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The 10 Coolest & Best Airbnbs in San Antonio, Texas

by Brittany Varano

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San Antonio, a.k.a. River City, is a modern metropolis steeped in history.

A vibrant city that nearly 1.5 million Texans call home, San Antonio has more to offer visitors than just The Alamo, though that is its most famous attraction. With its thriving culinary scene, the picturesque Riverwalk, and its long list of cultural gems, there’s something for everyone in this inviting city.

Before taking off for Texas, be sure to beef up your San Antonio bucket list so you don’t miss out on the best activities in town. Be sure to check out San Antonio’s coolest neighborhoods (don’t miss King William or Pearl District) — and be sure you find one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio.

Check out the list below for some of the coolest San Antonio Airbnbs to get you pumped for your upcoming Texas adventure.

1. Renovated Historic Home

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Why you should stay: A beautifully updated historic home with original exposed brick in the King William neighborhood

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Pets allowed: no

This expertly designed and renovated historic home exudes modern elegance without losing any of its rustic charms. The entrance of the home looks like any other Victorian home, but one step inside and you’re greeted with minimalistic and effortlessly stylish decor. The updates extended to the back of the house, with eye-catching cedar wood screen and patio.

You’ll find pine flooring and walls, as well as pops of exposed brick, contemporary furniture, and mixed colors and textures that create a cozy vibe. There are three bedrooms, four beds, and 2.5 bathrooms, one of which features a balcony and walk-in rain shower. During your stay, you’ll be just one mile from downtown San Antonio.

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2. The Steel Haus

This trendy and modern home is one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio
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Why you should stay: Quiet home on a cliff overlooking the Medina River, just 25 minutes from San Antonio

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

Near the sleepy little town of Castroville, the The Steel Haus offers San Antonio visitors an opportunity to stay in a secluded vacation rental conveniently located a short drive from the city. The home is perched on a small cliff overlooking the river below, where you can spend your days swimming and fishing in the sunshine.

The combination of an open floor plan and exposed wooden beams make the home feel super inviting. There are three bedrooms and five total beds, and behind the house, a spacious screened-in luxury porch allows you to sit outside without the annoyance of pesky mosquitos.

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3. Riverwalk Apartment

This one-bedroom rental is close to downtown and one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio
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Why you should stay: Brand new luxury apartment unit in a building with a swimming pool, gym, and rooftop terrace

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

Enjoy all of the luxury amenities of a resort vacation but with the privacy of your very own riverfront apartment. Located on the ground floor of a new and stylish apartment complex, you’ll have full access to hotel-style amenities. Get in your workout at the 24/7 fitness center, or spend the day outside at the beautiful swimming pool with a safe kiddie pool area. In the evenings, head up to the rooftop terrace where you can grill out and sip libations with a view.

The unit itself boasts a well-stocked kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a Keurig machine with complimentary coffee. The apartment has its own washer and dryer if you need to throw in a load during your stay, and the bedroom has a comfy king bed you’ll love. This San Antonio Airbnb is just a short walk away from the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center for visiting business guests.

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4. 19th-Century Riverwalk Unit

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Why you should stay: Sleep in a charming historic home located one block from the famous San Antonio Riverwalk

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

This 19th-century riverwalk unit is an upper-level, two-bedroom apartment in a beautiful historic home updated with modern touches. It’s one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio if you love outdoor space, since you enter the apartment via a steel spiral staircase to the home’s outdoor terrace. This terrace has comfortable seating and is a great spot for a morning coffee or evening cocktail. The hosts live in the unit below and are available for any urgent needs during your stay.

Inside, the apartment features a full kitchen with everything you need for home-cooked meals as well as a room for dining and relaxing in the trendy living room. From this modern Airbnb in San Antonio, you can easily walk to the city’s downtown shopping, nightlife, and dining.

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5. Upscale Flat

This is the coolest Airbnb in San Antonio for people who love nightlife
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Why you should stay: An eclectic one-bedroom flat in Southtown with a community swimming pool and unique common spaces

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

Whether you’re from San Antonio seeking a staycation or a new visitor ready to hit the town, this upscale flat will make you feel right at home. Stationed in Southtown, a neighborhood best known for its art scene, there are plenty of fabulous eateries, shopping, and more just a few minutes away.

On the premise, you can enjoy a nice dip in the in-ground swimming pool, quality work time in the WiFi cafe, as well as a quick workout session in the fitness center and yoga room. With your booking, you also get to enjoy free parking, so there’s no need to fuss with finding a spot in the city.

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6. The Casita

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Why you should stay: Cozy little guesthouse with retro touches in the heart of the Deco District.

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

The Casita is one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio for couples traveling together. The entire home is thoughtfully decorated in calming and natural tones set against bright white walls, hardwood floors, and pops of color. It’s incredibly bright and airy; it looks like a professional decorator set up the home for a photoshoot.

While here, you’ll have a full kitchen, a comfortable living room, a private bedroom, and a full bathroom at your disposal. When the weather’s nice, head out to the patio to plan your day and sip morning at the cafe-style table and chairs.

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7. Upscale Historic Home

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Why you should stay: Pet-friendly, luxury Airbnb for 10 in Tobin Hill

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Pets allowed: yes

Sleep in a gorgeous 100-year-old upscale historic home that perfectly marries classic architectural design with modern and contemporary accents. The hardwood flooring was carefully restored and renewed to its original state, and a retro clawfoot tub makes evening soaks a true pleasure.

The patio has a dining table set, lounge chairs, a grill, and a cute sun umbrella for days spent lounging outside. If you’re traveling around San Antonio by car, the home has a private driveway and free parking. The property is just a short drive from downtown and within walking distance to the Riverwalk and local restaurants.

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8. Quality British Tent

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Why you should stay: A fresh-air glamping experience with a comfortable queen bed, futon, and bathhouse

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

Surround yourself in nature while staying only a short drive from the conveniences of the city in thequality British tent – a truly unique glamping experience. Cute and quirky, it’s definitely one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio. Constructed from high-quality British-made canvas with all-season protection, you can rest assured you’ll find peace and comfort here, even on rainy days.

This Airbnb is part of Deerhaven Retreat, a large estate filled with Texas oaks and other lush trees. Although you’ll be in nature, you’ll still have the luxuries of WiFi, AC and heat, coffee and tea, and a clean and private bathhouse. The property also has a firepit, grill, and lawn games. You may even catch a glimpse of wildlife cruising through the property during your stay.

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9. Vibrant Downtown Bungalow

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Why you should stay: Colorful little home with access to a shared pool and outdoor space

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

San Antonio’s vibrant downtown bungalow is a quirky and charming one-bedroom rental. Perfect for a traveling duo, the home features hardwood floors, pops of color, and eclectic art. This bungalow has everything you need during your trip to San Antonio, including a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a beautifully tiled bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, and a comfortable queen bed.

You’ll also appreciate the enclosed backyard with a private lounge next to the pool and a grill. The property is  in the historic Lavaca neighborhood, which puts you within walking distance to the Southern Arts District and the Riverwalk. It’s one of the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio if love the idea of chillin’ by a private pool during the mid-afternoon heat.

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10. Red Oak Bungalow

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Why you should stay: Quaint guesthouse for six with an in-ground lap pool and a sunny patio

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Pets allowed: no

The Red Oak Bungalow is a family-friendly San Antonio home with three bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a laundry room. Though the interior is lovely, the real highlight is the outdoor space, with a beautiful lap pool, a covered area with hanging chairs, and market lights so you can relax long into the evening with your group.

Reviewers only have positive things to say about the hosts and how responsive they are to guests’ needs. Better still, the home is only 15 minutes to downtown.

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Plan Your Trip to San Antonio

Now that you’ve decided which are the coolest Airbnbs in San Antonio (and hopefully picked one,) here’s what you need to know about the best things to do on this side of Texas.

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