Not to repeat myself, but as a general hotel tip for larger centers in North America, you should definitely check out hotels.com or the highly recommended - hotwire.com. I generally look at them first for all business trips and have used the hotwire system in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver (for friends), NY, San Fran, LA, Barcelona, San Diego, etc. In all cases, cheaper than any other site, sometimes not much but about half the time quite a bit. If you are not familiar with the site, it is an excess inventory clearing house for travel including hotel rooms. The catch is that you don't know the exact name of the hotel until after you book, which I suppose allows the hotels to continue to advertsise their full rates under their own name on the internet. For example, near the airport next week the prices for one star through four star is: $43, $54, $47, $81 (USD). Pretty cheap, typically their best value pick is the most popular and they are name brand hotels so rarely too dodgy. Oh, and if you get there, avoid the cheapies at LAX, they are right under the flight path.