Bellingham, Washington, has an unusual unofficial nickname: the City of Subdued Excitement. While this may not inspire travelers to instantly book their visit, Bellingham is a quietly exciting city with much more activity than meets the eye. The city is located on the Puget Sound north of Seattle and an hour south of the Canadian border. In town, visitors can visit tons of small breweries, be entertained by the thriving arts scene, and stroll along the beautiful waterfront. The city also has easy access to lots of natural attractions, like Mount Baker and the North Cascades National Park. If that isn’t enough to convince you, just take a look at our list of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Bellingham, Washington, for all the cozy and homey places to stay in the city.
1. Cozy cabin in the city
You don’t have to stay out in the wilderness to have a cute cabin rental! This charming guest house looks like a traditional cabin but is located less than a mile from downtown Bellingham. Inside, the cabin features a loft with a queen bed and a convertible futon on the lower level which can fit up to four guests. There is no kitchen, but there is a coffee maker so you can enjoy your morning cup out on the small front porch. If you like the idea of a rustic accommodation with easy access to all Bellingham has to offer, this is the place for you!
Guest House—200sq ft (B&B-permit USE2o18oo1o)Bellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:there is a/c and multiple fans to keep it cool strong wifi coffee and a parking spoti had an amazing time here the space is so cozy and has so many amenities availableit’s a cute and comfortable space with nice touches like earplugs shampoo/conditioner and a coffeemakerit's definitely small but they're able to make it feel welcoming and cozy on a rainy bellingham daythe loft is tight as described but it was still extremely comfortable and easy to maneuver
Cleanliness:very clean cozy and comfortablenice and clean place to staya clean cozy and comfy spaceand they keep the space very cleanchris & amy’s tiny house was clean and cozy
Host:the hosts were attentive and kindthoughtful and reaponsive hosts :)they are super responsive and accommodating and are super great hostsgreat value great hosts and great overall 10/10 you will not regret staying herewonderful hosts had a perfect stay with short noticeRead more reviews
Location:super cute little place close to a park downtown and the universitysuch a cute tiny house and great locationit's located in a super cute neighborhood just a few minutes walk to downtowngreat location for a walk into bellinghamcute and cozy little house in walking distance to bellingham downtown
2. Charming cottage with a great backyard
Enjoy your privacy at this cozy guest house! Though it is located on the host’s property, the guest house is completely separated from the main home and guests are free to check in and leave as they please. The rental is surrounded by a wooded area that makes a quiet and pleasant environment. Enjoy the outdoors by soaking in the hot tub or sitting around the fire pit and making S'mores! You can also take a leisurely walk to the lovely Lake Whatcom. The interior of the cottage is set up like a studio apartment and it has room for three guests.
Sanitized Modern Cabin in Private Area W/ Hot TubBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:comfortable bed with a tv and 2 chairs in a studio-type spacethe bed was comfy and the pullout couch was surprisingly comfortablethere is no sink in the kitchen space but the fridge is hugevery quiet and probably the most comfortable bed in bellinghamplenty of room with nice vaulted ceilings large bathroom and living area
Cleanliness:very clean and well appointedsuper clean and perfect for usroom was clean and nicegreat place clean and privatevery accommodating and clean throughout the cabin
Host:host is very friendlyhosts were so nice and welcomingheather was a great hosthost was great we booked last minute and she accommodated us with quick responsesheather was an outstanding hostRead more reviews
Location:location is great - close to the lake and just far away from towngreat location (10 minute drive downtown walking distance to the lake)nice private locationthis is a great location in bellinghamwe enjoyed the location and walking to the lake
3. Highly rated guest suite with complete privacy
This guest suite rental is located in the host’s home, but it has its own private entrance so you can interact as much or as little as you would like! The guest suite has one bedroom that can sleep up to two guests. There is a private bathroom, a small kitchen, and even a private washer and dryer. Be aware that the apartment does not have a TV or other media devices. However, with its proximity to breweries, a grocery store, and a bus line that can take you all over the city, you might not end up spending your time watching TV!
The Pumpkin SuiteBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:lots of great amenities around the apartmentthe kitchen facilities were great and we really appreciated the coffee makergreat space very comfortable with all neededno tv but we had a lovely evening playing the games that were providedcozy well stocked and easy to live in
Cleanliness:very clean and comfortablevery clean cozy and pleasantbasic clean and easy accommodationthe space was clean and comfortableit was super clean with a lovely bathroom and comfortable bed
Host:the owner was extremely kind and helpful as wellthe hosts have done an absolutely beautiful and thoughtful job decorating itshe was very communicative and helpful and we would definitely stay here againcayley was very accommodating and great about being in touch with usif anyone is concerned about a 'shared wall' with your host - our space felt completely privateRead more reviews
Location:and in a central easy locationbeautiful house and great locationthe location was fantastic for a trip to bellinghameasy to get around with bus or 20ish min walk to downtowngreat place in a convenient location in bellingham
4. Guest house located in a microbrewery
Craft beer enthusiasts can stay in the vacation rental of their dreams at this guest suite! This rental is located in the Stones Throw Brewery, an active microbrewery complete with a cozy taproom and fire pit outside. You’ll be just steps from tasty ales whenever the brewery is open, and guests are even allowed to have their meals in the tasting room too! Though this isn’t an ideal rental for guests who want complete quiet, you’ll mostly have privacy from the sights and sounds of the brewery. The rental is a one-bedroom suite that can host up to four guests. There is a fully equipped kitchen and the hosts provide towels and toiletries in the bathroom.
Stones Throw Brewery Guest HouseBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:the space was lovely with a fireplace in the living roomcute kitchen with all amenities to cook meals if you wantedbed was super comfy and the sheets very softit’s a lovely apartment in a quiet convenient part of bellinghamwe had such a delightful stay at this cozy space
Cleanliness:space was clean and comfortablethe place is clean and cozythe place was very clean and well decoratedeverything was super cleanclean place with everything you’d need
Host:people were so friendlythank you for hosting usnadine and tony were great hosts and eager to helpthe staff at the brewery is very nice and extremely helpfuland literally outside your doorstep is a really cool beer garden/beer bar with excellent beer and friendly peopleRead more reviews
Location:literally the best location possibleamazing location and fun staya great location in fairhavenfantastic location in the middle of fairhavencute unique space in a great location
5. Renovated apartment in historic Old Fairhaven
Stay in the heart of the historic Old Fairhaven district of Bellingham, one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods! The building where this apartment is located dates back to 1909 and it was recently renovated with completely modern appliances. There is a full kitchen for cooking meals and a bathroom complete with toiletries in case you forget to pack something. The apartment has room for up to four guests, though it might be a bit cramped with four adults. It is located within walking distance of downtown Bellingham and right next door to a cool micro-brewery!
Downtown Historic Fairhaven (no cleaning fee ever)Bellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:you can faintly hear a train however we just turned on the fan and fell asleep easilythe apartment is super clean very stylish and cozy with great amenities including a lovely balconythe king bed is so comfortablei especially enjoyed the comfortable bed and the samples of local coffee kristi providedi stayed at kristi’s charming apartment which feels like a hug
Cleanliness:kristi's place was clean and cozygood and clear communication with host extremely clean and quietthe apartment was gorgeous and very well cleaned upon our arrivalthe place was clean and full of anything we could needkristi’s place is clean cozy and so well taken care of
Host:great host - highly recommendedowner is super responsive and helpfulthe host kristi went above and beyond in providing a great spacekristi is a wonderful host and her airbnb is delightfulkristi was a lovely host and i would definitely stay here again and againRead more reviews
Location:super cute place great locationgreat location walking distance to shopping and restaurantsgreat place -wonderfully located close to everythingperfect location to enjoy and walk fairhavenwalking distance to great food and drinks
6. Roomy studio with quirky amenities
This bright and welcoming apartment is great for those drawn to Bellingham’s artsy scene! Its sunny skylights and cozy furniture create a warm atmosphere and it even has heated floors to make the chilly days cozier. Creative types will love strumming on the guitar before heading out to catch live music at one of the many breweries. The apartment even comes with a tandem bike so two guests can try taking in Bellingham on wheels!
Broadway Park GarageMahal Studio Mini HouseBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:the bed is like sleeping on a clouddonna's studio apartment had great amenities like a flatscreen tv bose speaker and full kitchengreat suite full kitchen all amenities and the hosts allow use of a great deckthe bed was very comfortable and there were extra blankets if neededyou can expect wonderful cozy enviroment filled with unique touches that make it come alive
Cleanliness:very nice clean and cozy placeeverything was exceptionally clean and well maintainedstylish place clean and convenientbeautiful clean and welcoming spaceit is very clean cozy and fun
Host:donna and vincent were perfect hoststhe hosts are excellent and the apartment is stylish and comfortabledonna truly is a super host in all waysthere’s a reason donna is a super hostdonna was a gracious host who came to meet me when i couldn't read house numbersRead more reviews
Location:location is perfectgreat locationthe location is terrificlocation was great toogreat loft location above the garage
7. Cozy private apartment
Though this rental is located on a spacious, wooded piece of land, it is still close enough to Bellingham to enjoy all of the sights of the city. The apartment is located in the host’s home and has its own entry for privacy. Guests are welcome to enjoy the outdoors on the covered patio, where you can relax rain or shine. The one-bedroom apartment does not have a kitchen, but it comes with utensils that you can use to eat groceries or takeout from one of the restaurants nearby.
Tall Cedars Private ApartmentBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:i loved the view from the living room windowsmany thoughtful additional amenities and it's a quiet and cozy place to staywe appreciated light breakfast and good coffee provided and our dog being welcomeblankets we're super cozysuch a homy place with lots of room and easy checkin
Cleanliness:big clean bathroomvery clean and comfortablethe house is clean and cozyclean easy to find etcclean comfy and great location
Host:i appreciate the host hospitalitycozy and very welcoming hostgreat place very thoughtful hostsmel and deborah were very friendly and lovely hostsi certainly give my thumbs up and a thank you to the gracious hostsRead more reviews
Location:great location close to everythinggreat location with everything you needgreat location for getting to mountain bike trailsgreat location and comfy spacesuch a cute little apartment close to much entertainment and nighe life
8. Stunning studio with view of the bay (from USD 127)
This studio apartment is located on the third floor of an 1886 home. You will be rewarded for climbing the narrow staircases with a stunning rental and breathtaking views of Bellingham Bay! The space is filled with lots of light and wooden accents on the ceiling that give the apartment lots of character. It is sized for two guests and has a kitchen stocked with all the basic tools and appliances. The rental is within walking distance to Bellingham’s waterfront as well as its vast array of breweries, museums, and parks.
Bay-View Studio: Walking Distance to Downtown!Bellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:nicely equipped kitchen with keuriga nice view of the water and mountains can be seen from the bed and the kitchen tablecomfortable bed amazing shower great viewsvery important for us in the am the bathroom is full size and there’s even a small washer/dryergreat space in bellingham very cute and comfortable
Cleanliness:stylish and clean and cozycosy clean n spacious apartmentit was clean cozy and the bed was very comfortablethis place is awesome very clean and comfortablethe space is stylish clean and cozy
Host:lindsy and eli were excellent hostshost was sweet and responsivethe hosts were knowledgeable of the area & gave great tipslindsy was very accommodating flexible and friendlylindsy and eli are excellent hosts who took great pains to make sure my stay was comfortableRead more reviews
Location:great location incredible place and awesome locationgreat location with cool places to visit within walking distanceonly a 10 minute walk to downtown and a cute placegreat space super cute and very close to downtownlocated centrally to everything it’s a great spot with key attractions close by
9. Cozy four-bedroom house
This comfortable house takes pride in having luxury furnishings and high-end finishes that make the interior more welcoming. One block away from the house is Taylor Street Dock, where you can visit to kill time. Inside the house, you will find a comfortable living room that has a 50-inch smart TV with cable channels. Downtown Bellingham is a walking distance away as well. The host, Michelle, is welcoming and quick to respond to messages.
FAIRHAVEN--One Block to Waterfront & Taylor DockBellingham, Washington, United States
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Amenities & Room:the beds were super comfortable and there was easy access to all the amenities of fairhaventhe beds were incredibly comfortable and the decor is beautifultye kitchen was fully stocked for cooking and the main bathroom was beautiful and felt like a spawe had a very comfortable staythe house was clean well appointed in all rooms including the kitchen and an outdoor electric grill
Cleanliness:very clean and updatedextremely clean and convenientthe buttercup house was clean and welcomingsuper clean updated comfortablecomfortable beds and very clean home
Host:michelle was a wonderful host and her home is well kept and beautifulthank you for hosting me & my family for the holidaysmichelle is an amazing hosthost was very responsive and a pleasure to work worthsuch a beautiful property and accommodating hostsRead more reviews
Location:location is fantasticthe location was amazingperfect location close to fairhaven and downtownwonderful location within walking distance to fairhaven shops and restaurantswe loved the proximity to downtown fairhaven and the waterfront park
10. Private studio with a large wraparound deck (from USD 111)
For a combination of stunning views, convenience, and safety, make this beautiful vacation rental your home for some time. Its large picture windows let in natural light that makes your indoor stay pleasant. Besides that, the studio has luxurious finishes and glorious views of the bay. Also, enjoy outdoor dining in the wraparound deck that has quality furniture. To add to the facility’s pampering, there’s a lovely bathtub that you can soak in at any time.
Cedar Mason InnBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:really nice studio apartment with great views from the balconygreat view and cozy little space for our one night bellingham tripnice with a lot of room and a nice sized deck with lovely viewsnice place - wifi is slow if you need to workthe space was very comfortable and had everything we needed- all with a great view of the bay
Cleanliness:a clean and comfy studio apartmentvery clean and roomyawesome clean open convenient private studiothe apartment was very cleanclean anda unique space
Host:thank you to the hostsvery quick response from host and easy check inhe answers questions very quickly and is very kindalborz was an excellent host and quickly answered any questions we had- check in was slick and simple and the host was responsive when neededRead more reviews
Location:great location walk to downtowngreat spot close to downtown bellinghamperfect location close to the bay close to downtown and waterfront restaurantsbesides that great locationvery ideal location for exploring the area and venturing into downtown bellingham
11. Two-bedroom guest suite in a quiet neighborhood
Enjoy some quiet time in this gorgeous guest suite that has a library of art books. Its interior is filled with an array of artwork and old photographs that you can keep admiring from time to time. Although the house is in a quiet neighborhood, it has easy access to downtown Bellingham as well. The host, Rebecca, is prompt with communication and provides you with a breakfast basket that has cream and sugar.
The Historic Marsh House —600 to 800 s.f. #014281Bellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:good coffee i lived off the krupp water heater thinglots of cozy chairs & the bed was heavenlyvery cozy and fun space full of treasures like the library of art books and gas fireplacerebecca was super communicative and thoughtful and brought us coffee and bits of breakfast every morninga very comfortable place with lots of room relaxing great wifi and all of that
Cleanliness:it will take me all day just to clean up after your staythe house is warm clean the bed was comfortable the shower works greatit was super clean and super warm which was helpful because our stay landed on some cold daysthe beds were comfy the water pressure was fantastic and everything was very very cleanit’s clean but has a lot of stuff to entertain you
Host:she was a kind and thoughtful host and made us feel right at homegreat host very cool spacerebecca is a great hostrebecca is the perfect hostshe is really hospitable and friendlyRead more reviews
Location:great location and a very unique beautiful and interesting place to staywhat a wonderful getaway and locationthe location couldn’t have been more perfectgreat little spot close to town super cozy and beautiful landscapinga perfect place to get away from the city and experience peace
12. Spacious guest suite with Wi-Fi
On entering this stunning guest suite, you can’t help but notice that it’s clean, well-organized, and with thoughtful additions. It’s in an excellent location that gives you quick access to plenty of Bellingham’s attractions such a Lake Whatcom, Samish Crest Trail, and Whatcom Falls Park. Spend time in the cozy living room that has comfortable sofas and a smart TV with Netflix. Stream your favorite movies and documentaries using the suite’s Wi-Fi. Other than that, you have a private garage parking to safely park your car.
Cozy and private suite w/ separate entranceBellingham, Washington, United StatesSuperhost
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Amenities & Room:the bed and sofa are amazingly comfortablethank you for the coffee and the breakfast cookie wifi comfy couch nice clean bathroom and guest toiletriessuper comfy space with great internet and comfy bedvery comfortable furniture and lots of great little touchesthe space was super comfortable and maybe it's silly to say they had amazing soap and shampoo
Cleanliness:clean and modern placespace was clean and privatereally clean nice and comfortablevery clean comfortable and cozyreally clean and comfortable spot
Host:the owners were very responsivethe hosts are very friendly and were attentive beyond compare to our requestsvery responsive friendly hostexcellent hosts would happily stay here againwhat can i say great host wonderful placeRead more reviews
Location:great place close to towngreat location and super comfortable placethe perfect location for us and close to wwugreat spot close to shopping and trailsthe location is so close to everything convenient and an adorable place
13. Creekside apartment in a garden setting
The pretty garden setting of this apartment rental will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a fairytale! This apartment is set on a property with beautiful stone wall landscaping and gardens. It also backs up to a gentle creek that will lull you to sleep at night. Guests are free to soak in the hot tub or lay in the hammock to enjoy the backyard! The guest apartment is located above the unattached garage and guests have complete privacy. It has one bedroom and can accommodate up to four guests, and there is a full kitchen for preparing any kind of meal.
Creekside garden apartment with private entrance.Bellingham, Washington, United States
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Amenities & Room:the bedroom bed was incredibly comfortable and the sheets were awesomevery cozy apartment space with nice light and plenty of spacethe tv with netflix and cable was appreciated as were the keurig pods creamers and paper plates/other dishessuper chill furniture clean comfy bed and the hot tub was amazingthe tv was huge and fun to watch
Cleanliness:so clean and lovelyvery clean and very nicethe place was clean and very spaciousvery spacious clean and quiettheir hot tub was sparkling clean and hot
Host:the hosts were great to respondthad and kristine were excellent hoststhey were also incredibly kind hosts i would love to stay againthey were responsive and provided all we needed for our stayawesome amazing hosts 10 stars out of 5Read more reviews
Location:great location relaxing and scenicgood location to explore the local areathe location and rental is perfectbeautiful location and nice hot tuba great location and hospitality
14. A nicely decorated one-bedroom house
If you’re in search of a clean, spacious, and creatively decorated vacation rental that feels like home, make this lovely house a priority. It has many windows to let in air and natural light, and also gives you unobstructed views of the surroundings. There are also little notes in the house that answer some questions that you might have about the house and the community. To add to its glamour, the facility has a host who is pleasant and very prompt with communication.
Downtown Birds Nest VictorianBellingham, Washington, United States
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Amenities & Room:an eclectic artsy apartment filled with creative touches and comfortable furnishingsloved the balcony and the big four poster bedthe place itself is very relaxing with a ton of greenery comfy furniture and huge bedthe decor is creative and soothing and the bed is very comfortablethere’s also a beautiful view of mount baker from the kitchen
Cleanliness:the place was sparkling clean spacious and very quietcomfortable clean with eclectic artworknicole’s place is very charming and very cleaneasy access clean and charming and spacious rental well appointed with thoughtful touches everywherecozy and clean has everything you need
Host:the host is very beautiful & kind personnicole is a great hostnicole is a very prompt and considerate hostshe hasn’t missed a thing nicole is a pleasure for a host responsive and friendlyhost is pleasant and very prompt with communicationRead more reviews
Location:great downtown location for businessawesome place close to downtownwonderfully located apartment it is incredibly close to everything in downtownthe location is safe and securecentrally located with all the best spots within walking distance or short drive
Get excited about visiting Bellingham
Bellingham is not an ostentatious destination; it boasts no iconic landmarks or well-known sports teams. However, the city’s quiet nature is what makes it all the more charming. You won’t have to worry about battling crowds to see live music or taste local craft beers. If you’re looking for even fewer crowds, you can head out into the nearby wilderness and find hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Best of all, there are tons of affordable and cozy vacation rentals to choose from, so you’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive!
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