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The 12 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Charming Lake Charles, Louisiana - Updated 2020

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Anne Marie
Anne Marie

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. Luxurious - Historic & business travel-ready home! (from 285 USD)

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

2. A home that is full of history! (from 125 USD)

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

3. A spiritual retreat in the south (from 44 USD)

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

4. Elegant, historic home on Moss Street (from USD 200)

This beautiful home sleeps up to eight guests and has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Ideally situated, you will find it in the Charpentier Historic District of Lake Charles, close to the casinos and near the Interstate. Completely renovated, this elegant space has a step-free entrance to the bathrooms. You will find a desk, ideal for laptop use, a comfortably furnished lounge with a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen.

The place comes with a television, an ethernet connection, and a dryer. You are in a safe neighborhood when you book this home. A five-minute drive will take you to grocery shops and restaurants can be found within a four-minute drive. There are also bars and cafes within walking distance.

Elegant Historic Downtown Home-707 Moss St.
Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
224 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very spacious and comfortable with all the amenities of home
the furnishings are top quality but it is very comfortable and homey
would reccomend to anyone needing a comfortable large space in lake charles
well equipped kitchen plenty dining space and comfortable living room with cable tv
it is roomy and updated with nice kitchen and living area
very quiet neighborhood and super clean area
the house is beautiful and was very clean
the house was very clean and beautifully decorated
very well equipped and clean
everything was clean and ready for us when we arrived
lauren was an excellent host
lauren was very responsive to any questions
lauren was a gracious host and responded quickly and positively to all requests
lauren was also super responsive
this was a beautiful property and the owner responds quickly to any questions
it is located in a great quiet location
awesome location and beautiful home
the location of the house is perfect
great location with everything you could need
great location and had a fun weekend
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5. 12. Cozy downtown cottage (from USD 84)

This elegant, yet cozy space sleeps up to five guests and has two bedrooms and a bathroom. The area is safe and quiet and ideal for jogging or walking. Air conditioning, cable TV, and an ethernet connection are available. Comforts, like towels and bedsheets, are supplied, as are bathroom essentials. There is an iron, a laptop-friendly workspace, and a television. The kitchen is equipped for meal preparation.

Ideally situated, this rental would make a good base for exploring the National Wildlife Refuges in the area. Guests should note that there is an additional unit, which can be booked if more space is needed. Sometimes, if this unit is occupied, you may hear them. However, the actual home is in a quiet place.

Cozy Downtown Cottage-922 6th-A
Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
92 reviews
Entire cottage 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi works great air works great will probably rent again
had a security system that helped me and my family feel safe and comfortable
cool and comfortable house with a big yard
it's roomy nicely decorated and the beds are comfortable
great host place was cozy and comfortable air condition worked well for a hot week
really clean and spacious house
very clean and nicely remodeled
very clean modern and well-kept
the space was clean quiet and felt safe
place was clean accommodating and secure
lauren was a wonderful host
lauren is an amazing host in everyway
host was extremely helpful and easy to communicate with
lauren is very responsive
lauren is a great and responsive host too
a great walking location
we enjoyed the location as it was close to the grocery store neighborhood walmart and restaurants
lauren's place is super cute and in a great location
nice house and nice location
great place to stay close to restaurants and casino's
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6. Lakefront bungalow - Brand new with lake view (from 150 USD)

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

7. A private room in the historic district (from 56 USD)

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

8. Brand new four bedroom house - Ideal for children (from 133 USD)

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

9. A luxury home perfect for a large group (from 750 USD)

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

10. An affordable home close to downtown! (from 79 USD)

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

11. Warm and sunny yellow cottage! (from 125 USD)

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

12. A welcoming townhouse close to casinos (from 119 USD)

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

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!

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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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