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Listed as one of Lonely Planet’s best in travel 2020, there’s never been a better time to visit Vancouver. Made up of lots of small friendly neighbourhoods, Vancouver doesn’t feel like Canada’s 3rd biggest city but more like an assortment of little towns. Cool Vancouver is a cultural hub with awesome museums and galleries as well as a world-class restaurant scene. And if you ever want to get out of the centre, you’ve got beaches and the Rocky Mountains within half an hour!

If you’re reading this now, you’ve probably already decided to visit Vancouver and just need to decide where to stay. Well, if you want something with a bit of personality and individuality, why not check out Airbnb? Whether you want a private room, a cool apartment with a view of the water, or even a penthouse with a rooftop jacuzzi, you’ll find all of that and more on Air B n B.

Instead of letting you trawl the ‘net for hours, we’ve put together this list of the best Airbnbs in Vancouver for you. We’ve taken several budgets, travel styles, and personalities into account, so there’ll definitely be something for you! Let’s jump right in and check them out.

 

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Bright downtown retreat with patio
This is our top pick of Air B n B’s in Vancouver. It is a well situated Downtown apartment which is very near to some great nightlife and dining options. It’s cosy, well appointed and can accomadate 4 guests.
 
Places to Visit:
  • Situated in Downtown area.
  • The Rockies are an hour drive away!
  • Museums and Galleries accessible by public transport.

 

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Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Vancouver

    
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  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Great downtown location
  • > Private Outdoor Patio
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  • > 4 Guests
  • > Great downtown location
  • > Private Outdoor Patio
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tbb2-table__imageBest Homestay in VancouverBest Homestay in VancouverPrivate room with lots of amenities

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Great downtown location
  • > Foosball table
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  • > 2 Guests
  • > Great downtown location
  • > Foosball table
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tbb2-table__imageBest Airbnb for Couples in VancouverBest Airbnb for Couples in VancouverContemporary suite with water view

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fast WiFi
  • > Relaxing environment
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  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Fast WiFi
  • > Relaxing environment
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tbb2-table__imageBest Airbnb for Families in VancouverBest Airbnb for Families in VancouverBeachfront log cabin with a patio

  • > $$$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Outdoor dining space
  • > Great spaces to chill together
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  • > $$$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Outdoor dining space
  • > Great spaces to chill together
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tbb2-table__imageBest Luxury Airbnb in VancouverBest Luxury Airbnb in VancouverLuxury apartment with roof deck

  • > $$$$$$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Private rooftop deck
  • > Firepit and bamboo garden
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  • > $$$$$$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Private rooftop deck
  • > Firepit and bamboo garden
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Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Vancouver!

 

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 invalid 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!

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The Top 15 Airbnbs in Vancouver

Overall Best Value Airbnb in Vancouver – Bright downtown retreat with patio

Bright downtown retreat with patio, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Great downtown location
  • Private Outdoor Patio

Want to be in an awesome Vancouver Airbnb right in the heart of the action without breaking the bank? Look no further than this place – a bright downtown retreat with a patio! If you want to keep the price down even further, you can fit up to 4 guests in here and spread the cost. You’ll just have to fight over who gets the queen bed and who’s on the sofa bed (although both are very comfy).

Choose between spending a night in front of the 40 inch TV watching your favourite series on Netflix or having dinner out on the patio with an awesome view!

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Best Budget Airbnb in Vancouver – Bella’s Heritage House, City Hall

Bella’s Heritage House, City Hall, Vancouver

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Good Transport Links
  • Free breakfast included

This is one of best Vancouver apartments for travellers on a budget and another budget bonus is a the free breakfast. The breakfast consists of of fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal, juice, and tea and coffee and is the perfect way to fuel up before a day exploring the city. The double room is welcoming and comfortable and you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep. There’s a small price to pay for one of the cheapest Airbnbs in Vancouver – it’s a little out of the centre.

However, it’s easy to get to Downtown or Kitsilano Beach from here on the Skytrain or by bike!

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Budget Tip: Dorms in Vancouver start from $30USD per bed. They're the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!

 

Perfect short term rental for digital nomads – Bright room in high rise

Bright room in high rise, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Gym, pool, and jacuzzi access
  • Amazing harbour views

Digital nomads will love this one – it’a quiet, has a desk and chair and high speed internet. For when you need to unwind from all that screen time, there’s a gym, pool, and jacuzzi on site! There is also a fully equipped kitchen too so if you need to make lunch or dinner, there’s no problem there. Brush up before a night out on the town by taking advantage of the complimentary toiletries and fluffy towels that your hosts provide you with!

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Perfect Airbnb for solo travellers – Cosy Solarium near Gastown

Cosy Solarium near Gastown, Vancouver

  • $
  • 1 guest
  • Gym and swimming pool access
  • Peaceful view from big window

When you’re a solo traveller, it’s normally a good idea to book a hostel to meet people. However, sometimes you want something a bit more private and luxurious and bit less raucous. This great Vancouver Airbnb allows guests enjoy their own space while sharing with other guests – it’s the best of both worlds! If there are no other guests during your stay, then the lively Gastown District is on the door step. So, you’re right in the thick of all the nightlife action and it’ll be easy to get chatting to people at the nearby bars!

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Best Airbnb in Vancouver for Nightlife – Chic and cosy Gastown loft

Chic and cosy Gastown loft, Vancouver

  • $$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Hot tub

Not only is Gastown the best area for nightlife in Vancouver, but it’s also officially the 4th most stylish neighbourhood in the world!  If you want to see the best the city has to offer after dark in style, check out this awesome Vancouver apartment. If you have one too many drink’s in the area’s awesome bars, restaurants, and clubs, you couldn’t get a nicer place to spend an extra couple of hours in the King bed recovering.

If you’ve gone at it a too bit hard and would prefer a night in, you can enjoy a movie on the TV!

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Best Short Term Rental for Couples – Contemporary suite with water view

Contemporary suite with water view, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Fast WiFi
  • Relaxing environment

When you are travelling with your true love/random you met on Tinder, you want something a little bit special. Well we’d say the awesome view of False Creek you get from this gorgeous Vancouver Airbnb ticks that proverbial box perfectly. Not only is this a lovely romantic place to spend time with a loved one, but it’s environmentally conscious too. The home is packed with organic soaps and cleaning products, as well as eco-friendly detergent for washing your clothes.

The location is spot on too – walking distance to Downtown and Yaletown, two of the coolest neighbourhoods!

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Best Homestay in Vancouver – Private room with lots of amenities

Private room with lots of amenities, Vancouver

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Great downtown location
  • Foosball table

If you decide to stay with a local, you want someone who will make you feel welcomed and at ease. The host of this excellent Vancouver homestay has travelled himself and knows a thing or two about how to make guests comfortable, which is great news for you! The room is perfectly set up for several travel styles – digital nomads take note of that desk and comfy office chair! If you want to kick back and relax, you have access to a Play Station and a foosball table, as well as the standard kitchen, Wi-Fi, and TV!

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Runner Up Homestay in Vancouver – Private master bedroom by the beach

Private master bedroom by the beach, Vancouver

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Shared kitchen and living room
  • Awesome sunsets from patio

There are so many cool home-stays in Vancouver, that we couldn’t just show you one. Here’s our runner up, a private master bedroom by the beach. It’s owned by a friendly couple who are happy to give you recommendations and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Your bedroom includes a huge queen-sized bed which has awesome views overlooking the city.

Head to the living room in the evening though. The sunset from the balcony out there and the panoramic mountain and ocean views are worthy of a five-star hotel!

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Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Vancouver – Modern loft in heart of the city

Modern loft in heart of the city, Vancouver

  • $$$$$
  • 2 Guests
  • Cosy balcony
  • 12 person dining room

With space for up to 8 people in this incredible Vancouver Airbnb, you can get a slice of luxury without parting with too much cash. Travel with a few friends and fight over the super king and king beds, before enjoying a meal on the 12 person dining table that you’ve prepared in the fully equipped kitchen. Then, have dessert out on the balcony overlooking fabulous views of Vancouver and its surroundings!

When you eventually make it out of the apartment, you’re just two blocks from the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall – so treat yourself to some retail therapy!

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Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Vancouver – Luxury apartment with roof deck

Luxury apartment with roof deck, Vancouver

  • $$$$$$$
  • 6 Guests
  • Private rooftop deck
  • Firepit and bamboo garden

Have you ever wanted to sit high above the city in a hot tub to the crackle of a fire pit and the sounds of an acoustic guitar? If you didn’t before, you certainly will now. If you’ve got the budget to cover it, this is hands down the best Airbnb in Vancouver. There’s space for you and 5 of your nearest and dearest to live the high life! If the weather is truly ghastly, the living room is pretty awesome too, and you can enjoy a bath in the spacious tub!

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Best Airbnb in Vancouver for Families – Beachfront log cabin with a patio

Beachfront log cabin with a patio, Vancouver

  • $$$$
  • 6 Guests
  • Outdoor dining space
  • Great spaces to chill together

It may be 6km from Downtown, but this wood-finished log cabin is one of the best Airbnbs in Vancouver for families. It’s perfectly set up for families of all ages, and the ideal place for a get together. Not only is it close to Jericho Beach, but the house lends itself to family gatherings. There’s a loft area with a balcony, a seating area with a fire, and an outdoor dining space where you can enjoy what you’ve created together in the kitchen.

This is a great spot for a memorable trip for the whole family!

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Best Airbnb in Vancouver for a Group of Friends – Trendy Yaletown Apartment

Trendy Yaletown Apartment, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 6 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • HD TV with Netflix

Travelling to Vancouver with a group of friends? You’ll need somewhere with plenty of space then. Welcome to one of the trendiest and most spacious short term rentals in Vancouver! The first one up can make drinks using the coffee maker… if they’re feeling nice that is. Make a big group dinner together before settling down in front of a movie or everyone’s favourite TV series on Netflix before having a few drinks and hitting the town!

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Best Airbnb in Downtown Vancouver – Downtown Condo in historic building

Downtown Condo in historic building, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Queen beds in both rooms

We’ve already shown you plenty of apartments in Downtown Vancouver, but there are a couple more we just couldn’t miss off! This micro suite manages to fit in 2 bedrooms and those huge windows offer incredible views of the city. Each room has a queen-sized bed, so there’s plenty of room to starfish. Even if you’re sharing!

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Another Great Apartment in Downtown Vancouver – Bright Downtown Loft Apartment

Bright Downtown Loft Apartment, Vancouver

  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Incredible location
  • High-end appliances

Okay, we promise that this is the last apartment we’ll show you in Downtown! Ideal for a single traveller or a couple, you can fit up to 4 guests in this cool loft. It’s right in the thick of all the city’s attractions, as well as transport links like the Skytrain. Those who have their own transport will be delighted to know that the apartment has a parking space, which you can use for free!

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Top Value Airbnb in Kitsilano – Modern and Bright Kitsilano Studio

Modern and Bright Kitsilano Studio, Vancouver

  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Free street parking
  • Large patio and garden

Kitsilano, a laidback hippy area set around a huge saltwater pool and beach, has plenty of Airbnbs. And we just had to show you our favourite before we go and leave you to plan your trip! This bright and modern studio is right in the centre of Kitsilano and offers easy access to the neighbourhood, and transport into downtown. There are a patio and garden where you can catch some sun too!

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What to Pack for your Vancouver Airbnb

These essentials will make your Airbnb stay easier and maybe loads nicer.

 

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Most Airbnbs provide potable (drinkable) water. Have a bottle to fill up so you can take that water on your rambles instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. The Active Roots Water Bottle is great for travellers who are aware of plastic pollution and want to reduce their single-use plastic consumption – no need to buy drinks from the supermarket anymore. The stainless-steel material will keep your drinks cold or hot for up to 24 hours. Stay hydrated throughout your entire holiday with this cool bottle!

 

Suitcase Lock2. 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.

 

best toiletry bag for one bag travel3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: To prevent the loss of your toothpaste in the depths of your bag, you should get a hold of the Active Roots Toiletry Bag. With large compartments, see-through and enclosed sections, you can have all of your stuff in the right spot, easy to find and accessible at all times.

 

Packing Cubes4. 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.

 

Travel Planner5. Travel Journal: Write down your plans, thoughts, inspirations or experiences – the list doesn’t stop here. Journaling while travelling is a great way to keep memories, calm down and reflect after a long day, or simply doodle around while waiting at the airport. Try it out yourself with this elegant Travel Journal.

 

Travel Blow Dry6. Travel Blower Dryer: Most accommodations only offer the basics when it comes to bathroom necessities, and a blow dryer is usually not on the list. Bringing your own on your travels can not only save you a lot of time, but in some cases, it can even save your hair. This Mini Blow Dryers is foldable, compact and travel-friendly, meaning that it’ll fit in every bag without taking up too much space. It comes with different heat settings, so you’ll be able to find the perfect one for you.

 

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Final Thoughts on Vancouver Airbnbs

So, there we go. That concludes our list of the best Airbnbs in Vancouver. We hope there’s been something suitable for your travel style, budget, and even the size of your group!

As you can see from our extensive list, you’ll find something to suit you, however unreasonably needy you might be! Somewhere to crash after a mad night in Gastown? Yep. A friendly homestay with a local? Of course. An over-the-top luxury Airbnb with a fire pit and bamboo garden on the roof? Yep, we got it! The only limits are your imagination and quite possibly your budget.

If we’ve given you too many of the best rentals in Vancouver, take a breath and sit back a minute. Great. Then, pick our best value Vancouver Airbnb – Bright downtown retreat with patio. It combines value, style, and a great location and it’s a fabulous all-rounder.

Now, all that’s left is for us to wish you a fantastic vacation when you visit Vancouver!

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