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Although Austin is home to a number of great hotels, enjoy a more secluded and quiet stay in one of the city’s cozy Airbnbs. These rental properties range from houses perfect for large groups or tiny homes and studios suited for couples. No matter if you want to be in East Austin, near the University of Texas or right by 6th Street or Zilker Park, there is an Airbnb on this list to meet your needs. Make your trip to Austin a memorable one by staying at one of these 14 best Austin Airbnbs.
Perfect for large groups especially bachelor or bachelorette parties, this historic manor in downtown accommodates up to 13 guests. Located in East Austin, the popular 6th Street bar district is less than a mile away. Walk to a number of shops, bars and food trailers or simply enjoy a backyard barbecue at this Austin Airbnb.
This modern cottage known as the East Side Beehive is located in Central East Austin. Perfect for two guests, this one bedroom and one bathroom space offers vaulted ceilings, a spacious floor plan and new furnishings. This Airbnb is a great place to recharge and find peace, since there is no TV or cable. In Austin style, listen to a classic record on the record player instead.
Stay in a tiny house during your time in Austin, Texas. This small yet welcoming East Side abode is perfect for two or three travelers. This 200-square-foot space is only a mile and a half from Austin Convention Center and the up-and-coming bar and restaurant area known as Rainey Street.
Stay only four blocks away from the eclectic South Congress Avenue. Known as the Hideaway Carriage House, this Airbnb located in Travis Heights is equipped with new furnishings, adorned with one-of-a-kind artwork and comes with luxury bed linens and Turkish robes.
This cozy casita in downtown Austin will make for a comfortable homebase during your Austin vacation. Complete with outdoor patios, a beautiful studio and gorgeous oaks in the backyard, you’ll forget that this Airbnb is located in the city, between South Congress and South First.
This tiny home is a small studio perfect for two guests. Located in central Austin near the University of Texas, guests will enjoy private access to this 8’x17’ tiny home space. Walk to popular eateries like Kerbey Lane or take a short drive into downtown or to Zilker Park. This tiny home comes with everything you will need, like a queen-sized bed, full kitchen and a shady outdoor courtyard.
Set on 85 unspoiled acres in Texas Hill Country, away from the hustle and bustle yet an easy drive to downtown Austin, this tiny home retreat offers a tranquil stay that includes a gorgeous shared pool. The property includes scenic trails to wander, chickens and Emu for fresh, free eggs, orchards for fresh fruit, and even an area to play disc golf. There are friendly free-range goats that roam around and the occasional deer that visit too. The home is suitable for up to two, with a bed accessed via a narrow ladder, lofted in the ceiling peak. It includes a small kitchenette, full bathroom, Wi-Fi, and TV.
Casita Roja is a treehouse-style cabin located right downtown. An artistic retreat tucked in the treeline overlooking the woods in the Travis Heights neighborhood, it has that treehouse feel along with plenty of artistic touches for a more unique stay while being within a mile of the SOCO Shopping/Food District. It overlooks a pond and waterfall and provides access to the Butler trail that follows Lady Bird Lake. It sleeps up to four and includes a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a washer/dryer. After dark, the outdoor fire pit is the perfect place to unwind under the stars.
If you want a large space in the heart of it all, this historic manor is located right downtown and has a big personality with lots of color and character. It has a large backyard and plenty of room inside, with five bedrooms accommodating as many as 14 guests. While the country-style kitchen and other spaces are white, there’s a bold cherry red dining room along with velvet vintage seating mixed with modern art and plenty of conveniences, including Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and free parking on-site.
Perfect for a couple, this one-bedroom Airbnb is set in the walkable neighborhood of Clarksville. Its modern living spaces are great for hanging out, while the Smart TV with Roku and Netflix are added perks. When it’s warm outside, you can cool off at the condo pool, while there’s also a fully stocked kitchen, dinette set and coffee maker for when you want to stay in. Best of all, there’s an assigned parking space.
How about a saltwater pool and an ideal location just four blocks to shopping and dining on South Congress? This Travis Height retreat is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring or business, with the heated pool in an area with lush greenery and designer outdoor furniture. It sleeps up to two in one bedroom with a king-size bed and includes a Smart TV with cable channels, DVD player, air conditioning, and a full kitchen with an Espresso machine.
A studio-size space for two in a private backyard, this rental sits beneath sprawling Southern Live Oak trees providing a sweet and affordable rental in South Austin that’s convenient to downtown, South Congress, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, and many other popular attractions. It sleeps up to two with a queen-size bed and a comfortable fold-out leather sofabed. Enjoy an extra-spacious feel with high ceilings, a TV with Roku, and some kitchenette items like a coffeemaker, tea kettle, a small fridge, and a microwave. Coffee, tea and some refreshments are supplied too.
This charming bungalow is a short walk to the attractions on SOCO and South 1st, including restaurants, cafes, shops, and live music, while the Blunn Creek Greenbelt Trail, public pools, and a playground can be reached in the other direction. A two-bedroom for up to four guests, it’s ideal for anyone who wants to take advantage of all that Austin has to offer. It includes high-speed Wi-Fi, a Smart TV, and a well-equipped kitchen with Cuisinart cookware, a dishwasher, and unexpected extras like a smoothie maker. There’s even an acoustic guitar if you play, while the large backyard and laundry facilities are shared with just one other unit.
Located downtown near Clarksville and Judge’s Hill, this condo sleeps up to four with a king-size bed in one bedroom plus a sleeper sofa in the living room, while the full bathroom can be accessed from either area for privacy. There are two large Smart TVs, a kitchen with high-end appliances, and a private outdoor patio too. Plus you’ll have a free designated parking spot and two complimentary bicycles.
A cozy south-central bungalow for two, less than a mile from downtown, this guesthouse sits behind a larger house on a quiet lot with plenty of shade thanks to the many oak trees. You’ll be within walking distance of coffee and tacos while upscale dining and a large grocery store are just over a mile away. It includes a covered patio for relaxing outdoors and with the layout inside featuring a full separate kitchen and bathroom with a stackable washer/dryer. There’s a Smart TV compatible with AirPlay and other apps, while the bedroom has a queen bed with a new hybrid mattress.
Located in East Austin, known for its fun and creative vibes, this “crash pad” is just blocks from Town Lake where you can end each day with a spectacular sunset. You’ll be close to popular coffee spots, restaurants, bars, and other attractions too. A private bungalow with lots of natural light and an “obsessively curated interior,” it sleeps up to four in one bedroom with a queen bed plus a sofabed and includes a kitchen with a dishwasher and all the essentials with tea and coffee supplied. A TV with basic channels and access to Netflix and air conditioning are included too.
Located in East Austin in a quiet, secluded spot just minutes from downtown, this contemporary two-bedroom home accommodates up to four guests. Enjoy plenty of privacy and modern comforts with an extra-spacious feel and abundant natural light with 12′ ceilings and plenty of windows. You’ll have a fully stocked kitchen along with a smoker and charcoal grill for backyard cookouts. The rooftop is another enticing outdoor space where you can sip wine or cocktails while watching the sunset over downtown Austin. There’s a Tesla car charger and room for up to three cars in the long driveway, plus you’ll have Wi-Fi, TV, and a washer/dryer.
The Maple Guest House is located in East Austin but it’s just five minutes from downtown and you’ll be within walking distance from many coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. It accommodates up to four in two bedrooms and includes an all-glass living room that’s surrounded by bamboo. You’ll have all the essentials, but the highlight is the pool and hot tub.
Located less than a mile from the University of Texas and two miles east of downtown Austin, this beautiful bungalow sleeps up to four in two bedrooms, both with room darkening shades. Originally built in the 1940s, it’s been entirely renovated by local woodworkers with shiplap and long leaf pine walls and oak floors with a mix of custom-built and mid-century furnishings. It has a full kitchen with high-end appliances, including a dishwasher, along with Wi-Fi, a Smart TV that includes cable channels and HBO GO, and a washer/dryer.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it would be like to live in a shipping container home, this is your chance. Located in Central East Austin, the Eastside Container has a contemporary industrial design and is a fully functional home for up to two guests. While it’s a cozy space, it includes a surprising number of amenities like a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a flat-screen Smart TV with cable channels, a full-size washer/dryer, and a full bath with a custom tiled shower. What makes it really fun are the 8′ doors that slide and pivot to open the living area to the outdoors with a fenced-in backyard.