The Best Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles, California

Couples or solo travelers should look to the Cosmo Lofts just off the Hollywood Strip
Couples or solo travelers should look to the Cosmo Lofts just off the Hollywood Strip | Courtesy of the Cosmo Lofts / Expedia
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5 March 2021

In a sprawling city like Los Angeles, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for a vacation rental. This list of self-catering studios and thoughtfully designed crash pads that will allow you to live like an Angeleno local – whether you want to be near buzzing bars and restaurants, have views of the Venice Boardwalk, or just wiggle your toes in the sand.

Venice Suites

4/5 (934 Reviews)
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It doesn’t get more quintessentially California than these sun-splashed and surf-ready studios right on Venice Beach. Most suites sleep a maximum of two people, though the larger suites can accommodate two added guests on a sofa bed. From the doorstep, you can stroll down to the sand, peep at the physiques on Muscle Beach or cruise along Santa Monica Boulevard. Each airy apartment has a kitchen and a dining table, but if your budget allows, opt for an ocean-view studio to wake up to views of rolling breakers. Righteous.
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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thousand Oaks

Suite Hotel, Apartment
4.1/5 (329 Reviews)
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Nature lovers should base themselves at these comfortable, self-catering suites in Thousand Oaks that cater to solo travelers, couples and families or groups of up to six people. You’ll be close to the scenic hiking and biking trails in the Santa Monica mountains and just half an hour from Malibu’s rugged beaches. Not that you’ll need to venture far – you’ll have access to an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym right here, as well as getting a free daily breakfast.
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Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments

4.2/5 (118 Reviews)
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Calling all beach bums – these bright and colorful vacation one-bedroom rentals overlook the shoreline in Malibu, so you can ride the waves all day, then trade surf stories all evening with fellow renters on the shared outdoor terrace. Prefer to stay dry? Explore the shops and restaurants on Malibu Pier, hike the trails around Solstice Canyon or taste local vintages on a wine safari.
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Venice Breeze Suites

Serviced Apartment
4.1/5 (1199 Reviews)
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Each of these design-forward suites has exposed brick walls, a memory foam mattress and sleek hardwood floors, but the first thing to dazzle you when you wander in for the first time will be the ocean sea views through the oversized windows. Most cater to solo travelers or couples, but the larger studios can sleep up to two additional guests on a double sofa bed. With these beachfront suites as your base, you can spend your days people-watching on the boardwalk, criss-crossing the picturesque canals to see how the neighborhood got its name or just soaking up the sun on the rooftop terrace.
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Su Casa at Venice Beach

4/5 (283 Reviews)
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There are three Ps that are paramount when deciding where to stay in California: is there convenient parking, is it pet-friendly and does it have views of the Pacific? Su Casa at Venice Beach ticks them all off and more, with the picturesque patio at its beloved-by-locals cafe, Figtree, and its prime shopping location just a stone’s throw away from retail haven Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Options range from one-bedroom studios to ocean-view rooms that can sleep an additional guest on a sofa bed; there’s also a two-bedroom cottage, which can sleep up to four people in two bedrooms.
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  • Ayres Suites Diamond Bar

    Apartment, Suite Hotel
    4.5/5 (1374 Reviews)
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    You’ll sleep in cosseting comfort at Ayres Suites in the Diamond Bar suburb of East Los Angeles. Each suite can sleep up to four and is decorated in tones of soothing sage and features an oversized armchair, a pillow-top mattress and a leather sofa. You’ll also get access to all the bells and whistles at this resort-style vacation rental: a heated swimming pool, a spa, a gym, free daily breakfast and the lush Diamond Bar golf course just down the street.
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    The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center

    Hotel, Apartment
    3.9/5 (449 Reviews)
    Historic Broadlind
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    For a slower pace of life, the SoCal enclave of Long Beach is less than half an hour’s drive from LAX and has the retro charm of a much smaller town. In the heart of the strollable streets you’ll find the Historic Broadlind Hotel, a city landmark built in 1928 that’s now a boutique hotel with stay-longer suites (for groups of up to four), scenic views of downtown and a subterranean speakeasy called the Blind Donkey – which had a cameo in La La Land (2016).
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    The Haas Building

    5/5 (1 Reviews)
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    The Haas Building is in LA’s Historic Core district downtown, so groundbreaking galleries, old movie palaces and the fragrant flower district will be right on the doorstep if you opt for one of these cool condos. Choose from executive condos, which can sleep up to three people, design condos, which can sleep up to four people, or the signature condo, which can sleep up to six. Each one has a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area so you can whip up your own meals and entertain in style – though it’ll be pretty hard to resist the tempting selection of food vendors in Grand Central Market, just a few blocks away.
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    The Cosmo Lofts

    4.7/5 (3 Reviews)
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    Couples or solo travelers should look to these studios and suites just off the Hollywood Strip. Each has polished concrete floors, oversized windows and individual design features such as vintage rugs, framed prints and retro lamps. The building is just a block from the Metro Red Line – connecting you with Downtown and North Hollywood – and best of all, there’s a furnished rooftop terrace with a ping-pong table, a barbecue and a clear view of the iconic Hollywood Sign.
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    These recommendations were updated on March 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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