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13 Best Airbnb Rentals in San Jose, California

by Brittany Varano

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Silicon Valley’s largest city is home to high-end shopping, endless culinary delights, and a doorway to the beautiful Bay Area of Northern California.

Dubbed the Capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose has become a mecca for technology where giants like PayPal, eBay, and Adobe set up shop. Experience the tech world for yourself with a visit to the famous Tech Interactive or Intel Museum and leave with a wealth of knowledge that covers our past and future.

San Jose has something for everyone, from luxury shopping opportunities to gourmet options for foodies, and even a selection of wineries for those thirsting for a tipple or two. And we can’t forget the stunning scenery offering outdoor enthusiasts access to countless hiking trails in San Jose and beyond.

But before you take off, no trip is complete without first booking a stay at one of the best Airbnbs in San Jose. Here’s a look at 13 of our favorites.

1. Serene Casita

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Why you should stay: An adorable casita for two with a peaceful, private backyard garden and outdoor space.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

This serene casita makes for a fantastic San Jose getaway for couples. Inside you’ll find soothing tones that complement natural wood finishes and mid-century furnishings. This San Jose Airbnb is a detached guest house with a private entrance, fenced-in patio space, and a stocked kitchenette, so you have everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

The property is located in downtown San Jose, in the Hensley Historic District, not too far from San Pedro Square Market and the Guadalupe River Park. Here you can enjoy an urban retreat in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, surrounded by beautiful Victorian homes.

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2. Loy’s Tiny House

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Why you should stay: Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Airbnb experience in San Jose’s Alum Rock neighborhood.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Loy’s Tiny House is an Airbnb stunner that’s brand spanking new, extremely photogenic and well decorated! Although it’s a tiny home, don’t let the word “tiny” dissuade you. The space is small but mighty and can comfortably sleep four guests in its two lofted queen beds.

The optimized space includes a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area with a TV and loveseat, and a table for those who need to get a little work done during their visit. This Airbnb provides a classic tiny home experience without feeling like a tiny house.

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3. Light-filled Cottage

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Why you should stay: Soak up some sunshine at this bright and stylish studio near downtown Willow Glen.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: No

A stay at this light-filled cottage is sure to make your San Jose experience memorable. The property is sparkling clean and the home’s a bright white that lights up with the day’s sunshine.

The decor has been lovingly curated to exude a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Guests love that this property is within walking distance of downtown Willow Glen, a residential area of San Jose known for the picturesque tree-lined Lincoln street, boutique shops, and impressive eateries.

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4. Poolside Cabana

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Why you should stay: Escape the city streets to a lush cabana paradise with luxury spa amenities.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

As you enter this poolside cabana, you’re immediately transported to a gorgeous, lush spa retreat for two. Outside, leafy vegetation encircles the private warm Watsu Pool that can be heated up to 96 degrees for ultimate relaxation.

You can also enjoy the classic Finish sauna, outdoor shower, and an outdoor plunge pool. The hosts provide an assortment of teas and coffees during your stay for an authentic spa experience.

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5. Cozy Downtown Apartment

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Why you should stay: A completely renovated upper-level apartment with absolutely beautiful high-end decor and an electric fireplace.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 7 nights
  • Pets allowed: No

This cozy downtown apartment is the definition of home goals. No detail has been overlooked in this warm and airy space that houses a well-equipped designer kitchen, a vibrant reading nook, and two large bedrooms with queen beds.

The location of this San Jose vacation rental is also fantastic, placing guests downtown in the art and historical preservation area of the city.

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6. Zen Garden Guesthouse

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Why you should stay: Find your zen at this architecturally unique guest house with koi pond and sky-lit, vaulted ceilings.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: No

There’s nothing quite as peaceful as a zen garden Airbnb designed with your relaxation in mind. It’s here guests can find tranquil peace just a ten-minute walk from downtown, after a long day exploring the best attractions in San Jose.

Inside you’ll discover eye-catching vaulted skylights that pour in natural light. Sip tea next to the pretty koi pond, indulge in the full bath with rain shower and bubbling jets, and enjoy a lovely meal in the kitchenette.

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7. Sierra Azul Cabana

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Why you should stay: Take in breathtaking views of Silicon Valley from the comfort of the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi at this luxury rental.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

Tucked away in a secluded pasture of the Sierra Azul Mountains, you’ll find the genuinely stunning Sierra Azul Cabana.

The interior is cozy and quaint, creating an inviting, comfortable space for two guests. Out back, the luxury outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi are sure to impress, and if not, the sweeping views of Silicon Valley should do the trick.

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8. Santana Row Modern Condo

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Why you should stay: A modern condo on the lively Santana Row where refined dining and shopping awaits you.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: Long-term
  • Pets allowed: No

There’s zero chance of boredom when staying at this Santana Row modern condo.

Located on one of San Jose’s most lively streets, you’ll find European charm, high-end shopping, and local favorite restaurants and bars within walking distance to the property. This condo has a queen bed, sofa, and floor mattress as sleeping accommodations and is best suited for a couple or family of up to four.

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9. San Jose Treehouse

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Why you should stay: Fulfill your childhood dreams and sleep high above Silicon Valley in a rustic, fully-equipped treehouse.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: No

A stay at this treehouse offers a truly extraordinary glamping experience perched high above the city. Ascend the spiral wooden staircase to the humble abode in the leaves and enjoy the double lofted sleeping space with two queen beds, the fully functioning toilet and shower with hot water, and a kitchenette with sink.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast visiting the city, this fantastic Airbnb in San Jose has your name all over it.

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10. Foothills Guesthouse

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Why you should stay: A sparkling clean private guesthouse in the East San Jose hills that makes for a perfect long- or short-term stay.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: Long-term
  • Pets allowed: No

For visitors seeking privacy and a bit of seclusion, look no further than this guesthouse in the foothills. The private one-bedroom apartment has an open living room, comfortable queen-sized bed, fully-equipped kitchen, and a private deck overlooking the back garden.

The hosts do everything they can to make you feel welcome, from the immaculately clean space to the welcome snacks and beverages laid out on arrival.

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11. Upscale Guesthouse

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Why you should stay: Surround yourself with rolling green hills and local golf courses in Evergreen.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

This upscale guesthouse promises a peaceful and quiet stay in San Jose. As a detached building behind the main home, guests can take advantage of the lush backyard seating area.

Inside, you’ll find 500+ square feet of space, complete with a living room, bedroom, eating nook, and an attached bathroom. There are a few cooking appliances provided for your convenience or nearby local restaurants for evenings out.

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12. Charming San Jose Home

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Why you should stay: A spacious rental home perfect for a large family or group visiting downtown San Jose.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: no

If you have a large family or party looking for a great San Jose Airbnb, this San Jose home should be at the top of your list.

The property is a two-bedroom, two-bath with two queen beds and two sleeper sofas to accommodate a group of six. There’s also a well-stocked kitchen, dining room, and living space for your comfort. We love that this location is super close to most San Jose attractions and just a 15-minute drive from the airport.

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13. Custom-built Studio

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Why you should stay: A warm and inviting detached studio that makes you feel right at home.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: no

The hosts of this custom-built studio have gone out of their way to ensure every guest feels right at home during their stay.

As you step inside the detached guest house’s private entrance, you’re immediately greeted with a basket of complimentary wine, coffee, soda, water, and snacks as a warm thank you. There is one bedroom with a queen bed and a sleeper sofa provided to sleep up to four guests – perfect for your next family vacation.

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Plan Your Trip to San Jose

Now that you’ve booked your San Jose Airbnb, it’s time for the fun stuff! As a large California city, San Jose offers so many amazing things to do, whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or your significant other.

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