Boston is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the United States. Rivals might tease and say it’s New York City’s cute little sibling, but its compactness is part of what makes it great. No matter where you are, you can easily get to any other neighborhood on foot or on the T, Boston’s public transportation system. And despite its relatively small size, there’s plenty to do. Whether you’re visiting for its rich history, its prestigious schools, or its diverse food scene, there’s something for everyone in Boston. Here are 11 Airbnbs in Boston you’ll be happy to return to after a day of exploring.
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Modern European loft near Downtown Crossing
This beautiful loft couldn’t be any closer to the heart of the city. As you might guess from the name, Downtown Crossing is where everything comes together. All subway lines pass through here, so you can travel anywhere with ease when staying at this Airbnb. It’s an active zone packed with restaurants, bars, shops, etc. The loft has a modern open floor plan with high-end European features and tons of natural light. Its strong WiFi and multiple places to work make it great for remote workers, and you can get a discount for long stays.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $230 per night
The second-oldest home in Beacon Hill
This private studio apartment was built in 1789 in historic Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill is among the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in the city, but as a guest, you can experience it for a reasonable price. A few blocks from the apartment is Acorn Street, a cobblestone street lined with colonial brick houses that some consider to be the most photographed street in America (Instagrammers, get your cameras out). It’s also five minutes away from the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common, the oldest park in America. This cozy apartment is right next to the oldest house in Beacon Hill, allowing you to jump into the past while enjoying modern amenities like a Tempurpedic bed and Roku TV.
Three guests, studio
Price: $142 per night
Quiet townhouse in the Back Bay
This centrally located apartment is one of the highest-rated Airbnbs in Boston. It’s right on the border of the Back Bay and South End, two of the most happening areas of the city. The updated Victorian-era townhouse sits on a quiet street that’s close to any public transportation you might need. On foot, it’s 15 minutes or less to the most popular attractions in the city. Walk through Copley Square, grab something to eat at the Prudential Center, get some work done at the Boston Public Library, or shop on Newbury Street. This apartment is perfect for solo travelers and couples visiting for business or leisure. You can also get weekly or monthly discounts for extended stays.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $175 per night
Chic apartment with an arcade in the South End
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have an arcade right next to your bedroom, here’s your chance. This private apartment accommodates up to eight guests and is complete with a full kitchen, exercise bike, arcade machine, and vintage pinball machine. The games make an excellent way to reward yourself after a sprint of remote work at the apartment or a day of exploration. The apartment is close to the award-winning SoWa open market. It’s also an easy walk to Copley Square, the Swan Boats in the Public Garden, Newbury Street, and other must-see downtown sites.
Eight guests, three bedrooms
Price: $247 per night
North End apartment near waterfront
One of the selling points of this apartment is its location overlooking the city. The place sleeps up to four guests and includes a fully applianced kitchen, although you probably won’t need it during your stay in the North End, where you’ll be surrounded by incredible Italian food. Boston’s Little Italy is home to a large Italian-American population and is known for its outstanding Italian restaurants, cafes, and bakeries (Mike’s Pastry is a must-visit, especially if you love cannolis). The popular New England Aquarium and the famous Faneuil Hall are in close proximity as well, and as the oldest neighborhood in Boston, there’s plenty of history to be seen in the North End.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $99 per night
Quirky studio apartment in Allston
This one-of-a-kind apartment is small, but it’s creatively designed to make the most of its space. It’s a cozy studio that fully embodies the neighborhood’s hip, bohemian vibe, and it’s perfect for one or two people. Since it’s near both Boston University and Boston College, it’s just steps from some of the best restaurants, clubs, and bars. Allston and its twin sister Brighton are particularly known for their amazing food, especially Asian cuisines. And if you want to travel around Boston using public transportation, it’s a one-minute walk from this apartment to the subway and bus stop.
One guest, studio
Price: $79 per night
Colonial-style brick apartment near Fenway
The Red Sox and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are just two of Boston’s many points of pride. This gorgeous colonial-style brick apartment, which accommodates up to four people and was built in the late 1800s, is the perfect base for catching a game at Fenway Park or attending a performance at Symphony Hall. It’s also close to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and two incredible art museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $200 per night
Unique houseboat in Charlestown
If you’re looking for something a little different, check out this houseboat at the Charlestown Marina. The boat sleeps up to six people and has everything you need to be comfortable, including a full kitchen, large bathroom, and temperature controls. It’s a 10-minute walk to the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world that’s still afloat today. Keep walking along the harbor and you’ll reach the North End, where you can find the best Italian food in Boston. After a busy day in the city, you’ll be glad to come back to the houseboat where you can watch the sunset on the private sun deck before falling asleep to the gentle rocking of the waves.
Six guests, one bedroom
Price: $216 per night
Luxury studio apartment in Cambridge
Cambridge is a major suburb of Boston that’s right across the Charles River. This Cambridge apartment can accommodate up to two guests and is equipped with many modern amenities. It even has heated floors, which is a godsend to cope with the cold New England winter days. The studio also has a dedicated workstation if you need to get work done during your stay. And if you do have work to do, you won’t be alone. Cambridge is a hub of innovation, technology, and education, home to prestigious Harvard University and MIT. It’s also full of trendy restaurants and cafes, shops, and music venues. This Airbnb is close to all the action. It’s within walking distance of a T stop, too, making it convenient to travel further into the city.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $100 per night
Nautical Guest Suite in South Boston
This Pleasure Bay-themed guest suite is part of a bed and breakfast set in a historic South Boston home. It features some lovely original artwork, and it’s just a couple of blocks from the beach and the bus stop. The hosts recommend a walk around nearby Castle Island. This route takes you to Fort Independence, the perfect spot for watching planes from Logan Airport, Sullivan’s Castle Island restaurant, and a path into Boston Harbor. The suite can accommodate a solo traveler or a couple, and there’s a workstation in the room for remote workers.
Two guests, studio
Price: $119 per night
Roomy Farmhouse Loft in East Boston
This large apartment comfortably sleeps 10 people, making it perfect for a group of friends or family. The hosts offer a discount on stays longer than a week, so it’s also a fantastic choice for long-term stays. It has 16-foot-high ceilings, leaving enough room for three loft beds and lots of extra space to hang out or work. One of its two bathrooms comes with a relaxing jacuzzi and rock wall. The apartment is a convenient 10-minute walk to Logan Airport. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars nearby, including the Downeast Cider House taproom. To get to downtown Boston, it’s a short walk to the nearest T station.
Ten guests, two bedrooms
Price: $271 per night