The Perfect Hidden Home
My wife and I needed a place to stay in LA that was near the convention center but wasn't absurdly expensive. After recovering from the shock of hotel prices in the area, even with pre-negotiated discounts, we decided to fall back on what we love best: staying in small rented homes wherever we travel. The house itself is simple, four outer walls and a roof that enclose everything a couple might need to stay a week or two in a busy metropolitan community. Interior furniture and adornments are primarily Ikea, functional and affordable with a hint of modern minimalism that coincides with the home's purpose. The bed my wife and I both found comfortable, the internet fast, and kitchen functional for small meal preps and leftover rewarmings; a small pergola outside provides relaxing cover to enjoy a drink or meal with reasonable privacy. The interiors were clean and linens, bath soaps, and kitchen accessories were all provided to satisfaction. During our stay, our hosts were responsive and available for anything that we might have needed. The location is central to the downtown area, close to cultural centers such as old Chinatown and Koreatown, and not far from popular destinations such as Santa Monica Blvd, Echo Park, and the Hollywood area. For those that enjoy dining out and are looking to avoid the usual boring chains and sanitized dining experiences, this is your place. I recommend Dream Korean BBQ and the shops near and around the H-Mart in Koreatown for a true cultural immersion. Worry not, if comfort and familiarity are what you seek, many other popular dining options are within a short drive as well. The big question: would we stay here again? Absolutely. The location is an ideal access point to many sights and features that one would seek in LA. The accommodations are perfect for a couple seeking to avoid the sterilized hotel experience and truly immerse themselves in their time away from home.

September 2016
Silverlake California Bungalow
Silverlake California Bungalow
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