Since its launch in 2008, AirBnB has grown exponentially in New York City, and while this has obviously increased the number of awkward listings (like this mirrored bedroom), there are far more beautiful apartments. So many, in fact, we had trouble picking the ten best, but the restored Williamsburg carriage house (above) was a clear favorite. For $175 a night, you get 1,500-square feet of space with a wood-burning fireplace, restored tin ceilings, hardwood floors, and a garden with fruit trees.
For visitors looking to host a dance party, this massive $285/night apartment in Harlem is perfect. The spacious two-bedroom is a penthouse duplex in a 1903 townhouse on West 120th Street, and each bedroom has a private balcony.
This one-bedroom is located on 14th Street in the Meatpacking District, and it comes with a dozen rave reviews. It's "styled with whimsical, British, and a touch of Medieval decor," and the living room has a large exposed brick wall, a fancy chandelier, and bright pink accent wall. There's a full kitchen, a Queen-size bed, and it's only $186/night.
For $499/night, this two-bedroom on Columbus Avenue has Central Park views, and it's located in a brand new building that has a 24-hour doorman and a gym. Thirty people have reviewed the place, most praising the host and the apartment.
This sunny one-bedroom goes for as low as $99/night during off-peak times or long stays. Located on 11th Street in the East Village, the apartment has some fun contemporary art, hardwood floors, and the host allows pets.
Thirty-three people loved this 800-square-foot Williamsburg loft with a large open living room and kitchen. It's a one-bedroom unit, but both couches in the living room fold out into beds, so it sleeps up to six people.
Located in Fort Greene, one block from the Barclays Center, this one-bedroom rents for $150/night, and it has a private back patio. It's vibrantly designed with African-influenced and contemporary art, and a lot of really gorgeous wooden furniture.
Available for a three-month sublet, here's a 900-square-foot penthouse apartment with Central Park views. It's located on 86th Street near Fifth Avenue, and it has a wrap-around terrace and wood-burning fireplace. The building has a laundry room and 24-hour doorman.
Home to a photographer, this 1,600-square-foot two-bedroom duplex has a roof deck (with an inflatable pool for the summer!), and its walls are filled with contemporary art and photography. The building has a gym with a track and indoor parking, and it's located on Ainslie Street less than a block from the L and G trains. It rents for $425/night.
And last, but certainly not least, here's another duplex apartment in Williamsburg. The modern unit has double height floor-to-ceiling windows, a terrace, ash hardwood floors, and a "new Environmental Keetsa Green tea mattress." Minimum stay is three nights, and it costs $380/night. Spot a beautiful AirBnB listing that we missed? Leave it in the comments!
· AirBnB [official]
· Renters Week 2012 [Curbed]