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The city of Louisville is a favorite place to visit among bourbon aficionados, horse racing enthusiasts, and sports fans. It’s also a family-friendly destination with museums to explore, green spaces to relax in, and awesome restaurants to dine at. Many travelers are choosing to stay at local Airbnbs to more fully immerse themselves into the Louisville scene and be part of the city’s neighborhoods. To live like a local and find your”home away from home” in Kentucky, here are some of the best Airbnbs in Louisville to choose from.
Three people can stay in this studio guesthouse in Louisville’s trendy Germantown neighborhood. The rental is just a block from some of the city’s hippest bars, restaurants, and cafes. Yet you’ll be on a quiet street and have free street parking. All of Louisville’s top attractions are within five to 10 minutes of here. The home offers a full kitchen, king-size bed, queen-size air mattress, smart TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. The owners live onsite and are available if you need anything during your stay.
A really fun way to experience Louisville is to book this Airstream Airbnb. It is a 1964 Airstream Bambi named Dotti. Two people will be comfortable staying here and having a vintage glamping experience. It’s a very charming place to stay with a large, covered patio and swing bed. There are eight total rental units here at the Progress Park Airstream Resort: five Airstreams, two houses, and a bunkhouse. This is a great way to experience the camper lifestyle for a while as you explore the city. It has a kitchenette with the essentials and a fire pit outside to roast s’mores. There are beaches nearby with kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and endless opportunities for water-themed fun.
Couples traveling to Louisville will enjoy staying at this loft that is 950 square feet in size and in the heart of downtown Louisville. The building dates back to the 1890s when it was home to Byck’s Department Store. There are unique and historic touches that still exist in the space today, even after the renovations. The rental property is four blocks from the YUM! Center, two blocks from the Kentucky International Convention Center and less than 10 minutes from Churchill Downs. Guests can park for free in a secured parking garage, which is just behind the building.
A beautiful and unique place to stay in is the Sapphire Sanctuary in the NULU and Butchertown areas of Louisville. It’s a first-floor bedroom apartment that works well for a couple or solo traveler. Guests enjoy the blue décor, street parking, kitchenette, and keyless entry into the building. Stay here to be within walking distance of popular bars and restaurants.
Karen and Bryan offer up their guesthouse on Airbnb for up to four guests with two beds and one bath. It’s in the Germantown neighborhood with restaurants and coffeeshops, which is about two miles from downtown Louisville. You’ll be in a new space with a full kitchen and laundry facilities here. Your host offers a smart TV and free Wi-Fi in this guesthouse, which is above the garage and above the main house. Garage parking is available for guests.
Up to six people can stay at this Louisville loft that is equipped with everything you need. It is a speakeasy-themed loft with Kentucky bourbon accents and historic décor. Families and groups of friends will enjoy it here and enjoy restful nights of sleep in this quiet, urban environment. The home has two bedrooms and one bathroom. You’ll be on the third floor of a late-1800s red brick building and have a nice view of the St. Joseph’s Church steeples. This is a multi-unit building, but you’ll have your own private space all to yourselves. Access is only by stairs to climb to the third floor.
Here’s an adorable tiny house that’s a perfect fit for up to four people. It has one bedroom and one bathroom and is a unique place to stay. It’s a shotgun-style home in the Schnitzelberg neighborhood and has on-street parking available most of the time. There is a queen-size bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. The home is blocks from the university and has some foot traffic from students walking to and from campus.
Instantly recognizable for its bright, orange front door, this house is available to rent on Airbnb. Five guests can stay here and use the two bedrooms and one bathroom. This home is near Churchill downs and downtown. It is all yours to use, with no shared spaces. You can use the kitchen to prepare meals, a living room to hang out, a back deck to enjoy a cup of coffee or cocktail.
The Crescent Cottage is a great vacation rental because its in the heart of the city and within walking distance of parks and restaurants. The airport is a 10-minute drive away. Up to four people can stay here and use the one bedroom and one bathroom. Over 100 years ago, the cottage was used as a stable and residence for workers hired to help with the horses. Today, it has been newly renovated and has plenty of space for living and lots of natural light. There is a simple set of chairs outside to get some fresh air.
The Bee Cottage is a bungalow for up to four guests in Louisville. The home has two bedrooms and one bathroom; it’s a bright and eclectic space close to Churchill Downs and the airport. It is in the Germantown neighborhood, which is centrally located in Louisville. When you stay here, you’ll have a large living room, dining room with lots of light, master bedroom with a queen-size bed, and second bedroom with a full-size bed. There’s an updated kitchen here and also a front porch and a large backyard for your outdoor lifestyle. Guests can use the laundry machines on the lower level of the home as well.
Another recommended Airbnb in Louisville that we’ll mention here is this charming home that you can have to yourself. It works for up to six guests and is a 750-square-foot home in the historic Highlands. From here, you can walk to pubs, shopping, parks, and restaurants. There’s a master bedroom and second bedroom, open-concept living room, fully equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi, and street parking for free here. Your host can provide an air mattress for extra guests, as well as a pack-and-play and highchair for children upon request. Families also enjoy staying here because of the outlet covers, bathtub, and children’s books and toys. It’s a single-level home with no stairs, so it’s an accessible option. When you stay here, you have access to the whole home and also the fenced-in backyard.
For a truly unique stay in Louisville, consider staying in this Airstream camper at Progress Park, which feels like a vacation resort in Louisville. It can accommodate up to six guests with four beds and one bath. There’s a toilet in the Airstream and a shared full bathroom by the lake house. You can experience what it’s like to live the Airstream life in this 1974 camper that’s perfect for glamping. It has a water’s edge location and all the comforts of home. Guests have easy access to kayaking, fishing, and swimming while also giving you a full kitchen, cute décor, and hammock by the side of the water and beach.
Another option is to stay in this house that accommodates up to six guests with four beds and one bath. It’s in a great location that is a five-minute walk to Churchill Downs. It’s in the quiet Wilder Park neighborhood and has modern amenities, a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, LCD TV, and a cozy breakfast nook. You’ll also enjoy the home’s outdoor space with its private backyard and privacy fence. It’s well-equipped for extended stays because of the large closet and extra room to spread out.
Up to four guests can stay in this Louisville Airbnb, which is in the Germantown neighborhood. You’ll be within 10 minutes of all the city’s attractions and airport here. Lots of hip local eateries are nearby too. This space also has free street parking, relaxing front porch, and high-quality bedding.