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As the fourth most-populous city in California, San Francisco is known for its historical landmarks, architectural wonders and world-class restaurants. One of the best things about visiting this city is that it’s relatively small — making it that much easier to explore all of its popular attractions. Luckily, Airbnb offers some of the best stays to get to know the Bay Area. Here are our top Airbnb rentals to really get a sense of this lively city.
Value Deals (less than $200 per night)
Located in San Francisco oldest neighborhood, this lovely studio in Mission District is the perfect blend of Old Victorian aesthetics and modern California style. From the beautifully open patio to the serene garden, you can’t help but soak up some sun. To top it off, this rental is equipped with a hot tub — an exciting feature that few city homes have. Rates from $176 per night with a four-night minimum stay required.
This Noe Valley apartment embodies minimalist luxury. Situated between the Mission District and Hayes Valley, this spacious one-bedroom home is large enough to ensure up to four guests privacy and comfort. It is tastefully decorated with all the amenities you’ll need for your stay — like an open living room and fully equipped kitchen. Rates from $144 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
Mid-Tier ($250-$350 per night)
It won’t be easy to snap out of relaxation mode in this stylish three-bedroom apartment conveniently located in Pacific Heights. Sophisticated with a classic Victorian edge, this two-bedroom abode is enveloped in comfort. Behind the Victorian architecture, this listing is tastefully renovated for today’s lifestyle with a chic open floor plan flooded with natural light.This luxury unit is the perfect place for any family or group of six guests to relax and unwind for a few days. Rates from $350 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
Escape into this modern zen oasis in this spacious Western SoMa studio live-work space. Situated at the intersection of three up-and-coming neighborhoods, this listing is perfect for leisure and business travelers, looking to both work hard and play harder. Equipped with a full kitchen, backyard patio and dedicated workstation, you’ll may just never have to leave. Rates from $255 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
High Roller ($350+ per night)
What better way to check out the Golden City than by having a birds-eye view from the comfort of your stay? This two-story rental graced by large windows and deck access offers a stunning view of the downtown area from multiple vantages. With three bedrooms, this listing accommodates five guests comfortably and features amenities like an indoor fireplace and gourmet kitchen. Rates from $417 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.
Nestled in the Marina District, this two bedroom rental is surrounded by San Fran’s most popular tourist attractions — like the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field Marsh and Beach (famous for windsurfing). So if you’re looking for a great base for your venture throughout the bay, this might be the perfect spot. Rates from $488 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
Step into this three-bedroom loft conveniently located on the cusp of the bustling Dogpatch neighborhood in Potrero Hill, where travelers can indulge in a variety of restaurants and galleries nearby. Formerly a shipbuilding hub in the 1800s, the Potrero Hill neighborhood has transformed from an industrial area to a bustling epicenter of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and wine bars. Steps away from a Caltrain street station, this loft is a perfect place for a family or professionals to enjoy the city like a local for a few days. Rates from $470 per night with a two-night minimum stay required.
The Showstopper High Roller ($500+ per night)
Take in the fantastic views of the city and the bay from this Nob Hill penthouse. This home rental offers unparalleled decor and exceptional amenities. Inside you’ll find your own private deck with BBQ area, a stunning fireplace for the cool, foggy nights and large deck area to enjoy the San Francisco views. This penthouse accommodates six guests across three bedrooms. Rates from $720 per night with a minimum four-night stay required.
Maximize Your Purchase
There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn’t stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn 1 SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on all travel purchases while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on an Airbnb stay. When you combine the two, you’re effectively double-dipping with your points earning.
Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change. All photos courtesy of Airbnb; featured image by Karsten May / Getty Images.
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