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Hotel Beverly Terrace
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The best budget hotels in Los Angeles

Book a stay at one of L.A.'s budget hotels for that perfect balance between cheap and cheerful

By Leila Elihu and Rhys Thomas
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Hotels in Los Angeles run the gamut from uber expensive to super cheap, but even some of the best hotels in the city are easily affordable. You just have to know where to look. So start planning your activities – walking tours, free stuff, best places to eat, hitting the beach – because we've done the legwork on affordable places to stay for you. Check out our pick of the best budget hotels in L.A. Whether you want to be in the Holywood Hills or right on the seafront, fancy something sleek and luxe or straight-up peaceful. 

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L.A.'s best budget hotels

Mama Shelter Hollywood rooftop
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Mama Shelter LA

Hotels Chain hotels Hollywood

"Just like how mama used to make it" is the sentiment behind the restaurant at this Hollywood hotel's restaurant, and it's a theme that runs throughout the building. It's centrally located without being caught in the Walk of Fame's overwhelming mess. If you're going to stay in Hollywood, stay here – that it's budget-friendly is an added bonus. One thing it has that mama's place doesn't though, is a small walk to Dolby theatre, a great bar, and the Hollywood Bowl just a mile away. 

The Line Hotel
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The Line

Hotels Boutique hotels Koreatown

With floor-to-ceiling windows that offer an expansive view of the city, food and drink by L.A.'s Roy Choi and a lounge by natives Mark and Jonnie Houston, The Line lives and breathes Los Angeles. With modern furnishings, numerous restaurants (including one in a greenhouse), a lifestyle boutiqute and free yoga on Saturdays, we don't blame you for never leaving the lovely space. If you want to though, there's plenty to do near by. Whether it's a late-night restaurant a mere stroll from the hotel or Beverly Hills and Universal Studios, both of which are just a short drive away. 

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The Garland
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The Garland

Hotels Boutique hotels Studio City

This modernist four-star hotel is an absolute beauty. From the moment you enter The Garland you're met with de rigueur wood panelling, grasscloth wallpaper and a huge stone fireplace (there's another by the pool FYI). This design runs throughout; even the massive gym is swathed in retro orange. Rooms come with all the usual amenities and private balconies, plus dogs are welcome! So if you're travelling with your furry mate, they'll be treated to a dog toy on arrival, with a bowl and mat for them in your room. Strolls around LA with the pooch are a breeze here too, you're a good walk from the Hollywood Sign, or a brief one from Universal Studios, and Universal City which is shopping and dining galore. 

Bayside Hotel
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Bayside Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Santa Monica

This unpretentious hotel underwent decorative renovations recently. Although it's still modestly furnished, it offers something most other Santa Monica hotels don't – free parking. Rates are reasonable, and advance reservations will secure a clean, comfortable room with an ocean view. One appealing feature is the retro blade sign on the corner, which harks back to the days when Santa Monica truly was a laid-back beach town at the end of Route 66. There's a 24-hour desk, meaning late-night spins are all good, Venice Beach and Penmar golf ocurse are also a quick spin away. If you'd prefer to travel on foot, you have seaside and the Santa Monica Pier basically on your doorstep. 

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Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City
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Hilton Los Angeles Universal City

Hotels Chain hotels Universal City

Hilton's Universal City branch (so called because it's opposite the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood) is a towering glass monolith. You can't miss it. And you'll be pleased to know that the inside is just as flashy as the outside. With custom serenity beds, an in-house convenience store, pool and compact gym. Family packages are offered as well, along with cribs, a children's menu and weekly kids' activities. As well as the five minute walk to Universal Studies, you're a breif metro ride away from Downtown LA. Nice!

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Venice Breeze Suites

Hotels Boutique hotels Venice

Unostentatious yet fully modern, this affordable beachfront property functions more like an extended-stay boutique hotel. The handsome interiors, with exposed brick and plenty of natural light, perfectly compliment the kind of lazy-day-at-the-beach agenda that most travelers are here for (the hotel even supplies beach towels at no extra cost). And since every unit comes with a full kitchen not to mention on-site washer/dryers—you’ll have the freedom to plan meals on your own schedule. The rooftop terrace with grills available for guests is another major perk. If you fancy venturing out, Santa Monica is just.a short drive away, as 3rd Street Promenade, for all your shopping needs. 

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Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills
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Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills

Hotels Chain hotels Hollywood

You probably know 101 Coffee Shop as a cool, retro hangout that is open till 3am, but did you know that it's connected to the equally as cool and retro Best Western? The hotel is in a prime Hollywood location, minutes away from the Walk of Fame, Pantages, plenty of bars/restaurants and the very quaint Franklin Village. The lobby and rooms are adorned with photos of Old Hollywood, and there's an outdoor pool where you can get plenty of sunshine. There's a 24-hour desk, should you be needing to pop out for that 1am latte (it's a bar too, of course). You're also super close to Dolby Theatre and some great golf holes nearby. 

Hotel Beverly Terrace
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Hotel Beverly Terrace

Hotels Boutique hotels Beverly Hills

The rooms at the Beverly Terrace are smaller and less luxurious than other Beverly Hills hotels, but this mid-century spot does offer one of the best deals to be found in the area. Teak furniture and planted palms hint playfully towards a tropical getaway, while the decor in the rooms themselves (which aren't huge) is retro and minimal. Continental breakfast is included in the rates; Trattoria Amici, the hotel's restaurant, offers Cal-Italian cooking. There's also a small garden and a nice little pool. If you don't fancy spending evenings wining and dining on the patio garden, you're right in the heart of Beverly Hills, so there's plenty to get up to. 

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Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale
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Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale

Hotels Chain hotels Glendale

Glendale may not be known for its scenic vistas, but the mountain view from this hotel's top floor lounge is remarkable. The hotel is definitely geared more toward business travelers, but the golden-hued rooms are still inviting. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay for internet and breakfast, as well as $18 for parking. However, the view is pretty priceless and you're just a small walk from Griffith Park, Universal Studios and more. Plus Pasadena is a short car journey away. 

Venice on the Beach Hotel
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Venice on the Beach Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Venice

Staying right on the beach doesn't have to cost the earth. And we're not talking about sleeping under the stars. Venice on the Beach is a modest and affordable boutique joint right in front of the ocean. Each of their rooms have flat screens, fridges and microwaves. It's also worth booking one of their parking spots before you go for ease, but if you don't the hotel staff can advise on where's free to park nearby. As well as being right by Venice Beach, Santa Monica is pretty near by. When you're done taking in the sea and sand, you can be assured this great place to stay wil revive you. 

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