The Most Amazing Airbnbs to Stay at in Vancouver

The space viewed from the loft | © Anne / Airbnb
The space viewed from the loft | © Anne / Airbnb
Photo of Hayley Simpson
Writer3 October 2017

Airbnb has become a favorite accommodation option across the world, including in Vancouver. With hotel prices skyrocketing, Airbnb is a great alternative. It also allows you to stay in unique properties and in some of Vancouver’s best neighborhoods where there are limited hotels. Keep reading to discover the best Airbnbs that you need to stay in during your next visit to this Canadian city.

Character home on The Drive

Commercial Drive (known locally as just The Drive) is one of Vancouver’s hippest neighborhoods. Home to Little Italy, popular bars and restaurants, and independent boutiques, it’s also a quick train ride from the city. This two-bedroom renovated heritage home, built in 1912, is perfect for families. There are bunk beds and a secret loft in one bedroom, and a queen bed in the other. Guests also have access to the private backyard, with its various lounge furniture and sandpit.

Cost per night: from $165CAD

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Lounge area | © Airbnb
Secret loft | © Airbnb

Water-only access oasis

Named Fernleecove, this cabin sits in a private cove. It is only accessible via the water and is a 15-minute boat ride from Deep Cove in North Vancouver. The cabin features a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and one bedroom. There’s a private dock, two kayaks, covered patio, indoor fireplace, and a barbecue. Although it’s a perfect place to unwind, guests can also enjoy hiking in and around the surrounding forest.

Cost per night: from $168CAD

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Private dock | © James / Airbnb
Hidden cabin | © James / Airbnb

Floating North Shore home

This locale is another unique accommodation option available on Airbnb. The floating home lies in North Vancouver, just five minutes west of the transport hub, Lonsdale Quay. It’s an excellent choice for visiting families, with two bedrooms and three beds. The living area has a vaulted ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows. The deck has a barbecue, which is perfect for summer vacations. Enjoy views of the Vancouver skyline, Burrard Inlet, and Grouse Mountain from this impressive floating home.

Cost per night: from $283CAD

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Living and dining area | © Adrian / Airbnb
Upper deck views | © Adrian / Airbnb

Modern Yaletown loft

This modern loft sits inside an industrial building in Yaletown, a very trendy neighborhood in downtown Vancouver. The loft is steps from Vancouver’s Granville Street entertainment district. Guests can walk to Yaletown’s many eateries, Robson Street (the shopping strip), and to the water at Coal Harbour. Inside, there is a queen bed in the loft, as well as a pullout sofa bed in the lounge. The loft features modern furnishings, five-meter-high (16 feet) ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which flood the space with natural light.

Cost per night: from $200CAD

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The space viewed from the loft | © Anne / Airbnb
Loft bedroom views | © Anne / Airbnb

Two-story suite in New Arts District

“Treat yourself to the real Vancouver experience.” This two-story suite in Vancouver comes with two bedrooms, plus a third bed in a private nook on the top floor. What sets it apart from other Airbnb options is the sunny top floor balcony that can seat six people, the in-floor radiant heating, and the environmentally friendly green building standards. The suite also has a rotating collection of local artworks displayed throughout, as well as unique Canadian artifact displays.

Cost per night: from $144CAD

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Lounge and dining area | © Shant / Airbnb
Beautiful balcony | © Shant / Airbnb

A Greater Vancouver mansion

This amazing mansion, located in Surrey in the Greater Vancouver area, includes 1,115 square meters (12,000 sq ft) of living space. There are eight bedrooms that can accommodate 16 guests (more than this adds extra cost). There is also a heated swimming pool, a hot tub, 1.5 kitchens, pool and ping pong tables, an outdoor entertainment area, several living rooms (one with a waterfall), two acres of land, and a theatre room that accommodates eight people. The mansion is recommended for family gatherings and corporate retreats.

Cost per night: from $824CAD

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Mansion’s exterior | © Baseer / Airbnb
The glamour continues inside | © Baseer / Airbnb

Custom-designed loft in Gastown

This luxury loft is a 120-square-meter (1,292 sq ft) “brick and beam” space that includes modern furnishings, six-meter-high (20ft) ceilings, hardwood floors, marble countertops, and a steam room. The loft comes with a king bed and a sofa bed; it can sleep up to four people. The loft is business travel ready according to Airbnb, which means it has great reviews, responsive hosts, self check-in, and work/travel essential amenities. Gastown is known as Vancouver’s historic neighborhood, with many restaurants and bars located steps from the loft.

Cost per night: from $257CAD

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Lounge view from the loft | © Airbnb
Luxury kitchen | © Airbnb

Luxury home next door to the Golf Club

This five-bedroom brand new luxury home sits opposite the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam. It’s a great base for vacationers, business travelers, and visiting sports teams. The five bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 guests, though there is a daybed for an extra guest if needed. Its location in Coquitlam means that in less than one hour, visitors can be exploring downtown Vancouver, thanks to the new Skytrain extension.

Cost per night: from $204CAD

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Home exterior | © Desiree / Airbnb
Master bedroom ensuite | © Desiree / Airbnb

Seaside apartment in Deep Cove

This one-bedroom waterfront apartment has a private dock, which features a swimming ladder and kayaks. Spend summer evenings out on the dock or large outdoor deck while enjoying a cocktail or a sunbathe. Inside, the apartment has everything you could need: a full kitchen, a modern bathroom, and a sitting area. Deep Cove lies in North Vancouver and is known for its hikes, views, and kayaking opportunities. The hosts live upstairs and say they are happy to pass on any and all recommendations.

Cost per night: from $163CAD

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Sitting room views | © Tom & Christine / Airbnb
Large outdoor deck and private dock | © Tom & Christine / Airbnb

Shining Rose studio

This custom-built studio resembles a chalet, thanks to its vaulted wooden ceiling, wooden floorboards, and river rock fireplace. Located outside of Vancouver in Abbotsford, the studio is completely private, which means it’s ideal for romantic getaways or staycations. There’s a drop-down projection screen for a cinematic experience and a kitchen with granite countertops. Guests can also use the saltwater hot tub and large swimming pool, which is opening during the summer. The hosts say it is “worth the wait.”

Cost per night: from $134CAD

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River rock fireplace | © Joyce / Airbnb
Summertime swimming pool | © Joyce / Airbnb