The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach has an almost mystical allure
Venice Beach has an almost mystical allure | © Shanna Camilleri / Unsplash
Frank Lopez

Writer

Down on the sunny, soft sands of Southern California, Venice Beach has an almost mystical allure for local skaters, surfers, bohemians and bodybuilders. Vibrant and eccentric, this LA neighborhood is as iconic as the Hollywood sign itself, and has a vast array of places where visitors can drink, dine and stay within close proximity to the beach. Here is our guide to some of the best cheap hotels in Venice Beach.

1. The Inn at Venice Beach

Hotel

A simple hotel room decorated in white, grey and orange.
 Courtesy of the Inn at Venice Beach / Expedia

A short walk across the Grand Canal to the ocean, the Inn at Venice Beach is a cheap hotel that has captured the energy of the famous boardwalk in the bold artworks on its walls, both inside and out. As the exterior is adorned with the highly photographed Romy the Mermaid, a well-known 18ft (5m) mosaic, you will find your way home easily enough. This is a super-friendly and intimate place to stay, surrounded by great boutique shopping and a host of hip bars, cafés and restaurants for you to discover.

2. Cadillac Hotel

Hotel

A simple twin hotel room.
 Courtesy of Cadillac / Expedia

With views straight out onto palm trees, you could only get closer to the ocean than the Cadillac Hotel by camping on the beach. This cheap hotel is halfway between Venice Beach and Santa Monica piers, offering that real Venice experience. Sunset views and the opportunity to peer down into the hustle of the strip are well worth the climb, and bright rooms and a truly authentic affair await you.

3. Air Venice on the Beach

Hotel

A spacious and bright hotel room with panoramic beach and ocean views.
 Courtesy of Air Venice on the Beach / Expedia

For those in search of an cheap boutique hotel, Air Venice on Ocean Front Walk offers casual luxury that usually comes at a price. Exposed brickwork, wooden flooring and lots of glass make your surroundings feel contemporary without taking away any of the warmth or the plush comforts you need. Using their bicycle rental couldn’t be easier either, and will have you literally riding off into the sunset in moments.

4. The Kinney Venice Beach

Boutique Hotel

A bright, eclectic and modern hotel suite in Venice Beach.
 Courtesy of the Kinney Venice Beach / Expedia

Expect striking decor at the Kinney, reflecting the fun energy of this Venice Beach cheap hotel with its own dipping pool and firepit for when the sun goes down. You might even convince yourself that you have woken up on the set of Big Brother. Smiles all round go a very long way, and the staff here make a point of setting a friendly tone, adding to the material comforts. It’s a short walk to the famous Marina del Rey, which leads you right down to the ocean.

5. Su Casa at Venice Beach

Hotel

A modern hotel suite with kitchen and large bed.
 Courtesy of Su Casa at Venice Beach / Expedia

Su Casa prides itself on its ocean views, its people watching and the music and atmosphere filtering up from the heart of Venice below. The natural whiteness of the rooms at this cheap hotel in Venice Beach, at odds with the generally funky decor of the area, gives it a serene and detached energy. If you want to eat in, some rooms have a full kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, or you can dine out with a discount at the legendary Fig Tree on the boardwalk.

6. Samesun Venice Beach

Independent Hotel, Hostel

A simple hotel room with large bed.
 Courtesy of Samesun Venice Beach / Expedia

Samesun is a highly recognisable building, offering simple and perfectly clean rooms in an invigorating hostel-like atmosphere, only a few steps from Venice’s iconic Muscle Beach and skate park. The lounge at this Venice Beach cheap hotel is a great place to meet others enjoying this iconic part of LA’s shoreline. The hotel even arranges events for guests who are feeling social and want to make new friends. In short, it’s a surfer’s paradise.

7. PodShare Venice

Hostel

Platform sleeping pods in a hotel in Venice Beach.
 Courtesy of PodShare Venice / Expedia

PodShare offers a modern hostel experience, and is run by young travelers who know exactly what the desired tone and required comforts are for both short- and long-term visitors. It is only two blocks to the beach, but also has its own large garden with a basketball court for guests to enjoy. You get the impression that you are staying at a friend’s beach house, rather than in a hostel. The sleeping pods are next-level comfortable and the fridges in the shared kitchen are well stocked.

8. Venice Beach Vacation Condos

Hotel

A large bed in a a simple room.
 Courtesy of Venice Beach Vacation Condos / Expedia

For self-catering condominiums on the beach, VBVC has everything you could require for a simple stay in SoCal: a shiny kitchen, barbecue facilities and the seafront just seconds away. You can even temporarily kid yourself that you live in a brand new apartment on the beach. Extra-comfortable beds and attentive staff are on call at this cheap place to stay in Cali to help make your stay relaxed and trouble-free.

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