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The best Washington D.C. Airbnbs to rent

Suitable for short- or long-term visits, these Airbnb properties are sure to make your trip to Washington D.C. super special

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Leslie Quander Wooldridge
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Rosemary Waugh
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As something of a tourist hotspot, Washington D.C. is awash with options when it comes to the best hotels to choose. But while it’s lovely to reap the benefits of room service and tiny pillow mints, sometimes a trip calls for something a little bit more personalised. Luckily, Airbnb has a whole sweep of amazing apartments, rooms and suites available to rent, so you’ll soon be living your best Washington life from the comfort of a historic townhouse or taking in the views from your own roof terrace. Accommodation done? Get out and about exploring the museumsdance clubs and restaurants all around you.

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Best Washington, D.C. Airbnbs

Four-bedroom row house in Georgetown
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Four-bedroom row house in Georgetown

Live the chic Georgetown experience, at least temporarily, in this three-story home. Located off M Street Northwest (meander through during the day or night), this row house features an open floor plan. When you’re not losing yourself in the area’s many shops or dining in nearby restaurants (both high-end and casual), ensconce yourself in one of the bedrooms for a relaxing night in. It can fit up to thirteen guests. 

Union Market Garden Apartment
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Union Market Garden Apartment

Located just a few blocks from Union Market, this studio apartment offers you great access to restaurants, bars, shops and Union Station while also being infused with tranquil vibes and a laid-back air. The headline act is the roof deck and garden, where the tops of plants and trees appear to float in the air like fluffy clouds. We also rate the cosiness of the bed/living space and the way the hosts have gone to town with the soft furnishings without over cluttering.

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Bohemian room and bath
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Bohemian room and bath

This bedroom-and-bathroom combo in an historic D.C. house is perfect for a couple or a singleton on a short break away. Built in 1870, the house has plenty of period charm and the current owners have cleverly preserved original features when adding their own contemporary flair to the apartment. Enjoy dinner on 14th street before returning home for a quiet night’s sleep. Extra points go to this apartment if you’re a cat-lover: the owners have two resident felines.

Architectural apartment
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Architectural apartment

Under its gifted name ‘Unit A’, this one bed apartment doesn’t initially sound that enticing. But take a look at this beautifully modern living space and you’ll see how that name doesn’t really do it justice, inside or out. Bang in the centre of the historic district – and within walking distance of the Capitol – this wood-fronted new creation came about after a carriage house from 1900 underwent a significant makeover. You’ll appreciate the oodles of light, quirky fixtures like the built-in bookcases and – if you’re planning on cooking – the fantastically spacious kitchen.

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Over the Moon
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Over the Moon

Many of Washington D.C.’s best Airbnb properties make the most of their historic attributes. Not so with this boldly decorated flat which accommodates up to five guests. Pop art influences and even a slightly comic-book aesthetic can be detected throughout, making this home is more DC Comics than typically District-of-Columbia. The focal point is surely the turquoise-walled living room, but we’re pretty keen on that wiggly-lined bathroom too. Located in Adams Morgan and Woodley Park, you’re also only a short distance from Rock Creek Park and the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Home from Home
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Home from Home

Checking into any holiday accommodation can feel a little bit like switching from home comforts to something a little bit more formal. This isn’t the case with this lovingly snug garden apartment. Suitable for up to four guests, you’ll be able to enjoy staying in a place properly designed with living requirements in mind. When you’ve finished admiring the detailed rugs and wall artworks, take a half-block stroll to Lincoln Park.

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Nature-inspired urban retreat
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Nature-inspired urban retreat

Located a stone’s throw from H Street and all the major central attractions of Washington D.C., you’d struggle to find a better located Airbnb than this one. Luckily, you’re not just going to book this because of its geography, but also because it’s a beautifully refurbished townhouse apartment. A calming palette of heritage green, snowy whites and mid-tone wood are just the ticket after a busy day out and about exploring the Capitol.

The Royal Suite
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The Royal Suite

If you prefer staying at an aparthotel rather than a private property, check out this one-bed suite at the Prince Street Inn. Exposed brickwork and high windows give it a slightly loft-like feel but without the sensation of being a tiny human in a giant-sized space. Instead, you’ll be bug-in-a-rug snug when curled up in the enclosed bed. Store up the necessary energy and then go check out the indie shops and restaurants of Old Town Alexandria.

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Silver scale
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Silver scale

One of Airbnb’s superhosted properties in Washington D.C., this thoughtfully fitted out apartment is found just off H Street. That means: lots of fun, lots of food and lots of – if you choose – staying out late await you during your stay in the area. Which is why this mini-break-approved apartment is just the ticket for adding a little bit of calm to your busy schedule. Return here for some R&R which, if your lucky enough to convince your co-guest, includes breakfast in bed.

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