Boulder Airbnb, VRBO & Vacation Homes: 14 Breathtaking Stays

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Looking for the best Boulder Airbnb for your next trip to Colorado? If that’s the case you should definitely read on, as we bring you the best stays in the happiest city in the U.S.! 

In case you didn’t know, National Geographic recently named Boulder the happiest city in the entire nation! And it’s easy to understand why. 

It’s situated in the foothills of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains that shape the breathtaking landscape of this magnificent city. Since Boulder has plenty of hiking and biking trails, it has a lot to offer to nature enthusiasts and people looking for adventure and outdoor activity. Also, if you’re visiting Boulder you must explore charming cafes, breweries, restaurants, and shops in downtown Boulder!

So, to help you out with choosing the right stay, we’ve made a selection of the best Airbnbs, VRBOs and vacation rentals in Boulder for exploring this magnificent city and the nearby nature. 

Editor’s Note: Please note that Airbnb recently made changes to their program so in this article, we are including links to other options like VRBO or Booking.com which have much lower booking fees.

Quick Answer: Best Airbnb in Boulder, Colorado

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Best Overall Vacation Rental in BoulderCanyon Urban Oasis Townhouse in Central Boulder | Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)
Canyon Urban Oasis Townhouse in Central Boulder
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Best Budget Vacation Rental in BoulderDesigner's Cozy Retreat for Two | Entire Home (1BR, 1B)
Designer's Cozy Retreat for Two @ Scenic Flatirons
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Best Luxury Vacation Rental in BoulderA Boulder Gem | Entire Home (4BR, 3.5B)
luxurious boulder vacation home with fireplace and hot tub
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Best Vacation Rental in Boulder for CouplesArtists Downtown Garden Haven | Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)
artistic vacation home in boulder with lots of light
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Best Vacation Rental in Boulder for GroupsBeautiful New Home in Downtown Boulder | Entire Home (5BR, 4B)
Beautiful new home in downtown Boulder location
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14 Best Boulder Airbnbs, VRBOs & Vacation Rentals

Check out our top picks for 14 amazing Airbnbs, VRBOs and vacation rentals in Boulder for an incredible stay. 

Designer’s Cozy Retreat for Two

Designer's Cozy Retreat for Two @ Scenic Flatirons

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: South Boulder, near the Flatirons

Price: $

Located at the foot of the Flatirons, this cozy and spacious home is ideal for anyone looking for a comfortable stay near many beautiful trails. 

It’s within walking distance of South Boulder’s big shopping plaza with coffee shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. Since the neighborhood is safe and quiet, your peace is guaranteed!

The place feels like home, with a big electric fireplace in the living area and a satellite TV. There’s a kitchenette with a nice toaster oven, microwave, big refrigerator, and a cupboard stocked with everything you may need for cooking a decent meal.

The bedroom is spacious with a queen bed for a good night’s sleep and a restful stay.

The huge backyard with a nice sitting area in the shade of the big maple tree is a perfect place for a morning coffee!

Why We Love It: A clean and quiet home away from home.

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Clean Detached Guest Suite

bright boulder VRBO vacation home with a studio layout and outdoor space

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Rural North Boulder

Price: $

If you prefer a quiet and more peaceful stay over accommodation in the city center, this is an ideal place for you! Close enough to reach Pearl Street in five minutes, but far enough away from the city light and traffic noise to enjoy the privacy, silence, and wildlife.

This sunny studio has a California king bed, full bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, and a beautiful patio surrounded by blossoming trees. It has an updated antique look, with vintage decor, an elegant work station, and the plushest arm chairs you’ve ever seen.

A perfect place to cozy up for a while, this vacation rental in Boulder is a top choice for a couple or a solo traveler on the go. 

Why We Love It: Comfy little cottage getaway in a friendly neighborhood away from the city noise.

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Artists Downtown Garden Haven

artistic vacation home in boulder with lots of light

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Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)

Location: Mapleton Hill neighborhood

Price: $

Fall in love with this fairytale-like VRBO in Boulder! Only a few minutes from Pearl Street, this two bedroom home will amaze you with its immaculate style and beautiful backyard.

It has a trendy and artsy feel, with a turquoise Smeg refrigerator, a combination of checkerboard and hardwood floors, a clawfoot tub and antique rugs to warm up the space. You’ll have no problem getting comfy on the velour couch in front of the wood burning stove, or in the expansive backyard on sunny afternoons.

Sleeping up to four guests in the two posh bedrooms, this is an ideal getaway for relaxing, unwinding and enjoying Boulder.

Why We Love It: Cozy apartment with a dreamy garden in a perfect location for exploring Boulder.

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Sunny Studio Space – 2 Blocks to Pearl Street!

Sunny Studio Space - 2 Blocks to Pearl Street!

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: The Whittier neighborhood, downtown Boulder

Superhost: Yes

Price: $

This Boulder Airbnb is as central as it gets! Located in the historic Whittier neighborhood in the very heart of the city, this stay is only steps from the best of Boulder.

Guests have a separate entrance and exclusive use the whole east wing of the house. That includes a bedroom, living room, bathroom, laundry, and wet bar area with a mini-fridge, washer, and dryer.  

A private back garden and patio are also included, and this lovely place is even pet-friendly, so you can enjoy your vacation with your four-legged friend!

Why We Love It: Comfy, pet-friendly apartment located in the very center of Boulder is a perfect place for couples with a pet.

What Past Guests Have Said: “Staying at Claudia’s place was great ! The place is very clean and cozy the location is excellent close to everything . A very nice walk to Pearl street mall . Everything was perfect and was very easy to communicate with Claudia. I will definitely stay at Claudia place when I come back to Boulder. Thank you Claudia and Ted !!”

“We had such a great time staying at Claudia & Ted’s place for a week. The location was perfect for what we needed—quiet, but also super close to lots of restaurants. My husband and I were working from home and really appreciated how reliable the WIFI was.”

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Canyon Escape

Canyon Escape #2

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Boulder Canyon, 6 miles from downtown

Price: $

Located only 6 miles from downtown Boulder with sprawling views of the magnificent Boulder Valley, this cabin in the woods will take your breath away.

Tucked away from the city craziness, this studio in a duplex cabin offers guests a queen bed, complete kitchen, bathroom with a tub, and a shower. There’s also a stone fireplace inside the wooden studio, which will add to the cozy atmosphere on snowy winter days.                

The cabin is divided into 2 studio apartments with separate entrances, so if this one is booked, there’s a sister cabin just next door that may be available. 

A big plus of this Airbnb is the outdoor setting with gardens, a wood stove for campfires, and outdoor cooking. This is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts and anyone looking for a private and peaceful vacation.

Why We Love It: Warm and cozy cabins where the plains meet the peaks of the Rockies.

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Mid-Boulder w/Separate Entrance

Mid-Boulder w/Separate Entrance

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: In central Boulder, a short walk from both Pearl Street and the University

Superhost: Yes

Price: $$

This uniquely decorated studio is a great choice for anyone looking for an Airbnb in Boulder with an excellent price-quality ratio. The stylish condominium accommodates up to 3 guests and it’s just a short walk away from Pearl Street, the Farmer’s Market, and the Boulder Creek Trail.

The kitchen deserves a special mention as it is fully furnished and stocked with everything you may need for cooking. The studio also offers full bathroom amenities, including a washer and a dryer.

There’s one queen-size bed surrounded by interesting decor, and an HDTV in front of it for movie nights under the covers. Also, if there’s a third guest joining you, the pull-out mattress is very comfortable too! 

Outside, you’ll find a cute little enclosed patio where you can enjoy a morning coffee and a nice breakfast, or relax after a day in the city.

Why We Love It: Stylish studio with a full kitchen and all the amenities you may need!

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Large Remodeled Downtown Rental

large vacation home in boulder on VRBO with red couch

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Next to Lover’s Hill Park

Price: $$

Let there be light! This Boulder VRBO offers an incredibly bright and spacious environment for anyone lucky enough to book it.

It’s located in the center of Boulder, within the walking distance of everything you may need and just a stone’s throw away from Pearl Street.

This spacious home sleeps up to 3 people, with a single bedroom complete with a queen bed, and a pullout couch in the living room. You’ll also find a practical workspace in case you need to catch up on emails, and a dining nook outfitted with red chairs if you feel like entertaining. If you’d rather dine al fresco, head out to the backyard full of patio furniture and greenery.

P.S., A stay here comes with two bikes to borrow for some city cruising!

Why We Love It: An amazing, bright and airy place in the city center.

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Charming Boulder Cottage

cute little cottage in boulder as a vacation home

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1B)

Location: Whittier

Price: $$

This vacation rental in Boulder is a lovely cottage with everything you may need for a stress-free stay. 

It’s the perfect pick for a small family, two couples or group of friends, with two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests.

The atmosphere here couldn’t be any more inviting with luxurious couches, warm wooden furnishings, and eye catching blue accents in the kitchen and Master bedroom.

Specializing in indoor/outdoor living, this cottage has so many gorgeous places to kick back and relax. Curl up in the sunroom when the weather is a little chilly, or head out to the patio on warm evenings to grill up some feed or dine under the stars.

Why We Love It: Wonderful cottage-style Boulder vacation rental perfect for exploring downtown.

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Garden Level Apartment

garden level apartment in boulder on VRBo with a yellow bed and fireplace

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Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Old North Boulder

Price: $$

This Boulder VRBO is an enchanting one-bedroom apartment that’s recently remodeled and feels brand spanking new!

The living room is decked out with a plush sectional, fireplace and plenty of books for rainy days. It leads into the open plan kitchen with an island dining bar and a small table for quick meals at home.

When the day comes to an end, you’ll have no problem getting comfortable in the king size bed with a bright yellow bedspread… Good luck getting out of it in the morning!

A last draw to this outstanding Boulder vacation home is the patio with plenty of outdoor seating to spread out on.

Why We Love It: This enchanting guest suite can be a perfect pick for couples!

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Insider Tip: Since things are pretty spread out in Boulder, having a car is essential to make the most of your trip. Click Here to check out rental car options and get ready to hit the road!

Boulder Oasis

sweet oasis in boulder for the perfect vacation home

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Next to Sunshine Canyon

Price: $$

Full of warmth and charm, it’s hard to find a better Boulder vacation rental than this one. An entire guesthouse suite in a quiet neighborhood, you’ll find this adorable stay has everything you need for a flawless home away from home.

There’s a full chef’s kitchen for whipping up meals, along with a cushy living area with a flat screen TV for movie nights when you feel like staying in.

In terms of sleeping arrangements, the sunny bedroom is what dreams are made of, and you’ll even have your own ensuite bathroom with a clawfoot tub for an evening soak.

You also won’t want to miss out on the sunny back patio and yard with seating and and a dining area. Yes, this place has it all!

Why We Love It: Spacious and bright guest suite in a quiet neighborhood.

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Sunny and Spacious North Boulder Home

boulder VRBO with huge ceilings and modern design

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Type: Entire Home (4BR, 3.5B)

Location: Newlands

Price: $$$

Located just under beautiful Boulder Flatiron, this sun-drenched, homey retreat will amaze anyone with its gorgeous views and modern design. 

After a tiring day of sightseeing, cook dinner in a well-equipped kitchen and chow down at the large, custom made dining table or on the patio. Enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine and you’ll forget the meaning of the word stress.

This attractive two story house provides a home-like feeling, perfect for relaxing far away from the city noise. It accommodates eight people across four bedrooms, two of which are Master suites with ensuite bathrooms… The one of the lower level even has its own private entrance. 

There’s a lot to love about this home, but we simply can’t get enough of the floor to ceiling windows, the quaint sunroom, and all of the contemporary twists that make this a truly special place to call home on vacation. 

Why We Love It: Stylish place with lots of room and modern details.

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Beautiful New Home in Downtown Boulder

Beautiful new home in downtown Boulder location

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Type: Entire Home (5BR, 4B)

Location: Close to Pearl Street

Price: $$$

This remodeled 2,700 square foot Boulder Airbnb is a great stay for groups vacationing in Colorado. It’s located close to Boulder Creek, parks, and campus. 

This modern house with hardwood floors and granite surfaces offers two master suites with private bathrooms, along with three additional bedrooms for any extra guests tagging along.

Once you step into the sparkling clean, spacious, and well-appointed kitchen, you will instantly crave a home cooked meal. And, if you’re visiting during warmer months, you can even harvest fresh veggies from the garden to use in your cooking creations! How awesome is that?

You will love the gorgeous yard with a lawn and a charming sitting area. The biggest bonus? The patio hot tub for the ultimate stress-free vacation.

Why We Love It: Downtown house with a spacious and classy interior, plus a dreamy backyard and a hot tub.

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A Boulder Gem

luxurious boulder vacation home with fireplace and hot tub

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (4BR, 3.5B)

Location: Melody Heights

Price: $$$

This Boulder VRBO is a luxurious getaway that can sleep up to eleven guests across four well decorated bedrooms.

With lots of natural light, upscale furnishings and fun trinkets throughout the house, this place will instantly feel like home, especially with all the handy amenities.

There are four cozy bedrooms for you and your guests, two of which have ensuite bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms is on a “half-floor” providing even more privacy than a standard, run of the mill home.

The spacious kitchen is well-equipped with everything you need for cooking delicious meals, which can be served inside or in the backyard sitting area which is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn. 

If you need even more reasons to book this incredible home, be sure to check out the hot tub, gardens and even a trampoline for age-less entertainment.

Why We Love It: Beautifully decorated house with a hot tub in the lovely backyard.

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Canyon Urban Oasis Townhouse in Central Boulder

Canyon Urban Oasis Townhouse in Central Boulder

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (2BR, 1.5B)

Location: Central Boulder, walking distance to the Pearl Street

Price: $$$

This stylish central Boulder Airbnb offers accommodation for five guests in a dreamy,  two story home located close to everything you’ll need while visiting the city. 

Decorated in a classy style with modern touches that stand in stark contrast to the mid-century accents, this stay has two cozy bedrooms with comfortable queen beds and air conditioning.

The full bathroom is well-equipped with fluffy towels, bathrobes, and candles for maximum relaxation while enjoying a walk-in rain shower, or deep soaking tub finished in Carrara marble. Also, there’s a nicely decorated half bathroom in case someone is taking their time in the full one.

In the spacious kitchen you’ll find all the amenities needed for cooking. Other than the dining table inside the house, where you can enjoy the indoor fireplace, you can also serve dinner in the dining area on the patio.

The host additionally provides two bikes for cruising Boulder paths or cycling around town.

Why We Love It: Luxurious stay in a great location with two bikes at guest’s disposal.

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Things to Do in Boulder

Looking for things to do while visiting Boulder? Check out this local activity for an amazing experience: 

Packing for Your Vacation Rental

Before you take off for your trip, check out our Ski Trip Packing List to make sure you don’t miss out on anything important!

Travel Must: At the risk of sounding like your parents, make sure you get travel insurance before hitting the road. Trust us, it’s one of those things you don’t want to leave home without. We recommend either World Nomads or Safety Wing, depending on the type of traveler you are.


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