Los Angeles is often overlooked as a family-friendly destination.
Sure, the city has a thriving party scene and a huge concentration of high-end shops and restaurants, but beyond all the Hollywood glamor (and occasional grit), there’s tons for families to see and do.
Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory are just a few of the kid-friendly highlights. And while Los Angeles isn’t the cheapest city to visit, but there are some hotel bargains to be found.
Here are the best budget hotels in Los Angeles for families. Depending on the time of year, none of these properties should run more than $180 per night.
Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel does a good job of catering to both kids and adults while still providing iconic Los Angeles style and history.
The six acres of garden space — with a gazebo and quirky seating — and a huge pool (no pool toys allowed) with a bar provide ample opportunities for outdoor fun.
Rooms are bright and modern, with psychedelic bed accents. The Patio Cafe has a bakery section and there’s a more elegant dining room for brunch and dinner.
The free shuttle to Universal Studios is especially popular. And although the hotel is slightly tucked away from the touristy and more frequented parts of Hollywood, the area is not desolate — a Ralph’s grocery store, Starbucks, Pinz Bowling Center and Five Guys are within a five-minute walk away.
Built directly off the boardwalk, the Venice Breeze Suites are ideal for beach-loving families who want to spend the entire day frolicking on the sand and in the Pacific Ocean.
The 31 suites include stocked kitchenettes, dining areas, living room setups, dual showerheads and hardwood floors (easy for sweeping up any tracked-in sand).
Features, along with the nearby beach, include a rooftop deck with a barbecue grill and free parking in a secure garage three blocks from the hotel.
Venice has a homeless population, but the area is gentrified and safe. Nearby Abbott Kinney is overflowing with high-end restaurants, art galleries and shops.
Location, location, location. Los Angeles isn’t usually a walkable city, but the Days Inn Hollywood/Universal Studios is an exception to the rule.
There are family-friendly restaurants, such as IHOP and In-N-Out, right down the block. Expect a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood & Highland center, TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
The Red Line Metro station, a 10-minute walk away, goes to…