Desert cities come in all shapes and sizes, but when you’re looking for the perfect balance of sunshine and activities, look no further than Scottsdale, Arizona. This mid-size city boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and claims the McDowell Mountain Range as its picturesque backdrop. Home to numerous art festivals, adventure recreation, palm trees, pools and golf courses, Scottsdale has no shortage of activities for the visitor.
There is also no shortage of Airbnbs in Scottsdale. We have rounded up our favorite ones to share. It’s worth mentioning that all of our best Scottsdale Airbnb picks are owned by superhosts while many also have Airbnb Plus status. Superhosts are hosts with a proven track record, and Airbnb status is earned through a thorough, in-person inspection to ensure the highest quality.
Great Sunset Escape
4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath
One of Scottsdale’s notable features is its majestic, fluorescent sunset sky. Larry and Betsy’s private and enclosed outdoor space faces west, capitalizing on an amazing sunset view and making our list as one of the best house rentals in Scottsdale. Upon entering their light and airy home, you will be greeted by cozy, comfortable furniture and a heatless, electric candelabra beckoning you to relax by the fireplace, even in high desert temperatures. Before you get too comfortable, make sure to stop in the kitchen for the sweet treat of cupcakes that the hosts are known for leaving out for their guests.
After a day of sightseeing or spending time at the nearby park, there’s no need to venture back out to a restaurant patio, as Larry and Betsy’s Airbnb in Scottsdale has a well-appointed kitchen along with a backyard grill and eating area. While you’re making dinner and enjoying some private outdoor time, make sure you sneak a peek over the fence. Their house backs up to a wash, and if you are lucky, you just might observe some desert wildlife in its natural habitat!
Cactus Rose Casita
2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
If high temperatures are what come to mind when you hear the word Arizona, it will be no surprise to see Rene’s literally refreshing Cactus Rose Casita on our list as one of the best Airbnbs in Scottsdale. Her sun-filled guesthouse is mere steps away from an inviting, turquoise pool—so enticing, it might make you want to lounge or float all day rather than taking the five-minute drive to Old Town or Fashion Square.
If you prefer exploring the city on foot or bike rather than by car, Rene’s home is near the Scottsdale Greenbelt, 15 miles of paved pathways that meander past lakes, through parks, and more. On the way home, stop at Bashas’ grocery store to collect anything you might need to make a light, simple stovetop meal in Rene’s spotless kitchenette. Though well-appointed, the kitchenette does not have a microwave, so plan accordingly! Finish the evening by cozying up inside, surrounded by bold patterns on accent pillows and furniture that showcases the Southwest’s famous décor.
The Eclectic Fox
2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Most people might envision a complete immersion in Southwestern design when they think of vacation rentals in Scottsdale, but Chante’s Eclectic Fox proves that rental apartments in Scottsdale can be funky works of art in and of themselves.
You will immediately feel transported to Mexico after walking through the front door. Three steer skulls watch over you as you sit on the cushy white couch or lay your head on the black velvet pillows to catch a show. One of the most eye-catching parts of design is a punchy accent wall covered in a black and white tropical pattern, playfully acting as a statement backdrop to other unexpected design choices, like pops of brass, boho rattan furniture, reclaimed wood, and sleek subway tile.
One living room wall is glass from floor to ceiling and leads out to a private porch that feels like a secluded oasis, despite being part of an apartment complex. Staying at Chante’s also gives you access to a shared hot tub and pool, perfect for winding down after a day exploring nearby shops, restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of The Eclectic Fox.
Home on the Ranch
5 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 1 bath
Sara and Cliff’s Western-themed guesthouse design is executed to perfection and proves that short-term rentals in Scottsdale can be just as hip outside of the downtown area as in. Sitting on a generous piece of land in North Scottsdale, this cowboy bunkhouse makes it feel like you’re inside a museum. The hosts previously lived on an 8,500 acre cattle ranch in Colorado, and the love of all things Western truly shines through in the creative touches throughout the house. The guesthouse has saddles, branding irons, horseshoes, and rodeo art. Hours can be spent perusing the thoughtful details of each room.
Being parents and grandparents themselves, Cliff and Sara have made sure to outfit the house for families, greeting guests with cookies and making a pack ’n’ play and high chair available if needed.
Outside are two acres filled with hummingbirds, roadrunners, and quail, while close to the house is an authentic Mexican fireplace for enjoying the famous Arizona sunsets and fire-filled nights. The proximity of the ranch to Cave Creek makes for unique nights out, with authentic-style saloons, riding stables, biker bars, and cowboy-esque restaurants to choose from.
Given its design and location, Sara and Cliff’s cowboy bunkhouse is most certainly one of the best Airbnb rentals in Scottsdale!
2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
The private bedroom and guest suite in Maria’s Scottsdale Airbnb prove that size does not matter one bit when it comes to luxury. The guest suite is artfully decorated with Maria’s professional photography, outfitted with a minifridge and microwave, and thoughtfully stocked with cold water bottles to combat the desert temperatures. When you wake up in your comfortable queen-size bed facing double French doors that open to a backyard oasis, you’ll be immediately drawn out to your elegantly styled private patio overlooking a majestic pool and tasteful landscaping, including lemon and grapefruit trees. Maria brings fresh coffee to her guests in the morning, and you might even be lucky enough to meet Gracie, Maria’s friendly little pooch.
This poolside paradise makes a wonderful home base for exploring all that Scottsdale has to offer, including Old Town shops, restaurants, and Camelback Mountain. It is even close enough to walk to a large 13-acre park that provides some shade from the Arizona sun.
Old Town Casita
2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Stepping into Sara’s Old Town Airbnb in Scottsdale is like walking through a modern day watercolor painting, complete with tranquil shades of slate blues, beachy grays, and crisp whites. Add ceiling fans and cool-to-the-touch tile floors, and you have the perfect respite after a day of intense sunshine. Sara’s luxurious bed linens and towels blend seamlessly with the peaceful atmosphere and help promote a good night’s sleep. Her condo is spotless and has a well-stocked kitchen, making your decision to eat at one of the many nearby restaurants a choice rather than a necessity.
If you do decide to venture out, start with the private patio, accessible directly from the bedroom. From there, spend an afternoon lounging in luxury at the quiet, shared pool (or in the hot tub, if the weather is cool enough!)
Sara’s condo is a wonderful home base for exploring all that Old Town Scottsdale has to offer, with its many eateries, bars, and shops, but it is also near outdoor adventures and hiking trails. If you are a football fan, you will be happy to find Sara’s Scottsdale Airbnb to be only two miles away from the Giant’s stadium – you might even catch them at spring training while you’re there!
Rock ’n’ Roll Guesthouse
4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath
Jeff’s Scottsdale Airbnb is the perfect blend of relaxation and rock ’n’ roll, setting it apart with its unique vibe from many others in the area. Each room is thoughtfully curated with brightly colored pop art and wall records. Red living room chairs mimic the wall art and a comfy, oversized leather couch finishes off the composition of the room. The guesthouse echoes the feel of a gallery and gets you in the proper mindset to explore the art galleries within walking distance.
Also accessible by foot is the Desert Botanical Garden, which showcases native plants, flowers, and cacti you will not see at other gardens. Prepare to be wowed!
Jeff’s home is located in Sherwood Heights, a private area voted a Top 10 neighborhood by Phoenix New Times. Once you are seated outside having a refreshing drink on the patio and taking in the view of Camelback Mountain and Papago Park, you’ll understand why!
Old Town Pool-Time
4 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath
Vacation homes for rent in Scottsdale don’t typically have hot tubs, given the city’s extremely warm to high year-round temperatures. Jennifer’s inviting and beautifully updated condo boasts both a shared hot tub for cooler evenings and a crystal clear pool to cool off at any time. The common area even includes a gym and an indoor pool table.
Inside the home, you’ll find a lovely, modern kitchen with granite countertops and high-end appliances that encourage tasty evenings in. You are treated to a complimentary bottle of wine and will notice the clever cereal dispenser in the kitchen, making it easy to grab a little food in the morning before you head off to explore the many shops, restaurants, and bars that are all within walking distance of Old Town.
When you aren’t exploring, relaxing in the living room is easy with its oversized leather couch, and just in case you are visiting for work or need to catch up on some emails, there is a designated desk in the corner. Just through the living area is a large private patio with comfy chairs and a separate eating area to enjoy those neon Scottsdale sunsets.
3 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath
This mid-century Airbnb in Scottsdale is an absolute gem, with its pristine, stylish, magazine-worthy interior and its funky, retro exterior. You will definitely want to relax by the aquamarine pool, cool and refreshing in the warm sun and heated during the winter months to provide guests year-round access.
Kris’ attention to detail can be seen throughout the condo in her clean, uncluttered design and well-chosen art. Her effort to outfit you with easy sleep can be felt on the memory foam king-size mattress and seen in the room-darkening shades. You will also appreciate the Gigablast Wi-Fi, whether you are on a Zoom meeting with your co-workers or watching Netflix or Youtube on the Roku TV.
If you decide to leave the comfort of home or the bright red bistro patio set, you will find many museums, restaurants, and bars within walking distance, including Sip Coffee & Beer, and Scottsdale’s beloved wood-fired pizza place, Craft 64.
Edgy Artist Loft
4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1 bath
If a Scottsdale vacation worthy of the ’gram is what you seek, then you will find all of that and more in David’s hip, artist’s loft. Every detail, from the exposed, salmon-painted ducts to the custom wall murals created by local artists, is executed with the utmost care. The glossy vertical subway tile in the kitchen creates a spotless backdrop for a morning espresso. Will you go back to the bedroom and finish your drink in the hanging bubble chair by the windows, or will you comfy up in the Bertoia-style living room?
David’s loft celebrates the culture of the surrounding art scene in its inclusion of bright pop art, a neon headboard, vintage clocks, and unconventional window panels. It should come as no surprise that this edgy condo is centrally located with easy access to art galleries, the entertainment district, Old Town, Fashion Square, and the Waterfront.
Just as hip as the interior space is the inviting shared pool, which looks like a postcard, with its vintage desert charm and breeze-block enclosure.
Rustic, Mid-Century Retreat
4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 2 baths
Short-term home rentals in Scottsdale should be welcoming, spotless, and quiet. Holly’s Old Town, mid-century condo delivers all of these necessities. Her design is impeccable and flows elegantly from room to room, and outside, you will find a lovely, refreshing shared pool. A reclaimed pallet wood wall makes a statement, and her unique dining table makes you want to pull out an old-school attached stool and sit awhile over breakfast. The rustic, modern design continues into both bedrooms and bathrooms, while comfort reigns supreme with her oversized white, pillowy couch that you will want to kick back on after being out and about all day. Outside two double doors is a sizable covered patio with a whole other full-seating area and BBQ.
Holly’s condo is close to everything, and you will find no shortage of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques to check out within walking distance. Try a farm-to-table meal at Arcadia Farms Café and stop in for a drink at the Rusty Spur Saloon. Besides enjoying a great drink, you might run into celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, or Vince Vaughn.
Luxury on the Green
8 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 2 baths
If you are traveling with a large party for work, a vacation, or a family reunion, then you are also most likely seeking large, well-equipped houses for rent in Scottsdale. Look no further than Luxury on the Green. This home seamlessly blends comfort, elegance, and design with a giant living room sectional, multiple sleeping arrangements, and a palette of soothing grays, whites, and pastels.
Luxury on the Green is equipped with everything to make certain you are fully entertained at all times, even when you are not relaxing in the incredible pool or on the floats and loungers after breaking a sweat shooting hoops in the driveway. If you are feeling in need of shade, there is a generous covered patio, a chess table inside the house, and even a ping-pong table in the spotlessly clean garage. For those wanting to practice their putts, the backyard has been converted into a putting green, complete with string lights to keep you going after the sun has set.
Though going out to dinner is always an option, the house is set up with a fully equipped kitchen, Viking grill, breakfast bar, and dining table large enough to accommodate everyone.
Proper Poolside Retreat
10 guests · 3 bedrooms · 7 beds · 2 baths
If you rent a house in Scottsdale as well-equipped and enjoyable as Brandon and Kelsey’s poolside retreat, we can almost guarantee you will never want to leave. Their large home is the perfect base for group getaways or families with kids, and it’s also pet-friendly! The open, airy floor plan is all about comfort and conversation, with multiple couches and a giant farmhouse table for enjoying a home-cooked meal. The two main bedrooms have pillow-top mattresses, and both include a desk, which might not make working on vacation more fun but will certainly make it easier. If you are traveling with kids, there’s a double bunk-room and a high chair available. Luxurious bathroom choices include a rain-shower and a soaking tub.
Brandon and Kelsey’s home is walkable to Old Town entertainment and the canal, but staying in has many perks, including a well-designed common area with a pool table and a brilliantly set-up outdoor area. Enjoy a seasonally heated pool, cornhole, mini putting green, built-in kitchen and grill, eating area, and lounging area. There is even another seating area with two conversational couches, a firepit, and an umbrella-covered area of the pool!
Vibrant Desert Oasis
8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 3 baths
You will appreciate the tranquility immediately felt upon entering Matthew’s vibrant desert oasis townhome. White walls with gray floors make a cohesive and calming backdrop, while tasteful bursts of color can be seen in the accent pillows, paintings, and photography. Matthew has made sure his home encourages relaxation with cushiony tufted chairs, benches, and even headboards. Pillow-top mattresses echo the sentiment, and two sets of double beds in the third bedroom ensure that there is plenty of sleeping space for larger groups. The bathrooms feel resort-like with walk-in showers, rain heads, and high-end hardware. There is even a heated towel rack so that you can stay warm while drying off!
Step outside the home to a very private, high-walled patio space with a sitting area, an outdoor dining area, and a private hot tub/therapy spa large enough for two at a time. To cool off, there is a shared, quiet, community pool just steps away from the townhouse for bathing or swimming laps.
When you are ready to explore, all you need to do is walk outside and you are by Main Street, Old Town, which is lined with bars, eateries, shops, and galleries to explore.
Soothing Poolside Old Town Condo
6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 beds · 1.5 baths
Last but certainly not least is Bethany’s Scottsdale Airbnb, a well-designed condo just steps from Fashion Square and a short walk to Old Town excitement. Her thoughtful touches include greenery, plush pillows, and a cohesive, cool color palette that puts you instantly at ease. Even the books chosen for each room adhere to the lovely myriad of blue hues! The condo is a modern stylish mix of various natural and painted woods, mirrors, granite, metal and watercolor art, punctuated by mid-century lamps and vases. Comfortable pillow-top mattresses and a well-equipped, sun drenched kitchen with espresso maker will make your stay even more pleasurable.
Lounging by any of the four pools within the community is sure to bring a smile to your face before you hit the town for a night out. You will appreciate the close proximity to the beautiful waterfront area and downtown. This space makes a wonderful home base for exploring Scottsdale’s many walking trails, Camelback mountain, and golf courses, or even for setting out for a day trip to Sedona.
Whether it’s a gorgeous, relaxing private room, a spacious house with a putting green, or an artsy urban loft you seek, these Scottsdale Airbnbs will ensure that you can unwind in luxury and enjoy the amenities of the city and surrounding mountain areas.