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    Los Angeles Apartments: Booking, Airbnb or HomeAway? Advice for renting holiday homes

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    Lluis Enric Mayans
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    When I think to Los Angeles apartmentsinevitably, the myriads of films and TV series that are set within the four walls of a Los Angeles apartment come to mind. From the hilarious room full of brains where it takes place Big Bang Theory (in Pasadena, to be precise) to the creepy luxury homes in the hills of Mulholland Drive (David Lynch), passing through the (few) non-seaside scenes of Baywatch, the dark environments of True Detective, and even Happy Days (I know, it's set in Milwaukee, but the Cunningham family's apartment is in Los Angeles! ).



    In short, if you have to spend a few days of our California tour in Los Angeles, why not experience being a “resident” in the City of Angels for a few days, in a real Los Angeles house? Beyond the Hollywood suggestion, it would be a solution aimed at savings and comfort. In our article on where to sleep in Los Angeles we have already outlined in detail a map of the best neighborhoods in the city to find accommodation, and even in the case of apartments, the advice is always the same. I summarize them here:

    The Santa Monica Pier, a great neighborhood for getting an apartment
    • Pasadena: the perfect neighborhood for visiting Hollywood and Universal Studios. Quiet, elegant, strategic for exploring the northern districts of Los Angeles; moreover, when you want to take a stroll, in the evening you will find an engaging atmosphere among the streets full of clubs, shops and art galleries, tempting bars and restaurants.
    • Santa Monica e Venice: definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods. We are a stone's throw from the ocean: the Santa Monica waterfront, with its iconic amusement park on the pier, is one of the most photographed in all of California. If I have to choose an apartment in Los Angeles, the first area I go to fathom is this one, and I can go as far as nearby Venice, which has interesting offers.
    • Long Beach: we are always on the sea, but in a neighborhood that is a little more youthful and sparkling than Santa Monica, given the proximity of the university and the kilometer-long beach where the seaside life is very popular in the name of sporting activities. Its relative proximity to Disneyland also makes it a strategic choice for a visit to the Anaheim park.
    • Downtown: exterminated as it is, Los Angeles has its own gravitational urban center, and it is certainly there Downtown. There are some excellent apartments in this area as well, which is the case for those who want to take a stroll in the shadow of the skyscrapers of the financial district. In the evening the Downtown goes out a bit, this must be said, but the location is very strategic in relation to the attractions.
    • West Hollywood: Finally, a good solution for apartments in Los Angeles could be West Hollywood, a neighborhood not far from Beverly Hills. If you choose to stay here, you will know that the myth of Hollywood cinema is just a few kilometers from the bed to sleep, after an unforgettable evening between Rodeo Drive and the movie stars!

    Index



    • Why choose an apartment? 6 good reasons
    • Los Angeles apartments: where to book them?
    • Recommended apartments in Los Angeles
      • Santa Monica / Venice area
      • Zona Pasadena / West Hollywood
      • Zona Long Beach
      • Downtown Zona
      • Disneyland area

    Why choose an apartment? 6 good reasons

    But why, instead of booking the usual hotel room, might it be worthwhile to rent one of the many apartments in Los Angeles? There are various reasons.

    1. The first is the comfort: all apartments are equipped with a set of comfort which greatly increase the quality of even a short stay. Traveling around Los Angeles is very tiring and can also be nerve-wracking if you are forced to spend a lot of time on the immense busy Los Angeles streets: for this reason it can be decisive to know that when we return in the late evening, we will have something more like home waiting for us. ours than a motel room. What can the apartments make available? A kitchen, a dishwasher, a washing machine with dryer, but also a plasma TV to enjoy a little relaxation in the living room, the garden or a terrace, the parking space, a wi-fi that really works, and much more.
    2. The second is the advantageous price. It's true: the city is so big that there is no shortage of opportunities to spend relatively little on a hotel or motel room. It remains equally true, however, that prices remain in the most popular areas many highs, especially if you are looking for medium or high category solutions. Well, looking at the prices of apartments in Los Angeles, you can find beautiful homes in enviable locations at very cheap prices, with all the amenities that we have already mentioned in the previous paragraph. In addition to the whole house, you can also choose options private room o shared, which allow you to save even more, with limitations in the use of some rooms of the house.
    3. The third is the possibility of choice. From the Beverly Hills cottage to the Santa Monica seaside garden cottage, through the trendy Downtown loft and the oriental-style cottage, to the family vacation home near Disneyland… in short, there are endless choices. Obviously it is always advisable to move in advance, but it is not uncommon to find availability and variety even if we are late with the travel arrangements. The sites I use usually have a large stock of filters with which to refine the search: if there is a need for particular services, just apply them with great attention.
    4. The fourth is the quality of accommodation. In many cases, you will go to the homes of people who live in those rooms! Therefore, in most cases, you should expect high level of care and cleaning. How can you figure it out? Looking carefully at the photo of the apartment, reading the descriptions offered byhost and reviews of the guests who preceded you, which are useful for understanding both the type of welcome and the qualitative level of the house you are targeting. Moreover, reading descriptions and reviews helps to understand in which context the house is inserted, if the neighborhood is quiet or if there are services, shops, public transport etc. in the surroundings.
    5. The fifth is theopportunity to meet new people. Unless you decide to take an apartment managed by professionals on Booking, you will be dealing with normal people, people like you: it could happen that they grant you the use of their room or the whole house and, if you are lucky, you will get a help to orient you in the city, advice about where to eat, what to see, valuable tips so that your stay in Los Angeles is pleasant and peaceful. It has always gone well for me and I am convinced that such an experience can only improve the quality of the holiday!
    6. The sixth is the saving. If we have decided to take a vacation with the whole family or in a group of friends, choosing one of the many apartments in Los Angeles may be the best choice! Rental prices are often advantageous for those who choose a house with many beds. An example? 6 beds in 2 rooms starting at around € 243, right in the center of Hollywood! In addition to this, it must be taken into account that with the kitchen there is the possibility of cooking meals at home: eating at the restaurant every day weighs you down and at the same time lightens your wallet.

    Los Angeles apartments: where to book them?

    We had already talked about it much more extensively in our article on Apartments in New York ... today I will limit myself to pointing out two useful tools for finding your apartment for rent in Los Angeles:



    • Booking : does it need any introduction? I do not believe! In addition to the many hotels and motels on its pages, this very famous and reliable site offers a large number of apartments, holiday homes, aparthotels and suites of excellent quality. In most cases, Los Angeles apartments on Booking are not managed by individuals (like on Airbnb, for example), but by professionals who make their accommodation facilities available with the quality and comfort that the category requires. Great reliability and top services, but a little lacking in the human warmth of the host who introduces you to his home.
    • Airbnb: the most important site in the field of rentals in the tourism sector, which now also offers hotel solutions. The availability of facilities present on the Airbnb Los Angeles it is quite high, despite some restrictions on illegal rents have been put in place here too. I guess you know how the site works: after selecting the dates and the number of people, you can choose the type of accommodation (whole house, private room, shared room, hotel room), the price, the number of beds / rooms and a large number of additional filters that can help you find the best solution. If you don't know the city well, use the map, because it is well done and can give you an idea of ​​the distance between the house and the areas you want to visit.
    • HomeAway: this portal is a little less well known, but in recent years it has become a real candidate competitors on Airbnb. The concept is the same: thanks to a clear and intuitive interface it is possible to search for apartments, private rooms or holiday homes throughout the Los Angeles area. You will find a great variety of solutions, and you can filter your search by indicating both the price range and the services you need. There are photos of the accommodation, brief presentation sheets of the host or agency that manages the property, traveler reviews and every single information necessary for choosing the house. The greatest advantage is that - although the agencies registered on the site are growing in number - with HomeAway Los Angeles, you almost always enter the home of a real Los Angeles native: in many cases it can be seen from the originality of the furnishings and the type of services offered.

    Recommended apartments in Los Angeles

    So here is a series of suggestions in the various districts of the city: we have chosen only the houses that we like best!



    Santa Monica / Venice area

    Abbot Kinney Apartment

    In a very pleasant street of Venice, less than 10 minutes by car from the Santa Monica pier and the same number from the Venice Beach, there is this complex that offers apartments and cozy holiday homes, nicely furnished that represent an ideal solution for those who would like to stay not far from the ocean and still in a favorable position for visiting other Los Angeles districts, such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The accommodations, in addition to the terrace and a garden, offer the following services:

    • up to 6 people
    • private bathroom
    • conditioned air
    • Flat screen TV
    • traditional oven and microwave
    • toaster
    • refrigerator
    • coffee machine
    • internet WiFi
    • parking available in the area

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    Venice Suites

    Solution of superior category, definitely more captivating if you are attracted by the idea of ​​sleeping a stone's throw from the ocean. We are in fact on the Ocean Frontwalk and, as soon as you leave the house you find yourself with the sand between your toes.

    The Santa Monica Pier is a couple of miles away. The suites are furnished with class: parquet floors, eat-in and fully equipped kitchen, in a gourmet style), impeccable services; it is also possible to have an apartment with an ocean view! Here are the amenities included:

    • up to 4 beds
    • bathroom
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Lift
    • Panoramic terrace
    • BBQ
    • Kitchen
    • Towels
    • Automatic laundry (shared)
    • TV
    • Parking available in the area

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    Zona Pasadena / West Hollywood

    Pasadena Casa Luna

    Exceptional vacation rental in Los Angeles!

    Fantastic location for this vacation rental: we are in Jane's Village, a quiet neighborhood in upper Pasadena (Altadena). The house is delightful, the architecture and furniture are in a marked Hispanic style.

    Our favorite environment is the living room, yet it will be the welcome which will be reserved for you to convince yourself that you have made the right choice. We are about twenty minutes from Universal Studios, but it seems like we are not even in Los Angeles! Here's what awaits you behind the flowery patio of Casa Luna:

    • up to 4 beds in two rooms
    • Bathroom
    • Air conditioning
    • Breakfast
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Towels
    • Free parking
    • TV con Netflix
    • Washing machine

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    Bungalow di classe a Hollywood

    This designation will sound strange to those used to the standard beach camp bungalows, but in West Hollywood this is the norm. We are in a quiet neighborhood and very close to the trendy Melrose Avenue, in an area that allows you to quickly reach destinations such as Beverly Hills, Universal Studios and attractions such as the Walk of Fame and the Griffith Observatory.

    The romantic accommodation in question is in refined style vintage, with antique accessories, period objects and finishes typical of the French-style furnishings of the last century. In addition to the living room itself, the welcome of the hostess is noteworthy, who goes out of her way to make you feel at ease. Ideal for a couple, not too much for families or large groups.

    • Up to 3 beds
    • Bathroom
    • Kitchen
    • Air conditioning
    • Washing machine
    • Dryer
    • Parking in the area
    • Patio
    • BBQ
    • Wi-Fi Internet

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     The willow

    Good value solution in the center of Hollywood, close to all places of interest. The willow offers some independent bungalows and apartments equipped with all the comforts needed for a stay in the city.

    The area where the accommodations are located is very quiet, and the rooms, however small, are spacious and bright: they can accommodate 4 to 6 people and all overlook the patio or garden. Here are the services that you will have available in each single apartment:

    • from 4 to 6 beds
    • Bathroom
    • Kitchen
    • Air conditioning
    • Laundry service
    • TV
    • Free parking
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Patio / garden

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    Zona Long Beach

    Long Beach Vacation Rentals

    This is a real Los Angeles home as you imagine it: not a sanitized condominium or a modern high-rise, but a small independent house located on a quiet street in downtown Long Beach, 5 minutes' drive from Ocean Boulevard.

    The holiday home, equipped with parquet, has a sober and pleasant decor, and is perfectly equipped with all the modern comforts needed for a short and functional stay: living room with TV and subscription to Netfix (if you really don't have anything better to do evening ...), equipped kitchen, bathroom, laundry area and two separate bedrooms. If you are 6 you can also use the sofa bed.

    • up to 6 people
    • Bathroom
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Patio
    • Towels
    • Suitable for families and children
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Free street parking
    • TV con Netflix
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Dryer

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    Spanish style house on Long Beach Island

    The title might mislead you (“Wasn't Long Beach a Los Angeles beach?” You say) but there is no deception. This beautiful property is located on thethe only island in the areaCalled Naples, famous for its beautiful walks along the canals.

    The area is quiet and exclusive, the large white house, built in 1935 and enriched with beautiful arches, is in precious Spanish revival style and is great for small families and groups of friends who want to enjoy Long Beach in a welcoming environment. The small flowered patio has a barbecue. The house is equipped with all comforts and furnished with taste and color. Here's what the rent includes:

    • 4 people in 2 rooms
    • Air conditioning
    • Bathroom
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Courtyard
    • BBQ
    • Towels
    • Internal fireplace
    • Kitchen
    • Parking available
    • TV
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher

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    Downtown Zona

    Corporate Suites in Downtown LA near Staples Center

    Excellent value for money for this accommodation in Downtown Los Angeles: your apartment will have a TV, a seating area, a desk, an equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer and other useful and comfortable options.

    What I find interesting is the care of the common areas: there is an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, a gym, a garden, a terrace and a barbecue for those who love grilled meat. To report the availability and hospitality of the management of the structure. Here's what you have available:

    • 4-6 beds
    • bathroom
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Balcony / terrace
    • Garden
    • BBQ
    • Outdoor pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Lift
    • Towels
    • Kitchen
    • Free parking available
    • TV
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher

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    Loft in the heart of the Los Angeles Historic Core

    In an area of ​​Los Angeles where you can mostly find accommodation in very tall modern skyscrapers (at very high prices), it is a nice surprise to find a loft like this, located in theHistoric Core di Los Angeles, the city's ancient Theater District. The house itself is on the ninth floor of a one historical building dated 1921 which offers a nice view of the neighborhood. The house with exposed beams is bright and quite large, but has only 3 beds; the kitchen, bathroom and living room are equipped with modern and clean appliances. In the common areas there is a swimming pool.

    • 3 beds
    • Air conditioning
    • Internet Wi-fi
    • Room with a view
    • Bathroom
    • Kitchen
    • Swimming pool
    • Parking
    • Towels
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher

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    Disneyland area

    Great house in Anaheim

    Finally I point out a splendid one family-friendly house who want to have a strategic base for visiting Disneyland in one or more days: we are in Anaheim and, as you will see from the photos, the accommodation is the classic, very large traditional American house fully equipped, with garden and barbecue. But the coolest feature is that the house is equipped with a gorgeous playroom (in case Disneyland ones weren't enough)!

    • 9 beds
    • 2 bathrooms
    • Air conditioning
    • Kitchen
    • Free parking
    • TV
    • BBQ
    • Game room with billiards and others
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher

    Check availability

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