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What they say about LA is true – there’s always something to do and it’s almost always sunny. Yet the city falls short when it comes to affordable places to bed down. But don’t be deterred. With LA’s sprawling nature, there are more than a few hidden gems which guarantee a stylish yet affordable stay.

These hotels will leave you with some extra cash to put to good use on Rodeo Drive.

The LINE Koreatown

You’ll ID this trendy hotel, located in the bustling area of Koreatown, by a giant peace-tree mural strapped across its exterior. Inside, upscaled industrial furnishings adorn every nook and cranny. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and LA’s Roy Choi providing food and drink, The LINE lives and breathes LA living.

Double rooms from £135

The Bissell House Bed and Breakfast Pasadena

Escape the hustle and bustle of LA at this homely, nostalgic-chic B&B – frills and all. In suburban Pasadena, positioned on the neighbourhood’s Millionaire’s Row, Bissell House is akin to your well-to-do aunt’s house – complete with loo-roll covers and floral prints on every surface. Wedding together Victorian architecture with a hefty dollop of arts and crafts, make the most of the free tea service throughout the day, and luxuriate in these overtly feminine surrounds.

Double rooms from £140

  • +1 626 441 3535
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  • 201 Orange Grove Boulevard
    South Pasadena
    CA 91030

Ace Hotel Downtown

The Ace Hotel has done it again. In the decor stakes, the Hollywood outpost brings a mix of LA noir and Old Hollywood glamour to a hip crowd of out-of-towners. Rooms are stylishly sparse, imbuing a kind of warehouse-meets-studio feel. With an in-house theatre and a rooftop bar and pool, check out may be at 12pm but there’s no way we’re clearing out before sundown.

Double rooms for £118

The Varden Long Beach

Opened by circus performer Dolly Varden in the 1920s, this boutique hotel is sweeter than sweet. The cosy lobby blends elements of Spanish colonial-revival design – an aesthetic which extends through the hotel’s 35 rooms. Accents of blue remind guests of the nearby sea, and with no on-site restaurant we’re packing a picnic and heading for the beach.

Double rooms from £85

  • +1 562 432 8950
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  • 335 Pacific Avenue
    Long Beach
    CA 90802

Mama Shelter Hollywood

“Just like how mama used to make it”. Mama Shelter deals in nostalgia, with a focus on fun. Ideal for a group of friends looking for a chilled-out space to spend a week-long jaunt, designer furnishings and rows of iMacs are the makings of a millennial dream. The rooftop restaurant and lounge turns into a yoga studio come morning – head there pre-pancakes.

Double rooms from £144

The Garland North Hollywood

Near the Universal Studios theme park, it probably goes without saying that this is a family-friendly hotel. Leaning to the right side of retro, the hotel is well equipped with an outdoor heated pool (complete with a hot tub), a sun deck and a fitness centre. Spend your first day poolside and on day two, take the free trolley to Universal Studios for a day of gleefully kitsch exploring. If that sounds like your personal hell, detour to the Front Yard, which serves top-notch American comfort food 24/7.

Double rooms from £150

  • +1 818 980 8000
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  • 4222 Vineland Avenue
    North Hollywood
    CA 91602

Farmer's Daughter Hotel Fairfax District

This retro-chic hotel sits at the intersection between CBS Television City, the Original Farmer’s Market and the Grove. With just the right amount of country charm (and a smattering of urban slick) Farmer’s Daughter is a cheery spot – think sweet tea on arrival and brightly painted corridors. Book a table at the hotel’s Tart restaurant, which serves classic American dishes and a brunch that favours slush puppies, fried chicken and waffles.

Rooms from £150

Freehand LA Downtown Los Angeles

This hotel-hostel hybrid brings a freshness to Downtown. Set within LA’s Commercial Exchange Building, Freehand’s teal and peachy orange colourings clash oh-so well with the hotel’s funky but finely tuned decor. Rooms and social spaces are decorated with a Navajo feel. Dorm rooms come in four, six or eight-bed layouts, with bunks, lockers, private screens and en-suites. A thrifty choice – Freehand covers all the basics.

Beds from £30

The Standard Downtown Los Angeles

Its 1950s vintage Standard Oil exterior makes The Standard LA appear sleek and modern amid Downtown LA’s dilapidated builds. A consistent player on LA’s nightlife scene, the hotel doesn’t disappoint with its trendy rooftop pool – which doubles as a bar and beer garden. Expect daytime DJ parties, pop-up events, live music shows and film screenings. The lobby is livened up with brightly coloured modern art while rooms remain minimal. The real showstopper here is the glittering view from the rooftop bar.

Rooms from £152

The Rose Hotel Venice Beach

Get your much-needed dose of vitamin sea at the Rose Hotel, which stands a mere 10 metre stroll away from the boardwalk and Venice Beach. This low-key boho surfers’ lodge is light years away from LA’s typical flashy fare and was designed with creatives in mind. Adorned in earthy textures, stonewashed colours and vintage furniture, the hotel complements the laid-back, lo-fi surfer vibes of Venice Beach – as evidenced by its tousle-haired, barefoot guests. Freshly baked croissants and coffee are served bright and early, ready to tuck into before your morning surf.

Rooms from £151

The LINE Hotel, Koreatown

The Bissell House Bed and Breakfast, Pasadena

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, Downtown

The Varden, Long Beach

Mama Shelter, Hollywood

The Garland, North Hollywood

Farmer's Daughter Hotel, Fairfax District

Freehand LA, Downtown Los Angeles

The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles

The Rose Hotel, Venice Beach

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