So you're planning a trip to Los Angeles and wondering where the best places to stay are on a budget? Well I am not going to lie, L.A. is one of the most expensive cities for accommodation in the USA and trying to find somewhere nice to stay on a budget in the city of angels can especially be a challenge. However, it is not only possible to find rooms for under $50 a night in Los Angeles, but you can also find these budget friendly accommodations in some really cool locations too.
Hotel rooms in L.A. on average cost around $200 a night! It seems a little pointless to spend that amount of money for a room you’re probably going to spend very little time in. Instead of staying in some overpriced room, why not stay at a hostel and spend the money saved on fun activities, eating and shopping? There are many other added bonuses to staying at a hostel that will save you money such as having a kitchen you can cook in and free social events.
Below is a list of the coolest hostels to stay at in Los Angeles which have been chosen because they are clean, have a fun atmosphere and are conveniently located in the hippest area’s of town to explore.
VENICE BEACH HOSTEL
The Venice Beach Hostel is only a stone's throw away from Venice Beach and the Venice Beach boardwalk. It is also within walking distance of hipster Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Walk out the front door and rent a bicycle and explore the Venice canals or ride to Santa Monica. Alternatively, you could grab a surfboard and catch some waves.
BANANA BUNGALOWS WEST HOLLYWOOD
Banana Bungalows West Hollywood has an awesome location on the corner of trendy Melrose and Fairfax avenue. It is an easy walk to the Grove and Farmer’s Market from here and not much further is Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You can even stumble over to Pink's Hot Dogs in the wee hours if you’ve got the midnight munchies. They have a huge kitchen, free breakfast, free tea and coffee all day, and some fun social nights. It's got a very chill vibe and the travelers here are very friendly.
BANANA BUNGALOWS HOLLYWOOD
This hostel located on the Hollywood strip is in the midst of the Hollywood action and in fact you can even see the Hollywood Sign right from the courtyard. They offer many amenities including free coffee and tea all day, free breakfast, private bathroom in every room and dorm, free BBQ's, karaoke nights and much more. Dorm beds start from $25 a night and you can get a private room for about $80 depending on the season.
This hostel might be the coolest in L.A. thanks to it’s awesome rooftop swimming pool, bar and 360 degree views of DTLA. Other perks of staying here include a 24 hour fitness center and free breakfast. It’s location in downtown Los Angeles is walking distance to attractions such as Grand Central Market, The Broad and The Last Bookstore. Shared rooms are either four, six or eight bed and have their own bathrooms, privacy screens, outlets and reading lights.
HI SANTA MONICA
This hostel is a great find for L.A. because staying in the Santa Monica area is super expensive. The HI Santa Monica Hostel has an amazing location only one block away from gorgeous Santa Monica Beach and is a short stroll to Third Street promenade. It is the perfect place to live out your California dream! They offer free breakfast, have a free pool table, and some free tours and activities. It is further away from the Hollywood area and Downtown, but if beach life is your thing than this is the hostel for you.
OTHER HOSTELS IN LOS ANGELES
USA Hostels Hollywood - 1624 Schrader Blvd, Hollywood
Orange Drive Hostel - 1764 North Orange Drive, Hollywood
Melrose Hostel - 646 N Western Ave, Hollywood
Walk of Fame Hostel - 6820 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Timezone Hostel - 6600 Lexington Avenue, Hollywood
Podshare - 617 Cosmo Street, Hollywood
Podshare - 522 Venice Blvd, Venice
Samesun Venice Beach - 25 Windward Ave, Venice
Surf City Hostel - 26 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Podshare - 900 E 1st Street - Unit 112, DTLA
Planning Your Trip to Los Angeles
If you’re looking at hostels for accommodation you are no doubt attempting to travel on a budget. Here are some tips on more ways you can save money on your L.A. trip.
Getting around Los Angeles without a car can be tough. You really do need a vehicle to get around efficiently and in some cases it can actually be much cheaper than using public transport. You can find car rentals for as low as $10 a day on rentalcars.com.
If you don’t feel comfortable driving a vehicle around Los Angeles, grab a ticket for the Hop On Hop Off bus which allows you to see the city on your own schedule. The bus stops at most of L.A.’s top attractions and locations. You can see a timetable and map of their stops here.
If want to include some of the city’s top attractions to your trip itinerary, it might be worth purchasing an all-inclusive pass which will save you loads of money. There are over 35 attractions to choose from including Universal Studio’s, Knott’s Berry Farm, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Oue Skyspace, celebrity home tours, whale watching and more!
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