Known for its monumental history and a deep love of food, Philadelphia is a classic destination for a city break on the east coast. Whether you want to fill up on cheesesteak and soft pretzels or are more interested in the city’s role in America’s independence, you’re going to need a place to stay when in Philadelphia. And the best way to find vacation rentals in Philadelphia of all shapes and sizes is through Airbnb.
To help you with your trip here, we’ve put together this exclusive list of the best Airbnbs in Philadelphia. Each property has been carefully selected; this list is full of superhosts and includes many places with Airbnb Plus status. For those unfamiliar, Airbnb superhosts are owners who have a strong record of good reviews and service, while an Airbnb Plus is one that has been verified by an in-person inspection. This helps give you the confidence that where you’re staying is worth your money.
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Hawthorne House – Designer Philadelphia Rowhouse
To experience one of the best Philadelphia Airbnbs available, just turn your attention to this fantastic rowhouse apartment. Located in East Kensington, an up-and-coming neighborhood of northeast Philly, you have loads of nearby options for eateries, cafes, and bars. And downtown is only about a 15- to 20-minute trip on the subway.
There’s plenty of character on display in this designer apartment, perfect for those tired of cookie-cutter accommodations. Brick, wood, and plenty of custom furnishings help make this space interesting – but don’t worry, the apartment is also appropriately practical as well. It’s possible to sleep up to four adults here, thanks to a queen bed in the bedroom and a pull out couch in the living area. On top of that, you have a Pack ’n Play among other childcare gear, making this a great find for families with little ones.
The rest of the apartment features a full bathroom and a modern kitchen, with a small dining table and breakfast bar. As for amenities, this Airbnb Plus offers a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and self check-in.
Homey Park Front Hideaway with Free Street Parking
If you’re after a Philly Airbnb with more than enough space for you and your travel companions, check out this awesome townhouse. Found in the super convenient Queen Village area of downtown, this Airbnb Plus is set in a family-friendly neighborhood featuring lots of restaurants, cafes, and bars within a short walk. As for sightseeing, the main historical sights of Philadelphia are roughly ten blocks away.
The most notable thing about this historic townhouse is just how much room it provides: On top of three bedrooms, there’s also a pullout couch and a couple queen-sized foldout mattresses, meaning the rental can accommodate up to 14 people. Yes, it’s absolutely massive, and with such versatile sleeping arrangements, groups of any size should be able to make the setup work for them.
Beyond somewhere to sleep, this Airbnb comes with three-and-a half bathrooms, a proper dining room, living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. On top of all that, you also have a private and functional outdoor area with a hammock and BBQ grill. Other amenities here include a Pack ’n Play, indoor fireplace, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV and air-conditioning.
City Luxury with Roofdeck, Gym, and Free St. Parking
With ample space for big groups, gorgeous decor, and excellent amenities, this is easily one of the best houses for rent in Philadelphia. Situated in the Point Breeze district of South Philadelphia, the house is situated in a diverse and laid-back area for you to explore during your stay. While there are coffee shops and some bars nearby, it’s also only about a 10-minute drive or Uber ride into the heart of the city.
You’re really in luck with this fantastic three-story luxury home, and for all sorts of reasons. Let’s start with the high-end modern furnishings throughout that will surely make you wish this was actually your home. Then there’s just the sheer size – this house provides four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and room for sixteen guests. You should have no trouble fitting everyone under one roof here.
Topping off the comforts of this Airbnb Plus is both a family room and living room, a full kitchen, a dining room, and a study. For a change of scenery, head up to the rooftop patio or down into the home gym in the basement. Additional extras include private laundry, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and childcare equipment.
Bright Row House in Manayunk
A nice option for those wanting to rent an apartment in Philadelphia is this bright and stylish one bedroom apartment. Located in Manayunk, a neighborhood of Philly away from the city center, this unit will almost make you feel like you’ve left the city behind altogether. Here, you’re nice and close to the Main Street of Manayunk, with its trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants, while downtown is only a 15-minute drive.
Even with its outer location, this apartment ranks among the best Airbnb rentals in Philadelphia thanks to its bright and well-appointed decor. While not a very big apartment, it would provide a couple or single traveler all the space they could need for a trip to Philadelphia. That said, with a queen bed and futon, this apartment can fit up to four people if needed.
Set across three floors with narrow stairs, this Airbnb Plus also comes with a bathroom, living room, full kitchen, and small dining space. In terms of amenities, the apartment provides Wi-Fi, pay TV, air-conditioning, and the option for self check-in.
Spacious and Modern Urban Retreat in Philly Art Museum Area
When searching for vacation apartments for rent in Philadelphia, one you definitely don’t want to overlook is this spacious and charming Airbnb Plus. Its location in the urban and multicultural neighborhood of Francisville, just north of Center City, means you’ll actually be staying in the city’s Art Museum district. This means you have easy access to many different cultural attractions and all that Center City has to offer.
Adding to Philly’s long list of large apartments, this Airbnb is able to sleep up to 12 guests, thanks to its dizzying five bedrooms. The apartment is split across two floors of a typical row house that’s been carefully renovated to make it modern and truly comfortable. As such, it’s the kind of place that could easily suit guests of all types and make them feel at home.
The apartment also features a fully-equipped kitchen, pleasant living area, flexible dining area due to an expandable dining table, and two full bathrooms. Further amenities here include a laundry, keyless entry, smart TV with HBO, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.
Mod Colonial Retreat in East Passyunk
If you’re seeking an Airbnb in Philly that will help you experience the local flavors of its neighborhoods, this voguish apartment is well worth your consideration. Situated in the up-and-coming, multicultural neighborhood of Passyunk Square means you’re just as likely to find places to get pho as you are cheesesteak here. There’s also a nice variety of gastropubs and vintage shops within walking distance among the neighborhood’s quaint colonial houses.
Design is really front and center with this beautiful Airbnb Plus. The apartment offers a bold and sleek aesthetic (with clear Asian influences) that is so striking that you’ll hardly believe you get to stay here. It’s almost hard to believe looking around its interior that the townhouse actually dates back to the 1800s, until you notice the small touches like the exposed brick and timber-frame ceilings.
In terms of space, this apartment provides two bedrooms and is able to host up to five people. The master bedroom features an ensuite bathroom, and you’ll find a half bath, modern kitchen and luxurious living/dining room as well. As for amenities, this Airbnb comes with a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and Pack ’n Play.
Historic Gem with a Roof Terrace in Queen Village
This Airbnb in Philadelphia Pennsylvania is another smart pick for those after a central, comfortable, and affordable place to stay in the city. Located in Queen Village, a leafy and eclectic neighborhood just south of Old City, you couldn’t ask for a better position from which to explore the city. There’s even the original Jim’s Steaks nearby, which has been serving up Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies since 1939.
Staying at this Airbnb Plus, you get the benefits of a traditional Philly townhouse with a quirky interior full of modern and retro touches. From its bright red soaking tub to its adorable fireplace, this townhouse has a style that surely is one-of-a-kind. What’s nice is that you also get lots of space here, with three bedrooms that can fit up to six people. This setup makes the Airbnb Plus work for many different types of groups, from a family with kids to several couples away together.
Beyond the bedrooms, the townhouse features one full bathroom and one half bath, proper dining room, living room, and a full kitchen. Even better, it comes with two outdoor spaces: a street level patio and an upstairs balcony area. Other amenities here include air-conditioning, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and TV.
Sleek Converted Fishtown Textile Factory loft
One of the more modern Philadelphia Airbnbs you’ll find on the site is this beautifully converted loft in the once working-class neighborhood of Fishtown, an area that has developed into one of the coolest and most popular areas in the city. Staying here you’re right among some of the trendiest eateries, bistros, and street art that Philly has to offer.
Inside this loft in a building that was once a textile factory, you’re treated to a striking interior with hints of the building’s industrial past. A nice aspect of this Airbnb is how airy it feels, thanks to the open-concept design of its kitchen, dining, and living space. Then you have two bedrooms, and a full bathroom, which means the apartment is able to sleep up to five people, when using the couch or air mattress as extra.
Like many places to stay in Philadelphia, this apartment has free street parking, which is good as the subway, Uber, or walking is probably better for getting into Center City. Amenities include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, smart TV, and air-conditioning.
Cobblestone Old City Delight A+Location | Sleeps 4
For an Airbnb in Center City Philadelphia, we suggest you take a moment to see if this gorgeous townhouse is right for you. Situated in the Old City neighborhood, it’s just three blocks to major historical landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The area also offers some great nightlife and a diverse selection of eateries.
With your stay in this renovated apartment, it’s possible to comfortably fit four people. The Airbnb provides queen beds in both of its bedrooms, meaning it’s a great choice for couples away together or families with young kids. Elsewhere in this bi-level apartment you have two-and-a-half bathrooms and an open plan kitchen, living room, and dining space.
While all of this might seem quite standard, it’s really taken to the next level by this unit’s sublime decor. From high ceilings and exposed brick to luxe furnishings, there’s a real grandeur to this apartment that is sure to make your stay feel special. And let’s not forget its amenities, including an indoor fireplace, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.
Stylish Apartment in the Art Museum Area
Another delightful short-term apartment rental in Philadelphia you won’t want to miss is this inviting Airbnb Plus. Located in the Art Museum area of the city, this rental puts you just a short walk from some of Philadelphia’s most impressive cultural attractions. Then there’s the quick trip into Center City and all the restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the neighborhood for you to try.
There’s something refreshing about this contemporary apartment in that it looks like somewhere you could call home right away. Rather than overwhelming you with its decor, this Airbnb provides a chic and natural space full of light that will make settling in easy. In fact, the only reason you may not consider it for a longer-term stay is that to sleep four guests, you’ll need to use the sofa sleeper in the living room. Otherwise, it’s perfect for a couple or solo travelers seeking a space to call their own.
Besides its one bedroom and living room, the apartment comes with a full bathroom, small dining area, and properly outfitted kitchen. Then there are the amenities included, like a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and keyless entry.
Central, Clean 1BR Next to Magic Garden Murals
Rather than renting a room in Philadelphia, consider instead an affordable apartment like this excellent one-bedroom Airbnb to have more space to yourself. Situated on the same block as the Magic Garden mosaic murals in the Bella Vista area, renting this apartment will put you in a pleasant, leafy part of Philly. Not only is this part of the city safe and family-friendly, it’s also walking distance from lots of great neighborhoods full of cafes, bars, and even the Theatre District.
Facing a nice communal courtyard area, this first-floor apartment will have you feeling like a local in no time. While not a huge space, it’s just right for a couple or group of three people. It comes with a big king bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room, should you need it.
Then there’s the modern kitchen, breakfast bar, living room and full bathroom, which is really all you need if you’re spending a few days visiting. This unit also comes with amenities such as a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, smart TV, air-conditioning, and keyless entry.
Explore a Foodie Hotspot from a Renovated 1910 Row Home
It’s hard not to be thoroughly charmed by this large and masterfully renovated townhouse that seems ideal for a trip to Philadelphia. Located in East Passyunk, with its tree-lined streets and diverse influences, this townhouse puts you nice and close to some of the best restaurants, bars, and stores in all of South Philly.
This Philadelphia Airbnb Plus sleeps up to eight people, making it an obvious pick for larger groups looking to stay together. It won’t be a challenge to fit so many in, either, as this townhouse has four bedrooms, all with queen or double beds. This way, you can all spend time together in the living room, dining room, or common area and then head off to your own individual rooms at the end of the day.
It should be noted that the Airbnb only offers one full bathroom and one half bath, which could slow things down in the morning. The good news is that you do have a fully equipped kitchen here, so cooking meals shouldn’t be a problem. Further amenities include Apple TV, a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and a Pack ’n Play.
Mearns House: A Beautiful Mt. Airy Carriage House
Few Airbnbs in Philadelphia manage to blend historical character and modern touches quite like this updated Victorian carriage house. Found quite a way to the northwest of the city center in the quaint Mount Airy area, you’re well away from the hustle and bustle here. In fact, there’s quite a small-town atmosphere to this part of Philly. Getting downtown isn’t that hard, either, with two regional rail lines that can get you there in 20 to 30 minutes.
Split across two floors, this one-bedroom apartment provides loads of space for its guests. This Airbnb is meant for up to two guests, providing just the one bedroom with a king bed. It’s actually quite a romantic getaway for couples, thanks to the gorgeously renovated space that you’ll have all to yourselves. Mind you, it is possible to use the sofa bed in the living room if you’re traveling with kids.
The rest of the apartment includes an open concept living and dining space, a large kitchen, and a full bathroom. Outside, guests have free use of the shared garden and patio area. As for amenities, those include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and all sorts of complimentary toiletries.
Upmarket Mount Airy Apartment close to Chestnut Hill
There really are Philadelphia Airbnbs all over the city, so you won’t have much trouble finding ones like this that are further from the city center if that’s your preference. This bright and modern apartment is situated in the charming outer neighborhood of Mount Airy. Cafes and bakeries line the main cobblestone street here giving it the area an adorable small-town vibe. Still, downtown is only a 20-minute drive or rail journey away.
Inside this carefully designed Airbnb Plus you’ll find a space that’s clearly been created to help guests relax and unwind. The apartment is able to accommodate five or six people, with two bedrooms and a sofa bed also available in the living room. As such, it’s a great pick for families looking for somewhere a little quieter for their trip to Philadelphia.
Rounding out the rest of the apartment is a modern kitchen off the living area, a breakfast bar, and of course a full bathroom. Guests also have a nice backyard area to enjoy, as well as amenities like a BBQ grill, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and Pack ’n Play.
Luxury Bi-Level in Heart of Center City
While a little small, you can’t go past this affordable, luxurious, and centrally located Airbnb in Philadelphia. Found in an enviable location in the heart of LGBT-friendly Washington Square West, this unit is an easy walk to the best Philly has to offer, both in terms of attractions and shopping.
With just a king bed in its one bedroom, this apartment is definitely best suited to couples or those traveling alone. That said, there is a folding queen-size memory foam mattress available as well, should you need it. Those who stay here are treated to an elegant decor and upscale furnishings that make this apartment feel more like a boutique hotel than a vacation rental.
This luxe approach carries from the bedroom up the spiral staircase to a beautiful white bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and open-concept dining/living area. Making the most of its space, there’s even a private laundry for guests in need of fresh clothes. Other amenities here include Wi-Fi, TV, air-conditioning, and self check-in.
No matter what you’re planning to do there, you’re bound to find Airbnbs in Philadelphia that meet your needs. We hope these finds give you a reliable starting point in your search.