Staying in a local’s house is one of the greatest ways to get into the minds of the locals wherever you’re staying. This is certainly true in Boulder. The homes you can rent through websites like Airbnb.com reflect the people and the neighborhoods they’re in.
However, if you think short-term rentals on The Hill would just be a bunch of party houses, you’d be so wrong. Sure, there are some entertainment-themed rentals like one with an arcade. But there are also large Victorian homes, small apartments and cute Boulder bungalows.
The Airbnbs on The Hill in Boulder are just as varied and eclectic as the people who own them. Here are some of our favorite short-term rentals on or within walking distance of The Hill.
For 1 to 4 Guests
If you traveling solo or just with a partner or a few friends, there’s really no reason to spend $600 a night on a large, multi-room home (unless you’re into that). Luckily, there are plenty of smaller rentals available for groups of four or less.
1. Chautauqua Apartment, No Kids, No Pets
This one bedroom, one bath apartment is located two blocks from Chautauqua on The Hill. It offers a separate entrance from the main house, where the owners live, as well as access to the Craftsman-style home’s backyard patio. The apartment offers all basic amenities, as well as a 40-inch TV and Wifi. It does not have a full kitchen but provides a fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, hot pot, as well as a four-person dining table. The apartment is perfect for two guests, but there is an additional room available for an extra fee if you are traveling with up to four.
2. University Hill Condo, No Kids, No Pets
This small condo directly across from the University of Colorado offers one bedroom and one bath, as well as a sleeper sofa, making it suitable for up to four guests. The condo has a full kitchen and a washer and dryer for your convenience. It offers private parking, which can be hard to come by on The Hill. If you’re looking for a quiet stay, this may not be for you; it’s on the corner of a busy street and can get loud. But if you want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle of CU and student life, you will love this condo.
3. University Hill Bungalow, No Kids, Pets Allowed
Bungalows are oh so Boulder, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It offers a fenced backyard with a dog door, and your furry friends are welcome. The bungalow has been recently remodeled, with a clean, modern design, plus a fireplace and free parking on the premises. There is no TV in the home, so be ready to fully immerse yourself in everything going on around you. After all, who wants to binge on Netflix on vacation? The home does offer WiFi.
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4. Cozy Bedroom and Arcade, No Kids, No Pets
Who doesn’t want to stay in a room next to an arcade? That’s what you get when you stay in this basement apartment. If offers one bed and a three-quarter bath, as well as a laundry nook, but no kitchen access. The home has a beautifully landscaped backyard with a hammock and seating. But the arcade is the crown jewel of this space. According to the listing, “The games in the arcade rotate, but Ms. Pac-Man is permanent.”
5. Marpa House, No Kids, No Pets
For a longer more community-based stay, consider the Marpa House. This international community centers around spirituality, but you don’t have to be religious to stay. The home offers an organic garden and meditation rooms, as well as a strong community. Stays must be at least two weeks, and chores are split between everyone living in the home.
For 4 or More Guests
Many times, a larger group of friends or family wants to travel together, and getting separate hotels rooms can be expensive. You also usually don’t get community spaces in a hotel room. But when you choose a short-term rental, you can get full homes set up for a much larger party. Here are our favorite large homes on The Hill.
1. Charming and Historic Home, Kids Welcome, No Pets
This home sleeps up to eight and is perfect for families traveling with kids. There is a two-bed children’s bedroom, which is stocked with books and toys. It has unique décor, including an old typewriter, deer antlers, and several abstract art paintings. The front yard has a tire swing and the fenced backyard has a full dining table, outdoor couch and lighting.
2. Charming and Clean Home, Kids Welcome, No Pets
This modern home offers three bedrooms, with four beds. Two beds are located in the stair-access loft, which is fun for kids. It has a modern feel, with clean white counters and wood paneling on some of the ceilings. There is front porch seating, as well as a large backyard. It also offers free parking, WiFi and a washer and dryer.
3. Spacious Boulder Home, Kids Welcome, No Pets
A cozy, 1940s home with all modern amenities, this home sleeps up to eight, with three bedrooms and five beds. It has a modern cabin feel, with wood floors and cabinets, as well as a fireplace. It also offers hypo-allergenic, non-down comforters and pillows. The owners also provide many family comforts, such as a high chair, pack ‘n’ play and travel crib.
4. Classic Home, Kids Welcome, Pets Unknown
This recently renovated home boasts a Roarin’ ’20s feel with natural marble countertops, elegant appliances and a claw-foot tub. The backyard is exquisite, with a large fireplace and plenty of seating, as well as a covered grill and second seating area. The master bed has a walk-out patio that overlooks the backyard. The home offers a washer and dryer, as well as free parking.
5. Downtown Victorian, Kids Welcome, Pets Welcome
If you are traveling with kids and pets, this is the place for you. This home sleeps seven and is ideal for hosting events, such as graduation parties or receptions. The Victorian home is beautiful, with stained glass windows and chandeliers and a renovated, updated kitchen and bathrooms. During a renovation, gold bullion bags and comics from 1927 were found, which are displayed in the home. The home offers a walk-out upstairs patio, as well as a fenced backyard.