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San Francisco is not only one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it’s also one of the priciest, with many hotels charging an arm and a leg. But with a great supply of Airbnbs – the company is even based there – the rates tend to be more competitive, and you’ll get more for your money too.
Not only do most come with full kitchens so you can make some of your own meals and save on dining out, but you might even score a rare parking spot, something that’s hard to find in the city. Whether you’re in need of a more budget-friendly place to stay or you’re looking to go all out, you’re sure to find the perfect pick among these top Airbnbs in San Francisco.
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This North Beach apartment accommodates up to three in one bedroom, and at only around $100 a night, it just might be the best deal in the entire city. It comes with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, downtown, the Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge. It’s also one of the city’s rare dog-friendly options for those who want to bring their furry friend. You’ll have a full kitchen and dining area with a shared washer/dryer just steps from the door. If you’re here for the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve, you’ll even be able to watch the fireworks show right from your window as they’re typically launched from barges a thousand feet out in the bay, near the Embarcadero.
A top vacation rental in San Francisco, this Airbnb is only a couple of blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square, providing the perfect spot for those who want to explore on two feet (highly recommended in this city) or catch the cable car. If you’re driving, there is garage parking available for $25 a day. The highlight of a stay here other than the location is the stunning panoramic view of the bay, Alcatraz, and Russian Hill and Park. You’ll get lots of extras too, including a kitchen stocked with basic foods for breakfast. You might even be welcomed with a few free beers to enjoy out on the deck.
This 1895 Victorian flat is a private room in a home and was once included on Travel + Leisure’s most wish-listed Airbnbs in San Francisco. Ideal for a solo traveler looking for affordability in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country, the Castro district, it provides a peaceful setting on a quiet street yet its centrally located to everything, just three blocks from the famous Castro Theater, close to streetcars, lively nightlife, and some of the top spots for foodies like Tartine Bakery.
This beach cottage for two is within walking distance to the Golden Gate Bridge, the beach, the Palace of Fine Arts and other major attractions, located in the Marina District. It’s easy to get around pretty much anywhere you want to go from here by cable car or Uber. After a day of exploring you can come back and relax in a tranquil furnished backyard that includes a grill for cooking out.
If you’re looking for a tranquil coastal setting with a spectacular ocean view while being close to the city and its many attractions, the Sea Wolf Bungalow is your best bet. Located just steps from the wide expanse of soft sands at Montara State Beach, it’s just a 20-minute drive from the Sunset district, Lake Merced Park and the San Francisco Zoo. You’ll be able to watch for whales throughout much of the year, including gray and orca whales from December through May, and humpbacks from May through November. The 1911 cabin provides an interesting slice of history too as it’s said to have hosted author Jack London and includes the original stone fireplace, made from stones gathered on the beach. Ready to catch a wave? It’s also a top vacation rental for surfing the California coast.
Enjoy your own private home on Telegraph Hill with a stay here. An oasis in the city for six, it includes three bedrooms as well as fabulous outdoor living spaces. You’ll be just a block from Coit Tower and when you come back from exploring you can look forward to sipping wine from the terrace that overlooks the city. It includes a billiard room, a well-stocked kitchen with seasonings, a washer/dryer, cables TVs, and comfortable beds – what more could you ask for?
This charming mother-in-law apartment sleeps up to three and will put you just steps from Golden Gate Park, the zoo, and the beach. In fact, it’s so close to the ocean you can even hear the sounds of the waves. Enjoy the best of both worlds here, with several of the city’s major attractions right in the park, including the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young museum. It comes with free parking and includes a well-stocked kitchenette with complimentary coffee, tea, and wine.
This beautiful modern garden apartment has a separate entrance from the main house, located near both the Noe Vally and Glen Park neighborhoods, which offer supermarkets, restaurants, bars and shops, with downtown about 20 minutes away, easily reached by Uber although if you come with your own car there is plenty of street parking available here. It comes with all the essentials and then some, including a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, washer/dryer and TVs with Netflix and Apple TV.
This large one bedroom flat/condo sits in a two-condo building with the hosts in the one other unit providing a space for guests for more than 15 years. It sleeps up to four and offers an ideal location in a quiet neighborhood close to restaurants, coffee houses, bars and unique shops in Haight Ashbury and along Divisadero, as well as Golden Gate Park. The family room opens to a modern kitchen with views of a well-maintained shared garden, and you’ll have everything you need for a great stay, from the very well-appointed kitchen with a double oven, dishwasher, and microwave, as well as a washer/dryer.
This upper-level studio apartment is a great option for those who want to be close to both downtown San Francisco and the airport, as it’s about halfway in between, just a few minutes from Fort Funston Beach and a BART station in Daly City. Quiet, clean, and comfy, it’s perfect for a couple or solo traveler, with the highlight being the balcony accessed by French doors. You can sip your morning coffee outside with a view of the city and enjoy gorgeous sunsets too.
While you’ll have to travel outside of the city, crossing the Golden Gate to Sausalito, this vacation home is stunning, providing a perspective from the other side of the bay with views of the San Francisco skyline, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel islands. With huge, nearly walls of windows, you’ll be able to take them in from every room as well as the deck and patio outside. When you want to explore the city, it’s just a 10-minute away. A short walk will bring you to spectacular hikes at the Marin Headlands and downtown Sausalito too. The home accommodates up to six guests in three bedrooms and includes Other features includes a kitchen with high-end appliances, including a wine fridge, three wood-burning/gas ignition fireplaces, and workout equipment too. Plus, it opens to a tiered quarter-acre yard with a fire table, dining and lounge area.
Located in the Portola District just a 15-minute drive to the airport and downtown, this two-bedroom home comes with two friendly cats, ideal for those who are missing their own furry friends back home. It’s in a quiet area, providing a chill, artsy place for a relaxing escape complete with a full kitchen and a beautiful view.
Enjoy a location near Golden Gate Park and within walking distance to the ocean where you can watch the beautiful sunsets at the end of every day. It includes all the comforts of home, a very comfortable bed, washer/dryer, and an incredibly hospitable host who goes out of the way to ensure a great stay.
This Marina district rooftop studio offers a quiet setting in a swanky residential location surrounded by outstanding restaurants, wine bars, markets and shops. Plus it’s within walking distance of the Marina Green and Chrissy Field beaches. You’ll be just a half-block from the water while enjoying a comfortable space with all the necessities like Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer, along with a rooftop deck that boasts a gorgeous view for unwinding at the end of the day.