The Best Airbnbs for Solo Travelers, from New York Lofts to Remote Cabins

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airbnb for solo travelers

There are so many reasons to hit the road by yourself these days. Solo travel can be restorative, allow (or force!) you to enjoy your own company, face your fears, and connect with new places in an entirely different way. But the best part? Solo travel means you don’t have to negotiate a single thing. Go to bed when you want. Wake up when you want. Sleep on whatever side of the bed you want. Listen to all of the terrible music you want. Eat what you want. Do what you want, when you want, how you want, and for whatever reason you want!

Now, thanks to a new Solo Traveler feature on the Airbnb app, you can do all of that while feeling safe and secure—a huge priority for any solo traveler. The app now lets single travelers share their itinerary, read safety tips, and get a list of suggested questions to ask their host for extra peace of mind. All users can also use Airbnb’s Local Emergency Services feature (available 24/7) and add an emergency contact to their profile.

Having said that, there are still specific listing features solo travelers should look for—after all, you probably don’t want to stay alone in (or foot the bill for) a six-bedroom villa or sprawling countryside manor. Whether you want to escape from it all, discover new places, or find solitude for reflecting, hammock-swinging, and cocktail-making—or if you just don’t want to put off an adventure for one more day—here are 15 Airbnbs that will make you happy you chose the best traveling partner in the entire world: you.

joshua tree airbnb

2 guests/$204 per night


You definitely can’t be afraid of the dark if you plan to stay at this cabin designed by a leading modernist architect, as the second you step inside, you’ll feel like you’re completely alone in the desert. But if that vibe is exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll appreciate that the entire space was designed to marry form and function and includes both indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a shower with views of the park, a covered outdoor living room with a freestanding fireplace, a patio with a huge soaking tub for baths under the stars, plus Wi-Fi, so you don’t feel completely disconnected from the world. Best of all, the cabin is within walking distance of Joshua Tree National Park, so once you park your car, you don’t have to get back in it until it’s time to leave.


What guests say: “If you like remote, calm, and quiet stays in the desert, then you’ll love the Homestead Modern. Gorgeous rock formations in the backyard and great patio space for stargazing. The house itself is much like a studio apartment—one room with everything you need: kitchen, bed, bath, dining area. Definitely recommend for a calming escape.”

colorado springs airbnb
Cascade-Chipita Park, Colorado

2 guests/$365 per night


Shel Silverstein wrote, “A tree house, a free house, a secret you and me house”—but everyone who has ever traveled solo knows that the poem should say, “a secret me and me house” (or something like that). Anyway, you’ll have plenty of time to ponder while staying at this stunning octagonal treehouse perched in a forest full of wildlife. The house has floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views, a wood-burning stove, a fully stocked kitchen with a coffee bar and waffle maker, two outdoor decks, a propane fire pit, lots of puzzles, a record player, and an oversized tub. It’s located just 15 minutes from Colorado Springs and tons of hiking trails, but why would you ever want to leave?


What guests say: “Exquisite! We absolutely loved staying at Emily’s Airbnb. It was such a delight to enjoy the beauty of CO from your delightful treehouse. The place itself is lovely, but Emily’s attention to detail carried it over the top. From the many ways to make coffee to items such as creamer and butter in the fridge, the spa-like bathroom...the list goes on and on. The location is great, too. Not too far from Colorado Springs, but you feel secluded. Perfection!”

north carolina airbnb

4 guests/$399 per night


If you want to stay active on your solo adventure, this glass house on Hyco Lake is the perfect place to call home for a few nights. The house alone has plenty to keep you relaxed and entertained, including windows overlooking the water, a screened porch with hammocks for reading and napping, a patio with an outdoor shower and hot tub, an indoor fireplace, and an outdoor bed/swing for even more reading and napping. When you’re sick of lounging, you can hop on one of the paddleboards or kayaks and explore the lake, take in the views, and use up your energy for an evening soak in the hot tub (or another nap).


What guests say: “The Glass House is simply phenomenal. As soon as you enter the house, you are transported to a state of relaxation. From the amazing lake views to the water features to the hammocks, we instantly felt less stressed. We used the kayaks to explore the lake (it is huge, and the water is a perfect temperature!). We found the kitchen to be well stocked and cooked all of our meals at the house. The house is very clean, and the attention to detail is above and beyond. We will definitely be staying again!”

massachusetts airbnb

 4 guests/$93 per night


It can be fun to travel solo in terms of other humans (or lack thereof), but sometimes you want your furry four-legged friends to join you on your adventures—which they can absolutely do if you stay at this off-the-grid cabin located in a forest (but also on a farm) about 60 miles outside of Boston. There are lots of Scandanavian and Nordic touches, including a Danish Morso wood stove and a wood-fired Finnish sauna (robes, towels, and essential oils are all provided). You can also take forest bathing to a literal level by spending an hour in one of the deep soaking tubs in the woods (wine included). During the day, you can hike in the area, meet the horses and chickens on the farm, read a book by the babbling brook, take a nap in a hammock, or explore the grounds. At night, unwind by the fire pit before climbing into the cozy king-size traditional rope frame bed.


What guests say: “A magical forest sanctuary tucked away in the central Massachusetts woods. From the wigwam to the sauna, it doesn’t get better. I can’t recommend an evening sauna session (all nights you are there!) enough. The New England forest is special on its own; Pamela’s property takes it to another level. Highly recommend a stay in the wigwam and a good sesh in the Bastu (sauna). You won’t regret it!”

san francisco airbnb boat house

4 guests/$256 per night


If you want to enjoy the excitement of a city but would prefer to skip the overpriced hotels in lieu of something more affordable and charming, this houseboat in Sausalito—right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco—is the answer. The floating cottage is at the end of a dock and has sweeping views of the Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. During your downtime, you can take in the views from the spacious upper deck, sit in an Adirondack chair on the front float, or paddle around the “neighborhood” in a kayak. SF is less than 15 minutes by car (30 by ferry), and the charming town of Sausalito, with plenty of shopping and restaurants, is just a short walk away.


What guests say: “What a wonderful experience. The houseboat was perfectly organized and clean, with absolutely everything needed for a spectacular stay. The location couldn't be better, with the sounds of boats and people happily floating past!”

Off-the-grid cabin in the Green Mountains

2 guests/$145 per night


If you’re one of those people who tells yourself you really want to escape from it all but has difficulty not checking Twitter or email, this secluded log cabin in the Green Mountains will hold you accountable. That’s because it’s completely off the grid. That means no electricity (though there are battery-powered lights, an outdoor solar-heated shower, and a wood stove) and no W-iFi (meaning no apps of any kind, especially those involving swiping). Pack light (or be in good shape) because you’ll have to carry your luggage, food, and alcohol from the driveway (about a 10-minute hike). Entertain yourself by hiking, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, taking a dip in the nearby swimming hole, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, or sitting in the rocking chair and reading a book. However, if (when?) all of the alone time starts to feel like a bit much, you can also drive 30 minutes to Burlington for a refresher on why you wanted to escape in the first place.


What guests say: “This was the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had! Most people make itineraries and load up every day of their vacation with activities. Not me. I had 5 days of no work, no responsibilities, just doing whatever I wanted to do, even if what I wanted to do was nothing at all. And this beautiful cabin with its incredible views was the perfect catalyst for that experience.”

taos new mexico airbnb

4 guests/$197 per night


This adobe home in Taos, New Mexico, was originally the dance studio of renowned flamenco artist Maria Benitez. Today, it's a romantic getaway in a private park-like setting, perfect for a true escape from real life—especially for those who appreciate a touch (okay, a lot) of Bohemian flair. In this case, it comes in the form of exposed log ceiling beams, woven art on the walls, shabby chic design elements, and an indoor hammock for maximum afternoon napping. The studio is close to downtown Taos where you’ll find restaurants, art galleries, and live music, and is also close to lots of hiking trails. When you get home at night, you can watch Netflix or cable TV and, according to the reviews, sleep in one of the most comfortable king beds in all of the land.


What guests say: “Guys. This spot was unreal. The space is even more beautiful in person, and the location is so peaceful. Bed was super comfy, and the thoughtful decor just lends to a really relaxing space. We especially loved all of Justin and Katya’s restaurant recommendations and the hiking! If you can book a stay here, I’d highly recommend it. The cutest Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in, hands down.”

nashville airbnb

4 guests/$153 per night


Honky-tonk bars with live music, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum, estate tours, distilleries, great food, and so many bachelorette parties—there’s plenty to do in Nashville, and this charming 1928 studio guesthouse with a loft bed is the perfect pied-à-terre to rest your weary head after an adventure-filled day. Need some R&R before you head back out on the town? Guests have access to the outdoor area with a swimming pool, chaise lounges, and a fire pit. 


What guests say: “The space is clean, well decorated, and very functional, with lots of thoughtful extra touches to make our stay extra comfortable. The neighborhood is absolutely adorable and within walking distance of many great bars and restaurants. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!”

santa barbara airbnb
Santa Barbara, California

2 guests/$352 per night


If you need to disappear for a few days, you can almost literally do so with a stay at this mirrored glass cottage, which reflects the giant sycamores and native oaks that surround it as a sort of camouflage. The cottage sits near another rental (but they face away from each other), and they both share the outside kitchen, lounge area, outdoor shower, redwood bathhouse, pool, hot tub, hammocks, and trampoline. (You can rent the two together if you want complete privacy, or just the one if you think having strange company on occasion may be fun.) While you really will feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll only be five minutes from a trailhead that leads to the ocean and 10 minutes from all of the restaurants, tasting rooms, and shopping in downtown Santa Barbara.


What guests say: “What a magical space to be in! Jennifer was communicative, and the logistics of the stay were seamless. As for the glass home and surrounding amenities...words cannot describe how beautiful it was to wake up amongst the trees and chirping birds to sit in the hammock and use the swings on the land. The bed itself was deliciously comfy too! Such an explorative space to connect with the earth and be drawn into the grounding powers of mindfulness.”

tennessee train car airbnb

4 guests/$193 per night


This renovated WWII train was once a troop kitchen car for the U.S. Military and is now a relaxing getaway that sits at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. The converted car has been very much updated with an open floor plan (well, open by train car standards), plank wood floors, and modern furnishings. Outside you’ll enjoy the gazebo, fire pit, grill, and possibly new friends: Not only are there dogs living on the property, but the hosts also rent out a two-bedroom aircraft hangar and a Dolly Parton-themed camper nearby.


What guests say: “What a fun and unique stay! This place is not too far from town but tucked away enough that it feels extremely private. A lot of thought and care have been put into everything on the property. Everything you could possibly need to make your stay enjoyable for a very extended time. There are plenty of spots inside and out to enjoy the view, and the lovely bathtub was my favorite way to wind down for the night. Highly recommend making a short drive out to Look Rock to enjoy the sunset!”

nantucket sailboat airbnb

2 guests/$325 per night


There once was a man from Nantucket

Who had an old boat and said, **** it!

I’ll make it cheap

For people to sleep

If they don’t like it, then they can suck it!


That is definitely not a limerick written by the person who owns this 36-foot skiff, but we wish he had. Anyone who is a fan of boats or water will love this 1953 Hinckley docked on a private mooring where guests can swim, chill on the deck, and take in the sunset with a cold beer in hand. When the boat starts a-rockin’ and no one comes a-knockin,’ head to town on a boat taxi to explore the island.


What guests say: “Our stay on the Roshika was incredible. We were right in the heart of all island happenings, but had all the privacy in the world. We went for daily swims, caught fish off the side, and lounged around on the deck drinking champagne.”

austin yurt airbnb

2 guests/$84 per night


This glamping yurt is perfect for a traveler who wants to keep it low-key but also likes meeting other people, since there are a couple of vintage campers nearby, and you’ll all share the communal fire pit. Don’t worry though: You’ll still have plenty of privacy and an outdoor shower and outhouse all to yourself. And when you feel like getting out and exploring, downtown Austin is just a couple of miles away.


What guests say: “For those who haven't experienced glamping before, this is the ideal intro. The yurt will have everything you need while offering the campy experience at the same time. It was beautiful and we did not want to leave one bit. Outdoor shower was spot on, with everything you need to feel comfortable. Afraid it will be too hot? Don’t fret; in the blistering heat of August, the AC kept the space nice and chilly for us throughout our stay.” 

new york city airbnb
New York, New York

2 guests/$350 per night


You’ll never get bored traveling solo in NYC, and that’s doubly true if you book a stay at this eclectic loft in a historic brownstone near Gramercy Park. The loft is ornate (to say the least), so if you’re a minimalist, it will be way too hectic for you. But if you appreciate details like exposed brick walls and wood beams, lavish rugs and decor, a four-poster bed, an antique secretary desk for catching up on your correspondence, an extra-deep clawfoot tub in the middle of the bedroom next to a roaring fireplace, then you’ll be in heaven.


What guests say: “My childhood dream was to spend the night in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Staying at Clara’s is probably the closest I'll ever get. The studio is full of interesting art, sculpture, and textiles. From our first communication until the day we left, Clara was a fantastic host—attentive, hospitable, and altogether charming. She supplied the apartment with lovely linens, towels, soaps, and all manner of snacks and treats. Location is convenient to subway and bus, easy to take in many parts of the city.”

vermont hobbit house airbnb

2 guests/$178 per night


Part Hobbit house, part Flinstone home, part igloo (except made of stone instead of snow), this cottage is comprised of two interconnected domes that look like they’re from another land and time. But they have legit modern amenities, like heated bathroom floors, Wi-Fi, a “thermostatically controlled propane-fueled” wood stove, and a garden patio with a gas grill. The Battenkill River is a hop, skip, and jump away for swimming, fishing, and kayaking; there’s also plenty of nearby hiking, and the Appalachian Trail is just a 30-minute drive away. And even though it feels completely remote, the bars and restaurants of Arlington are only 10 minutes by car.


What guests say: “There is so much positive to comment on, but to sum it up: if you are looking for a place to get some space from the business of your life, heal, process, and/or connect with a loved one, this is it. The detailed beauty and care put into the dome is unlike anything I have ever seen. It feels like you are a part of nature without the actual camping aspect. And it doesn’t just end with the inside of the dome—the entire property is magical. I felt like I was inside of a fairy tale, given the nurturing and care to process and heal from my life.”

california treehouse airbnb

2 guests/$198 per night


Set amongst 72 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this enchanted dwelling is straight out of every child’s dreams—or at least every child whose dreams involve a crazy treehouse in the middle of a redwood forest. (So, yeah, every child.) An oak spiral staircase leads to your cozy nest, where you’ll spend the night after a day of hiking, reading by the pond (books provided), and soaking in the clawfoot bathtub under the canopy of redwood branches. If you get a hankering for human interaction, you’ll easily find it at the nearby wineries and restaurants.


What guests say: “The Magical Treehouse did not disappoint! Pictures don’t do this place justice. It exceeded all of our expectations. A quiet, serene location filled with wildlife; it’s the perfect getaway from a busy life. The outdoor tub with endless hot water was also a treat. The treehouse itself is whimsical and fun with the modern convenience of a real toilet and sink—no small thing.”

Daisy Barringer is a freelance writer who, as a child, dreamed of living in a boxcar, a garret, any museum willing to host her, a farm in Prydain, and with the Ewoks. Today she just lives in an apartment in San Francisco. But it’s rent-controlled, so she’s never leaving, not even for a boxcar with a garret located on a farm in Prydain. Follow her on Instagram @daisysf.
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