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 on Airbnb. However, 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, it features Airbnb rentals operated by superhosts – hosts who have a history of great reviews, and many Airbnb Plus properties – premium rentals which have been verified for quality by Airbnb through in-person inspections.
Take in a Dip in the Heated Pool at a Luxury SoCo Retreat
To treat yourself during your trip, you really can’t pass up this awesome Austin Airbnb with a pool. Located in the pretty, upscale residential neighborhood of Travis Heights, it’s hard to imagine a nicer part of Austin to find yourself in. Even better is that it’s only a short walk to some popular restaurants, shops, and Lady Bird Lake.
Part of what makes this one of the best Austin Airbnbs is that it offers plenty of room for just two guests. It’s a dream choice for couples looking for a quiet, romantic getaway. Staying comfortable is especially easy in this house, as it comes with air-conditioning throughout the unit and direct access to a shared patio and an outdoor pool. There’s a bedroom which flaunts a pillow-top mattress king bed that you won’t want to leave in the morning.
The rest of this Airbnb Plus offers an elegant living room, a full bathroom, and a convenient kitchenette equipped with a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee machine. Further benefits include a designated parking spot, cable TV, and Wi-Fi.
East Side Beehive
An incredible short term rental in Austin that’s cozy and a little quirky is this modern tiny house. Situated on the East Side, in the neighborhood of Chestnut, it’s in an eclectic and diverse part of the city. From here it’s easy to reach downtown and SXSW venues while also enjoying loads of great local bars and eateries.
Just looking at the unusual design of this tiny house from the outside is enough to make you excited for your stay. Its asymmetrical design and combination of wood and glass is mesmerizing and modern. Within this split-level cottage is an inviting living room and a full kitchen downstairs, while upstairs is the bedroom with a queen bed, full bathroom, and a small study area.
What’s great about this cottage is that it has been deliberately created to maximize space, meaning two people staying here should have plenty of room. It also comes with all-new furnishings and fixtures, making it much better equipped than other similar rentals. As for amenities, it offers a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and even a record player.
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.
Stay and Enjoy The Austin Texas House South Congress
For a house rental in Austin, Texas with a cool and funky feel to it, consider this welcoming home. Located in what’s known as the SoCo Shopping District of Bouldin Creek, you’ll be nice and close to the cafes, bars, and restaurants along both South Congress Avenue and South First Street. What’s more, downtown and its attractions are just a mile away across the city’s scenic riverfront.
In this small, relaxed house you’re only able to sleep two people. It’s not actually that small, with a bedroom, living room, full kitchen, and bathroom available for your use. But it only has one queen bed with a memory foam mattress in the bedroom – there is no sofa or other sleeping options in the living room.
That said, the living room is a great place to relax with plush leather chairs and a European loveseat. Another unique touch in this Airbnb Plus is the Topo Chico drinks fridge you’ll find in the fully-equipped kitchen, further adding to this house’s character. As for amenities, they include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and Amazon Echo.
Tiny House in the Heart of the East Side
Offering all of the essentials required for a great trip, this tiny house is easily one of the best Airbnb rentals in Austin. Situated in Holly, a gentrifying East Side neighborhood, this Airbnb offers easy access to local breweries and food tricks, not to mention the hiking and biking trails along Lady Bird Lake.
Step inside this bright and colorful guesthouse and you’ll immediately see why it’s both great value, and only meant for two people. Its studio space includes a queen bed, a kitchen, and a breakfast table, plus an en suite bathroom, leaving very little room for additional guests. However, it does come with a Pack ’n Play crib, so parents with an infant may find this Airbnb Plus a great fit.
To help make up for limited space, this guesthouse benefits from a private patio with outdoor furniture and garden views. It’s a very soothing place to drink your morning coffee and eat breakfast, something you can easily whip up in the full kitchen. Other perks of staying here include complimentary bikes, an EV charger and the ability to bring pets with you, plus regular amenities like air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a TV.
Downtown Treetop Hideaway- SXSW, 6th St, UT Campus
This condo rental in downtown Austin makes exploring the Texas capital extremely easy and enjoyable. After all, it’s found right in the heart of the historic downtown area, allowing you to walk to major attractions and venues. You also won’t have to go far to get a drink or find the best food in the city, which is perfect for visitors fully in vacation mode.
Sitting on the 3rd floor of its building, this condo has been newly-renovated to ensure a comfortable stay. While it has only one bedroom with a queen bed, the condo can feasibly accommodate up to four people thanks to a sleeper sofa in the living room. The rest of the apartment provides a living room, full kitchen, and full bathroom, as well as two balconies that feel like they’re up among the treetops.
A big perk at this Airbnb, given its downtown location, is that it comes with an assigned parking spot that’s yours to use. Additional amenities include an indoor fireplace, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and private washer/dryer.
Luxurious Austin Hill Country House on 2 Acres Near the Lakey
When it comes to 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, not far from Lake Austin, this Airbnb Plus showcases the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Lake Austin is just two miles away, and downtown Austin is 12 miles, but fortunately there is a range of restaurants much closer by.
Staying at this west Austin retreat is best suited to couples seeking a romantic getaway, or solo travellers hoping to avoid distractions. The cottage can sleep two adults and a young child, thanks to a king bed in the bedroom and a Pack ’n Play crib available as needed. In fitting with the high-end nature of this cottage, it includes deluxe touches like luxury sheets, plush towels, and more.
While the open plan living room and kitchen area is already quite spacious, it features roll-up doors that help extend the living space by bringing the outdoors inside. The kitchen is fully-equipped for cooking and comes with complimentary goodies as well. Other extras include a BBQ grill, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and a washer/dryer.
Lake Austin Retreat! WalkerVR Brand New & Modern Escape with 3-Story Boat Dock
Those searching for a spacious vacation rental that’s good for outdoor activities won’t want to skip this fantastic house. Situated on the water, close to Lake Austin in Rio Robles, this Airbnb is perfect for those wanting to go boating as it comes with its own three-story boat dock that you can tie up to. Off the water you also have the famous Texas Hill Country to explore, plus downtown isn’t that far away either.
With this Lake Austin Airbnb, it’s possible to fit up to eight guests, making it a superb pick for large groups of friends or family members. To accommodate such large groups, this lakeside house provides three bedrooms – including one with bunk beds – and two full bathrooms. Other spaces include the large open-plan living room, dining space, and full kitchen, while the outdoor lounge looks made for afternoon drinks in the sun.
One of the main perks of this retreat is the exclusive concierge service, which can handle grocery and food delivery, transportation, and even guided activities, to make your trip a memorable one. But there are also more standard amenities included with your stay, such as cable TV, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and laundry facilities.
Beautiful Lake Travis Waterfront Retreat
Another lakeside place you can stay at while in Austin is this incredible, opulent villa. Resting on two acres along the south shore of Lake Travis, this Lake Travis Airbnb is a true retreat in every sense of the word. Worth noting though is that it’s a long way from downtown Austin, taking around 35-40 minutes to drive there.
Perhaps the first thing that will strike guests at this Airbnb on Lake Travis is that it’s absolutely massive. Providing at least 12 beds across four bedrooms, this enormous villa can host between 16 and 22 guests depending on sleeping arrangements. It’s really hard to imagine a group of guests that this wouldn’t work for.
Beyond the bedrooms, there are also 3.5 bathrooms, multiple dining areas including a long formal dining table, a relaxed living area, and a gourmet kitchen all at your disposal. Then you step outside and this Airbnb keeps on delivering, with an infinity swimming pool and heated spa to relax in, plus plenty of patio seating. The great list of amenities is too long to fully cover here, but includes direct lake access with a private boat dock, a laundry room, Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and air-conditioning.
Wow, Glass-Walled Design Bungalow near University of Texas
Of the many Airbnbs in Austin, few offer such exquisite style and sense of calm as this design bungalow. Found in the laid-back, but up-and-coming neighborhood of Windsor Park, this Airbnb Plus is close to loads of local eateries, taco places, and cafes. And downtown isn’t far away either – just three miles.
This sleek guesthouse is quick to impress with its refined decor and large glass walls that face out to an expansive and zen-style backyard. The bungalow features two bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with a queen bed, meaning it can sleep up to four guests. It also features a large living room, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms, one of which is beyond beautiful with wood paneling and a large soaking tub.
One of the nice aspects of this bungalow is that you can slide open its large glass doors and give the living area a nice open-air feel. You also have access to the backyard, which with its greenery and high fences provides a tranquil environment for you to sit, chat, and eat meals. Other benefits of staying here include free parking, a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and the fact that pets are allowed.
Renovated 1940s Bungalow in the Heart of Central East Austin
With its refined interior, this Austin Airbnb is a great choice for travelers seeking somewhere comfy to stay. Located in the eclectic neighborhood of Chestnut in Central Austin, it’s not hard to reach the University of Texas and downtown. As for nightlife and restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice in nearby East Austin.
Groups of four will have plenty of room to relax in this renovated two bedroom bungalow. Thanks to its pine walls, oak flooring, and high ceilings it feels a little like a remote cabin, only in Central Austin rather than out in Texas Hill Country. Along with the king and queen bed it has, the bungalow also comes with a Pack ’n Play crib for guests with little ones.
Besides the bedrooms, this Airbnb Plus has plenty of space for a large living room, a full kitchen, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Guests wanting to cook for themselves will be pleased to hear that the kitchen comes fully-equipped with a stove, oven, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. Further amenities include a smart TV with cable, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning, as well as free on-site parking.
Relax in a Private Modern Guest Suite in East Austin
If having lots of space isn’t too much of a priority for you, then a cozy guest suite like this might be right up your alley. Situated in the up-and-coming area of Central East Austin on a quiet residential street, this Airbnb Plus boasts bars, restaurants, and music venues within easy walking distance.
Due to its compact nature, this guest suite is best suited to couples or solo travelers who want a space to call their own while in Austin. Throughout the space there’s a minimalist aesthetic with accents of color that help make the Airbnb inviting. The suite features a bedroom with a queen bed, a full bathroom, a simple living area, and a full kitchen, ticking off all the essentials.
Having a kitchen equipped with a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, means guests will have no problem preparing meals for themselves if they don’t feel like heading out. There’s also a shared rooftop deck that guests can sit out on to enjoy the pleasant Austin weather. Additional modern comforts include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioning.
West Texas Inspired Home- Perfect Downtown Austin Location
Sitting on the border of Clarksville and the Market District, this townhouse has an enviable location well suited to visitors hoping to explore the city. You can walk to some of the best nightlife in Austin, and places like Whole Foods, as well as great sights like Lady Bird Lake and Graffiti Park.
But this townhouse has much more going for it than its location. This Airbnb in downtown Austin enjoys plenty of light and an elegant decor with strong West Texas inspiration. It’s possible to fit three guests in this reasonably compact townhouse, with a queen bed in the bedroom, and a full size futon in the living room. Beyond that, this Airbnb Plus offers a full bathroom, a modern kitchen, and a southwest-facing patio.
The patio in particular is a great touch as it feels made for unwinding at the end of the day, with its hammock, chairs, and great views. Other extras include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, smart TV, air-conditioning, and free on-site parking, which is quite valuable when staying downtown.
The 11 Oaks Townhouse in Walkable Downtown Neighborhood
You couldn’t ask for a more central downtown location than the one provided by this townhouse Airbnb in Austin. Not only can you quickly walk to the Capitol, you can actually spot it from the roof deck, indicating just how good a location this really is. And while it may be a little further, the University of Texas Campus and Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium are also within walking distance.
One of the big advantages of this townhouse is that it’s able to sleep up to six people. With queen beds in each of the two bedrooms, and a sofa bed in the living area, there’s a nice degree of flexibility that will work for groups of all types. Along with the bedrooms, living room, and roof patio, the townhouse has two bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen.
What more could you need? Perhaps a little library and reading nook? Because it has that too! On top of all that, this Airbnb Plus provides free parking and amenities like a travel crib, a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioning.
Light-Filled Loft near Lady Bird Lake
It’s hard to imagine many vacation apartments for rent in Austin that manage to be so peaceful and yet enjoy such a convenient location in the city. Located close to Lady Bird Lake in the neighborhood of Holly, it’s just as easy to access hike and bike trails as it is some of the best East Austin eateries.
While this Airbnb Plus loft is within the main house of superhost Sarah, it’s completely self-contained providing guests with complete privacy during their stay. Due to its studio layout, it’s not a particularly large space and is only able to fit up to four people. The loft has a queen bed in its sleeping area, a sofa in the living area, and a kitchen equipped with a fridge, coffee maker, microwave, and stove top. That way you can prepare some basic meals like breakfast during your visit.
Although it is the loft of a family home, the space has a light and airy feel to it, making the space more open and comfortable. Conveniently though, it also has blackout cellular shades to help you sleep if you’re sensitive to light. Other nice touches include air-conditioning, a smart TV, and Wi-Fi.
Whether you want somewhere downtown, a place out by the lakes of Austin, or just somewhere convenient, there are Airbnbs in Austin for every kind of visit.