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The best Airbnbs in Kansas City for living like a local in KCMO

From all-American timber-clad farms to arty warehouse-style penthouse apartments, these are the best Airbnbs in Kansas City

Alex Sims
Contributor: Rosemary Waugh
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Forget the Midwest at your peril. Kansas City straddles the border of states Missouri and Kansas giving it two distinct identities. On the Missouri side, you’ll find world-class art galleries, bustling city markets, a thriving jazz scene emanating from music joints and dive bars and plenty of restaurants cooking up the city’s famous sticky barbecue. The Kansas side is slightly quieter, but you’ll still find cool neighbourhood enclaves surrounded by gorgeous leafy greenery. 

There’s a lot to see here and that means booking the perfect base to head out on your adventures from. To help you know where to start, we’ve rounded up the very best Airbnbs in the city from huge all-American timber-clad farms in the suburban countryside to cool warehouse-style penthouse apartments in the middle of the city’s art district. Whatever getaway vibe you’re after, there’s an Airbnb to complete your trip. 

Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities 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.

The best Airbnbs in Kansas City

The charming 1930s farmhouse

From the outside, this quaint 1930’s farmhouse looks all tradition and charm with pretty white shutters and window boxes. But inside, it’s a designer’s dream with a marble-topped kitchen, cosy earthy colour palettes, stone wash basins, brass fittings, texture-filled furnishings and billowing linens. Soak in the black freestanding bath and enjoy alfresco meals on the back garden terrace, which has a barbecue and a fire heater. The hosts will also send you an information pack before you arrive so you feel right at home from the off. 

Rooms? Three. Sleeps six.
The mood? A design haven.
Location perks? Nestled in Kansas’s historic Prairie Village, it’s a short drive from the city centre with all the perks of being in a leafy, independent suburban neighbourhood. 
Budget range? An affordable stay, especially for larger groups.

The rockabilly house Elvis once stayed in

According to the hosts of this midcentury bungalow, Elvis stayed here as a guest in the early 70’s while on tour in Kansas City. Whether true or not, the place has dived into the legend head-first with Presley pop art on the walls, a huge guitar-shaped swimming pool and neon signs proclaiming it ‘The Elvis Retreat House’. The rooms are clean and stylish with funky touches and there’s a 120” projector, 6 burner grill, a pool/ping pong table, arcade games and a wet bar to keep you occupied. 

Rooms? Four. Sleeps up to 10 guests. 
The mood? A slice of rockabilly real estate.
Location perks? 10 miles away from Downtown Kansas City with a terrace and large lawn. 
Budget range? On the more expensive side, but a good option for groups. 

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The countryside retreat

The huge floor-to-roof windows of this countryside getaway are perfect for looking out across the two acres of wooded lawn that surround the spot with ponds, a trickling river and an Animal Barn – where you’ll find goats, chickens and Smiley the dog. It’s a chance to have the best of both worlds, staying on a working farm just a stone’s throw from the city. Inside the place is decorated with rustic-industrial furnishings, there are inviting, comfy bedrooms with bold feature walls, a huge kitchen and even a small gym. 

Rooms? Four. Sleeps up to 10 guests. 
The mood? Farmyard chic.
Location perks? A secluded spot in the leafy Black Forest, just 30 minutes from Kansas City centre. 
Budget range? Affordable for large groups. 

The eco-friendly lodge

Get ready to feel zen. This minimalist pile is a patchwork of glass, crisp white walls and neat lines of timber. Perfect for groups, there are huge sofas to snuggle up on, a long dining table for big meals and plenty of bedrooms. It has sterling eco-credentials and in the summer there’s a grassy backyard with a rock-filled fire pit and outdoor chairs. There’s even a Buddha if you want to have a full-on chill-out session. When you’re ready to ramp things up, the place is within walking distance of Kansas City’s West 39th Street neighbourhood packed with colourful bars and restaurants. 

Rooms? Three. Sleeps seven. 
The mood? Minimalist zen.
Location perks? In one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in Kansas City, Rosedale, near West 39th Street’s buzzing bars and restaurants. 
Budget range? Mid-range. 

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The old fire station loft

Stay right in the thick of things in a piece of Kansas City history. Built in 1868, this apartment sits at the top of the oldest remaining fire station in the city. It was renovated in 2021 to create a cool warehouse-style penthouse with bare brick walls, exposed ceilings and open-plan living spaces. It’s been done out splendidly with vintage sculptures, neon signs and statement furniture. There’s even a disco ball and lights in the bathroom and a roof terrace for evening drinks. When you’re ready to leave, you’re in walking distance of the Cross Roads Arts District packed with indie boutiques, bars restaurants and galleries. 

Rooms? Four. Sleeps up to 12 guests. 
The mood? Edgy industrial warehouse. 
Location perks? Right next to the city’s thriving art district and glitzy city-wide views. 
Budget range? A more expensive option.   

The boho farmhouse

There’s a shabby chic quality to this beautifully restored 1933 bungalow, which despite being in a leafy 18-acre site is just minutes away from major tourist attractions. Inside you’ll find bright airy rooms filled with vintage furniture, cosy furnishings and plenty of charm. The hosts live next door if there are any issues and they’ve made sure to cover little details like leaving slippers at the door, draping the sofas in comfy throws and leaving pots of soaking salts by the bath. They can also arrange group yoga sessions. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps six. 
The mood? Comfy boho chic
Location perks? Just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas with all the perks of being in a secluded leafy neighbourhood. 
Budget range? A great option for those on a budget.    

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The Victorian Beauty

Get a delicious taste of KC’s history with a stay in the Grand Victorian. Located in Union Hill (just a few min’s walk to downtown), this historic property is gorgeous both inside and out. Those huge windows and high ceilings beloved of Victorian architects now help to illuminate an expertly preserved and updated family home. Here are a few of our favorite things: the stained glass upper windows, the great combination of heritage paint shades with contemporary whites, that cute little balcony area and the (strictly decorative) tiled fireplace. OH! And that quirky wallpaper in the bathroom. Beautiful.

Rooms? Three. Sleeps seven.
The mood? Period charm dragged very elegantly into the now.
Location perks? Familiarise yourself with the best indie eateries of Union Hill.
Budget range? What a little bargain.

The design bungalow

It would be hard not to be impressed by the attention to detail that’s gone into designing this stunning midcentury modern cottage. It’s hosted by the owners of a nearby home and interiors shop and it really shows with gorgeous details like sculptural light fittings, boucle furniture, modern art, tasteful murals, decorative furnishings and pillowy beds. There’s a U-shaped veranda to sit out on, or if you want to squirrel yourself away in the beauty of it all there’s a library of inspiring books and a record player to keep you occupied. 

Rooms? Three. Sleeps up to six. 
The mood? A design lover’s dream
Location perks? In the leafy Prairie Village neighbourhood with shops nearby and just 15 minutes away from Downtown Kansas City. 
Budget range? Very affordable for what you get.    

 

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The historic home

This handsome timber-clad home is a little slice of Kansas City history. It's been tastefully renovated leaving its grand carved wood staircase, original fireplaces and sash windows intact though. There’s plenty of modernity here too, including the high-spec kitchen, metro-tiled bathrooms and funkily furnished bedrooms. With four bedrooms, including a large attic space, it’s a great one for groups and it’s super close to all the attractions in Downtown. 

Rooms? Four. Sleeps up to 10
The mood? A tasteful dose of history. 
Location perks? Everything is within walking distance, including Downtown.
Budget range? A bargain.    

The luxe mansion

Feel like you’re in an episode of Cribs in this plush five-bed mansion right in the heart of the city. The place manages to pack in no less than seven queen beds, two kitchens, a formal dining room, a billiards room and two hot tubs, all accented by gleaming hardwood floors, chandeliers and gold framed mirrors. Look out for unusual details like coats of armour, ornate stone fireplaces, Italian Renaissance-style murals on the ceilings and a huge walk-in wardrobe. 

Rooms? Five. Sleeps up to 15 guests
The mood? Ostentatious luxury
Location perks? Lots of space just 10 minutes drive from Downtown.
Budget range? One to splash the cash on. 

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The architectural wonder

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, this joint has your back. Everything in it is fully electric and powered by solar panels. It’s also pretty sweet to look at too. Huge floor-to-roof windows give the whole place a light, bright airy feel and the wooden terrace at the back of the property looks like a secluded tree house. There’s a projector and retractable screen for movie nights, ergonomic chairs, workstations, king beds and a patio with seating and a barbecue. If you can bear to leave, Downtown and the Crossroads Arts District are right around the corner. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four
The mood? Open plan minimalism. 
Location perks? Leafy but just steps away from Kansas City’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. 
Budget range? Excellent value for money. 

The white house

Feel like you’re tucked away on your own private homestead in this all-American pile situated in rolling green grounds. It might feel like you’re in a secluded rural idyll but Downtown Kansas City is only a 20-minute drive away. When you’re not taking off for the city, inside the place is a home away from home with squishy sofas, comfy beds, pot plants dotted around the place and long dining tables for big hearty meals. There’s also a cosy veranda that wraps around the house for whiling long summer nights. 

Rooms? Four. Sleeps up to 10 guests
The mood? An all-America countryside stay in the city. 
Location perks? Surrounded by plenty of spacious greenery while being close to the bustling city. 
Budget range? Mid-range, a good option for larger groups. 

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The city centre apartment

City slickers can hit up this sleek apartment smack-bang in the centre of Kansas City. Inside there’s a neat, compact kitchen with a handy breakfast bar and two comfy rooms with pillowy beds and en-suite bathrooms – there are also two air mattresses if you’re arriving with a bigger group. What really makes the place special however are the huge glass windows which look out across the city and its super central location – you’re in the financial district of Downtown here, a quick walk from the historic River Market as well as streets full of restaurants, bars and shops. 

Rooms? Two. Sleeps up to eight guests
The mood? Slick city pad
Location perks? Right in the centre of the city with stunning views to boot.
Budget range? A good price for a central location. 

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