I travel a lot and no matter how nice the place, a hotel is just a hotel, somewhere to sleep, specifically designed to separate you from whatever is out the front door. Great if you are in Siberia. Staying by the beach in California? Not so great.
We found a great alternative that maybe you don’t know about yet.
$150/night in the Los Angeles area is tough to find if you are looking for anything nice. At VRBO, $150 got us into Venice Beach on the canals (yes, just like the other Venice). A short two blocks from the beach. Modern kitchen, 2 bikes, kayak, beach chairs, towels. Like using your family beach house while they are away, it was inexpensive, very clean and, most of all, let’s you grab the flavor of the place. Say goodbye to polite elevator conversation and instead ask your neighbor if you can use a shot of wd-40 to lube up your bike chain. I did, and we got into a very nice conversation about his restored Jag.
Out The Door
You eat, drink and sleep like a local because you are. Starbucks is there, but you’ll pass it up for the opportunity to rub elbows with real people standing in line for eggs to order and coffee to go for $7. I found myself waiting with a dentist with a Porsche fetish; he’s got two already and is looking for a third. And six motorcycles! He says next time I’m in town he and his buddies will show me an 18 mile stretch of highway that “you must drive before you die”. You are not going to get that info from the hotels’ housekeeping.
Locations all over, if you’re the least bit adventurous, check out the site. Headed to L.A. and crave beach bodies and ice cold beer? Email me for where we stayed.
VRBO, or Vacation Rentals By Owner, is an easy to use site with international listing of places for rent. VRBO.com