With exclusive restaurants scouring Venice, high-end shopping trailing Beverly Hills and an endless array of Hollywood hillside attractions, a proper LA adventure tends to reign on the costly side. Luckily, affordable accommodations aren’t so scarce in La La Land – visitors can spend their dough on organic hemp lattés and charcoal-infused lemonade instead of housing options. Here are seven of the best cheap hotels in Los Angeles.
Hotel Normandie | Courtesy of Hotel Normandie / Hotels.com
This historic 1920s property was refurbished and modernized, but the building’s unique character and charm remain. At Hotel Normandie, wooden floors, decades-old skylights, restored mahogany doors, and sophisticated woodwork round out the vintage decor. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water, and continental breakfast as well as free passes to nearby Wilfit Sports Club, with a full service gym and fitness classes. Try the renowned Cassell’s Hamburgers restaurant for yourself, or make reservations at The Walker Inn for a special cocktail and food pairing, hidden speakeasy style in The Normandie Club.
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 shower head, microwave and mini-fridge, 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 for easy access to explore Dolby Theater, Madame Tussauds, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Downtown LA, all for just a cool $1.75.
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 smaller side, but are eccentrically decorated and include an iMac with free Wi-Fi 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 to one side and Downtown’s skyscrapers on the other.
Venice Breeze Suites is just steps from Venice boardwalk and the beach. Budget travelers will appreciate the full size, well-equipped kitchen with ocean views, rooftop sun deck with barbecue, on-site laundry facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. The modern loft-style rooms don exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and design pieces like 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.
Roman and Williams designed Freehand Los Angeles’s rooms | Courtesy of Freehand Los Angeles / Hostelworld
Freehand LA is part stylish 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 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 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.
Colorful, retro and sophisticated, North Hollywood’s The Garland provides easy access to LA’s main sights like Hollywood, Griffith Park, Universal Studios, and trendy neighborhoods like West Hollywood and Los Feliz. Families can choose to stay in a kids’ room that comes fitted with a bunk bed separated 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.
With amazing dining and a lively nightlife scene, Koreatown has become a hip neighborhood with LINE LA at its core. The bright industrial inspired rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Observatory in the distance. Head to the pool deck for the very popular weekend brunch in a lush greenhouse, or take it back to the 1980s with themed cocktails, live performances, and karaoke at Break Room 86.