The 9 Best Airbnbs in Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles is brimming with eats, drinks, attractions and Airbnbs
Downtown Los Angeles is brimming with eats, drinks, attractions and Airbnbs | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Taylor Haynes
20 September 2019

Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) offers some of the best food, museums and entertainment on the West Coast. For those seeking an authentic experience at the heart of this exciting city, rent out an Airbnb. At these gorgeous stays – ranging from lofts and apartments to guest houses and even a vintage Airstream – excitement is virtually at your doorstep.

Perfect loft, steps from Pershing Square

LA loft
This Airbnb’s living room is perfect for an intimate gathering of friends | Courtesy of Keely / Airbnb

Th traffic in Los Angeles is infamous, yet this Downtown stay is within walking distance to everything you might need: groceries, a farmer’s market, a number of restaurant and bars, and the LA Metro. Pershing Square, just across the street, hosts cultural events and ice skating in the winter (despite the year-round sun). This Airbnb sleeps up to four guests, with one room, one bathroom and a full kitchen. The living room is the loft’s centerpiece – perfect for accommodating small groups – with swinging lounge chairs, soft accents in jewel tones and ample natural light.

Sleek digs at the city’s center

Downtown Loft
This Downtown loft is within walking distance of many restaurants, bars and coffee shops | Courtesy of Design Guy / Airbnb

This loft is the ideal base from which to explore the city. DTLA is quickly becoming a hub for art, culture and food, and this Airbnb makes it exceptionally easy to access all of that and more. It has room for up to three guests, one bedroom and one bathroom. Thanks to its location, visitors can easily speed over to Hollywood or Los Feliz on the Metro or find everything DTLA has to offer on foot. After exploring the area for the day, chill out amid comfortable furnishings in a spacious, open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, and take in impressive views of the city from the large windows. The loft includes a full kitchen, too – whip up a meal when you want something home-made.

Contemporary loft at the heart of LA

Contemporary Loft at the Heart of LA
This contemporary loft comfortably sleeps up to six people | Courtesy of Alex / Airbnb

Capturing the vibrant energy and history of DTLA, this loft features gorgeous, exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors and lofty ceilings for an industrial-meets-artsy ambience. Accommodating up to six guests with two rooms, two bathrooms and an enticing corner kitchen, this Airbnb makes visitors feel right at home in the center of the city. There’s no shortage of activities to fill your time, as the loft is close to big attractions such as the Staples Center and the buzzy Ace Hotel (with a happening rooftop pool and bar). However, staying at ‘home’ can be equally enjoyable, with ample space and seating plus a tasteful mix of both modern and vintage decor.

Hip artist’s loft with rooftop hot tub

Hip Artist’s Loft with Rooftop Hot Tub
This hip artist’s studio has an industrial-rustic design | Courtesy of Chelsea Rachael / Airbnb

This apartment exudes youthful, creative energy, from the chalkboard wall in the kitchen and a full-size gumball machine to the vintage turntable and record collection. The loft also has video games and a Nintendo 64, and the building has a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi that overlook the city. Hosting up to three guests in a spacious studio space, this Airbnb is also within walking distance of attractions such as The Broad and The Last Bookstore – you’re sure to return home feeling rejuvenated and creatively inspired.

Bright and airy bungalow

Bright and Airy Bungalow
This bright and airy bungalow is perfect for a solo traveler or couple | Courtesy of Roxanna / Airbnb

This sweet and down-to-earth bungalow is only minutes from Downtown, right off the historic Route 66, and offers a little tranquility from the bustling city center. Exuding Southern California charm, the bungalow sleeps up to two guests and features bright open spaces, houseplants and a lovely outdoor space, complete with a hammock and firepit. This location offers an airy bedroom with two single beds, a fully stocked kitchen and full bathroom with natural travertine tile. When you’re not dozing off in the hammock or taking full advantage of the gorgeous interior, take a walk through Ernest E Debs Regional Park, offering spectacular views of DTLA and the Hollywood Sign.

Sweet studio retreat

Sweet Studio Retreat
This cozy studio is near many hip LA neighborhoods | Courtesy of Patricia / Airbnb

Combining effortless elegance with practicality, this studio is the ideal place to kick back after a day of exploration. Downtown, Hollywood and Koreatown are within minutes, providing easy access to numerous bars and restaurants. This studio is small, ideal for one or two travelers, but has thoughtful details, including a well-stocked kitchenette, eye-catching decor and access to an outdoor seating area for basking in the sun or watching the city come aglow at night. Practical amenities include a washer and dryer and a gym.

Colorfully decorated loft in Rose Hill

Colorfully Decorated Loft in Rose Hill
This loft in Rose Hill is close to DTLA | Courtesy of Kelly / Airbnb

Design-minded travelers will appreciate this impeccably decorated, cozy loft, just northeast of DTLA in Rose Hill – a fast-growing neighborhood with food and entertainment options aplenty. Accommodating up to two guests, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom abode includes convenient amenities such as a washer and dryer, full kitchen and a coffee maker. This loft also features a collection of globally inspired art, which speaks to the area’s diverse cultures. The bedroom includes a fluffy double bed, and the wood paneling is an attractive detail. French doors open to a private patio and communal seating area with built-in seating and a firepit – ideal for daytime or night-time lounging.

Sophisticated Arts District stay

This loft in the Arts District is full of natural light
This loft in the Arts District is full of natural light | Courtesy of Melanie / Airbnb

Travelers are welcomed to this Airbnb by flourishing houseplants and abundant natural light. With room for up to two guests, this studio offers a beautifully furnished living area, bedroom, dining area and stocked kitchen. Its location in the hip Arts District is really what makes this loft stand out – the area is known for its galleries, food and entertainment. Start the day with a coffee from the building’s café, Intersect, or Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which is just down the street. When staying in the area, be sure to check out an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. Afterwards, enjoy seasonally inspired Italian food at award-winning Bestia. A big plus: on-site, free parking is available to visitors.

Spacious industrial apartment

Spacious Industrial Apartment
This spacious industrial apartment accommodates up to five guests | Courtesy of Rebecca / Airbnb

At the center of the action, this industrial-inspired loft is the perfect home base for exploring everything DTLA has to offer. This location can host up to five guests in two bedrooms (each with a queen-size bed) and two baths. The generous living quarters have a pool table, big windows with skyline views, a full kitchen and dining area. There is also a rooftop common area, with a barbecue, Jacuzzi and sun loungers. While there’s a plethora of restaurants and activities in the area, you can also have a relaxing night in with Netflix, Hulu or Amazon on 60″ HDTVs.

These recommendations were updated on September 20, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.