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- It may be known for entertainment, but L.A. is also rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity.
- Amidst the pandemic, Airbnbs provide a safer alternative for travelers compared with hotels, experts say.
- These are among L.A.’s best Airbnbs, with top reviews, amenities, and accessible price points.
Los Angeles is best known as the entertainment capital of the world, but there’s much more to the sprawling city than just that. As diverse as it is culturally, L.A. is also diverse in its natural landscapes and attractions, from stunning beaches and coastline to easily accessible hiking trails to a world-class dining and arts scene.
Of course, there are plenty of standout Los Angeles hotels to choose from for a visit. But at a time when travelers are choosing private vacation rentals for coronavirus safety because these pose a lower-risk option than hotels, Airbnb offers an attractive range of options. Plus, Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative buttoned up host cleaning protocols to bolster guest safety and peace of mind, so this style of lodging remains a popular choice among travelers.
There are seemingly endless options for Airbnbs in California, and the dwellings for rent in L.A. run the gamut in terms of style, size, and price point. Choose from beachy bungalows steps from the sand, century-old Spanish-style homes just bursting with bougainvillea, or gleaming, modern spaces apropos of Hollywood’s reputation for poshness.
Do remember that while the vaccines continue to roll out, and there is reason for travel optimism, the virus continues to spread around the US and there are risks associated with any travel. We recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guidelines. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene, wherever you go.
That said, if you are planning a trip, I’m a Los Angeles native who has traversed just about every neighborhood in the city countless times over. For this list of the city’s best Airbnbs, I selected a variety of choices I’d recommend to any friend (and where I’d gladly stay myself) for their amenities, comfort, and location.
The best L.A. Airbnbs were also selected based on the following criteria:
- All listings are for private units in keeping with current expert recommendations for distancing; some of these spaces share amenities with other homes or listings, but all are private and have a separate entrance.
- Every listing is highly rated, with a minimum rating of 4.9 out of a possible 5 or higher; some are included in Airbnb’s elevated Plus category.
- We looked for standout stays with exceptional features, such as ideal locations, city views, and top-end design. Every listing is located in a desirable neighborhood for sightseeing or centrality.
- We included listings at a range of price points to suit different budgets. Choices range from starting price points of $161 to $481 per night.
- Listings include affordable options within the city for solo travelers, couples, and families from the same household, as well as larger and more amenity-rich options.
- All listings display the badge for Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning standards and all listings come from Superhosts.
Here are the best Airbnbs in L.A., sorted by price from low to high.
This cozy, charming, and historic apartment is found in one of Venice’s original Craftsman houses, built in 1910. Located less than half a block from the Venice boardwalk, you can’t beat that location for access to the beach, biking, skating, coffee shops, restaurants. The home even comes with vintage beach cruiser bicycles, a surfboard, a boogie board, a skateboard, two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, beach towels, and blankets to enjoy it all.
Though the listing has extra sleeping space via a sofa bed, it’s best for couples or small families. The home has a dreamy feel to it, with a mostly white design that’s accented via a blue wall in the kitchen and orange and blue pillows and throws. A pale blue clawfoot tub from 1910 nods to the home’s roots. Coveted parking (tandem) for two cars seals the seal.
This home still has scattered dates open in May and June, with more days opening up in July and August.
Pool house in Mt. Washington, $165
This Mt. Washington listing offers sweeping views above the city. There’s also access to the pool and spa, with gated parking included. The mountaintop location in this historic neighborhood is central to areas on the East side of the city, making downtown, Hollywood, and the neighboring communities of Glendale and Pasadena all easily accessible by a short drive.
The vibe here is all about a city retreat. The home itself features an open layout, high ceilings, and modern styling, like a low platform bed frame for the Queen-sized bed, gray tile floors throughout, and a sleek modern bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The living area includes a futon, but for extra seating, open the doors off the bedroom to find a spacious back deck complete with brown wicker furniture and a barbecue grill.
This home still has a few scattered dates open in June and July, but availability really opens up in October and beyond. It may be worth booking this popular listing well in advance.
Guest loft in West Hollywood, $185
This second-floor guest house in prime West Hollywood is an ideal home base for a couple, with a Queen-sized, pillow-top bed decked out in yellow linens and flower accent pillows. But the most outstanding feature here is the outdoor living room, found at the top of a spiral staircase. It includes a hammock chair, 60-inch TV, a couch, armchairs, and a table so you can enjoy the sunset or sipping morning coffee.
Back inside, the 600-square-foot space was newly renovated in 2018. It boasts vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass, as well as a vintage clawfoot tub, Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper, and a small but nicely appointed kitchenette.
West Hollywood is well known for its vibrant LGBTQ scene, with seemingly endless dining, drinking, and shopping options.
This home has a few dates open over the next few months and full availability starting in July.
Home with views of the Hollywood sign in Silver Lake, $201
This solar-powered guest house is an architectural standout with views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory above the Silver Lake reservoir on L.A.’s cool, cultural, and hipster-friendly east side.
The airy, light-filled, loft-style home has 12-foot ceilings and walls of glass that wrap the building; motorized shades close easily when the sun goes down. Newly built in 2017, the building’s architecture was inspired by Bauhaus. The kitchen has top-end Miele, Thermador, and Bosch appliances. Although the space is just 450 square feet, it feels spacious given its open plan. Plus, it features a private outdoor deck that nearly matches the inside space in size for plenty of lounge areas.
This home has availability starting in June.
Vintage Craftsman home with pool in Mid-City, $222
This 1919 Craftsman cottage is located in the supremely central and lively Mid-City/Miracle Mile area, giving guests easy access to the Grove, LACMA, and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as endless dining options, and so much more. (This one’s near my own home and I can’t say enough good things about the area.)
But it’s not just about location. It’s also about the pool. Lounge in the water or around the pool terrace, soak in the hot tub, or gather at the firepit. Inside, the renovated home has hardwood floors and a spacious, open-concept living area. An Airbnb Plus listing, the tasteful decor includes a long dining table that can seat six, a gray velvet sectional couch, and plenty of succulents and terrariums throughout.
There are a few open dates over the next few months and full availability in August.
Charming bungalow with a pool in Sherman Oaks, $249
It’s well known that your money goes much farther in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, and this Sherman Oaks home demonstrates that value. Plus, it’s still located centrally to explore locations like Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the Getty Center.
The airy space is located on a cul de sac and completely private. The backyard opens onto a park with a track and exercise equipment, and the listing has its own pool and lush garden. There’s a bright office space leading onto a small deck for those who want to make their stay a working visit. A tile fireplace, a deep soaking tub in one of the bathrooms, access to laundry, and a big dining area are additional highlights. Small pets are allowed, but kids under 12 are not.
This home has availability starting in June.
Designer home in Hollywood Hills, $266
This striking Hollywood Hills home was recently renovated — and it looks it. Polished concrete and wood floors, a lush zen bamboo garden, a gleaming what kitchen, a spiral staircase, and tons of natural light all make for a posh atmosphere.
Note that this home is located on a large lot with another home (sharing one address), but each is completely separate and fenced apart. This listing is an ideal launch point for visiting the many entertainment options in Hollywood, and although it’s sequestered in the hills for good privacy, it’s also central, with easy access to downtown and areas all over L.A.
This home has full availability in April.
Beachfront apartment in Malibu, $481
It would be hard to overstate just how expensive Malibu beachfront real estate can be, so this is your chance to get location, location, location at a relatively affordable price considering the area. This Plus category listing is an open-plan beachfront apartment with a deck right over the water. A wall of windows maximizes the epic view.
Bright white furnishings and exposed wooden beams create a chic but accessible vibe, and the marble bathroom is downright spa-like. It’s all-white color scheme and vintage accents create a romantic vibe that’s especially great for a couple’s retreat.
This listing is incredibly popular and books well in advance. There are a few scattered dates open, but it may be worth booking as far out as a trip for 2022 now.
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