Hip container bars. Mouthwatering BBQ. Natural swimming holes. Funky street art.
Austin Texas is unlike any city I’ve visited. Hence, the Airbnbs here can be pretty cool as well …if you know where to look (there are a lot of party houses for the bachelor parties that don’t exactly make the most luxurious night’s stay.)
I spent an afternoon sorting through all the Airbnbs in Austin to find the best 7 to recommend. They come in at all price points and guest counts to make sure everyone can find the perfect rental for their needs!
From Container House To Villas: 7 Hip Austin Airbnbs You’ll Love
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I had my bachelorette party in Austin a few years ago and LOVED IT. I daydream about the Barton Springs Pool and BBQ on Rainey Street probably a little more than I should.
BUT, we booked accommodation a little too late in the game & a conference was in town, so all the good Airbnbs were already reserved and there were literally only a few hotel rooms left.
We ended up staying in a (now closed) hotel in downtown Austin all crammed into a single room. It was tight, to say the least. I loved the easy access to the bars but If I had to redo that trip again, I would find a hip house in Austin with a pool and plenty of space for us girls to spread out. Something that FELT like Austin vs a vanilla hotel room.
After a strange experience once, I’m now super picky about Airbnbs. I check a lot of things when vetting bookings so I can recommend what I believe are the cutest, cleanest, best and safest homes for my readers. I meant it when I said I spent hours reading reviews and looking at photos so I could pick the best of the best for you!
7 Hip Austin Airbnbs You'll Love
From a unique shipping container tiny house Airbnb to a luxury Hacienda Villa and everything in between - these Austin Airbnbs are the best in the city!
Shipping Container Tiny House
Location: Central East Austin
Guests: Up to 2
Price: $75 a night
Features: This shipping container tiny house is SUPER cool and funky. (It reminds me of the Shipping Container Bar on Rainey Street - I guess it's an Austin thing?) It has all the necessities, like a full kitchen, tv, etc while also doubling as the perfect unique experience.
Historic Casa Cartel Villa
Location: East Riverside
Price: $550 a night
Features: THIS is the villa I wish I had stayed in for my bachelorette party. It looks SO fancy and has in the most unique Hacidnea style decor I've seen in an Airbnb. The stunning decor details even extend to the bathrooms (you HAVE to see the soaking tub in the master bath!!!)
This is one of the few Austin Airbnbs that allow more than 10 guests, which makes it the perfect place for your Bachelorette or Bachelor party. OR if you're traveling with your family as there's tons of space to spread out. I mean, just look at how large that private pool courtyard is...
It's on the otherside of Travis Heights putting a neighborhood between you and South Congress hot spots so you'll need to uber over, but the trade-off is not too far from Lady Bird Lake for outdoor recreation! Plus, I'm honestly not sure I would even want to leave this Airbnb.
"Austin Texas House"
Location: South Congress
Guests: Up to 2
Price: $105 a night
Features: This funky house is just blocks away from all the hot spots in South Congrees, which is one of my favorite places to shop and eat in Austin! The decor knows to the Alamo, according to the owners, and I love the slight retro vibes it gives off.
Neon Cool Condo
Location: Central Austin / Clarksville
Guests: Up to 2
Features: This Airbnb is a condo featuring fun decor inside (like a neon sign in the living room!) along with a pool in the building for lounging by on hot days. It's not too far from Downtown and the Texas State Capitol for walks or Uber rides, though there is a parking spot available for guests!
Zilker Park Pool House
Location: Zilker Park
Guests: Up to 8
Price: $352 a night
Features: Tall ceilings, tons of natural light, a private pool AND it's steps away from some great local restaurants. As a house that can fit up to 8, this is a great option for larger groups!
Airy 6th Street Condo
Location: 6th Street
Guests: Up to 11
Price: $105 a night
Features: This may be the ultimate condo for bachelor and bachelorette parties who plan on hitting up the bars all weekend as it's right on 6th Street in downtown Austin (one of the party spots!) It's also within walking distance to the Austin Convention Center if you are traveling for business - there is certainly enough space for you and your co-workers to spread out.
Let Love Inn
Location: East Austin
Guests: Up to 6
Price: $250 a night
Features: Past guests rave that this Airbnb looks even better IRL than it does in photos (they also love the beers that are waiting for them upon check-in!) It's close enough to Rainey Street and Lake Bird Lake that you can walk right over to all the best places in the city. I think I'll be staying here with my husband next time we visit Austin.
Where Should I Stay In Austin?
Deciding what neighborhood in the city you want to base yourself in depends on what you’ll be doing and your budget. You can check out my full Austin city travel guide if you need to research more!
If you’re visiting with friends (perhaps for a bachelor or bachelorette party) and don’t want to rely on Ubers or designated drivers, I definitely recommend finding a VRBO in walking distance to downtown or South Congress as you’ll probably be partying there each night on 6th Street or Rainey Street.
If you have a car or are open to taking a ride share, you can stay anywhere in the Austin city limits and be able to get around pretty well. The Austin Airbnbs or VRBOs tend to be bigger / better outside of downtown proper (ie pools, lawn space, etc.)
I hope this helps you find the PERFECT Austin house for your trip! Writing this roundup is making me crave another trip back soon. My husband hasn’t been to Austin yet so I think I’ll go back with him and we can spend a weekend stuffing our faces with tacos and BBQ (and lounging in a chic Airbnb in-between meals!)
That’s my idea of a romantic Austin trip HAHA!
If you have any favorite VRBO or Airbnbs in Austin that didn’t make the list, please drop a link to them below so everyone can see! If you have any questions about Airbnb or things to do in Austin, drop a comment or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!
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