• Carlyle Inn (West Los Angeles): This hidden gem, cleverly tucked away in the heart of West L.A., offers a pleasing courtyard setting, a dash of Deco-inspired style, and a complimentary, generous breakfast spread. It's a real find for those in search of value-priced comforts.
  • Élan Hotel (Los Angeles): This former retirement home has been transformed into one of L.A.'s best boutique-style hotels (and one of the city's best values). Its Beverly Boulevard location isn't pretty, but it's within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and Hollywood attractions.
  • Figueroa Hotel (Los Angeles): My favorite Downtown lodging is this venerable 1926 building re-created as a Spanish Colonial-Gothic palace. Fun and funky, the pleasingly decorated guest rooms have far more style than your average hotel; what's more, this gentrified corner of Downtown offers easy, car-free Metro Line access to Hollywood and Universal Studios.
  • The Hotel California (Santa Monica): You'll like livin' it up at this hacienda-style beachfront motel that charges less than half the price of its fancy-pants neighbors. You'll dig the hotel's surfer/sun-worshiper ambience, cheery rooms with California-themed decor, and direct access to the sand via a private path.
  • Inn at Playa del Rey (Playa del Rey): If you crave the slower pace and personal attention that only a bed-and-breakfast can offer, book a room at this inn, which merges easy airport access with a one-of-a-kind natural setting, thoughtful service, and luxury comforts. The spacious View Suites—complete with a two-sided fireplace that casts a romantic glow on the king-size bed and the Jacuzzi for two—are the ideal choice for celebrating couples.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.