So you've booked that ticket to San Francisco, lined up all the best restaurants to dine at and have plans to visit every museum in town. All you need left is the perfect place to stay. You could reserve a room at one of San Francisco's best hotels, but for something a little more homey, consider staying at one of these amazing Airbnb San Francisco homes. From a garden oasis to a geodesic dome to a luxurious artist's retreat, these Airbnb options are the perfect way to experience SF in style.
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Best Airbnbs in San Francisco
Bernal Heights one-bedroom
From the turquoise sofa to the confetti wall treatment, this Bernal Heights two-flat is cheery and inviting. The generous layout includes a living room and full kitchen on the top floor and a queen-size bed and aqua-accented bathroom below. The bedroom opens up to a private deck with a bistro table, a prime spot for a glass of wine overlooking the city. It’s a short walk to Precita Park and a short bike ride to Bernal Hill, which affords sweeping views of the city and Bay. (The hosts have two cruisers on loan for guests.) If you’d prefer to Netflix and chill, the suite includes a Bluetooth speaker and a TV queued up with Roku and Netflix.
The photos don’t do this light-flooded retreat justice. Though the modern, blond-wood space feels tucked-away, it’s located less than half a mile to the 24th Street BART. The studio features a queen-size bed, but a twin AeroBed or crib is available for children. At 450 square feet, the studio is uncommonly spacious, including the newly tiled bathroom with dual sinks. The space includes a small table, microwave, and fridge, which is handy for leftovers: La Taqueria, Taqueria El Farolito, Humphry Slocombe, Tartine Manufactory, Dynamo Donut, and Flour & Water are a short walk away. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and washer/dryer.
This room rental—within in a couple’s shared two-bedroom apartment—includes a queen-size bed, in-room desk, large closet, and private bathroom. The apartment is modern and beautifully designed, from the Scandinavian-style furnishings to the black-and-white photography decking the walls. The kitchen is newly remodeled and tricked out with new stainless steel appliances. It's is ideally situated in the middle of the Mission, steps from Dolores Park, the 16th Street BART, and dozens of bars and restaurants. Note, guests must love dogs: You’ll be sharing the common area with Scout, a friendly lab.
Look for the grapefruit-pink building and look up: This spacious, sunny one-bedroom apartment is perched on the third floor. It’s tastefully decorated in a mixture of antique and midcentury modern furniture. Check out city views from the bay windows in the bedroom, which is outfitted with a plush queen-size bed. The kitchen is fully stocked for cooking—including a dishwasher—but you’ll want to explore. Situated at the nexus of Duboce Triangle, the Castro, and the Mission, the home is surrounded by bars and restaurants.
Outer Sunset two-bedroom
This cozy Sunset home is a low-key spot for those who prefer the beach and botanical garden to bars and nightlife. The house is light-flooded and spacious, with hardwood floors, new appliances, a kitschy-but-clean bathroom, and enviable emerald Heath tile adorning the kitchen. The bedrooms contain a queen-size and full-size bed. It’s a short stroll to Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park, as well as the hip strip of shops and restaurants along Judah that includes Outerlands, Trouble Coffee, Woods Outbound, A Case for Making, and General Store. On-site parking is free.
Old meets new in this stylish two-bedroom apartment. A modern velvet sofa and chunky area rug contrasts with vintage art and powder-blue kitchen cabinets. Though it’s near in the center of the Castro—three blocks from the Castro Street MUNI station—the second-story unit is tucked away on a quiet block. Windows span one wall of the living room, flooding the space with natural light. Each bedroom is equipped with its own artfully tiled modern bathroom.
Cole Valley treehouse
Access this secluded “treehouse” by climbing 50 winding stairs: The payoff is well worth it. Rather than branches, you’ll find a home encased in glass—the better to show off stunning views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge. The home's layout was inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement; its original layout was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in 1944. Today, the original openness remains, but the spot boasts updated touches like a hot tub, landscaped roof deck, and indoor fireplace. Though the wood paneled living room retains its retro charm, the two bedrooms are bright, white, and airy, bordered by trees and climbing plants to reinforce the “treehouse” effect.
SoMa penthouse loft
This 2,000-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath loft is luxuriously roomy. It’s close to Moscone Center and AT&T Park—and considerably more affordable than nearby hotels. The decor is elegant and modern, from the Brazilian cherry floors to the temperature-controlled wine fridge. The indoor fireplace warms up the living room on foggy nights, while the roof deck makes a welcoming ballpark overlook on game days. The bedrooms are decked with a king-size and queen-size bed, respectively, each with a newly remodeled private bathroom.
This two-bedroom Victorian is centrally located between Golden Gate Park and the Divisadero retail corridor. It’s thoughtfully adorned with midcentury furnishings, vibrant art, and an abundance of houseplants. Mood-boosting splashes of are found throughout the house, from the lemon-yellow kitchen door to the bright orange record stand. The layout includes two bedrooms—with two queen-size beds—one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, and a fireplace-equipped living room. The homeowners take care with personal touches like fresh flowers inside and a well-tended garden.
While the facade is postcard-esque, the colorful interior is awash in contemporary creature comforts (plus fresh flowers). The kitchen is fully equipped with a Dacor dual-fuel range, Miele dishwasher, automatic espresso maker, and more. The three bedrooms contain a king-, queen-, and full-size bed. It’s an ideal apartment for families or small groups: The L-shaped couch is made for cozying up around the fire (check out the game trunk), while the separate dining room seats eight. Take a soak in the oversize, 6-foot soaking tub.
This two-story, three-bedroom Victorian has been lovingly restored to its original 1893 grandeur—complete with stained glass accents, antique chandeliers, velvet chaise lounges, and a hand-painted mural in the dining room. (There’s even a chandelier dangling overhead in the master bathroom.) Of course, the owners have made a few welcome concessions, including modern kitchen appliances, two fully renovated bathrooms, and a secluded backyard hot tub. The three bedrooms are equipped with a king-size, full-size, and queen-size bed—the latter also includes an adjoining balcony overlooking the garden.
Four bedrooms and four bathrooms sprawl across this eclectic 2,500-square-foot abode. Three bedrooms reside on the main level (two with king-size beds and bay windows, another with a full-size bed). The master suite includes a gigantic walk-in closet and a bathroom the size of most SF studios. It’s outfitted with a freestanding soaking tub, a rain shower, and dual sinks. Downstairs, double French doors lead from the generous kitchen and living room to the palm-decked yard. Amenities include a Weber grill, Nest thermostats, Bluetooth indoor-outdoor speakers, and a Netflix-enabled high-def TV.
Mission Dolores five-bedroom
Welcome to your dream mansion off Dolores park. Throw a dinner party around the glossy live-edge slab dining table (it seats 10), or go al fresco on the adjoining deck. There are five bedrooms in all—and eight beds therein—but the piece de resistance is the master bedroom, which includes a king bed, walk-in closet, private bath (including a rain shower and massive soaking tub), and panoramic city views.
$1,500 a night
Nob Hill row house
Old-school Nob Hill, it’s not. That much is evident as soon as you spot this skinny, lipstick-red row house. The two-bedroom home is complete with double beds, one full marble bath, and extras like iPod docking stations and Roku-ready TVs. But the real draw is the offbeat, mood-spiking design, from the black and white striped kitchen to the splashy floral rug in the living room—paired with a delightfully-clashing tufted yellow sofa. It’s a rabbit hole of brash, invigorating color, all the more notable for its lovely (but traditionally fusty) location: steps from the cable car turnaround atop Nob Hill.