The greater Los Angeles region is jam-packed with brand name hotel chains, high-end boutique hotels and private villas. But what about the rest of us? Those lowly folks who want to enjoy the glitz and glam of Hollywood without breaking the bank?
What many people might not know is that LA is full of reasonably priced, stylish and quirky accommodation options for all kinds of budgets and tastes. If you’re looking to stay in and around San Gabriel and the LA area, consider one of the following options for the best in cheap hotels…
This ‘hard to miss’ pink and turquoise art deco hotel was built in 1914 and lies on the border separating Venice and Santa Monica. The Cadillac Hotel features rooms with views of Santa Monica bay that extend all the way up the coast to Malibu. This historical spot was once the summer home of Charlie Chaplin and now provides immediate access to the interesting scenes to be found along the Venice boardwalk. With reasonably priced and recently renovated rooms the Cadillac is transitioning from a backpacker’s staple to a more sophisticated hotel. For the best view of the Pacific head to the roof and watch the sunset.
The Hollywood Pensione
This charming three-room guest house in Franklin Village, East Hollywood is both family-run and impressively chic. Tucked away in a 1915 Craftsman home, the Hollywood Pensione features sleek and stylish rooms with private baths. The house features a common lounge with a balcony as well as access to a fully-equipped kitchen. Franklin Village is a favourite spot for many local artists and writers and is home to several charming shops, restaurants and grocery stores. The area, much like the Pensione is chic without being pretentious; the perfect blend of LA life.
What was (until very recently) a bare bones roadside motel has now become one of the quirkiest and beautiful boutique hotels in LA. The Farmer’s Daughter was originally a notorious destination for young Hollywood newcomers desperate to be ‘discovered’ by the CBS studio executives who worked directly opposite the hotel. The modern incarnation of the hotel stays true to this provenance and ties its seedy past to its chic present with things like gingham curtains, denim bedspreads, rocking chairs in rooms, wifi and 24 hour valet parking. The Farmer’s Daughter is at times bizarre but undeniably beautiful and sure to be one of the most memorable hotel stays you’ll ever have.
Garden Cottage B&B
Located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the Garden Cottage B&B is a charming and scenic spot to spend your LA holiday. The B&B’s proprietors are well known for serving up delicious organic breakfasts that are supplied largely from the garden and they are more than willing to provide helpful tips about how to get around and what to see. The B&B offers four rooms, each offering up their own unique character and charm. While the vibe of the B&B is largely wholesome and organic the location is Beverly Hills adjacent so visitors can experience absolutely everything that LA has to offer its guests.
Geri Jackson contributes to a number of holiday and travel blogs whilst travelling around North America and prides herself on finding top-drawer cheap hotels whenever she’s in the market for a low-cost accommodation.