Los Angeles is all about neighborhoods, probably more so than more compact cities, and choosing where to stay can be a bit daunting.
Airbnb, the online site that matches city dwellers who let out their homes with travelers who want a non-hotel experience, launched an interactive guide to L.A. today (Thursday) to be used with its more than 5,000 accommodation listings in the area, the company says.
The one-stop digital Neighborhood Guide to Los Angeles offers users a chance to find places to stay, places to eat, directions to tourist spots via neighborhood maps, and a flavor of what the area is like via photographs. There are even pictures of real-life residents too.
The guide doesn't break any new ground, but, for the most part, airbnb offers some context for those coming on vacation. I like search categories such as Cultural Enclaves, Loved by Angelenos, Beachy, Close to Downtown and 10 others. I clicked on Peace & Quiet, for example, and found digs near little-known Alondra Park between Lawndale and Gardena.