The 7 Best Airbnbs in Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is a destination for every type of traveler
Brooklyn is a destination for every type of traveler | © Picture Partners / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 October 2020

Known for its diverse communities, Brooklyn is a destination with something for every type of traveler. Find your Brooklyn by staying at one of the best Airbnbs in the borough.

Gallery-inspired home

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Stylish Brooklyn apartment. Framed contemporary artwork and photography adorn the walls of this one-bedroom, one-bathroom home
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One guest describes this Airbnb experience as “like staying inside an art gallery.” Framed contemporary artwork and photography adorn the walls of this one-bedroom, one-bathroom home, where even everyday fixtures such as bookcases and lamps are creative in their appearance. The apartment, built in New York’s unconventional railroad style, is itself intriguing to the eye. You could easily spend your entire stay here discovering (and documenting) the home’s decor, though you’d be missing out on the hip Boerum Hill businesses outside. As a bonus for art lovers, income from this Airbnb goes to nearby arts non-profit the Invisible Dog Art Center.

Shipping container home

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The city’s first home to have been legally built from recycled shipping containers offers travelers a sustainable option. The container is like any other New York City home, minus its write-ups in The New York Times and Time Out New York, that is: it’s heated and air-conditioned, features a bathroom and kitchenette and sleeps up to four guests. A well-stocked bookshelf and kid-friendly toys all have their place here. A front yard, rooftop and community garden are on hand to stave off claustrophobia.

Bed-Stuy brownstone

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Brooklyn brownstone. This brownstone offers a sense of lighthearted luxury found only in Brooklyn
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This Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy for short) brownstone rivals Manhattan’s most prestigious hotels in elegance. The large home boasts an all-marble bathroom, a planted garden and tasteful, modest decor throughout. However, in keeping with Brooklyn’s playful spirit, a surprise awaits guests in the master bedroom: a large private deck featuring three sofas and a dining table, accessible via French doors. Other details, including eye-catching pops of color against a primarily neutral palette, create a sense of lighthearted luxury only found in Brooklyn.

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  • Award-winning Prospect Heights home

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    Prospect Heights home. This home is a Wonderland-like space brimming with whimsy
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    London-based travel authority The Plum Guide named this one-bedroom Prospect Heights apartment one of the world’s finest holiday homes. Jenny, an Airbnb Superhost, has created a Wonderland-like space brimming with whimsy in the forms of an owl-shaped lamp, colorful mismatched pillows and even an oil painting created by a previous guest. The home’s sunny character spills out into a private garden, where you’re welcome to play with your enthusiastic host dog, Lola.

    Cottage by the Water

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    Cottage by the Water, Brooklyn, New York
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    This open-plan gem on the Hawtree Basin is a perfect space for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, business trip or cozy family weekend. The subway is only a five-minute walk away, plus there are two free parking spots in front of the house making it easily accessible. Guests will have the entire house to themselves, so you won’t have to share the incredible view from the back porch with any other residents.

    Salt Shack: A beautiful houseboat in the Rockaways

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    Salt Shack A beautiful houseboat in the Rockaways, Brooklyn, New York
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    All aboard! Come stay at the Salt Shack and fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the waves. Sit back and relax on the deck with up to four people allowed to stay on the houseboat at once. Marina 59 is where the house is moored, which is perfectly situated near loads of great things to do and a subway station less than a five-minute walk away.

    These recommendations were updated on October 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.