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The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

Discover a hillside Malibu estate, a luxe West Hollywood mansion and more of the best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

Written by
Annalise Mantz
,
Kai Oliver-Kurtin
&
Rhys Thomas
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Why stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel when you can rent a lovely Airbnb in Los Angeles? Unlike the typical beige hotel rooms you’re no doubt used to, these apartments, homes and condos are soaked in character. From stylish homes near West Hollywood to sprawling estates in Malibu or architectural townhouses in Venice, there’s something on this list for every vibe and budget. You’ll even find a few sunny abodes not too far from the best beaches in L.A. Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or you’re here all the time, these superb Airbnbs in Los Angeles might just convince you to become a full-time Angeleno.

Since L.A. traffic is some of the worst in the country, location is everything here. If you're planning to spend most days on the beach, you should plan to stay very close to the beach. Traveling during peak commute times can often lead to hours-long drives. The good news is that there's no shortage of Airbnbs in the city, so you won't have trouble finding plenty of options to fit your needs. Whether you do fancy being perched looking out on the Pacific, near Venice Beach, in the Hollywood hills, or tucked away in unassuming forest, it's all here for the taking. 

To properly explore the megalopolis, you'd be well-advised to split up your trip to include a few different Airbnbs located in various parts of the city. For instance, Downtown has a completely different vibe from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or the South Bay. Each neighborhood has its own unique charm, so make time to explore them all!

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Best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

This masterfully 1,800-square foot loft in the center of Downtown Los Angeles is not your average room above the house. This is pure penthouse suite vibes, courtesy of Airbnb. The large pad is packed with both historic charm and contemporary amenities. Exposed brick wall acts as a burst of color in the living space, while a squeaky clean chef’s kitchen has all the accouterments you could need to whip up a gourmet dinner. Cheeky design elements like mustache pillows and oversized mirrors give the loft a funky personality while allowing it to also look perfectly clean, minimal and chic. Did we mention you're in Downtown LA?! 

From $258 per night, with a discount for medical professionals and first responders available. 

Estate with spa and pool in Malibu

Tucked away in Malibu, this property is the former home of a Gold-medal-winning Olympian. Which one, you ask? An American diver who won at the 1984 Olympics (we’ll let you work it out). To mark the achievement, the bottom of the pool has been engraved with Olympic rings. A semi-remote location, this fashionable spot offers an abundance of peace and quiet, as well as a sauna, pool table and dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean. Sleeping 12, this sunny getaway would make for a great home base for a big family get-together or a group of vacationing friends. Splitting the cost between a dozen of you, this property is available from $155.25 per night. 

From $1,863 per night.

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This smart home sandwiched between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood looks like something out of MTV Cribs (and given the location, it could be next door to an actual 'crib'). Neon-hued art, shag rugs and Italian marble decorate the interior, while the backyard features a massive pool, jacuzzi and firepit. Though you’re close to so many L.A. landmarks, it might be hard to tear your group away from all the mansion’s amenities. It sleeps a massive 16 people, and there's two parking spaces. Try your best to leave the space will you? Even if it's for an afternoon... 

From $1,643 per night.

Postmodern architecture and traditional Japanese art come together in this stunning home hosted by Colin. As many as 10 of your friends can pull up a seat at the dining table for dinner and spread out on the sectional for a game of cards. The master suite is pretty stunning, and includes a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows along with a gorgeous four-poster bed for snoozing on. So you may be fighting over that, but whichever bedroom you end up in, the stay feel more than on par with most hotels. You won’t even have to settle for tap water: The kitchen includes a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis machine to purify the water, so keep hydrated with that fancy stuff between exploring Venice Beach and Pacific Avenue, which happen to be walking distance. 

From $818 per night.

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Hunker down in the Hollywood Hills while staying at this cozy bungalow brimming with charm. The self-contained home comes with unparalleled panoramic views of L.A. (from Hollywood right to the ocean). Inside, you'll find a queen-sized bed, two terraces – one of which has a swinging bed, because you know, fun – and an outdoor shower, should the weather tempt you (there's one inside too, don't worry). along with that the interior is luxurious and full of all the equipment you could ever need in a temporary home (we imagine you'll be doing your best to enjoy LA for the most part... right?) 

From $231 per night.

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