The Best Airbnbs and Vacation Rentals in Austin, Texas

Kick back and relax in your own private outdoor space
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8 April 2021

Quirky cafes, fabulous food and live music make the Texan capital a must-visit. Drop into Franklin Barbecue for mouth-watering brisket, swim in the river at Zilker Park before a night filled with bar hopping down Dirty Sixth. Bed down at one of these local-style apartments during your next trip to Austin, and book your stay with Culture Trip.

The Eastside Lodge Austin

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5/5 (9 Reviews)
The Eastside Lodge Austin
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A private two-bedroom vacation home for six, three blocks away from 6th Street. No, it doesn’t get much better than The Eastside Lodge. This fully furnished home has plenty of space inside and out for your crew to kick back and relax. All of the essentials are included, such as laundry facilities, safe parking and a barbeque grill. The ease of access to 6th Street is unrivaled, putting Rollin Smoke BBQ, The Lucky Duck, and too many bars to count right in your backyard.
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Travis Heights Modern I

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4.8/5 (126 Reviews)
Travis Heights
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Located right off Interstate 35, just south of downtown, the townhomes of Travis Heights are ideal for those in town for a quick stay. Each two bedroom house sleeps four and includes a full kitchen, balcony, and workspace. A five-minute walk will take you to Lady Bird Lake, where you can cross into downtown proper via the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
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Kasa Austin East Apartments

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Kasa Austin East Apartments
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Kasa’s deluxe one-bedroom apartments in East Austin are ideal places to stay, if you and three others simply need a place to sleep and shower. Fresh brew at Houndstooth Coffee is practically right outside your front door, while the MLK Jr. Station is two blocks south. This light rail will take you directly into the heart of Austin at the Convention Center in minutes. Take a dip in the pool in the heat of the afternoon before venturing back downtown for Austin’s unrivaled nightlife.
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Desirable Townhomes on South 1st Street by Sonder

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4.6/5 (25 Reviews)
Desirable Townhomes on South 1st Street by Sonder
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Although it’s on the opposite side of the Colorado River from bustling 6th Street, the Desirable Townhomes on South 1st Street will convince you that this part of Austin is just as awesome. These fully equipped two-bedroom townhomes sleep six and offer instant access to the natural beauty within the city. Lady Bird Lake and the bat-haven Congress Avenue Bridge are within a few minutes walk. You won’t miss out on great eats either, as beloved local haunts like Odd Duck, Uchi, and Lenoir offer everything from New American cuisine to Japanese and Mediterranean favorites.
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Sonesta ES Suites Austin

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Sonesta ES Suites Austin
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One- and two-bedroom suites sleep three to six at Sonesta ES aparthotel. These self-catering units offer the convenience of home living (like a full kitchen) alongside the amenities of a hotel (such as a free breakfast buffet, pool, laundry facilities, and swimming pool). Its location near The Domain is second to none for shopping. We also love that this aparthotel is only 15 minutes from the Austin Aquarium and Park N Pizza amusement park, two fun destinations that seem out of reach for those who stay closer to the city.

Sonder – East 11th

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Sonder - East 11th
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Planning to wait in the long but oh-so-worth-it queue for Franklin Barbecue? You’ll be thankful that you choose Sonder East 11th’s suites. Located right across the street from the famous lunch-only spot, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites cater for four to eight foodies. Don’t need a few hours by the pool to cool off from the meat sweats? Work off that brisket and pulled pork with a short walk west to the Texas Capitol.

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  • Sonder – East 5th

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    While Sonder East 11th is prime for barbecue, Sounder East 5th is your destination for all other cuisine with an extra helping of live music. In the five blocks between Red River Street and Congress Avenue alone, you’ll find sweets at Voodoo Doughnuts, late-night tacos at Chupacabra Cantina, and old-school cocktails at the reservations-only Midnight Cowboy. Bounce between bars to hear live music, then hop stumble back to your one- or two-bedroom suite, where you and your crew of up to six can end the night staring at the stars from your private balcony.
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    Sonder – The Domain

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    Hike to a waterfall, shop dozens of stores, and play a night of golf without venturing more than a mile from your room at Sonder – The Domain. This aparthotel in North Austin’s shopping district hosts four to six guests in one- to three-bedroom suites, respectively. All suites have a full kitchen and balcony, but with Topgolf, The Domain shopping area, and Walnut Creek close by, we doubt you’ll spend much time at the onsite pool or gym.

    Bungalow studio with breakfast patio

    Short-term Rental
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    This urban bungalow, in the historic Bouldin Creek neighborhood, is a one-bed studio space with a screened porch overlooking a lush Zen-style garden. It’s a short walk from Downtown (just across the river), the world-famous Zilker Park and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. If you want to be close to the action but like to begin and end your day with a little peace and quiet, this Airbnb is the place for you.

    Modern, high-rise luxury condo by the river

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    Renting a space in this building might be pricey for just one or two guests at a time, but if you have a group of four, the price for a night in this new high-rise condo is a steal for peak Austin luxury. Right next to Lady Bird Lake in the center of Downtown, this Airbnb features a modern interior with luxurious amenities, including a gym, pool deck and billiards table.

    William Morris contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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