Tax rates for the area will add 10%–14% to your bill depending on where in Los Angeles County you stay; some hoteliers tack on energy, service, or occupancy surcharges—ask about customary charges when you book your room.

When looking for a hotel, don’t write off the pricier establishments immediately. Price categories here are determined by "rack rates"—the list price of a hotel room—which are often higher than those you’ll find online or by calling the hotel directly. Specials abound, particularly in Downtown on the weekends. Many hotels have packages that include breakfast, theater tickets, spa services, or luxury rental cars. Pricing is competitive, so always check with the hotel for current special offers.

When making reservations, don’t forget to check the hotel’s website for exclusive online specials.

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