Discover Self-Catering Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

Pull up a lounger at Venice Suites for an afternoon admiring the sands and sea of Venice Beach
Pull up a lounger at Venice Suites for an afternoon admiring the sands and sea of Venice Beach | Courtesy of Venice Suites / Booking.com
Emilie Hall

In a sprawling metropolis like the City of Angels, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for a vacation rental. To help, we’ve scouted the best self-catering options and airbnbs in Los Angeles, all of which will allow you to live like a true Angeleno – whether that means diving into the Arts District, shuttling around on the Metro or just kicking back on Venice Beach – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Modern contemporary Venice getaway

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The living area at Modern Contemporary Venice Getaway, Venice, California. is filled with sunlight and modern furniture.
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Three minutes by foot from Venice Beach, and within a 10-minute walk from Santa Monica Beach, these two-bedroom Los Angeles vacation apartments were made for sunseekers. Whip up a quick breakfast in the kitchen, lather on a thick layer of sunscreen and get out into that Californian sunshine. Not one for breakfast? Grab an espresso from Candle Café on your way and head to the boardwalk for the health-minded global menu at Fig Tree for lunch.

2. LA Downtown Arts Historic Rentals

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A large bed in a hotel-style accommodation at the L.A. Downtown Arts Historic Rentals, Los Angeles, California.
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A three-minute walk to the Grand Central Market will ensure you get full use of the kitchen in these downtown Los Angeles vacation rentals. A one- or two-bedroom apartment will suffice – you’ll be spending the majority of your visit exploring the vibrant Arts District, rocking at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and bouncing around town on the Metro. When you’re not gulping down sushi in Little Tokyo or sipping craft beer at Bernadette’s, you’ll be taking care of those tan lines at the pool.

3. Venice Suites

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A brightly coloured mural adorns a mural on an oceanfront building next to the Venice Suites, Venice, California.
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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 a studio with an ocean view to wake up to the rolling breakers. Righteous.

4. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thousand Oaks

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The outdoor pool area of the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Thousand Oaks is lit up as twilight falls on southern California.
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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 the rugged beaches of Malibu. 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 free daily breakfast.

5. Venice Breeze Suites

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The wide, sandy beach and Pacific Ocean are fronted by palm trees and historic buildings in Venice, California.
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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 will be the ocean 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, crisscrossing the picturesque canals to see how the neighborhood got its name or just soaking up the sun on the rooftop terrace.

6. Su Casa at Venice Beach

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A seating area of contemporary white furniture is bathed in soft sunlight at Su Casa at Venice Beach, Venice, California
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There are three Ps that are paramount when deciding on a vacation rental in Los Angeles: is there convenient parking, is it pet-friendly and does it have views of the Pacific? Su Casa at Venice Beach has them all, plus a picturesque patio at beloved-by-locals cafe, Fig Tree, and a prime shopping location just a stone’s throw from retail haven Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Options range from 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.

7. Ayres Suites Diamond Bar

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The lush seating area surrounds a fireplace framed by fiddle leaf fig trees at Ayres Suites Diamond Bar.
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You’ll sleep in comfort at Ayres Suites in the Diamond Bar suburb of eastern Los Angeles. Each suite can sleep up to four, is decorated in soothing sage tones and features an oversized armchair, a pillow-top mattress and a leather sofa. You’ll also get access to resort-style facilities: a heated swimming pool, a spa, a gym, and free daily breakfast with the lush Diamond Bar golf course just down the street.

8. The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center

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The early 20th-century exterior of The Historic Broadlind Hotel at Long Beach Convention Center is made from red brick with Spanish-revival design details.
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For a slower pace of life, the SoCal enclave of Long Beach is less than a half-hour drive from LAX and has the retro charm of a much smaller town. In the heart of the walkable 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).

9. The Cosmo Lofts

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Festoon lights lead the way to contemporary roof terrace overlooking Downtown L.A. at the The Cosmo Lofts, Los Angeles, California.
Courtesy of the Cosmo Lofts / Booking.com

Couples or solo travelers should look to these vacation rentals in Los Angeles set just off the Hollywood Strip. Each suite or studio 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 B 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 Hollywood Sign.

Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.
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