Although it used to be primarily associated with derelict buildings, office parks, and general urban blight, downtown Los Angeles, now more commonly known as DTLA, has experienced a renaissance no one predicted. As one of the hottest areas in Los Angeles, downtown is one of the most coveted and convenient places to stay in the city. With Grand Central Food Market, Staples Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, and MoCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art), there’s something to do every second. For non-drivers from out of town, it’s one of the most convenient parts of the city as it’s close to all the main subway lines. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of DTLA apartments on Airbnb. Here are a few of our favorites!
8. Huge Downtown Loft ($1,800 a night)
Where do we even start with this one? One of the greatest things about renting an Airbnb is that it allows you to have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and this sick loft in DTLA is a prime example of that. For starters, yes, that is a private rooftop patio that will be all yours. Once again: a private rooftop patio in DTLA where you can entertain and impress every friend (and enemy) you’ve ever had in your entire life. With 6,000 square feet of space, 20ft ceilings, and three floors that all belong to you, there’s no chance of claustrophobia. It sleeps up to eight people so you might want to start deciding who your favorite people are. Music lovers: it’s a quick walk to the Grammy Museum which is perfect because you’re going to be living like a true rock star here.
7. Hip Artist’s Loft in Downtown L.A. ($105 a night)
This place is perfect if you want the starving artist experience without any of the starvation! Quirky, eccentric, and fun, this funky artist’s loft is unusual even by DTLA standards. Situated very close to L.A.’s Pershing Square this light-filled loft property is just steps away from the Metro, making it easy to get pretty much anywhere in the city with ease. The cool, rustic bar is the perfect place to have a drink after a long day of site-seeing or before you head out to the Staples center for a concert. Complete with a full kitchen, you’ll have everything you’ll need for a night in (the perfect time for a dip in the building’s rooftop pool) including Smart TV, Netflix, and HBO GO.
6. Rustic Modern Loft ($105 a night)
Located just minutes from DTLA, this warm, modern, rustic space feels more like a cabin than a loft. Situated in Rose Hills just outside downtown L.A., this east side retreat will put you right in the best of many worlds. Just minutes from Pasadena, you’ll be close to the Rose Bowl, Old Town Pasadena, and Huntington Gardens. Going the other direction, you’ll be close to Dodgers Stadium, Chinatown, and DTLA proper. Clean and cheery, this tasteful but eclectic space with wood paneled walls and a super-cozy vibe has a fun vibe while still feeling like a place for a grown-up.
5. Downtown Versace House ($299 a night)
Yaaaassss, Gaga!!! Ready to live your best life? Start by staying in this super-glam, Versace inspired pad. We promise you life will seem different after you do. This property, which accommodates 10 guests, has seven beds, one swimming pool, 24/7 secured parking (which, in DTLA, is a really big deal), and a fitness center. Located right in the middle of the downtown area, you’ll be just a short walk away from the jewelry district, the fashion district, FIDM, and the L.A. Convention Center, making it a perfect place to stay if you have to attend a convention here but want to sneak off to do a little shopping. It also comes complete with hair dryers, towels, ironing boards and everything else you’ll need to hit the downtown L.A. club scene.
4. Downtown Penthouse ($175 a night)
This super-hot DTLA property combines all the convenience of downtown L.A. with the glam factor of the Hollywood Hills. Sleek, tasteful, and centrally located, this apartment has some insanely incredible views of the city. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an incredible rooftop lounge you might need to buy more storage for all those pictures you’re going to be taking. With brand new furniture and new paint work, this downtown L.A. penthouse would make a great place to entertain clients or host friends.
You’ll also have access to the building’s pool and cabanas as well as its 24-hour fitness center (where they offer yoga classes and personal training). You’ll also have access to the building’s 24-hour front desk so when you come home from a night of dining, dancing, or clubbing, there’ll be someone to see that you get in OK. This is a perfect spot for travelers who want to experience downtown L.A. but want to do it with a lot of style.
3. Boho Chic Downtown Loft ($136 a night)
You know you’re in a cool, DTLA loft when one of the amenities is a succulent wall which is how we know this is a super-hip property. Located right near downtown L.A.’s Pershing Square in the heart of the Jewelry District, this apartment will have you feeling as if you’re the West Coast version of Jessa Johansson. We’ll get to the hanging wicker chairs but first, yes, that is a pole, no we’re not sure if it’s supporting the building or meant for something else, but either way, we won’t tell if you decide you want to experiment (isn’t that what a vacay is for?).
Complete with A/C (so important for those L.A. summers) and every kind of entertainment system you could ever want (HBO GO, Sound system, DVD player, game console, etc,), you can stay in and entertain yourself for hours and even days. Just warn your friends so if they don’t see you for a few days, they’ll know why.
2. Sophisticated DTLA Loft ($119 a night)
Well, this settles it. We’re going home and painting all the pipes in our houses black. This is just one of the many stylish touches to be found in this industrial chic loft space in DTLA. One block from Spring Street, this is the perfect spot for someone who wants to roam the city on foot and catch all that downtown L.A. has to offer (and if you don’t like to walk the metro is within walking distance). Carefully curated items like a coffee table made from a reclaimed pallet, a kitchen table made out of an old cable spool, and get this, chairs formerly used in a California State Prison, make this one of the most unique properties you’ll ever occupy.
1. Industrial Chic Loft in DTLA
If there is a more quintessential loft space than this DTLA gem, we cannot imagine what it must be. Exposed brick walls, dark hardwood floors, and industrial chic furniture make this place magazine-perfect. Within walking distance to Grand Central Market, Bottega Louie, Sugarfish, and a myriad of other iconic L.A. eateries, this is the perfect place for a couple foodies to get through the city bite by bite.