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9 of the Coolest Downtown Airbnbs in Houston, Texas

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“Space City.” “The culinary and cultural capital of the South.” “The energy capital of the world.” “Beyoncé’s hometown” — Houston has claimed all these titles — and many more.

As the largest city in Texas, Houston is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in the entire nation, offering something to see and do for every kind of visitor. The sprawling metropolis is home to countless local restaurants featuring outstanding international cuisine, a premier theater district, and over 150 museums and cultural institutions. Oh, and you can’t forget world-famous attractions like the NASA Johnson Space Center and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Whether you’re here for just a weekend or a whole month, these unique airbnbs in Houston are some of the coolest stays in the city. By booking one of these, you can rest easy knowing no matter interesting adventures you might get up during the day, you’ll be coming back to a top-notch airbnb in the evenings.

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1. DwellHTX Midcentury Modern Home

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Why you should stay: A mid-century getaway with quick access to a bike trail.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $299/night

Located in the historic First Ward district, DwellHTX is decorated in a colorful mid-century style. Throughout the space, you’ll find modern conveniences like a smart fridge, smart TVs, and a Google Nest to level up the luxury during your stay.

Since the airbnb is just steps away from the Buffalo Bayou trail, you can easily spend a sunny afternoon cycling around after picking a bike share from one of the nearby stations. You could also pedal right to downtown since it’s less than a mile away. Looking for more to do? Walk on over to Sawyer Yards to explore a lively complex of galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars.

Given the fact that it can house ten people, DwellHTX is one of the more affordable airbnbs in Houston if you’re coming to the city with a crew.

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2. Stylish Home

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Why you should stay: A luxurious refuge in a vibrant neighborhood.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $650/night

While the house itself is over a century old, this stylish home has clearly had a modern makeover given its smart decor and special touches (hello, espresso machine and wine cooler!) The appeal isn’t limited to the inside, though. There’s a well-manicured backyard complete with a pool, hot tub, and cute patio seating area.

In the eclectic neighborhood of Montrose, this stay is walking distance to popular restaurants, bars, and shops aplenty. Plus, you won’t have to worry about leaving your car behind with the private parking on the premises.

You can either rent the place alone or with the pool house suites, which can accomodate another six. It’s one of the pricier airbnbs in Houston, sure, but it won’t leave you wanting for anything.

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3. The Seventies Suite

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Why you should stay: A funky loft where you can let loose.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $192/night

It’s back to the 1970s in the best way at this Texas Avenue BNB. Once a warehouse, this converted space is full of eclectic decor like a velvet-tufted bed, tropical mural, piano, and vintage bar cabinet. There are also plants on plants on plants here, bringing even more life to the fun space. For some fresh air, head to the small outdoor patio to take a nap on the hammock.

This airbnb is next to BBVA stadium, which means you’re also close to the convention center, Discovery Green (a 12-acre urban park), and 8th Wonder Brewery. If you have your own car, there’s a designated parking space outdoors for you. If you don’t, you’re just one block away from the light rail station.

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4. Modern Bellaire Home

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Why you should stay: Modern accommodations close to the city’s best attractions.

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $454/night

This modern Bellaire home mixes simple, clean decor with an industrial flair, stemming from notable architectural features like exposed steel beams. The stay offers roomy common areas where the whole gang can easily gather together, from the big kitchen with a swanky six-burner range to the large living area with two different spaces for seating.

At this airbnb, you’re a short drive away from the upscale Galleria where you can shop ‘til you drop. Take the car east for 15 minutes or so, and it’s also almost a straight shot to the city’s lively Museum District.

With seven nights as a minimum stay, this place makes for a comfortable home base for a week exploring Houston with your family or large group of friends.

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5. Executive Condo

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Why you should stay: A long-term option with excellent green spaces nearby.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 30 nights
  • Rates from: $135/night

Does your situation call for staying longer than just a weekend or week in Houston? Furnished with a combination of contemporary and eclectic pieces, this executive condo is a great place to settle down for a month or more. You have the whole multi-level condominium to yourself, but you also have access to the property’s shared pool – a nice plus if you’re here during one of Texas’ famously hot summers.

While you may be in the middle of a metropolis, you’ll have plenty of access to some of Houston’s best green spaces seeing as the stay is sandwiched between Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou Park. Inside tip: Another cool attraction just a couple blocks from the house is the Beer Can House, an iconic Houston landmark made of over 50,000 beer cans.

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6. Galleria Urban Oasis

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Why you should stay: Indoor and outdoor comfort for a family gathering.

  • Sleeps: 11
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $411/night

From the outside, Galleria Urban Oasis, a renovated home from the 1950s, may look a bit unassuming. Come inside, however, and you’ll find an inviting space with ample room to fit nearly a dozen people plus a lovely backyard. Who wouldn’t want access to a pool and private fire pit while on vacation? And you can even heat the pool and hot tub if you’re here during the colder months.

As its name suggests, this airbnb is just down the road from the bustling Galleria shopping center. Foodies will also have plenty of places to choose from given the many delicious restaurants along two big strips close by: Richmond Avenue and Westheimer Road.

When you factor in the cost per person, this stay is a steal that delivers on both comfort and convenience. It’d be one of the best airbnb in Houston for a small family reunion or family celebration.

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7. Home in Museum Park Place

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Why you should stay: An elegant home within walking distance to Houston’s best museums.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $234/night

At the 2,400-square-foot home in Museum Park Place, each room offers a light, bright place to rest your head.

The home mirrors its neighborhood, with original art on the walls and an upscale vibe accented by pops of color (and a full-body massage chair, because why not?) There’s also Netflix access and great Wi-Fi if you want to just chill at home for a bit or have to catch up on work.

While the stay itself is in a quiet neighborhood, you’re super close to all the attractions of the Museum District. Yes, that means plenty of museums, but there’s also the absolutely massive Houston Zoo and Hermann Park, too. It’s a great choice for adults keen to explore museums, but given the home’s kid-friendly amenities (baby gates, toys, a high chair and more), this home is a great choice for families. Just plan to spend a lot of time at the zoo (it’s exceptionally kid-friendly.)

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8. Stunning 1927 Home

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Why you should stay: An affordable home for 10 guests in the heart of Houston.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $285/night

This stunning 1927 home brings the coziness with its fashionable blend of mid-century modern pieces and antique furnishings. If you like to cook, the beautifully designed and well-equipped chef’s kitchen might make you more than a little jealous. Another highlight of the place is the tiled sunroom, where you can soak up some vitamin D while looking out onto the yard.

Centrally located, this stay puts you close to the numerous attractions in Houston’s Museum District as well as the Medical Center. You couldn’t ask for a prettier home, nor a better-priced one: divide the cost by 10 and you’re looking at under $30 per person per night, making it one of the most economical airbnbs in Houston.

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9. Heaven in Houston

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Why you should stay: An urban retreat with a private resort-style pool.

  • Sleeps: 8 guests
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $350/night

Aside from its spacious and modern design, there’s one obvious draw to staying at Heaven in Houston: the heated pool in the backyard. Lounging feels even more luxurious since the property is enclosed by a tall privacy fence. It feels like being outdoors at a secluded spa.

If you happen to be in Houston to catch a concert or game at the stadium, you won’t have to stress about a long commute through traffic as this airbnbs is less than 10 minutes from NRG Park. Of course, that makes the Museum District and the zoo also but a short drive away.

Split between eight people, the rate here is quite affordable, especially considering you’re in the heart of the city and close to plenty of its top attractions. (And don’t forget about that fabulous pool…)

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