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Massive NYC loft with 360 views of the Lower East Side
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The 8 best Airbnbs in New York City

Experience Gotham in a Brooklyn brownstone or a West Village townhouse with these awesome Airbnbs in New York

Written by
Dan Q Dao
Danielle Goldstein
Rhys Thomas
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Of course, New York has its fair share of fab hotels, but staying at a unique Airbnb is rising in popularity for people wanting to visit the city. Live like a true New Yorker in a penthouse with views of the twinkling skyline or stay in an artist's loft for a cultural trip. No matter whether you're looking for budget-friendly stays or something quirky and unusual, you're bound to find somewhere to suit your fancy in the Big Apple. 

Feel like a real New Yorker by chatting with neighbors rather than concierges, picking up late-night cheap eats instead of room service, and immersing yourself in what it truly means to live in NYC. Just be sure to get a good night’s sleep so you can explore all the best New York attractions and dine at the best restaurants in the city from your trusty base at one of our top NYC Airbnbs.

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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.

New York Airbnbs

The garden apartment in Brooklyn
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1. The garden apartment in Brooklyn

It's not New York if the apartment doesn't have exposed brick somewhere. This cartwheel-approved, garden apartment in Brooklyn, NYC, is a welcoming place for up to three guests in a queen-sized bed and one sofa bed. The decor is minimalistic yet stylish, suiting almost any taste, and is fully equipped to ensure you have a comfortable trip. The area is quiet and friendly, to help make you feel at home, but is in a great location close to public transport and all the trendy spots of Brooklyn. Simple and sweet.

Rooms? Studio apartment. Sleeps three. 
The mood? Urban antique vibes. 
Location perks? Friendly block with great travel links to Manhattan. 
Budget range? Budget-friendly stay for couples or small families. 
Time Out tip: Soak up the heart of Brooklyn in the nearby Milk and Pull.

The beautiful duplex in Brooklyn Heights
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2. The beautiful duplex in Brooklyn Heights

Take the one-stop from Manhattan to Brooklyn and you'll find this awesome duplex in the heart of tree-lined Brooklyn Heights. The apartment offers three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a furnished deck and grill ready to get fired up. Laundry facilities are available and the place is dog-friendly – should you want to bring your furry pal along. If you're hankering for a walk, Brooklyn Bridge Park is less than a block away and many coffee shops and bars are nearby if you fancy a slice.

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps five guests. 
The mood? A modern, light-filled condo with stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. 
Location perks? A historic neighbourhood with great travel links to Manhattan.
Budget range? Enjoy a luxury family vacation in one of NYC's most happening spots.  

The little cottage on Staten Island
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3. The little cottage on Staten Island

Here's one thing you don't often get from city living—an entire house with parking. Sweet Pea Cottage is an adorable, dog-friendly, little two-bed (second bed on mezzanine floor) that sleeps four and is absolutely brimming with character. There's even a little gated front yard to enjoy in the warmer months. Believe it or not, there is plenty to do on Staten Island itself (the zoo, the beaches, the greenbelt…), but should you want to reach the mainland, midtown Manhattan is just 45 minutes and you can even take a free ferry there. If you're lucky, host Kathleen will leave you some freshly baked banana bread.

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps five guests. 
The mood? Fairytale meadow.
Location perks? Great travel links between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Budget range? An affordable steal for a solo or couple's trip.

The boho flat in Rose Hill
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4. The boho flat in Rose Hill

Experience New York like a true New Yorker in this boho-inspired Airbnb right by the heart of NYC. The one-bedroom apartment sleeps two guests in a queen-sized bed, surrounded by quirky furnishings and antique treasures. With a fireplace and a claw foot bathtub in the bedroom, you'll feel super cozy and like the place is your own. There are all the classics you'll need for a comfy stay, like Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and cable TV. And the exposed brick adds some urban chic to a very warm and inviting apartment.  

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Very dandy-esque. 
Location perks? Close to the luxurious Flat Iron District - your one-stop destination for fine dining. 
Budget range? This unique couple's stay sits on the higher end and we totally get why!

The spacious home in the Bronx
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5. The spacious home in the Bronx

This pad in the Bronx is stylish, spacious, and great for larger groups. Sleeping up to eight guests, it's great for families and girls' trips alike. The three-bedroom property gives you a little rest and relaxation out of the NYC buzz while allowing you to travel back into the thick of it whenever you please. There is a well-equipped living room and kitchen, as well as an office space with a hammock that's perfect for summertime lounging. As for the neighborhood? It's very community-led, so you'll feel like a real native. The owners are even open to having dogs stay with you. 

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps eight guests. 
The mood? Modern, homely vibes.
Location perks? A well-connected neighbourhood where you can enjoy local parks, shopping malls and local restaurants. 
Budget range? An economic choice for an authentic local experience. Ideal for groups or families.

The loft with panoramic views in the Lower East Side
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6. The loft with panoramic views in the Lower East Side

If you’re willing to spend, this one-bedroom unit will run you up to $2,000 a night. But the truly unique loft, which has exposed brick walls and a whopping 30 windows, is an incredible (and large) space with 360-degree views of multiple landmarks including the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and East River. In terms of interior design, you'll find cozy sofas, plush bean bags, and, through the stylish kitchen, a whopping king-sized bed. The common roof deck is a cherry on top. Plus, it's in the Lower East Side, so you've got plenty of things to do on your doorstep. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? A super swanky Succession-worthy loft apartment.
Location perks? A popular destination for nightlife, live music and museums.  
Budget range? A truly spectacular couple's stay with a price tag to match. 

The artist's home in East Village
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7. The artist's home in East Village

Manhattan’s East Village is known for being an artists’ neighborhood, so why not crash in the home of an actual artist? Furnished with a mix of designer furniture and family antiques, the (characteristically small) railroad apartment comes with a sunny kitchen and private bedroom. The furnishings are just as quirky and colorful as you'd want them to be, too. Built in the 19th century, mostly for immigrants, tenement homes like these are on the cozier side but offer authenticity and proximity to some of the city’s best attractions and restaurants.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Stylish East Village emporium. 
Location perks? A richly diverse neighbourhood with a wide selection of eateries.  
Budget range? A lavish month-long stay, ideal for couples and a workation.  

The luxe apartment on the Upper East Side
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8. The luxe apartment on the Upper East Side

Live out your Gossip Girl dreams in this designer apartment on the Upper East Side. With huge windows and soaring ceilings, this place oozes indulgence. Amenities include a 55" Smart TV, speedy Wi-Fi, and a kitchen ideal for plating up your gourmet Manhattan meals. Both bedrooms feature high-quality linens and towels while the master has a queen-size luxury mattress to sink into as night falls. And if you get bored of living in luxury (doubtful), head for a walk around the neighborhood. It's beautiful.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Boujie vibes.
Location perks? In the heart of the Upper East Side.
Budget range? Spenny – with a seven-night minimum.
Time Out tip: Head to Central Park for an early morning stroll, just three blocks away.

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