Seattle is by no means a cheap city, so it can be helpful to pinch pennies where possible. For that and other reasons, Airbnb has become a popular option for tourists in the Emerald City as elsewhere in the world. For the top Airbnb rentals, consider the hip, comfy, and well-located options below.
Luxurious, modern apartment in Downtown
This one-bedroom, one-bath vacation condo in Belltown—the neighborhood between Pike Place Market and the Space Needle that’s known for its nightlife—is part of a new building constructed in 2013. With its freshness comes a modern, minimalistic style toting natural light. Other than a queen bed, couch, and kitchen that comfortably fits three guests, the pet-, disability-, and family-friendly building offers loungy common spaces, a 24-hour gym, and access to a BBQ grill-fitted rooftop deck. Within the room, further amenities include Wifi, complimentary Netflix, a washer and dryer, as well as proximity to bus lines and Zipcars or parking upon request.
Cost per night: $102
Historic Loft in Pioneer Square
This one-bed, one-bath, one-futon studio, which is reserved solely for humans over the age of 21, provides a vintage sense of “old world.” With exposed brick and ornate adornment including decorative columns, the rental fits perfectly in Seattle’s historic first neighborhood. With internet and cable, the studio houses a kitchen underneath a lofted sitting area. Though the fire escape’s use is prohibited, it does provide a view of some of Seattle’s most impressive buildings.
Cost per night: $110
Private studio cottage in Fremont
This 320-square-foot studio cottage is a cozy launching pad from which to explore Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Suitable for two guests, the one-bedroom and one-bath accommodation is made homey with skylights and an indoor fireplace. Guests can take advantage of the cottage’s privacy or enjoy the common patio and garden area. Either way, this urban cottage is a sure-fire way to feel truly welcomed to the “Center of the Universe.”
Cost per night: $75
Urban cottage in Fremont/Wallingford
This cottage provides a creative space for its guests with unique art, bamboo floors, and a cedar ceiling. Though the studio space is best for two guests, couches are available upon request to accommodate more people. Barn-like doors can open for fresh air and natural light. The shared bathroom sits in the main house, as well as a side bar offering a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee, and tea. In addition to all of this, guests are welcome to use the common patio as well as to participate in a complimentary mindfulness or yoga nidra class in the main house.
Cost per night: $79
Capitol Hill stylish garden cottage
This venue for adults and children over the age of 12 offers the basics in a stylish studio space. A washer, dryer, kitchen, and Wifi are all available, not to mention a fireplace and over 200 DVDs. Free off-street parking is provided, but the location is so convenient that guests may consider walking. On Capitol Hill near South Lake Union, the cottage is centrally located for most tourist needs and is near the Light Rail to transport them anywhere else.
Cost per night: $99
Cottage in the heart of Ballard
A romantic retreat in Seattle’s historic maritime neighborhood, this cozy cottage for two welcomes guests through an English garden, complete with a patio and trellis adorned with roses, grape vines, and wisteria. Used as a studio when not rented, the picturesque Victorian bungalow houses a queen-size futon, a three-fourths bath, astounding art, and a wood stove. With private access to the tucked away accommodation, it’s a great spot to relax as well as a jumping-off point to explore Ballard Locks and one of Seattle’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods—approximately a 10-minute walk away.
Cost per night: $49
Loft guest house in Beacon Hill
This custom studio for two, built by the owner, offers an open floor plan with an abundance of natural light and radiant heating in the concrete floor. The tall ceilings allow space for a full-sized kitchen (with a gas stove, no less) beneath a lofted sleeping area. Pet- and kid-friendly with a washer and dryer in the bathroom, one of the best parts of the rental is outside the building: a private patio and garden, complete with a grill and hot tub.
Cost per night: $89
Private one-bed apartment in Central District
This homey, environmentally friendly one-bedroom apartment is close enough to downtown Seattle to arrive easily by bus or Uber, but far enough for a real retreat. With key code access, a shared deck and garden, modern décor, and kitchenette, the ground-floor dwelling is a quiet sanctuary. The host thinks not only about the guests but also the community, by using eco-friendly cleaning practices as well as by donating 5% to local charities.
Cost per night: $66
Modern beach studio
This studio, which sits in the lower half of a modern building, is a short walk up the hill from Alki Beach. Offering views of the mountains and Puget Sound as well as the smell of salt water, the rental for two provides a private deck, queen bed, kitchen essentials, and a separate entrance from the rest of the building. The accommodation’s location is ideal for accessing the best of West Seattle as well as the water taxi to downtown.
Cost per night: $99