Looking for a place to stay in swanky ‘Frisco? Check out these chic and one-of-a-kind Airbnbs in San Francisco.

Whether you’re looking to chill out in a secluded cabin by the bay, hit the shops next door to your swanky penthouse suite, or unwind in a home away from home, San Francisco has got an abundance of cool places to stay. In other words, the Airbnb game is STRONG.

I also love using Plum Guide to find rental properties – the homes on the site are handpicked so that only the very best make the cut.

Read on to discover my favourite homes in the area… 

Best Airbnbs in San Francisco: At a Glance 

Best Airbnbs – Top Picks Airbnb  
Best Overall AirbnbTraditional Victorian 3 Bed
Best Airbnb for Couples Spacious Apartment for Two
Best Airbnb for Sightseeing Pastel-Perfect Private Suite
Best Airbnb for GroupsSophisticated Local Home

The Best Airbnbs in San Francisco

Live Oak Cove

Live Oak Cabin San Francisco

This intimate cabin effortlessly blends chic and rustic elements for a cosy, industrial vibe. You’ll find the one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio nestled among lush greenery near the beach in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The property is a minimalist’s dream, with a simple yet tastefully designed interior marked by clean lines, whites, and natural hues.

I promise you’ll appreciate easy access to frolic on Pacifica State Beach, which is only a ten-minute walk from your cabin. Note that this accommodation isn’t pet-friendly, so you won’t be able to take Fido for walks on the beach. Sorry.

Location: Pedro Point, Pacifica

With its rugged cliffs and stunning ocean views, this is a great location for outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike, surf, or simply take in the area’s natural beauty during a stroll.

The Spirit of Spring

Spirit of Spring SF

You’ll find this delightfully refreshing home close to several areas for entertainment, making it easy to watch daytime performances in the Theater District or head to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to immerse yourself in culture and history. 

Plus, with this stylish one-bedroom, one-bathroom stay so close to the bus stop on Haight St & Gough St, you’ll find it easy to get around.

Once you’ve taken in all San Francisco has to offer, you can retreat to this lovely, floral-wallpapered home in Lower Haight. You won’t find cooking facilities here, but with a plethora of dining options right at your doorstep (hello, Seniore’s Pizza), you’ll find plenty to feast on.

If you’re looking for something a little more laidback and appreciate its bohemian atmosphere, you’ll enjoy spending time in this Lower Haight Airbnb.

Location: Lower Haight

Lower Haight is a great place to book an Airbnb because it offers you a mix of convenience, diverse dining options, and culture. In addition, you’ll be close to public transportation, like the Church metro station and numerous taxis.

Feeling Groovy

Feeling Groovy SF

Don’t let the name of this affordable accommodation fool you. As indicated by its Scandinavian interior design and ample natural light, Feeling Groovy will leave you with all the good vibes.

The recently refurbished home boasts a chic yet warm and inviting interior that’ll have you begging to stay. It features a single bedroom that sleeps two and one sleek bathroom. Feeling Groovy is just a two-minute walk from Powell Street Station, so you can quickly get around town.

And with it being close to San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife and fine-dining restaurants, you’re bound to have a groovy time hitting the streets of Union Square.

Location: Union Square

This neighbourhood offers plenty of options for upscale shopping and world-class dining. Overall, Union Square is a great place to book an Airbnb if you want to experience the best of San Francisco.

Idyllic Mill Valley Cottage Next to Muir Woods

Mill Valley SF

Superhosts, Air Concierge, manage this suburban cottage, so they take good care of their guests. This property is perfect for remote workers looking to get things done in nature’s stillness.

And with fast Wi-Fi at 88 Mbps, you won’t sacrifice internet connectivity for being out in nature. That said, it’s close to Muir Woods, so you may encounter a “potentially dangerous animal”. Just something to keep in mind as you enjoy your morning coffee on the patio.

Location: Mill Valley

Stunning redwood forests surround Mill Valley, making it perfect if you want a serene escape from the bustling city.

Luxurious Condo by SFO

Luxe Condo SF

You’ll find this luxurious yet homey condo in a quiet South San Francisco neighbourhood. The interior features dark hardwood floors, beautifully contrasted by pale walls. With its comfy L-shaped sofa and spacious kitchen, this Airbnb is no doubt a home away from home.

Both bedrooms have large windows, through which the warm morning light greets you as you prepare for the day.

Because you’ll be staying in a quiet South San Francisco neighbourhood, you’ll be able to get much-needed work done. And for those who work on the go, you’ll have a desk and an external monitor in the first bedroom as this is a WFH friendly spot.

Need to jet off to your next location? No worries. This Airbnb is close to SFO Airport (San Francisco International Airport), making it convenient for digital nomads to hop on their next flight.

There isn’t much to fault this condo, except that the wall-to-wall mirrors in the first bedroom could be disorienting to some. I’m not too keen but, hey, that’s personal preference.

Location: South San Francisco

The nearby park and lush greenery give you the perfect environment to take some time off work. Why not take the time to immerse yourself in nature (with a strong coffee from the Nespresso machine, of course)?

Hayes Valley Luxury Home

Rosehip Palms California

Boasting all the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of a home, this San Francisco Airbnb is perfect for you. It sleeps up to 4, though I would say this is far more suited to a couple of people, as the bed and sofa are in the same space.

Not only do you have a huge bath that gives you all the spa vibes you could possibly want, but the large private patio is the perfect place to start your day with a coffee. 

The Haight-Ashbury location couldn’t be more iconic – it’s where the Summer of Love started, and the lovin’ has continued ever since.

Location: Hayes Valley

One of the coolest areas in SF right now. The area is bursting with indie boutiques and hip restaurants.

Traditional Victorian 3 Bed

Valleys and Peaks San Francisco

You could stand outside and stare at this house’s dreamy sage door all day, though the interior of this huge Airbnb in San Francisco is equally as beautiful.

The decor is arty without being too stuffy, while each of the bedrooms are huge, light, and bright. Have fun trying to peel yourself out of the fluffy beds each morning.

Location: Noe Valley

The Noe Valley location means you’re minutes away from an abundance of independent shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Swanky 2 Bed Apartment

San Francisco Plum Guide

An apartment in San Francisco’s hipster district better deliver… and this one sure does. Rattan furniture and quirky statement pieces provide punchy accents to this otherwise minimalist home.

You’re surrounded by an eclectic mix of shops, food markets, and live music, so you’re never short of things to do. Did I mention that this apartment sleeps up to 7 people? Get the gang together for a wild weekend on the West Coast.

Location: Mission District

One of the top areas to stay in San Francisco. Foodies and culture lovers will want to stay here.

Sophisticated Local Home

Classy San Francisco Home

If you’re looking to pass on hipster and instead seek a whole lotta class, this is the best Airbnb San Francisco has to offer you.

Each of the three bedrooms are decorated with chic accents, while the mezzanine level and bar cart adds a touch of fun to the home. Golden Gate Bridge is also within walking distance – it ticks all the right boxes.

Location: Panhandle

I mean, you’re right next to the Golden Gate Bridge… What more could you possibly want?

Sycamore Cove Cabin

Sycamore Cove San Francisco

Looking for something a little bit different? Let this Airbnb in San Francisco’s bay area tempt you.

While small, the apartment makes the most of its space – decor is exceptionally modern and bright, while the huge windows let light pour in.

Head to the wraparound balcony each morning for a well-deserved cup of coffee to kickstart your day.

Location: Pedro Point

If you’re looking to escape the buzz of the inner city, this is an excellent location with dreamy sweeping views.

Spacious Apartment for Two

Downtown San Francisco Plum Guide

Fancy drinking wine on your own rooftop? Of course you do – this Airbnb in San Francisco downtown allows you to do just that.

Located near the Civic Centre, this apartment is simple but beautiful, with a full kitchen that allows you to flex your cooking skills (and potentially save some money). The bedroom can only be described as serene, a vision of white that you won’t want to leave.

Location: Civic Centre

This central location is ideal for travellers looking to explore the main tourist attractions in San Francisco.

Industrial Space for One

Lower Nob Studio

Perhaps you’re looking for a longer term rental Airbnb around San Francisco? Feast your eyes upon this adorable industrial apartment, where the exposed brick wall steals the show.

Located on Lower Nob Hill, this apartment has everything you could possibly need or want for your San Fran stay, including a kitchenette, full bathroom, dining space, and comfy bed.

Location: Lower Nob Hill

One of my favourite areas of SF – peppered with global eateries, bakeries, and a really unique vibe.

Green One Bed Home

Sunny Apartment San Francisco

Keen plant parents will really appreciate this sunny home in Lower Haight, which sleeps two people (though it’s deceivingly large).

With huge windows illuminating the space, you’re also treated to unrivaled views of the area, and you’re a hop, skip, and a jump away from Golden Gate Park.

Location: Lower Haight

An ideal place to bed down for those who want to be near a number of famous restaurants. Also, the public transport options here are great.

Pastel-Perfect Private Suite

Pastel San Francisco Plum Guide

Matt and Jeff have created an iconic guest suite at their home in San Francisco, which comes complete with a private entrance and flower-filled garden deck. 

Whilst this studio is fairly small (but more than ample for a couple), it has everything you need for a weekend getaway on the West Coast. The stylish set up and ideal location makes it the best Airbnb San Francisco boasts, in my humble opinion.

Location: Buena Vista

You’re close to The Castro, an LGBTQ+ friendly area with vibrant nightlife options, while only being a short walk from The Haight, too.

Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Airbnb in San Francisco 

  • Got pets? Ensure you look at pet-friendly Airbnbs in San Francisco.
  • San Francisco Airbnbs fill up FAST. In other words, make sure you book your home months in advance.

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