Don't Break the Bank: L.A.'s Top Budget Hotels

In the huge, sprawling metropolis known as Los Angeles, there are hotels and motels of every sort, from posh five-star resorts where celebrities can be spotted just about every time you get on the elevator all the way to tiny, off-the-beaten-track bed-and-breakfast jewels. It can be a challenge to choose the one place that serves all your needs, especially if you are on a limited budget. That's why this guide to the best budget hotels in the City of Angels is essential reading, for whether you're looking for a home base in Southern California where you can roll out of bed and put your feet straight into the sand, a place that's right in the heart of the downtown hustle and bustle or a welcoming spot to sleep that's in the heart of Hollywood's action. So think the Hotel Erwin by the beach in Venice; the Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza downtown; or the Magic Castle Hotel, which is steps away from the famed TCL Chinese Theater IMAX and El Capitan Theater. Those are all excellent choices for reasonably priced hotels, as are the others included here. The main consideration for choosing a hotel in L.A. should always be location, however, for staying in the part of town you need (and want) to be in for most of your visit is key. For the traffic here truly is as bad as you've heard, so be sure your hotel's location is close to where you want and need to be.

Hotel Erwin
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Venice Beach's tallest boutique hotel is the Hotel Erwin, but that doesn't mean this is a towering skyscraper. For with strict zoning regulations in place, most of Venice is a low-slung beach community filled with quirky inhabitants and...  Read More

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills
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At the Hotel Palomar, there's plenty to enjoy. A prime location on Wilshire Boulevard near UCLA, well-appointed rooms featuring free wireless and daily newspapers and even a nightly wine tasting from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Add in room rates that...  Read More



With a perfectly central location, the Farmer's Daughter Hotel is a fun, slightly kitschy place just across the street from The Grove shopping center and the Original Farmer's Market. It's in the mid-Wilshire/Fairfax area, which means getting...  Read More

Hermosa Beach
Hotel Hermosa
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If it is pure beach vacation that draws you to Southern California, then head straight from LAX to the Hotel Hermosa. For while it is not beachfront, this comfortable hotel is right on the main drag (Pacific Coast Highway) in the South Bay,...  Read More

Hotel Angeleno, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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If your visit to the City of Angels involves travel from beach to downtown, Westside to the Valley, then the Hotel Angeleno is the perfect place to call home. Located just off the busy 405 freeway at Sunset Boulevard, the Hotel Angeleno's...  Read More

Cadillac Hotel
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It has been 100 years since the Cadillac Hotel began serving travelers who want the real California beach experience, and they are still making sure that each person has a trip to remember. That's pretty simple, considering that this reasonably...  Read More

Hotel Figueroa Downtown Los Angeles
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The exotic Hotel Figueroa is one of downtown Los Angeles' special spots, a Moroccan-themed hideaway in the heart of the city. Housed in what was once the YWCA (built in 1925), the hotel is literally across the street from L.A. Live, Staples...  Read More

Magic Castle Hotel
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Reasonable prices, with a Continental breakfast included, and free snacks (think "soda, candies, salty treats,"as they explain) all day and night make the Magic Castle Hotel an excellent home away from home. The comfortable basic rooms feature...  Read More

Hollywood Hotel-The Hotel of Hollywood
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Located slightly off the beaten path, the Hollywood Hotel's 130 rooms feature a quiet oasis in the heart of the crazy scene that is Hollywood. Amenities at the hotel include a free American hot breakfast every morning, a refrigerator and...  Read More

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
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The recently renovated Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza boasts 452 guest rooms and suites, a heated outdoor lap pool, Noé, a lovely restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking the city and more, all to be had for a very reasonable room...  Read More


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