How does a hospitable gent make visiting company feel at home?
Is it access to the beach? A hilltop view of the city? A heated saltwater pool?
Whatever it may be, let’s assume they won’t find it at your house.
That’s what Airbnb is for. Which is why we scoured the home-sharing site for the eight best Los Angeles accommodations for incoming guests, whether it’s friends, family or — gulp — the in-laws.
You’ve got someone (probably from NYC) who’s expressed an interest in Abbot Kinney. They want Gjelina. They want to shop. They want to bike around. So send them to this minimalistic craftsman home with an elegant, sparse interior and mid-century modern furniture.
Luxury Penthouse Condo
If you live in or around downtown, you might not have a lot of space, so renting this penthouse makes sense. It’s within walking distance of Staples Center and the Broad, has a rooftop terrace and all the bells and whistles of a luxury condo.
This is the bachelor pad from that season of Entourage when Johnny Drama and Vinnie Chase live together in a swanky Hollywood condo. They’ll be right off of the Sunset Strip, so if you know folks whose fascination with L.A. is rooted in what they’ve seen on the tube, send ‘em here.
Modern Barn Houses
Silver Lake is the hilly version of Venice and these modern barns are near the reservoir, a great location for visitors looking for morning nature walks and trendy nightlife.
Benjamin Franklin said that house guests are like fish: they begin to smell after three days. So if you know of folks in town for longer than you’d like to have them (cough in-laws cough), this peaceful townhouse in Santa Monica is perfect because it’s quiet, homey and loaded with high-quality appliances for dining in.
The Postcard-Worthy Beach House
When is it a bad time to go the beach? Never. If you don’t already live in Malibu, you may want to go with your out-of-towners to this Malibu beach house. It’s on the beach with postcard views, a hot tub and a gourmet kitchen.
The Houdini Estate
Let’s say you’ve got a lot of family coming, and you want to disappear with them. Houdini’s Estate should make an impression. It has five acres with statues of the magician, a heated pool and an outdoor grill area.
The Luxury Yacht
Marina Del Rey
If you have houseguests and want to break up the time you’re all crowded under your roof, consider the yacht. You’re out of your house and on the water for the sort of shared experience that could make returning home all the more fun. This one comes with a captain who can give you a tour of L.A.’s coast.