The 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Los Angeles

Staying in Hollywood on a shoestring budget isn't impossible
Staying in Hollywood on a shoestring budget isn't impossible | © Peter Schickert / Alamy Stock Photo
In a city known for its wealthy residents and expensive housing, finding wallet-friendly accommodation isn’t easy – but nor is it impossible. There are a surprising number of affordable hotels that don’t scrimp on amenities or style. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best.

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 La La Land isn’t as scarce as you might think, allowing visitors to spend their dough on organic hemp lattes and charcoal-infused lemonade instead of somewhere to sleep. Here are 10 of the best cheap hotels in the City of Angels.

Hotel Normandie, Koreatown

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Hotel Normandie
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This historic 1920s property has been refurbished and modernized, but the building’s unique character and charm remain: with wooden floors, original skylights, restored mahogany doors and sophisticated woodwork rounding out the vintage decor. The hotel offers complimentary wifi, bottled water 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 Walker Inn for a special cocktail and food pairing, hidden speakeasy-style in the Normandie Club.

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BLVD Hotel and Spa, Studio City

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BLVD Hotel & Spa
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BLVD Hotel & Spa is especially great for families or guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, which is a short walk away. The economical rooms include a rain showerhead, microwave and minifridge, while the larger suites offer a full kitchen and private outdoor patio. Guests can unwind in 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 explore Dolby Theater, Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Downtown LA, all for just a cool $1.75.

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Mama Shelter, Hollywood

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Mama Shelter Los Angeles is close to Hollywood’s hotspots
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Located among Hollywood’s tourist hotspots – Amoeba, Pantages Theater and the Walk of Fame – Mama Shelter is a stylish retreat between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. The rooms are on the small side, but make up for it with eccentric decor and an iMac with free wifi so you can tell your mom all about your stay. The rooftop bar is one of the most popular in the city, with views of the world-famous Hollywood sign on one side and Downtown’s skyscrapers on the other.

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Venice Breeze Suites, Venice Beach

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Venice Breeze Suites
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Venice Breeze Suites is just steps from the Venice Boardwalk and the beach. Budget travellers will appreciate the full-size, well-equipped kitchen with ocean views, rooftop sundeck with barbecue, on-site laundry facilities and complimentary wifi and parking. The modern loft-style rooms have exposed brick walls, high ceilings and 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.
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Freehand Los Angeles, Downtown

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Freehand LA is part stylish hipster hotel, part hostel. 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 – perfect for groups – and have their own ensuite bathrooms, privacy screens and lockers. Don’t miss Broken Shaker, Freehand’s popular rooftop pool and cocktail bar where you’ll get sweeping views of the city – at their best at sunset.

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The Garland, North Hollywood

Boutique Hotel
The Garland
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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 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.

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USC Hotel, University Park

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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 includes three restaurants, a fitness centre, pool and 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 poolside. The ivy-clad outdoor area is a sun trap, perfect for soaking up some of the rays the Golden State is so famous for.
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The Tangerine, Burbank

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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 overlaid canyon images. The building sits around a street-front courtyard – complete with a pool, offering a reprieve from the LA heat. 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.
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Hotel Angeleno, Santa Monica

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The 17th floor of Hotel Angeleno offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline
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The cylindrical Hotel Angeleno cuts a striking figure, perched 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 panoramic 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.
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DormShare Westwood

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Located in the upmarket Westwood district, where rents are the country’s most expensive outside of Manhattan, DormShare might technically be a hostel, but it allows you to stay in one of LA’s most affluent areas without paying through the nose. Spend your time in the city admiring the 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, but private rooms are also an option, making this a solid budget stay in a very pricy area.
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This article is an updated version of a story created by Kalena McElroy

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These recommendations were updated on June 1, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.