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Courtesy: Airbnb The rustic loft in downtown Boston

The 11 best Airbnbs in Boston from brownstones to beachfronts

From a Victorian townhouse to - yes - an actual lighthouse, these Airbnb properties make a trip to Boston all the more special

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Ready to explore all that Boston has to offer? Whether you're a newbie to the trendy city or a reg' Bostonian, the city will never fail to bore you. A weekend trip should definitely be on the cards – and there's no need to panic about expensive hotels. This cultural city is home to many quirky and cool Airbnbs you can book instead of your standard hotel. And you deserve to experience the city like a local, so choose from all kinds of properties – from rustic lofts to historic homes - you'll be spoilt for choice. We’ve rounded up the best Airbnbs in Boston and, we promise, they’re all the kind of properties that will make your friends green with envy. There’s something about all of these that even the best hotels in Boston can’t match up to.

Updated April 2024: Because we can't quite get enough of Boston, we've scoured some of favorite neighborhoods for even more hidden treasures like this gorgeous flower farm stay in Weston or this classic brownstone in the South End area. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Boston Airbnbs

1. The rustic loft in downtown Boston

This Airbnb loft will make all your Boston main character dreams come true. With exposed brick walls, cozy couches, and arched windows, as well as a bunch of colorful artwork lining the living spaces. The perfect place to brew a cup of coffee, stare out the window and pretend you’re in a movie, just for a moment.

Beds? One kingsize bed and three queens. Sleeps up to eight guests. 

The space? An authentic Boston loft, complete with exposed brick, open-plan layouts, and bespoke interior design to match.

Location perks? In the heart of downtown, within easy walking distance from Boston Common for all your nature needs.

Budget range? A pretty affordable stay between eight guests – pricey if not.

2. The charming carriage house in Somerville

This gorgeous, quaint 1860s carriage house Airbnb near Boston is a little slice of heaven. Converted to suit modern living, the house is built using a lot of reclaimed, reused, and upcycled materials to be a little friendlier to the planet. It sleeps up to four guests in a cozy queen-sized bed and a sofa bed, but we think it makes the perfect spot for a cute romantic getaway for couples wanting to explore the city. There's a full kitchen, and lounge area with Apple TV and Wi-Fi. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay, and the quiet residential area makes for a truly relaxing break. 

Beds? One queen bed and a sofa bed. Sleeps up to four guests. 

The space? An 1860s carriage house with all the bells and whistles to match. From reclaimed materials to the outdoor patio, this is a truly memorable stay in Boston.

Location perks? In the sleepy suburban part of Somerville – perfect for a little peace from the bustling city center nearby.

Budget range? A very well-priced Airbnb considering its unique historic offering.

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3. The beachfront home in Quincy

This stunning beachfront home is exactly what the doctor ordered. If you're looking for a place to kick your shoes off on a getaway from Boston, this is the Airbnb for you. Featuring three bedrooms and four bathrooms – all beautifully styled – this property comes fully equipped for up to eight guests. There's a custom-built chef's kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, a large office for all your WFH needs, and a private yoga space to work on your downward dog on Sunday morning. All that's left to do is open up your balcony doors and breathe in that fresh salty air. Bliss.

Beds? Two king-size beds and two queen-size beds. Sleeps up to eight guests across three bedrooms. 

The space? A beautiful coastal home overlooking the ocean in the quaint town of Quincy. Ideal for a family – or friends – getaway.

Location perks? Beachfront access and a 10-mile drive to the city – only if you need to, of course.

Budget range? A high-end beachfront accommodation with a price tag to match – but so, so worth it.

4. The treehouse in Dunbarton

Get away from it all… 30ft in the air! This treetop oasis is accessed via a suspended path. You’ll have to bring a sleeping bag, but otherwise, this little forest sanctuary has it all, from a fridge and a wood-burning stove to electricity and free Wi-Fi.

Beds? Two double beds. Sleeps up to four guests (open-plan).

The space? A treehouse in the (you guessed it) treetops, 30ft high off the ground, and the world quite literally at your feet. An incredible experience for those who love adventure.

Location perks? The forest is your playground – get stuck in. 

Budget range? A super affordable and unique accommodation, just 90 minutes from the city center.

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5. The Wings Neck Lighthouse in Pocasset

New England wouldn’t be New England without its lighthouses. But did you ever imagine actually staying in one? Cook up a storm (while praying there are no actual storms) in the neatly equipped kitchen before climbing the spiral staircase to the lantern room and dreamily admiring the vast Atlantic ocean. What's more? It's only 75 minutes out of Boston.

Beds? Two king-size beds and two single beds. Sleeps up to eight guests.

The space? A lighthouse overlooking the ocean. Honestly, what more could we ask for? It's as dreamy as it sounds – and looks.

Location perks? The ocean is directly in front of you from sunrise to sunset. Time to plan a beach day, right?

Budget range? A mid-range accommodation option with high-end finishes and a view to die for. 

6. The historic row house in South End

Sample a true slice of Boston history with a stay in this 19th-century house in the South End. Along with once serving as a meeting place for civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, the house is awash with historically accurate fixtures and fittings. Make yourself at home sipping bourbon in front of the huge, central fireplace, or enjoy some time with friends on the private roof deck. Just don’t make yourself so at home, you forget all about exploring the surrounding area and its brilliant dining scene.

Beds? Two queen-size beds in two bedrooms on offer. Home shared with the host.

The space? An 1860 historic home in Boston, complete with skyline views, luxury amenities and a fully stocked bar for an evening tipple.

Location perks? In the heart of the South End – a neighborhood rich in culture and history, ideal for learning about and exploring at your own leisure. 

Budget range? A pretty affordable stay considering the home's history – bring a friend to share the cost.

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7. The second oldest home in Beacon Hill

It’s the second oldest home in Beacon Hill, itself the oldest neighborhood of Boston. But what makes this space so irresistible is that it feels like a secret abode: A tiny jewel of a basement studio with brick walls peeking out between twee antique furniture. This is true city living (just be aware of the late-night noise), which means you can walk or take public transportation almost anywhere.

Beds? One queen-size bed and one single bed. Sleeps up to three guests.

The space? A modern studio apartment originally built in 1789, in the center of Beacon Hill.

Location perks? The studio sits next to the oldest home in Beacon Hill, along with many other great tourist attractions nearby.

Budget range? A very affordable stay in the heart of Boston.

8. The four-story home in Bay Village

As centrally located as this Bay Village brownstone is, it’s going to be hard to get yourself out the door – the decor is just that arresting. A predominantly white canvas serves as background to pristine mid-century lamps and furniture, as well as wall art both minimalist and splashy. The modernist, angular kitchen feels like it belongs in a museum, and the intimate side patio is the perfect spot for a morning coffee while you plot the day’s activities.

Beds? One king-size bed, one queen-size bed, one single bed, and a cot. Sleeps up to eight guests.

The space? A four-story dream of a home, just moments from Boston Common and filled to the brim with bespoke architecture and interior design. 

Location perks? Two blocks walking distance from Boston Common and other places of interest near Bay Village.

Budget range? On the higher end of the affordability spectrum but totally worth it – especially if you have seven other guests joining you. 

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9. The flower farm in Weston

Just 15 minutes out from Boston, you can find this tranquil haven to call home for a few days right here on this idyllic flower farm. Cozy enough for four weary travelers looking for some solace in nature, the farmhouse is as quaint as you'd expect: antique interiors throughout accompanied by an old-fashioned stove fireplace, a vibrant flower farm, and - to make matters even cozier - even a firepit area for a relaxing end to the evening. What S'more could you want?

The space? A spacious two-bedroom farmhouse with a beautiful flower farm. 

Location perks? Set in the leafy suburbs of Weston - just a seven-minute drive to Riverside Green Line D. 

Budget range? A moderately-priced getaway for four. 

10. The pet-friendly duplex in South End

If you need somewhere a little bigger, say for a family of six plus pup, then you'll want to swing by this gorgeous modern duplex in South End. Inside this gorgeous brownstone, you'll find a mixture of classic and contemporary design elements like the blue room kitted out with vintage leather sofas and a marble fireplace, and the upstairs room with exposed brick and an an antique vanity. Very chic. For outdoor entertainment, you'll find a decent-sized patio out back with a deck. And when you want to go out out, you'll find a ton of bars and restaurants on your doorstep. One we highly recommend is the 1930's 1930s-inspired Estragon Tapas bar.

The space? A Victorian brownstone with tonnes of modern flair. 
Location perks? If you didn't know South End is a very trendy, diverse neighborhood among young professionals, artists, and families. 

Budget range? A little more on the luxury end - from £281 a night.

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11. The modern apartment near Harvard

Whether you're a Beather or a Crimson, you'll find all the comfort you need under the roof of this newly renovated apartment for up to four guests. Situated on a leafy residential block, we consider it the perfect spot for visiting loved ones in college, or if you're headed to Boston during graduation season. Situated right by MIT and Havard, the location gives you easy access to either campus, while being a short walk to Redline Central Square and an even shorter stroll to Whole Foods if you just can't be without your spicy cheddar popcorn. 

The space? Modern, clean and spacious enough for four. 

Location perks? The midway point between MIT and Havard campuses, and a walkable distance to local restaurants and bars.

Budget range? It is pricier, but great if you need a stopover. 

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