Last year in San Diego I stayed in a hostel, and I’m planning on doing so again this year. It was absolutely FANTASTIC, there were at least a dozen other siggraphers staying there, and we’d all hang out in groups, and yak in the common room till 3 am. A couple other CGtalkers and somebody from CGarchitect were there. The place I stayed was like 6 blocks from the convention center, in the middle of the gaslamp district, very nice.
The best part-- most hostels are about $20 a night! So if you’re still looking for a place to stay and can’t find a roomie to help pay for a hotel that’s like 3 times that price, check out a hostel instead!
Hostelling isn’t for everybody, the accomodations aren’t like a hotel, there are dorm rooms and shared bathrooms-- but there’s usually a kitchen, often free breakfasts, and some of the hostels in LA have free shuttle service to different locations (not sure which ones).
None seem to be quite in walking distance of the convention center, but there are at least half a dozen in easy shooting distance-- two are on the beach, there’s like eight in Hollywood, and so on.
Check them out on this page!
Here’s one of Strob’s photos of the common room at the place in San Diego-- I can name just about everybody in that picture, one got a job at ILM like two weeks later, most are from other countries, great buncha guys I miss them!