perfect for soaking up some of the rays the Golden State is so famous for.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Smoke-free property

    The Tangerine, Burbank

    The Tangerine is a traditional 1950s motel building with a twist. Rooms are vibrant with pops of –you guessed it – orange, alongside murals that range from galactic scenes to canyon images. The building encompasses a street-facing courtyard – complete with a pool, offering a reprieve from the LA heat. Additionally, rather than a lackluster continental spread, the free breakfast comes from nearby Cuban bakery Porto’s. One of the biggest draws of the Tangerine, however, is its proximity to the major film studios. Universal is just a five-minute drive away, as are Disney, Warner Brothers and Burbank. You’ll be riding through the sets of Hollywood’s most famous films in no time.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel Angeleno, Santa Monica

    The cylindrical Hotel Angeleno is an eye-catching building, located at the border of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. In keeping with its offbeat structure, rooms are shaped like pie slices, with balconies overlooking LA’s palm tree-lined streets. In another unique move, the hotel has partnered with Uber, allowing guests to order cars from reception and charge the price to their room – a first in the city. Other benefits include a complimentary wine hour every evening, 24-hour room service and a penthouse restaurant and bar with sweeping views of the city. Not bad for an affordable hotel. Don’t forget to make the most of the LA weather and spend an afternoon sipping cocktails by the spacious pool.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    DormShare, Westwood

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    Located in the upmarket Westwood District, where the price of rent is the highest in the US outside of Manhattan, DormShare offers you the opportunity to stay in one of LA’s most affluent areas. Spend your time in admiring the nearby mansions and the awe-inspiring UCLA campus – it’s so beautiful it may just make you consider enrolling. Pod-like beds mean you won’t be bothered by your bunk mates, and private rooms are also an option, making this a solid budget stay in a very pricy area.

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Kalena McElroy

    These recommendations were updated on November 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.