With a love for nightlife, graffiti, and culture, it’s hard to think of a cooler place to visit in Texas than the city of Austin. Deciding to visit Austin isn’t the hard part, though – it’s deciding where to stay. The best place to find everything from houses to short-term apartment rentals in Austin is Airbnb, but the best Airbnbs in Austin take many shapes and forms, so actually finding them can be a challenge without a little help.
This list of Austin Airbnbs includes only the best places to stay and will make planning your trip a whole lot easier. To ensure that, we’ve featured rentals with superhosts – owners with a history of great reviews – and many Airbnb Plus properties, which are premium rentals that Airbnb has verified through in-person inspections.
Romantic SoCo Home With Shared Pool
To treat yourself during your trip, you really can’t pass up this awesome Austin Airbnb with a pool in the pretty, upscale residential neighborhood of Travis Heights. It’s hard to imagine a nicer part of Austin to stay in, especially since it’s only a short walk from Lady Bird Lake and the popular restaurants and shops of South Congress (or SoCo).
Part of what makes this one of the best Austin Airbnbs is how much room it offers for its intended two guests. In other words, it’s a dream choice for a quiet, romantic getaway. Staying comfortable is especially easy in this house, with air conditioning throughout, direct access to a shared patio and heated outdoor pool, and a pillow-top king bed that you won’t want to leave in the morning.
Besides the elegant bedroom, this Airbnb Plus offers a stylish living room, a full bathroom, and a convenient kitchenette with a minifridge, microwave, and coffee machine. Further benefits include a designated parking spot, cable TV, and Wi-Fi.
Modern Designer Cottage on East Side
This incredible tiny house makes a cozy and quirky option for a short-term rental in Austin. You’ll find it in the East Side neighborhood of Chestnut, an eclectic and diverse part of the city. You can easily reach Downtown and SXSW venues from here, while also enjoying access to great local bars and eateries.
Just looking at this tiny house from the outside is enough to make you excited to stay. Its asymmetrical design and combination of wood and glass gives it a mesmerizing and modern look. Within this split-level cottage is an inviting living room and a full kitchen downstairs, while upstairs is the bedroom with a queen bed, a full bathroom, and a small study area.
The cottage’s design thoughtfully maximizes space to be both comfortable and practical for two people. It’s also much better equipped than many similar rentals, with all-new furniture and fixtures, a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and even a record player.
Classic SoCo House in Hip Shopping District
For a private house rental in Austin, Texas, consider this bright and funky home in the SoCo shopping district of Bouldin Creek. You’ll be conveniently close to the cafes, bars, and restaurants along both South Congress Avenue and South First Street. What’s more, Downtown is just a mile away across the city’s scenic riverfront.
This Airbnb Plus sleeps only two people, offering a queen bed with a memory foam mattress but no other sleeping options. It’s not exactly cramped, though, with a spacious living room, full kitchen, and full bathroom in addition to the bedroom. The living room is a great place to relax, featuring plush leather chairs and a European love seat.
One unique touch that adds to the house’s vintage character is the Topo Chico fridge in the kitchen, which is full of complimentary drinks. Other amenities include a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, cable TV, air conditioning, and Amazon Echo.
Studio Guesthouse in Heart of East Side
Offering all the essentials for a great stay, this tiny house is easily one of the best Airbnb rentals in Austin. Its location in the burgeoning East Side neighborhood of Holly provides easy access to local breweries and food trucks, not to mention the hiking and biking trails along Lady Bird Lake.
With one step inside this colorful guesthouse, you’ll see why it’s a great value for two people. Its studio space includes a queen bed, a kitchen, a breakfast table, and an en suite bathroom. This doesn’t leave much room for additional guests, but it does provide a travel crib, making this Airbnb Plus a great fit for parents of infants.
Making up for the limited indoor space, the guesthouse benefits from a private patio with furniture and garden views. This is a soothing place to enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast, which you can easily whip up in the full kitchen. Other perks of staying here include free use of two bikes, access to an electric vehicle charger, and the option to bring pets with you, not to mention standard amenities such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a TV with Netflix.
Treetop Hideaway Condo in Historic Downtown
This condo rental in Downtown Austin makes exploring the Texas capital extremely easy and enjoyable. After all, it’s right in the historic city center, allowing you to walk to major attractions and venues. You also won’t have to go far to get a drink or some of the best food in the city.
This third-floor condo has been renovated to ensure a comfortable stay. While it has only one bedroom with a queen bed, it can feasibly accommodate up to four people, thanks to a sleeper sofa in the living room. The apartment also has a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and two balconies that put you among the treetops.
A big perk of the rental, given its downtown location, is your assigned parking spot. Other amenities include an indoor fireplace, Wi-Fi, a smart TV, air conditioning, and a private washer and dryer.
Secluded Country Cottage Near Lake Austin
If you’re looking for Austin Airbnbs that offer a secluded retreat away from the city, you can’t beat this luxurious cottage. Located in the private neighborhood of Glenlake, just 2 miles from Lake Austin, this Airbnb Plus showcases the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Downtown is 12 miles away, but you have a wide selection of restaurants much closer to the rental.
This West Austin retreat is best for couples seeking a romantic getaway or solo travelers hoping to avoid distractions. The cottage can sleep two adults and a young child, offering one bedroom with a king bed and a travel crib as needed. In keeping with the cottage’s high-end nature, it includes deluxe touches such as luxury sheets and plush towels.
While the open-plan living and kitchen area is already quite spacious, the roll-up doors can make it feel bigger by bringing the outdoors inside. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and stocked with complimentary goodies. Other extras include a barbecue grill, Wi-Fi, a smart TV, air conditioning, and a washer and dryer.
Spacious Home on Lake Austin With Boat Dock
For a spacious vacation rental with perfect access to boating and other outdoor activities, don’t pass over this fantastic Lake Austin Airbnb. Set right on the water in the lakeside community of Rio Robles, the house even has its own three-story dock that you can use for your boat. Off the water, you also have the famous Texas Hill Country to explore, and Downtown isn’t far away either.
This lakefront home is a superb pick for up to eight guests. To accommodate such large groups, it has three bedrooms – including one with two bunk beds – and two full bathrooms. The open-plan living room includes a dining space and full kitchen, while the outdoor lounge is perfect for enjoying drinks in the sun.
One of the rental’s main perks is the exclusive concierge service, which offers food and grocery delivery, transportation, and even guided activities to make your trip memorable. You also get the standard amenities, of course, such as cable TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a washer and dryer.
Huge Villa With Private Dock on Lake Travis
Another waterfront option in Austin is this incredible Lake Travis Airbnb. Resting on 2 acres along the lake’s south shore, this opulent villa is a retreat in every sense of the word – not only in terms of luxury but also in distance from Downtown, which is 35-40 minutes away by car.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Airbnb on Lake Travis is that it’s absolutely massive. Providing 14 beds across four bedrooms, the villa can host up to 22 guests, depending on sleeping arrangement preferences. There are also 3.5 bathrooms, a relaxed living room, multiple dining areas (including a long formal dining table), and a gourmet kitchen at your disposal. It’s hard to imagine a group that the house couldn’t accommodate.
The rental keeps on delivering when you step outside, where you can sit as a group on the patio or relax in the infinity swimming pool and the hot tub. The countless amenities also include a laundry room, Wi-Fi, smart TVs, air conditioning, and direct lake access with a private boat dock.
Glass-Walled Guesthouse With Private Jacuzzi
Few Airbnbs in Austin offer such exquisite style and sense of calm as this designer bungalow. Found in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Windsor Park, this Airbnb Plus is close to loads of local eateries and just 3 miles from Downtown.
This sleek guesthouse is quick to impress, featuring refined decor and glass walls facing an expansive Zen-style backyard. It can sleep up to four guests in its two bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with a queen. The house also has a large living room, a full kitchen, and two full bathrooms – including a particularly beautiful one with wood paneling and a chromotherapy Jacuzzi tub.
One nice aspect of the bungalow is its large glass doors, which you can slide open to give the living area an open-air feel. You also have access to the backyard, its greenery and high fences creating a tranquil environment for you to sit, chat, and dine. Other benefits include free parking, a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, a smart TV, and air conditioning.
Cabin-Style Bungalow in Center of East Side
With its beautiful interior, this Austin Airbnb makes for a wonderfully comfortable stay in the eclectic East Side neighborhood of Chestnut. East Austin alone offers a vast selection of restaurants and nightlife, but it’s also less than 2 miles from both the University of Texas and Downtown.
The pine walls, oak floors, and high ceilings make this Airbnb Plus feel like a rustic cabin, only in Central East Austin rather than out in Texas Hill Country. It’s cozy but not cramped, with plenty of room for four adults to relax. Along with the king and queen beds, it offers a travel crib for guests with little ones.
Besides the two bedrooms, this renovated bungalow has a large living room, a kitchen, a full bathroom, and a laundry room. If you want to cook for yourselves, you’ll be pleased to hear that the kitchen includes a stove, oven, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. Further amenities include a smart TV with cable, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and free on-site parking.
Private Garage Apartment in Peaceful East Side Neighborhood
If a lot of space isn’t a priority for you, a cozy guest suite like this modern garage apartment might be right up your alley. From its quiet residential street in Central East Austin, this Airbnb Plus boasts bars, restaurants, and music venues within easy walking distance.
A minimalist aesthetic and colorful accents make the guest suite an inviting space. Given its compact nature, it’s best for couples or solo travelers. It has a bedroom with a queen bed, a full bathroom, a simple living room, and a full kitchen, ticking off all the essentials.
With a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher in the kitchen, you’ll have no problem preparing your own meals if you don’t feel like heading out. Other modern comforts include a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and air conditioning. You also have access to a shared rooftop deck, where you can sit and enjoy the pleasant Austin weather.
Western-Themed Condo With Central Downtown Location
Sitting on the border of Clarksville and the Market District, this Airbnb in Downtown Austin has an enviable location for exploring the city. You can walk to some of Austin’s best nightlife, stores like Whole Foods, and outdoor havens like Lady Bird Lake from here.
This Airbnb Plus has much more going for it than its location, though. The interior design incorporates plenty of light and elegant decor with a strong West Texas inspiration. It can fit three guests, with a queen bed in the bedroom and a full-size futon in the living room. The condo also includes a full bathroom and a modern kitchen.
The southwest-facing patio is a particularly nice touch. With a hammock, chairs, and great views, it’s the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day. Other extras include a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, a high-definition smart TV, air conditioning, and free on-site parking, which is especially valuable here in Downtown.
Spacious Townhouse in Walkable Downtown Neighborhood
You couldn’t ask for a more central base than this Airbnb in Austin. You can quickly walk to the Texas Capitol and even spot it from the townhouse’s roof deck, indicating just how good a location this is. The University of Texas and Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium are also within walking distance.
One of the big advantages of this Airbnb Plus is its sleeping space for up to six people. With queen beds in both of the bedrooms and a sofa bed in the living room, the townhouse offers a nice degree of flexibility for various groups. A travel crib is also available for infants.
Along with the roof patio, the townhouse also has two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and even a little library and reading nook. On top of all that, it provides free parking, a washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and air conditioning.
Bright Studio Loft Near Lady Bird Lake
It’s hard to imagine many vacation apartments for rent in Austin that manage to be so peaceful yet enjoy such a convenient city location. It’s close to Lady Bird Lake in the neighborhood of Holly, providing equally easy access to hiking trails and some of the best East Austin eateries.
While this Airbnb Plus loft is within superhost Sarah’s main house, it’s self-contained, providing complete privacy for your stay. Given its studio layout, it’s not a particularly large space, but it can fit up to four people, with a queen bed in its sleeping area and a sofa bed in the living area. The kitchen includes a fridge, coffee maker, microwave, and stove, so you can prepare basic meals during your visit.
The loft lets in tons of natural light, making it feel bigger than it is, though it also has blackout cellular shades to help you sleep. Other amenities include air conditioning, a smart TV, and Wi-Fi, as well as access to the pool if the main house isn’t being rented.
Backyard Cottage in Central Austin
Vacation rentals in Austin come in all shapes and sizes, as you can see with this small backyard cottage. Found in the Central Austin neighborhood of Cherrywood, this Airbnb is close to the University of Texas campus and just a few minutes drive from downtown. You’ll also have lots of great local coffee shops, food trailers, and grocery stores that you can comfortably walk to.
The decor in this cottage is functional and minimalist, but you have lots of greenery through the windows that gives it a bit of life and color. It may look small from the outside, but this cottage makes clever use of space, particularly thanks to the queen-size Murphy bed that folds away behind the swinging bookshelf. With just the one bed, this is a place meant for couples or single travelers who want their own space and facilities like a private bathroom and a kitchenette.
Superhost Steve even provides a welcome package of breakfast supplies to make that first morning easier. Other amenities include a hammock in the backyard, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning, while street parking is easy as there are no local restrictions.
As you can see, there are Airbnbs in Austin for every kind of visit. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the city, out by the lakes, or just somewhere convenient, you’ll find amazing options here.
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