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15 Clean and Decent Hotels in LA for Less Than $100 a Night

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We all know that Los Angeles's hotel scene has got you covered if you're looking for swans, celebs, or women in fish tanks. But what if you just need a not-terrible place to crash for a few nights that won't break the bank? Luckily, LA's got some of those, too. We've combed through the travel sites to bring you 15 hotels, motels, and hostels where rooms (or beds) start at $100 a night or less. In this price range you aren't going to find awesome design or a pillow concierge, but reviewers find these places clean and a good deal for the money. There are even a couple real gems on the list. What cheap spots have you been sending budget-minded friends and relations to?

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1. Hollywood Historic Hotel

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5162 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Rooms will run you about $100 a night at the Hollywood Historic Hotel, located in a 1927 building on a fairly desolate stretch of Melrose. The hotel is a bit noisy and a ragged around the edges, but fans praise the staff, the price, and the large rooms.

2. Shelter Hotel

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457 South Mariposa Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Rooms at this budget/boutique hotel start at $99 a night. Reviews are a bit mixed, but most who aren't freaked out by the Ktown location seem to like it. And it definitely seems an improvement over the Days Inn it replaced.

3. Hotel Hollywood

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6364 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Just a few blocks from Hollywood and Vine is this very blue hotel where rooms start at about $98 a night. Fans praise the location, and say the hotel is clean and comfortable, but be warned: there's no elevator so pack light.

4. Ritz Milner

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813 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Hey, it's the Ritz! But not that one. With rooms that go for about $90, this is one of Downtown's pricier cheap hotels and the rooms are tiny, but on the plus side, it seems clean and not scary.

5. Super 8 Motel Downtown

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1341 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

For about $90 a night you can get a room and free breakfast at this Super 8 on Sunset, very close to Dodger Stadium. As you'd figure at this price and location, rooms are clean if dated, the building is secure and parking is free.

6. Travelodge Hollywood Vermont Sunset

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1401 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Close to Los Feliz and a block from a Red Line station, this is a good base of operations for transit-minded visitors and hipsters who can stay there ironically. The hotel gets points for cleanliness, location, and value--rooms are about $90 a night.

7. Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

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7432 Reseda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91335

Yes, it's in Reseda. But according to TripAdvisor, it's ranked 31 out of 301 LA-area hotels, and it's only $84 a night! A HoJo's in the Valley may not be every visitor's idea of a good time, but a good option for the discerning cheapskate.

8. Essex Manor Hotel Apartments

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2816 Sunset Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005

These 30 quirky and clean studio apartments are named for an assortments of celebrities from yesteryear--apparently the building was once owned by a friend of silent film star Mary Pickford. Rooms start at $80 a night (there's a seven day minimum) and each has a kitchen, TV, and private bathroom.

9. Coral Sands Motel

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1730 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

With an address on Western near Hollywood Boulevard and rooms that go for $79 a night, "oasis" isn't a word you'd expect to pop up in reviews. Coral Sands is gay-friendly (and it used to be a cruising spot), and reviews say its clean and great value, if a bit tired.

10. Regency Inn Los Angeles

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2378 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Eagle Rock is a bit off the tourist track, but for those undaunted by a room so far from the bright lights of Hollywood Boulevard, you could do worse than the Regency Inn. It's tidy, the rooms are decent, the service is good and it's $75 a night.

11. Vibe Hotel

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5922 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This cheap and cheerful motel caters to a younger crowd who don't seem to let the indifferent service get them down. Rooms in the updated 1950s motel will run you about $70 a night. And there's free breakfast!

12. Chateau de Soleil

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11621 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

This North Hollywood hostel calls itself "a luxury living community" and "a different new age kind of communal living." Guests have a choice of private or shared rooms, and if you stay for a week it costs about $50 a night.

13. StayOn Beverly

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4619 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

TripAdvisor's top-rated hostel is StayOn Beverly, a sort of hostel/hotel hybrid where room go for $50 a night. Guests have their own rooms but share bathrooms. Reviews say the place is safe and clean, and the staff is very helpful.

14. PodShare

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1617 Cosmo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

For $50 a night you get a "pod" of your own in a shared room in this converted Hollywood loft. Definitely not a good option for a privacy-minded traveler, but young reviewers seem to love the accommodations, staff, and fellow podsharers.

15. H.I. Los Angeles Santa Monica

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1436 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Good, cheap places to stay anywhere an ocean breeze might find you are hard to come by. But if you need a place near the beach, you could do worse than this Hostelling International spot where beds go for about $49 a night. Rooms are shared and there's no alcohol allowed, but it gets good reviews and just about everyone agrees it's clean.

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1. Hollywood Historic Hotel

5162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Rooms will run you about $100 a night at the Hollywood Historic Hotel, located in a 1927 building on a fairly desolate stretch of Melrose. The hotel is a bit noisy and a ragged around the edges, but fans praise the staff, the price, and the large rooms.

5162 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

2. Shelter Hotel

457 South Mariposa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Rooms at this budget/boutique hotel start at $99 a night. Reviews are a bit mixed, but most who aren't freaked out by the Ktown location seem to like it. And it definitely seems an improvement over the Days Inn it replaced.

457 South Mariposa Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

3. Hotel Hollywood

6364 Yucca Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Just a few blocks from Hollywood and Vine is this very blue hotel where rooms start at about $98 a night. Fans praise the location, and say the hotel is clean and comfortable, but be warned: there's no elevator so pack light.

6364 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. Ritz Milner

813 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Hey, it's the Ritz! But not that one. With rooms that go for about $90, this is one of Downtown's pricier cheap hotels and the rooms are tiny, but on the plus side, it seems clean and not scary.

813 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5. Super 8 Motel Downtown

1341 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

For about $90 a night you can get a room and free breakfast at this Super 8 on Sunset, very close to Dodger Stadium. As you'd figure at this price and location, rooms are clean if dated, the building is secure and parking is free.

1341 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Travelodge Hollywood Vermont Sunset

1401 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Close to Los Feliz and a block from a Red Line station, this is a good base of operations for transit-minded visitors and hipsters who can stay there ironically. The hotel gets points for cleanliness, location, and value--rooms are about $90 a night.

1401 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

7432 Reseda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91335

Yes, it's in Reseda. But according to TripAdvisor, it's ranked 31 out of 301 LA-area hotels, and it's only $84 a night! A HoJo's in the Valley may not be every visitor's idea of a good time, but a good option for the discerning cheapskate.

7432 Reseda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91335

8. Essex Manor Hotel Apartments

2816 Sunset Place, Los Angeles, CA 90005

These 30 quirky and clean studio apartments are named for an assortments of celebrities from yesteryear--apparently the building was once owned by a friend of silent film star Mary Pickford. Rooms start at $80 a night (there's a seven day minimum) and each has a kitchen, TV, and private bathroom.

2816 Sunset Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005

9. Coral Sands Motel

1730 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

With an address on Western near Hollywood Boulevard and rooms that go for $79 a night, "oasis" isn't a word you'd expect to pop up in reviews. Coral Sands is gay-friendly (and it used to be a cruising spot), and reviews say its clean and great value, if a bit tired.

1730 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Regency Inn Los Angeles

2378 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Eagle Rock is a bit off the tourist track, but for those undaunted by a room so far from the bright lights of Hollywood Boulevard, you could do worse than the Regency Inn. It's tidy, the rooms are decent, the service is good and it's $75 a night.

2378 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041

11. Vibe Hotel

5922 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This cheap and cheerful motel caters to a younger crowd who don't seem to let the indifferent service get them down. Rooms in the updated 1950s motel will run you about $70 a night. And there's free breakfast!

5922 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

12. Chateau de Soleil

11621 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601

This North Hollywood hostel calls itself "a luxury living community" and "a different new age kind of communal living." Guests have a choice of private or shared rooms, and if you stay for a week it costs about $50 a night.

11621 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

13. StayOn Beverly

4619 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004

TripAdvisor's top-rated hostel is StayOn Beverly, a sort of hostel/hotel hybrid where room go for $50 a night. Guests have their own rooms but share bathrooms. Reviews say the place is safe and clean, and the staff is very helpful.

4619 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

14. PodShare

1617 Cosmo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For $50 a night you get a "pod" of your own in a shared room in this converted Hollywood loft. Definitely not a good option for a privacy-minded traveler, but young reviewers seem to love the accommodations, staff, and fellow podsharers.

1617 Cosmo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

15. H.I. Los Angeles Santa Monica

1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Good, cheap places to stay anywhere an ocean breeze might find you are hard to come by. But if you need a place near the beach, you could do worse than this Hostelling International spot where beds go for about $49 a night. Rooms are shared and there's no alcohol allowed, but it gets good reviews and just about everyone agrees it's clean.

1436 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401