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If you’re looking to stay somewhere rugged, quirky, romantic, or quaint, you’ll likely find it in Alabama. In its top cities, small towns, and remote rural areas of the state, there are some excellent Airbnb options that provide safe, comfortable, and unique alternatives to hotels.
Here are our top picks for the coolest Airbnb rentals in Alabama.
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Alabama also has many tiny house options on Airbnb that are as accommodating as they are adorable. This tiny house can actually sleep up to six guests and has two bedrooms and one bath. It’s a 400-square-foot tome on the Locust Fork River that’s pet-friendly and situated on a 105-acre eco-retreat and goat farm. It’s remote and inaccessible by car, so your host will drive you the last 1.25 miles in a UTV. The tiny home has two queen-size beds, a twin futon, and a twin mattress. It also has a stocked kitchen, fire pit, hammock, electric lights, and lots of trails right at your back door. The cabin overlooks the river, which is about 200 yards away. Bring the food you’ll need with you since trips outside the property must be arranged. It’s a true off-the-grid getaway you’ll never forget.
Another option is to stay in this A-frame cabin that was constructed from a 1955 Sears and Roebuck kit! It is in the woods yet accessible from the interstate and near services. You’ll have the best of both worlds here and can bring your dog along. The home has a private vibe and offers a TV with Netflix, a huge yard with games, and a small spot for a campfire. Up to six people can stay at this rental, which has three bedrooms, four beds, and one bath.
This Airbnb is literally straight out of a fairytale and a unique historic home that you can book on Airbnb. It accommodates up to three guests and is in downtown Fairhope as a private studio suite inside a castle. The Sheldon descendants live in the rest of the home, but you are welcome to walk the grounds of both castles on the property. It has a king-size sleigh bed, kitchenette with a fridge and microwave (no oven or stovetop though), and a breakfast option upon request. You can sit out front on the patio chairs and use the free Wi-Fi here too. The grounds here are absolutely stunning, and there are lots of things within walking distance to explore in the town.
Here’s a cabin for two people that’s nestled in the woods and on a ranch with over 150 acres of land, walking trails, and a creek. It has a kitchenette inside, as well as a bathroom with a queen-size bed, dining area, living room, loft bedroom, and upstairs deck. There are also front and back porches to enjoy sitting on to admire the natural beauty. Guests can use the laundry machines in the bathhouse area on the property. Overall, this is an affordable place to stay with some interesting rock formations on the property too.
We also love treehouse accommodations in Alabama to really immerse yourself in nature and have a memorable trip. This treehouse retreat accommodates two people and is by Lookout Mountain, Little River Canyon, and the artsy village on Mentone. It has an onsite pottery-making facility, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a queen-size bed. Other perks are the kitchenette with a mini-fridge, shared fire pit with seating, two private decks, ADA-friendly ramp, complimentary toiletries, and parking in the driveway for two vehicles. It’s a quaint place to be with a friendly host and lots of good hiking in the vicinity.
Up to eight people can stay in this adorable farmhouse, which has two bedrooms and two baths. This Airbnb rental was built in the 1920s and has been recently renovated. It’s on the edge of a family farm by a cotton field. The home has a kitchen, living room, dining room, and laundry. A cot and air mattress can be provided upon request. Snead is the nearest town, and Lake Guntersville is 25 minutes away. When you stay here, you’ll have access to the whole house and back deck.
It doesn’t get much more unique than this hobbit house in Alabama! It’s in the community gardens of Nomad’s Land and an earthen home constructed of raw wood beams. This is a private space that generally includes access to a large barn with a kitchen, living area, and additional bathroom. The hobbit house itself has a small kitchenette, dishes, comfy armchair, and table and chairs. Fun things to do while staying here include hiking at Nocallula Falls, bouldering at Horse Pens 40, and fishing in the Coosa River. Cell signals can be spotty, and the Wi-Fi is often slow. So, come here to disconnect and enjoy the outdoor activities. There are additional unique Airbnbs on this same property, including a double-decker bus, tree lodge, Airstream, and caboose.
Here’s an Alabama guesthouse that you can rent for two people that’s a nostalgic prefabricated motel unit from the 1960s. It has been completely remodeled and is on a wooded lot by Lake Tuscaloosa. The cabin has a covered deck that’s attached and also a charcoal grill. For sleeping, the space offers a queen-size bed and a couch. When you stay here, you’ll be just 20 miles from the University of Alabama and Bryant Denny Stadium. Book this Airbnb for a cozy stay by the water and to disconnect from technology since cell service is spotty.
This house is available for rent on Airbnb for up to four people when you plan your Dauphin Island vacation. It’s a pet-friendly home on a wooded street and that comes with a couple of free kayaks and bikes to use. You’ll be close to restaurants and shopping when you stay in this bright and spacious home with a large deck. Wi-Fi is not available. However, the sandy beaches are close by, and the neighborhood is ideal for kids. The home has two bedrooms and 1.5 baths to accommodate your family.
To be in the Gulf Shores area of Alabama, consider booking this sweet condo for up to four people. It offers great views with a balcony to watch the dolphins, sunrises, and sunsets. The public beach is to the east and has restaurants and shops. This condo has one bedroom and cheerful décor inside. The sleeping arrangements here are a king-size bed and a sofa bed. The list of amenities at the condo includes Wi-Fi, cable TV, and an elevator. Stay here to be in an ideal location and have amazing ocean views.
This cool yurt in the heart of Fort Morgan is pet-friendly for your glamping stay. It has a king-size bed, air conditioning, small electric fireplace, free Wi-Fi, outdoor shower, and pool access. You’ll be close to the beach and bay here, and the host provides some beach towels to use. The interior of the yurt has a bohemian vibe, and the walking path to the beach is about 15 minutes away.
You’ll also love this train car Airbnb that is a 1940s-era caboose about 30 minutes from the Cheaha Mountains. Ashland is about six miles away for services. You can walk to the pasture fence to see the sheep here and also the pond. Inside the caboose, you’ll find a kitchenette with fridge and microwave, bedroom with a queen-size bed, full bathroom with shower, and futon sofa that becomes a bed. The caboose does not allow pets but up to four people are welcome here.
Another nice tiny house option is this Airbnb rental that is 600 square feet in size with a 350-square-foot loft. It accommodates families well and is at the top of a 45-acre pasture with rolling hills. Only one house is visible that’s a mile away. There are two porches, and it is pet-friendly. Other perks are the outdoor grill, gas fireplace, instant water heater, TV with streaming service, and the junior ninja course outside for kids to try.
This tiny house is cozy and located on the bluff of the Black Warrior River. It’s a great place to find peace and unwind when you need to recharge. Cell reception works here but there is no Wi-Fi. You can swim at your own risk (no lifeguards) in the river and watch the barges as they travel down the river during the day. There are lots of kinds of fish that you can catch here if you’re an aspiring angler. This tiny house works well for two people and has one bedroom and one bath. The bedroom has a double-size bed, and the interior also offers a kitchen, air conditioning, and other convenient amenities.
Once a chapel, this is now a single-family rental dwelling with two bedrooms and two baths. If you have extra people, there is floor space to bring your own air mattresses and outdoor space for campers. The Airbnb rental includes full house access, Wi-Fi-based TV, and is pet-friendly with approval. Things to check out nearby are the Talladega Raceway, Cheaha Mountain, DeSoto Caverns, Auburn football, and Lake Martin. Overall, it’s peaceful, quiet, and a great place to unplug away from home.