Rooftop decks with a view of Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Funky boho apartments. Chic Victorians that merge history with modern amenities.
San Francisco is perhaps the BEST city in the United States to book an Airbnb. That’s because our hotels are primarily grouped in one corner of the city, while vacation rentals provide a much more authentic way experience San Francisco.
I love helping visitors have the best trip to my city so I spent hours rummaging through all the listings to find the best, coolest Airbnbs in San Francisco for you! Keep reading for my list.
I judge a cool Airbnb based on the style, amenities, previous ratings/ reviews, and overall experience I think it’ll bring to my vacation. In this case, I’ll also be handpicking rentals in neighborhoods I like to steer visitors to.
On that note, I noticed while researching that Airbnb was featuring a ton of rentals that aren’t actually in the city. Take it from a local – you want to stay in the city, not South San Francisco or Pacifica. The commute in will be too long and expensive to make it worth it.
You can learn more about all my favorite things to do in San Francisco in my mega city guide, or find a list of Instagramable places in the city in my SF photo guide! Ok, not let’s get started with the best Airbnbs.
Note: San Francisco is the most expensive place to live in California (and one of the most expensive locations in the United States!) Because of that, most Airbnbs you find here will be guest suites or studio apartments. I’ve tried to exclude private rooms in a house since I like to have a whole Airbnb to myself but I would say 50% of the listings I found were just (very) expensive rooms to rent for the night. That’s why some rentals are smaller or more expensive than you’d find in other cities (same thing applies to hotel rooms in the city!)
Should you rent a car? If you plan on not leaving San Francisco then do not rent a car. Street parking can be super hard to find in most areas and you’ll be spending all your time hunting for parking. It’ll be cheaper and faster to take MUNI or a rideshare like Uber.
What should you pack for your trip? I have a whole guide on what to wear in San Francisco based on the month you’re visiting. We have micro-climates here so your packing list will probably vary a LOT based on what month of the year you’re in town!
Have fun while you’re in San Francisco! If you need any travel tips, don’t hesitate to reach out on Instagram via DM @thewhimsysoul I’m always happy to help out! Also, check out some of my other city guides and tips on things to do in SanFrancisco to help you plan.