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The 10 coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia

Book one of these Philadelphia pads to experience the City of Brotherly Love like a true local

Written by
Allie Volpe
Rosemary Waugh
Ella Doyle
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Philly isn't just a place for insanely good cheesesteaks and rich history (but boy are those cheesesteaks great). It's also a thriving patchwork of a city filled with the best parks, breweries, indie shops and unique eateries.

And what could be better than completing your stay in town with an ultra-cool Airbnb to rest in after your travels? We've weeded through all the options to present you with the coolest Airbnbs in town – paying particular attention to the spots that offer the one-of-a-kind, local experience that you’d never get in a Center City hotel. Aren't we nice?

Choosing an Airbnb in Philadelphia puts you in the heart of our incredible 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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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.

Best Philadelphia Airbnbs

The historic firehouse apartment in the Old City
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1. The historic firehouse apartment in the Old City

Just a stone’s throw from the historic Lokal Hotel, this old firehouse is in a lovely area, extremely close to a ton of historic and cultural spots. But the interiors are really something to shout about, with a private rustic garden and cute cubby holes inside. The walls are all exposed brick, and the garden is hung with string lights and complete with none other than a wicker egg chair. What could be better?

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Historic charm.
Location perks? In the heart of Old City.
Budget range? Very reasonable.

The Victorian city center apartment
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2. The Victorian city center apartment

Get a little taste of Philadelphia’s past with a stay in this gorgeous Victorian apartment. Located on the much-loved Walnut Street, this is the perfect base for long days (and nights) spent living it up in Rittenhouse Square. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the giant living room in light, while the bedroom is a cosy affair complete with antique beams and a carved fireplace. The best bit? Probably that turquoise chaise longue, naturally.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps four.
The Mood? Ol’ fashioned elegance.
Location Perks? All the wonders of Walnut Street, right on your doorstep.
Budget Range? Higher price for higher ceilings.

Row home in Graduate Hospital
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3. Row home in Graduate Hospital

This lovely house in Philly’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood was formerly the home of an interior decorator who made this place their primary residence. That ‘proper home’ feel is what you still get when you step inside this one-bed abode. Along with the de rigueur exposed brickwork, there are lots of playfully bold florals, including on feature walls and the shower curtain. Our only regret? That doggo in the photos doesn’t come with the flat. Shame.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps three.
The Mood? Boho fun in a home-from-home.
Location Perks? Just a five-minute walk from Fitler Square Farmer’s Market. Yum.
Budget Range? No-regrets affordable.

The speakeasy suite
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4. The speakeasy suite

One of those ‘only on Airbnb’ places, this adorable suite has been designed to emulate a hidden speakeasy. Dusky rose, black, and dark wood dominate throughout, with big décor points going to that vintage-print wallpaper and the black-and-white tiling in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s small but perfectly formed and, like all the best speakeasies, is accessed through an almost hidden entrance. And, of course, there’s a bespoke bar area designed for pre-dinner or post-dinner cocktails.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two.
The Mood? Cocktails and mahogany.
Location Perks? Experience the relaxed vibes of a leafy West Philly neighborhood.
Budget Range? Plenty left in your wallet to go out with.

La Maison Jaune in Rittenhouse
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5. La Maison Jaune in Rittenhouse

If you’re choosing to stay in Rittenhouse Square, then chances are you like a little taste of the finer things in life. And that’s exactly what you’ll get in this artfully deshabille apartment. Infused with French-style charm (but remixed with some Philly coolness), this one-bed home has been designed with both style and practicality in mind. We love the emerald green tiles in the kitchen and the vintage-style wallpaper – the perfect backdrop to a morning coffee before hitting the nearby museums, shops and – at lunchtime – breweries.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two.
The Mood? European vintage with a laid-back attitude.
Location Perks? Just two blocks from Rittenhouse Square for greenery, eateries and breweries.
Budget Range? Fair price for a top location.

The large loft in Fishtown
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6. The large loft in Fishtown

If you’re here to party (just a little), we’ve got the place for you. This huge industrial loft has enough beds for 15 people, and it’s slap-bang in the middle of a seriously trendy neighborhood. Placed in the middle of Fishtown and Kensington, this flat has it all going on, with cool bars and restaurants right around the corner. Plus it features ping pong, a projector, a stage, and darts. Oh, and in case you were wondering, bachelorette parties are permitted.

Rooms? Five. Sleeps 15 guests.
Mood? Industrial chic.
Location perks? A block away from local bars and restaurants all along Front Street. 
Budget range? Spenny but worth it for a larger group. 

Bright and breezy on Washington Square West
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7. Bright and breezy on Washington Square West

There’s so much to love about this seriously cute Downtown flat. In the hands of someone else, it could be a little bland. But the hosts have really brought some flair to each of the rooms. A neutral palette is made prettier thanks to a snuggly array of textiles and little hints of mauve and purple. The macrame wall hanging in the bedroom is a nice touch, and there’s a lovely shared patio area that guests are welcome to hang out in.  

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps four.
The Mood? Arts and crafts in a cozy home.
Location Perks? A great Downtown base for city-wide roaming.
Budget Range? A fair and square price.

The rustic loft near Northern Liberties
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8. The rustic loft near Northern Liberties

Stay at this oh-so-chic apartment near the Northern Liberties and you’ll be in a prime location for all the fun to be had. Here, you’re just a mile's walk from downtown, and a little further from Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It’s the perfect place to soak up all the history and culture Philly has to offer, with a load of great restaurants around too. This sleeps four, so is great for families.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Rustic vibes.
Location perks? A one-mile walk from Downtown and minutes from local joints such as Torch - Wood Cafe and Stripp'd Juice.
Budget range? Very affordable. 

The artist’s flat
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9. The artist’s flat

The exterior of this distinctive flat is almost as interesting as the interior. Inside the graffiti-covered red-brick building loved by locals, you’ll discover a vast loft-like space complete with antique wooden sliding doors and a whole lot of fun decorating choice, including a swing. (A swing!). Sage green walls and a nice collection of house plants keep things cosy, while those large, squishy sofas are the perfect place from which to plan your attack on the local breweries.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps three.
The Mood? That Olde Kensington blend of history and modernity.
Location Perks? If art galleries and breweries are your thing (and they’re ours), book here.
Budget Range? Real steal.

The cozy and colorful studio in Fitler Square
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10. The 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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Modern simplicity.
Location perks? In the southwestern part of Philly, close to UPenn and the Riverwalk.
Budget range? Super cheap.

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