Top 18 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Downtown San Francisco, CA - Updated 2021

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Melanie
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When one hears “San Francisco,” what usually comes to mind is the Golden Gate Bridge. As impressive as the structure may be, there is more to the city than meets the eye. It has a very active art and entertainment scene has beautiful Victorian architecture and is the home of various museums. What better way to explore the city than by staying close to its center so you can readily visit its various attractions? Here are our picks of the top Airbnb rentals in downtown San Francisco, California for hose planning a trip soon to the sunny side of the US.

1. Modern studio with quiet courtyard (from USD 135)

The studio may be found at the heart of San Francisco, but it is located in a quiet neighborhood that allows guests to enjoy the peace and privacy during their stay in the city. Nonetheless, it is also within walking distance of local restaurants and eateries, as well as some of the main attractions in the area, such as the Asian Art Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Opera House, SF Ballet, SF Jazz Center, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, and the City Hall.

It is also in close proximity to the bus stations, the streetcars, and the train stations. If, however, you brought your own car, you can park it in the building for a nightly fee. The newly-constructed studio, which has its own entrance, comes with its own fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. Towels and linens are provided to guests, as well as toiletries and a hairdryer.

Modern Studio w/Quiet Courtyard + Private Entrance
San Francisco, California, United States
384 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fully stocked kitchen complete with some basic breakfast amenities and fresh fruit
there were extra breakfast items provided which was very welcome
i appreciated that the hosts left some cereals yogurts and nuts in the kitchen for em to enjoy
she had filled the fridge with delicious breakfast items for us which was very much appreciated
wonderful space modern but cozy
Cleanliness:
very clean and private space
clean and quiet great value
the place was very clean and everything worked
simple clean and efficient
the flat is clean and accessing it is secure and discrete
Host:
raveevarn was a fantastic host
great place and very nice host
raveevarn is a very kind host reliable and with quick response
and the host is very kind and comprehensive
our host was very kind educated available and friendly
Location:
good location not that far from downtown
good central location close to many bus routes
great location close to public transportation but also walking distance to pretty much everything
amazing place in a central location
nice modern oasis close to all things downtown
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2. Inn at the Opera Hotel (from USD 174)

The property combines the amenities of a hotel room with the reasonable rates of Airbnb. Rooms are not equipped with air conditioning systems but have ceiling fans. Cookies are served at the front desk daily at around 3 pm. Breakfast is inclusive of the rates. Valet parking can be availed for a fee.

Inn at the Opera Hotel Room, Free Breakfast
San Francisco, California, United States
123 reviews
Room in boutique hotel 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the complimentary breakfast was meh but the coffee was good
lovely spacious room with great amenities
room was comfortable and allowed for me to re-charge peacefully
fab hotel and included breakfast was much appreciated
the location of the room was perfect and quite lovely with an excellent view
Cleanliness:
clean comfy and cozy
really clean well organised little space
clean comfortable room with character
very clean with a comfy bed
a little small and the bed was hard but it was clean and easily accessible
Host:
the staff was very friendly
the staff was friendly and helpful
the staff were very friendly and welcoming
everyone was friendly and helpful
the staff at the inn were all super nice
Location:
great location with restaurants in walking distance
great location within san francisco
the location is good near many bus stops
good location and close to shopping restaurants
this was the perfect location for my recent work trip to sf
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3. Hidden gem in West Soma (from USD 148)

This property provides easy access to the Bart. It comes equipped with modern amenities, including kitchen appliances and a washer/dryer. It also has a small courtyard. Guests can enjoy having a barbecue on the grill by the patio. It is located in a quiet part of SOMA, perfect for those who want to enjoy a relaxing time while in San Francisco.

Hidden Gem in West Soma
San Francisco, California, United States
85 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the furnishings are modern and comfortable
great apartment with full ameneties
the interior is recently updated and the furniture is high quality and comfortable
excellent wifi tv and top of the range facilities
we loved having the fully-equipped kitchen and the bedroom was super luxurious
Cleanliness:
clean modern spacious and comfortable
clean and safe
the space was clean plenty spacious and quite chic
the apartment is spacious clean and comfortable
the apartment was really exactly as described and pictured and very clean
Host:
she is a super host
michelle was a wonderful host
the host was easy to communicate with and helpful
she was extremely responsive and accommodating
michelle was a fantastic host
Location:
great central location in a peaceful setting
great location nice cosy apartment
very comfortable and close to everything
great apartment in a great location
the west soma location is safe convenient to market st restaurants and convenience stores
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4. Airy, modern studio in Central San Francisco (from USD 102)

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This accommodation is Plus verified, so you know you will have a good experience. The studio sleeps up to three people and comes with one bed and a bathroom. There is a full kitchen, a living area, and a dining area. Guests have access to a washer, dryer, WiFi, TV and an iron. Bedroom comforts and bathroom essentials are supplied. The apartment is ideally situated as it is near the SF Civic Center, close to all the restaurants and shops, and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet. If you have a compact car, there is free parking space available. The unit is comfortable and well-equipped.

Airy Studio & Parking Spot in Central San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States
13 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a great cozy apartment-modest and modern and just as described in the photos
the apartment has excellent furniture and the layout/furnitures are very well thought of
the room was modern and had pretty much everything i needed to settle in
Cleanliness:
graciela's studio was clean new and very comfortable
it's clean comfortable and most importantly really well equipped
Host:
she was responsive and helpful
the hosts were awesome super responsive and incredibly helpful and kind
graciela and her husband were very kind
Location:
i loved the location of this apartment and the quiet of it
it's close to some great restaurants and theaters
love it super well located beautiful just like in the pictures
it's in a pretty central location and quick to get to most places
a really convenient clean and quiet place in the heart of the city
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5. Modern studio with quiet courtyard and private entrance (from USD 135)

This modern 225 square feet studio is located in downtown San Francisco. Situated within walking distance to the City Hall, Opera House, SF Ballet, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, and much more; you will definitely have your day filled out with things to do and places to visit! This lovely studio sleeps two individuals on one bed, and has a fully-equipped kitchen should you decide to dine-in. Additionally, expect WiFi connectivity, bed-linen and towels, a hairdryer, and bathroom essentials provided. For those who enjoy shopping, the Hayes Valley, Union Square, and Mission district aren’t too far away. Exploring other areas from this accommodation is also an easy task as there are convenient bus services, commuter train (BART), and a bike-share station all within proximity of the studio.

Modern Studio w/Quiet Courtyard + Private Entrance
San Francisco, California, United States
384 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fully stocked kitchen complete with some basic breakfast amenities and fresh fruit
there were extra breakfast items provided which was very welcome
i appreciated that the hosts left some cereals yogurts and nuts in the kitchen for em to enjoy
she had filled the fridge with delicious breakfast items for us which was very much appreciated
wonderful space modern but cozy
Cleanliness:
very clean and private space
clean and quiet great value
the place was very clean and everything worked
simple clean and efficient
the flat is clean and accessing it is secure and discrete
Host:
raveevarn was a fantastic host
great place and very nice host
raveevarn is a very kind host reliable and with quick response
and the host is very kind and comprehensive
our host was very kind educated available and friendly
Location:
good location not that far from downtown
good central location close to many bus routes
great location close to public transportation but also walking distance to pretty much everything
amazing place in a central location
nice modern oasis close to all things downtown
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6. A bright apartment with a tropical backyard (from USD 250)

Rest easy and spend your lazy and relaxed days at this bright apartment that is situated in the Hayes Valley. Featuring fun accents, the apartment is ideal for up to two people, as it offers one spacious bedroom with a comfortable queen bed. Wake up to a view of the tropical backyard every morning and, after leaving your bed, make your coffee in the kitchen and indulge in it on the balcony. Other than coffee, you can also prepare delicious meals in the kitchen. Other facilities offered here include a living room with a TV and a private bathroom.

Live Like a San Franciscan in Hayes Valley
San Francisco, California, United States
157 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i was in town on business travel and the wifi was strong
you can see traces of his welcoming nature and curious mind allover his apartment
felt like i was living on the set of an upscale tv show set in sfo
he has a folder with great information about the apartment restaurants and san francisco
the bedroom is adequately sized with a very comfortable queen bed
Cleanliness:
very clean and quite
very clean up to date and great style
the apartment is just as pictured and very clean and comfortable
the apt was also impeccably clean
mario's apartment is immaculately clean and well organized
Host:
mario is a wonderful host
mario was a great host
mario was a great communicator and a great host
mario was an attentive host and was very responsive to any questions or concerns
mario was a fantastic host top notch
Location:
the location is perfect
the location was amazing
perfect location and wonderful apartment
it is located in a great neighborhood with tons of restaurants/shops in walking distance
amazing apartment in the best location in the city
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7. A Victorian flat, close to the Castro Theater (from USD 79)

Situated only a few minutes away from the Castro Theater, one of the best entertainment options in San Francisco, this Victorian flat welcomes one guest that can comfortably enjoy a good night’s sleep in a cozy bedroom. As a guest here, you will also have access to a shared bathroom, an equipped kitchen and a wireless internet connection.

Perfectly located Castro
San Francisco, California, United States
427 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is charming and lined with books which is totally my jam
a space to work and a comfortable bed
room is cute and cozy with comfy bed and tons of natural light
the room is perfect for a single traveler
i love the art in every room including the bathroom
Cleanliness:
the place is very clean and well-decorated
it was neat clean and very cozy
room is very clean and with great sunshine
her apartment is bright very clean and well appointed while chock full of bay area charm
the room was small but clean
Host:
great host with quick responses to any of your questions
brenda is a lovely host
brenda was an amazing host
brenda is a superb host
she is a lovely host and great to talk to
Location:
the location is absolutely great
great location and beautiful space
house has a great location near tram and metro in castro area
it really is perfectly located (loved castro neighbourhood) and close to the main subway line
the location is perfect with great food and transport links nearby
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8. Homey two-story property with a garden (from USD 185)

Close to the famous Haight Street, this charming home is well lit and spacious, great for small families and friend groups traveling to San Francisco for a few days. The house has a lovely garden view with a cozy indoor fireplace. Kitchen access is also available with a private breakfast bar for those who like some quiet time while having their cup of joe in the morning. There’s a sofabed in the living area, a double bedroom, and a clean and functional bathroom for guests’ convenience. Sara’s lovely home is just a few minutes away from the bus stop and other local go-to shops and cafes in the area.

Garden Retreat steps from Haight St
San Francisco, California, United States
339 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice space we had our son on the sofa bed and room was still ample
the fireplace an large screen tv was very nice on cool evening
we arrived to a cozy suite with the gas fireplace lit which was lovely
the beds were super comfortable and we slept great after long days of walking and sightseeing
it was the perfect apartment for our stay
Cleanliness:
i found the place immaculately clean
perfect place clean quiet great local suggestions
beautiful cozy clean little spot
comfortable cosy clean value for money
home was clean and cozy
Host:
she is an amazing host
she is a great host
sara was an excellent host and was extremely prompt in responding to all of our requests and questions
she is a lovely thoughtful host and we had a great time there
sara is a friendly and gracious host always ready to help and give advice if needed
Location:
location is amazing and so close to everything
the location is absolutely fantastic
amazing location and awesome space
a great location and very comfortable space
cute place perfectly located minutes from haight
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9. Stylish one-bedroom home with oceanviews

Situated in a prime neighborhood, this charming home can accommodate two friends or a couple traveling to San Francisco for a few days. The property is accessible in all aspects, close to the metro and walking distance to the best cafes, restaurants, and shops. This space is newly renovated, with amenities that include Wi-Fi access, cable TV, laundry facilities, a kitchenette with basic cookware, and a fridge for food storage.

Spacious, stylish, cozy 1 bedroom in Potrero Hill
San Francisco, California, United States
62 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful modern apartment in potrero
i liked that the bathroom had shampoo conditioner etc
the photos don’t do any justice compared to how beautiful the actual apartment is
the space is private and cozy with minimalistic design features that makes for a very comfortable environment
very comfortable wifi can be spotty - not fault of host but due to location of unit
Cleanliness:
very comfortable and clean too
the neighborhood is quite and clean just like the place
the accommodation was modern and clean
the apartment is sparkling clean with a great kitchen and bathroom
super clean easy quiet and close to my office
Host:
host was attentive and made sure i had what i needed to enjoy my stay
the area also feels safe and friendly with lots of dining and supply options within reach
jocelyn was helpful as well
chris was very helpful and made our check in very easy
sparkling clean lovely neighborhood either joycelyn or his caretaker chris responded very quickly for any queries
Location:
next metro station within walking distance of 10 min is really great
great location on potrero hill
perfect location to really experience san francisco
great value for money amazing location a short drive by car to the downtown area
great location and helpful tips about the surrounding area
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10. Modern high-end one-bedroom apartment

The stylish apartment is being marketed for executives, and with good reason, considering that it comes with amenities that can rival a hotel. It has modern furnishings, including a fully-equipped and stocked kitchen. Guests are provided with toiletries, towels, linens, and a bathrobe for use during their stay. Furthermore, they have access to a gym free of charge. The apartment is within walking distance to Market Street. Do note that a minimum stay of three nights is required for this property.

Modern high-end one-bedroom apartment

11. Stunning and sunny city view

The one-bedroom apartment has a panoramic view of the city. Given its central location and its proximity to public transportation, guests will be able to explore what San Francisco has to offer easily and with minimum fuss. Do note that there is no microwave oven in the property. The building where the apartment is located has a laundry room and exercise room. These can be used by guests during their stay, as the host can provide the key for these areas.

Stunning and sunny city view

12. Modern luxury one-bedroom apartment

This apartment is right by Market Street and a block away from the City Hall. It is also within walking distance to the Opera House, Hayes Valley, and the Symphony Hall. The building where the apartment is at has its own gym, business lounge, and terrace, all of which are available for access to guests. The unit itself is fully furnished with the amenities you will need during your stay.

The unit has one bedroom with one bed, although an air mattress and the couch can also be used for sleeping. A minimum stay of three nights is required for this property.

Modern luxury one-bedroom apartment

13. Modern ensuite in SOMA

The sunny apartment provides guests with a view overlooking SOMA and the bay area. It has a spacious bedroom with a connecting bathroom, as well as a walk-in closet. The building where the property is at has its own gym, terrace, barbecue grills, and ping pong tables for those who are looking for recreational activities they can do during their stay there. The building also has its own coffee shop and fine dining restaurant.

Modern ensuite in SOMA

14. Modern master

The bedroom with an en-suite bathroom can be found in a newly-constructed high-rise building that provides guests with a view of SoMa. It is a short walk away from the Bart, as well as to some local cafes and restaurants in the area. Guests will be sharing the space with the hosts and their cat, who occupy the other bedroom in the apartment. A parking spot can be availed of for a daily fee.

Modern master

15. Industrial chic in the heart of SF

The apartment can be found on the same area as the main train lines. One of the rooms, which has its own private bathroom, is up for rent, so you will be sharing space with the host. Nonetheless, those who previously stayed in the property gave the host credit for being helpful even as he respected their privacy. Do note that a two-night minimum stay is required for this property.

Walk to Tech Firms from a Sunny SoMa Room
San Francisco, California, United States
203 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bathroom and closet space was particularly great
the room is large with a comfy bed and a beautiful view
the apartment and the overall facility is very nice with many amenities on site
joao’s place is very modern stylish comfortable with all the required amenities and plenty of space for guests
great views great bed great shower - highly recommend
Cleanliness:
really clean comfy bed and lovely touches
place was clean and well maintained
the place was very clean and the room was spacious
place is clean and perfect for some days stay
the apartment was clean private and comfortable
Host:
joao is a great host
joao was polite and helpful
joao is great guy and perfect host
host is quick with responses kind and generous
joao was also very helpful and friendly throughout my stay
Location:
the location is central and safe
great location and nice apartment
location is great for being central and close to transit options
the location is super convenient
was the perfect location for me
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16. Heart of San Francisco

This property offers a room rental in a two-bedroom condo unit, with guests sharing space with the host and his friendly pet dog. The room has no air conditioning, but has an electric fan. The property is close to public transportation, as well as access to various restaurants.

HEART of San Francisco!
San Francisco, California, United States
237 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is very comfortable and all amenities are provided for
the apartment was very well decorated with great views to the city
the space itself is very comfortable and was perfect for our vacation
we hung out and spoke for a while before going to bed and enjoyed the conversation
we had access to the kitchen at all times which was great for cooking
Cleanliness:
place was clean and exactly as advertised
super safe clean and quiet
the room was clean and comfortable
nice place clean and very homey
the room is clean and organized
Host:
he was treated really nice by the host
vishal was a great host
vishal was a great host and goes out of his way to help people
mahi is very friendly adorable and still quite
vishal is a great host
Location:
very well located and comfortable
the location is really good close to the city center and near public transportation
perfect location in hayes valley
central location and comfortable bed
the location is super convenient right above tram and bus station
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17. A beautifully minimalist apartment with sweeping views of the city

Feel the comfort and warmth you are looking for in accommodation by staying at this beautifully minimalist apartment, where each and every corner has been carefully designed to make you feel at home. You can enjoy your own private bedroom that has a double bed and a TV, along with an en-suite bathroom. Unwind on the patio that is located next to the firepits, while enjoying a glass of wine with the views of the city. The fully equipped gym is also yours to use throughout your stay.

Beautifully Minimalist Master with Views in SOMA
San Francisco, California, United States
96 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
johanna and gian’s apartment is beautiful and welcoming full of creative touches with expansive views over soma
the view from the apartment is great and the room is spacious and clean
the room is so charming and has such thoughtful touches
you can expect a very clean apartment with a lot of lovely details and a stunning view
the bed was probably the most comfortable i've ever slept on in an airbnb
Cleanliness:
very clean very nice room
the space is immaculately clean and there are beautiful personal touches around the room
squeaky clean room with ensuite bathroom in a luxury high rise
the apartment is very clean and comfortable
gian and johanna's apartment is super clean and stylish
Host:
thank you to the thoughtful hosts
the hosts were very welcoming
hosts are very friendly
the hosts are very friendly
the hosts are welcoming knowledgeable and very accommodating
Location:
the location is excellent
price was great and location was perfect
the location of the apartment is also great
it is close to most tourism attractions groceries shopping centres
the location was perfect for attending a tech conference at the metreon only a 20-minute walk away
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18. Ecclectic newly remodeled home near South Beach

Take San Francisco in by storm and stay somewhere central with comfort and convenience in mind. This eclectic two-story home is newly remodeled with modern utilities and tasteful interiors that highlight San Francisco’s vibe. This two-bedroom home is close to many museums, the Moscone Convention Center, and the Yerba Buena Gardens. This Airbnb can accommodate up to five people, as it comprises two queen beds and full access to the kitchen. There’s Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV with cable, for work and leisure.

Freshly Remodeled Two Bedroom Home
San Francisco, California, United States
250 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we appreciated the coffee linens towels and fully functioning kitchen
the well appointed kitchen allowed for comfortable food prep
this small apartment easily fits 5-6 people without any problems
the home is well appointed comfortable with speedy internet and exceeded my expectations
the place had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and the neighbors were super nice too
Cleanliness:
clean and well appointed
lots of clean towels
everything was clean and neat
everything is clean and looks really nice
super clean comfy and all around wonderful
Host:
daniel is a great host
daniel is a great host
daniel was accommodating and responsive
host is a great communicator
daniel was a great host very kind and very reactiv when we had questions
Location:
great location to walk to many things
many good restaurants around walking distance
the location is very central enabling for quick and easy transportation throughout the city
the location is a bit out of the central city but easy to walk or uber around
stylish space and good location
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Enjoy the lively vibe of San Francisco

With its lively culture, its lovely weather, and its numerous attractions, it’s not surprising why San Francisco is considered to be one of the best cities to live in the country. Opt for an Airbnb instead of a hotel and see for yourself what life is like for residents.

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