15 Best Cheap Airbnbs In San Francisco, California - Updated 2021

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San Francisco is a popular tourist destination that has a bit of everything. There is so much to see and do - from famous buildings to awesome day trips from San Francisco. The city is family-friendly and there is something for everyone. San Fransico is also seen as a business district as it is home to a lot of the banking institution headquarters. Summers here are cool and they may be a bit of Fog. Popular sites that make this place a hit with visitors include its eclectic architecture, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the cable cars. Visitors coming to the city should consider staying at these beautiful budget-friendly homes that won’t break your bank account. You will have more money to spend on Sightseeing and purchasing souvenirs for family and friends. If you find yourself searching for “cheapest Airbnb near me” then read on to find more about the best cheap Airbnbs in San Francisco.

1. Private room in a strategic area (from USD 65)

This home is located close to some of the highlights of San Fransico, making this a great choice for someone who is in town to explore the cool sights. Some of the nearby sites include the Golden Gate Bridge, which is only one bus stop away, Golden Gate Park, Presidio Park, De Young Museum, Academy of Science Museum. The private room has a queen bed with a private bathroom and guests get to share the kitchen of this 19th-century Victorian home, and there is also WiFi available.

Private Room in a Strategic Area near GG Bridge
San Francisco, California, United States
510 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities such as the washroom and shower are super easy to use
bed was really comfortable and the room is huge so fits two people with plenty of space
the memory foam bed is super comfy and the blankets are soft
my room was spacious internet fast overall clean including common areas
the room in budi’s place was perfect
Cleanliness:
the room was clean and comfortable
they needed a deep clean
otherwise the room is clean and bed is comfortable
everything was clean the bed was really comfortable and the room is very spacious
budi's house is really clean and beautiful
Host:
budi was a nice host
budi is a wonderful host
budi was a fantastic host
nice host gave good tips
budi is an awesome host
Location:
location in pretty good spot close to presidio and golden gate park
cute and comfy room at a great location
nice place with great location
the location is great quiet area
nice location near asian restaurants/shops and the golden gate park
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2. Remodeled cozy sunny room (from USD 82)

This budget Airbnb in San Francisco is located on a quiet street in the Mission Terrace district. When booking this property, you will be booking a private room within the house. The home is close to restaurants, banks, and Walgreens. Your room allows for plenty of sunlight to come in, and there is a shared living room located on the second floor. The bathroom is shared and guests have access to the laundry once, at no charge.

Remodeled Cozy Sunny Room! - RED
San Francisco, California, United States
398 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room was exactly like the picture with space and a big closet too
the room was comfortable just like in the photos
it was also very thoughtful to have a croissant and pound cake offered to the guests for breakfast
cons: the bed was a bit hard and make sleeping a little uncomfortable but the comforter was super nice
it was clean and comfortable with the nice touch of coffee and some breakfast in the morning
Cleanliness:
amazing cleanliness and fantastic privacy
the place was very clean and organized
very clean quiet and spacious
very nice and clean apartment
they keept the apartment very clean the shared bathroom gets cleaned every day
Host:
kevin was a great host
friendly people and accommodative
the host was very smiling and restpectful
hosts are thoughtful and attentive
the host was very polite and helpful
Location:
15 min walk to bart / metro which is great
kenix's place was ideal for a few days in sf
location is easy to find from sfo
good location and check in was simple
kevin and kenix house is nice area to go to both sfo and downtown by bart or bus
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3. Remodeled cozy sunny room (from USD 82)

This is a cozy house where the rooms are uniquely decorated with a different theme and color in each room. Wake up to the sunrise drawing its light into your room as you get up from your comfortable queen-sized bed. The guests have access to the second floor where you find the kitchen and living room. The room accommodates two guests.

Remodeled Cozy Sunny Room!- BLUE
San Francisco, California, United States
391 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
free wifi and walkable distance to the tram
the room is exactly like the pictures and the heating was kept on sufficiently throughout our stay
clean space with good kitchen to drink and prepare food
also sharing the bathroom was easier than i expected
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
great communication and well organized and clean
lovely clean place quiet neighbourhood
the room is clean and comfy
very nice and clean apartment
Host:
hosts are great hospitality
lovely hosts lovely place
host very polite and responsive to questions
kenix and kevin are super nice hosts
she and her husband are lovely hosts
Location:
the location might be a little bit far by bus but in a cost-value comparison it was great
great place for stay and good location
great place to stay the location is good and the way to downtown is not to expensive and far
we highly recommend it easy access to sf downtown via bus or bart
kevin and kenix’s place is just amazing downtown is not far away just 30 mins on a local bus
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4. A spacious private loft with a sunny balcony (from USD 92)

This home offers the best of both worlds as it is located on a quiet and historic alley, yet just steps from vibrant 24th Street. The private room that is within this modern three-level house, has a master suite that occupies the entire top floor. Enjoy views of Bernal Hall from your private balcony or lay back for some relaxation, on one of the hammocks.

Spacious & Private Mission Loft with Sunny Balcony
San Francisco, California, United States
422 reviews
Private room in house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds and the couch were comfortable
fantastic place with lots of space and awesome beds
upstairs space was very large and comfortable with a beautiful deck for our use
overall great experience and became a real fan of the house
love the spacious room as well as the private (and big balcony)
Cleanliness:
it is clean and very tastefully decorated
graham keeps everything very clean and the bathroom is one of the better airbnb bathrooms i’ve stayed in
the apartment is stylish and clean with nice homely touches
and the others were perfectly clean this one was just extra super clean-which we appreciated
they had a very clean and for the guests well organized house
Host:
friendly host and cat :)
outstanding host and great value
graham himself is a wonderful host who makes sure his guests are well taken care of
graham has been a very helpful host
awesome place and wonderful host
Location:
the location is also great
great location beautiful room :)
location of this place is great
i took a great 30 minute walk up a mountain park right near by
graham’s place was great location was easily accessible to transport to both the airport and the city
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5. A cozy Victorian room with a piano (from USD 65)

Within a historic Victorian home that was built in the 1900s, there is a guest room that can be rented out by visitors coming to San Fransisco. The comfortable room located on the second floor of the house has a queen-sized bed and sofa. Guests should know that there are steps to climb before reaching their sleeping space. Take a stroll crossing over six blocks and you will find yourself at The Golden Gate Park. Guests are encouraged to make use of the piano that sits in their room.

A Cozy Room with Piano near GG Bridge
San Francisco, California, United States
414 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nicely stocked kitchen with tea coffee and oatmeal
the room is very spacious and had the perfect natural lighting
room was nice and spacious with a desk and sofa inside
judi’s room is super comfortable
spacious room with a super comfortable bed
Cleanliness:
clean and big room
the towels super white the sheets fresh and clean
bed linens and towels are very clean
the place is quiet and kept clean
the room was spacious light and clean
Host:
budi is a great host and we felt at home immediately
budi is a very kind host
budi was an excellent host
budi was very accommodating and friendly
he is a great host
Location:
good location to explore sf
the location is amazing
location is great there is a couple of bus stop all around
it's located in a safe neighborhood that has a lot of great restaurants that are walking distance
we recommend this place for the location
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6. Charming and trendy guest house (from USD 58)

This charming guest house in San Francisco sits in the trendy neighborhood of Jordan Park. There are numerous restaurants and commercial attractions within walking distance, such as Golden Gate Park and Presidio. The beds are comfy, and a kitchenette is provided. TV and high-speed internet allow you to relax inside, while a beautiful garden awaits you in the backyard. From this location, a 30-minute bus ride will take you to any of San Francisco’s prominent landmarks - including Union Square, Haight Street, or Fisherman’s Wharf. What are you waiting for?

Private Garden Room- Near UCSF, Sutter Heath & DT
San Francisco, California, United States
244 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is very comfortable and peaceful
preparing breakfast (oatmeal fruit yogurt and coffee) was easy
the space is as described nice location and was comfortable and quiet
his place was clean comfortable and had all the amenities you would get at a hotel
great location comfortable quiet and private cottage easy night parking
Cleanliness:
safe clean and quiet
all so clean too
the apartment was clean and private
the room is clean and the bed is soft
clean well-equipped very useful instructions
Host:
jonathan was a great host
jonathan was a great host
host is easy to communicate with
jonathan was a fabulous host
our host jonathan was accessible and responsive
Location:
the location was ideal
brilliant location for exploring san francisco
loved being walking distance to clement street
the location was great as well
quiet area close to great shopping
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7. Spacious and elegant abode (from USD 95)

Only four blocks away from Union Square, this studio is in a prime location. Capable of accomodating three guests, this rental is spacious with comfortable beds and elegant decor. Free Wi-Fi and a TV are joined by a charming desk and work station. A full kitchen is provided so you can cook your own meals, and the host can even arrange for a cleaner to come by. Plenty of commercial attractions are within walking distance, including Chinatown.

Low Nob Hill Sutter St Studio 2+1px
San Francisco, California, United States
112 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi and shower worked effectively and efficiently
good wifi and a super nice ruben doing everything possible for your stay
can improve with simple amenities like toilet paper and paper towels trash can
nice modern apartment pictures are accurate and communication was easy
the breeze coming in the windows was lovely be aware of the size of the bed
Cleanliness:
small clean studio apartment with clean toilet and shower
apartment was clean and modern
apartment was clean and comfortable
the apartment was clean and spacious
the apartment was clean and nicely appointed
Host:
ruben was a great host
ruben was a great host
ruben was a fantastic host
ruben himself was a lovely host that catered to our every need and went above and beyond
very accommodating hosts teresa was great and very helpful
Location:
great location
location is great: close to union square and downtown
the location was ideal for exploring the city
fantastic location several breakfast and transportation hubs within a short walk
good location and convenient to transport
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8. Vibrant and welcoming apartment (from USD 79)

This accommodation is spacious, vibrant, and inviting. All of the furnishings are high-quality and gorgeous, and this includes the bathroom. There is plenty of storage and countertop space, and a kitchen as well. All-natural toiletries are provided, and a beautiful garden awaits just outside. Plenty of popular attractions are within walking distance. These include Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Gardens, Academy of Science, and San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Public transportation to the rest of the city is a breeze, so come explore San Francisco from this fun location.

Beautiful, Stylish apt. near UCSF & GG Park
San Francisco, California, United States
107 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is well designed includes a ton of thoughtful amenities and is just downright comfortable
you will truly appreciate the experience - consider yourself lucky if this apartment is available
the apartment is beautifully styled and the amenities abundant for an airbnb
brandi’s apartment is beautiful and just as described
the mattress is extremely comfortable and has a great comforter
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable place to stay
brandi's apartment was very clean and comfortable
the bathroom is beautiful and clean and well stocked
the apartment was very clean and tidy
very nice and clean studio for quiet guests
Host:
brandi was a very nice host
the hosts are very polite considerate and kind
the listing itself is a work of love that the hosts have for hospitality
brandi was an excellent host
also brandi is a wonderful host and is so helpful and kind
Location:
the location was perfect
it's also close to golden gate park if you enjoy a morning walk in the park
really amazing asian restaurants in the neighborhood and a convenient location
the location was perfect for us
the location was perfect for running or biking in golden gate park
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9. Lovely suite in a good area (from USD 88)

This cozy home ideal for two guests is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. With beautiful interiors complemented by wooden accents, the space is inviting and well-appointed. Bright, airy, and impeccably clean, this studio also has great amenities. A full kitchen, TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime access, WiFi as well as a washer and dryer are all available to guests. Its ideal location ensures that you’ll have a restful evening while easily getting around the downtown area. This is the perfect base for those seeking to explore San Francisco.

Cozy live/work suite in safe area by Metro subway
San Francisco, California, United States
270 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the tv is amazing and the bed is super comfortable
the bathroom was immaculate and stocked with very nice toiletries
the room has everything you need and was a treat to come home to
Cleanliness:
super clean and comfortable
phil’s place was clean and cozy
apartment was clean and stylish
great place very clean and comfortable
super clean and tidy in a quiet neighbourhood
Host:
hosts are responsive and helpful
phil and su were great hosts
the hosts were very nice and very accommodating
great host and perfect spot for my needs
phils place was amazing i really loved it he was an amazing host i really appreciate his kindness
Location:
perfect and close to transit
the location is perfect too really close to the muni
it’s located in a great safe neighbourhood and it’s so well located next to a metro station
perfect location for singles or couples
it was a very good location only 20 minutes to downtown
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10. Airy and modern remodeled home

Roomy, tasteful, and inviting, this home is perfect for two guests. Centrally located, it is the ideal hub for those looking to explore downtown San Francisco on a budget. You can easily get to top attractions and must-visit spots in the area. The space is newly renovated with chic and plush interiors that beautifully complement the room. It also has a number of essential amenities like free WiFi, a well-equipped kitchen, and even a washer and dryer.

Charming Union Square Studio
San Francisco, California, United States
95 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable with good natural light as seen in photos
wifi was good for what i used it for
and if you're a fan of breakfast diners like me there are at least three nearby
very comfortable bed sheets and pillows
a very convenient comfortable and nice place to stay for business or leisure
Cleanliness:
the space was very clean
apartment was clean and as described
the apartment is very clean and quite comfortable
the apartment was clean and exactly as described
rooms were clean and perfect for my 2 night business trip
Host:
sarah was a great host
hosts were great and very flexible on arrival and departure
sarah was easy to talk to and very accommodating when my schedule changed
great place and great host
host was super helpful and met me promptly
Location:
great location very close to union square
very nice location right near union square
the location was perfect
good location near public transportation and in the downtown
it is an amazing location in the city
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11. Stunning bay view apartment

This affordable Airbnb in San Francisco is located in a friendly neighborhood right at the heart of the city. From the balcony, you will have the opportunity to view the San Fransico skyline as well as East Bay. Guests have their own private bathroom and are free to utilize the living room and the kitchen upon arrangement. Shops, restaurants, and the buzzing nightlife are all within a walking distance from the apartment. The room is suitable for two guests sharing.

Stunning SF Bay View in The Castro
San Francisco, California, United States
449 reviews
Private room in apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view is phenomenal a great space to sit for breakfast or wine at night
his apartment is gorgeous the view from the balcony is great and we loved our stay there
beautiful apartment with breathtaking views
the view from his apartment is in fact stunning
micheal is very nice his apartment has a wonderful view
Cleanliness:
everything is clean and tidy
we had a very comfy bedroom and a clean private bathroom
the bathroom is insanely clean and bright with a decent size bathtub
the place felt private and was super clean
the apartment was clean stylish with a nice view
Host:
micheal is a great host
micheal is an amazing host
host is rlly friendly and very easy going
it was a perfect combination between enough privacy and good conversations with the host
he is a fantastic host with a lovely apartment
Location:
great location of san francisco
the location was great with transport around a 10 minute walk away
it is located in a perfect spot a short walk to the castro
the location is amazing: quiet and yet only a short walk away from the castro and public transportation
only an easy 10 minute walk to castro district
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12. Artsy and cozy room

A one-bedroom holiday rental is available within a family home. The house is located in the Portola District and it is great for creatives who have an appreciation for art. Transport routes are within close proximity to the house, and for the adventure seekers, there is a hiking route in Maclaren Park. The room is tastefully decorated with simple furnishings and it is suitable for three guests sharing. Smoking is only permitted on the porch or outside in the yard.

Private Room in Artsy Cozy Family Home
San Francisco, California, United States
448 reviews
Private room in townhouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wi-fi was good too
check- in is very comfortable the room was ok
the place is very homey and gas a comfortable sleeping set-up
inside the house she offered a lot of kitchen tools powerful washer dryer vacuum
good location great view from the street nice room very good check in instructions
Cleanliness:
it's very clean cozy and quiet
room was clean and plenty of space
room was clean and same with the bathroom
the only thing that could’ve been a little better is the cleanliness of the bathroom
the house was clean and the decor was creative and tasteful
Host:
she is a really good recommendable host
excellent host really helpful and nice place
had limited interaction with hosts but they were very nice when we did
she was also very helpful would definitely recommend her as a host bonus: the cats are adorable
she is a wonderful host and puts a lot of thought in treating her guests well
Location:
great location for my trip
convenient and comfortable place located near a beautiful park
michelle’s place is so unique good location to the city
easy to travel downtown with the bus easy to park your car
nice location with accurate details
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13. A front room with a garden

Have the opportunity to share a space with like-minded travelers. There are three private rooms available within this house, and each room can accommodate three guests. The space is peaceful and tranquil with a garden, and guests have access to all the amenities in the house. The guest fridge is located in the laundry room next to the kitchen. San Francisco is only a 20-minute drive South and Sonoma, the wine country, is 30 minutes North. The beach town of Bolinas is an hour away.

A Front Room with a Garden View
San Rafael, California, United States
381 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the walls sounded like paper thin and you can hear everything on the next room
really nice room and hope one day could be back again
all perfect the place is comfortable and equipped with all that you can need
had a very comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
the place was very clean and recently renovated
mathias’s place was very clean and nice
nice clean home in a nice neighborhood
clean spacious room in a lovely house
however our room was clean and mathias very communicative
Host:
host was good at communicating
big thank you to mathias the host for allowing me to stay at his home
thanks so much for your hospitality very friendly host
mathis is a friendly host
the host was the best i have ever met
Location:
close to san francisco in a good neighbourhood
good location close to the freeway in a nice neighborhood with plenty of parking
good place to stay due to it's close proximity to downtown and other points of interest
it’s a great value for the nice location
a good place close to my daughter with all the necessities for a comfortable visit
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14. Hiltop suite with ocean view

Bring your entire family along and stay at this beautiful, spacious suite that’s located on top of a hill. The rental boasts amazing ocean views and it can accommodate five guests. There is a kitchen with all the necessary equipment available, as well as a bathroom. Guests have access to high-speed internet. The entire apartment has been remodeled and it is close to public transport routes.

Spacious Hilltop Suite + Ocean View
San Francisco, California, United States
247 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

15. Your home away from home

If you are comfortable with sharing a space then a stay in a private room within this centrally located house is for you. The space is peaceful and it is only a five-minutes walk to the bus route. The spacious room comes with a big bed suitable for two people, however, if you plan on bringing a third person along, then there is a foldup bed available. There is WiFi throughout the property and a common kitchen, bathroom and living area. The guest bedroom is private.

Your Home Away From Home
San Francisco, California, United States
501 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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