The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

When travelling there is no reason to slum it – there are pockets of luxury everywhere you look...

Finding a really good Airbnb can be a minefield. You can never be 100% sure that it will look like the photos when you get there and you never know what condition it’s going to be left in when you arrive.

Thankfully, there’s Airbnb Plus, which, if you haven’t heard of it, launched back in February to mark the American company’s 10-year anniversary. Here, you’ll only find properties that have been hand-selected and verified by Airbnb for “quality and comfort,” by meeting a stringent 100-point checklist.

Because we’re all about finding the best of the best, we’ve pulled together the top 13 most wish-listed Airbnb Plus properties – the listings that most people around the world are lusting after, with everything from fireplaces to sea views. If you get the chance, and move quick enough, to stay at one of these in-demand abodes, you won’t be disappointed…

A modern hillside home in Austin

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Austin, Texas, overlooking Wild Basion wilderness preserve
  • Highlights: Shared decking
  • Looks: Mid-century styling
  • Price: £95 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Austin, TX

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A loft-style apartment in Old Barcelona

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 3 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Sant Pere/Santa Caterina in Barcelona’s oldest district
  • Highlights: Private balcony
  • Looks: Open plan living space
  • Price: £79 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Barcelona, Spain

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A beachfront villa in Cape Town

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 8 (4 bed & 3 bath)
  • Location: In the fishing village of Kommnetjie, Cape Town
  • Highlights: Access to the entire cabin with infinity pool
  • Looks: Rustic, with an indoor fireplace
  • Price: £232 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Cape Town, South Africa

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A chic loft in Chicago

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Irving Park, Avondale – a quiet Chicago neighbourhood
  • Highlights: Private roof terrace and garage parking
  • Looks: Bare brick decor
  • Price: £53 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Chicago, IL

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A unique garden flat in West London

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 3 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Fulham, near South Kensington and Chelsea
  • Highlights: Private garden with pergola
  • Looks: Original floorboards and additional quirky details
  • Price: £115 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

London, UK

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A perfectly placed loft in Los Angeles

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 4 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Right in the bustling heart of downtown LA, near the metro
  • Highlights: Private garden terrace with a rooftop pool and spa
  • Looks: Stunning wall art
  • Price: £95 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Los Angles, CA

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An architectural treehouse studio in Melbourne

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Prahran, Victoria – 30 mins from Melbourne Airport
  • Highlights: Rainfall shower
  • Looks: Original art on the walls
  • Price: £59 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Melbourne, Australia

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A contemporary design greenhouse in Milan

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Porta Venezia, giving excellent access to the heart of Milan
  • Highlights: A helpful doorman in the building
  • Looks: Greenery and plant-life throughout the apartment
  • Price: £85 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Milan, Italy

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An elegant studio in Rome

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Overlooking St Peter’s Basilica, close to the metro
  • Highlights: Private balcony and Espresso machine in kitchenette
  • Looks: Classical Roman styling
  • Price: £69 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Rome, Italy

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A luxurious boutique loft suite in San Francisco

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 4 (2 bed & 2 bath)
  • Location: Picturesque Mission district
  • Highlights: Private roof terrace with views of downtown San Francisco
  • Looks: Fireplace in master bedroom
  • Price: £227 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

San Francisco, CA

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A Shikumen loft-style suite in Shanghai

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 4 (2 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Luwan, close to the heart of Shanghai
  • Highlights: Cinema projector and screen in master bedroom
  • Looks: Enclosed garden with swinging bench
  • Price: £67 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Shanghai, China

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A modern, secluded cabin in New South Wales

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: A private one-acre plot of land in Bayview, NSW
  • Highlights: Covered veranda with serene views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Looks: Original fireplace left in living area
  • Price: £122 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Bayview, Australia

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A luxury guest suite near downtown Toronto

The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world
  • Sleeps: 2 (1 bed & 1 bath)
  • Location: Set in the green Parkview area of Toronto
  • Highlights: Hot tub and firepit in the garden
  • Looks: Jewel town accents and original artwork hangs on the walls
  • Price: £71 per night
The most luxurious Airbnbs in the world

Toronto, Canada

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