15 BEST Airbnbs in Philadelphia – Apartments, Homestays & Short Term Rentals

Philly is one of the US' most historic cities. If you're headed here, check out our guide to the best airbnbs in Philadelphia.

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One of the oldest cities in the USA, Philly dates back to the 17th century. It’s at is at the very heart of US History, and it’s so important that it was granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2015. It blends its rich history with a genuine small-town atmosphere, charming visitors and tourists year-round! Don’t miss important sites like the iconic Liberty Bell before checking out all the important museums which take you back to the founding of this awesome city. Once you’ve filled up on history, check out the arts, culinary, and nightlife scenes!

In such a big city with so much character, you’ll want to stay somewhere that matches that. So, why not check out Airbnbs in Philadelphia? Of course, you can find regular apartments or private rooms, but why settle for the norm? Instead, check out authentic homestays, penthouses with inspiring views, and even a wine cellar on the oldest residential street in the country! It’s safe to say, there are some truly awesome rentals in Philadelphia!

In this post, we’ll take a look at the coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia. Hopefully, you’ll find something that matches your budget, travel style, and personality!

 

In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Philadelphia for One Night

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Unique city centre loft apartment
This city centre loft apartment is amazing value. It’s a 3rd floor pad in a historic building is packed with charm and identity. It will fit 3 to 4 guests are has a jazzy little kitchenette so you can self cater.
Places to Visit:
  • The historic centre is in walking distance
  • Check out the Liberty Bell
  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants nearby

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Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Philadelphia

tbb2-table__imageOverall Best Value Airbnb in PhiladelphiaOverall Best Value Airbnb in PhiladelphiaUnique city centre loft apartment

  • > $
  • > 3 Guests
  • > Unbeatable location
  • > Kitchenette and coffee maker
  • > $
  • > 3 Guests
  • > Unbeatable location
  • > Kitchenette and coffee maker
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tbb2-table__imageBest Homestay in PhiladelphiaBest Homestay in PhiladelphiaCosy room in art museum area

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Great location
  • > Awesome interior design
  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Great location
  • > Awesome interior design
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tbb2-table__imageBest Airbnb for Couples in PhiladelphiaBest Airbnb for Couples in PhiladelphiaArt Museum Studio

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Flexible Check-In
  • > Patio with seating area
  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Flexible Check-In
  • > Patio with seating area
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tbb2-table__imageBest Airbnb for Families in PhiladelphiaBest Airbnb for Families in PhiladelphiaSpacious House with Garden & Views

  • > $$
  • > 9 Guests
  • > High-speed internet
  • > Private deck with city view
  • > $$
  • > 9 Guests
  • > High-speed internet
  • > Private deck with city view
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tbb2-table__imageBest Luxury Airbnb in PhiladelphiaBest Luxury Airbnb in PhiladelphiaAwesome Rittenhouse loft penthouse

  • > $$$$$
  • > 9 Guests
  • > Private roof deck
  • > Incredible city views
  • > $$$$$
  • > 9 Guests
  • > Private roof deck
  • > Incredible city views
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Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Philadelphia!

 

Why stay in an Airbnb?

Local Experience

Airbnb gives travellers the unique opportunity to live “like a local.” If you decide to book a shared home with your host, you get to look inside a local’s daily life, learn about their culture and you might even be able to taste some traditional home-cooked meals.

There are few other ways short-term travellers can get into the homes and lives of locals, so this is a great way to create new connections. As an added bonus, you’ll contribute to the local economy and build relationships.

Reach out to your host with questions about things to do or where to eat and they will be happy to help out and give you the best spots and tips. Don’t be shy, Airbnb hosts are known for their caring and open hospitality.

And who knows? Next time you might be staying as a friend and not as a paying guest! (No promises though.)

 

Affordability

Airbnb has a huge selection of over 6 million unique properties for ANY budget, from single rooms or entire houses to yachts and even castles. This platform is made for travellers, so you will find yourself looking at decent and, especially, affordable places! In addition to this, most Airbnb hosts also provide household amenities like linens and towels.

If you choose, you can get a place with dining table and kitchen, so besides saving money on the accommodation itself, you can also save money by cooking at home and eating in, rather than having to spend a lot at the nearest restaurant. Whether it’s a luxurious mansion or kitchenette in even the tiniest of spaces, rentals usually have plates, mugs, glasses, bowls, cutlery, and coffee makers and microwaves.

Some hosts provide emergency toiletries like body wash, toothpaste and an unopened toothbrush that can sometimes be a lifesaver for a forgetful traveller.

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Safety

Worried about the safety of Airbnb? They’ve created a system that keeps your communication, payments and the stay itself as secure as possible.

Every host and guest has to put in valid information about themselves when signing up. This way, every account can be protected and fake profiles are avoided completely. The platform provides an end-to-end encrypted chat option to get in touch with your host as well as account protection with multi-factor authentication.

The advanced payment system makes sure that your money goes straight to the host, so no worries about card scams or fraud. If you arrive at your place and it’s not how it was advertised online, you can contact Airbnb and they will make sure you get a full refund of your stay within the first 24 hours. This way, you will always receive exactly what you paid for!

Not sure if the reviews are legit? Every guest is asked to write a fully honest review after the stay which cannot be changed or removed by the host. But be considerate during your stay because guests will receive a review as well! This ensures that everyone on Airbnb is behaving and interacting in the best way possible since no one wants a bad review to pop up on their profile.

And IF there’s still something going wrong, you can always call the 24/7 emergency hotline!

 

Philly is one of the US' most historic cities. If you're headed here, check out our guide to the best airbnbs in Philadelphia.

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The Top 15 Airbnbs in Philadelphia

Overall Best Value Airbnb in Philadelphia – Unique city centre loft apartment

Unique city centre loft apartment, Philadelphia

  • $
  • 3 Guests
  • Unbeatable location
  • Kitchenette and coffee maker

Want a city-centre location but worried it’ll cost the earth? Well, don’t. We’ve found this awesome place, which is one of the best value short term rentals in Philadelphia. This characterful pad is on the 3rd floor of a historic building, with the comfy bed up in the loft! It can comfortably fit 3, and 4 at a squeeze so it’s a great shout for a couple or small group of friends! The kitchenette has a few features that will further keep your costs down – in that kitchen, you can use the coffee machine, microwave, and mini-fridge instead of eating out!

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Best Budget Airbnb in Philadelphia – Homely Private room near Old City

Homely Private room near Old City, Philadelphia

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Indoor fireplace

When looking for a budget apartment, anything better than a creaky bunk bed in a dorm room is often a bonus. This private room in a Philadelphia apartment will be a relief for many people travelling on a shoestring! Not only do you get a comfy bed and a room to yourself, but breakfast is included too. You’ve got use of the kitchen, washer, dryer, and living room too.

This would be a great place for long term travellers looking for a home away from home!

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Budget Tip: Dorms in Philadelphia start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

 

Perfect Short Term Rental for Digital Nomads – Private City Centre Hideaway

Private City Centre Hideaway, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Convenient location
  • Flexible check-in and out

The good thing about travelling as a digital nomad is that you don’t have to find the cheapest place available as you’re earning while you move about! However, if it’s a sustained period, you don’t want to be spending hundreds of dollars a night. This awesome Philadelphia Airbnb is a great compromise! It’s just moments away from some of the city’s coolest attractions as well, so you can enjoy them once you’ve closed your laptop for the day!

Don’t worry about leaving your laptop and any other expensive equipment in the house – it’s protected by security cameras!

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Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travellers – Bright spot with private bathroom

Bright spot with private bathroom, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Memory foam mattress
  • Indoor fireplace

“Travelling solo? Oh, you should totally stay in a hostel!” We bet you’ve heard that a few times. We understand it’s not for everyone though – and hostels aren’t the only way to meet people. If you want a more private space but still want a social atmosphere, consider staying in this awesome Philadelphia apartment. You still have what most people get hung up about hostels – your own private bathroom!

That coupled with a spacious, bright bedroom and access to the living room (which comes equipped with a guitar and a uke) makes for a great solo traveller pad!

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Best Airbnb in Philadelphia for Nightlife – Luxury Midtown Village One Bed

Luxury Midtown Village One Bed, Philadelphia

  • $$$
  • 2 Guests
  • 65 inch TV
  • Electric Fireplace

Midtown Village is one of the coolest spots for nightlife in Philly, so it makes sense to be within walking distance of there! Not only is it in a great spot for going out, but this Philadelphia apartment is close to all the central attractions. Although you’ll probably not want to go out too much when you find that you can curl up in front of the electric fireplace and watch the 65 inch TV! There’s a fully equipped kitchen and spacious closets, so it’s ideal if you’re staying long enough to actually unpack!

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Best Short Term Rental for Couples – Art Museum Studio

Art Museum Studio, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Flexible Check-In
  • Patio with seating area

If you’re travelling with your other half, you don’t just want to be in any old apartment. This charming art studio is a nice, romantic Philadelphia Airbnb that you’re sure to enjoy. It’s out of the hustle and bustle of the very centre of the city, while still being close enough so as not to miss out on any of the action. The outdoor patio and seating area is a lovely place to enjoy your morning coffee.

Guests should note that this apartment doesn’t come with a kitchen, but there are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby which are perfect for a romantic meal!

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Best Homestay in Philadelphia – Cosy room in art museum area

Cosy room in art museum area, Philadelphia

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Great location
  • Awesome interior design

One of the big pluses of Airbnb is that it’s full of places with character and personality. This Philadelphia homestay has both of those things in spades, as it’s in an 18th century carriage house! Your room comes with lots of unique architectural touches, such as Japanese screens and an oriental rug. There certainly isn’t another place like it!

It’s not all about style over substance though – there’s free parking, private entrance, and a TV too. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll be pleased to know that two live in the property!

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Runner up Homestay in Philadelphia – Italian Market Oasis

Italian Market Oasis, Philadelphia

  • $
  • 3 Guests
  • Breakfast included
  • Access to kitchen appliances

There are so many great homestays in Philadelphia that we couldn’t just show you one. The Italian Market Oasis is another great option if you’re on a budget – a simple room that’s cosy and spacious at the same time. Not only will you have access to your room, but the kitchen too. You can prepare a whole range of meals as there’s an oven, ninja, power juicer, and you’re welcome to use space in the refrigerator.

Pop to the Italian market over the road and pick up plenty of fresh ingredients to make the most of that space!

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Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Philadelphia – The Birdnest

The Birdnest, Philadelphia

  • $$$
  • 6 Guests
  • Great location
  • Custom made wooden king bed

If you don’t mind splashing a bit of extra cash on vacation, then you should splash out on a lovely luxurious Philadelphia apartment. And this is one of the loveliest and most luxurious there is! Because who doesn’t want to stay somewhere with a bicycle and a swing inside?!

This sustainable home has some beautiful touches, including two custom-made queen-sized beds made of reclaimed wood. One of them is above a sofa! If all this isn’t enough, the location is great too – just a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the most popular attractions in Philly!

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Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Philadelphia – Awesome Rittenhouse loft penthouse

Awesome Rittenhouse loft penthouse, Philadelphia

  • $$$$$
  • 9 Guests
  • Private roof deck
  • Incredible city views

Just a stone’s throw from the lovely Rittenhouse Square, you’ll find this incredible loft penthouse. There’s space for you and up to 8 of your nearest and dearest to enjoy sublime city views from the totally awesome private roof deck! If it’s raining outside, don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you entertained inside.

Make use of the professional chef’s kitchen and whip up a meal for everyone. Or do it as a team – there’s certainly enough space! If you don’t want to get garlicky fingers, lay down in front of the huge TV and watch a movie!

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Best Airbnb in Philadelphia for Families – Spacious House with Garden & Views

Spacious House with Garden & Views, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 9 Guests
  • High-speed internet
  • Private deck with city view

Staying with the family? This Philadelphia Airbnb is a better bet than most hotels as you can fit everyone under the same roof. And it’s really not that expensive either! This homely and open space comes with a fully equipped kitchen, TV, and Wi-Fi, so everyone can be connected and entertained while mum and dad are preparing dinner. For a great place to play cards or spend some family time together, head to the private roof deck. It’s got some awesome views of the Philly skyline!

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Best Airbnb in Philadelphia for a Group of Friends – Large Patagonia inspired apartment

Large Patagonia inspired apartment, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 8 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Awesome location

This light and bright Philadelphia Airbnb is one of the best places you can stay with a group of friends. As well as yourself, you can fit 7 mates across a range of king, super king, and sofa beds! It’s right in the middle of Midtown Village, so you don’t have far to walk for the best cafés, restaurants, and city centre attractions. The communal areas are a lovely place for the whole group to chill out and enjoy each other’s company!

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Best Airbnb in Old City – Gem of Old City Philly

Gem of Old City Philly, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee

The Old City is one of the coolest spots in town, so let us present you with this awesome Philadelphia Airbnb! It can fit 4 guests, so it’s perfect for a couple who want a bit of extra space, or a small family/group of friends. If you’re the first one up, there’s complimentary tea and coffee you can prepare for your fellow guests as you watch Netflix or Pandora on the TV. It’s one of the best locations in town but there is a small downside – it’s above a club which gets noisy on weekends!

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Another Great Apartment in Old City – Studio in historic wine cellar

Studio in historic wine cellar, Philadelphia

  • $$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Private Entrance
  • A very unique Philadelphia Airbnb!

If you’re looking for a historical place to stay, then check this out. It’s on the oldest residential street in the United States! It really is a unique Philadelphia Airbnb, and although the wine has been removed from the cellar (boo), you’ll enjoy every moment you spend in it. There’s not a full kitchen, but a mini-fridge and a coffee maker mean that you can at least enjoy hot and cold drinks.

Because of its location, there are loads of restaurants and bars nearby! We can’t recommend this Philly apartment enough – it really is one of a kind!

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Top Value Airbnb in University City – Luxurious Flat with amazing view

Luxurious Flat with amazing view, Philadelphia

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Gym and swimming pool
  • Awesome views

University City is a little out of the centre, but it’s a great place to enjoy a vibrant atmosphere without paying the full whack of a city centre apartment. This awesome Airbnb in Philadelphia is the last on our list, but right up there with the best of ‘em. You’ve got access to both a gym and a swimming pool, and the best thing about not being right in the centre? The view of it from your apartment!

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What to Pack for your Philadelphia Airbnb

Our Broke Backpacker editors have put together a shortlist of their Airbnb essentials, which you can find here.

 

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Keep your own water bottle on your travels to keep you hydrated all day long, and save the planet at the same time. Reusable bottles help the environment by cutting down plastic waste, which is even more difficult to avoid while traveling. The Active Roots Water Bottle is the perfect one for your next holiday. High-quality material, non-leaking and super chic looking, you can fill it up with any drink, and it’ll stay hot or cold all day long.

 

Bluetooth Speaker2. Bluetooth Speaker: A Bluetooth speaker guarantees a good mood with great background tunes when you need them. With one of these guys you’re also always prepared for a spontaneous mini-party! You can set the vibe for your holiday rental (while minding the neighbors). The speaker is waterproof, so it’s perfect for a day at the beach or around the pool too.

 

AR Towel3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: If you don’t want to trust your Airbnb to provide clean towels, it’s always smart to bring your own. Problem is, most towels take up a lot of space in your suitcase. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is made of super-light material, which hardly takes up any space. Plus, it’s incredibly comfortable and quick-drying. Great for a day around the pool or at the beach. The material is antibacterial, so it won’t smell funny, even on long holidays.

 

Reusable Bag4. Reusable Shopping Bags: Getting rid of some plastic in your life might even make it a little bit better. Like the reusable shopping bag for example. There’s no need to buy plastic bags at the checkout or have a massive amount stuffed in one cupboard back at home. Using the eco-friendly reusable shopping bag will make your shopping trip much more enjoyable while you’re reducing your single-use plastic consumption at the same time.

 

Suitcase Lock5. Suitcase Locks: Protecting your belongings from opportunistic thievery isn’t so hard. With these locks, no one can easily access your important items, whether you’re using a suitcase or backpack. Lock the two zippers together, and only the person with the keys can unlock it. It’s also very useful when your Airbnb doesn’t have a safe to store valuable items.

 

Packing Cubes6. Packing Cubes: Packing your suitcase (and unpacking it and packing it all over again) can be an organizational challenge. Packing cubes help quite a ton with that struggle. Move them between your suitcase and your Airbnb wardrobe without really having to unpack and keeping your clothes in the same orientation the whole time – basically, less hassle, more organization and fewer wrinkles.

 

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Final Thoughts on Philadelphia Airbnbs

So, that concludes our list of the best Airbnbs in Philadelphia! We hope that our extensive list has been useful and that you’ve found something that matches all your travel styles – most importantly budget!

As you can see, there’s a huge variation. Whether you want to gaze out over the Philly skyline, party in Washington Square, or find a place for a family celebration, it’s all out there somewhere in Philadelphia!

If you are still having trouble making a decision on your favourite apartment in Philadelphia, relax and take a deep breath. Feeling better? Okay, now go with our favourite – Unique City Centre Loft Apartment. We love it because it’s a great combination of value, style, and location!

Now that you’ve got a better idea of where to stay in Philadelphia, go and plan the exciting stuff! We hope you have an amazing vacation!

And don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to Philadelphia! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

 

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