The 10 Best Airbnbs in Pasadena

Pasadena has beautiful historic neighborhoods and architecture
Pasadena has beautiful historic neighborhoods and architecture | © Angel Di Bilio / Alamy Stock Photo
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29 August 2019

Located just outside of Los Angeles, Pasadena is brimming with well-preserved historic buildings, indie shops and the famous Route 66. To get a taste of its old-world charm, here is a round-up of Airbnbs where you can experience Pasadena at its best.

Quaint getaway close to the metro

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Quaint Getaway Close to the Metro
This quaint getaway has one bedroom | Courtesy of Carolyn / Airbnb
This 1920s Spanish Revival oasis is in a prime location just minutes away from the Rose Parade route, Rose Bowl and metro station. Modern decor in earthy tones embellishes the one-bedroom home, which can comfortably accommodate four guests. The large galley kitchen has just been remodeled and includes a state-of-the-art Viking gas range and coffee maker. Set right on one of Pasadena’s recognizable jacaranda-lined streets – spectacular in full bloom – this private guest house is ideal for couples or small families looking for comfort and solitude.

Sunny bohemian cottage with private patio

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Sunny Bohemian Cottage With Private Patio
This cute cottage is perfect for couples | Courtesy of Linda / Airbnb
From the succulents and wall hangings to the unique accent chairs, everything about this welcoming home screams California cool. The double French doors lead to a covered porch with an inviting set of wicker chairs and a wood-burning fireplace reminiscent of the Old West, and a cactus garden lines the studio which sits behind the main house, located on the border of Pasadena and Altadena. The detached studio cottage has a full kitchen, complete with an espresso maker, and can easily accommodate two guests with lots of room to move around.

Peaceful sanctuary with a pool

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Peaceful Sanctuary With Pool in Historic District
This peaceful guest house sleeps three | Courtesy of Bidan / Airbnb
Flowers frame the windows of this tranquil home in Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The quiet neighborhood is named after the more than 800 historic bungalow-style homes in the area. At this accommodation, guests can exercise in the lap pool right outside their front door or tan in a sun lounger while savoring the serene ambience and mountain views. With open-beamed ceilings and large windows, this sunny studio can comfortably accommodate three guests.

Rustic tiny home surrounded by greenery

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Rustic Tiny Home Surrounded by Greenery
Experience the tiny-living trend in this cute cottage | Courtesy of Cynthia / Airbnb
Nestled in the shade of a 100-year-old California pepper tree is this fabulous tiny home. If you’ve never stayed in this type of accommodation, its size may come as a shock, but the rustic converted outbuilding has everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay – even a kitchenette! Ideal for solo guests or couples, the studio home accommodates up to two guests who want to experience the new tiny-living trend. The back door of the cabin leads to a fully private outdoor bathroom and shower, while the front door opens out to the host family’s permaculture garden and hen house.

Retro revivalist cabin with backyard lounge

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Retro-Revivalist Cabin With Backyard Lounge
This two-bedroom cabin is pet-friendly | Courtesy of Corey / Airbnb
When you arrive at the end of the long driveway, you’ll find this charming two-bedroom cabin with mid-century modern decor. The highlight of the residence is the completely private backyard patio, where visitors can enjoy the sunshine or drink their morning espresso. Each of the two bedrooms is fitted with air conditioning and a Tuft & Needle mattress, so you’ll wake up perfectly rested and ready for the day. The cabin can accommodate six guests, and don’t forget to bring along your furry friends because unlike many other locations, pets are welcome here.

Cozy apartment in the city center

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Cozy Apartment in the City Center
This apartment features a shared backyard garden and patio | Courtesy of Ginger / Airbnb
This private apartment has everything you’ll need during your stay in Southern California. The bright space includes a full-size kitchen and dining nook, but the highlight is its fragrant outdoor patio. Have a peaceful moment in the fenced backyard surrounded by a rustic flower garden that often attracts butterflies and songbirds. With one bedroom and a few futons throughout, this intimate space comfortably accommodates six guests. You can also borrow one of the host’s bikes to pedal around town and experience the sleepy family-friendly neighborhood.

Spacious bungalow with a barbecue and pool

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Spacious Bungalow With Barbecue and Pool
This spacious bungalow is great for a larger group | Courtesy of Gina / Airbnb
Imagine grilling poolside and then spending the warm evenings outdoors on the lanai under twinkling festoon lights. It’s possible at this three-bedroom stylish dream home that accommodates eight people. In the colder months, guests can still enjoy a swim for an extra fee to heat the pool. Inside, you’ll find Spanish-style tiles, a chair swing and tapestries to complete the eclectic bohemian decor. If you’re planning to attend a concert, sports game or the popular monthly flea market, the Rose Bowl is located just down the street.

Vintage studio guest house in a quiet neighborhood

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Vintage Studio Guest House In Quiet Neighborhood
This studio guest house is perfect for a family of four | Courtesy of Bryant / Airbnb
Explore the Playhouse District, coffee shops and brunch spots, all within walking distance of this roomy studio, or hop on the nearby metro for additional activities. The comfy space has a fully stocked kitchenette with a coffee maker and tea kettle, a newly refurbished bathroom and sleeping arrangements for four guests. At this family-friendly guest house, the hosts can provide swings and other play equipment by request to keep young guests occupied. After touring the city, unwind in the private outdoor patio and dining area shaded by a gorgeous oak tree.

Poolside oasis next to the Rose Bowl

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Poolside Oasis Next to the Rose Bowl
This poolside oasis comfortably sleeps eight | Courtesy of Gina / Airbnb
Conveniently situated minutes away from the Rose Bowl, this spacious villa is a true hidden oasis. This hipster dream home boasts hardwood floors, two living rooms and lots of space to stretch out, and the avant-garde decor features quirky tiles, boho wall hangings, geometric textiles and lots of houseplants. Outside, relax poolside on a sun lounger or barbecue with friends in the picnic and bar area. Trendy and charming, this home’s three extra-large bedrooms and three full bathrooms comfortably accommodate eight guests with room to spare.

Elegant garden studio with mountain views

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Elegant Garden Studio With Mountain Views
This garden studio has two patios – one shared, one private | Courtesy of Cynthia / Airbnb
Situated in the Historic Highlands District, this private studio guest house is detached from the Spanish Colonial Revival main house and is ideal for couples. The breezy and romantic space includes a well-supplied kitchenette, a rain showerhead in the bathroom and air conditioning to beat the summer heat. For pure relaxation, open the French doors and snuggle up on the private outdoor daybed while gazing up at the San Gabriel Mountains.
These recommendations were updated on August 29, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.