Calgary has a lot of strings to its bow. One of the most successful winter Olympics took place here in 1988, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Nowadays, it’s home to some fabulous eating options, awesome artisan coffee shops, and the famous Stampede Festival.
The people are known for their self-confidence and attitude, which makes for some great and memorable encounters in its bars! And to top it all off, it boasts great outdoor activities as well!
So, now it’s time to start planning your trip. The first and possibly most important part of that is where you’re going to stay. And rather than a hotel or a hostel, why not treat yourself to something with a little personality and charm?
Best to look at the best Airbnbs in Calgary. Whether you want a loft apartment, a friendly homestay, or even a cute cabin with easy access to outdoor activities, there’s a rental in Calgary for you.
For this post, we’ve put together a list of the 15 best Airbnbs in Calgary. We’ve taken different budgets, personalities, and travel styles into account. Rest assured only the best options have made it to our final cut. So, let’s jump straight in and check out the overall best Airbnbs in Calgary!
Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Calgary
Great Apartment on 17th Ave
- > $
- > 6 Guests
- > Great Location
- > Continental Breakfast included
Downtown location with breakfast
- > $
- > 2 Guests
- > Breakfast included
- > Access to communal areas
Tiny charming inner city flat
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Free underground parking
- > King Bed
Two Storey Downtown Townhouse
- > $$
- > 6 Guests
- > Great Location
- > Overlooking Barb Scott Park
River Cabin Sanctuary
- > $$$$
- > 6 Guests
- > Front yard for fishing and BBQ
- > Clawfoot Bath
Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Calgary!
Why Stay in an Airbnb?
- Local Experience: Whether your host is a private owner or a business, they’ll be able to give you the top tips on what to do nearby. That doesn’t just go for Calgary, but for everywhere in Canada.
- Unique Properties: In a place chock full of unique vacation rentals, why on earth would you want to stay in a drab and dull hotel?!
- Privacy: Cabins, chalets, and treehouses mean you and your companion(s) can get the break you need without anyone else interfering.
- Affordability: Airbnbs offer a lot more value for money than equivalently priced hotels. And with big group stays, you can split the cost multiple ways!
- Safety: It might seem a little weird staying in someone’s house; however, both hosts and guests are vetted by Airbnb reviews to ensure the safety of both. Canada is overall safe, and the Airbnb booking security just adds a little extra to it.
The Top 15 Airbnbs in Calgary
Overall Best Value Airbnb in Calgary | Great Apartment on 17th Ave
Let’s kick off with one of the best value Airbnbs in Calgary. Situated right by the city’s Red Mile (where you’ll find some of the best nightlife), you won’t be complaining about the location. Not only that but for a very reasonable price you also get a continental breakfast included – not that common for entire place Airbnbs! It’s already cheap as chips, but if you split this place between the 6 guests that can fit into this place, you’re really laughing.
You’ll be able to have quite a few drinks on the Red Mile before you stumble home to your comfy beds!
Best Budget Airbnb in Calgary | Comfy Bedroom for tourists
A Calgary homestay is a great way not only to save money but to get some awesome local recommendations too. Although this place is a little out of the centre, that money you save will leave you with enough to get a public transport ticket and have enough change for lunch or dinner! If you’re really stuck for things to do in Calgary, your friendly hosts are happy for you to join in with their activities too. Even if it’s just chilling with their kitten!
If English isn’t your first language, don’t worry. Your hosts can communicate in French, German, and Spanish too!
Budget Tip: Dorms in Calgary 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 | Downtown Highrise apartment room
Looking for somewhere chill and relaxing to work? Look no further than this cool Calgary Airbnb. Not only does it have fast Wi-Fi and a laptop-friendly workspace, but you’ll have a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains as your work too! Not only that but once you’ve closed your laptop for the day there’s plenty to do. And that’s without even stepping outside! You’re welcome to use the building’s pool, gym, and sauna, before heading out and enjoying the benefits of being in a great central location.
Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travellers | Room in Colourful Century Home
Head a little out of the city centre to the neighbourhood of Kensington, and you’ll find this colourful Calgary Airbnb. And it proves that you don’t have to stay in a hostel to find somewhere cheap and with plenty of character. Your friendly hosts are happy for you to make yourself at home in the communal areas of this house, and they’ll happily give you recommendations for travelling around the area. You can even chill with their cute pets. Look out for their cats and dog! Last but not least, your room is super comfy!
Best Airbnb in Calgary for Nightlife | Trendy Character Home on 17th
17th avenue is also known as the Red Mile, and as we established earlier, it’s a great area for nightlife! And you know that sometimes after a big night out, there’s nothing better than a homely and comfy atmosphere to destroy that hangover. That’s exactly what you’ll get at this lovely Calgary Airbnb. Enjoy making something to soak up the alcohol the following day in the fully equipped kitchen, or pop to one of the nearby cafes or restaurants!
You’ve got a private entry too, so return home at whatever time you like!
Best Short Term Rental for Couples | Tiny charming inner city flat
Another great spot on 17th avenue is the cute and cosy Calgary Airbnb. It’s the perfect spot for couples as you’ll be able to enjoy the luxury of a king bed, as well as chic and modern decor! If you’re travelling with a small child, there’s a pull-out bed too, so you can still enjoy having maximum privacy and enjoyment together, while the little one is comfortable too. The news just keeps getting better if you’ve travelled in your own car, as this place offers free parking too!
Best Homestay in Calgary | Downtown location with breakfast
Want to save some cash and really enjoy a local experience? Then it’s a good idea to check out the best homestays in Calgary. Such as this one! Not only do you get an awesome room and a communal terrace with incredible views of town, but you get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast on that terrace (if you wish). You’ve also got access to other communal areas in the house! If that’s not enough, there’s a gym and sauna in the building too. And, you’ll be able to do laundry.
Especially good to know if you’re a long term traveller!
Runner Up Homestay in Calgary | Cute home with woodland vibes
There are so many great homestays in Calgary that we didn’t think it was fair to just show you one. Let’s head a little out of the city centre to this woodland themed homestay, which is perfect for nature lovers! The heritage neighbourhood is near enough Downtown for you not to miss out on the coolest sites and nightlife, but it’s easy to just head out into the woods. You’ve got access to the whole house, including relaxing garden rooms, the ideal place to relax with your book or enjoy a steaming mug of coffee!
Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Calgary | Designer Condo by Stampede Park
Do you want a stylish pad with awesome views? Of course, you do, so check out this Calgary apartment. It’s in the tallest residential tower in town! You’ll have to have a head for heights here, as you’ll be all the way up on the 28th floor. Once you get over that, enjoy kicking back and relaxing on the high-end furniture. When you fancy getting out, you’ll be happy to know that you can make your way to and from the apartment in the lift, rather than climbing several flights of stairs!
Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Calgary | River Cabin Sanctuary
For this totally awesome luxury Calgary Airbnb, let’s head a little further out of the city centre. Yep, we’re going to the Riverside to check out a gorgeous cabin! This riverfront cabin has more than 100 years of history, yet it boasts plenty of mod cons that will keep you comfortable, warm, and feeling like royalty! If you’re into outdoor activities, make the most of the front yard – you can try fly fishing in the river! Then, in the evening, cook what you’ve caught on the BBQ!
Best Airbnb in Calgary for Families | Two Storey Downtown Townhouse
Staying with the family? Head away from the hustle and bustle and take a look at this excellent Airbnb with plenty of space in Connaught. With space for up to 6 guests, there’s room for mum, dad, and the rest of the family. Head out to Barb Scott Park for a picnic and some games, or stay in and enjoy each other’s company in the comfortable communal areas. There’s Wi-Fi, so everyone can connect to their devices. Or, just settle down with a movie in front of the TV!
Best Airbnb in Calgary for a Group of Friends | Spacious Foosball Fun Home
If you’re in a big group of friends, you want somewhere that’s got plenty of space and a few extras that make your stay a little more fun. This incredible Calgary Airbnb comes with a foosball table, so set up a tournament and have a few drinks before a night out in the city! There’s a fully equipped kitchen too, so rather than heading out to a restaurant as a big group, everyone one of you and your 9 best pals can bring their own culinary skills to the table!
Best Airbnb in Downtown Calgary | Downtown Condo with free parking
Okay, we know you’ve already seen plenty of Airbnbs in Downtown Calgary, but that’s because it’s the best area to stay! And we couldn’t resist showing you just a couple more. This condo is stylish and cool – just look at that indoor brickwork! After a long day of sightseeing, cool off in the tropical torrent shower, before enjoying a glass of wine out on the patio-style balcony. Those views are just sublime!
Another Great Apartment in Downtown Calgary | 6th Ave Cosy Den
Okay, we promise this is the last apartment we’re going to show you in Downtown Calgary. We told you we’d have something for every budget and travel style, and this unusual option isn’t for everyone. However, for business travellers or students on a budget, this place is perfect! A private room with a bunk bed sleeping up to two, it’s one of the cheapest options in the area.
For a small fee, you can also arrange airport pick up and/or drop off with your helpful hosts!
Top Value Airbnb in The Beltline | Beltline condo with superb view
Last but not least, let’s take a look at another part of Downtown Calgary – the Beltline. This condo not only boasts a great location, but the views from that patio are sublime. Whip up a meal in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy that at the table and chairs which look out across town! If that’s too much effort, just pop open a beer or a bottle of wine and drink in the sunset. In the building, you’ve got a gym, a racquet-ball court, and a sauna. So you can stay fit and fresh!
What to Pack for your Calgary Airbnb
Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from us, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art we have perfected over many years.
Check out our definitive Airbnb Packing list for our top packing tips!
FAQ about Airbnbs in Calgary
Here’s what people usually ask us when they look for vacation homes in Calgary.
Final Thoughts on Calgary Airbnbs
Well, that’s all from us and our list of the best Airbnbs in Calgary. We think you’ll agree that we’ve packed our extensive list with a range of eclectic options. We hope you’ve seen one that you’ve fallen a little bit in love with!
Remember, the huge variety of rentals in Calgary includes cosy dens, high rise condos with incredible views, and charming homestays with friendly locals. The only problem with our list is that it might have given you a little too much choice!
If that’s the case, there’s no need to panic. Just take a seat, have a cup of tea, and a deep breath. Then go for it and book our favourite Calgary Airbnb, the Great Apartment on 17th Ave! It combines an awesome location, with great value and lots of style. We love it!
Now, all that’s left is for us to wish you an awesome holiday in Calgary. We hope you have a great time!
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