Suburban, family-friendly Staten Island is New York City’s least-discussed borough. However, a storybook cottage and a house with a view of the Statue of Liberty are worth talking about – and visiting – as are the island’s other unique homes. Here are the best Airbnbs in Staten Island, New York.
Guarded by a white picket fence and with a flourishing garden, this cottage is straight out of a fairy tale. Embroidered pillows and patchwork quilts cover this one-bedroom, one-bathroom home, where breakfast is provided daily. (Tip: don’t miss host Kathleen’s banana bread, a favorite among past guests!) A private outdoor patio extends the home’s idyllic vibes, while amenities such as Netflix and Wi-Fi modernize your storybook experience.
As a new one-bedroom apartment, the sparkling Lighthouse Manor stands out among Staten Island’s many old homes. Millennial-approved amenities, including an outdoor kitchen and private below-ground pool, and its proximity to quirky attractions such as the Tibet Museum adhere to contemporary travel trends. Your host, Judith, particularly recommends visiting the neighboring functioning lighthouse, a nod to the borough’s history.
This oceanfront property, located minutes from Lower Manhattan, eliminates the need to choose between sand and city. A heated swimming pool, a resort-like deck and ocean views from every room create the perfect beach getaway. (For the real thing, Staten Island’s South Beach is mere steps from the home’s backyard.) Meanwhile, inside the five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house, statement artwork and spa-quality bathrooms indulge urban appetites.
Travel enthusiasts will appreciate this home’s history as the former headquarters of Frommer’s Travel Guides. Magnolia House guests should take inspiration from its association with the golden age of travel by exploring nearby attractions such as the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and historic St George. With its globally inspired parlor and a full English breakfast provided daily, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom listing puts travelers in a vacation mindset.
The views alone – of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan – make this Airbnb worth booking. A whopping four beds, an eat-in kitchen and a backyard are additional perks that groups will love. The house sleeps up to eight, though its dramatic terrace may accommodate more. Photo ops don’t end there, though: this home’s unusual facade is typical of many older homes in Staten Island and is worth showing off on Instagram.
Enjoy the amenities of a luxury hotel with the privacy of a home when you book this studio. Bamboo floors and oversized windows are standard features of the units at Staten Island’s upscale Urby apartments. Outside, a heated saltwater pool, state-of-the-art gym and lobby café make your building the borough’s best attraction. Tip: you can save money commuting to Manhattan by taking the ferry – the terminal is just five minutes away.
Experience a piece of Staten Island history at the former home of 19th-century brewmaster Henry Warth. Architectural throwbacks, including high ceilings, connected bedrooms and a formal dining room, can be found throughout the duplex. Luckily for travelers with contemporary tastes, so can modern amenities such as Roku and super-fast Wi-Fi.