9 of the best Airbnbs in Seattle whether you want to shop at Pike Place Market or trek across the Sound

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The best airbnbs in Seattle

  • Seattle has the Space Needle, the Sound, plus some of the best coffee, beer, and food in the world.
  • Visitors can explore the Emerald City while living like a local at these Seattle vacation rentals.
  • These Seattle Airbnbs represent a range of prices and locations, from Pike Place Market to Ballard.

The once sleepy port town of Seattle has transformed into a vibrant city filled with museums and galleries, top-notch restaurants, an iconic skyline surrounded by natural beauty. And, of course, incredible coffee.

Of course, I may be biased. I spent most weekends and summers here as a kid and continued to visit regularly as an adult. As such, I know that Seattle is one of the best cities to discover over the course of a week or even just a weekend.

So while you’re busy exploring like a local, you may want to consider living like one too. For those seeking to skip hotel rooms for a homier experience, I compiled a list of highly-rated Airbnb Seattle homes that tap into the Pacific Northwest’s quirky spirit.

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Here are the best Airbnbs in Seattle, sorted by price from low to high.

Private garden cottage in Ballard

Private garden cottage in Ballard Seattle
The garden at this Airbnb features a greenhouse and picnic table.

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Ballard is filled with Seattle’s best: coffee shops, indie record stores, locally-owned movie theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, and easy access to the beach at Golden Gardens Park.

Enjoy it all from this chic studio that is simply furnished, yet refined. Curl up with a coffee picked up from Caffe Umbro on the leather couch, or grab a bottle of locally made beer while watching Netflix or a selection from the DVD stash.

There’s a small but full kitchen, that includes both a Chemex and a Keurig. The mint green bathroom is accented by bird-filled wallpaper, a rainfall shower, and local bath products. After playing tourist, relax in the garden, which features a greenhouse and picnic table. When it’s time for lights out, pull down the Murphy bed from the wall and collapse into a queen-sized bed. 

Art-filled South Lake Union loft

Art filled South Lake Union loft Seattle
This modern loft boasts a curated art collection.

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This modern loft in South Lake Union is geographically convenient. It’s near the nightlife in Belltown, the restaurants and shops in Capitol Hill, and the Space Needle.

The first floor has a full kitchen and a dining room table, and the living room has an array of books plus inviting couches to watch HBO Go and Netflix. The home boasts a carefully curated art collection and an assortment of objets d’art that are easy on the eyes but also mean the home is probably not a great fit for families with kids under 12. Well-behaved pups are welcome, though.

Upstairs is a modern sleeping space with an en suite bathroom. The 17-foot tall windows let in tons of light, but there are room-darkening shades when it’s time to snooze. But before tucking in, spend some time on the rooftop deck equipped with a grill. 

Newly built cottage in Green Lake

best airbnbs in seattle - green lake cottage with red front door, lush garden, and gravel parking
The lush entrance to this charming cottage in Green Lake.

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This newly-built Green Lake cottage has an inviting exterior thanks to its lush garden and charming red front door. Inside is equally inviting, with a wooden staircase, dark leather furniture, and a mix of tile and wood floors.

A large kitchen, washer/dryer, and a work space with a comfy desk chair make this a good option for those looking for a long-term stay. French doors open up off the kitchen to the garden patio outback. Cook on the grill and sit at the picturesque outdoor dining table surrounded by greenery.  

Finnish spa retreat in Greenwood

Finnish Spa Retreat in Greenwood Seattle
This relaxing retreat includes a sauna, hot tub, and outdoor shower.

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Why go to the spa when you can stay in the spa? This indulgent retreat includes a Finnish sauna, hot tub, and an outdoor shower to fully relax and recharge. The striking metal, wood, and stone exterior flows to a thoughtfully designed interior with Japanese and Scandinavian design elements throughout including paper lanterns and a Scandi-inspired dining set.  

Gaze out from the massive circular window, sink into the white, minimalist sofa, or chill in the dreamy backyard reading nook. The home has a King-sized bed in one bedroom, as well as a Queen-sized bed in an intimate sleeping loft over the living space.  

There are also heated floors in the bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, an airy living room, and even a resident bunny on the property. 

Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away and Greenwood’s many restaurants and shops are close by. 

Cozy tree house in Redmond

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Sleep perched among the treetops at this tree house Airbnb just outside Seattle.

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Sleep perched amid the very trees that give the Evergreen State its nickname in this cozy treehouse in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington.

Aptly named The Squirrel’s Nest, this 280-square foot treehouse offers a birds-eye view of the world. It’s fully insulated, heated, and wired, but maintains rustic charm through wooden interiors including beds made from real logs, tree-top swings, and a sky-high seating area. There’s one bed on the main floor and another within a sleeping loft.

However, sleeping in the trees does require a little compromise. The house does not allow children under the age of 2, and there’s only a half bath and a small refrigerator, a few dishes, and a coffeemaker.

On cool nights or rainy days, turn on the indoor fireplace and play games on the wooden floor. When blue skies arrive, enjoy your morning coffee surrounded by firs. Seattle’s restaurants and shops are just a 20-minute drive. But don’t be surprised if you want to stay in the Squirrel’s Nest just a little bit longer. 

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square

Romantic retreat in Pioneer Square Seattle
Soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows create a dramatic silhouette.

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Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find a lot to love in this intimate studio in the heart of the city near galleries, shops, and cafes.

The brick-lined loft has soaring ceilings and 14-foot windows that cut a dramatic silhouette and a postcard-worthy view of one of the most photographed signs in Seattle. There’s plenty of comfortable seating for TV watching, a kitchen with a full-sized fridge and gas range, and a nap-worthy King-sized canopy bed surrounded by curtains. 

The home is within easy walking distance of the many restaurants, the city’s stadiums, and Pike’s Place Market. 

Apartment next to Pike Place Market

Stay in the heart of Pike Place Seattle
You can see Pike Place and the iconic Seattle Great Wheel from this Airbnb.

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Nearly every Seattle visitor swings through the city’s famed Pike Place Market, but not everyone gets to call it home. This chic apartment offers up-close views of one of the city’s most famous sites. 

The sophisticated dwelling has clean lines, giant windows, and decorative pops of color that brighten the space. There is a Queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and even a travel crib. There’s also a full kitchen, which is a must after gathering up fresh ingredients from the market.

The home also includes a washer and dryer, Smart TV with Netflix, and access to an apartment complex with a hot tub and gym. 

Architectural wonder with a Lego-themed kitchen in Matthews Beach

Architectural wonder with a Lego themed kitchen in Matthews Beach Seattle
The interior of this A-frame has minimalist ski chalet vibes with a modern twist.

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Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will find a lot to love in this midcentury modern Airbnb Plus home located on a secluded wooded lot just one block from Matthews Beach on the shores of Lake Washington. 

The modified A-frame’s exterior is reminiscent of a glass and wood Christmas tree, while the interior has minimalist ski chalet vibes. Three of the four bedrooms are on the upper level, set into the slanted roof for a snug feeling. Two and a half baths mean no waiting — although folks might be tempted to linger in the giant soaking tub. 

Colorful accents dot the living room and study, however, it’s the whimsical design surprises throughout that truly delight. There is as a Mondrian-inspired ceiling in the bath, and a Lego-themed kitchen with a center island crafted out of the iconic building block. In fact, guests are prompted to complete a search and find activity among the plethora of little Legos.

Burke-Gillman trail is a bike ride away, as is nearby Wedgwood. 

Townhouse with postcard-ready views in Queen Anne

Queen Anne Townhouse with postcard ready views Seattle
You’ll have stunning views of the Seattle skyline at this home.

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This large and open townhouse serves as a gorgeous perch above the city with stunning views of the Space Needle, Kerry Park, and Elliott Bay.  

Billed as a city sanctuary, this 2,600-square foot two-bedroom home includes a fireplace for cold nights, sumptuous velvet couches, a well-stocked kitchen, and a dining room. The spacious master bedroom has a full bath with a deep soaking tub and more stunning views. The second bedroom offers a comfortable place to sleep with a Queen-sized bed and room-darkening shades.  

FAQ: Booking an Airbnb in Seattle

Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb during COVID-19?

Generally, yes, as long as it’s a private home following enhanced cleaning measures. That’s what medical and cleaning experts said anyway. They told us that private home rentals on Airbnb are considered to be safe, especially compared to hotels. A private Airbnb eliminates interactions with others outside of your traveling group and removes mingling in common spaces. Most check-ins are contactless and hosts are required by Airbnb to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

However, travel does still pose risks and we recommend following CDC guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing and sanitizing your hands.

Are there travel restrictions in Seattle?

There are no domestic travel bans currently in place for Seattle and Washington State, however, travelers arriving by plane to the US from another country are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding their flight.

Additionally, anyone arriving in Washington is suggested to self-quarantine for 14 days and limit interactions outside their immediate household. It is also mandatory to wear a face mask in public. In Seattle, single-use masks are offered to visitors at Pike Place Market.

Click here to read more about current policies.

Is it safe to travel to Seattle?

Despite the promising COVID vaccine rollout, there is still no guarantee for safety with travel, though staying in a private Airbnb should lower your risk of exposure. Be sure to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC including social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing. Consider canceling and rescheduling travel if you are coming to or arriving from a hotspot.

How do I book a home on Airbnb?

Search for Seattle homes on Airbnb based on date, neighborhood, price, bedrooms or bathrooms, and more. For a full breakdown on how to book on Airbnb, click here.

What is Airbnb’s cancellation policy?

Cancellation policies for homes on Airbnb differ from property to property and are set by each individual host. Here’s a closer look at Airbnb’s cancellation policies.

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