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The 10 best Airbnbs in Seattle from cottage stays to lakeside getaways

Whether you're looking for a downtown vacation or a chance to explore the area's beaches, we've picked the best Airbnbs in Seattle to book now

Written by
Annalise Mantz
Danielle Goldstein
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Jennifer Banful

Seattle is a city of many shades, from the bustling vibes of downtown to the laidback charms of Alki Beach and its smaller neighborhoods, such as Wallingford and Ballard. There's something for everyone—whether you're visiting or staycationing. Seattle hotels are always a good option, there are loads, but we’ve increasingly found that the area’s Airbnbs give travelers that little bit extra when it comes to feeling like a legitimate local.

Choose between stylish and modern loft apartments or the sweetest of tiny homes in friendly residential neighborhoods, and then get planning your itinerary of the best attractions, shops and restaurants to look around. We can guarantee it’s going to be one helluva trip—and it all starts in one of the best Airbnbs in Seattle.

Updated April: Because you can never have too much of a good thing when it comes to the perfect vacation spot in Seattle, we've taken the liberty of adding two new gems to this list. One boasts a private beach and gorgeous waterfront views, while the other is a charming cottage near Alki Beach. Stick one of your automatic replies and load the car...

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research 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 Seattle Airbnbs

1. The beach house in West Seattle

Nothing stands between you and the sea at this stunning waterfront property on Beach Drive in West Seattle. From the deck, you get uninterrupted views of both the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Plenty of natural light streams into the one-bedroom home through huge windows, so you still feel a closeness to the elements even when you’re indoors.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Beach vibes to the max.
Location perks? The surrounding views overlooking the ocean is pretty spectacular. 
Budget range? Well priced for monthly accommodation. 

2. The Faber’s Cottage in Ballard

Take a trip just outside of downtown Seattle and instead explore the lovely neighborhood of Ballard. This adorable 1920s property was once owned by a local architect and was converted into a permanent home in the 1970s. The resulting home bares the imprint of both those decades, along with some more contemporary updates. If you’re here on a Sunday, make time to experience the local farmer’s market, including bringing home some tasty food to enjoy on the terrace.

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests.
Mood? Cozy charm.
Location perks? An easy 15-minute drive from downtown Seattle.
Budget range? Suuuper affordable.


3. The coastal retreat in Alki Beach

Come for the city… Stay for the beach. Mix up your Seattle trip by staying in West Seattle’s Alki Beach. This well-loved strip of coast gives you the option of letting off steam with a round of volleyball or simply kicking back and admiring the views of Puget Sound with an afternoon cocktail to hand. You can fit up to four guests in this generously sized apartment, which makes it perfect for a double-date trip away or a small family getaway.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Zen escape.
Location perks? From the mountains to the beach, this place has all you need for a getaway.
Budget range? An amazing deal. 

4. The sky cabin in Eastlake

This Seattle Airbnb is the ideal couple's getaway. Known as the "Sky Cabin", it does what it says on the tin. Offering stunning views of Lake Union below it, the Sky Cabin makes you feel on top of the world – literally. Other great features include a gas fireplace and A/C, wood paneling, and heated bathroom floors. As for the decor, it's modern with some eclectic accents, and the kitchen is fully equipped with all you need for date night. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Coastal dreams.
Location perks? The stunning landscapes are a wonder to wake up to. 
Budget range? A great price.


5. The historic loft in Pioneer Square

Like the Pioneer Square neighborhood itself, this expansive loft apartment has plenty of historic appeal. Painted brick walls, dramatic dark wood furniture, oriental rugs, and views of Smith Tower give the place plenty of vintage charm. You can’t beat the central location, either.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? A little slice of history. 
Location perks? Nestled right n the center of Pioneer Square. 
Budget range? Very affordable.

6. The contemporary apartment in Wallingford

If you’re looking for something a little bit different than the normal downtown stay, take a peek at this apartment in the neighborhood of Wallingford. When you get bored of city life you can recharge with a visit to the nearby Gas Works Park, maybe even enjoying a picnic while watching the sailing boats go by. We love the bright and light feel of this home, including the spacious living room with inviting sofas for the first coffee of the day.

Rooms? One. Sleeps three guests.
Mood? Digital nomad's dream.
Location perks? In the heart of the Wallingford neighborhood. 
Budget range? Mid-range but worth it. 


7. Luxury two-story condo with hot tub in downtown Seattle

Experience a slightly different side to Seattle when you stay at this luxury Belltown penthouse. It’s practically on the water, with stunning views across Puget Sound, and is within close proximity to all the famous downtown attractions. Split over two storeys, this light-filled space has hardwood floors throughout, floor-to-ceiling windows, one king bed and one queen, a well-equipped kitchen and wrap-around balconies. Lush.

Rooms? Two. Sleeps seven (but six comfortably).
Mood? Bayview vibes.
Location perks? There's an indoor pool and hot tub onsite, plus parking for one vehicle. Not to mention you can walk to the Space Needle.
Budget range? Affordable split between two, a bargain split further.

8. The modern Tudor home in Ballard

Since it’s just a short walk away from the quirky shops and hip restaurants on Market Street and Ballard Avenue, this well-preserved Tudor house would be a great choice for travelers who aren’t bringing a car. A farmhouse sink, tiled fireplace, old-fashioned window treatments, and vintage furnishings add to the home’s charm.

Rooms? Three. Sleeps five guests.
Mood? Modern meets classic.
Location perks? Within easy walking distance from Ballard Avenue.
Budget range? A great deal.

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