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San Francisco is one of the top travel destinations in the U.S., which means that there are tons of great hotels around the city to stay in when you visit. However, you can get to know the neighborhoods of San Francisco like a true local when you stay in a vacation rental property, such as a house, condo, apartment, or private room in a host’s home. Here are some of the best Airbnbs and VRBO properties to consider for your next trip to the Bay Area.
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This popular Airbnb property is a private bedroom with a private bathroom on the top penthouse floor and panoramic views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Russian Hill and Park. It’s just steps from Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, and the cable car. Garage parking here is $25 per day, and there’s self-serve breakfast and food available. You’ll love the sunny bedroom with its queen-size bed and large window. The room also has satellite TV, and it’s a great place to explore the city from. You’ll have private access to your own space here, while there are the shared areas of the kitchen, living room, dining room, and terrace. There’s a shared laptop-friendly workspace if you work remotely too.
Here’s a studio space where you’ll have the whole guest suite to yourself and self-check-in with a keypad. It’s a Russian Hill escape that’s quiet and peaceful while also being close to Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, North Beach, Chinatown, and other top attractions. Something cool about this place is that the Real World of San Francisco was filmed in this three-story building in 1990 while the cast lived here! The interior space has a comfy sofa bed that sleeps two people. The Airbnb also has a patio with a table and chairs. The property is thoroughly cleaned and equipped with an alarm system and security cameras for safety.
You can also stay in this VRBO property, which is a bedroom with a large private bathroom in a Victorian home. It has a backyard oasis with hummingbirds and a water fountain. Hop on the bus to get downtown just a half block from here and get to everything you want to see in the city. You can find free side street parking and metered parking in this area. For cleanliness and health purposes, the space is disinfected after each stay, and there is a 24-hour vacancy between reservations.
You’ll love staying in this quiet and residential upscale neighborhood that’s near the 30 Stockton bus to get to touristy areas and downtown. Chestnut Street is the place to be for markets, shops, restaurants, and wine bars. From here, you can also walk to the Palace of Fine Arts, Chrissy Field beaches, and the Marina Green. The interior has one queen-size bed. Other features are a kitchen, Wi-Fi, laptop-friendly workspace, and washer and dryer. You’ll have this whole one-bed, one-bathroom studio apartment to yourself in San Francisco.
This is another great private room in a house, which is a very common type of Airbnb for San Francisco. It sleeps three guests and has one bedroom and one shared bath. The home was built in 1913 and is in an affluent area that’s adjacent to Nob Hill. This room is on the top (fourth) floor of the building and has a walk-in closet, queen-size bed, and walk-out balcony. The penthouse has street parking and a parking garage a block away. From here, you can walk to downtown, Union Square restaurants, and shopping malls.
Another VRBO vacation rental worth considering is this cottage that sleeps four people and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The cottage is behind one of the “painted lady” Victorian homes and is a fully detached cottage with its own private patio. Its safe and secluded while also being just about a five-minute walk to the bay and Union Street. The fridge here is stocked with lots of foods and drinks for guests. You’ll enjoy the fully equipped kitchen, having all the basics provided for you, and also having all the comforts of home. Families with kids love staying here because the street is flat, the space is secure, and there’s a patio and garden for fresh air. Let the host know if you’ll need a crib or even babysitting. Free use of the washer and dryer with laundry supplies is also available.
Choose this guest house that measures 700 square feet in Point Richmond for your Bay Area home base and be about 10 miles from San Francisco city center. It sleeps two people with one bedroom and one bathroom. This is a nice place for extended stays because the rates decrease at seven days or longer. It’s in a charming neighborhood and has a private deck with views, separate entry from the rest of the home, and free parking near the unit. People love staying here for the quiet place and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and San Rafael Bridge.
You can rent this entire house on Airbnb for up to three people and be steps from the beach and Golden Gate Park. It’s a private in-law apartment with two rooms, a kitchenette that’s stocked for cooking meals, and complimentary coffee, tea, and wine. There’s a private bathroom here that is small and stocked with toiletries. Stay here for a self-contained unit on the ground floor below the host’s apartment and to have exclusive backyard access. Guest pets are not allowed here, ample street parking is free, and you can hear the sound of ocean waves crashing from the window.
This VRBO vacation rental is an apartment that measures 1,400 square feet, sleeps six people, and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is two blocks from Ocean Beach and has a full kitchen, dining room, and flat-screen TVs. There’s a monthly rate here too for extended stays. When you stay here, you’ll be blocks from many great things to see, including Golden Gate Park, horseback riding, the Academy of Sciences, and the San Francisco Zoo. Other in-unit perks are the washer and dryer, garage, and Wi-Fi.
Meanwhile, this 1,200-square-foot condo is a VRBO property that sleeps four people and is also great for extended stays in San Francisco with a great monthly rate. Free cleaning is offered every two weeks with no cleaning fee when you leave. It’s located near Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square, and Buena Vista Park. This is a beautifully furnished five-room home in a vibrant and safe neighborhood with free garage parking.
Be in the historic Castro district and enjoy easy city and public transit access when you stay at this studio with one bed and one bath. It’s cozy and charming with its own private entrance and 450-square-feet of space. Enjoy the outside patio with a table and chairs and the Japanese-style tiered floor plan with an elevated bed. Other perks are the kitchenette for preparing simple meals, bathroom with everything you need to get ready, and TV with Amazon Fire.
Airbnb guests also love this popular Airbnb studio for two people and that has one bed and one bath. It has a private entrance and a peaceful garden with a nice sitting area. There is no kitchen here, but there is a breakfast bar area with a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and drinks and goodies waiting for you. It’s a garden-level studio of a private home and that has street parking with no time limits all around the house. Pets are not allowed here.
For two guests, this is a nice beach cottage that’s a custom home in the Marina District and minutes from the city’s main attractions. From here, you can walk to the beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more. The space also offers a private backyard with a table, chairs, and grill. It’s easy to get around town from here by trolley/cable car, taxis, and Uber.
This entire house is available to rent on Airbnb for six guests, and it has three bedrooms and two baths. It’s in the Telegraph Hill area and has outdoor decks/patios that are great for entertaining. There’s also a billiards room, and you’ll be within walking distance to bus lines and light rail stops. Access to the home is via electronic lockbox. You’ll have full access to the home during your stay and enjoy plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.
The last popular vacation rental in San Francisco that we’ll highlight here is this condo that sleeps up to three guests. With your stay here, you’ll get parking for a car, modern cooking and TV-watching conveniences, and an ottoman bed and queen-size blow-up bed. Guests also have access to the rooftop with its chairs, BBQ, and city views. The space is a mile or less from the Mission District, Chinatown, Japantown, cable cars, and the entrance to Highway 101. Within two miles or less from here, you can get to Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 with boats to Alcatraz, North Beach, and the Castro.