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In big cities like Los Angeles, Airbnb’s latest in-app feature, which lets you book tables at local restaurants, can be useful to first-time visitors who might be unfamiliar with the city. Home to Hollywood hotshots, historic landmarks and fine arts, it’s no wonder why LA is such a big tourist destination. And although there’s an abundance of hotels in the City of Angels, there are times when it’s more fun to escape into the various West Coast communities and stay among the locals. From the heart of Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica, here are eight of our favorite Airbnbs around the city.
Value Deals (less than $200 per night)
Embrace the LA lifestyle in this historic studio located right on the Walk of Fame. Visitors won’t be far from the metro and will be just a short distance from major LA attractions like Universal Studios, the Hollywood sign and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. You won’t be able to beat this Hollywood gem at such an affordable price. Rates from $129 per night.
If, on the other hand, you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, this Silver Lake home makes a great option and sleeps up to five. Nestled in a private residential area that also happens to be one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, this humble abode is a much-needed retreat from the busy streets of LA, but still keeps you close to the city’s most prominent food trucks, farmer’s markets and shopping areas. Rates from $189 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
Looking for that home-away-from-home feeling? This industrial loft apartment offers great views of the city and is bathed in sunlight throughout the day. Located in Downtown LA, this open living space features exposed brick, large windows and a mix of industrial and urban furniture, and makes a good base for couples, solo travelers and anyone else who wants to explore this vibrant part of the city. Rates from $199 per night with a minimum three-night stay required.
Mid-Tier ($200-$350 per night)
Located in a luxury high-rise building that’s centrally located on Mid-Wilshire, this condo has stunning skyline views you soon won’t forget. With two bedrooms, this abode accommodates up to six people and features amenities like a pool and gym. Rates from $250 per night.
Live like a celebrity in this luxury three-bedroom house offering views from Downtown LA all the way down to the ocean. Situated in a small valley under the Mulholland Dam, this area has been (or currently is) home to The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson, Goldie Hawn, Doris Roberts and Lindsay Lohan, among other stars. If you’re looking for a home base for your Hollywood escapades, this might be the perfect spot. Rates from $329 per night with a four-night minimum stay required.
High Roller ($350+ per night)
A tranquil oasis in the heart of Venice, this charming two-bedroom is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Its brightly lit living space features a central atrium, wooden accents and several windows that accentuate the overall mid-century-meets-Moroccan style. Rates from $395 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, this beautiful one-bedroom pad is just two minutes from the ocean and within walking distance of Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade, making this beach flat perfect for both leisure and business travelers. Rates from $349 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
Escape to the Mediterranean in this West Hollywood private estate, a classic California dream that’s full of surprises. Inside, you’ll find an outstanding interior design with arched floor-to-ceiling cathedral windows and French doors that spill out to the veranda, a backyard with multiple lounging areas and a large pool complete with Jacuzzi. This villa fits up to six guests and is ideal for kicking back and taking in La-La Land in all its glory. Rates from $625 per night with a five-night minimum stay required.
Maximize Your Purchase
There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn’t stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn 1 SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on all travel purchases while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on an Airbnb stay. When you combine the two, you’re effectively double-dipping with your points earning.
Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change. All photos courtesy of Airbnb; featured image by David Livingston / Getty Images.
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