Price From $35
'Hood Historic Core, located just a few blocks from Skid Row, is now one of the city's trendiest dining and barhopping areas. Around the corner is the classic French dip restaurant Cole's, hemmed in by three popular bars.
The Vibe The hostel attracts an urbane crowd comfortable with slightly dodgy city centers. Expect young people eager to explore L.A.'s hipper side and backpackers of all ages. The patio makes for excellent people watching.
Rooms Ranging from dorm-style to private kings, all 138 rooms are clean and cheerfully decorated in shades of orange—but there are no frills beyond flat screen TVs and hand-shaped chairs. Shared and private bathrooms are available.
Plus Los Angeles is not known for hostels, but this newcomer shows promise. Stay has already been home to a reality show, raising its profile in a city ruled by celebrity.
Minus The small on-site cafe has limited offerings and high prices.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in the lobby.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Mastercard, Visa.
Details Shared dorm-style rooms start at $35 per person. Private rooms with shared baths start at $45 a night; private rooms with private baths start at $65 a night.