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, I’ve put together a list of the 15 best Airbnbs in Calgary. I’ve taken different budgets, personalities, and travel styles into account. Rest assured only the best options have made it to my final cut.

So, let’s jump straight in and check out the overall best Airbnbs in Calgary!

Welcome to Calgary!

Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Calgary

Great Apartment on 17th Ave

Great Apartment on 17th Ave

  • > $
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Great Location
  • > Continental Breakfast included
Comfy Bedroom for tourists

Comfy Bedroom for tourists

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Wi-Fi
  • > Multilingual household!
River Cabin Sanctuary

River Cabin Sanctuary

  • > $$$$
  • > 6 Guests
  • > Front yard for fishing and BBQ
  • > Clawfoot Bath
Room in Colourful Century Home

Room in Colourful Century Home

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Great Location
  • > Trampoline and Swing in backyard
Downtown Condo in Amazing Location

Downtown Condo in Amazing Location

  • > $$
  • > 3 Guests
  • > Free parking
  • > Balcony and free parking

What to Expect from Airbnbs in Calgary

Canada is a vast country with a diverse landscape and a ton of unique experiences for tourists to enjoy. However, to really enjoy them, you will need to pick your location wisely.

Calgary is a vibrant city and the gateway to Banff National Park. If you’re planning a Canada road trip through some national parks, then you’ll probably find yourself here at some point.

A good tip to keep in mind when deciding on your accommodation in Calgary is that you should base yourself as central as possible, such as in the downtown area near transport systems, especially if you don’t have a car. This way you can save money, as well as time, because you’ll be able to easily walk to places of interest.

There are many types of accommodation available to rent on Airbnb in Calgary, such as private rooms, condo units, and apartments, which are some of the most common Calgary Airbnbs. However, if you venture farther out, you’ll find truly unique stays such as treehouses and cabins. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular Calgary vacation rentals.

Whether you are looking for something that’s right smack in the middle of the city or quieter and peaceful stays in suburban areas, private rooms are pretty much everywhere. Booking a private room is an excellent option for solo travelers or couples on a budget.

Some private rooms come with private bathrooms but others may require you to share them with other guests. You’ll also usually have shared access to other common spaces such as kitchens and living rooms. Just make sure to check the description to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Condo units and apartments are pretty much all over Calgary and are the perfect choices for couples, families or business travelers, those who would like more privacy. If you’re travelling in a group or with children, or just like to have the entire apartment to yourself, these are a good option that doesn’t break the bank.

A townhouse is essentially an entire house but they tend to be in older and more historical buildings. These are the best option for families or large groups since they often come with two or more bedrooms.

We love a good deal!

We’ve included links to as well throughout this post — as we have found many of the same properties available on Booking and they are usually at a cheaper price! We’ve included both button options where we can to give you the choice of where you book 🙂

The Top 15 Airbnbs in Calgary

Now you know what to expect from Airbnbs in Calgary, it’s time to take a look at my top picks!

Great Apartment on 17th Ave | 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!

Comfy Bedroom for tourists | 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!

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We’ve tested countless backpacks over the years, but there’s one that has always been the best and remains the best buy for adventurers: the broke backpacker-approved Osprey Aether and Ariel series.

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River Cabin Sanctuary | 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!

Room in Colourful Century Home | Perfect Calgary 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 nice 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!

Downtown Condo in Amazing Location | Perfect Short Term Airbnb in Calgary for Digital Nomads

Downtown Condo in Amazing Location

Looking for somewhere chill and relaxing to work? Look no further than this cool Calgary vacation rental. Not only does it have fast Wi-Fi and a laptop-friendly workspace, but you’ll have a stunning view of the city as you work too!

Not only that but once you’ve closed your laptop for the day there’s plenty to do. Since you’re in the heart of downtown, enjoy the benefits of being in a great central location and wander over to see the sites that are within walking distance such as Calgary Tower.

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More Epic Airbnbs in Calgary

Here are a few more of my favorite Airbnbs in Calgary!

Trendy Character Home on 17th | 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 or shopping center that are all within walking distance!

You’ve got a private entry too, so return home at whatever time you like!

Tiny Charming Flat | 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!

Downtown Apartment w/ Workspace | Best Homestay in Calgary

Downtown Apartment w/ Workspace

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 with a private room!

Not only do you get an awesome double room and a communal space to chill out in, but you get to enjoy a private bathroom! If that’s not enough, you’re in a perfect location near downtown, near all attractions such as National Music Centre, Calgary Tower and Heritage Park Historical Village.

Especially good to know if you’re a long term traveller!

Townhouse near City Center | Best Airbnb in Calgary for Families

Townhouse near City Center

Staying with the family? Head away from the hustle and bustle and take a look at this excellent vacation rental with plenty of space in Kensington. With space for up to 6 guests, there’s room for mum, dad, and the rest of the family.

Head out to the garden for a picnic and some games, or stay in and enjoy each other’s company in the comfortable communal areas or games room, complete with foosball table and smart TV. There’s Wi-Fi, so everyone can connect to their devices. And if you have a baby, there’s a crib too!

Downtown Condo w/ Free Parking | Best Airbnb in Downtown Calgary

Downtown Condo with free parking

Okay, I know you’ve already seen plenty of Airbnbs in Downtown Calgary, but that’s because it’s the best area to stay! And I 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!

6th Ave Cosy Den | Another Great Apartment in Downtown Calgary

6th Ave Cosy Den

Okay, I promise this is the last apartment I’m going to show you in Downtown Calgary. I told you I’d have vacation rentals 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!

Designer Condo by Stampede Park | Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Calgary

Designer Condo by Stampede Park

Do you want to see stylish vacation rentals 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!

Cute Home w/ Woodland Vibes | Runner Up Homestay in Calgary

Cute home with woodland vibes

There are so many great homestays in Calgary that I 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 access to 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!

Spacious Foosball Fun Home | 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!

Beltline Condo w/ Superb View | 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!

FAQ about Airbnbs in Calgary

Here’s what people usually ask me when they look for vacation homes in Calgary.

What To Pack For Calgary

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for an Airbnb stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!
Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!

Ear Plugs

Snoring dorm-mates can ruin your nights rest and seriously damage the hostel experience. This is why I always travel with a pack of decent ear plugs.

Keep your laundry organized and stink free
Keep your laundry organized and stink free

Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Stay Dry With a Micro Towel
Stay Dry With a Micro Towel

Sea To Summit Micro Towel

Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.

Make Some New Buddies…
Make Some New Buddies…

Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!
Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!

Grayl Geopress Water Bottle

Always travel with a water bottle! They save you money and reduce your plastic footprint on our planet. The Grayl Geopress acts as a purifier AND temperature regulator. Boom!

Don’t Forget Your Calgary Travel Insurance

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing.

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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Final Thoughts on Calgary Airbnbs

Well, that’s all from me and my list of the best Airbnbs in Calgary. I think you’ll agree that I’ve packed this extensive list with a range of eclectic options. I 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 my 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 my favourite Calgary Airbnb, the Great Apartment on 17th Ave! It combines an awesome location, with great value and lots of style. I love it!

Now, all that’s left is for us to wish you an awesome holiday in Calgary. I hope you have a great time!

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