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Five of the best Airbnbs in New York City

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

Written by
Dan Q Dao
Contributors
Rhys Thomas
&
Georgia Evans
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While there are more than enough fabulous hotels in New York, staying at an Airbnb has become a popular option for visitors to the city. Whether you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option or you want to experience the city like a local, there are plenty of options.

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 means to live in the city. Explore five of our favorite Airbnbs, from Williamsburg to Long Island City, and 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.

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The best Airbnb New York rentals

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. 

Staten Island may oft get the short end of the stick with visitors, but the fifth and forgotten borough is notable as a stronghold of the “real New York” and home of pristine beaches that are less crowded than those in Brooklyn. Not ideal for first-time visitors, this lovely, vintage-style home does cater to folks looking for a suburban environment that is a reasonable distance—roughly an hour—from downtown Manhattan. So don't expect to find major sights within walking distance. The rooms take up the upper floor of the house, which also includes a kitchenette and bathroom for guest use.

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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.

If exposed beams and brick are on the wishlist, you're just like any other New Yorker. Luckily, you will find both here in a loft that straddles the border of Soho and Little Italy. This whole apartment will be yours, so make the most of the roomy kitchen area, eight-seater dining tables, and bedroom with a comfortable king-size bed. The neighborhood is buzzing with local shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars, so you needn't go far for an authentic experience. But if you fancy traveling a little, you have the East Village 10 minutes away and Tribeca 15 minutes away.

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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. 

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