Our Favorite Airbnbs in the World — 2018

by Lu
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One year of nonstop travel and 40 Airbnb stays later, we’ve picked 10 around the world that we liked the best. Cleanliness, design, value, and location were top factors.

1. Northlake Retreat in Wanaka, New Zealand – $69/night
Beautifully done guest house with a super comfortable bed, great shower, and top notch finishes by an architectural and interior designer duo. Just minutes from the charming town of Wanaka. We enjoyed a few hikes nearby and a stop at the Rippon Winery.Con

Northlake RetreatWanaka, New Zealand

2. Sea View Apartment in Tivat, Montenegro – $64/night
Brand new one-bedroom overlooking the Bay of Kotor, just a short walk to all the shops, restaurants, beaches, and nightlife of Porto Montenegro, a luxury marina. The apartment has huge floor to ceiling windows, a balcony, and a stylish bathroom.

3. Chic 3 Bedroom Apartment in Kunming, China – $53/night
A wonderfully spacious apartment to share with friends or family. Spotlessly clean with hotel quality amenities, including keyless entry, soaps, shampoo, tea, fluffy towels, and linens. The apartment is also in a fantastic location, proximate to the subway, a large international grocery store, as well as local markets, restaurants, and shops.

Kunming AirbnbKunming, China

4. Bright Top Floor Studio in Central Budapest, Hungary – $46/night
Newly renovated in a charming walk-up in the heart of Budapest, just a few blocks from St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Palace of Parliament, and the Danube River Promenade.  We were particularly impressed with the studio’s functional design and sparkling white bathroom.

5. Contemporary Villa with Pool in Darwin, Australia – $55/night
Sweeping high ceilings, a crazy comfortable bed, nice towels, a kitchen full of cookware, and a beautiful little pool right outside your door. Breakfast was included with plenty of granola, fresh bread, yogurt, jam, and cookies. Close to supermarkets, downtown, and a cute weekend market in a quiet residential setting.

6. Luxury Apartment in Phuket, Thailand – $35/night
A one bedroom apartment at the Base Height, a modern high-rise near Phuket town with onsite gym, free parking, a gorgeous lobby with a reading room, and best of all, a rooftop infinite pool.

PhuketPhuket, Thailand

7. Idyllic Country House in the Moselle River Valley, Germany – $63/night
Relaxing rural escape in German wine country, surrounded by gardens, pastures, and horses. The tap water is extremely pure and good for drinking, and the beds have warm fluffy blankets for cool evenings. Just a short drive to the Moselle River below.

8. Private Suite with Breakfast in Taupo, New Zealand – $69/night
Laura and Sorin were the most warm and welcoming hosts. They had cookies and tea for us when we arrived. The room was extremely well appointed, clean, and private, with a very comfortable bed, nice toiletries, and a walk in closet. A full breakfast was provided with a fresh loaf of home baked bread. An excellent base to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing from.

9. Modern One-Bedroom on the Great Ocean Road, Australia – $77/night
Sleek, modern apartment in Lady Bay with major wow factor in the bathroom. The bed was comfortable, the shower was strong and hot, and the kitchen was well equipped. A great stop if you’re driving the Great Ocean Road.

10. Historic Hutong Living in Beijing, China – $77/night
Cozy studio full of character in a traditional courtyard on a historically preserved street. Walkable to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. Our host George went above and beyond in his hospitality. He provided fresh fruit and bottled water daily, subway transit cards, and many local recommendations. He even took us out to a roast duck restaurant. The apartment itself is spotlessly clean. George also has an updated one-bedroom unit in the same courtyard. It was such a special experience to stay here.

Beijing HutongBeijing, China

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