Looking for the best Airbnbs in New York? Deciding where to stay in NYC can be overwhelming AF, but this guide covers all the top spots.
It’s time to hit up the city that never sleeps… New York City awaits.
Sometimes, ditching the hotel and staying in NYC like a local is way better. And, for those times, this guide has got you covered when it comes to the best Airbnbs in New York.
Top Tip: While Airbnb offers the most variety in rentals and apartments, I always check Plum Guide first. Why? They offer higher-rated properties on average and extensive criteria filters – not to mention that each spot is individually vetted by the PG team.
Best New York Airbnbs: At a Glance
|Best Airbnb New York – Top Picks||Hotel|
|Best Overall NYC Airbnb||Walk on the Wild Side|
|Best Airbnb in Brooklyn, New York||Extended Play|
|Best New York Penthouse Airbnb||Beautiful Penthouse Suite with Skyline Views|
|Best Airbnb in New York for Tight Budgets||Boho Chic Rhapsody in New York City|
|Best NYC Airbnb for First Time Visitors||Retrograde: Near Times Square|
Best Airbnbs in New York City
Let’s jump into the best Airbnbs in New York City…
Fuhgeddaboud all your worries in this stunning recently-refurbished brownstone. Why’s that? Well, firstly, it’s got a pristine, modern interior. Secondly, it’s got spa-like bathrooms. Lastly, it has the kitchen of your dreams, with a wine cooler, a dishwasher and a gas stove.
And with four bedrooms, you can sleep up to 12 people, making it the ideal spot for a group trip. Whether you invite them or not is up to you, but I think this spot is too good not to share.
This is one of New York’s most aesthetically-pleasing neighbourhoods with its tree-lined brownstone blocks and fantastic sense of community. It’s a little bit removed from the buzz of the city and I absolutely love it.
Need a break from New York’s concrete jungle exteriors? Then, consider staying in this charming two-bedroom house. I love its vibrant decor, from the colour-coordinated bookshelf to the pastel-themed main bedroom.
Moving onto the kitchen, you’ve got access to a Vitamix blender, a coffee maker and a full-size fridge (space is a luxury in NYC). Want to lay back after a day of exploring? This apartment has Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Location: Hell’s Kitchen
This spot is right by Central Park, Lincoln Center and some of the world’s best restaurants. What’s not to love?
Walk on the Wild Side
Looking for an oasis in Manhattan? Look no further than this industrial-chic one-bedroom loft. Wait, it’s a one-bedroom spot, won’t it be too small?
No, this loft is 1,000 square feet with an open-plan dining and living space and expansive windows. What’s more, its indoor plants and white walls have a calming effect, while its large kitchen island is the perfect canvas for delectable meals.
On top of that, it has luxurious bedding, a bathtub and tons of throws. Cosy, cute and cool.
Location: Financial District
Don’t be put off by the name, this district is bustling as it’s a central hub of the US’s financial markets.
Not fussed with the glitz and glamour of New York’s boutique hotels? Looking for a home away from home? This one-bedroom apartment might be the answer, with its simplistic white decor and plush bedding.
It’s one of the best options for solo travellers and couples, as it’s close to various subway stations and the Manhattan Bridge. What’s more, you’ll find loads of vintage shops and hip bars and get to experience New York authentically.
Location: Lower East Side
This is an ideal location for those looking to explore alternative New York. It’s close to hip SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Tenement Museum and the New Museum.
Last but certainly not least is this ultra-modern four-bedroom townhouse. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the glass-and-steel roof over the kitchen and the rooftop balcony.
Those aren’t the only highlights; there’s also an outdoor deck ideal for New York summers. It’s one of the best homes to rent for foodies and those who love to cook, as it has a huge kitchen, a barbeque and seating for a small crowd.
The only downside? Its stairs, especially for those with limited mobility.
Like I’ve mentioned, Brooklyn is a hub for hipsters and foodies, with trendy restaurants and craft breweries.
Beautiful Penthouse Suite with Skyline Views
New York is famous for its spectacular skyscrapers – and what better way to experience this than in a stunning penthouse suite? You’ll have views of the Manhattan Bridge, the Empire State Building and One World Trade Centre from your living room.
It’s so superb that you’ll want to keep your blinds open. The luxury doesn’t end there, either, as it has a well-equipped kitchen, your own private jacuzzi and upmarket bedding.
It’s among the best New York City Airbnbs for a romantic East Coast weekend getaway. Lastly, the host, Lana, is very responsive and helpful. If you’re looking for a quintessential NYC experience, this is where to stay.
Brooklyn might just be my favourite area of New York. Home to Coney Island, a great nightlife scene and plenty fantastic restaurants.
Chic City Abode
Prepare to feel like you’re Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City in this stylish two-bedroom apartment. From its million-dollar views to the chic-yet-minimalistic decor, you can have the time of your life in Midtown.
What’s more, you’ll love the kitchen equipped with a gas stove, an oven, and a coffee machine, for cooking up a storm. Prefer to go out? You’re close to some of New York’s best restaurants.
It doesn’t end there, as whether you want to watch TV in bed or catch a play on Broadway, you can do both. The only bad thing: you can’t stay forever!
Manhattan is ideal for first-timers in NYC. This borough is home to many of the top museums and restaurants, as well as Fifth Avenue for retail therapy and Central Park for fresh air.
Modern House in Heart of Williamsburg
Stay in the busy neighbourhood of Williamsburg – at this gorgeous modern house. It will be the perfect oasis after a non-stop day of exploring all the top things to do in New York, as it has a sauna, a cold plunge and an outdoor living space complete with a grill and seating.
Even better, you’ll have access to high-speed internet, a flat-screen TV with all the top streaming services and three bedrooms. Want to cook? It has a fully-equipped kitchen and is close to grocery stores.
This Brooklyn neighbourhood is one of the best locations in NYC for restaurants, bars and boutique shops.
Boho Chic Rhapsody in New York City
Prefer something more eclectic and charming? Look no further than this chic one-bedroom brownstone apartment near Gramercy Park with boho-style furnishings and a four-poster bed.
The wood-burning fireplace is perfect for a winter stay in New York, while its delightful art and bookshelves create a homely vibe. You’ll come for the affordable pricing, but you’ll stay for its convenient location and kind host Clara.
To entice you further, it’s pet-friendly and has a patio. Quite the luxury in NYC.
This area is pretty hip right now. It’s close to Madison Square Garden and Gramercy Theatre, perfect for catching live music.
Convenient 2-Bedroom in Times Square
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Times Square, New York, look no further. With pops of red, yellow, and blue this two-bedroom apartment’s decor will remind you of famous New Yorker Andy Warhol’s art.
You couldn’t be any more central than this, as Chandler Bing would say, as you’re within walking distance of subway stations and Broadway.
That leads me to the only downside, the small kitchen. However, this is common in New York, so at least you get an authentic big-city experience. Plus, with all the bangin’ restaurants nearby, cooking would be a crime.
Location: Hell’s Kitchen
Foodies will want to make a beeline for Hell’s Kitchen. This neighbourhood is close to Ninth Avenue, a culinary melting pot of cuisines.
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Airbnb in NYC
- Consider the location of your rental before booking it. It’s best to think about what you want to do in New York and what’s the most convenient location. Brooklyn is my fave spot, but if you’re looking to do all the tourist bits, staying in Manhattan, in areas like SoHo or Hell’s Kitchen is ideal.
- It goes without saying that New York is one of the most expensive places to stay on the East Coast. So book a few months in advance to save money.