Los Angeles is a pricey place to stay. If you're not careful, a night in the land of the rich and famous might cost you a pretty penny (unless you find a Vinny Chase-like gentleman to foot the bills for you). But you don't necessarily have to forgo location, comfort, and trendiness to score a decent hotel deal. We've rounded up our picks for the best value hotels in Los Angeles; the spots that give you the most bang for your buck -- and even some luxury hotels at impressively reasonable prices.
The Standard Hollywood
Lobby, the Standard Hollywood
This 137-room hip boutique offers stylish lodgings and a prime Sunset Strip location. The hallways and elevators are scuffed, but you won't get this much (stylish rooms with good bedding, a cool pool, a cheap 24-hour restaurant, and great nightlife) for this little elsewhere on the Strip.
Don't let the location inches from the 405 freeway scare you. The 209-room Hotel Angeleno, a 10-minute drive from UCLA and the Getty, is one of L.A.'s best values. Not much is within walking distance, but the rooms are immaculate, the pool is pleasant, the Wi-Fi is free, and the penthouse restaurant has panoramic views.
Magic Castle Hotel
One Bedroom Suite, The Magic Castle
Located steps from Hollywood Boulevard, the Magic Castle is a quirky, unpretentious 40-room hotel with simple, spacious rooms, an exhaustive list of free perks (Wi-Fi, breakfast, minibar treats), access to the exclusive Magic Castle club next door, and exceptional service. Overall, it's a great value and one of L.A.'s hidden gems.
The London West Hollywood
London Suite, the London West Hollywood
Just off the Sunset Strip, the London offers the highest levels of luxury and service at impressively reasonable prices. With 200 beautifully appointed, 750-square-foot rooms, a rooftop pool and fitness area with panoramic views, and a restaurant from star chef Gordon Ramsay, this is one of our very favorite hotels in L.A.
Wilshire Grand Los Angeles
Moderate Room, Wilshire Grand Los Angeles
A veteran goliath with hundreds of rooms, a small shopping mall, loads of event space, and a wing of business offices, the Wilshire Grand doesn't have the fanciest digs in Los Angeles, but it's newly renovated and friendly, and the price is right.
Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
Deluxe Room, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive
This 88-room Beverly Hills boutique may lack an on-site fitness center, spa, or pool, but its low rates (for such a prime Rodeo Drive location), rooms with luxury Egyptian cotton bedding and free Wi-Fi, plus free daily passes to the nearby Sports Club/LA, make it a great value in this glitzy neighborhood.
Maison 140 Beverly Hills
Mandarin Room, Maison Beverly Hills
This tiny, 43-room boutique makes up in style what it lacks in size and amenities. Granted there's no pool, real business center, or even a restaurant -- but the unique Chinoiserie and Parisian-inspired rooms, cozy lobby bar with nightly absinthe happy hours, and central Beverly Hills location lure in a loyal crowd.
The Standard, Downtown LA
Medium Room, Standard Downtown LA
This once-hip, 207-room hotel may be the forgotten child of the Standard empire -- it's run-down and partied out -- but the poolside view is still hard to beat, the design is still striking, and the prices can dip way low. A fine deal for low-budget travelers who want a stellar downtown location and don't mind some grime.
Deluxe Partial Ocean View Room, Hotel Erwin
An eccentric, spirited 119-room hotel for budget-conscious travelers that's an easy walk to Venice Beach and plays off the area's hippie-centric history. It doesn't quite live up to the laid-back image it projects -- the lobby is a zoo -- but it does have unexpectedly large rooms and remarkably comfortable beds (evidence of a recent multimillion-dollar renovation) in a neighborhood with very few hotels.