7 Most Unique Airbnbs To Stay In San Francisco, California - Updated 2023

Catherine
Catherine 
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San Francisco is a crown jewel in the United States West Coast. This city is full of delights that are impossible to list. You can ride a cable car, explore Alcatraz, or sample tasty lo mein and dumplings in Chinatown. The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic sight in this city’s skyline. For an off-beat experience, drive down Lombard Street - touted as the most crooked street in the world. The activities are endless! Staying true to San Francisco’s uncommon splendor is a collection of rare lodgings worth booking. If you’re ready to uncover this famed city, then scroll down to see the most unique Airbnbs to stay in San Francisco, California.

1. The coolest apartment for stay with a back garden (from USD 201)

Touted as one of the coolest Airbnbs in the city, this gorgeous one-bedroom rental for three grabs your attention in every direction. From the red-brick walls to the classy chandelier lamps, this accommodation is a real winner. Compelling, original artwork and trendy furnishings dominate the space.

The highlight of this rental is the outdoor patio equipped with curtains for utmost privacy. It’s the ideal spot to unwind with your favorite flavorful wine or sudsy beer.

Cool Creative Apartment with Spectacular Outside Living Room
San Francisco, California, United States
126 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
had a great time at libby’s very comfortable bed and amenities
the room is the perfect look for people like my wife and i
otherwise it was quite comfortable
Cleanliness:
beautiful home very clean and aesthetically pleasing
it’s a stylish clean and spacious hideaway
the space was amazing- really well-styles comfortable and clean
libby's place is very comfortable and clean
incredibly unique very artsy and well-decorated super clean and comfortable
Host:
they were warm and welcoming hosts
they were incredibly thoughtful and kind hosts
wonderful home and libby was a fantastic host would highly recommend
they were both very welcoming and friendly
great space and great hosts
Location:
the perfect sf neighborhood in that it's quiet and safe but close to everything
communication was super easy and the location is in great area close to downtown
lovely place in an excellent location
this place is nestled in a perfect location 15-20 minutes from everything in sf
this place was amazing and close to everything highly recommend
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2. A tiny house with a garden (from USD 243)

An incredible and compact oasis in the middle of the city, this tiny house in a private garden offers an enchanting stay for two. The modern interior is expertly furnished with cozy furniture pieces and sophisticated decor. There is a well-equipped kitchenette, and the host provides natural and organic name-brand toiletries in the bathroom, such as fragrant shampoo and body wash.

The standout space is the outdoor garden that offers the ideal spot to unwind after an exhausting day. Free street parking and security cameras on the premises are available for your safety.

Tiny cottage with mystical garden -Cole Valley
San Francisco, California, United States
314 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it's tight when the sleeper couch is unfolded but it was surprisingly comfortable for me and my wife
it was so nice the sleeper couch was insanely comfortable and the location was just perfect
the sofa bed was very high end and more comfortable than our bed at home
Cleanliness:
sparkling clean and great decor
it was so clean comfortable and beautiful
tristan’s place is gorgeous and sparkling clean with many lovely touches
it was a relaxing retreat after a long day and everything was extremely clean and stylish
beautiful little cottage extremely clean and well furnished i would stay here again in a heartbeat
Host:
tristan himself was an amazing host
tristan was an absolutely wonderful host
he was incredibly hospitable and ready to answer any questions we had
he was a fantastic host who made us feel very welcomed
tristan is the best airbnb host i’ve ever had
Location:
beautiful place in a great location
just a quick walk to the park restaurants and easy parking
price is perfect for the location walking distance to some great restaurants or order in
great location beautiful outdoor space
tristans place was beautiful and conveniently located in the city
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3. A tiny house with parking (from USD 164)

This dreamy tiny house is an acclaimed dwelling that’s perfect as a couple’s getaway or a solo traveler’s refuge. This is an environmentally-friendly accommodation filled with repurposed and recycled materials, so the place is ideal for eco-conscious travelers.

This in-demand property is professionally designed and features rare architecture and decorative details throughout. WiFi is on hand, and free street parking is available.

The Pavilion: A San Francisco Tiny House
San Francisco, California, United States
98 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tons of natural light and a comfortable bed
fresh drip peet's coffee personal photographs cozy fireplace with sitting area etc
there is no a/c in the home but that really is not needed because of the cool weather
good for home made breakfast or sitting out side with some wine and cheese
it's beautiful and thoughtfully constructed and i loved that there was a lemon tree outside the shower
Cleanliness:
eileen’s tiny house is charming stylish and clean
the tiny house was so wonderful it was clean and ready to be enjoyed
comfy little spot convenient location clean and simple
Host:
eileen is fantastic and certainly one of the best hosts we’ve ever had
eileen was helpful and communicative throughout the entire process
eileen is a great host we recommend this place
eileen is an extremely organized host who went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant
this is a truly special spot and eileen is a great host and communicator
Location:
very cute and comfortable place
glen park is definitely a residential neighborhood- but it has easy access to bart via the bus/transit station
the glen park neighborhood is very cute
such a great location and a beautiful place to stay
being walking distance to bart was also very convenient overall we had a great time
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4. A 1-bedroom studio apartment (from USD 150)

If you want something out of the ordinary and aren’t concerned about modern-day luxury, then this Victorian gem is for you. The entire space is a blend of eclectic elements and bygone-era influences. Exuding lots of character, the structural details of this studio flat are impressive, and any architectural buff will be thrilled to stay here.

This accommodation sits in a central location, where you can enjoy yummy restaurants and green parks nearby. Note that the noise level is a bit high due to traffic.

Slumber School @ The Dream Asylum
San Francisco, California, United States
181 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was stocked with drinks ice cream and continental breakfast items which was a nice touch
the bed and linens were comfortable
generously stocked refrigerator and plenty of room it was a very fun and functional stay
Cleanliness:
apartment could use a deep clean but it was tidy and clean enough
Host:
amazing place and wonderful host
111 times better than expected merkley is a great host
certainly as advertised very quirky little place with an equally quirky host
he was a great host and location was awesome
the stocked fridge was a great touch and merkley was more than helpful
Location:
eclectic with an amazing location
wonderful eclectic apartment in a great location
the location is centralized and close to great food
great location - walking distance to bars and restaurants
the location of the apartment is great
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5. Warehouse-style condo with a kitchen (from USD 129)

This one-bedroom offers a cool, retro-style ambiance that is irresistible. A warehouse-inspired lodging, this accommodation sits in the downtown area just moments from Market Street.

This condo features high ceilings for an extra roomy feel, large windows for plenty of sunlight, sleek minimalist decor, and chic furniture. The queen-sized bed equipped with a soft memory foam mattress is a plus when it comes to high-quality comfort.

Warehouse-Style Condominium on Mint Plaza
San Francisco, California, United States
40 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire condo 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it’s decorated wonderfully with access to fast wifi tv a washer/dryer (with detergent) and a full sized dishwasher
great shower great bed great wi-fi
the space was beautifully appointed with an extremely comfortable bed
everything was so amazing comfortable and hassle-free
Cleanliness:
it was very clean
apartment was beautifully furnished and clean
the apartment was clean bed was super comfortable and dustin was always on the ball with communication
the apartment was very clean and well stocked with plenty of the basics including a very good hairdryer
extremely nice place very clean and in a great location
Host:
dustin is an excellent host
hosts were extremely helpful and everything was as explained
dustin was a great host and made sure i had everything i needed to enjoy my stay
dustin was a great host and the property was exactly as described
really enjoyed staying at dustin’s place dustin was very responsive and helpful and i will def recommend staying here
Location:
the location is excellent
fantastic apartment in a great location
awesome location & awesome space in the heart of soma - so very close to delicious restaurants and shopping
really great place in a very central location
super location close to marscone bart is close by and some great restaurants right within mint plaza
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6. Bohemian decor apartment (from USD 260)

Awash in a fanciful vibe, this one-bedroom flat is a true jewel in the family-friendly neighborhood of Potrero Hill. Showcasing surroundings that go beyond simple artistic touches, this accommodation is a wonderful mix of boho accents and contemporary furnishings. Quirky artwork is displayed throughout, and the furniture is casually chic.

Be aware guests must remove their shoes before entering the front door, and street noise is unavoidable due to its location.

Fabulous Artist Flat in the Heart of Potrero Hill
San Francisco, California, United States
430 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the furniture is comfortable and the space is decorated beautifully
we felt completely comfortable for the entirety of our stay and would happily rent from mike again
very comfortable sink and dream king size bed
the mattress was heaven all the decor in the apartment was very cohesive and so well put together
Cleanliness:
very artistic place clean and safe
place was super clean and i enjoyed my stay
the beds gave me a sense of an upscale hotel super comfy with crisp clean linen
the apartment was spotless and full of interesting decor and great amenities
Host:
mike was a fantastic host
mike is a great host
mike was a fantastic host and we super appreciated his hospitality
mike was very accommodating and friendly
mike was excellent very caring and helpful
Location:
the location was perfect
and the location is great
great apartment in amazing location
everything you need is within walking distance yet is peaceful
the decour was amazing and location could not be beat
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7. Guest house with a hot tub (from USD 244)

This spiffy one-bedroom guest house is so divine you may never want to leave. Eclectic accents such as reclaimed coastal redwood make this place unique. The backyard is the highlight. Have a wonderful time relaxing in this private landscaped area that boasts comfortable loungers, a cozy hammock, and a soothing hot tub.

You can even open the living room’s folding doors for more space to unwind. This flat is near attractions, yummy eateries, and charming shops.

Private Guest Cabana ⌯ Hot Tub ⌯ Dolores Park ⌯ The Mission
San Francisco, California, United States
346 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a heated mattress pad iphone chargers already beside the bed the artisanal chocolates for us to enjoy
the place was stocked with everything you would need even chargers if you forgot yours lovely experience
the cabana space is cozy clean and packed with a number of thoughtful amenities
we had everything we needed and the bed was super comfortable
Cleanliness:
the place was clean & thoughtfully designed
place was a little smaller than i was expecting but it was really clean and stylish
place was clean stylish and had everything we needed for a great stay in san francisco
Host:
the hosts were very responsive and made sure all our requests were met
hosts were responsive and flexible
patti & rob were super friendly responsive hosts
patti & rob are also impressively attentive hosts providing quick friendly responses
patti & rob were highly responsive and helpful throughout the stay
Location:
super super cute and location is unbeatable
perfect location great design
great location - directly across from dolores park
awesome place in a great location
it’s location is unmatched literally across the street from dolores park walking distance to so many amazing places
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Book one of San Francisco's sensationally rare Airbnbs

It is no surprise San Francisco’s accommodations are as unique as the city’s character. Whether you want a bewitching tiny house or a traditional Victorian structure with singular decor, this city won’t disappoint. Choose one of these Airbnbs and level up your San Francisco adventure.

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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