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The 10 Best Airbnbs in Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Brittany Varano
Updated October 02, 2021

Best Airbnbs in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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There’s much more to Minneapolis then harsh winters and heavy snow, so why not go see for yourself what makes Minnesota’s largest city so beloved?

About 20 minutes west of the state’s capital city, Minneapolis is one half of Minnesota’s bustling Twin Cities (Saint Paul is the other.) It has a reputation for skyscrapers that tower over the horizon, but it also boasts countless green spaces and miles of trails. And there’s no shortage of water recreation, thanks to the nearby Mississippi River and more than 20 nearby lakes.

Top attractions include the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Institute of Art, and strolling through the ridiculously over-the-top Mall of America (tax-free shopping!) The city also has a vibrant art, live music, and a gourmet food scene that should not be missed; you can’t go to the city and not try a “Juicy Lucy” or tater-tot hotdish. Be sure to save room for a craft brew (or two) at popular establishments like Able Seedhouse and Surly Brewery.

Clearly it’s easy to explore like a local, so you might as well stay like a local, too. These airbnbs in Minneapolis will help you instantly feel at home in the breezy, laid-back city.

Related read: 11 Best Weekend Road Trips From Minneapolis, Minnesota

1. Modern Nordic Guesthouse

modern nordic guesthouse Minneapolis
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Why you should stay: Exquisitely designed home just a short walk from the Mississippi River.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Rates from: $49/night

At the Modern Nordic Guesthouse, Scandinavian minimalism and modern architectural combine to create a lovely place to stay in Minneapolis. Natural wooden elements are thoughtfully paired with white surfaces and pops of colorful textiles in a stylish display. And the heated floors throughout the home ensure you’re living the good life even when the temperatures are in the single-digits.

Outside, a newly built wooden deck with a hammock and patio chairs offers a place to lounge in the morning sun. The hosts grow a garden on the property brimming with fresh vegetables and herbs and guests are free to help themselves. This Minneapolis airbnb is within walking distance of the university campus and the mighty Mississippi, and about a 10-minute drive from downtown.

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2. The Modern Refuge

The Modern Refuge Minneapolis
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Why you should stay: Updated duplex with a first-floor bedroom and huge loft.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 6 nights
  • Rates from: $95/night

The Modern Refuge is a lovely unit in the Standish neighborhood about 15 minutes from the international airport and the busy streets of downtown. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be taken by the unique touches that fill the home, including the iron spiral staircase and corner glass fireplace.

The home also features high-end finishes such as granite countertops and hardwood floors. The upper level is a spacious bedroom outfitted with a work desk, skylights, a fireplace, and a cushioned reading nook. On the ground level, a second bedroom boasts access to the backyard’s deck through a private sliding glass door.

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3. House of HeART

House of HeART Minneapolis
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Why you should stay: Stunning five-bedroom home with fantastic attention to detail and local art.

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $381/night

Ideal for large groups visiting the city, the House of HeART airbnb in Minneapolis has just about everything a big group of family could need. That includes two living rooms, a seating area with plush sofas, and an expansive kitchen with an eight-person dining table.

There’s also a fully enclosed patio and a grand entryway featuring a beautiful wooden staircase and a glittering chandelier. The hosts go above and beyond to provide complimentary items such as Nespresso coffee pods and locally brewed Able beer. This airbnb proudly displays work by local artists, much which is for sale. It’s like sleeping in a museum, except in this case, you can take home the art you really love.

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Follow ’em: @houseofheartairbnb

4. Sable 43 by Minnestay

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Why you should stay: Upscale condo within walking distance to top restaurants and cafes in the North Loop.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $107/night

Whether for a small family trip or a romantic getaway, the Sable 43 by Minnestay is a high-end apartment airbnb in Minneapolis with fantastic amenities. Guests at Sable 43 have access to the condo’s shared spaces, including the spectacular rooftop deck, a chic community lounge with shuffleboard and a fireplace, and a concierge who can arrange everything from massages to catered romantic dinners. Another bonus is the garage parking spot included with your booking.

In the home itself, expect an industrial-styled unit with mid-century modern furniture and large windows in the living room. It sleeps four, but that’s only if you put two people on the pull-out couch.

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5. Tree-Top Urban Studio

Tree-Top Urban Studio Minneapolis
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Why you should stay: Urban camping at this A-frame cabin-inspired airbnb in Minneapolis.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $109/night

Perched on the third floor, this tree-top urban studio will make you feel as if you’re sleeping in a wooden treehouse. Its open floor plan comprises of a well-stocked kitchenette, a private bath, a comfortable living space, and two queen beds. Thoughtful touches such as eco-friendly toiletries and a wood stove with provided firewood make for a homey stay. This unit also features a work desk and a balcony that overlooks the trees of the surrounding Phillips Neighborhood.

One of the best things about this rental, though, is that you get a cabin experience while still being in Minneapolis. A metro stop along the Blue Line is within walking distance from the property for convenient transport to downtown and the airport. It’s a great choice if one person in your group wants a rustic feel while the other wants an urban getaway.

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6. Southeast Minneapolis Guesthouse

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Why you should stay: Private guesthouse with historical accents and driveway parking in an under-the-radar neighborhood.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $122/night

This Southeast Minneapolis guesthouse is a unique vacation rental in the historic Marcy-Holmes district housed on the ground floor of the host’s home. This isn’t exactly a studio, though the living room and bedroom are the same place. There’s a pull-out sofa in the space, too.

Though there’s not a separate bedroom, there is a separate kitchen, and it’s a stunner. It’s connected to the living room by french glass doors and has an espresso machine, two ovens, and a wood block island. The Minneapolis Airport is about 30 minutes away, but top attractions like the Stone Arch Bridge and trails along the Mississippi River are walkable. Note that the bathroom is quite small and down a few steps from the main living space.

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7. Private Garden Suite

Private Garden Suite Minneapolis
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Why you should stay: Pet-friendly Minneapolis airbnb with a storybook backyard near Powderhorn Lake.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $90/night

For those who appreciate a quieter locale, this private garden suite is a fantastic option, especially as it’s only about 10 minutes by car from downtown Minneapolis. The bedroom and living room are one room, but there is a second bedroom the hosts can make available if you book three or more guests. If you only have two guests but still want to have that second space, be sure to mark that you have at least three people when booking.

The standout feature of this Minneapolis airbnb is the magical backyard filled with verdant plants and a lily pond. In the lush foliage is a covered pavilion with a dining table, trellis, and outdoor seating, so plan on having most of your meals outdoors.

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8. Longfellow Loft

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Why you should stay: Affordable loft with tons of character in the Corcoran neighborhood.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $80/night

The Longfellow Loft is a cute, family-friendly rental conveniently around 15 minutes from the Mall of America and the Minneapolis International Airport. It features angled ceilings covered in attractive white shiplap accented by cheerful blue and yellow walls.

This unique living space features skylights, an electric fireplace, and a restaurant-styled kids’ playroom dubbed “the Bluebird Cafe” by the hosts. Other cozy touches include a record player and a collection of vinyls, games, and books. If you have four guests, it’s only around $25 per person per night, making it one of the more affordable airbnbs in Minneapolis.

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9. Minneapolis Boutique Bunkhouse

Minneapolis Boutique Bunkhouse
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Why you should stay: Better Homes and Gardens-approved guest house near scenic Lake of Isles.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $119/night

Enjoy some serious chic interior design at the Minneapolis Boutique Bunkhouse, a two-bedroom vacation rental near Kenwood Park. Stunning wicker accents and floral wallpaper add a touch of whimsy to the ground-floor bedroom which also has a work desk and an equally beautiful garden. No wonder this airbnb in Minneapolis was featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

You’ll climb a ladder to get to the lofted second bedroom, where there’s a king mattress beneath big skylights. The guesthouse also features a private patio furnished with a grill and outdoor dining table surrounded by a lovely garden.

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10. Classic Row-House Unit

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Why you should stay: Historic red-brick apartment with antique accents in walking distance to restaurants and nightlife.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $104/night

If you’re looking for a more homey stay near downtown, this classic row-house unit fits the bill. It dates to the late 1880s, but thanks to modern updates, you mostly only see the details in the original woodwork and exposed brick walls.

Otherwise, this lovely two-bedroom features modern amenities, from the sparkling clean bathroom to the cozy kitchen. The unit also has a small balcony outfitted with a cafe table and chairs for dining al fresco. During your stay, you’ll have access to a parking spot in an off-street lot, where you can probably leave the car parked – you’ll be walking distance to just about everything you want to see and do.

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