You've researched the best free things to do in LA, read up on which beaches won't charge you an arm and a leg for parking and figured out when you can catch a free concert. Now, you just need to find a cheap hotel in Los Angeles. While this city is certainly known for its luxurious digs, it's not without its wallet-friendly options—even by the beach. Before you come to visit, consider staying in one of these cheap hotels in Los Angeles.
Cheap hotels in Los Angeles
The Rose Hotel is a little gem on Rose Ave, newly renovated by fashion photographer Glen Luchford. The hotel actually belonged to Venice's founder, Abbot Kinney, and you can feel the hotel's 20th century past with its hardwood floors and furnishings. Guests are provided with Stumptown coffee, croissants from Sugarbloom bakery and juice from Moon Juice. Beach cruisers are also available to rent. There is really no reason not to stay at The Rose Hotel during your next visit to Venice.
Though not quite on the beach, this low-rise, hilltop hotel is about as close as you can get to the ocean in Manhattan Beach. The Sea View Inn is situated amongst low-key cafes on the city's calmer north end. Some rooms have been redone with a more modern aesthetic, though others feel decidedly more motel-like. Rooms facing Highland Avenue may be a little noisy, but larger rooms and suites come with private balconies and picturesque ocean views. Bikes, beach accessories and Wi-Fi all come included.
Its two-story structure centered around a parking lot may technically make the Tangerine Hotel a motel, but then it's easily the hippest motel in the Valley—think polished concrete floors, vibrant wall art and colorful wall art. In addition to free Wi-Fi and parking, the hotel offers free breakfast with pastries from the beloved Porto’s Bakery. The hotel sits barely a block from the Warner Brothers Studios and is walking distance from Bob's Big Boy and the restaurants in neighboring Toluca Lake.
This convenient hotel right by the airport feautures 80 rooms, underground parking and an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms can be pretty spacious, especially the king suites, each of which comes with a mini spa and hot tub. A short ten minute ride on its nonstop shuttle service will get you right to LAX.
Despite this motel's mouthful of a name, it's actually not within walking distance of the Convention Center. That said, it's still within a 15-minute drive (or Metro Blue Line ride), and is just as convenient to the Long Beach Airport. The fast food-stocked area isn't the most exciting, but it's hard to argue with clean, large rooms that come with free parking and Wi-Fi, all for a stack of bills less than the waterfront hotels.
This four-floor La Quinta Inn sits just down the street from the Forum and a short freeway ride from LAX. The rooms are clean and comfortably —if somewhat sparesely—outfitted and equipped with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. Reservations include free Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast.
A literal hop, skip and jump away from Shrine Auditorium and USC, Vagabond Inn is a very convenient option for those looking to spend some time Downtown. The two-story motel has free parking and an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms only offer the bare necessities, but whatever the Inn lacks in quality, it gains in location. The neighboring strip malls offer quick bites to hungry guests at all hours of the night.
This hostel is located directly on the Walk of Fame, hence its monicker. After checking in at the 24-hour reception desk, head into one of the sunlit rooms; guests can choose between a private room with an en suite bathroom (only one available), private rooms with shared bathrooms and 4-8 person dorms with the option of co-ed, female or male. Walk of Fame Hostel is right in the thick of all the tourist attractions and liveliness of Hollywood. Breakfast is free, the metro station is across the street, Jimmy Kimmel tapes his show next door, Runyon Canyon is a short walk away and if you time your trip right, you can even see celebrities walking the red carpet during the Academy Awards. Need we say more?
A hostel with ocean views located directly behind the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Skate Park sounds way too good to be true, but you can start counting your lucky stars because this dream of a hostel actually does exist, and it's called Samesun. Travelers on a budget can still enjoy the luxuries of a beachfront stay. Samesun offers a range of room types: 4-8 person dorms—co-ed and female only—and private rooms with en suite or shared bathrooms. Daily activities for hostel guests include game nights, bar crawls, food tours and more. Reception is open for 24 hours and breakfast is free. Private rooms can cost nearly $200, but shared ones offer beach-loving tourists an affordable place to stay in the incredibly lively Venice Beach.
Banana Bungalow Hollywood may feel more like a block party than a hostel. Open the front gate and you're instantly in the courtyard equipped with outdoor seating, a basketball hoop, ping pong table and palm trees to remind you that you've indeed arrived in L.A. The hostel allows travelers to park for free right below their rooms. Private and shared rooms both come with a full kitchen and bathroom, and the tiki garden offers guests a sunny spot to enjoy their free breakfast, sunbathe and meet fellow tourists. Other common areas offer free and 24/7 access to computers and spaces for party nights with karaoke and more. Walking distance to plenty of the attractions and historic theaters on Hollywood Blvd but away from the noise and craziness, Banana Bungalow is a solid destination for those looking to stay in Hollywood.
Located in the Fairfax District, Banana Bungalow is one of the most centrally located hostels in L.A. In a matter of minutes guests can be shopping on Melrose, eating at the Farmers Market or watching a movie next door at Cinefamily. This 2-story hostel offers private and shared rooms, most with their own bathrooms. Their tiki courtyard turns into a laid-back hangout at night where guests can check out free music and comedy shows. Breakfast is free, dinners are cheap, and the hostel offers discounted activities and tours around town that you can consider your itinerary pretty much set.
Follow the coastline south and you'll hit the adorable beach town of Hermosa Beach. Then head inside the door sandwiched between Lighthouse Café and Watermans restaurant and you will arrive at Surf City Hostel. Located right in the heart of Pier Plaza, Surf City Hostel is next to tons of bars, restaurants, the pier and, most importantly, the beach. It offers both shared and private rooms, a communal kitchen and common areas. The hostel also provides tour packages for various places in Los Angeles like the Getty and Disneyland for those that want to get the most out of their stay.