The number of Airbnb Philadelphia rentals have exploded over the past few years, thanks to major events in Philly like the Pope visit and the Democratic National Convention. Here, we weed through all the options to present you the coolest rentals in town—paying particular attention to the spots that offer a unique, local experience that you’d never get in a Center City hotel. Choosing an Airbnb Philadelphia pad puts you in the heart of our neighborhoods, but still close enough to access all the best Philadelphia attractions. Plus, in many cases, you’ll spend a lot less than you would at a regular hotel, which means you’ll have more cash to spend on dinner at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia or the best bars in Philadelphia.
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20 Airbnb Philadelphia homes you can rent
Romantic getaway in Queen Village
This Queen Village studio, located on the third floorof a home, is perfect for tourists who want to be on the outskirts without being too far away. Some of Philly’s top hotspots are walking distance, such as Historic Old City, the Italian Market and all the activities happening along the Delaware River waterfront. Inside, the private, well-lit suite is outfitted with a queen-size bed, sofa bed, walk-in closet and a huge bathroom with a standup shower and bath.
Sweet master suite in Fairmount
Just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, visitors can get the best of both worlds at this apartment: many of the essential Philadelphia museums and the sometimes overlooked bars and restaurants in the Fairmount area. The master suite has its own bathroom and access to the roof deck, which offers views of the city skyline and Philadelphia Museum of Art. The decor skews more quirky than trendy, but the room is spacious with a queen bed and couch.
Modern private suite in South Philly
If you’re splitting your time between the Sports Complex and Center City, this luxe, renovated South Philly room offers easy access to both. It’s a private room and bathroom in a full home with hardwood floors, updated kitchen and chic living area and laundry room. The queen bed has a rollout, full0-sized mattress to accommodate up to four guests. Only a few blocks away from Ultimo, East Passyunk and Philadelphia public transportation, this spot is super versatile.
Trendy hostel experience in Fishtown
If you’re traveling alone and want to soak up the ultimate Fishtown experience while meeting other voyagers, this shared home might be up your alley. Situated in the cultural epicenter that is Frankford and Girard, there are plenty of bars and restaurants (like Johnny Brenda’s, Fette Sau, El Bar and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons) and a subway stop nearby. In addition to your private room, your rental gets you access to the trendy kitchen, two restrooms, backyard space, basement with foosball table, kitchen with cooking appliances and basic baking ingredients.
Urban garden oasis in Northern Liberties
Just minutes from One Shot Cafe, North Bowl, Standard Tap, Heritage Jazz Bar and Cantina Dos Segundos is this two-bedroom house that’s been newly renovated. The master bedroom features a queen bed, bathroom and washer/dryer. The second bedroom has a full-sized bed and a lofted twin and another bathroom. Spend your leisure time on the back deck or in cozy living area.
Renovated three-bedroom home in Port Richmond
Complete with three bedrooms, one full bath, a couch and an air mattress, larger groups can sleep comfortably in this Port Richmond home. With modern lighting fixtures and white brick accents, the place has a boutique-suite feel. You’ll be just a bit north of the excitement in Fishtown, so you won’t have to worry about loud street corners.
Chic apartment in University City
Whether you’re visiting a nearby university or want to take in everything this West Philly neighborhood has to offer (see the Penn Museum, Clark Park and the delicious Abyssinia Ethiopian restaurant), this modern and chic abode is a comfortable place for pairs to lay their heads at night. In addition to one queen bed, there’s a newly updated full kitchen and bathroom and—are you ready for this—warm hardwood floors throughout.
Cozy and modern guesthouse in Mt. Airy
If you don’t mind traveling a little to get to Center City, consider this uber-trendy guest house (decorated by a local interior designer) in Mt. Airy. Outfitted with a queen-sized bed, kitchenette and a full bathroom, the small guest house really packs a punch. If you prefer to hang in the neighborhood, the lodging is within walking distance of coffee shops, restaurants, the train station and the Wissahickon—one of the all-time best Philadelphia parks.
Stylish loft in Old City
Right in the heart of Historic Old City, these digs scream “trendy and ready for adventure.” There’s an open living room with plenty of light and exposed brick that extends into a white kitchen with modern appliances. Both bedrooms have their own private bathroom and distinct features, including more exposed brick in the first sleeping area on the first floor. Once outside, you’ll be within strolling distance to major historic sites, such as the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall, as well as all the bars and eats in bustling Old City.
Historic home in Queen Village
Get the ultimate historic Philadelphia experience in Queen Village, just south of Old City. With hardwood floors and exposed brick throughout and decorative fireplaces give the place a super-charming old-world feel. The kitchen’s been updated, but still has a brick floor. The three bedrooms feature one bed each and plenty of closet space. Walk east to the waterfront or west to the Italian Market.
Cozy and colorful studio in Fitler Square
Right on the border of Devil’s Pocket and Fitler Square, this bright-hued studio offers all the necessities (think: queen bed, private bathroom, WI-FI) and some unexpected perks such as a 49-inch flat-screen TV with Netflix. Street parking is limited to two hours, so strap on your walking shoes and venture over the South Street Bridge into University City, or up to Rittenhouse Square.
Penthouse with roof access in Fishtown
Check out a show at the nearby Fillmore Philadelphia or Johnny Brenda’s and retire to this three-bedroom, two-floor space with a rooftop patio and outfitted with dark hardwood flooring and modern furniture. The unit has a washer and dryer, kitchen with modern amenities and a coffee maker. While there’s room for up to nine to fit comfortably, the building has one reserved parking spot for visitors. Guests have access to the building’s fitness center, too.
Minimalistic loft in Olde Kensington
Modern industrial decor and an open floor plan provide an uber-cool vibe to this converted textile factory loft in the Fishtown/Kensington area. Minimalistic furniture and design give it a clean feel, and the large windows bring in lots of light and great views. Each of the two bedrooms have a queen-size bed.
Stylish digs with a barbecue grill in Francisville
Not far from Temple University, this multi-level apartment is outfitted with super-stylish decor (like a cow-print rug and barn door-inspired headboard). The main floor features the master suite with a king-sized bed and kitchen. The lower level’s got a queen bed, a single bed and two full sofa beds. Walk just a few blocks south and you’ll hit Fairmount Avenue and the nearby Eastern State Penitentiary.
Space for a crew in Passyunk Square
Grab a hoagie at Cosmi’s Deli, which is right around the corner from this three-bedroom, two-full-bath South Philly house. The three bedrooms feature full-sized beds and there’s an extra full-sized air mattress on site. The main sitting room is open and bright while the back lounging area is cozy and intimate. Eat your way down East Passyunk and end your night drinking yourself into a stupor at the P.O.P.E. Hey, you’re close enought to walk home.
Historic home along quaint Antique Row
A few blocks away from South Street is this quaint Antique Row apartment on the third and fourth floor of a century-old townhouse. The wraparound couch in the main living area opens into a bed while the upstairs rooms feature two beds each. Location-wise, this spot is pretty ideal as you avoid the bustle of Center City while still maintaining close-enough distance from Midtown Village, Old City and Rittenhouse.
Newly renovated apartment near the Convention Center
A great option for those with business at the Convention Center or for families who want to be in the thick of the action, this two bedroom apartment has all the fixings for everyday life. Newly renovated, it’s got hardwood floors and a functional kitchen, washer and dryer, and two full bathrooms. One room has a king-sized bed, the other has two twin-sized beds and the living room pullout couch turns into a queen. Don’t miss out on nearby Reading Terminal Market and Dim Sum Garden—both excellent lunch spots.
Authentic South Philly pad
Get a dose of life as a local in this Wharton-area home (just south of the bustling East Passyunk restaurant district). Enjoy quiet nights in this cozy two-bedroom, which has a queen-sized bed in one room, a king-sized, pull-out sofa in the other and the couch in the main living area pulls out into a queen bed. This one’s got a real homey feel, perfect for a place to crash after a game at the nearby stadiums or filling your belly with gooey Philly cheesesteak from Pat’s or Geno’s.
Cool loft space near South Street
Pretty centrally located, this lofted studio (there is a pull-out couch, too) provides easy access to all the best spots on the west side of South Street, such as iconic Philly dive bar Bob & Barbara's, La.Va Cafe, top-notch eatery Pumpkin and the hippy-dippy Good Karma Cafe. The apartment itself is a compact space that offers an amazing view of City Hall. It’s also located near the Broad Street Line, which will take you to Center City in minutes. But why do that when you can explore this vibrant neighborhood on foot?
Compact, peaceful living space in Point Breeze
Try out living like a true Philadelphian in this recently renovated, modern Point Breeze house. You’ve got access to the whole thing, which features hardwood floors and a backyard area. The neighborhood is constantly changing, and you’ll be a short walk away from the bustling East Passyunk area, where you’ll find tons of great restaurants and bars.