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The 10 best Airbnbs in Washington D.C.

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

Written by
Leslie Quander Wooldridge
Rosemary Waugh
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

As something of a tourist hotspot, Washington D.C. is awash with options when it comes to the best hotels to choose from. 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 personalized. 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 lovely historic townhouse or taking in the views from your own private roof terrace. Experience the capital like a true local. 

Accommodation sorted? Get out and about exploring the museumsdance clubs, and restaurants all around you.

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 Washington D.C. Airbnbs

The bohemian room and bath near 14th Street
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1. The bohemian room and bath near 14th Street

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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Boho chic.
Location perks? 14th Street's nightlife and food are an easy one block away.
Budget range? So well priced.

The architectural apartment near Capitol Hill
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2. The architectural apartment near Capitol Hill

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 center 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 oodles of light, quirky fixtures like the built-in bookcases, and – if you’re planning on cooking – the fantastically spacious kitchen.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Modern gem. 
Location perks? Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill's historic district. 
Budget range? A great deal for what's on offer.

The castle apartment in Silver Spring
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3. The castle apartment in Silver Spring

This gorgeous Airbnb in Silver Stone Castle is only 16 miles from the capital, making it the ideal place to stay on your travels. Sleeping up to eight guests in three bedrooms, this Airbnb will have you rested and rejuvenated thanks to its quiet and secluded location. Featuring everything you'll need for a cozy and comfortable stay, you'll have access to a fully equipped kitchen, as well as a game room with a pool table, Smart TV, dart board, and air hockey. A place you can rest and play. Plus, it looks like a castle, so you can play pretend royals. 

Rooms? Three. Sleeps eight guests.
Mood? Live like royalty.
Location perks? You're in a literal castle. Time to find the magic.
Budget range? A steal for a larger group. 

The luxury escape in Langdon
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4. The luxury escape in Langdon

Located on the top floor of a grand 122-year-old Victoria home, this stunning apartment has been renovated to the highest caliber. From the A-frame design to the private rooftop deck, this Washington D.C. Airbnb oozes luxury – and we're here for it. The owners have kept luxurious comfort in mind throughout – with the compliment of many high-end amenities including all homey essentials, a washing machine, a Smart TV, and speedy Wi-Fi throughout. Sit back and relax in style. 

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Luxury meets history. 
Location perks? Super close to Union Market, Brookland, Ivy City and Capitol Hill.
Budget range? On the pricier side.

The garden apartment near Union Market
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5. The garden apartment near Union Market

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 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 coziness of the bed/living space and the way the hosts have gone to town with the soft furnishings without over-cluttering.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? It's giving Bali vibes.
Location perks? The back garden is a true wonder to behold. 
Budget range? Worth every (small) cent.

The pop art palace in Adams Morgan
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6. The pop art palace in Adams Morgan

Many of Washington D.C.’s best Airbnbs 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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps five guests.
Mood? Eclectic-contemporary fusion. 
Location perks? The nearest Metro is eight minutes away. Dreamy. 
Budget range? A decent offering.

The home from home in Capitol Hill
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7. The home from home in Capitol Hill

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 artwork, take a half-block stroll to Lincoln Park.

Rooms? One. Sleeps four guests.
Mood? Classic charm.
Location perks? Literally steps away from Lincoln Park, the U.S. Capitol building, and the Eastern Market.
Budget range? Very affordable.

The nature-inspired urban retreat near Stanton Park
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8. The nature-inspired urban retreat near Stanton Park

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.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Nature haven. 
Location perks? A welcome respite to nature away from urban life – although within walking distance if you need.
Budget range? An absolute steal.

The Royal Suite in Alexandria
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9. The Royal Suite in Alexandria

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. The best part? You're only 20 minutes out of the city.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? The royal treatment. 
Location perks? In the heart of Old Town Alexandria – the cobbled historic district nestled along the Potomac River.
Budget range? A not-so-spenny deal.

The upmarket flat near Northeast
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10. The upmarket flat near Northeast

One of Airbnb’s super-hosted 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. This 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 you're lucky enough to convince your co-guest, includes breakfast in bed.

Rooms? One. Sleeps two guests.
Mood? Minimalist escape. 
Location perks? An easy 10-minute Uber to central D.C.
Budget range? A great price for an Airbnb Plus home.


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