10 Best Austin Airbnb: Hand-Picked Recommendations of The Top Listings
There are hundreds of thousands of places to stay in Austin, but selecting one is difficult. There are differences in pricing and location, but there are also differences in quality, location, and other factors. If you’re not careful, you can end up with an Airbnb that falls short of your expectations. This can leave you unhappy after your stay, which is why I’ve compiled a list of the greatest Airbnbs in Austin in my opinion.
The Best Austin Airbnbs
Looking for a unique and affordable place to stay in Austin? Check out these amazing Airbnbs!
1. Tranquil 1930s Bungalow on South Congress
This is the Airbnb for you if you want a little bit of adventure in your vacation. The bungalow is in one of Austin’s most popular and active areas, so amazing restaurants, pubs, and shopping are never far away. You’re also just a short walk away from Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park.
This cottage from the 1930s has been entirely refurbished with modern facilities while retaining its original charm. The main living area boasts hardwood floors, and there is exquisite woodwork around the windows and doors. There are two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and two twin beds, and one complete bathroom. There is also an outdoor patio area where guests can rest during the day or enjoy city views at night!Check Availability
2. Cozy Home in the Middle of Downtown
This cozy home is centrally located in downtown Austin. You’re just steps away from some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and shops. Plus, you can easily walk to many of the city’s major attractions—if you don’t want to drive.
The house itself is very comfortable and has everything you need for a great stay in Austin! The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need to cook up some meals at home, including cookware and utensils. There’s also cable TV with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu if you’d like to watch something while relaxing at night after a long day exploring Austin’s sights.
There’s even a washer/dryer set so that if you get dirty exploring outside or want to wash your clothes before heading home from your trip, you can do so easily here without having to worry about finding somewhere else nearby (and without breaking the bank).
If you’re looking for something more private than a hotel room but still want easy access to everything downtown has to offer without spending too much money on lodging fees or having to commute long distances (which could take up valuable time when trying on tours!), this cozy home is definitely one option worth considering.Check Availability
3. Pastel Paradise
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Austin that isn’t just “okay,” but actually has character and personality, look no further than Pastel Paradise.
This little cottage is filled with pastel accents and modern conveniences, giving you the best of both worlds: a place where you can relax and unwind after a long day of exploring, or a spot where you can cozy up with your loved ones and enjoy some quiet time at home.
The cottage is situated in the heart of East Austin, within walking distance of Cenote and Scoot Inn (a five-minute walk), as well as East 6th and Plaza Saltillo (a five-minute scooter ride). You could also easily get to Dirty 6th or Rainey street by foot or scooter in about fifteen minutes!
They have an awesome backyard with a fire pit, perfect for those cool summer nights when you don’t want to go out. Just make sure to bring some marshmallows along!Check Availability
4. Romantic Apartment with Private Treetop Deck
The Treetop Town home is a one-of-a-kind, romantic apartment with private treetop deck. This amazing space is located in the heart of Downtown Austin, Texas, just steps away from all the excitement available in the 78704 zip code.
The apartment boasts 3 beautiful balconies that are shaded by huge oak trees and provide guests with privacy while being steps away from all the excitement available in the heart of ATX. Upstairs are two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. One features a small, private balcony, perfect for relaxing after a long day or sipping your coffee in the morning. The other master has the biggest of the three balconies, with views of downtown just through the treetops.
This is a truly unique home in a stellar location. Come explore all Downtown ATX has to offer, then retreat to your personal treetop hideaway and relax with your friends and family on the spacious patios.Check Availability
5. The Austin LoveStream
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while you’re in Austin, look no further than The LoveStream.
This 31-foot renovated trailer from 1971 is located on a private property in central Austin, where it’s just a short walk from the heart of downtown and the famous Sixth Street entertainment district.
With its cozy furnishings and modern amenities (including ice-cold air conditioning and heating, a flushing toilet, full kitchen, filtered water on tap, and both a hot tub and separate stock tank pool), this is the ideal spot for anyone seeking a romantic getaway or staycation.Check Availability
6. Bright and Comfortable Loft Near Lady Bird Lake
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Austin that will make you feel like you’re one with nature, this is the place for you. The apartment is detached from the main house, where we live. It’s a lovely place to be still. I clean it myself & I am meticulous. The Lady Bird Lake hike & bike trail is directly in front of the house. You are welcome to borrow bikes, paddleboards, kayaks.
Open the blackout cellular shades to feel suspended among the trees and see countless species of birds, especially Monk parakeets. This studio makes excellent use of the space above our 2 car garage with an elegant bathroom, organic mattress, and butcher block countertops.
It’s tight for 3 or 4 people (not recommended).Check Availability
7. Chic East Downtown Condo
The Green Suite is located in the heart of highly desirable East Austin surrounded by nightlife, unique restaurants, breweries, music venues and one-of-a-kind businesses. Grab a scooter or rent a bicycle and head down the protected bike path located steps outside the north exit.
After a long day out, come home, rest easy and wake up feeling refreshed in a space flooded with natural light featuring an open-plan living area, chic furnishings and an outdoor pool. Yes, the pool is OPEN from 7a to 10p every day.
If you’re looking for luxury living, look no further than The Green Suite. This chic condo has been thoughtfully designed to give you all the conveniences of home while providing an unparalleled level of comfort and privacy. The spacious master bedroom has a king-size bed with luxurious linens and pillows that will have you waking up happy every morning.
Enjoy your coffee while sitting on your private balcony overlooking downtown Austin, or enjoy some time at the swimming pool or hot tub on your own private terrace overlooking East Austin’s beautiful skyline!Check Availability
8. Bouldin Creek Modern “Treehouse”
This Airbnb is a hidden gem in Austin, Texas. The Bouldin Creek Modern Treehouse sits atop a new architecturally contemporary home that was designed with the idea of breaking down the barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces. This design element is evident throughout the house and the apartment.
The Treehouse is located in Austin’s famous South Congress District (SoCo), which boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. SoCo is also home to many of Austin’s most popular music venues including Antone’s Nightclub and Emo’s Alternative Rock Club.
You’ll feel right at home in style with this chic apartment located within walking distance to dozens of restaurants and shops, as well as being just minutes away from downtown Austin.
It features a modern layout with lots of natural light flowing through floor-to-ceiling windows that open up onto a massive balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks while watching people pass by below on busy South Congress Avenue.
If you love staying active during your travels then you will find plenty to do within walking distance from this beautiful treehouse such as visiting Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail which is only minutes away from your doorstep; jog around Town Lake and enjoy the view of Lady Bird Lake as well as watching people paddleboard or kayak around the lake.
You can also visit Zilker Park which is only two miles away from this property and enjoy some time relaxing in one of their many gardens, walking along a scenic path or sitting by Lago Vista and watching people fly kites while listening to live music playing in the background.Check Availability
9. The Johanna Bee
The Johanna Bee is a true Austin hideaway just south of Downtown. Located in one of Austin’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods, Bouldin Creek, you’ll find yourself just steps away from local bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants & vintage stores.
A 6 min drive will get you to Downtown or Zilker Park & a splendid 10 min walk to the trendy South Congress neighborhood. Experience Austin like a local from this cute studio cottage with a private yard, free parking, cable TV & full kitchen.
The Johanna Bee is perfect for couples or solo travelers looking for an authentic experience in the heart of Austin. You’ll have access to all that this wonderful city has to offer!Check Availability
10. Eastside Cabana
Austin is a city that’s all about the outdoors, and it’s also a city that puts a premium on staying close to nature. Eastside Cabana is the perfect place if you want to be in the heart of downtown Austin, but still feel like you’re nestled in a lush green forest.
With its location just across from UT football stadium and steps away from Red River, this Airbnb has everything you need for an unforgettable stay in Austin.
It’s not just about being close to downtown and UT though, this Airbnb is also located near some of the city’s most happening spots. You can walk or bike ride over to Red River and hang out at any number of bars and restaurants there. Or if you want to catch some live music or a concert at one of the nearby venues, there are plenty of options within walking distance as well!
If all that isn’t enough, Eastside Cabana also has many amenities and unique features that will make your stay even more memorable.Check Availability
Best Austin Airbnb Frequently Asked Questions
Is Austin Texas a good place to Airbnb?
The best place to find everything, from houses to short term apartment rentals in Austin, is on Airbnb. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cabin in the woods, or a modern apartment downtown, there’s something for everyone!
Are Airbnb’s legal in Austin?
Yes! Airbnb is legal in Austin. However, the city requires STRs to have a license (non-refundable fee of 572.00). Once you are licensed, you will pay the 9% quarterly hotel tax. In theory, I fully support paying taxes in gratitude for this financial opportunity and to help the city.
Which side of Austin is the best?
The east side of town has a great vibe and is home to many of the city’s most famous landmarks. You’ll find the University of Texas at Austin here, as well as its famous football stadium, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. It’s also where you’ll find Barton Springs Pool, which is open year-round and offers swimming to locals and visitors alike.