Some of the most inexpensive places to stay as a tourist in the city are still pretty overpriced (or just plain gross). But for anyone traveling solo or with a group of friends for a short period, hotel amenities aren't as important as a good access point for exploring the city — as long as the accommodations are cheap and clean. With an open floor plan, PodShare Hollywood is a hostel-style environment with 10 individual “pods” configured as two-story bunks, which facilitate socializing while traveling. Each pod features its own 22-inch TV, night light and power outlets. The well-maintained property near Hollywood and Vine also offers a shared bathroom and kitchen, along with a community computer station and free Wi-Fi, all for $50 for a single bed, $70 for a queen that sleeps two. The best part? At the end, “podestrians” receive customized online links with a photo and brief description of their stay to share with friends. —Tanja M. Laden
1617 Cosmo St., Hlywd., 90028. (213) 973-7741, thepodshare.com.