San Francisco is one of America’s most eclectic cities. Being the second-most densely populated city in the United States, San Francisco is home to liberals, immigrants, hippies, techies and yuppies.
It is a vibrant city recognized for its fog, hilly landscape and assorted styles of architecture. Just the simple act of exploring around the varied neighborhoods and taking in the sights can be very rewarding for any traveler. However, when choosing a home away from home, you do not want to simply hole up in any apartment or hotel.
Here are some of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in San Francisco that will make your stay in the city even more worthwhile.
1. Grand and cozy 1920's SF studio (from USD 149)
149 USD/night | 2 beds | 4 guests
"The hosts left some treats for us and the space was perfect for our little family. The location is great..." - Kylie (guest review)
If you love the great outdoors, give this studio in Bernal Heights a try. Situated between the peaks of San Francisco’s rolling hills, this casual and approachable neighborhood will instantly make you feel at home. The apartment is two minutes away from a MUNI, and you can easily head Downtown with the frequent buses.
This charming 1920s studio apartment is newly remodeled from what used to be a corner store. The studio gives you a warm vibe as it is artistically decorated and comes with wood and stone flooring. There are separate areas for sleeping, dining, cooking, working and relaxing. Cozy up with your loved ones around the gas fireplace.
The kitchenette is fully equipped with appliances such as burners and a microwave, so you can easily whip up a meal here.
Grand and Cozy 1920's SF StudioSan Francisco, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:bed is great--decor interesting with original art old school light and bath fixtures and original hardwood floorslots of space and very comfortablei also worked on my laptop for a couple of days at the apartment and the internet was greatthe space is quite large and had everything to make the stay comfortablethis is a really great apartment that had everything we needed for a week’s stay
Cleanliness:very clean as wellvery clean and comfortable studiothe space was very clean and well keptsmall bathroom but everything is very clean and all you needthe apartment was very clean warm quiet and safe
Host:the host is friendlymike was very friendly and made us feel at homehosts were very generous and provided great local knowledgemike and nic are friendly welcoming and warm hostsmike and nic are truly great hosts and very helpfulRead more reviews
Location:great location in a fun neighborhoodgreat location close to bernal heights downtown and the parkreally quiet neighborhood near tons of good food and storesthe location was perfect toothis place was in great location
2. Charming garden cottage at Bernal Heights (from USD 150)
150 USD/night | 1 bed | 2 guests
"Hosts have thought of everything to make you stay feel like home. Cute garden room is the perfect break from a day of city life." - Michelle (guest review)
If you are looking for a more special experience, head down to this garden cottage, also located in sunny Bernal Heights. It is only a 3-minute walk to cafes and restaurants at Cortland Avenue. If you are here for the weekend, make sure you check out the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Flea Market on Sundays on the hill.
The hosts Toby and Joe are Fine Artists, so art enthusiasts will feel very at home here. Immerse yourself in art and beauty in this little space filled with artwork and books you can browse. The cottage even has a cable TV with more than 100 channels, as well as a radio and cassette player!
Garden Cottage Charming!San Francisco, California, United States
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the cottage was very comfortable allowing all the space i neededthe cottage was completely cozy and adorablethe kitchen is always available to make tea coffee have some biscotti bottled water and fresh orangescute cozy and comfortable cottage in a tranquil garden setting in the middle of bernal heights of san franciscothe cottage was very cute and cozy inside with unique touches
Cleanliness:futon bed and bedding was very comfortable and cleanthe cottage was clean comfortable and an unique experienceclean and art filled cabin was a joy to spend a few nights in
Host:toby and joe were wonderful hoststoby and joe were wonderful hoststoby and joe are delightful hosts and made us feel right at homethe hosts are so kind and welcoming and interestingtoby and joe were the most welcoming hosts i have ever encounteredRead more reviews
Location:easy to get the bus to and from anywhereeasy street parking and convenient locations close to main neighborhoodsgreat place so cozy and cutethe neighborhood is nice and walkablethe location is very close to mission district and easily accessible to other parts of the city
3. Studio at Civic Center (from USD 125)
One of the best Airbnbs in San Francisco, this amazing studio apartment is located in the Civic Center building complex. Featuring a flat-screen TV, oven, refrigerator, heater, dishwasher, microwave, blow dryer, iron, washer and dryer, and more, this cheap Airbnb in San Francisco has it all. This studio is available for a minimum of 30 days and also comes with a parking spot. The building that the Airbnb is located in is monitored for security reasons, ensuring your safety.
Civic Center Studio With ParkingSan Francisco, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the furnishings were simple but very nice; we especially liked having a fully functional kitchenthe apartment had a washer/dryer in unit which was goodbonus: the apartment is right above a philz coffee - the best coffee in sfsafe great location wifi netflix washer & dryer etcwe enjoyed having breakfast on the rooftop with excellent views of the city
Cleanliness:beautiful and super clean placecarlos' place was very clean and exactly as advertisedthe apartment was extremely clean and stylishthe place was great very cleanstudio was clean quiet and accurately reflected in the pictures
Host:carlos was a great hostcarlos was a great hostcarlos was an awesome hostcarlos was a fantastic hostcarlos was a fantastic hostRead more reviews
Location:the location is fantasticgreat central locationabsolutely love the location it is central to everythingvery good location near city centerthe location was good as well
4. Vintage caravan urban glamping
95 USD/night | 1 bed | 2 guests
Cosy up in the quiet Oakland neighborhood at this adorably restored 1964 Kenskill camper. The BART is only 7 blocks away, and a short 30-minute ride will take you to downtown San Francisco. This is the ideal spot if you want to explore both San Francisco and Oakland.
If you would like to experience a taste of country life in a tiny-home, this vintage caravan is perfect for you. The trailer is strategically positioned so that guests can sit at the dinette and enjoy a view of the shared garden and the owner’s flock of chickens.
This vintage caravan is not only painted in vibrant colors, but also tastefully furnished with matching interiors. Even though it is a small space, you will be set with a well-equipped bathroom, sink and separate shower. Necessities like towels and linens are provided, and the hosts will prepare biodegradable soap.
It is even well-stocked with breakfast items, such as oatmeal, coffee beans, an assortment of tea and all cooking utensils you would need to prepare a good meal. If you are lucky, you can even get fresh eggs when the hens start laying enough!
For more information on this adorable caravan, click
5. Upscale sunny private bed and bath
129 USD/night | 1 bed | 2 guests
"Jeff was awesome + the place was really great. Super clean, modern, high ceilings, beautiful bathroom, and perfectly situated." - Alan (guest review)
If you don’t need a kitchen in your Airbnb, this listing is well-worth considering. This private bedroom in a beautiful 1879 Victorian house is in a prime location in the middle of Pacific Heights/Fillmore. It’s so convenient that it has a Walk Score of 100!
You are bound to have an exceptional time with this listing as your base. It is walking distance to fantastic food, shopping and entertainment. The host, Jeff, will be more than happy to recommend the gems within the neighborhood.
Not only is this bedroom spacious, it has a high ceiling, letting lots of sunlight in. The room is equipped with a comfy king-sized bed, and even has a mini fridge in the closet. To top it all off, it comes with a private bathroom with a freestanding soaking tub and separate shower. The minimalistic design of the room makes it seem as though you are living in a boutique hotel - and for a fraction of the price!
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6. Clean and modern Mission cottage
134 USD/night | 1 bed | 2 guests
"Super cosy, extremely comfortable, a good size and in an excellent location." - Megan (guest review)
Feel at home right away in this cosy cottage. Even though it is located in the bustling and trendy Mission District, you won’t have to worry about noise, as it is tucked away in a corner off the main road.
Take your time to explore what the fascinating Mission neighborhood has to offer. There are many great restaurants, cafes and art galleries just a stone’s throw away from your doorstep. The Dolores Park and The Castro are also a short stroll away.
If you are ready to explore the rest of the city, this modern studio is only a block away from the BART (16th Street Stop). From here, take a short 2-stop ride and you will arrive at Union Square - the heart of San Francisco.
The hosts Autumn and Richie have added a few special touches to make you feel even more at home. The cottage is provided with coffee, tea, a microwave and a mini fridge. You can even wind down after a long day with the yoga mat that has been thoughtfully included!
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7. Spacious designer flat, Mission gem
207 USD/night |1 bed | 3 guests
"It's in a perfect place in the Mission and very comfortable. It's a very large space, for the area, and beautifully designed." - Tyler (guest review)
With an interior designer as a host, you can be sure to live in style in this apartment. This spacious and charming loft was featured on a Travel Channel show ‘Top Spot’!
Situated in the Mission Dolores neighborhood, this top floor flat is a tough one to beat in terms of convenience. It is located a mere 4 blocks from the BART and 1 block from MUNI. This will make your city exploration a breeze.
If you don’t feel like taking public transportation, take a short walk and you’ll find yourself in the vibrant Valencia Street, home to a bunch of indie shops and restaurants.
For those rainy afternoons when you just feel like lounging around, the flat is equipped with an LCD TV and a furnace heater to keep you warm and occupied. You can also cook yourself a nice meal in the kitchen that has all the modern appliances that you need.
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8. Quiet modern loft with private garden
200 USD/night | 1 bed | 3 guests
If you are looking for a unique space, this modern loft in the Mission District will not disappoint. Beth and Geo have converted a livery stable into a rustic little cottage. To get here, you’ll walk past the brightly painted murals along Balmy Street. Go through the reclaimed wood barn door and climb up the steel and oak hand forged staircase to reach the super comfy queen-sized bed.
Sip a cup of tea or coffee as you bask in the morning sun in the private garden. The location of the loft is perfect for a laid-back traveler. There is a wide selection of restaurants, wine bars and cafes right outside! If you want to get out of the neighborhood and see the city, the BART is just a quick 10-minute walk.
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9. Adorable cottage w/ fenced yard in the Mission District
395 USD/night | 2 beds | 5 guests
"We had a great time at Kelsey's house which was very much like the description and pictures." - Andy (guest review)
If you are visiting San Francisco with family, this adorable cottage will suit your needs. Situated in the ever popular Mission District, this space includes two bedrooms, a living and dining room, a large kitchen and a fenced backyard.
Your family will be all set here, as this listing includes all the amenities that you may need. There is even cable, Apple TV with HBO Go and Netflix accounts if your family want to catch up on some TV or have a movie night together.
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10. Old-school Victorian accommodation (from USD 173)
Head to this old-school Victorian vacation rental San Francisco for a cozy and comfortable stay. Built in 1894, this accommodation features one double bed and an adjoining bathroom that comes with many amenities. This vacation home rental in San Francisco has ton of Victorian features that go brilliantly with its contemporary design. So for those who want to have a quaint holiday, yet be close enough to venture out, this is the place for you.
Tranquil Updated Studio in Central Historic DistrictSan Francisco, California, United StatesSuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:apartment looks just like the pictureslovely touches were plentiful shampoo body lotion in the bathroom and snacks in the frigdonna provides plenty of shower gel shampoo conditioner moisturiser and so on which is very usefulthe apartment was lovely spacious and fully stockedthe half bath was very useful to have when our baby was asleep in the room
Cleanliness:clean and as describedeverything was clean and it felt homeytastefully decorated and clean apartment with lots of charm and in a great neighborhoodthe unit itself was very clean and check-in was straightforwardnice and clean love this home
Host:host was very kind and tendingdonna was a great hostdonna was a great hostdonna is a wonderful host and very accessible for questionsdonna is a great hostRead more reviews
Location:great location central to everythingthe location is also fantasticgreat location and a super stylish place in the heart of san franciscoa perfect location for exploring sf close to shops and activities (like the cityride bike rentalsit was close to the downtown area and steps away from public transit great restaurants and shoppingWeekly discount: 18% off
11. Modern design haven in the Mission
170 USD/ night | 3 beds | 4 guests
"The apartment is beautifully decorated and there is SO much light and air in the kitchen and living areas." - Jason (guest review)
If you want a glimpse of living like a local in San Francisco, look no further. This one-bedroom apartment is right in the heart of the city. The location is perfect for exploring the vibrant neighborhoods by foot, being only a few steps from Dolores Park, the Mission and Castro. You will have no trouble finding good food, as award-winning shopping, cafes, restaurants and bars are nearby. The MUNI light rail and many buses stop just 1.5 blocks away, making it super easy to connect to downtown and the rest of the city.
Owned by a couple who are an architect and designer/artist, the apartment is carefully embellished with high quality designer furniture. If you appreciate good design, get excited here as they have vintage Eames chairs and George Nelson lighting. The separate bedroom comes with a brand new memory foam bed, so rest assured that you will sleep like a baby after a day of exploring.
Stunning Views from a Modern Home near Dolores ParkSan Francisco, California, United States
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:we appreciated the many amenities and enjoyed the comfortable bedthe wifi is perfect and the smart tv already has netflix installed and available for guestsliving/dining area is light-filled and comfortablejoy & peter's apartment was as described if not betterthe apartment was great with a nicely equipped kitchen and an unbeatable location
Cleanliness:it was clean and beautifulclean bright gorgeously decoratedit was clean welcoming and comfortableit is clean and very well equipped with extra bedding towels bathroom and kitchen suppliesthe apartment was clean bright and very well equipped
Host:joy & peter were fantastic hostsjoy and peter were excellent hoststhe owners are super nicejoy was also extremely attentive to any questions we hadjoy was very helpful with all my questionsRead more reviews
Location:perfect location close to transportation and very quietthe location met my requirements of central to food mass transit and funthe neighborhood is quiet and public transportation is easy to accesslocation was perfect both for walking and public transportamazing place location and experience many thanks
12. A cozy haven for four
This beautiful Airbnb vacation rental in San Fransisco is the place to be for a small family, a couple, or a solo traveler. Located close to the Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, this studio apartment is perfect for those who love to stay indoors, but also enjoy going out and exploring new places. This studio also has a private patio where there is a fire pit where you can toast marshmallows in the evenings. The interiors have an industrial look with an open layout plan for a cozy stay at this San Francisco neighborhood Airbnb.
Perfect Haven by Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach.San Francisco, California, United States
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the queen bed was awesome ( ) and the foldout couch was very comfortable (our daughter's review )heater is strong and you'll definitely be warm throughout your stayjoshua has done a nice job of decorating the room with lots of quality amenitiesi appreciated the amenities like the full size fridge the microwave and full kitchenthe apartment met all our needs and the backyard gardens and patio/firepit was a bonus
Cleanliness:the room was clean and well presentedclean well equipped and comfortableit was impoecably clean and well appointedthe apartment was very clean spacious and comfortablethe place is neat clean and simple
Host:hosts were communicative & responsivejosh was a great host very helpfulthey were also the perfect hosts who respected your privacy and were always available if you needed anythingit was great studio and good hosteven 3 hosts were accommodating with check in time and appreciated their flexibility and communicationRead more reviews
Location:the location was idealapartment was close to great hiking and safeway was close bygreat location - close to beach and golden gate parkpublic transportation was close by and easy to useotherwise great location very close to great parks
Discover San Francisco’s colorful neighborhoods
Diversity is embedded in San Francisco’s DNA. With such a mix of different and creative personalities, it is no wonder that there is always something new and exciting going on even in the neighborhoods. Wait no further and book these Airbnb accommodations and feel like a local while you are there!
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