San Francisco is definitely the kind of Californian destination that needs no introduction. Everyone knows iconic elements of the city like the Golden Gate Bridge or the streetcars that navigate its hilly streets. But there’s so much more to the city, from tourist attractions like Alcatraz and Chinatown to its buzzing tech scene. Regardless of what brings you to the city, we’re convinced that the best way to find vacation rentals in San Francisco is through Airbnb.
To ensure you have a great stay, we’ve collected an exclusive list of the best Airbnbs in San Francisco. While you’ll find a variety of Airbnbs below, they have something in common: all of the properties are owned by Airbnb superhosts, and some of them additionally have Airbnb Plus status. Superhosts are Airbnb owners who have a clear track record of great service, while Airbnb Plus rentals have been quality-confirmed by in-person inspections. That way, you can book your stay in San Francisco with peace of mind.
Contemporary Light-Filled Apartment
With its bright interior and excellent patio views of the bay and skyline, this apartment is undoubtedly one of the best San Francisco Airbnbs on the market. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Potrero Hill south of the downtown area, it puts you in proximity to loads of old-school eateries.
This renovated in-law apartment may not be massive, but it’s ideal for a single person or couple looking for a room with a view. From the private balcony, you’ll be able to enjoy a gorgeous panorama over the city and even catch the sunset. Inside, the apartment has a contemporary open-concept design. The bedroom features a large king-size bed and en suite bathroom, while the large living area features a big sofa and small dining area.
This Airbnb Plus is both stylish and functional, especially thanks to the full kitchen that has everything you need for self-catering, including a dishwasher. Other amenities in this pet-friendly apartment include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and a TV.
Tranquil Alley Retreat
If you’re hoping to rent an apartment in San Francisco, then you’ll definitely want to take a peek at this wonderful Airbnb Plus situated in the super-central Hayes Valley neighborhood. The city center is right at your doorstep, and coffee shops, restaurants, and shopping are all within easy walking distance.
What’s immediately apparent with this Airbnb is its charming retro aesthetic that makes it easy to settle in. Look past its style choices, though, and you’ll see a fully functional apartment that comfortably accommodates up to four guests for a few days or a couple for even longer. In terms of sleeping arrangements, the Airbnb features a double bed in the bedroom and an additional sofa bed in the living room.
Those who prefer to self-cater will be pleased that the apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with dishwasher. The rest of the apartment features 1.5 bathrooms, a small dining area, and access to a little outdoor area. Further amenities include Wi-Fi, a TV, and the option for self check-in.
Fabulous Artist Flat
Fans of colorful and quirky accommodation will find a lot to love about this bohemian vacation apartment for rent in San Francisco. Found in the sunny and scenic neighborhood of Potrero Hill, it’s home to some great independent restaurants and close to the trendier cafés and brew pubs of Dogpatch.
Thanks to this Airbnb Plus’ vibrant and eclectic vibe and unusual details, your stay will surely not feel like any ordinary vacation. With a king-size bed in the bedroom and an additional bed tucked away in the living room, up to four people can enjoy the experience.
Guests also have access to a full kitchen as well as a formal yet eccentric dining room. Perhaps the greatest surprise of this Airbnb is just how ordinary it appears to be from the street. No surprises with its amenities, though, as it offers Wi-Fi, a TV, and a dishwasher.
The SoMa Loft
To experience one of the best Airbnb rentals in San Francisco make sure to check out this modern and well-appointed loft apartment located in SoMa, or South of Market. This former warehouse district has been gentrified over the years into an arts and culture precinct in the heart of the city, meaning that you won’t have to go far for cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, and other essentials.
Full of light and with an inviting homelike feel, this private loft apartment is perfect for either a short city break or a longer stay. Unfortunately, since it has only a king-size bed in the bedroom on its mezzanine, this apartment can only fit two guests and is, therefore, best suited to couples or solo travelers.
However, this Airbnb Plus is certainly not short on space. Downstairs, its open-concept living area flows through to a formal dining area and modern kitchen. It also comes with an indoor fireplace, a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and Pay TV.
Private Guest Cabana
Those keen on finding an Airbnb in San Francisco where they can just sit about and relax won’t want to miss this chilled-out guest suite. Situated in the lively Mission District close to Mission Dolores Park, it puts you close to a wonderful selection of craft breweries, wine bars, and local boutiques.
Everything about this fantastic Airbnb Plus seems geared towards ensuring guests are able to just take it easy. It certainly helps that this guest suite comes with its own private hot tub, sun loungers, and hammock, as well as robes, outdoor towels, and special glasses so you can fully enjoy the experience. The living room even opens up onto the private patio area, merging its indoor and outdoor spaces.
Unsurprisingly, this romantic little Airbnb is only meant for two guests and provides one bedroom with a plush queen-size bed for your comfort. And since relaxation is the main goal here and eateries are only steps away, the guest suite features only a kitchenette with a minifridge and coffee machine. Additional amenities include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, a smart TV, and a sound system.
Cozy, Urban Oasis
When it comes to short-term apartment rentals in San Francisco, this cozy apartment is hard to beat. Found in the convenient Mission District near the center of the city, it gives you the pick of countless popular cafés, eateries, and restaurants. You also have easy access to all sorts of public transport options, making sightseeing around the city a cinch.
Part of what makes this Airbnb Plus such a great choice for travelers is how it makes any trip immediately feel more special. That’s primarily thanks to the elegant and contemporary design of the apartment, which is surprisingly roomy given that it can only host two guests. The large bedroom has a queen-size bedroom and space for its own couch, while there’s a separate living room as well with a sofa and handy dining table.
One downside to this San Francisco Airbnb is that it only features a kitchenette rather than a full kitchen, which is why it’s better suited to shorter stays. The spacious and peaceful backyard that you’ll have to yourself certainly makes up for it, though. Other amenities include Wi-Fi and a TV.
Charming Guest Room
For a cozy and comfy place to lay your head, this Airbnb in San Francisco, set inside a cottage from 1907, is a real winner. Located in the eclectic neighborhood of Russian Hill close to the cable car and Chinatown, it puts you in a really convenient part of the city for sightseeing and exploring.
It’s important to understand that this is a studio guest suite, meaning it’s quite compact and only meant for couples or solo travelers. But those who do stay here will be charmed by the old-fashioned details that show up in its furnishings and the large hanging quilt on one wall. Even the entrance, through a trellis and lush garden, gives off an adorable vibe that is sure to put you at ease during your stay.
The guest suite features a queen-size four-poster bed, a nice dining space, and a neat little living area. Due to space constraints, it only offers a kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker, minifridge, and microwave. This Airbnb Plus also comes with Wi-Fi, a TV, and the option for self check-in.
Luxe Roof Deck
It’s easy to see why this awesome loft apartment with its own rooftop deck would be a real hit with visitors to San Francisco. For starters, there’s its prime spot in lively and central SoMa, which is flush with bars and restaurants to try out.
What really dazzles guests, though, is just how much space this Airbnb Plus has to offer, both indoors and outdoors. Yes, we’re talking about the excellent private terrace that comes with views, outdoor furniture, a BBQ grill, and even a hammock. Head indoors and you’ll find that this apartment continues to deliver on all fronts. It provides two bedrooms with large beds and the ability to convert the living room into a third sleeping space, meaning it can accommodate up to five guests comfortably.
The apartment also comes with two full bathrooms and its own laundry. Then there’s the open-concept living space with a living area, dining area, and full kitchen with modern appliances. It has everything you need for a short or long stay, including amenities like free on-site parking, Wi-Fi, and multiple smart TVs. Your pets are also welcome.
This San Francisco Airbnb is a great choice for travelers who want to stay somewhere with character but don’t need a whole place to themselves. Here you’ll have a private room in the Potrero Hill area and the chance to interact with locals, and you’ll be just a short walk from the restaurants and shops of the Mission district.
At this Airbnb Plus, you’ll be sharing the home of superhosts Sarah and Pankaj. The bedroom has been beautifully styled and furnished with a large queen-size bed and an en suite bathroom. There are also plenty of shared spaces, from the two living rooms to the kitchen.
Guests can use the kitchen and the laundry. One nice perk of staying in shared accommodation is the possibility of storing your luggage before or after your stay. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV, and free on-site parking.
Style & Comfort Private Suite
Get away from the bustle of downtown San Francisco with this sunny guest suite close to some great tourist attractions. Situated in Inner Sunset, a neighborhood in the city’s west, this Airbnb puts you close to the stunning Japanese Tea Garden and the fascinating 16th Avenue Hidden Garden Steps. While you won’t be in the heart of the city here, there’s no shortage of delis, coffee shops, and restaurants close by.
As this San Francisco Airbnb features a studio layout and just one queen-size bed, it’s definitely best suited for couples and solo travelers. That said, a young child could sleep comfortably on the living room couch if need be.
This lower-level guest suite also offers a private bathroom and kitchenette and comes equipped with a microwave, minifridge, and coffee maker, not to mention complimentary supplies for your first day’s breakfast. Guests can access the deck outside their room as well as the relaxed garden around it. Further amenities include Wi-Fi, a smart TV, a sound system, board games, and a portable crib.
A brilliant option if you’re checking out house rentals in San Francisco is this light-filled Airbnb. Found in Haight-Ashbury, the former hippy district that still has a lively feel to it, this retreat is close to all the sights of Golden Gate Park and boasts unparalleled views of the Twin Peaks.
Designed to feel like a little sanctuary from the world, this one-bedroom home is peaceful and looks onto a beautiful garden. It sleeps up to three people, with a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a pull-out twin in the living room. As such, it works well for parents with young kids or for a small group of friends. The living room opens up to a breakfast bar and small kitchenette that can also double as a study or workspace.
Because this Airbnb isn’t particularly large, it does its best to utilize every square inch to ensure a comfortable stay. The indoor fireplace and the window seat facing the garden sure help with that. As for amenities, the rental offers a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, and pay TV.
Amazing Location with Breathtaking Bay Views
Of the many great Airbnbs in San Francisco to choose from, few are quite as full of color and eclectic character as this fun apartment in a neighborhood full of coffee shops and trattorias. Its location in North Beach makes for an excellent base to explore the city, with the Wharf and Chinatown both a short walk away.
It’s hard to tell whether it’s the colorful interior full of greenery or the stunning waterfront views that make this Airbnb Plus such a great pick. Either way, you’re in for a real treat with this two-bedroom apartment that can sleep up to four people. And since it’s situated on a quiet alley with no through-traffic, sleeping shouldn’t be a problem. Families or couples traveling together will really get a lot from this apartment. Pets are welcome, too.
The apartment’s great open-concept design connects the spacious living room and dining room to the small but well-equipped kitchen. Extra amenities include a communal laundry, Wi-Fi, Pay TV, and the possibility of self check-in.
One of the larger San Francisco Airbnbs you’re likely to come across, this apartment will no doubt intrigue groups in need of something bigger than a studio. Its location in the Panhandle area means it couldn’t be easier to find great cafés and restaurants within walking distance and to reach the city’s best attractions.
With this three-bedroom flat, it’s possible to fit up to five adults or six people when including children. The property is set up with young children and babies in mind, with gear for babies and toddlers provided. Together with the multiple bedrooms, this makes it an ideal choice for families, but groups may find it a good fit as well.
To round out its appeal, the apartment features a deluxe kitchen and open-plan living/dining space, giving you the option of dining in. While you’ll probably be exhausted from exploring the city and just want to huddle up by the indoor fireplace, the Airbnb also offers a collection of books and games. Other amenities include a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, a TV, and a Pack ’n Play, plus a dedicated parking spot in a garage.
Garden Apartment Steps From The Beach
Consider a stay at this peaceful apartment if you’re searching for a beach house in San Francisco where you can hear the waves breaking while sitting in a secluded garden. Found steps from the beach in the neighborhood of Outer Sunset south of Golden Gate Park, you’ll be able to unwind in a relaxed and diverse part of the city with plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.
The proximity to the beach isn’t the only great thing about staying in this in-law apartment. There’s also a green and inviting backyard garden to relax in. Inside, there’s a space that’s large enough to accommodate three guests. The smart and modern bedroom offers a queen-size bed, while the equally pleasant living room comes with a sofa bed.
Because of its compact design, there isn’t much more space in the apartment beyond the private bathroom. Still, this Airbnb does manage to fit plenty of seating inside and a kitchenette equipped with a countertop range, microwave, coffee maker, and fridge. There are also amenities such as a washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, a TV, and a Pack ’n Play for your convenience.
Private Remodeled Home
Thanks to thoughtful recent renovations, this quaint house is a great option for those wanting to stay close to the seaside in San Francisco. Located just back from the beach in the neighborhood of Outer Sunset, this Airbnb puts you in a trendy yet relaxed part of the city that’s great for surfers and cyclists alike.
Although just a one bedroom house meant for two people, couples or individuals will find this rental offers them plenty of room during their stay. The bedroom features a stylish queen-size bed, and the rest of the Airbnb includes a full bathroom, a contemporary living room, and a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances.
Perhaps the only thing missing from this home is a private backyard or outdoor space, but with the beach and Golden Gate Park so close by, you probably won’t even mind. The house does offer plenty of amenities, from a washer/dryer to Wi-Fi, TV, and self check-in.
It goes without saying that there are plenty more Airbnbs in San Francisco worth looking at, but we feel these are the best ones to start your search with. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance Airbnb has you covered.