Living Large in San Francisco: The Best Luxury Stays on Airbnb

Nicknamed the “Golden City”, the California of San Francisco is a charming city with a lot to offer. Walking over the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, visiting the infamous Alcatraz prison, or taking a cable car ride over the city skyline are just a few of the must-do activities.

The city’s tourism industry has taken a devastating plunge in the wake of the pandemic. Total visitor spending fell by US$8 billion (AUD$10.727 billion) in 2019, with a drop of 16 million visitors from 2019 to 2020.

As restrictions have eased, the opportunity for international tourists to storm the Golden City has arrived. Known for its mix of Victorian and modern homes, San Francisco offers eclectic and eye-catching architecture and makes choosing a place to stay a breeze.

Check out six unique luxury stays listed on Airbnb to make the most of your trip to San Francisco.

Contemporary 2 storey house in Forest Knolls

This chic four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is equipped for the most extravagant family vacations. Located on the slopes of Mount Sutro, this listing in Forest Knolls is surrounded by lush forests.

Distinguished by its naturally lit open spaces, chic decor and high ceilings, the house exudes luxury. This vacation has something for everyone; with an upscale kitchen with breakfast bar, latest entertainment features, wine fridge and generous insulated bedrooms. Minutes from Golden Gate Park, the home is located close to all that San Francisco has to offer.

2 story house in San Francisco A$3,360.45 | Source: Airbnb

Top level unit in SoMa

Infusing a unique twist on functionality, this unit from SoMa is the perfect base for touring alone or with the family. With heated floors, spacious rooms, and a prime location in the heart of SoMa, this on-trend listing offers comfort and style.

Watch the sun go down over the city on your own private rooftop terrace in this property, after a hard day of sightseeing.

This unit in SoMa is available for AUD 861.73 per night | Source: Airbnb

Golden Gate Avenue Home

Boasting breathtaking proportions, this six-bedroom, three-bathroom property is the ultimate getaway. Victoria’s classic exterior opens to chic interiors with lush carpets and a crystal chandelier.

This property borders the bustling CBD and is just minutes from famous tourist attractions including the Painted Ladies row of housing, the downtown cable cars, and a number of hiking trails. The house includes many luxury features, including a dining room that seats 20 people, a projector screen and a wine fridge.

This luxury villa costs AUD 4,032.54 per night | Source: Airbnb
Bedroom 4 features a crystal chandelier and luxury décor | Source: Airbnb

Opulent Pacific Heights Home

This dynamic four-bedroom, four-bathroom home oozes luxury and sophistication. Old-world sophistication meets modern glamor inside this Pacific Heights living room with its golden palette and artistic wall hangings.

At the heart of the house is a leafy terrace rich in greenery and perfect for sipping morning coffee before a day of sightseeing.

The home is located in an affluent area of ​​San Francisco and is close to prominent Layfette Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and just an eight-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also just a block from Fillmore Street, a bustling shopping street known for its high-end boutiques and jazz festivals.

This opulent Pacific Heights home offers a luxury stay for AUD 6,720.90 per night | Source: Airbnb
The outdoor terrace of the Pacific Heights residence | Source: Airbnb

Modern Castro House

This lush, modern villa is the perfect city escape. Located near Alamo Square Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Mount Tamalpais State Park, this home is the perfect combination of urban and landscape living.

Contemporary decor includes purple light fixtures and light-filled rooms. The enviable location of the Castro neighborhood has something for everyone, including Mission Dolores Park, world-class restaurants, or the Harvey Milk Photo Center offering pottery or photography classes.

This modern castro home is available for A$2,950.48 per night | Source: Airbnb
Light Bathed in Light Illuminates Crimson Interiors | Source: Airbnb

Century old luxury unit in the center of town

Completely remodeled to perfection, this unit is located in one of San Francisco’s most desirable suburbs. It enjoys proximity to the De Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers and within walking distance of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fully equipped for a lavish stay, the residence boasts modern fittings and finishes including a king-size four-poster bed, working area and high-end kitchen.

Located in the heart of town, this quaint unit has a 100 year history. Prices vary. | Source: Airbnb
King-Sized canopy bed and matte finishes make for contemporary interiors | Source: Airbnb

Elisha A. Tilghman