Combining luscious natural scenery and trendy urban attractions, Gainesville is a vibrant college town well worth a visit. Whether you come for the energetic nightlife, the plethora of interesting museums, or the endless array of hiking trails and fascinating wildlife, you’ll want to find a top-rated rental to make the most of your stay. With its incredible selection of high-quality vacation rentals, Airbnb is the perfect place to start your search.
Read on for a carefully curated list of the best Airbnbs in Gainesville. To ensure that each of these rentals truly deserves a spot on the top, most of the following listings are presided over by superhosts, and they all offer high-speed Wi-Fi so that you can stay connected during your trip. In case you’re unfamiliar with Airbnb, superhosts are hosts with a proven track record for receiving stellar reviews and providing top-notch accommodation.
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Private Guest Suite in a Modern Farmhouse
Kicking off our list is an elegant vacation rental nestled in a historic 1950s house.
With its own entrance and a full bathroom, the guest suite is quiet and private and makes an ideal stay for a solo traveler or a couple. The space is furnished with one super-comfy queen-size bed, and there is an extra twin-size rollaway mattress for a third guest. The studio layout is surprisingly spacious with a separate lounge area with a sofa and a dedicated desk space. Additional facilities include a large closet for storage, a refrigerator, and a coffee bar, and the en suite bathroom boasts custom furnishings and an oversized walk-in shower. Guests can enjoy convenient amenities like a Smart TV and a free parking space, and the rental is well suited to long-term stays.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, this Gainesville Airbnb is just a few minutes away from various restaurants and the University of Florida.
Elegant Downtown Apartment Rental
If you’re after a top-rated vacation rental in Gainesville with an ideal location and historic charm, check out this vintage apartment rental in a Victorian-era home.
Originally constructed in 1924, the apartment features original hardwood floors, a vintage fireplace, and nature-themed artwork that draws inspiration from Gainesville’s unique natural scenery. One or two guests can stay in the home, which offers one partially separated bedroom with a queen-size bed. There is also a small living area with a cozy sofa and a Smart TV, and the private full bathroom is connected to the bedroom. Perfect for extended stays, the apartment also comes with a well-equipped full kitchen and a dedicated desk space in case you need to catch up on some work. Guests also have access to a charming front porch.
Ideally situated in the historic Duckpond neighborhood, the apartment is just a short walk away from the restaurants, bars, and clubs of downtown Gainesville.
Unique Guesthouse Near Downtown
This loft-style house rental in Gainesville is nestled on two acres of land in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and comes with an in-ground swimming pool and a lovely pond.
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the open studio space is furnished with a super-comfy queen-size bed, a cozy sofa, and a large table perfect for working or dining. French doors open to the lovely green landscape, and there is a small kitchenette for preparing basic meals. The guesthouse comes with a private half bathroom as well as a relaxing outdoor shower with hot water, perfect for rinsing off after a dip in the pool. There are also two private porches, one in the front and one in the back, where you are welcome to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and observe the diverse wildlife that frequents the pond. Blue heron, ducks, turtles, and egrets are often spotted on the property, as are the occasional gator and neighborhood chicken.
Guests can enjoy a short drive or bike ride to the downtown area, where the exciting attractions will keep you endlessly entertained. Also nearby is the famous Depot Park with its lush green spaces and glistening pond, and this convenient Airbnb in Gainesville is surrounded by restaurants, bars, theaters, and fun music venues.
Private Studio Rental Near the University of Florida
Yet another cozy short-term rental in Gainesville, this detached studio space offers a ton of privacy and a convenient selection of modern amenities.
A beautiful stone walkway lined with palm trees will lead you to your private entrance, and the charming interior features a comfy queen-size bed and a small kitchenette with a minifridge and a sink. There is also a Smart TV and an Amazon Echo available for your indoor entertainment needs, and glass doors in front of the bed lead onto a private patio. Subtle artwork and modern light fixtures add to the minimalist charm of the stylish interior, and the rental comes with a super-modern and private full bathroom. Guests also have access to a private and covered parking spot as well as a washer and dryer and an outdoor grill on the home’s main deck.
Nestled in a lovely historic neighborhood, the apartment is just a short walk away from the college campus and a 10-minute drive away from downtown attractions.
Charming Gainesville Airbnb in Duckpond
With contemporary updates and vintage details, this historic apartment rental is one of the best Airbnbs in Gainesville for a modern stay in an authentic Victorian home.
The interior has been carefully updated to make your stay as comfortable as possible while still maintaining the famous historic charm that the city is known for. Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the one-bedroom apartment comes with a queen-size bed with Egyptian cotton bedding and a spacious living area with a Smart TV, vibrant artwork, and a sumptuous green sofa. There is also a spacious full kitchen so you can prepare meals at your convenience, and the apartment comes with a sparkling-clean full bathroom. The space is surrounded by picturesque windows that bring a ton of natural light into the apartment, and all of the rental’s appliances and amenities are brand new and super modern.
The Duckpond neighborhood is one of the most desirable in the city, and this convenient Airbnb offers easy access to plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants, as well as to the University of Florida campus. There are also plenty of parks, nature preserves, and historic sites nearby.
Sunny Downtown Guesthouse
Rent a house in Gainesville that offers a cozy stay within walking distance of downtown with this historic home surrounded by greenery.
The quaint one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse is over 100 years old and offers an eclectic mix of modern finishes and vintage accents. Furnished with a queen-size bed, the space is best suited to one or two guests, and the apartment comes with one private full bathroom with a claw-foot tub. There is also a small full kitchen and a cozy lounge area, and guests have access to a lovely little porch, on which you can dine or just relax in the fresh air.
This historic Airbnb in Gainesville is just a short walk away from restaurants, pubs, shops, and other downtown hot spots. There is also a nearby bus stop, where you can catch a quick ride to the University of Florida.
Tiny House in a Wooded Oasis
If you’re looking for a tiny house for rent in Gainesville, you’ll love this newly constructed home in the heart of the city.
Up to two guests can stay in the tiny vacation rental, which features a comfy queen-size bed lofted above a well-equipped living space. On the first floor, you’ll find a cozy lounge area with a dining table and a TV, and there is even a full kitchen with an in-unit washing machine. Although the property is shared with the host’s main home, the house is very private and comes with its own full bathroom with a walk-in shower. In front of the home, you’ll find a few relaxing lounge chairs as well as a lovely stone pathway leading to a cozy firepit.
In terms of location, this unique tiny house offers the best of both worlds. The home is completely surrounded by lush woodland but is still just a short drive away from the main city roads that will take you to the University of Florida and downtown attractions.
Colorful Home in a Natural Paradise
This idyllic apartment is set on a massive wooded property, making it one of the best Gainesville Airbnbs for nature lovers and anyone interested in exploring the area’s unique ecosystem.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental is beautifully decorated with vibrant colors, unique artwork, retro-style décor, and glistening crystal chandeliers. From pastel ceilings and neon accents to asymmetric entryways, nothing is off limits in this eclectic apartment. The space is furnished with one queen-size bed and one sofa bed, making it suitable for up to three guests. The dreamy atmosphere of the apartment is complemented by super-comfy furnishings and convenient amenities like a full kitchen and a convenient study nook.
Located along a green belt that connects all the way to Georgia, the rental is in the perfect position for spotting owls, hawks, woodpeckers, deer, and more. The five-acre property also comes with a private front porch and a fun hiking trail through the woods.
Vintage Cottage Near the University of Florida
Retaining its original wooden exterior and charming interior design, this historic Airbnb in Gainesville has been completely renovated to offer a comfy but still authentic stay near the college campus.
One or two people can stay in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home, and guests have access to the entire house and two charming porches. There is also a modern full kitchen and a fully updated full bathroom, and the cozy lounge area comes with a Smart TV for indoor entertainment. Gorgeous decorations, authentic accents, and high quality linens add to the luxurious nature of this spacious and private rental, and additional amenities include a dishwasher and a washer and dryer.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Oakview, the vintage house rental is surrounded by other historic homes and the beautiful architecture that Gainesville is known for. Both the University of Florida and the downtown district are just about one mile away, and guests can enjoy easy access to nearby shops and eateries.
Tiny House in the Heart of Gainesville
Custom-built with eco-friendly materials, this tiny vacation home for rent in Gainesville comes with a lovely stone patio, a private yard, and an outdoor shower.
Exposed wooden beams and vintage accents add a rustic flair to the bright and airy space, and the cozy outdoor space makes this a great option for a blissful retreat. The studio can accommodate up to three guests with one double bed and one cozy sofa, and although there is no kitchen in the rental, guests can freely use the full kitchen and laundry facilities in the host’s main home. In addition to offering an outdoor shower, the rental also comes with access to a private vintage pink bathroom.
Perfect for couples and families, the tiny house is nestled in a quiet family-friendly neighborhood just a few minutes away from downtown Gainesville.
Modern Blue Bungalow
Just a half mile away from the University of Florida campus sits this brand-new bungalow, complete with a gorgeous interior design and modern amenities.
Sleeping up to four guests, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is furnished with two queen-size beds and features two sparkling-clean walk-in showers. The modern aesthetic of the stylish interior is accented by a subtle rustic flair, and the high-end furnishings and sumptuous linens are sure to keep you cozy. The bungalow is bright and spacious with an open-plan layout featuring a gourmet full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a cozy sitting area with a Smart TV. Additional amenities include a dishwasher and a washer and dryer, and one of the bedrooms even comes with a convenient workspace.
The prime location of this convenient Gainesville Airbnb makes it super-easy to explore the best parts of the city. Guests can walk to nearby campus attractions, and the restaurants and entertainment venues of downtown Gainesville are also just two miles away.
Gorgeous Downtown Home
Not many rental houses in Gainesville offer the comfort and convenience of this renovated old-style home.
Combining a 1930s design and brand-new amenities, the private three-bedroom residence offers a clean and comfortable stay for up to six guests. Featuring two queen-size beds, one double bed, and one private full bathroom, the rental is nice and spacious and perfect for families. The separate living room, dining room, and full kitchen are also super-spacious, and guests have access to a screened-in front porch, a sunny back porch, and a small yard. Additional amenities include a Smart TV, a laundry room, and a dedicated desk space in one of the bedrooms.
This rental is the perfect option for anyone interested in exploring Gainesville by foot and taking advantage of the incredible art, music, food, and fun of downtown.
Charming Cottage in Duckpond
This beautiful brick cottage is nestled among ancient oak trees and vintage mansions in the city’s iconic historic district.
Up to five guests can sleep in the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home, which is furnished with one king-size bed, one queen-size bed, and a cozy living room sofa. Soaring high ceilings, original hardwood floors, and a cozy gas fireplace add to the gorgeous ambiance of the spacious common areas, and the full kitchen is updated with granite countertops and brand-new appliances. There is also a formal dining room with a glistening chandelier and a fun bar cart, and the entire home is awash with natural light. This incredible Airbnb in Gainesville is fitted with everything you need and more, including a small office, a brand-new Samsung washer and dryer, a Smart TV, an electric vehicle charger, and even a Peleton exercise bike.
Guests can also feel free to chill out on the stone patio and admire the vibrant greenery and Spanish Moss that drapes the property’s oak trees.
Romantic Retreat Near the University of Florida
No list of the best vacation rentals in Gainesville could be complete without mention of this five-star accommodation near the University of Florida campus.
Perfect for larger groups, the spacious three-bedroom, one-bathroom rental can accommodate up to eight guests with three queen-size beds and one living room sofa bed. The rental is super-sunny with a ton of windows flooding the space with natural light, and there is a lovely sunroom in the front of the home. There is also an updated kitchen with attractive blue countertops and a convenient dishwasher, and the formal dining room is the perfect place for the whole group to enjoy a meal together. What’s more, the rental is stocked with high-end toiletries and offers an in-unit washer and dryer. The focal point of the rental is the incredible outdoor space, which features a spacious deck set below a dreamy canopy of trees. The deck is illuminated by a lovely array of glistening string lights and features some outdoor seating and a grill. Guests can park for free on the property, and the rental also offers the convenient option of self check-in.
Located just 10 minutes away from the University of Florida and five minutes away from downtown attractions, this spectacular Gainesville Airbnb leaves little to be desired.
Light-Filled Townhouse With Pool Access
Wrapping up our list of the best Airbnb rentals in Gainesville is another fantastic option for large families and groups of friends.
Up to ten guests can stay in this comfy and quiet vacation rental, which features three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The space is furnished with two king-size beds, one queen-size bed, and two single beds, and there is a cot and an air mattress available for additional guests. The common areas are nice and spacious, with plenty of comfy sofas for watching TV and a large dining table. There is also a well-equipped full kitchen so you can prepare your own meals at your convenience, and modern amenities include TVs, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer. Pets are allowed in the townhome, and guests also have access to a screened-in porch and an in-ground pool surrounded by luscious green trees. This is a great option for any guests traveling with multiple children as there is plenty of space in the home, fun facilities are available, and baby gear will be provided upon request.
In terms of location, this incredible house rental offers the best of both worlds. The rental backs up to a small forest, so the area is very quiet but still just 10 minutes away from the University of Florida.
With so many great rentals to choose from, you’re in for an incredible trip. We hope that at least one of these properties is available for your dates and you’re almost ready to head to Gainesville!