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The 12 Best & Most Unique Airbnbs in Kansas

by Kristen Arendt
Updated September 12, 2021

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Home to expansive skies and wide open spaces, Kansas welcomes visitors to explore both city and country living.

From Topeka to Wichita and all the lovely country corners tucked in between, a visit to this Midwest state has some charming and, at times, unexpected offerings. No matter where you visit, you’ll find something to do. Kansas City is a big city with surprisingly affordable prices, so you can treat yourself to fantastic cuisine and live shows and spend a fraction of what they’d cost in LA or NYC. Or you check out President Eisenhower’s childhood home in Abilene, or grab a beer at a Wild West saloon in Dodge City.

The choice of what to do is totally yours — as is where to stay. But to make it a bit easier, check out the 12 awesome airbnbs in Kansas below, which start at a shockingly affordable $59 a night.

1. Konza Cabin

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Why you should stay: A one-of-a-kind stay in two delightful converted grain silos.

  • Location: Manhattan
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $134/night

Clearly, no one ever told this homeowner “you can’t turn that into a house!” In fact, the Konza cabin was even features on an episode of a show called “You Can’t Turn That Into A House” — because the owners did just that, of course. And this cabin certainly fits the bill for unique, with two renovated and repurposed grain bins connected by a wall of windows, creating a cozy and bright atmosphere that feels at home in the landscape.

Located on a 100-acre working ranch, you’ll enjoy yourself whether you take off for a hike in the hills, go fishing or swimming at the pond, or head out to see the cows and say hello to the horses. During the day, you might spot wildlife passing by, and at night, you can kick back by the outdoor fire pit for a relaxing evening under the stars. And, bonus: it comes with everything you need for s’mores.

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2. Cozy Cabin

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Why you should stay: A forested retreat with a labyrinth and backyard axe throwing.

  • Location: Tonganoxie
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $59/night

Escape to 15 acres of peaceful rural bliss. This cozy cabin was renovated with rustic-modern flair and is the ideal place to get away from the daily grind. On a forested slice of Kansas countryside, you’ll enjoy the outdoors just as much as the indoors during your stay.

Explore the miles of hiking trails, walk the property’s stone labyrinth, try your skills at axe throwing, or play a round of horseshoes. Bring your fishing rod for the small catch and release pond, and pack the s’mores stuff for a marshmallow roast around the fire pit. Or just let the days breeze by from the comfort of a hammock under the shade of the trees. No pets are allowed, but the owners have three friendly dogs you may be lucky enough to meet.

“The cabin was beautiful and a great getaway. The land is gorgeous and was lots of fun to explore and hike. Very relaxing and recuperating stay.”

Jenica, Lawrence, KS
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3. Boho Cottage Hill Home

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Why you should stay: An artsy, Boho-inspired house within walking distance of College Hill.

  • Location: Wichita
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $72/night

The Boho College Hill Home has all the luxurious touches of a five-star hotel with a fun, modern vibe. You’ll love the thoughtful details and quirky artwork. Though this duplex shares a wall with the neighboring house, you’ll have plenty of space and privacy during your stay.

When you aren’t relaxing at home, you can hit the town for a stop off at College Hill’s most popular restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Take a stroll through the historic neighborhood or catch the Q-line trolley for dinner in Wichita — you’ll be happily surprised by the variety. If the weather isn’t great (or even if it is), take a tour and do a tasting at Wheat State Distilling, the city’s first distillery. This is one of the best airbnbs in Kansas for travelers who want an affordable stay near Wichita.

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4. Limestone Cabin

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Why you should stay: Go back in time at this charming historic cabin.

  • Location: Ellsworth
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $70/night

Short of having a time machine, this quaint limestone cabin is about as close as you can get to homesteading on a family farm. Restored and updated in 2015, the cabin is now a cozy stay with a good dose of nostalgia. Fire up the wood-burning stove in the evenings, and relax in the rocking chair by the glow of the fire.

The remote location is deep in the heart of Kansas, so come prepared to enjoy a secluded and quiet stay. Perhaps the main draw of this historic cabin is the chance to slow down and appreciate a simpler existence, with the beautiful plains and wide skies of the prairie stretching for miles in every direction.

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5. Lil ‘Partment on the Prairie

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Why you should stay: Unwind and relax at this rural escape in Amish Country.

  • Location: Hutchinson
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $75/night

This sleek apartment is a modern getaway in a rural setting. With its minimalist design and industrial touches, you. might think this is a top pick for NYC, rather than one of the top airbnbs in Kansas. But when you step out the front door and onto the country lane, you’ll be reminded why you booked a stay here: for the peaceful setting.

Just 15 minutes from the town of Hutchinson and 30 minutes from Wichita, you’re in the heart of Amish country and close to the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Plan an outing to the Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery for a special treat. And check local event schedules, since occasional events offer non-Amish guests the chance to learn about life in Amish country.

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6. The Santa Fe Boxcar

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Why you should stay: All aboard! Jump In this boxcar for a trip to vacation paradise.

  • Location: Hutchinson
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $85/night

It’s not every day you get the chance to sleep on a train. And this renovated boxcar, built around 1941 and used on the ATSF Railroad, still counts as a train stay even if you aren’t going anywhere. The train car is updated inside, but the owners left enough original touches (like the boxcar’s original wood walls) to perfectly blend new and old.

In addition to the boxcar, you can use the private fenced area on property, which has a pool, beach chairs, fire pit, charcoal grill, and patio table. The local Kansas sunrises and sunsets are rumored to be remarkable, so be sure to time your morning cuppa Joe or evening beverage of choice to catch one in all its glory.

“The boxcar was amazing. The renovation was very well done. And the farm and land was such a lovely location to wake up to.”

Erin, Omaha, NE
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7. Modern Farmhouse

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Why you should stay: City or country? Well, why not have both?

  • Location: Kansas City
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $135/night

This beautifully restored 1933 bungalow delivers up the perfect mix of modern luxury in a laid-back, natural setting. The bright and spacious home is perfectly splashed with color inside and out. Steal away to the cozy book nook, relax in the stylish living room, or pour yourself a glass of wine to enjoy as you soak in the tub.

Step through the front door and you’ll find a peaceful rural setting. The house is set on nine acres of prairie that gives the impression of being in the middle of the country. However, you’re only a short drive from all the attractions of Kansas City, including BBQ restaurants, brews, live entertainments, shopping, and much more. It’s one of the best-priced airbnbs in Kansas, especially considering it’s an Airbnb Plus home.

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8. Signet Loft

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Why you should stay: A historical loft with an artsy, museum-style wall mural.

  • Location: Pittsburg
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $210/night

This historic loft space is perhaps most memorable for the giant Cremo “ghost” sign that makes up the great room’s brick wall. It’s a reminder that you’re stepping into a little piece of history in this renovated 1900’s loft space. Now a cozy oasis, the loft takes advantage of the high ceilings and open floor plan to create a truly unique living space.

Located just a few blocks from downtown Pittsburg (Kansas, that is), you’ll be within walking distance of restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries, and city parks. And as an added treat, you can pay a visit to the Signet Coffee Roasters just below your loft for freshly roasted coffee and espresso drinks, homemade baked goods, and lunchtime soups, salads, and paninis.

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9. Queenie’s Loft

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Why you should stay: An exquisite (and historic) loft fit for royalty.

  • Location: Leavenworth
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $125/night

This 165-year-old loft has held up well over the years. Taking a stroll through this luxuriously finished space, you might be surprised to learn that the hardwood floors are original and the beautiful orange brick walls were laid by hand over a century ago. The historic origins of this loft add to the charm of your stay.

Located in downtown Leavenworth right across from city hall, you can take the custom elevator down to the streets of downtown to explore the shops, restaurants, coffeehouses, and bars right outside your door. For a low-key morning, consider grabbing a coffee to go and following the town’s self-guided walking tour. Fun fact: Buffalo Bill Cody lived here!

“Amazing loft on the edge of downtown! Perfect for walking to nearby shops and restaurants. The design of the space was incredible and loved the history that was shared about the building”

Sue, Urbandale, IA
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10. Neodesha Old City Jail

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Why you should stay: Book a stay in the slammer.

  • Location: Neodesha
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $69/night

You might think that staying in an old jail would be creepy. But don’t worry: the Neodesha Old City Jail is completely renovated and finished with some delightful and humorous touches to ensure you don’t feel like an inmate during your stay. In addition to modern amenities, the apartment also has some truly one-of-a-kind features like the original prison doors and a preserved graffiti wall.

During your stay, you can head out on foot or by bike to explore the town of Neodesha. This quaint town, tucked between the Fall and Verdigris Rivers, has plenty of charm that should fit the bill if you’re looking for a laid back weekend or short vacation getaway.

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11. Sun & Moon Mongolian Yurt

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Why you should stay: Unplug and unwind off-the-grid in a laid-back yurt.

  • Location: Lawrence
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $64/night

It’s not often you get the chance to leave the daily grind behind, but the Sun & Moon yurt is thoughtfully designed to make it easy to do just that. The amenities are basic (no electricity, no running water), so if you come ready for a rustic, you’ll likely to find the peace and relaxation you’re looking for.

Take a stroll through the woods and fields for the chance to spot wild turkeys, deer, and eagles, and expect fabulously starry skies at night. Though you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from civilization, you’re only about 15 minutes from town, should you find yourself seeking modern entertainment during your stay.

“This is a very special spot. Rustic, but absolutely lovely.”

Emily, Kansas City, MO
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12. The Gingerbread House

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Why you should stay: One of the most picture-perfect airbnbs in Kansas at an incredible price.

Location: Topeka
Sleeps: 8
Minimum stay: 1 night
Rates from: $92/night

The owners decked out this large home with both luxurious and cozy touches, making it great for the entire family. The house is in a well-established neighborhood with large trees and historic homes. You can easily head out for a walk, jog, or bike ride right from the front door.

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Topeka, you’re just a few minutes away from what the city offers, like the state history museum, a kid’s discovery and science center, and the low-key-cool Evel Knievel museum. This is actually the most affordable of the airbnbs in Kansas on this list. If you pack the house, it’s less than $13 per person per night.

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