As one of the largest cities in the Bay Area, Oakland has grown into an urban wonderland brimming with lively streets, family-friendly fun, and cutting-edge cultural attractions. No matter when you visit, you’re likely to run into one of the city’s regular concerts, festivals, street fairs, or culinary events. The thriving art scene and world-renowned selection of international cuisine provide visitors with an endless array of exciting things to see and do.
Whether you’re interested in a high-tech studio for a business trip or a spacious family home with a private yard, you’re sure to find what you need on Airbnb. To help kickstart your search for the perfect vacation rental, we’ve created the following list of the best Airbnb rentals in Oakland, California. All of the following listings are equipped with a slew of modern amenities like TV and high-speed Wi-Fi, and most are presided over by experienced superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing exceptional hospitality. They are all also Airbnb Plus properties, which is an exclusive status reserved for stylish rentals that have been verified through in-person inspection.
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Sunny Studio Near Grand Avenue
Decorated with impressive local artwork and beautiful Spanish tiles, this stylish studio Airbnb in Oakland boasts a lively design that matches its vibrant surroundings.
The artistic interior features all new furnishings and modern amenities, and guests have access to an updated full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Business lovers will appreciate the inclusion of a spacious desk, and the beautiful bedroom area features a queen-size bed, a TV, and a private balcony overlooking a lush garden and the lower Oakland Hills. There is also a luxurious full bathroom with a rain shower and a twin vanity, and the in-unit washer and dryer makes this a great choice for long-term stays.
Just a short walk away from Grand Avenue, this convenient apartment is close to several bars, restaurants, and markets. Additional nearby attractions include Lake Merritt, Grand Lake Theater, and the Morcom Rose Garden.
This private guesthouse for rent in Oakland offers solo travelers and couples a peaceful retreat with a quiet and convenient location.
The tranquil interior is appointed with neutral-toned artwork and wood furnishings, and the guesthouse is completely detached and comes with its own separate entrance. There is a memory foam mattress in a cozy mezzanine area where guests sleep, and the private cabin features a sparkling-clean full bathroom with a soaking tub. The home also offers a well-equipped kitchenette and a spacious living area with a TV, and guests have access to a shared backyard filled with lush gardens.
Tucked away in the heart of North Oakland, this stylish cabin is surrounded by eclectic artisan shops and top-rated restaurants.
For an eco-friendly stay on an urban farm, check out this beautiful carriage house originally built in 1906.
Constructed from reclaimed barn wood, the historic home combines original rustic accents with stylish modern elements. The interior is decorated with lively indoor plants, bright white and pastel yellow walls, and shiny hardwood flooring. Furnished with one queen-size bed, a small sofa, and a dining table, the spacious studio makes the perfect getaway for solo travelers and couples. There is also a private full bathroom, a small full kitchen, and a cozy study space, and outside you’ll find a beautifully landscaped yard with a relaxing hammock, picnic tables, a firepit, and a chicken coop.
Nestled in the thriving historic neighborhood of Santa Fe, this vibrant Oakland Airbnb is just a short walk away from waterfront restaurants, parks, boutiques, and art galleries.
Modern Cottage in Rockridge
Enjoy a relaxing escape surrounded by nature with this charming vacation home for rent in Oakland.
The contemporary cottage rental features rustic exposed beams and wood accents in combination with chic custom-built furnishings and nature-themed artwork. French doors in the living room lead onto a private stone patio surrounded by green gardens, and the cozy bedroom area is furnished with a queen-size bed with a pillow-top mattress and a fully stocked bookshelf. The rental also comes with a modern full bathroom, and additional amenities include a minifridge and a Smart TV.
Throughout the neighborhood of Rockridge, you’ll find plenty of popular restaurants and unique shops.
Private Backyard Studio
Another great option for solo travelers and couples, this light-filled Airbnb in Oakland offers guests a comfy and private stay in an independent guesthouse.
The cottage is decorated with light colors and pots of succulents, and the small interior boasts an efficient layout with a full selection of modern amenities. Get cozy in front of the TV in the luxurious queen-size bed or whip up a meal in the modern full kitchen. There is also a pristine full bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the rental comes fully stocked with plush bath towels and complimentary toiletries. There is even a charming outdoor space that is illuminated by fairy lights and features a small patio table where you can enjoy a romantic dinner in the fresh air.
Situated in the fun and family-friendly neighborhood of Santa Fe, this sophisticated studio rental is just a short drive away from great shopping and dining opportunities.
Luxurious Guesthouse in a Sunny Garden
The idyllic location and luxurious details of this light-filled house rental in Oakland make it the perfect home away from home.
Rated the Top Home Tour of 2019 by Sunset Magazine, the private guesthouse boasts a unique architectural design and a stunning modern interior. Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the space comes with a comfy queen-size bed, a luxurious en suite bathroom, and a modern kitchenette with a sink, a minifridge, and a coffee maker. The private full bathroom offers a spa-like experience with heated floors, plush white robes, and an oversized walk-in shower set under a beautiful skylight. Outdoor space includes a private yard with a large wooden dining table and a plethora of lush green plants, and additional conveniences include a Smart TV and a dedicated desk space.
Located in the diverse neighborhood of Rockridge, this peaceful Airbnb makes the perfect home base for exploring some of the city’s award-winning restaurants and the UC Berkeley Campus.
Quiet and Luminous Abode
For an equally stunning stay with room for a small family or group of friends, check out this two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental unit.
The newly renovated apartment is set on the ground floor of an Edwardian-era duplex originally constructed in 1906. White walls, picturesque windows, and a minimalist design make the entire apartment feel bright and airy, and the rental comes with two pristine full bathrooms for optimal privacy. Convenient features like an on-site washer and dryer and a brand-new full kitchen make this an ideal option for longer stays, and baby gear can be provided for families traveling with children. Ideally located in the Piedmont Avenue District, this Oakland Airbnb is just around the corner from the main road and its endless entertainment options.
The neighborhood is safe and family-friendly, and guests have access to a beautiful back garden with a relaxing hammock. What’s more, downtown Oakland, San Francisco, and the Napa Valley vineyards are all just a short drive away.
Kick back and relax in this user-friendly Smart home, where brand-new amenities and sophisticated design elements offer a stylish and carefree stay.
The entire apartment is powered by solar electricity, and all facilities and appliances are brand new. Ideal for small groups of friends and families of four, the two-bedroom home comes with one queen-size bed, one king-size bed, and 2.5 bathrooms. No expense was spared during the construction of the sleek full kitchen, which features stainless-steel appliances, an espresso machine, and a dishwasher, and the spacious living room comes with a large sectional sofa and a Smart TV. There is also a formal dining area with a fun candy bar and a golden chandelier, and additional amenities include an in-unit washer and dryer and a private balcony.
Located right across the bridge from San Francisco, this convenient townhome is one of the best Airbnbs in Oakland for anyone looking to shop, dine, and explore the region.
Chic Retreat in a Scenic Neighborhood
This fabulous short-term rental in Oakland is located in a walkable neighborhood with tree-lined streets, traditional homes, and convenient access to Lake Merritt.
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, the spacious one-bedroom apartment is furnished with a luxurious queen-size bed with plush pillows and sumptuous throws. The interior is characterized by soft gray tones, minimalist décor, and black-and-white artwork, and the cozy living room is equipped with a soft white sofa and a Smart TV. Additional features include a full bathroom with a spa-like rain shower and a full kitchen with bright white cabinetry and a two-person breakfast bar. The host is known for his impressive response rate and warm hospitality, and the apartment is so comfortable that many previous guests have found themselves returning for a second or third time. The apartment is nestled in a spacious and modern home with one other unit, and guests have exclusive access to the apartment through a private entrance.
Situated in the historic Crocker Highlands neighborhood, this chic apartment is one of the best vacation rentals in Oakland for unwinding after a long day exploring the city.
Peaceful Hideaway Near Lake Temescal
With four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, this elegant house rental is one of the best Oakland Airbnbs for large groups of friends and family.
High ceilings and beautiful bay windows make the elegant interior bright and airy, and the stunning living room is appointed with a cozy indoor fireplace and a gorgeous chandelier. In addition to the main living room, the home offers a separate study filled with books and a charming entryway with a small seating area. There is also a separate full kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and granite countertops, and the rental comes with two formal dining areas. One of the best features of this magnificent house rental is the generous outdoor space, which includes a romantic balcony, a sunny patio, and a charming back garden with a relaxing fountain.
Nestled at the end of a quiet dead-end street, this tranquil Airbnb in Oakland offers a super-private stay just a short drive away from popular shops and restaurants.
Artistic Tiny House in East Oakland
Rent a house in Oakland that doubles as a vibrant art gallery with this one-of-a-kind tiny house in a historic neighborhood.
Although the space is small, it is equipped with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay and more. The stylish living area features a colorful collection of artwork, a red leather sofa, and a wall-mounted Smart TV, and the rental comes with a separate full kitchen with beautiful wooden cabinetry and granite countertops. The bedroom area is in a cozy loft accessible by a wooden staircase and features a wall-mounted Smart TV and a queen-size bed with a memory foam mattress. Guests also have access to a modern full bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the rental is equipped with a full selection of complimentary toiletries.
Located just minutes away from the airport and RingCentral Coliseum, the tiny house is in a bustling neighborhood with endless opportunities for entertainment. Nearby historic attractions include the former headquarters of the Black Panthers and the East Bay Dragons clubhouse.
Sunny Home With a Private Garden
Decorated with simple modern artwork and unique furnishings, this light-filled rental house in Oakland is both spacious and stylish.
Furnished with two queen-size beds and a comfy daybed, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home can accommodate up to six guests. Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a queen-size bed, and one comes with a Smart TV. A full wall of windows illuminates the spacious living room, and the rental also comes with a separate full kitchen with brand-new appliances and a lovely breakfast table. The formal dining room is characterized by beautiful bay windows and fresh flowers, and the outdoor space includes a private deck and a lush backyard garden with a grill. Convenient features like a dishwasher and an in-unit washer and dryer make this opulent Oakland house rental the perfect choice for long-term stays.
The home is situated in the popular neighborhood of Temescal, where high-end restaurants and interesting cultural attractions are never far away.
Hilltop Hideaway With a Private Yard
If you’re interested in a tranquil getaway in a family-friendly area, look no further than this upscale Oakland Airbnb in the Hillcrest Estates neighborhood.
The private two-bedroom rental unit comes furnished with two queen-size beds and one single bed, perfect for small families. There is also a private full bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the guest suite comes with its own full kitchen. The open layout and large windows make the space bright and airy while the warm-toned décor and comfy furnishings keep it cozy and inviting. Guests can feel free to lounge out in the spacious living room or step outside and enjoy the lovely backyard, which comes complete with an outdoor dining table and a small playhouse for children.
Hillcrest Estates is a safe and walkable neighborhood offering easy access to several hiking trails with fantastic bay views.
Contemporary North Oakland Apartment
This modern guest suite is another top-rated Airbnb in Oakland perfectly suitable for small families and groups of friends.
Luxurious amenities fill the rooms of this beautifully appointed two-bedroom apartment, which boasts luxurious heated floors and a Smart TV. Various Picasso prints bring the minimalist interior to life, and both bedrooms come with a luxurious en suite bathroom. There is also a sunny living room with beautiful bay windows and a large sectional sofa, and the open full kitchen boasts stainless-steel appliances and a chic modern design.
North Oakland is known for its rich history and convenient proximity to UC Berkeley and fun downtown attractions. Visitors should be sure to take advantage of the vibrant art scene and stunning mountain views as well as the plethora of green parks and sports fields.
Craftsman Flat in Rockridge
Wrapping up our list is a well-decorated guest suite with a modern interior and a romantic back garden filled with lemon trees.
One or two guests can sleep comfortably in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental, which features a luxurious queen-size bed and sparkling-clean walk-in shower. The interior is decorated with light-colored furnishings and colorful artwork, and several indoor plants breathe life into the space. In the bright and spacious living area, you’ll find a cozy sofa and a Smart TV, and there is a second TV in the bedroom. When you feel like dining in, the rental comes with an open full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a bar-style dining table. With gorgeous greenery everywhere you look and shaded outdoor seating, the back garden is one of this rental’s best features. Guests also have access to the home’s garage, which comes with a fun ping-pong table.
Located in the popular neighborhood of Rockridge, this highly rated Oakland Airbnb is just a short stroll away from restaurants, retail shops, and a weekly farmers market.
With decked out designs and consistently stellar reviews, these top-rated rentals are certainly some of the best Airbnbs in Oakland, California.