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As locals are quick to note, Phoenix is very spread out. Being in the middle of a mountainous desert allows people to participate in outdoor activities all year round, whether that be hiking, visiting a local market, or taking a swim in a pool. Having a car is not essential, but it makes moving around the city and surrounding area a lot easier, especially during the scorching summers. These eleven Phoenix Airbnbs put you close to everything that is happening.
1. Chic condo with pool and hot tub near Old Town Scottsdale
Located in the entertainment district of Scottsdale, this cozy condo puts you minutes away from anything one could need. Old Town Scottsdale is one of the thriving areas of Phoenix, loaded with locally owned shops and restaurants, catering to the college crowd, young professionals, and visitors in the city for sports or business. Scottsdale is all about what happens when the sun goes down, and there are many nightclubs within walking distance of this condo. If you’re interested in shopping, just past Old Town is the Scottsdale Fashion Square which has a huge range of shops that range from Build-a-Bear to Gucci. And if you are just looking for a relaxing afternoon, the Art District is home to more than 20 galleries and exhibits and is a short stroll away from this rental.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $145 per night
2. One-bedroom apartment with large pool
With a view of Tempe Town Lake, this one-bedroom apartment puts you adjacent to many outdoor activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and pedal boating. Tempe Town Lake — home to the swimming section of the local Ironman competition — also has a lovely path that makes for a pleasant stroll. If hiking is more your thing, you’re in luck as A Mountain is right across the lake, and the trail takes only an hour to complete. Tempe is home to Arizona State University, and Mill Avenue is a statement street full of bars, clubs, and restaurants. However, it’s not all parties and nightlife here; the Phoenix Zoo is a mere two miles away, the top family attraction in the area that doesn’t involve sporting events.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $122 per night
3. Luxury downtown high-rise
This condo costs less than half the price of similar downtown Phoenix Airbnbs, making it perfect for remote workers who wish to stay longer than a weekend. Located right in the center of downtown, it is very accessible via the light rail. Everything from nightlife to sports and concert venues to professional offices, along with the cafes, restaurants, is within walking distance from here. Having the light rail mere steps away also allows for extremely easy transportation to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $90 per night
4. Modern Midtown apartment for small groups
This Midtown apartment at Sonder is ideal for a family getaway. The apartment sleeps four and comes with access to a lounge area, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a rooftop pool with a view of the Phoenix skyline. It sits right outside of downtown Phoenix with a five to ten-minute walk to the heart of the city center. Downtown Phoenix plays host to a number of concerts, as well as the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), so there is almost always an event to go to. In addition, Midtown is known for its restaurants and bars, many of which are right outside the door. The Phoenix Valley Metro light rail is only four blocks away, and if you happen to be there for the first Friday of each month, a street fair takes place in the surrounding neighborhood.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $138 per night
5. Luxury Biltmore home perfect for larger groups
If a group house is what you are looking for, look no further than this three-bedroom, five-bath home located in the Biltmore area near the nationally renowned Arizona Biltmore Hotel. This house comes fully fitted with a pool table and three TVs. Both the front and backyard have a fire pit and a vast seating area to enjoy the beautiful Phoenix sunsets and cool(er) nights. From here, it is a short drive to both Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, which have plenty of hiking trails that lead to incredible views of the entire city. Being so close to the Biltmore Hotel, there are various restaurants ranging from the quick classic of In-N-Out Burger to the more elite Hillstone Steakhouse.
Seven guests, three bedrooms
Price: $300 per night
6. Large house on golf course, perfect for golfers and hikers
This is the best Phoenix Airbnb for golfers. This picturesque house has mountainous views and is minutes away from The Legacy, one of the city’s top public golf courses. The golfing does not stop there either. If your short game needs some work, you’re in luck as the home has its own putting green. South Mountain Park and Preserve is also a short drive away and offers several stunning hiking trails.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $350 per night
7. Clean, quiet home near sports, entertainment, and shopping
This spacious house is located just blocks away from the Glendale Sports and Entertainment District. The area is home to loads of restaurants and different themed bars, including an arcade bar, an ax-throwing bar, and a comedy club. Also in the district are two stadiums that host the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), and some concerts and other major events. Just a short drive away, there is the Desert Diamond Casino, Top Golf, and the Camelback Ranch, the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
Six guests, two bedrooms
Price: $130 per night
8. Southwest-themed villa in Scottsdale
Every year, for one week in February, all eyes are on Scottsdale as what’s been dubbed the “greatest show on grass” takes place at the Waste Management Open. This annual golf tournament happens right up the street from this two-bedroom Phoenix Airbnb at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course, and nowhere is closer to the action. This villa is just a short walk away from the famous 16th hole, where the party really kicks off. In addition, this villa comes with access to different pools, the golf course, and a gym. Only a short drive away is Old Town Scottsdale, as well as the OdySea Aquarium and McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $281 per night
9. Modern townhome near Chicago Cubs spring training home
This townhouse puts you within a quick Uber ride to anywhere in the city by being relatively close to two of the bigger highways. Walking distance from the townhouse is Sloan Park, the Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs, which is in a newly renovated public park that sits along the Salt River. The Mesa Riverview, an open-air shopping mall with plenty of food and drink options, is also a short walk away. Like many places in Phoenix, this one also comes with access to a pool to cool off during the hot desert days.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $208 per night
10. Artistic haven in the heart of downtown Phoenix
This mural-laden home is one of the most colorful around and fits right in with the vibrant colors of downtown Phoenix’s Art District. The house comes with a hand-painted mural that adorns two walls while another wall is covered floor to ceiling in orange fur. In addition, dozens of street murals are scattered around the neighborhood, including one in a lively open-air food court called The Churchill. This place is constantly busy as it has bars and restaurants and hosts live music. Every Saturday, there is the local Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market which is a few blocks away, and just a bit further is a flea market that takes place on Sunday mornings.
Two guests, studio
Price: $125 per night
11. Home in the Camelback foothills with private pool, close to hiking
A house that holds 10 people and sits directly in the shadow of Camelback Mountain is prime property in Phoenix. This large home comes with a pool with a rock feature, a playground, and a basketball court — not to mention large decorative cactuses to welcome you and your crew to the property. The Arcadia neighborhood is one of the more popular and historic in Phoenix, dating back to its roots as a citrus farming town in the early 1900s. In walking distance are hiking trails, restaurants, and shops. Camelback Mountains hikes are good for both beginners and experts alike.
Ten guests, four bedrooms
Price: $227 per night