New York has hotel rooms coming out of its ears, from the highest of design to the, well, polar opposite. But why book a room for 200-something bucks a night when, for the same price, you can have full run of an entire mansion? We've rounded up nine of the nicest houses available to rent on AirBnB, which provide a homey alternative to bland 'n' boxy guestrooms. First up, Clinton Hill's Erhart House. From $220 a night, the 1887-built, 10,000-square-foot brownstone pictured above, which "has been meticulously restored and decorated with beautiful vintage modern furnishings and museum-quality art; 19th century opulence meets 21st century Brooklyn cool." We've previously called the home on Washington Avenue "the townhouse renovation to rule them all," and the boardinghouse has its own Facebook page with updates and events, like dinner parties and poetry readings. UPDATE: The owners reached out to clarify that the price listed on AirBnB is to rent a room in the house, not the whole house, though guests are offered breakfast. The owners have also removed the listing from AirBnB and taken down their Facebook page for privacy reasons.
↑ In Bed Stuy, this two-bedroom, two-bath house can accommodate eight people and costs $150/night. Wood-framed windows, an ornate fireplace, and a sizable backyard are just three of the perks.
↑ This brownstone on West 87th Street was once the home of Billie Holliday. That must be why it's asking a whopping $1,050/night. Provenance aside, it's a 3BR/3BA home that totals 2,500 square feet and boasts 12-foot ceilings. The decor is modern, with older touchers like a wooden banister for the staircase, and there's a verdant deck, too.
↑ Back in Clinton Hill, where there seem to be a lot of options, we turn to a 3BR/2.5BA on Downing Street. The decor is eclectic and cozy, with lots of impressive light fixtures and a clawfoot tub. We hope the dog pictured lounging around the house sticks around during the rental. Cost: $300/night.
↑ This East Village back house looks like a cottage in a woodland somewhere, not the middle of Manhattan. There's a hammock out front, for goodness' sake. For $395/night, the cute place can sleep up to five over its two floors. The upstairs bathroom has a porthole, which just adds to the charm.
↑ Back in Brooklyn, this triplex on Lafayette Avenue will run you $350/night. The vintage-looking kitchen appliances, vibrant blue bedroom, luxurious freestanding tub, and decorative moldings are among its best attributes.
↑ This duplex in Harlem, on 120th Street, is technically just part of a brownstone that dates back to 1903, but it has so much exposed brick that we're letting that slide. For $285/night, enjoy a back garden and stained glass juxtaposed with a modern fireplace and updated kitchen appliances.
↑ Over on Dean Street in Crown Heights, this home can fit a whopping 14 guests between two different units and the townhouse's furnished basement. There's lots of light as well as comfortable-yet-polished decor, and the rentors even offer yoga. Plus, there's a spacious backyard area with benches and plantings, all for $250/night.
↑ The lettors of this four-story West Village townhouse definitely went a little nuts with the photography, but since the combination of red-brick archways and modern trappings is pretty darn impressive, we'll allow the shutter-happiness. There are three bedrooms and seven bathrooms, plus, just for kicks, a recording studio in the basement. Not to mention the grand piano in the living room, three outdoor decks, and all the art hanging about. At $4,000/night, it's not the most affordable house on this list, but hey, consider what some suites at the Palace cost, and it's not a bad deal.
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