The Coolest Airbnb Rentals in Seattle

You'll feel more like a local than a tourist when you stay in Seattle Airbnbs such as this historic loft in Pioneer Square
You'll feel more like a local than a tourist when you stay in Seattle Airbnbs such as this historic loft in Pioneer Square | Courtesy of Leela / Airbnb
If you’re planning a trip to Seattle and would like to feel more like a local and less like a tourist, staying in an Airbnb is the way to go. Luckily, the Emerald City isn’t short on options: from hip and trendy urban cottages to historic lofts and modern beach studios, Culture Trip rounds up the coolest Airbnbs in Seattle dotted across its most popular neighborhoods.

Luxurious condo with a private terrace, Belltown

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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 common spaces, a 24-hour gym and access to a rooftop deck fitted with a BBQ grill. Within the room, further amenities include wifi, complimentary Netflix, a washer and a dryer, as well as proximity to bus lines and Zipcars or parking upon request.

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Historic loft, Pioneer Square

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This one-bed, one-bath, one-futon studio, which is reserved solely for humans over the age of 21, provides a vintage old-world ambience. With exposed brick and ornate embellishments including decorative columns, the rental fits perfectly in Seattle’s historic first neighborhood. With internet and cable, the studio has a kitchen tucked 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.

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Private studio cottage, Fremont

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This 320sqft (30sqm) 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.”

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Urban cottage, Wallingford

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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 to welcome in fresh air and natural light. The shared bathroom sits in the main house, as does 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.

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Modern garden cottage, Capitol Hill

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This venue for adults and children over the age of 12 offers the basics in a stylish studio space. A washer, a dryer, a 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 tourists’ needs and is near the Light Rail to transport them anywhere else.

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Victorian bungalow, Ballard

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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, grapevines 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.

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Eco-friendly loft, First Hill

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Courtesy of Magic / Airbnb

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint after your flight to the Emerald City, then consider a stay in this loft apartment located on the fifth floor of a LEED Platinum building. Furnished with two queen beds, a futon and chipboard flooring, this solar-assisted Airbnb is all about minimalism and sustainability for an affordable price. There’s no elevator, so be prepared to climb some stairs – and you’ll also need to climb a ladder to get to the loft bedroom.

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Dreamy houseboat with panoramic views, Westlake

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Treat your loved one to something special with a stay in this cozy renovated houseboat. Located on the shores of Lake Union, the unique abode has a queen-size bed and a kitchen with a stove and burner, plus a sofa bed, making it perfect for a small family of three. On warm days, though, you’ll want to spend most of your time at home relaxing on the outer deck, taking in the lake views with a beverage in hand. If you need to pick up supplies, there are several convenience stores and liquor stores nearby, and a handful of coffeehouses for that morning pick-me-up.

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Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.

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These recommendations were updated on August 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.