Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and also its second-largest city. Plenty of visitors use it as a gateway to the stunning Jasper National Park which is only four hours away by car! However, it would be a great shame to miss out on the city itself. The downtown area has been reinvigorated and there are some top restaurants offering haute cuisine, as well as some awesome nightlife options! The fringe festival here is also second only to Edinburgh’s in size!
Edmonton is pretty cold all year round, so you’ll need somewhere warm to stay! Rather than looking at hotels and hostels, why not save yourself some money and get somewhere with a bit of personality and charm at the same time?
If that sounds good, check out Airbnbs in Edmonton. From minimalist loft apartments to friendly homestays, to cosy carriage houses, there’s something for you, no matter your usual travel style, in budget.
Rather than let you trawl through the website, we’ve put together this list of the best rentals in Edmonton. We’re sure that whatever you want from your accommodation in Alberta’s capital, we’ll have found something suitable for you. So, let’s jump straight in and check them out!
Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Edmonton
Beautiful Modern Minimalist Loft
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Great location
- > 24-hour security
Private rooms in clean quiet homes
- > $
- > 2 Guests
- > Super close to University
- > Spacious work station
Warm and Cosy Carriage House
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Private entrance
- > Peaceful and comfortable
Auntie’s Downtown Edmonton Stay
- > $$
- > 6 Guests
- > Fully equipped kitchen
- > Books and board games
Two Storey Penthouse with Hot Tub
- > $$$$$$$$$$
- > 6 Guests
- > Outdoor patio
- > Sauna and Bar
Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Edmonton!
Why Stay in an Airbnb?
- Local Experience: While many Edmonton Airbnbs are managed by companies, they’re still locally based. Get the best recommendations for your Edmonton itinerary that you won’t find in the guidebooks to make your trip truly special!
- Unique Properties: In a place chock full of unique vacation rentals like trendy lofts and eco-lodges, why on earth would you want to stay in a drab and dull hotel?!
- Affordability: Airbnbs are considerably cheaper than an equivalent hotel – and you won’t have any hidden charges from the minibar either! Airbnbs are possibly the best option for backpackers in Canada that need to keep the costs low.
- 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.
- Airbnb Experiences: It’s not all about where to stay – check out what there is to do in the area with Airbnb Experiences!
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The Top 15 Airbnbs in Edmonton
Without making you wait any longer, here are our top 15 favorite Airbnbs in Edmonton. Each of them is special in its own way, so you’ll definitely find the right home for you!
Overall Best Value Airbnb in Edmonton | Beautiful Modern Minimalist Loft
Let’s kick off our list of the best Airbnbs in Edmonton with a great value option for solo, business travellers, and couples. The loft is in the heart of downtown and you couldn’t have a better location. If you want to get out of town or to a neighbourhood, the LRT station is actually in the building!
The cool design is a lovely place to spend time, and you won’t be disappointed with a night in here. As well as the minimalist and tranquil decor, you can kick back in front of your favourite movie or series on the HD TV. There’s even a desk if you need to fire off some emails!
Best Runner-Up Airbnb in Edmonton | Cliff House Getaway
This stunning Airbnb nearly made it to the top of the list, but for now, it’s our runner-up recommendation in Edmonton. Located in the best possible spot, you’ll be close to Downtown, Rogers Place, the Convention Centre and the Citadel Theatre. On top of that, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful cafes, parks and nature.
The designer home offers the ideal getaway for a group of friends or a small family. There’s plenty of space so that 5 people can live togethercomfortably. The beautiful living area is perfect for socializing or chilling on a rainy day. Be sure to make use of the designer kitchen and enjoy the open concept floorplan when everyone gets together after a long day of exploring Edmonton.
Budget Tip: Dorms in Edmonton start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!
Best Budget Airbnb in Edmonton | Cosy Little Italy Room with Fridge
Want to stay in a charming Edmonton apartment but can’t afford to blow a lot of money? Don’t worry, we’ve found somewhere that will suit you perfectly. This European-style room in Little Italy may be one of the cheapest rooms in town, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. You’ve got the option of sitting out on the patio and having a coffee or even taking bikes out to explore the city.
Little Italy is a pretty nice area as there are plenty of markets to explore, and with the money you’ve saved you could even splash out on a tasty meal at a restaurant!
Perfect Short Term Rental for Digital Nomads | Room by Rogers Place Arena
What’s the most important thing for digital nomads? A reliable and speedy Wi-Fi connection and a desk certainly come high on that list. And this awesome Edmonton Airbnb offers both of them things. Less important but pretty nice to have is the indoor fireplace. That’s in the living room, which you’re welcome to use too! Not only is this place centrally located, but it’s also a really lovely homestay in Edmonton.
Your hosts are happy to help you with anything you need, but will also respect your privacy. Perfect for a slightly longer-term stay with your laptop!
Perfect Airbnb for Solo Travellers | Cosy Room in Old Towne Beverly
If you’re travelling solo, most people will tell you to head to a hostel. However, we understand that’s not for everyone so we’ve found a suitable alternative just for you. This comfy and spacious room is easy on the wallet, but a delight to come to after a long trip or simply just a day of sightseeing. There’s even a desk if you’ve set aside some time to work or study! You have full use of the kitchen to prepare any meals you want, and complimentary tea and coffee.
It’s about 15 minutes from downtown, so if you don’t fancy making that journey at night, this is a great idea!
Best Airbnb in Edmonton for Nightlife | Private Little House Old Strathcona
Strathcona has some of the coolest nightlife in town, so it makes sense to search for a place to yourself in that area. And for groups of up to 3, you can’t do much better than this! This cool Edmonton Airbnb is actually set on top of a garage! It’s made of recycled shipping container materials so you can be assured that you’re doing your bit for the environment while also staying in an awesome apartment!
The main attraction (other than the location) is definitely the 8 foot screen which you can hook up to the HD movie projector. Perfect for a pre-night out show!
Best Short Term Rental for Couples | Warm and Cosy Carriage House
Some quality time together is exactly what you need when you’re travelling with your other half. And this warm and cosy Edmonton Airbnb will give you exactly that! Set a little out of the city centre, and with a twist of countryside in the decor, it really is a home away from home.
The small apartment has its own private entrance but it’s another property above a garage! The hosts are on-site in their house, and they’re happy to help you with any recommendations for discovering the capital of Alberta!
Best Homestay in Edmonton | Private rooms in clean quiet homes
A great way to save yourself some cash and get to know a new city is by staying with a local. So, let us show you the best homestay in Edmonton! Your friendly host not only provides you with a comfortable and clean room but with some top knowledge about the surrounding area and things to do! In the room, you’ll find a great bed, enough space to put away your clothes and a big desk.
The Airbnb is located just 5min from the University and can be rented daily, weekly or even super long term. It’s an ideal spot for students on a budget or Digital Nomads that need to get some work done.
Runner Up Homestay in Edmonton | Beautiful Guestsuite with Private Bathroom
Technically, this Airbnb isn’t your typical homestay, since you’ll have such a massive space all to yourself, but you’ll still be living with the hosts under one roof – so we let it slide! This amazing home is modern, incredibly clean, super bright and airy and run by two of the nicest people you can find in Edmonton. You’ll have your own guest suite to hang out in if you want some privacy, but there’s also a shared living area with a fully equipped kitchen. If you’re not convinced yet, just check out the photos – they speak for themselves!
Amazing Luxury Airbnb in Edmonton | Downtown Loft Penthouse
This is the type of place that Airbnb is all about. One of the coolest short-term rentals in Edmonton, this penthouse loft is right in the heart of downtown. It’s been custom designed and is full of natural and recycled materials. You’ll be able to enjoy one of the finest views of the city from here, perhaps while you’re enjoying the complimentary hot breakfast! If you’re extra organised, request for the hosts to fill your pantry and fridge which they’re happy to do for an extra fee.
Then, you won’t have to head to the supermarket before using that awesome kitchen!
Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Edmonton | Two Storey Penthouse with Hot Tub
So, if you’ve got the money for it, why wouldn’t you pick an Edmonton apartment that has an outdoor patio complete with a hot tub, sauna, bar, and BBQ? We know we would! There’s even a putting green so you can practice your golf swing! Awesome or what?! The downside is it’s very expensive. However, this place definitely becomes more affordable if you split it with 5 other people!
Best Airbnb in Edmonton for Families | Auntie’s Downtown Edmonton Stay
This great Edmonton Airbnb is equipped for families of all ages. An assortment of books and board games make for great entertainment after you’ve had dinner. Which of course, you can prepare in the fully equipped kitchen! On a sunny day, head out with your games and books to the balcony, where you can play to the backdrop of excellent views of a River Valley. You really can’t do much better if you travel to Edmonton with the family!
Best Airbnb in Edmonton for a Group of Friends | Quiet Downtown Condo near Arena
For a group of mates, you’ll want something with plenty of space that’s affordable when split between your group. This awesome Edmonton Airbnb ticks those boxes! Want to all make a meal together? Then use the fully equipped kitchen to save money over going to a restaurant. Instead, spend the money you saved on going to a game at the nearby arena!
Best Airbnb in Downtown Edmonton | Gorgeous Suite in Downtown
Want to gaze out over the cityscape? This high-rise Edmonton apartment offers one of the best views in the city! It’s suitable for up to 6 people, but if you’re a couple, this is a really good option. Not only do you have that romantic view (especially at sunset), but there’s an extra special treat! Yes, that’s right, here you can enjoy the use of the building’s amenities, such as gym, hot tub and outdoor patio with a BBQ! There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so there’s plenty of space to relax or get ready to explore the area. Speaking of, you’ll be in the heart of Downtown Edmonton and close to all awesome hotspots!
Another Great Apartment in Downtown Edmonton | The Loft Exclusive Downtown Living
We know you’ve seen a lot of awesome apartments in Downtown Edmonton and we promise this is the last one! It’s a bit of a wildcard, as it’s pricier than some of the others on our list. However, if you’re happy to splash the cash, you certainly won’t regret it. The panoramic floor to ceiling windows in this super cool loft gives awesome views of the city, while those with their own transport will be delighted to know they get free parking here!
Top Value Airbnb in West Edmonton | Spacious Guestsuite
Last but not least, we’re heading out of the centre. West Edmonton has a super cool mall that is high on many tourist itineraries – so it makes sense to find a place near there too. This stunning Airbnb accommodates 4 guests, but we’re going to be honest and scale that down to 3 for a more comfortable stay. It’s a great place for a small family or a group of friends and located in a peaceful area, so a good night’s sleep is guaranteed. There’s a fully equipped kitchen, ready to be used and a charming little living area – perfect for socializing and sharing stories after a long day of exploring the area.
What to Pack for your Edmonton 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 Edmonton
Here’s what people usually ask us when they look for vacation homes in Edmonton.
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Final Thoughts on Edmonton Airbnbs
So, that’s it for the best Airbnbs in Edmonton. We think you’ll agree that there are a wide variety of options for you to choose from on our extensive list before you start properly planning your holiday. We really have taken all budgets and travel styles into accommodation!
The city is pretty cool as you can stay in a friendly homestay with a warm and welcoming family, a small house in the middle of the best nightlife, or a private room where you can get loads of work done before enjoying the city’s attractions. Rentals in Edmonton really do cater to everyone!
And if you’re still having trouble deciding on your Airbnb in Edmonton, don’t worry. We know we’ve given you a lot of choice but just go for our best value option – Beautiful Modern Minimalist Loft. It scores highly on location, style, and price!
All that’s left for us now is to wish you an awesome vacation in Edmonton. Have a great time!
Can’t stretch to an Airbnb in your travel budget? Why not check out the hostels in Edmonton instead.
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