Lake Charles has something that appeals to every visitor: history and arts, festivals and food, outdoor adventures and casino gaming - this exciting Louisiana city is sure to capture your heart. Located on a beautiful lake of the same name, Lake Charles has developed, while still recognizing its French Creole and Cajun roots. The beautiful historic downtown, with its stately Victorian homes, will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
However, while it remains rooted in tradition, Lake Charles is also moving into the future, with its cutting edge casinos and inventive cuisine. Here are the ten best Airbnb vacation rentals to call home, while exploring this wonderful southern city.
1. Lakefront bungalow - Brand new with lake view
This brand new townhouse is located within walking distance of charming, historic downtown Lake Charles. It is so close to the lake that from the balcony and the second floor, you can peer out over the water while enjoying your morning coffee. With three bedrooms, which can accommodate up to six people, and two and a half bathrooms, this is the perfect spot for travel with friends or family. It is also close to the Children’s Museum and a kid friendly park.
The fully equipped kitchen is ideal for making meals at home and the washer and dryer make it easy to stay for an extended amount of time. The townhouse is very easy to get to from the highway and has two parking spots, with more options in the lot across the street. The next unit is owned by the same host, so if you are traveling with a group larger than six you can book both of them. The host is responsive and accommodating and has put together a well furnished and designed rental space. She has also provided games and even a complimentary bottle of wine for a relaxing night in.
Lakefront bungalow - Brand new with lake view
Price: from 150 USD
Number of Guests: 6
2. Brand new four bedroom house - Ideal for children
If you’re looking for a true home away from home, look no further. This brand new, four bedroom home has everything you could need for a family vacation, including child themed rooms and a crib, for those traveling with a baby. While this kid-friendly neighborhood is not located in the heart of Lake Charles, it is very convenient to reach from the airport and is close to McNeese University. The drive downtown and to the casinos will take less than 20 minutes.
Right in the neighborhood are excellent restaurants, including Zydeco Crawfish and Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen, for local Louisiana flavor. If you’d like to make yourself even more at home, there is a back patio with a barbecue grill.
Brand new four bedroom house - Ideal for children
Price: from 133 USD
Number of Guests: 7
3. A luxury home perfect for a large group
If you’re looking to splurge a little on an Airbnb, this spacious home is well worth the extra cost. For 750 USD a night, you can book this three bedroom house for up to eight people. With a pool in the backyard that converts to a hot tub, this is the ideal location for a large group like a bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding party, or family gathering. It’s close enough to the casinos that you can see them from the windows, and also is nearby to Prien Lake Mall, with tons of stores and restaurants.
The house is located in a quiet neighborhood but has some restaurants in walking distance. Try out La Truffe Sauvage, which serves French-influenced food in a cottage, or Restaurant Calla, a gastropub, with artisanal dishes made from sustainable ingredients. This home is also a short stroll away from Walnut Grove, a premier neighborhood constructed to look like a walkable village, complete with stores, a post office, and more. It is built on the edge of an estuary where you can take a nature walk and see many kinds of birds, reptiles, and mammals.
A luxury home perfect for a large group
Price: from 750 USD
Number of Guests: 8
4. An affordable home close to downtown!
This inexpensive option, in a brand new townhome, is perfect for a couple, solo traveler, or someone on a business trip. It has one bedroom and can accommodate up to three guests. The decor is warm and welcoming. If you are traveling with a larger party, the three adjacent units are also for rent, so everyone can stay close by.
The house is easy to drive to from I-10 and you can let yourself into the home by an access code, sent by the host. It is located right down the road from the Isle of Capri Casino but costs about half of what it would cost to stay in a room there. This townhouse is on the west side of Lake Charles, so to reach the historic downtown, a car is necessary. However, right nearby is a main road, where there are multiple restaurants, fast food places, and grocery stores.
An affordable home close to downtown!
Price: from 79 USD
Number of Guests: 3
5. Luxurious - Historic & business travel-ready home!
This Airbnb is the ideal spot for the business traveler looking to mix work and fun. It is outfitted with a conference room, workstation, and white board, making it easy to complete all the tasks you need to. If you aren’t traveling alone, this place is a great option too. It sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms, with a minimum two-night stay.
The outside of this home is exquisite, with a spacious porch, where you can sit in the shade of two live oak trees on the property. It’s in a quiet neighborhood in the historic Margaret Place district. Inside the home is just as stunning–the decor is a lovely blend of modern and antique pieces, including a beautiful wooden island, which used to be the receptionist desk at the host’s grandparents hair salon. The neighborhood includes the Lake Charles Civic Center, Millennium Park, and the Children’s Museum. For food, check out the Pioneer Club restaurant, which has great cocktails and an extensive wine list, and Mama Rete’s Kitchen, a nice cafe for coffee and a quick meal.
Luxurious - Historic & business travel-ready home!
Price: from 285 USD
Number of Guests: 6
6. A private room in the historic district
This accommodation is perfect for travelers who don’t mind sharing a space with their host. It contains a single bedroom, perfect for one or two people, though a third person would have to sleep on the couch. Guests will enjoy a private bathroom, a cozy reading nook, access to the kitchen, and two bikes, for exploring. The host also offers transportation and tours if it fits into her schedule.
The neighborhood is in the historic downtown district and is close to lots of stores and restaurants. For a quick bite nearby, try the Sloppy Taco, with a delicious variety of tacos. Seafood Palace is another laid back spot, with plenty of dishes prepared in the local style.
Private Room in downtown cottage
Price: from 56 USD
Number of Guests: 3
7. Warm and sunny yellow cottage!
This charming yellow house has a front porch, with pillars and lovely flower beds out front. Inside, you’ll find decor that includes pops of turquoise and lovely pieces of art. The hosts have thought of everything a traveler could want or need: breakfast items and beverages, a kitchen fully stocked with equipment and appliances, a high chair, and games. They also provide a charcoal grill in the backyard and two bikes guests can use.
A unique spot nearby is the Art Factory, where you can try your hand at a variety of classes. There is a long list of restaurants nearby but the highlights include 121 Artisan Bistro, an Italian restaurant, Casa Manana Mexican, a colorful restaurant with margaritas, and Charleston Bistro Bakery, which serves sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soup.
Charming, three bedroom, sunny, yellow cottage!
Price: from 125 USD
Number of Guests: 8
8. A welcoming townhouse close to casinos
The Yellow Door Home is true to its name, with a sunny yellow entrance that makes guests feel immediately welcome. This cozy townhouse can sleep up to five guests, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of each upstairs and downstairs. It also has a nice backyard and off street parking. The Yellow Door Home is less than three miles away from the casinos and also close to Prien Lake Mall.
A welcoming townhouse close to casinos
Price: from 119 USD
Number of Guests: 5
9. A home that is full of history!
This Airbnb is unique in that it is a true piece of history. Located in the historic Charpentier District of the city, it was once the home of the mayor of Lake Charles. Despite its famous past, this humble home is charming, cozy, and convenient. The house is over 100 years old, and you can see traces of its past in the ceiling beams, built-in bookcases, and beautiful brick exterior. However, the entire interior has been renovated for contemporary life. It contains a cozy electric fireplace and fully stocked coffee and tea bar.
It’s within walking distance to downtown, hearing distance of concerts in Millennium Park, and just two blocks from the lakefront. This home is the perfect place to be a part of the past and present of Lake Charles!
Cozy Historic Home in downtown LC!
Price: from 125 USD
Number of Guests: 6
10. A spiritual retreat in the south
One might think that you can’t get a European hostel experience in the American south, but Common House provides unique accommodation for creative minds and spirits. Located in a 100-year-old home, it has a warm, homey, and artsy vibe, complete with mismatched sheets and a resident cat. The host is friendly and always up for a long conversation on the patio, unless she is traveling herself.
Guests can sleep in the double bed or in bunk beds, and the room has a private bathroom. The property has a picnic table, fire pit, and bikes for pedaling the short distance to downtown and the lake. The host provides a detailed guidebook to help travelers plan their itinerary. It is close to the 1911 Historic City Hall and Cultural Center, a beautifully restored building with art exhibits, which in the past have included Picasso, Normal Rockwell, and Ansel Adams. This spot truly embodies the southern hospitality and adventurous spirit which Lake Charles is known for.
Spiritual room at Common House
Price: from 44 USD
Number of Guests: 4
A city full of southern hospitality and charm
Lake Charles is the sort of place you might never want to leave. Exploring the delicious eateries, historic landmarks, and peaceful lakefront are the nicest ways to spend time here. Beautiful and unique accommodations make this destination all the more enjoyable. The Airbnb hosts in this city are even warmer than you would expect, and their homes are eager to welcome you, during your visit!