Perhaps best known these days for its huge annual hot air balloon festival and the epic TV show, Breaking Bad, Albuquerque is an under-the-radar destination that’s becoming increasingly popular among travelers. This is a fun and affordable small city to attend a local festival, shop around Old Town, eat green chile on essentially anything, learn a lot about arts and culture. To truly immerse yourself in the ABQ experience, consider staying at a local Airbnb owned by a top-rated host. Here are some of the coolest Airbnbs to browse when you’re looking for Albuquerque accommodations.
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The tiny Zia house is great for a solo travelers or couples and has a private gated entrance. The tiny house features a studio room, shower, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, space heater, and small kitchenette. You can borrow a bike and head over to the rail yards, farmers’ market, bosque trail, zoo, or downtown. It’s a great spot to be near breweries and the historic Barelas Coffee House. Just be advised that the space is quite small, so come here for a true tiny house experience!
If you have up to five guests, consider staying in this private home in the Old Town ABQ area. The house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is within walking distance to restaurants and museums. You’re about five to 10 minutes from the interstates here. The neighborhood is historic and charming, free parking is available, and pets are welcome for an extra cleaning fee.
For a truly unique stay in Albuquerque, consider booking this 1950s trailer that can accommodate up to four guests. There are two beds and 1.5 baths inside, and you’ll have the whole camper to yourself. Barbara’s husband recently restored this beautiful camper, which is just steps away from the main house. Guests can use the pool and hot tub on the two-acre property here and see Ed Haddaway’s sculpture studio.
Another highly recommended tiny house option in Albuquerque is this upscale cabin in the Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque. You’ll be within walking distance of breweries and restaurants here, have access to heat and central air, and enjoy the spacious yard. It’s an artist retreat, a treehouse loft, and an eclectic house all wrapped into one. Other perks are Wi-Fi, a full kitchen except for a stovetop, and a shower that stays hot for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, this cheery casita in Albuquerque works well for up to four guests in two beds. It is in the university neighborhood and decorated with fun New Mexican flair. This Airbnb offers lots of skylights for natural light, brick floors, a shared outdoor area, and off-street parking. It has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, clean bathroom, and loft bedroom. There are two other Airbnb casitas on this property as well. This is a good pick for families with young kids because baby gear is available here to rent. Dogs under 20 pounds may be allowed by the hosts.
A great Old Town neighborhood pick is this charming adobe that suits up to six guests. You’ll have the space to yourself in this 1880’s southwestern adobe home that’s just one block from the plaza and Route 66. Pets are allowed here for a fee. You’ll get to see the original art of the homeowner when you stay here and enjoy a quiet and peaceful side street. The adobe is connected to the main house where the host resides, and the private rear courtyard has a hot tub.
This great glamping site is affordable and located on over one acre of property, boasting a pool and hot tub access. Relax in a hammock or around the campfire, or you can hang out on the porch. The glamping tent has electricity to plug in your phone or laptop. Guests here can use the shower in the main home that’s just steps away. Come here for a creative and community vibe with a very welcoming and hospitable host.
For groups up to seven people, book your stay at Casa Cholla to have a whole Airbnb house to yourself. This is a 1,000-square-foot home with a private hard, stocked kitchen, wood-burning stove, and off-street parking. It’s a family-friendly place with games and a play teepee. The home is in a very walkable and bikeable area of ABQ and comes with lots of amenities. You can bring your pets here for a pet cleaning fee. In total, the home has three bedrooms with five beds and one bathroom.
This South Valley Casita is also a popular ABQ Airbnb that’s south of downtown and near Route 66 and the Rio Grande. You’re also only about 14 minutes from the airport here. Pets are welcome, parking private is offered, and there’s a private outdoor space too. Guests here also have a kitchen that’s great for light cooking and some necessities stocked. This is a small space but a comfortable one that works well for one or two guests.
If you’re looking for another camping experience in the city, check out this 1965 camper that suits up to four guests. The camper is on the two-acre property of sculptor Ed Haddaway. It offers a stove, oven, sink, icebox, couch, and mountain views. Guests can head inside the main home to use the bathroom. Parking is free on the premises, and the camper is a really cute and magical place to stay.