Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina

The 10 Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is North Carolina‘s most artistic and eclectic city. This hip oasis, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, offers visitors a welcoming vibe and plenty of awesome things to do. With dozens of independent microbreweries, award-winning gastropubs, and live music venues there is always something fun going on in this small but lively city.

For outdoor lovers, Ashville also provides easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains with miles of scenic drives as well as excellent camping and hiking. The Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited National Park, is just a short drive away. And the nearby French Broad River offers endless options for watersports – kayaking, standup paddleboarding, or just lounging in an intertube with a cold microbrew in hand.

To help you choose the perfect vacation rental for your trip we’ve hand-selected the best Airbnbs in Asheville. Save yourself time and check out our top Asheville Airbnb picks so you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying your trip!

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Why Stay in an Airbnb in Asheville

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There are lots of advantages to staying in an Airbnb in Asheville. The most obvious reason is that you’ll get more value for your money. In general, Airbnbs are cheaper than staying in a hotel.

In Asheville, you’ll find dozens of unique and affordable Airbnbs that offer more amenities and character than your typical run-of-the-mill hotel. From rustic cabins and cozy yurts to dreamy treehouses and luxurious lofts, there are so many unforgettable places to stay in Asheville. 

You’ll also have a a friendly Airbnb host who gave give you tips on the best restaurants, breweries, and hiking trails around town. Staying in an Airbnb in Asheville means you have a much more local experience!

Best Asheville Airbnbs for Couples and Solo Travelers

1. Private Studio Sanctuary in the Trees

Best Asheville Airbnbs: Tree Sanctuary

If you want an Asheville Airbnb in the perfect location, look no further than this cozy studio retreat. Tucked away in a wooded area, you’ll enjoy being surrounded by nature, but it’s actually an easy walk to neighborhood restaurants, art studios, and the pubs of West Asheville. 

This studio apartment is nestled below the main house and you’ll have your own private entrance and outdoor space to enjoy. The zen-like property is small, simple, and minimalist – perfect for couples or solo travelers.

It’s well-equipped with a hot plate, a mini-fridge, and a small table and chairs. The comfy queen-sized bed has a great view of the surrounding woods through a large floor-to-ceiling window. You’ll have your own small bathroom and access to a laundry room. 

The Airbnb comes with a parking spot, use of the bikes, an outdoor area with a table and chairs, and your own super-fast wifi that is separate from the house above.

2. Magnificent Custom-Made Treehouse

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Treehouses of Serenity
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One of the coolest Airbnbs in Asheville, this 1-bedroom treehouse is located on a wooded hillside with breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Even though you’re surrounded by nature, the property is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Asheville. 

Inside the treehouse you’ll find a cozy living space where you can completely unwind. You’ll love the contemporary furniture and whimsical decorations in this unique Airbnb. The high ceilings, wooden interior, and homey amenities feel more on the luxurious side, rather than the rustic treehouse vibe you might expect.

The bedroom includes a double-sized bed and french doors that open up to a balcony. There’s a half-kitchen with a small electric grill and microwave. Relax on the main floor balcony and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. Make memories around the fire pit while roasting s’mores and sharing stories. Of course, there’s also a TV and wifi if you’re not quite ready to disconnect.

The hosts also provide you with a wonderful welcome basket with snacks and water, as well as recommendations of attractions to visit in the area. This beautifully designed, hand-built treehouse will be the highlight of your trip to Asheville!

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3. Colorful and Modern “Rad Pad”

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: The Rad Pad
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Perfect for solo travelers or a couples weekend getaway, this contemporary loft is packed with fun, creative details. The space is decorated with bright colors, modern furniture, and sculpture pieces made by local artists. The tall ceilings with exposed beams make the loft feel spacious. And the industrial design coupled with vibrant touches throughout make this Asheville Airbnb unique and memorable.

The full bathroom features a walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead, penny tiles, and subway tile art covering the walls. There is a basic kitchenette with a coffee machine, a one-pan burner, a small conventional oven, and a mini-fridge. You’ll also find air-conditioning and cable TV for nights in. There’s a small sitting area outside on the patio where you can relax in the evening with a cold beer.

The neighborhood is surrounded on one side by the River Arts District and on the other side by West Asheville. Many restaurants are within walking distance and the downtown area is less than a 10-minute drive away.

This Asheville Airbnb gets consistently high reviews from guests who love the plush queen-sized bed, luxurious shower, and central location.

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4. Have Family-Friendly Fun at This Airbnb

Coolest Asheville Airbnbs: Family Friendly Airbnb at Bent Creek
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This 3-bedroom/2-bathroom bungalow has it all for families with kids: it’s in the Bent Creek area near hiking and biking trails and the fantastic NC Arboretum, two of the most popular spots to visit with kids in Asheville. It’s also a few minutes’ drive to downtown and truly fun! 

Between the play space for kids (including an adorable reading nook under the stairs!) and the basement equipped with a 55″ smart TV, a foosball table, a ping pong table, board games, and a retro Mrs. Pac-Man arcade game, your family will never have a dull moment in this super cool Asheville Airbnb.

The patio private backyard features a six-person hot tub, a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, a covered dining area, and two hammock chairs. Plus, there is a small park within walking distance.

You’ll love the mid-century modern furniture in the living room, the record player, the oversized plush bath towels, and the local artwork, including a custom Blue Ridge Mountains mural in the game room.

5. Cozy Country House with Hot Tub

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Country Chic House
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If you’re visiting Asheville with your family, this cozy country house is perfectly suited for your needs. With 3 bedrooms, including 2 queen-sized beds and 1 double-sized bed, you’ll have plenty of space for the whole crew!

The house is decorated in a chic farmhouse style. Exposed wooden beams along with rustic country accents will make you and your family feel right at home. Modern upgrades include a gourmet kitchen with clever storage solutions and a washer and dryer.

The real highlight, however, is the hot tub, which provides a much-needed break after a long day of sightseeing. And the kids will love the downstairs living room area which includes a ping pong table and other games. The house is also equipped with a travel crib, stair gates, children’s books, and toys.

And if all that wasn’t enough, at this Airbnb you’re also welcome to bring along your family pet. The enclosed deck and fenced-in yard are perfect for your dog. The host even provides dog bowls, treats, and other pet-friendly products!

This Asheville Airbnb is located in a quiet neighborhood less than 10 minutes to downtown, the Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

6. Posh Nordic-Style Cabin with Private Hot Tub

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Cozy Upscale Cabin
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On the outskirts of Asheville, just 6 miles from downtown, this Nordic-style 2-bedroom cabin offers plenty of hygge and comfort. The interior is sleek and modern, but it’s the exterior that you’ll really love. With a hammock, a fire pit, and a private hot tub that’s perfect for stargazing at night, you’ll never want to leave this Asheville Airbnb!

The design of the property goes seamlessly from indoor living space to outdoor living space, with the deck feeling like a perfect continuum of the space. Outside on the spacious deck is the porch swing and a large backyard with outdoor games. Nearby, you’ll find a small creek with a picnic table and hiking trails. 

Inside the cabin, the first bedroom comes with a queen-sized bed and the loft area serves as the second bedroom with 2 single-sized beds. Enjoy the warmth of the wood-burning stove while watching TV. The cleverly designed full-sized kitchen allows for easy meal prep for day-trip hiking adventures.

The entire cabin is outfitted with hip furnishings and a mix of sleek and rustic touches. It’s the perfect getaway for a couple, a group of friends, or a small family that wants to enjoy the beauty and solitude of Asheville’s surroundings. 

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7. Dreamy Luxurious Treehouse

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Luxury Treehouse
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Asheville offers many unique Airbnbs, but this one takes it up a notch. Featured on the DIY Television Network, a stay at this epic treehouse should be on everyone’s Ashville bucket list!

This 1-bedroom treehouse, with 2.5 baths, fits up to 4 guests. The living area also comes with a fold-out deluxe memory foam sleeper sofa. The master bedroom has an adjustable queen-sized bed and provides gorgeous panoramic views. 

You’ll love the ambiance, the outdoor space, and the comfortable amenities like the indoor fireplace and the beautifully constructed wrap-around porch. The amazing 360-degree deck provides incredible views and lights up at night. The customized woodwork and talented craftsmanship that went into building this treehouse make it one of the coolest Airbnbs in Asheville

You’ll find clever designs all throughout this space – from the handcrafted ceiling to the castle-like turret. The sitting room is perfect for reading a book and you can enjoy the private outdoor shower after a long day of hiking. The bathrooms inside come with heated floors and you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen, complete with high-quality utensils and copper cookware. 

Outside, the fire pit is well stocked with firewood for your use. Take turns in the tree swing, use the grill for entertaining, or be on the lookout for deer, wild turkeys, and perhaps even the occasional black bear. 

This magical property is just minutes from both Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sleeping in this dreamy treehouse, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains is guaranteed to be one the most memorable experiences of your Asheville holiday!

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8. Luxurious Loft in Downtown Asheville

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Sapphire Loft
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Another one of the best Airbnbs in Asheville, The Sapphire is a 2-bedroom designer loft renovated with plenty of contemporary features to make your stay as comfortable as possible. With its prime location in the heart of downtown Asheville, this Airbnb is the perfect vacation option for families or friends that want to be in the heart of the action! 

Inspired by the host’s love of travel, you’ll find artwork and accessories throughout the home that reflect their love of Spain. The loft has high ceilings and expansive windows for plenty of natural light. The kitchen provides modern Italian kitchen cabinets and brand new appliances. 

Both of the sumptuous beds found in the 2 bedrooms have premium bedding. And as an added bonus, in the morning you will be provided complimentary coffee from the coffee shop that is located in your building. It’s a really thoughtful touch offered by the hosts. 

Located in Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood, with a walkability score of 81, you can easily reach many of the cities top attractions by foot as well as local art studios, shops, bars, restaurants, and breweries. 

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9. Charming Cabin Getaway

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Cabin-esque Getaway
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If you’re planning a little gathering with a group of friends or family, this charming cabin is the place for you! This Asheville Airbnb can host up to 10 people, on 6 beds in 4 bedrooms, and has two bathrooms. Enjoy the outdoors in a natural setting by the firepit, nap in the hammock, or relax in the rocking chairs on the wrap-around porch. 

It’s also pet-friendly and family-friendly. For little ones, the cabin comes with a travel crib, a high chair, a baby bath, children’s books and toys, and outlet covers. There is a BBQ available, cable TV, and wifi for entertainment.

Three of the bedrooms come with queen-sized beds and the other bedroom has both bunk beds and a sofa bed. The metal siding and industrial elements of the home are balanced nicely with wood, fur, and soft throw blankets, creating a warm and homey environment.

The kitchen is equipped for the preparation of meals, as well as a kitchenette that has a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a wet bar. This stylish cabin is found near the Botanical Gardens, hiking trails, restaurants, and breweries. And even though you are surrounded by nature, it’s less than 10 minutes from downtown Asheville.

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10. Secluded Mountaintop Lodge with Spectacular Views

Best Airbnbs in Asheville, North Carolina: Mountaintop Lodge
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Unwind at this newly renovated mountain lodge, found just a short 3-mile drive from downtown Asheville. There are 3 bedrooms in this 3-level home, as well as 2 pull-out sofas for a total of 7 beds. 

Our favorite feature of this home is its high cathedral ceilings. Multiple large windows provide stunning views of the city of Asheville, especially from the living room. There are also two decks and multiple communal areas throughout the home, as well as 3 bathrooms, which makes this Airbnb perfect for large groups.

The kitchen is thoroughly equipped for preparing meals for your whole crew. And the large dining table and kitchen island are great for family dinners or a lively game night. If you want to grill, there’s also a BBQ grill located on the deck outside. 

The lower level boasts a pool table, 65″ TV, and its own deck with stunning views of Asheville. The home is located in a peaceful neighborhood surrounded by pine trees. It’s also pet-friendly, and the surrounding neighborhood is great for walking dogs. This Asheville vacation rental is the perfect escape in the Blue Ridge Mountains, while simultaneously not being too far from the action of the city. 

Top 10 Things to do in Asheville

Coolest Airbnbs in Asheville: Biltmore Estate
  1. Stroll through the River Arts District, a neighborhood lined with galleries displaying art by more than 200 local artists. 
  2. Discover the French Broad River. In the warmer months, there are many water activities like tubing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Or if you prefer to stay on land, the area also offers many greenways and parks, as well as restaurants and breweries on the riverfront. 
  3. Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Be sure to stop at Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the Eastern United States.
  4. Go hiking in Pisgah National Forest, located to the northwest of Asheville. Here you’ll find hundreds of miles of trail, refreshing swimming holes, and beautiful cascading waterfalls. 
  5. Learn about Appalachian arts and crafts at Asheville’s Folk Art Center where you can admire the work of over 300 local artists. The center includes a museum, exhibition rooms, an American craft library with archives, and sometimes craft demonstrations.  
  6. Shop ’til you drop at the historic Grove Arcade. Built in the 1920s, it’s known for its ornate architecture, open-air market, and unique specialty shops. 
  7. Known as Beer City USA, Asheville has the most breweries per capita of any city in the United States! Don’t miss your chance to try some of the local brews – Asheville’s best breweries include Highland Brewing Company, Asheville Brewing Company, and Green Man Brewery.
  8. Explore the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned home in America. At this 8,000-acre estate, you’ll find expansive gardens, several shops and restaurants, a working farm, and even a winery.
  9. Follow the Asheville Urban Sculpture Trail. This 1.4-mile self-guided trail is perfect for exploring downtown and getting acquainted with Asheville’s history.
  10. Visit Asheville’s quirkiest museums – the Pinball Museum and the Moogseum.
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    Val grew up in Portland, Oregon but moved to Oahu on a whim back in 2013. She sold her house and all of her belongings and bought a one-way ticket. Since then she’s taken two around-the-world trips and has visited 60-ish countries while living out of a duffel bag.

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