Best Airbnbs in New York City – 14 Stunning and Unique Rentals

Looking for the best Airbnb in New York City for your upcoming trip? The city is home to a selection of great Airbnb rentals – but some are a cut above the rest. In this post, I’ve put together a list of the coolest and most unique accommodation options available. 

New York really needs no introduction. As a cultural melting pot, historical centerpoint, urban marvel, and pop-culture paradise, it’s an outstanding city by practically every measure. Each year, many millions (yes, millions) of tourists flock to the city for a taste of The Big Apple.

Among its historic streets and futuristic structures, you can discover a myriad of flavors, find endless entertainment, and shop yourself silly. The nightlife is non-stop, the landmarks are iconic, and the scenes are wonderfully diverse.

As if that wasn’t enough, the city offers some stunning rentals for all tastes and budgets. The best Airbnbs in New York City can transform your vacation experience.

NOTE: For some great insights into the city’s best neighborhoods, be sure to check out this guide

If You Are in a Hurry: Top rated Airbnbs in New York

Looking for a quick fix? Here are the best four Airbnbs in Manhattan’s finest neighborhoods. They’re all as central as can be and sorted by price for your convenience. 

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Luxury Loft in SoHo

Luxury loft apartment in the center

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Luxury Townhome in the Center

Mid-price Airbnb in the center

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Private Studio in Brooklyn

Budget apartment in the center

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Cozy Room in East Village

Budget room in the center

NOTE: Extending your trip to include Philly? Check out this guide on where to stay while you’re there.

Top 14 Airbnbs in New York City

After searching high and low, and sifting through the abundance of Airbnbs in New York, I finally arrived at this distilled list of stunners. 

To make things easier, I’ve calculated the average price per night for a three-night stay at each property, by including cleaning fees and other costs. So you can see what you’ll really be paying.

The list is also sorted by price (high to low) to keep your search nice and simple. So let’s dive in.

1. Best Block – Clean, Luxury Loft in SoHo – Luxury Loft Apartment in New York City

  • Location: SoHo
  • Price: from US$1,210 per night
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Guests: 5

A ride in your own private elevator will deliver you from the cobblestone streets of Soho to the quiet confines of this modern, two-bedroom loft apartment. With soaring ceilings, and exposed brick and piping, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a designer version of Andy Warhol’s studio.

You’ll have an entire floor of the historic cast-iron building to yourself. Sink into your Tempur-Pedic king bed, enjoy a steam room session, or kick back in the living room with a 65” TV.

Tucked away in central SoHo, the Airbnb is just steps from some of the finest shops, restaurants, architecture, and bars in Manhattan.

2. Minimalist Luxury Loft in Soho – A Classy Loft Apartment for Families

  • Location: SoHo
  • Price: from US$1,010 per night
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Guests: 6

Enjoy the best of both worlds in this artfully-designed, boutique loft apartment. You can bask in the vibrant streets of SoHo before stepping inside to enjoy some silence in your peaceful home retreat.

Slink across smooth, oak floorboards, far below the towering 14’ ceilings. Then slide into your private sauna and bathroom to wash away the day.

You’ll even have stunning views of one of New York’s best blocks from your bed and large living room windows. And foodies will feel at home in the beautiful, professionally-equipped kitchen.

Artists will feel equally at ease knowing that the loft was the original SoHo location for the 303 Gallery.

3. Brooklyn Brick & Brownstone – A Modern Masterpiece for Groups

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Price: from US$940 per night
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Guests: 10

Nestled on a tree-lined Brooklyn street, this modern, five-bedroom home is stunning from top to bottom. With an artist and an architect as its owners and designers, the Airbnb will strike you with splashes of art and design. 

You’ll be in the heart of Brooklyn, surrounded by funky cafes, small stores, and plenty of restaurants. And just a subway ride away from the likes of Times Square in Manhattan. 

After a day of exploring, head up to your own private terrace for a sunset drink in the trees. With high-end amenities and a queen bed in each room, everyone in your group will be in for a great night’s sleep.

4. Luxury Townhome, Minutes From the Center – Perfect for Dining with a View

  • Location: New Jersey
  • Price: from US$840 per night
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Guests: 8

Sip coffee (or something stronger) with a great view of New York’s iconic skyline from the comfort of this beautiful Airbnb home. It’s located on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, but the heart of New York City couldn’t be any closer. Shuttle busses run to Manhattan every 5 minutes, and you could be strolling through attractions like Central Park within 15 minutes.

Exposed brick and woodwork give the space a historic feel. But it’s super clean, and not without modern touches that will make you feel at home. Cook up something tasty to enjoy in the dining room with a view, or curl up for an evening of cable TV.

5. 5 Million Dollar Townhouse – Perfect for Large Groups

  • Location: Harlem
  • Price: from US$500 per night
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Guests: 13

It’s exceedingly rare to find a place in Manhattan with as much space as this wonderful home. If you’re the claustrophobic type, you’ll feel as comfortable as ever among the lofty ceilings, spacious rooms, double-height windows, and backyard.

The wooden floors are warm underfoot and the chef’s kitchen will be a dream if you’re a passionate cook.

Step out onto the secluded wooden deck in the backyard for candle-lit dinners, evening drinks, or delightful breakfasts among the trees. Or hop on the subway to reach any one of Manhattan’s attractions in around 15 minutes.

6. Casa Bonita – Rooftop Balcony – One of the Coolest Compact Apartments

  • Location: Ridgewood, Queens
  • Price: from US$330 per night
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Guests: 5

If sipping wine on a New York City rooftop under twinkling fairy lights sounds like your kind of evening, this is the Airbnb apartment for you. Kick back in the comfortable rooftop backyard area, surrounded by plants and stunning views.

Inside the modern apartment space, you’ll see industrial-chic design and a flurry of funky furnishings, making your stay both exciting and comfortable. 

You’ll be staying in the unique Ridgewood area, just walking distance from the trains, putting the best of Brooklyn and Manhattan within easy reach.

7. Cottage by the Water – Cozy Cottage for Families & Friends

  • Location: Howard Beach, Queens
  • Price: from US$310 per night
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Guests: 5

This quaint, riverside, two-bedroom cottage with air conditioning is further from the city center than the previous options. The place gives you a sense of seclusion and tranquility that’s hard to find in NYC, yet you can reach Times Square in around 40 minutes by bus.

When sitting on the porch with a river as your backyard, you’ll feel like you’re in rural suburbia, watching as ducks swim past peacefully. The space is wonderfully modern and expertly designed, and the A-frame ceilings give you plenty of headroom.

From the bed in the master bedroom, you can peer up at a starry sky through skylights overhead. Then draw the shades on them for some shut-eye.

8. The Louvre Meets The Heart Of The East Village – Quirky Airbnb Apartment in the Center 

  • Location: East Village
  • Price: from US$260 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

Located in the core of the lively and ever-popular East Village, this charming apartment is a dream for history buffs and admirers of European culture. Historic paintings, furniture, and decor pepper the space and make for a curious stay. But the real magic with this Airbnb apartment is being so close to the best of everything NYC has to offer.

You’ll feel like you’re staying in an Airbnb apartment in Paris until you step out right into the heart and soul of New York City. With one bedroom, one bathroom, and excellent amenities, it’s the perfect spot for a loved-up couple. 

9. Cozy, Quintessential Brooklyn Carriage House – Perfect Studio for Cozy Couples

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Price: from US$240 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 3

With a private entrance and bathroom, air conditioning, wood-beamed ceilings, and plenty of charm, this modern studio Airbnb is perfect for a happy pair. You’ll want to melt into the luxurious queen size bed, but try to resist; the best of Brooklyn will be at your doorstep.

The tiny house is located in the celebrated Boerum Hill area, just a brief walk from all subway lines and a wealth of things to do.

Start your day off right with some sunrise yoga using the mats and equipment provided before heading out to explore New York City at its best.

10. Manhattan Studio Apartment – A Quirky Stay for Couples

  • Location: Central Manhattan
  • Price: from US$140 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

If you’re looking for an affordable apartment in Manhattan with a bit of a twist, this spot might be the one for you. It’s located a couple of blocks from the joys of central park and Fifth Avenue, and is a comfortable space for rest and relaxation.

But the real draw here is the bizarre and beautiful indoor pool. It’s small but special, with an undulating ceiling and vintage lamps on the adjacent old brick wall. A swim here is quite an experience, and perfect for a moody evening activity.

11. Private Studio Apartment, Bath, & Balcony – 15 Minutes to Manhattan – Cheap Airbnb Close to the Action

  • Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
  • Price: from US$130 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

Located in Bushwick, one of Brooklyn’s popular, up-and-coming neighborhoods, this modern studio apartment is just 15-20 minutes from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s part of a triplex, but you’ll have the whole studio all to yourself.

It’s an affordable place to sleep soundly, shower away the day, or get some work done if you’re in town for business.

Pour yourself some coffee and enjoy it on the quaint balcony while you plan your day. Then, once you’ve executed your morning’s plans, return to the comfort of your apartment living room for some Netflix.

12. Super Cute Bedroom with Two Double Beds – Budget-Friendly Airbnb for a Pair of Friends

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Price: from US$120 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

Traveling with one of your best buds and looking for an affordable place to crash? Look no further. With this one private bedroom in an apartment, you can each have a double bed to yourself in Brooklyn for an absolute steal.

Simple and stylish is what you’ll get in this space. With some well-chosen art on the white walls, nice amenities, and plenty of light, it’s a great place to rest your head and get refreshed.

You’ll have a private bathroom to yourselves and Brooklyn at your fingertips. Plus, you can even get to Lower Manhattan in 20 minutes from the door of the apartment via subway.

13. Sunny, Modern Room in East Village! – Charming Spot with a Rooftop

  • Location: East Village
  • Price: from US$110 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

Looking for a sunny, central spot to rest your head? This comfortable private room is part of a stunning duplex in East Village. You’ll be sleeping in a queen size bed, facing a window that pours in the sunlight. 

The apartment is peppered with plants and it has an almost unbelievable private terrace. Here, you can sink into deluxe outdoor furniture and enjoy the sunset with views of the city skyline.

You’ll also be treated to a quirky kitchen, a beautiful shared bathroom, and a TV equipped with entertainment galore.

14. Cozy Room in Lively East Village – Central Room for Solo Travelers

  • Location: East Village
  • Price: from US$90 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 1

Neighboring the Lower East Side, Manhattan’s East Village is often considered one of the most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods in the world. This is partly what makes this one-bedroom Airbnb apartment so special. 

You’ll be staying in a private room in the heart of the East Village for mere pocket change by NYC standards.

The room isn’t large or flashy. But it’s clean and comfortable with good amenities, sharing a kitchen, living room, and bathroom with the host. After a day (or night) making the most of the East Village, the plush single bed will swallow you whole and plunge you into joyful dreams.

BONUS: Best Airbnbs Around New York City

While NYC is a vibrant destination filled with life and energy, sometimes a bit of peace and escapism is the right medicine. 

Fortunately, NY State is home to some incredibly unique getaway homes. Here are some of the coolest Airbnbs around NYC, with driving times included.

1. Willow Treehouse – Secluded, Unique, & Romantic

  • Location: Willow (driving time from NYC: 2 hours)
  • Price: from US$470 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Guests: 2

Slide into your own secluded slice of nature with this spectacular treehouse Airbnb in Willow. It’s a truly unique Airbnb space that’s part-log cabin and part-utopian sci-fi structure.

Perched on the edge of a natural, swimmable pond, and encircled by trees, you’ll feel at one with nature without foregoing your favorite creature comforts.

There’s a reason why the living room couch faces the windows rather than a TV; the views are out of this world. You’ll find your eyes glued to the glass for hours on end as you stoke the indoor fireplace and cozy up with some wine.

2. A Black A-Frame – Sustainable Catskills Cabin

  • Location: Kerhonkson (driving time from NYC: 1 hour 45 min)
  • Price: from US$390 
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Guests: 4

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, at the end of a secluded, forested road, you’ll see this dreamy, two-bedroom Airbnb in the woods. 

The New York Post called it ‘New York’s coolest A-frame’ for good reason. It’s a clean, off-grid, solar-powered gem that immerses you in stunning natural surroundings and caters to every comfort. 

Fire up the outdoor grill and light up the fire pit for a magical evening beneath the stars. Or, in the colder months, get busy in the chef’s kitchen and enjoy your meal amid the splendor of the dining room’s original woodwork.

3. The Glass House – A Hudson Valley Tiny Home Escape

  • Location: Marlboro (driving time from NYC: 90 minutes)
  • Price: from US$390 per night
  • Bedrooms: 1 
  • Guests: 2

In recent years, publications and press, from the New York Times to The Today Show, have featured this unique Airbnb for its almost-unreal aesthetic allure. With three walls of glass, air conditioning, and an impeccable design (inside and out), the place is small but stunning.

You may have seen pictures of it floating around social media and thought of it as a fantasy place. Yet it’s available for booking on Airbnb, and impressively close to NYC.

Enjoy the seclusion of having a 30-acre farm as your backyard. Cozy up in the luxury queen size bed with a view, cook up a treat in the fully stocked kitchen, or huddle around the fire pit for s’mores.

Top 4 Airbnb Experiences

Airbnb Experiences are a perfect way to get to know a city with a passionate, local host. Here are some of the best experiences available in NYC.

  1. Cycle through Central Park – Discover the beauty and hidden treasures of Central Park with the wind in your hair.
  2. See 30+ top New York City sights – This five-hour tour of NYC shows you some of the city’s best highlights, including Times Square to Central Park. 
  3. Taste your way through New York’s sandwiches – On this top-rated tasting tour, you’ll journey through the city with your host, tasting three of the finest sandwiches it has to offer.
  4. Take a tour of Chinatown & Little Italy – Your host will share stories about the people who immigrated to New York from Italy, Ireland, and China on this tour, and how they shaped the city. 

Conclusion

New York will sweep you off your feet with its lively atmosphere, endless things to see and do, and stunning places to stay. If you want to stay in one of the best Airbnbs in the city, be sure to book it swiftly. The coolest spots get booked up fast!

For a classy group vacation, I recommend that you book Brooklyn Brick & Brownstone. It’s flawlessly stylish, clean, and plenty large, as well as being located close to the heart of Brooklyn’s action.

If you’re a budget-conscious couple, check out this Private Studio Apartment, Bath, & Balcony. It’s a slick, central studio that’s impressively easy on the wallet.

Whether you’re after a loft on the Lower East Side, a cozy cottage outside the city, or a groovy apartment in Brooklyn, Airbnb has an option for you! 

Have you stayed in New York Before? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations in the comments section below. I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip that leaves you smiling long after you return home.

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