if you plan to book an AIrbnb in san Francisco, look for three primary qualities. They should be located in or around the city center, they should offer views of either the skyline or Golden Gate (bonus points for both), and they should enhance your experience of the vibrant international culture of the city. These are top-rated best Airbnb San Francisco properties to experience the best of the city.
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Luxury home by the bay with rooftop hot tub
Full house Airbnb San Francisco rentals are notoriously pricey, particularly when they are well-placed. This one is worth the price, especially since you can grab a full crew and split the bill. It’s clean and cozy, with the boutique upscale vibe you’d expect at a nice hotel but with home amenities including a stocked kitchen, a rooftop hot tub, and plenty of lounge space. The views of the downtown skyline are worth the price of entry alone — particularly if you have a bottle of bubbly with which to toast.
Eight guests, five bedrooms
Price: $1,499 per night
Classic Edwardian home in Mission District
Superfast WiFi. Nearby cafes and pubs. Historic aesthetic. This classic oasis in the Mission District sets you up for an unforgettable trip to the heart of the city. From here you can get everywhere, including Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park to the west and the bay to the east. The home itself is also quite something, with vibrant decor offering a classic but trimmed aesthetic that’s as welcoming as it is cozy. It’s efficient and comfortable and puts you nearby to the best of the city. And at this price point, it’s also just as affordable as renting an luxury hotel room.
Four guests, two bedrooms
Price: $599 per night
Pacific Heights apartment with panoramic views
Pacific Heights is the heart of the action in San Francisco these days, home to some of the city’s best dining and most authentic vibes. One of the best San Francisco Airbnbs, this unit is well-trimmed, with a modern kitchen and incredible views out over the city and the water. For real, these city views most only see from the window of an airplane — including the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, the ocean, and rows of quaint Victorian homes. And should you wish to explore beyond the reaches of Pacific Heights, pubic transit is right there. This is a great unit for a mid-sized group or family.
Seven guests, four bedrooms
Price: $1,124 per night
Warehouse condo on Mint Plaza
This warehouse condo epitomizes San Francisco chic. It’s in the heart of the city near Mint Plaza, within walking distance or a quick hop to everything from Haight-Ashbury to the Mission to South Beach, and puts you a stone’s throw from the cuisine of every continent. San Francisco Airbnbs that are this comfortable and convenient are tough to come by at this price, making the unit perfect for couples or solo travelers looking to spend some time getting to know the city.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $229 per night
Quintessential Victorian townhouse in central San Francisco
Who hasn’t dreamt of staying in a San Francisco Victorian townhouse? A stay here is like living in Full House and Nash Bridges all at once, with an added dose of modernity and less drama. It’s cute, convenient, and offers an experience that you won’t find in most San Francisco Airbnbs. If traveling with family or a small group, the home houses up to five guests with plenty of room to stretch in the backyard.
Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $249 per night
Well-heeled private suite in Haight-Ashbury
Live the San Francisco dream in this private guest suite right in the heart of San Francisco. Walk in the footsteps of locals, experience the city’s best cafes, and wander through Golden Gate Park. Or simply chill with a drink on the patio overlooking one of the most vibrant parts of the city, with views of both the bay and Buena Vista Park. If you’re looking for an easy time in the big city, this is your spot.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $163 per night
Charming garden apartment on city’s western shore
This garden apartment offers three primary perks. First, it’s located near where the city meets the Pacific Ocean, offering a unique vantage point of San Francisco and an experience you won’t find in SoMa or Downtown. Second, it’s surrounded by a beautiful garden, which is an absolute pleasure to wake up to each morning. And speaking of waking up, the third charm is the bed. Reviews state it’s huge and ridiculously comfortable. For solo travelers or couples looking for a romantic stay, San Francisco Airbnbs don’t get better than this.
Three guests, one bedroom
Price: $157 per night
Hip SoMa loft with inspiring skyline views
What makes San Francisco one of the best cities in the US is its international urban culture. This modern loft offers easy access to that vibrancy, along with an inspiring design that emphasizes the city’s skyline from every vantage point. The unit’s spacious design optimizes every square foot, giving you plenty of room in a city known for its often tight quarters. This is an ideal loft for a family, couple, or small crew of travelers looking to experience the best of San Franciso but needing an inspiring place to remain productive as well.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $420 per night
Family-friendly Noe townhouse that feels like home
Family travel is so much easier when your accommodations feel like home. This townhome is perfect at accomplishing that — it’s clean and modern and well-equipped for everything a traveling family could need. Bonus that it’s also full of super-inspiring art and the interior design puts it among the best San Francisco Airbnbs for simply lounging. Outdoors is a fire pit around which to dine and share stories, a rare amenity in a big city but one that perfectly complements the modern luxury of this home.
Six guests, four bedrooms
Price: $1,200 per night