12 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Decatur, Illinois - Updated 2024

Anne Marie
Anne Marie 
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No matter what your travel preferences are, Decatur, Illinois is sure to surpass your expectations. You will find plenty of exciting things to do in Decatur. This mid-sized city in central Illinois is home to Millikin University. It is centered on a bustling downtown, complete with many historic homes that give Decatur a charming, nostalgic vibe. However, if you prefer your vacations in a rural setting, you can also stay on the shores of Lake Decatur, a peaceful location that is still easily accessible downtown. Whatever it is that will make you comfortable, Decatur delivers nothing but the best when it comes to accommodations since it has a great diversity of homes, condos, and even cabins to choose from for your stay. Read on for our picks of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Decatur, Illinois.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 20, 2024.

1. Fully furnished cottage with barbecue grill and firepit (from USD 90)

Enjoy a pleasant stay in this well-appointed cottage, five minutes from downtown and only two blocks from Millikin University. You can park your car for free on the premises.

Spend a fun-filled afternoon barbecuing juicy meats on the grill. You can also use the fully equipped kitchen to whip up your favorite recipes and enjoy open-air dining in the backyard. In the evening, gather around the fire pit in the garden and roast marshmallows under the canopy of stars. Or, you can relax and unwind in front of the indoor fireplace.

You can watch TV or stream movies using the free internet. You can rejuvenate your mind and body with a soothing soak in the bathtub.

Stayed at this property?
Decatur, Illinois, United States
5.87 km (3.7 mi) from Scovill Zoo
82 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds and furniture are nice and comfortable
the living/bedrooms were comfortable and came with all the usual amenities
nice home with garage grill and comfortable rooms
three big smart tvs made entertainment easy
it’s a lovely remodeled bungalow fully equipped kitchen
clean quiet and easy check in
the house is clean and easy to access
it is very clean
it was clean & check in was easy
very clean and convenient location
the host was very accommodating and responsive
very responsive owner too
brandon was very responsive to our couple of questions as well
beautiful place to stay very friendly & helpful host would definitely stay here again
this property is very spacious and aesthetically pleasing with attentive hosts
location was perfect as we visited millikin university
great milliken location for those of you looking to stay close
walking distance to kiwanis park which was our kids favorite park in decatur
great place extremely close and convenient to millikin u
great location in the west end of decatur
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2. Family-friendly house with breakfast (from USD 85)

A delightful stay awaits you at this comfortable abode in a peaceful neighborhood. It is both family-friendly and pet-friendly.

Start your day right with the complimentary breakfast provided in the unit. You can gather in the backyard and barbecue hot dogs and steaks on the charcoal grill. In addition, there is a fully functional kitchen to prepare culinary delights. Enjoy outdoor dining with friends and family. The garden fire pit is an excellent addition for chilly nights, where you can sip hot cocoa and enjoy the fire’s crackling sound and warmth.

You can stay connected to the world with free Wi-Fi and watch TV to entertain yourself. At night, take a bubble bath and let all your tension wash away.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
6.03 km (3.8 mi) from Scovill Zoo
157 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds were comfortable and the fenced in yard was great
the bed was comfortable and the place was quiet
clean and comfortable
very clean and well decorated place
everything was really clean too
comfortable bed very clean and modern inside
really nice and clean place
dawn was the perfect host
dawn was a responsive host
great host and cute little home
dawn was incredibly helpful and quick with responses
i didn’t get a chance to stay at the home but dawn was very kind and accommodating
great location 4 minute walk to a grocery store gas station and walgreens
located in a safe and quiet area close to several different places for shopping
dawn's place is really cute
pretty close distance to some good hole in the wall food
cute cozy place to stay
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3. Spacious home with game room (from USD 223)

You’ll find it hard to be bored in this roomy West End rental property in Decatur. It has lots of amenities to help you fill in your downtime. Activities you can do here include playing darts or foosball in the game room or choosing a movie or show to watch on the smart television. You can also get some fresh air in the private, fenced-in backyard or cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen. The opportunities are endless, and you’ll feel perfectly comfortable and content in this cozy space. It has four bedrooms and can accommodate eight people, perfect for those coming with their family or friends.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
5.91 km (3.7 mi) from Scovill Zoo
122 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds are extremely comfortable mattresses and the heating was stellar during our colder weather
it’s decorated with several stylish rugs and comfortable furniture
spacious and comfortable accommodations would be a great space for a larger family or group too
the beds were very comfy just wish it had 2 bathrooms
the house is adorable and historic with a fun game room
this older house was super clean and awesome
great house that was clean stylish and well-maintained
raymond was a great and reliable host and the house was clean with lots of amenities
the dining room table is a perfect spot to host a home cooked meal
thanks raymond for being an excellent host
very helpful and responsive host
it was easy to communicate with raymond and he was very helpful
raymond was very responsive and it was like being at home
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4. Trendy condo near downtown (from USD 250)

With its trendy and modern interior, this condo for rent in Decatur is a great pick if you like to vacation in style. The entire apartment has crisp, white walls that contrast nicely with dark accents. The high ceilings and big windows make the space feel light and airy. There is also an open-concept living area attached to a fully equipped kitchen, so everyone can hang out together as dinner is prepared and served. Guests also have a choice to walk to one of the many nearby restaurants in downtown Decatur for a night out.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
3.97 km (2.5 mi) from Scovill Zoo
80 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE CONDO 2 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen is fully stocked with all the utensils you'll need to make yourself a nice meal
it is comfortable and roomy
clean and stylish
very clean and inviting space
very clean modern and cozy
check in was seamless and the place was super clean
great hosts and hospitality
host was very friendly and quick with communication
exceptional host and beautiful condo
great place to stay and joe was a great host
very responsive and just a great all-around host
perfect location being downtown
great location to explore downtown decature
close to excellent dining establishments
the location is perfect in downtown to places to eat and the park
loved the location too plenty of restaurants and bars located steps away from the front door
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5. Classic cabin in a secluded location (from USD 325)

You don’t have to stay in downtown Decatur to find a great vacation rental. This charming cabin is not located far from the city, but it’s on a large plot of private land that provides lots of peace and quiet. The cabin has 5 bedrooms which can sleep up to 10 guests, making it a great pick if you are traveling with a big group. The interior has classic and rustic cabin decor such as exposed log walls and a large stone fireplace. Outside, you can gather around the fire pit or grill a meal that you can enjoy on the porch.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
4.96 km (3.1 mi) from Scovill Zoo
75 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 9 Beds 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning worked great even though it was a very hot & humid weekend
the beds were easily movable if need be
wonderful amenities especially enjoyed the pool table and hot tub
we liked that there were twin beds in three bedrooms bathrooms on two floors huge decks
we were very comfortable and loved the style and decor
the facilities were spacious clean and just as described and pictured on the website
inside the house was very spacious and clean and was able to very comfortably fit 8 adults
great place and great location
what a great location the cabin was perfect spacious and comfortable
would definitely recommend this place and hope to go back
unique cabin great place to get together
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6. Waterfront home ideal for a retreat (from USD 347)

No matter the purpose of your visit, this waterfront rental home in Decatur will perfectly suit your needs. Its three bedrooms can host up to eight guests, the perfect size for a small family reunion or even a work retreat. If you must complete some work during your stay, you can set up at the standing treadmill desk overlooking the water. The hosts will even pre-stock the kitchen for you upon request, and if you forget anything, a great grocery store is just a short drive away.

Stayed at this property?
Decatur, Illinois, United States
685 meters (0.5 ft) from Scovill Zoo
38 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were super comfortable and the view was amazing
excellent kitchen and a big gas grill off deck
no wifi or tv but a great place to stay and accommodating host
great place lots of space and super comfy beds
new host so internet and cable not set up completely but huge tv upstairs
the house was clean and the beds were comfortable
the house was clean and roomy
his place was well kept and clean
the space was clean and felt like a home away from home
prescott's place is very clean inside and is a great house to relax with friends
great host and great place
the host was very responsive and helpful
great time for our church board and staff retreat
the host was very kind and was great and quick with communication
the home was very clean and prescott was an awesome host
great place beautiful lake awesome location
the house is beautiful and such a great location
the house was very nice and the location is beautiful
he set clear expectation and made it very easy to stay at his place
beautiful place wish i had more time to relax and enjoy the home
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7. Cute cottage with backyard patio (from USD 125)

With its picket fence and arbor enclosing the front yard, this cozy home looks like a cottage straight out of a fairy tale. The interior is just as charming as the outside, with cozily furnished rooms that will make you feel instantly at home. There are two bedrooms that can sleep up to five guests, and a kitchen and dining room are available if you wish to eat at home. Right outside, you’ll find historic homes, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and the stop for a free trolley that will bring you right downtown.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
4.99 km (3.1 mi) from Scovill Zoo
90 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is very comfortable and spacious
real clean and felt at home
i would stay at haworth cottage again it was clean and spacious
extremely quick responses kind thoughtful and professional
mark is an excellent host
great stay mark was a great host and very thoughtful
thank you mark for being such an excellent host
places close by like walking distance
great location near campus extremely cozy and well-furnished overall an excellent place to stay
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8. Historic apartment with a lovely garden (from USD 90)

This private apartment may be located in a cozy and historic home, but the interior has been completely renovated for your comfort. It has tons of great amenities such as a washer and dryer, dimmable lights, and office space with a desk. The apartment is all yours, including its own private entrance and parking space. Guests are welcome to use the front porch and the lovely garden out back, which is the perfect place where you can enjoy the complimentary coffee provided by the hosts.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
4.89 km (3.1 mi) from Scovill Zoo
159 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
extremely tastefully decorated full of thoughtful amenities and comfortable
the tv is loaded with all the apps you’d ever need to enjoy
the snacks and breakfast were such a nice touch and so delicious
the flowers on the coffee table added a nice touch and smelled wonderful the bathroom was well stocked
the apartment was great and super spacious it had everything we needed and so much more
it was very clean and comfortable
the apartment was clean and nicely decorated
very clean and modern and i would love to stay here again
the place was also very clean and cozy for a perfect stay
the kitchen is well-appointed and also very clean
the hosts were kind and generous
wonderful hosts - would highly recommend
our hosts were very gracious and provided us with many sweet treats and local suggestions
we had a fantastic time and really appreciated how kind and prompt the hosts were
bruce and debbie are amazing hosts
we were within walking distance to downtown a cute cafe and also millikin university
not to mention the beautiful backyard garden for the warmer seasons and a location right next to downtown
we will definitely look to see if this place is available
enjoyed our walk downtown which was quite nice
superb breakfast really a great place to relax and spend a few days
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9. Lovely and historic home with spacious dining room

You’ll feel instantly transported back in time as soon as you step into this gorgeous Decatur home. Inside, the walls of the house are the same as they were decades ago when it was built. The decor includes details such as antique chandeliers, exposed brick walls, and a sweeping staircase. Though the home has a long history, it also has all of the amenities you’ll need during your stay such as a smart TV, a washer and dryer, and coffee and snacks in the kitchen. There’s a vast dining room with an expandable table, guaranteeing that your family or group of friends have enough space to dine together.

Stayed at this property?
Decatur , Illinois, United States
6.9 km (4.3 mi) from Scovill Zoo
48 reviews  
Entire house 6 Beds 5 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the house is very spacious and lovely with very comfortable beds and couch
lots of space large bedrooms and very comfortable
there is lots of room and it is very comfortable
there is so much room and you really feel like a local
place is nice and clean as advertised
place was great & clean
the home has charm very clean and lots of space
mark’s place was very clean neat and well maintained
the beds were comfortable and there were plenty of clean towels for our use
he is really nice host
very comfortable beds and immediate responses from the host
mark was a great host and the place was top notch
great location for decatur and surrounding area
lol) nice location close to nice park pharmacy/grocery store restaurants and ice cream shop
marks house in decatur is a wonderful old gem in a perfect location
there's a nice park nearby with tennis courts
” location was perfect i would definitely recommend this airbnb if you’re looking in this area
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10. Affordable rental with kitchen

Why stay in a cramped motel when for a similar nightly rate, you can have this entire apartment to yourself? The apartment has one bedroom and it is the perfect size for a couple or a solo traveler. The interior is bright and spacious, with lots of big windows to let in the light. There is a fully equipped kitchen if you’d like to cook your own meals. However, right outside your door, you’ll find plenty of dining options too. The living room includes a television, perfect for days when you just want to stay inside.

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
4.28 km (2.7 mi) from Scovill Zoo
7 reviews  
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the space was also very clean and cozy
her airbnb is very stylish clean & cozy
her apartment is beautiful comfortable clean and full of everything you would need for a comfortable stay
shavon was an amazing host
shavon was an amazing host
she is kind honest accommodating and thoughtful
10/10 shavon was a great host
responded fast and was very helpful to any questions i had
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11. Quaint home in a great neighborhood

The interior of this home has a historic charm to it, with features such as a bookcase as room dividers, a brick fireplace, and a breakfast counter in the kitchen. The home is over 100 years old, giving it that nostalgic feel. It has everything needed for a great stay. The rental is also in a perfect location for exploring the area. Downtown is just a short drive away, and within walking distance, you can reach Millikin University or other great eateries in the historic West End.

Stayed at this property?
Decatur, Illinois, United States
6.2 km (3.9 mi) from Scovill Zoo
21 reviews  
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
friendly communicative host; great space
it's a lovely place to stay and close to alot of things to do
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12. Roomy lake house with lots of charm

Escape the hustle and bustle of regular life for a few days at this charming lakeside cottage. This roomy house for rent in Decatur is perfectly sized for four guests and has lots of room inside and outside where everyone can gather or have some alone time. The interior features rustic decor such as wood-paneled walls and an exposed brick stove. Outside, there is a patio with a grill where you can make yourself a meal and dine while looking over at Lake Decatur.

Stayed at this property?
Decatur, Illinois, United States
2.56 km (1.6 mi) from Scovill Zoo
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
such a beautiful view and very comfortable home host are very accommodating
this house was fantastic very clean and cozy
very clean and everything worked and operated without issue
it is well decorated clean and comfortable
(clean comfortable and close to everything
owner was very easy to communicate with
this is a lovely home and mark was very responsive throughout the stay
the property is as advertised and the host was timely and effective in his communication
mark was quick to respond very helpful and we just loved his house
this house is in a great location
charming spot close to millikin so it was perfect for our visit
very nice and comfortable place to stay at
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Choose from a huge variety of vacation rentals

Decatur, Illinois, has tons of vacation rentals that will appeal to even the most discerning traveler. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by renting a cabin on the shores of Lake Decatur. Experience the city’s history in a charming home in the West End or get close to all of downtown’s attractions in a condo right in the thick of all the excitement. It’s a lot to choose from, so we hope that this list will help you narrow down your choices before your next visit to Decatur.

While in Decatur, you can also visit Springfield, only 40 minutes away. You will find lots of fun things to do in Springfield that will make your trip to the city worthwhile.

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