Last Updated on December 22, 2020
Headed to the United States Capital of Washington DC? A wonderland for history buffs and museum lovers, Washington DC is also home to amazing restaurants, charming neighborhoods, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival each spring. Whether you’re visiting for work, a family vacation, or a weekend getaway, I’ve got expert tips from a DC resident on the best Washington DC Airbnbs and neighborhoods for your stay!
Washington DC has something for everyone: from museums and art galleries to monuments, Michelin-starred restaurants, outdoor activities, and quaint neighborhoods. Depending on your itinerary, you might want to stay close to the sights of the National Mall or live like a local in charming Georgetown.
In this guide, I’ll share top Washington DC Airbnbs in the most popular neighborhoods, with options for solo travelers, couples, families with kids, groups of friends, or any traveler to DC. I’ll also recommend things to do in each neighborhood including sights, restaurants, and Airbnb Experiences tours led by DC locals!
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Short on time? Here are my top tips for the best Washington DC Airbnbs vacation rentals:
- Best budget DC Airbnb: Charming Flat Right By the Capitol
- Stylish Airbnb under $200/night: Redeveloped Historic Row House in Capitol Hill
- Best Georgetown Airbnb: Cozy Modern Apartment in the Heart of Town
- Airbnb near Smithsonians: Walk to the White House from a Posh Penthouse
- Stay for business: Black Swan Executive Studios near Logan Circle
- Budget apartment near the Convention Center: Urban Oasis in the Heart of Downtown
- Stay for a family with kids: Spacious Apartment in Historical Rowhouse near Dupont Circle
- Washington DC Airbnb with a pool: Stunning DC Apartment w/ Rooftop Pool
- Luxury stay: Artistic Home Steps from The White House & Georgetown
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DC Airbnb Tips & What to Expect | Capitol Hill & Eastern Market Stays | Downtown DC Stays | Dupont Circle Stays | Georgetown & Foggy Bottom Stays | Shaw & U Street Stays | More Washington DC Stays for a Group
What to Expect from Washington DC Airbnbs
Parking and Transportation in DC + Helpful Apps
Washington DC is a very walkable city. Public transit is plentiful to tourist areas: Metro rail and buses will take you easily to most of the sights and neighborhoods of DC. Parking can be at a premium, however; so be sure to check the listing details if you will have a car.
DC parking enforcement agencies do ticket and tow vehicles (I’m speaking from experience!), so be sure to read street signage. The Parkmobile app can be used to pay for street parking, and garages are located throughout the city, although they are expensive. You can check SpotHero for garage parking locations, availability, and prices.
Washington DC Airbnbs in Historic Buildings
Many Airbnbs in Washington DC are located in historic homes, including on the lower level. It’s common for DC rowhouses to have English basement apartments. They have a separate entry from either the front of the home or the back of the house via an alley that runs parallel to the street.
These 100+ year-old historic homes can possibly mean low ceilings, smaller spaces, and noise from neighbors above or streets. But they also provide a quintessentially “DC” experience. Just be sure to check the listings and reviews so you know what to expect. (And pack earplugs just in case!)
Other DC Airbnbs are located in modern buildings and have amenities like gym and pool access.
Safety in Washington DC
Washington DC is a major city, with its share of crime. By using common sense, though, most people won’t experience any issues. At night, stay in better-lit areas, keep purses close (not hanging on the back of a chair), and don’t leave belongings visible in vehicles.
The National Mall is constantly patrolled by the Capitol Police; this is the area between Constitution and Independence Avenues, starting from the Capitol building to the Tidal Basin including Smithsonian museums and monuments. It’s common to see locals and tourists (including school groups) at monuments at night. Both residents and tourists use the Metro at night as well.
The neighborhoods I’m recommending below are generally safe, although some with more nightlife activity might be seen as a little “grittier.” I’ll include a neighborhood profile and tips with each area recommendation.
Airbnb Washington DC: Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Stays
Capitol Hill is the neighborhood that extends from the U.S. Capitol building and Union Station from H Street in the north down to the Southwest Freeway. Most of the neighborhood is residential, with rows of Federal and Victorian row houses. There is a little higher incidence of crime in this neighborhood.
Stay here for: Neighborhood feeling; proximity to Union Station, National Mall & Eastern Market
Charming Flat Right by the Capitol | Capitol Hill Airbnb Apartment
This Washington DC Airbnb in the heart of Capitol Hill is a recently renovated street-level apartment in an 1890 Victorian townhouse. This cozy apartment has a separate entrance and offers self-check in, a full kitchen, and a washer and dryer. Located just 4 blocks to Capitol, 1/2 block to restaurants, 3 blocks to Eastern Market and Capitol South Metro stations (BL, SV, OR lines). This is a great option for 1-2 travelers who want and Airbnb close to the Metro, restaurants, and Eastern Market.
Redeveloped Historic Row House | Designer DC Airbnb Capitol Hill Townhouse
This Capitol Hill Airbnb is hosted by a DC interior designer, so it’s a stylish space full of thoughtful touches. It gets rave guest reviews for location, host communication, and comfort. This is a perfect stay for up to 4 guests who want to be close to DC’s sights with a cozy apartment home base in a quiet DC neighborhood. It’s also pet-friendly and close to a nearby park if you bring along a pup.
Steps to Capitol 2BR Historic Townhouse Apartment | Washington DC Airbnb in Capitol Hill House
This 2-bedroom lower level DC Airbnb is just blocks from the Capitol on a residential street. It offers self check-in, a full kitchen, living room, and a washer and dryer in a classic DC row home. This is a great rental for two couples or a family with kids. It’s also pet-friendly.
Modern 2BR Walk To National Mall and US Capital | Washington DC Airbnb 2 Bedroom Apartment
This roomy, stylish 2-bedroom apartment is fully equipped for a comfortable stay for a group of up to 6 guests. It has two bedrooms and baths (one ensuite), a full kitchen, dining space and access to the building’s pool and gym. This is a bright, modern space close to Capitol Hill and the restaurants and nightlife of H Street, perfect for friends or a family visiting Washington DC.
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Downtown Washington DC Airbnbs: Close to Smithsonians, White House
DC’s “downtown” area includes an odd combination of neighborhoods and functions: federal office buildings, K Street law offices, Chinatown, Penn Quarter, and Connecticut Avenue. This area is full of shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as sights like the Verizon Center, Convention Center, City Center DC and of course, the National Mall just to the south.
Stay here for: Close access to the National Mall or Convention Center
Walk to the White House from a Posh Penthouse | Washington DC Airbnb Downtown Apartment
This bright, modern penthouse is just blocks from the White House. It’s a perfect space for business travelers or up to 4 guests who want a home base in a super-walkable location. It features a full kitchen, living room, elevator, and a patio with city views. Snap up this stylish stay if it’s available for your dates!
Heart of the City Blocks to the White House | Downtown Washington DC Airbnb 2 Bedroom Apartment Rental
This private Airbnb rental apartment is in the remodeled 8th floor penthouse of the historic Gaslight Club building. It has a lift that opens directly into the light-filled apartment. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath Airbnb is perfect for couples, a family with kids, or even a business traveler who wants more space than a hotel with charm, history, and modern conveniences. It gets great guest reviews for its location, comfy beds, cleanliness and ease of check-in/out.
Airbnb Washington DC: Dupont Circle & Kalorama Stays
Dupont Circle is one of the most popular areas to stay in DC because of its coffee shops, restaurants, nightlife, and many hotel options. It gets its name from the traffic circle at its center, which is home to a park with an iconic fountain. If you visit on the first two Saturdays in early May, be sure to check out the embassy open houses. It’s also home to the Capital Pride Parade each June.
Stay here for: Restaurants and nightlife, “classic DC” neighborhood
Elegant, Light-filled Suite, Dupont & 14th | Dupont Circle DC Airbnb Studio
This stylish suite is located in an architecture practice! It offers a comfortable bed, private bath, TV and washer and dryer. With its prime location just blocks from the restaurants and bars of 14th Street, you won’t miss not having a kitchen. This is a perfect stay for a solo traveler, business traveler, or couple who wants to be blocks from the best restaurants in Washington DC with easy access to Metro stations within about a 10-minute walk.
Spacious Apartment in Historical Rowhouse | Washington DC Airbnb Dupont Circle House
This light-filled designer apartment is located in a historic row home between Dupont and Kalorama, one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Washington DC. (The Obamas and Jeff Bezos live there!) It can accommodate 5 guests with its 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, including one bedroom on the main level. It offers a full kitchen, living and dining spaces, self check-in, free parking and many other amenities that make it a great stay for families with kids: a crib, pack-and-play, high chair and more. Check out its perfect reviews for more details on why this is the best Airbnb for a family, friends, or couple visiting Washington DC who want to be close to Dupont Circle. It’s also pet-friendly.
Huge, Historic 1916 Carriage House | Washington DC Airbnb in Dupont Circle House
This spacious, bright Dupont Circle Airbnb is located in a historic carriage house and also includes a single parking garage and outdoor patio. With its gourmet kitchen, living and dining spaces, two bedrooms and 2.5 baths, it’s perfect for a family or friends of up to 6 guests visiting Washington DC.
Airbnb Washington DC: Shaw, Logan Circle & U Street Stays
This area, located north of Penn Quarter and just east of Dupont, is a historic district that is quickly gentrifying. Shaw is one of DC’s trendiest enclaves, with craft cocktail bars, beer gardens, and hip shops and restaurants. This historically African-American neighborhood is home to the 1910 Howard Theatre, where jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and D.C. local Duke Ellington once performed.
Stay here for: Restaurants and nightlife, local history
BLACK SWAN 14th & R Executive Studio | Washington DC Logan Circle Airbnb Apartment
This stylish studio apartment is located on 14th Street a few blocks north of Logan Circle, right in the heart of one of DC’s trendiest neighborhoods. It’s perfect for business travelers with a full kitchen, TV, laptop-friendly workspace, blackout curtains, and washer and dryer in the unit. You’ll have access to the building’s gym and rooftop lounge. It even includes a turntable with curated records for your stay!
If this is booked for your dates or you’d like a space in this building for up to 4 guests, check out this list of all Black Swan DC stays.
Dramatically Designed Victorian House in a Hip Neighborhood | Airbnb Washington DC Shaw House
This glam redesign of a classic DC Victorian home is a show stopper! It has space for up to 6 guests, with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms including one ensuite. Cook up meals in its well-appointed kitchen, and enjoy dining and relaxing in its chic spaces. This Shaw Airbnb gets great reviews for the neighborhood, comfort, design, and proximity to the Metro just a few blocks away.
Airbnb Washington DC: Georgetown & Foggy Bottom Stays
Georgetown is Washington DC’s oldest neighborhood, dating to colonial times as a tobacco port in 1751. Busy M Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, the heart of Georgetown, are lined with boutiques, restaurants, and pubs. If you stay here, be sure to stroll the quiet, tree-lined streets of restored Colonial row houses, check out the Waterfront, and see the beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.
Foggy Bottom got its name as DC’s earliest industrial center. It’s located just east of Georgetown and is home to the Kennedy Center in addition to offices, hotels, bars, and restaurants.
Stay here for: Charming streets, history, shopping and restaurants
Cozy & Modern Apartment the Heart of Town | Airbnb Washington DC Georgetown Apartment Rental
This modern yet cozy and Airbnb apartment is located steps away from M St. It’s within easy walking distance from historic gardens and museums plus some of DC’s best upmarket restaurants, taverns, college bars, coffee shops, and upscale shops. This is a great stay for solos, couples, and small families who want to be close to the heart of Georgetown in an affordable private space.
Historic Charm in the Heart of Georgetown | Airbnb Washington DC Georgetown House
This charming 1890 row house in the heart of Georgetown has 2 bedrooms and space for up to 6 guests. It has 2 small bedrooms on the 3rd level with a queen in each room, plus two extra pull-out beds. Note that this historic home has steps and several levels as well as smaller spaces. But its prime location tucked away on a quiet street makes it a great stay for friends, a couple, or a family with older kids visiting Washington DC. And wouldn’t you love to have your morning coffee in its garden?
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Airbnb Washington DC Homes for Families & Groups
Need a larger space for a family or other gathering? Check out these luxury Airbnbs in Washington DC and mid-range rental stays for more than 6 guests. Some are in Washington DC, while others are still easily accessible Airbnbs in the DC area in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia.
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