You’ve researched the best free things to do in L.A., 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 Avenue, 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.
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 features 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. The complimentary continental breakfast is a nice bonus, too. Still, the biggest plus about this hotel has to be its convenience for travelers: A short 10-minute ride on the hotel’s nonstop shuttle service will get you right to LAX.
This recently redone courtyard hotel is within a 15-minute drive (or Metro Blue Line ride) of the Long Beach Conventino Center, 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 graffitti-decorated, Hard Rock Cafe-adjacent group hotel is as ultra-convenient for travelers looking to take in L.A.’s popular clubs and tourist destinations on the cheap, assuming you don’t mind sharing your space. As to be expected, amenities are sparse, but the bases are covered—during your stay, you’ll get a private locker, free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfasts. The Walk of Fame Hostel also offers self-service laundry and access to a communal kitchen and lounge area, where you can make new friends over a game of billiards. For a cheap stay in the heart of Hollywood, look no further.
This boardwalk hostel boasts beach access on the cheap for travelers who don’t mind sharing a room. Unique details like group outings, graffiti art and stellar ocean views make for an authentic, exciting SoCal vacation on a budget. Whether private or shared, most rooms offer stellar views of the Pacific; take a break between the beach and the bar to enjoy sunset from the common room with all your new pals.
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.
Banana Bungalow Hollywood feels 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.
Located in the Fairfax District, this Banana Bungalow location is one of the most centrally located hostels in L.A. In a matter of minutes guests can be shopping on Melrose or eating at the Original Farmers Market. This two-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.