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The Best Airbnbs in Washington, D.C. to Rent

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Updated: 20 April 2018
Airbnb has changed the way people vacation forever. You no longer have to stay at a hotel where the fees keep rising each year or settle for the only option out there. Today, Airbnb offers a unique, affordable experience that truly immerses you in the community to which you’re traveling.

In D.C., there are many neighborhoods to practice that immersion in, from the business district to the revived Columbia Heights, and although they are a godsend to the traveling world, not all Airbnbs are made equal. Here is a list of the best Airbnbs in every part of D.C. you could think of, based on price, accessibility, location, ratings, and coolness factor.

Private Grey Room in an Art Gallery in Dupont Circle

This accommodation is certainly the most unique Airbnb on the list, as these living quarters lie in a classic brownstone art gallery in the heart of Dupont Circle, right on art gallery row. There are three bedrooms and six beds, and you can rent whichever bedroom best suits your needs or the entire thing if you have up to 10 guests. It’s conveniently located, and all three floors of the working gallery are accessible to the guests.

Cost: $52 a night

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Skylit Studio in Adams Morgan

A comfortable space right between Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and U Street neighborhoods, this Airbnb is a perfect option for up to four guests. The contemporary studio has a California king-size bed and a twin bed available, along with a full kitchen, bath, washer and dryer, a sofa, and a roof deck. The owner, John, is a human rights lawyer that lives in the other part of the house, and he loves meeting new people and interacts when he’s around.

Cost: $96 a night

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Two-Bedroom Apartment in Columbia Heights

This two-bedroom accommodation is a great hangout spot centrally located in the hip, revived Columbia Heights. It’s a brand new, spacious apartment that has all new furniture and artwork. It can sleep up to six guests with its two queen beds and a comfy sofa bed that’s in the living room. It’s a perfect environment for family and friends to experience the Historic City.

Cost: $125 a night

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Charming Row House With Fireplace in Shaw

A gorgeous 140-year-old English basement apartment was recently refurbished and comes with high ceilings, a gas fireplace, exposed brick, updated appliances, and a heated bathroom floor. It’s in a walkable location in the upcoming Shaw neighborhood and is only five metro stops away from the National Mall, the White House, and some renowned museums.

Cost: $99 a night

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Capitol Hill Studio in the Park

This Airbnb sits on a charming, tree-filled street off of Lincoln Park and is a comfortable option for a solo or pair of travelers. It has a full kitchen and a dining and living area, with Wifi television and Netflix included. Some walkable hot destinations are the Eastern Market, Barracks Row, H Street, and two metro lines to get you pretty much anywhere you need to go in D.C. The owners are decade-long residents who are happy to share their knowledge of the city, and they even include a welcome book full of attractions and restaurant recommendations. You’ll be glad to come back to this place and rest after exploring the city all day.

Cost: $69 a night

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Multicultural Studio in Foggy Bottom

This studio is full of light and space, with windows in the kitchen and bathroom, a large walk-in closet, and high-quality furniture. It’s an ideal warm and cozy place for long- or short-term stays, and a car rental is available upon request.

Cost: $50 a night

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Private Studio on the Southwest Waterfront

A private entrance leads guests to the basement floor of a four-level townhome where they will find this studio. It has a comfortable ambiance with a private bathroom, full-size bed, and kitchenette with various kitchen amenities to enhance your stay. There’s also a large-screen TV, DVDs, and board games. As it’s only a short walk away from the Waterfront, National Baseball Stadium, museums, and more, this cozy suite is a perfect place for one or two travelers to stay in, get the local feel and have a convenient home base in a great location.

Cost: $69 a night

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Luxury Five-Bed Townhouse and Private Patio in Georgetown

A great deal for a large travel gang that has a thing for history and architecture, this four-bedroom townhouse built in 1888 sleeps up to 11 people (four beds and one air mattress), and the owner, a renowned D.C. architect, has meticulously renovated the property. Down to the custom air conditioning and natural light exposure that makes the space light and airy, the heated wood floors, cabinetry, stained glass, and balconies, this is the ultimate luxury home to rent while visiting one of the most historical, contemporary places in the world.

Cost: $149 a night

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Modern Flat with an Amazing View, Downtown Penn Quarter

This modern one-bedroom apartment is right on beautiful Washington Circle and has a fully stocked kitchen, an airy-light space with lots of windows, a king-size bed in the bedroom and a sofa in the living room that turns into a full-size bed.

Cost: $65 a night

Historic Townhouse in Anacostia

This townhouse is right next to everything you need for a proper D.C. trip, including the historic Frederick Douglass House, National Harbor, the White House, National Mall, and the Capital. The beautiful two-level townhouse has four bedrooms, two full baths, and brand-new stainless steel appliances. It’s also fully secure with cameras and an active home security system.

Cost: $119 a night

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