Airbnb has grown exponentially in the few years since its release. If you’re not super familiar with Airbnb, it’s a website where hosts put their properties up for vacation rentals. Typically, Airbnb properties are much cheaper than staying in a hotel or renting a cabin from a campsite, and their biggest claim to fame is the homey amenities. Many Airbnbs are part-time homes for a lot of hosts, which means they’re stocked with all of the things that make a place feel like home. Best of all, when you’re traveling, staying in an Airbnb gives you the opportunity to choose some pretty unique places that you wouldn’t normally get to experience.
From tree houses to yurts to tiny homes to teepees, Airbnb offers a unique collection of accommodations, at prices that even younger travelers can afford. Since Asheville is such an amazing tourist destination, we figured we’d share a few of our favorite local Airbnbs, in case you’re coming for a visit. Each of these locations offers something special, from a different way to stay to an ideal location at reasonable prices.
Amazing options right downtown
Distance from Asheville: 15-minute walk or $5 Uber/Lyft
1 bed – sleeps 2
Price: $125 per night
About a 15-minute walk to downtown Asheville, this cute, hand-built cabin offers exactly the unique, vacation feel that most Airbnbers are looking for. It’s definitely built with the environment in mind, is wood stove and radiant floor heated, and sports a compost toilet. It’s got everything you need, from a kitchen to a walk-in shower, and it’s totally private. Michael, the owner, lives with his family in the main house, and this cabin is located behind it, completely separately. The cabin has 50 five-star reviews, likely owing to its adorable aesthetic and prime location. Considering you get an entire cabin to yourself, the price is more than reasonable, and still way cheaper than any hotel you’ll find.
Distance from Asheville: Pretty much in the heart of the city – there’s a wine bar right under the loft!
1 bedroom – 1 bed, but host can add another single bed
Price: $137 per night
If luxury is what you’re looking for, then this is the Airbnb for you. Host Celeste makes sure her guests have every amenity they need, from organic cotton sheets and mattresses to top-of-the-line coffee and Aveda brand toiletries. Dark wood floors and cabinetry are set off with bright white accents, making this loft a true modern, downtown place to stay. And if the beauty of the apartment wasn’t enough, the location is even better! This gorgeous Asheville loft is situated right above the hip 5 Walnut Wine Bar and is a short walk from just about anything you want to do downtown, whether that’s grabbing a bit to eat or checking out the famous breweries. If you were looking for a luxury place to stay for your weekend getaway, without springing for a 5-star hotel, this is the absolute best way to do it!
Distance to Asheville: Less than 5 minutes by car or Uber/Lyft; Short bike ride
3 bedrooms – 4 beds, sleeps 8
Price: $58 per night
If you’ve been looking for a cheap place to get the crew together for an Asheville getaway, there’s probably nowhere better than this adorable Historic Haywood Haven. An amazing $58 per night, this place sleeps 8, which gives you plenty of room to bring friends, or go on a couples trip. The location is amazing, with West Asheville bars and restaurants in walking distance, and downtown Asheville proper just 5 minutes away. And in case you thought you’d have to sacrifice comfort for this amazing price—think again. Every room features a king-sized memory foam mattress, and there’s a 6 person hot tub right outside your door. This is another charming Airbnb location, as it’s been completely renovated with all retro appliances and fixtures. Step into the 70s in style at this amazing Haywood Haven!
Asheville Airbnbs for the Adventurous
These next few Airbnbs are a little bit different from a traditional apartment or cabin, offering a unique experience if you’re up for it! While some of these are a little farther outside the city (more convenient for the hikers and bikers) none are more than a 25-minute drive.
Distance from Asheville: 2 miles, about $7-$10 Uber/Lyft
1 Bedroom – 2 guests
Price: $89 per night
Still super close to downtown, this is an amazing location if you’re looking to do some hiking while you’re in town. This mountain house is basically two miles from everything—the Biltmore, downtown Asheville, nearby hiking trails, streams, and mountains. For a versatile location, definitely stay at this Mountain Getaway. You’ll be peacefully situated in the mountains in your own private apartment that’s located below host Angela’s home. Reviewers love the location and views at this place, which is probably why it has 71 five-star reviews. You’ll have a mini-fridge, a microwave, all sorts of amenities like a coffee maker complete with complimentary pods, your own living room, bathroom, and a walk out patio facing the woods. A quiet retreat to come home to after a long day in the city.
Distance to Asheville: 10-minute drive
Entire Apt – but really, it’s a bus!
1 bed – sleeps 2
Price: $65 per night
Believe it or not, when you rent this Airbnb, you’ll be staying in a converted school bus! This cozy space is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, as you get the entire space to yourself, and are just a short drive from downtown Asheville. This adorable bus retreat has electricity, a full-sized bed, a sink, and a bathhouse just a 30-second walk away. Hosts Zach and Bea own a few Airbnb properties like this one, keep extensive gardens and do a bit of backyard farming complete with chickens! It’s a totally natural retreat, with all the accessibility to Asheville you need. The property is also very close to hiking trails and the national forests located nearby, and hosts are more than happy to offer suggestions and directions to all kinds of places to explore.
Distance to Asheville: less than 10-minute drive
Entire tiny home
2 beds – sleeps 3
Price: $64 per night
One of the great things about Airbnb is that it allows guests to stay in some very unique accommodations that one wouldn’t normally get to experience. This downtown tiny house is no exception. If you’ve always wanted to stay in a tiny house, the accommodations don’t get much better than this one. Total hardwood interiors make this a cozy getaway, with a full bed in the loft and a daybed on the main floor. It’s a fully equipped tiny home, which means it comes with a kitchen, bathroom, and wood stove for heat, and it’s perfectly located right outside Asheville. Guests will have access to a small outdoor grassy area with a fire pit and a mini charcoal grill, so dinner outside is totally doable! Drive to Asheville for the day, or hike up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and come back to this quiet retreat to relax and recharge for the next day.
Distance to Asheville: 20-25 minute drive
1 bedroom – studio style, sleeps 2
Price: $75 per night
If you wanted to go camping but didn’t really want to rough it, this place offers the absolute best of glamping. Situated smack dab in the middle of the Pisgah forest, practically on the top of a mountain, this cabin is your ultimate outdoor retreat. The massive glass roll-up garage door of windows opens your space up to the fresh mountain air but is easily brought right back down if the weather gets a little cloudy. The wrap-around deck is perfect for stargazing or enjoying your coffee in the morning, and did we mention the outdoor shower? Reviewers absolutely love it. The cabin is close to most popular Blue Ridge Parkway hikes, and outdoor attractions like waterfalls and mountain biking trails. And in case you plan to spend a few days in Asheville while you’re here, know it’s an easy 20/25 minute drive away.
We hope you have a fantastic stay in Asheville, and we hope our list of Airbnbs helps you find somewhere totally different to stay while you’re here. For more ideas about what to do while you’re in town, be sure to check out our blog. And in case you find Asheville is a place you simply can’t part with, then check out the High Hickory sustainable mountain community! It’s a gorgeous development selling lots now, so get in touch with us for more information on how you can get involved.