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Often referred to as the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, California, is a city full of state-of-the-art technology, tasty food from all over the world, and plenty of iconic landmarks. Whether you’re a sports fan visiting Levi’s Stadium, looking to get your haunt on at the Winchester Mystery House, or a video-game fan attending local conventions, you’ll need a good place to stay.
Airbnb is an awesome resource for finding a perfect apartment or house rental, or even something a little different. However, it can be a challenge to sift through the many, many options available and find the place that’s totally “you.” We want you to get the best out of your trip, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best Airbnbs in San Jose. To ensure we have the best of the best, we only feature listings run by superhosts — owners with lots of great reviews who have committed to cleanliness and excellent accommodations. Some of these superhosts are also part of Airbnb Plus and have had the quality and legitimacy of their properties verified by in-person inspection.
- 1 Stylish, Light-filled Cottage
- 2 Serene Casita in Backyard Garden
- 3 Light-Filled Modern Victorian Bungalow
- 4 Chic Loft on Vibrant Santana Row
- 5 Silicon Valley Home
- 6 Silicon Valley Studio Apartment
- 7 Modern Cozy Private Room
- 8 Welcome Home Cottage
- 9 Private, Elegant Modern Home
- 10 Executive Condo Within Charming Santana Row
- 11 Cabana with Warm Watsu Pool
- 12 Rose Garden Cottage
- 13 Backyard Retreat
- 14 Charming Home Near Downtown
- 15 Private Bedroom Near Downtown & Santana Row
Stylish, Light-filled Cottage
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, a sunny, airy cottage will be the breath of fresh air you need each morning before setting about your busy itinerary. Located just south of the center of the city, this San Jose Airbnb is in an ideal location to access most of the city with minimal travel time. And this delightful little place has crisp white decor accented with cool grays and warm wood tones to create a modern fairytale feel.
With room for two guests to share a gorgeous all-white bathroom and a plush king-size bed, one of the things making this a winning choice among vacation rentals in San Jose is the little indoor fireplace located just under the TV in the bedroom. Snuggling up to watch something while listening to the crackle of the flames is sure to add an extra level of relaxation to your trip.
While small, this cabin is ultra-cozy, and it doesn’t stop at the bedroom. The host also provides a kitchenette complete with a Keurig coffee maker, a toaster oven, and a hot plate so that your mornings can be energizing and easy. If the weather is nice, consider drinking your coffee on the private patio, where greenery and shade will help you greet the day.
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Serene Casita in Backyard Garden
Nestled just north of central San Jose, south of Japan Town and east of Guadalupe River Park, this little oasis awaits your visit. You’ll be greeted by desert landscaping and rustic charm in the shared yard, where lounges and chairs are set up for you and other guests to soak up some sun. And if sun isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, umbrellas provide shade during the day, and cute hanging lights keep the place warm and aglow in the evenings.
Inside the casita, or little house, you’ll find a kitchenette with a minifridge and an espresso machine, allowing a warm and caffeinated start to your mornings. A queen-size bed, glass top desk, and sleek and comfy office chair fill the rest of the wood-accented room in a cozy bedroom-workspace combo. The bathroom is stocked with towels, soap, and shampoo and has a crisp, classic vibe with just a touch of colorful floral decor to help the place feel homey and relaxing.
Perfect for two or for a solo traveler, this little Airbnb is an excellent alternative to renting a house in San Jose, California, if you don’t need tons of space and just want a safe, comfortable place to rest and relax after a long day in the city.
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Light-Filled Modern Victorian Bungalow
Big windows and open layouts help this rental seem even roomier than it already is, and its location near the heart of the city makes this one of the best Airbnbs in San Jose. With clever pops of color and wood and metal accents, this bungalow has a homey, warm feel while still being modern and impeccably clean.
If you enjoy cooking, you’ll love the enormous full kitchen which includes a stove, oven, a dishwasher, and tons of extra counter space. Both bedrooms have queen-size beds with memory foam mattresses, so come ready for a fantastic night’s sleep! A full Jack-and-Jill-style bathroom can be accessed from either bedroom, and an additional half-bathroom offers a washer and dryer.
The living room has a delightfully cushy sofa and a smart TV, so you won’t have to miss out on your favorite shows while away from home. While there’s room for four to sleep, the dining room seats six, giving you the possibility to invite over any friends who live in the area. And don’t forget to spend some time on the covered back patio, where lights and a small seating area provide a relaxing space, rain or shine.
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Chic Loft on Vibrant Santana Row
Modern and chic, sleek and classy, this loft offers the cosmopolitan experience of a city apartment right in the middle of arguably the best shopping district in San Jose: Santana Row. Every detail, from the gorgeous velvet couch to the dark wood kitchen cabinets, make for a high-class stay. Color and pizazz are everywhere in this little loft, and you’ll certainly feel special while you enjoy your time lounging, sitting at the breakfast bar, or enjoying the view overlooking the city lights at night.
If the custom hanging light fixtures over the soft queen-size bed don’t catch your eye, the walk-in shower and soaking tub in the full bathroom might. And who can resist floor-to-ceiling glass-windowed doors that open to a mini-balcony? With a huge flatscreen smart TV, a DVD player, and a wine fridge to chill your favorite beverage, you’ll be all set for entertainment while you wind down for the night.
As far as Airbnbs in San Jose go, this might not be the biggest, but it’s certainly one of the most elegant! A fun choice for a couple traveling together or a lone traveler looking for a chance to treat themselves, this is where you want to go for a luxurious stay.
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Silicon Valley Home
When visiting San Jose and the Silicon Valley, it’s not uncommon to travel in groups. If you have a lot of people and need the space, this might be a great location for you. The host allows up to nine guests to stay here, and there’s definitely room for them! And since the house is just outside Willow Glen, a lovely neighborhood bursting with both brunch spots and hiking trails, no matter what your group is into, it’ll be close by.
The first bedroom offers a king-size bed, a small sofa, and a travel crib, plus lots of floor space to set up cots or air mattresses. The other two bedrooms offer queen-size beds, and one offers a vanity for makeup lovers while the other has a writing desk built right into the wall. All three bathrooms are unique, with a walk-in shower in one, a large soaking tub in another, and a bathtub where the water comes out of the ceiling in the third! And if that’s not quite enough, there’s also a half-bathroom so that everyone can get ready at the same time.
For evening activities, a professional-size billiards table sits in the living room, a firepit awaits you in the dining room, and the garage has been converted into a poker room with ashtrays and lots of seating. If you’d rather be a little more active or get outside, the backyard has a pool and private hot tub. With all these amenities and more, this is a perfect stay when you’re traveling with others.
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Silicon Valley Studio Apartment
If you’re looking for convenience and privacy, this apartment just off Interstate 680 is easy to get to and close to restaurants, shopping, and public transportation. Additionally, the host allows self check-in, so not only is the room super-private, but you don’t need to interact with anyone to access it.
This place stands out among San Jose Airbnbs because it’s been newly remodeled, meaning everything is up-to-date and runs smoothly. There are 24 brand new wall outlets, including six USB outlets, so you’ll be able to charge all your devices at once without having to bring a power strip. And the bed has a Sleep Number mattress that guarantees the exact firmness or softness you need for the best possible sleep. If you need more sleeping space, the sofa converts into a bed as well, so despite the small size, there’s room for three to stay here.
The kitchenette comes stocked with lots of coffee and tea options and has a microwave and a toaster oven, making a quick breakfast or a midnight snack any easy proposition. And the bathroom is well-lit, stocked with essentials, and has a washer, dryer, and ironing board just outside. For a place in the city that meets all your needs and doesn’t stress your wallet, this is a splendid choice.
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Modern Cozy Private Room
Sitting on the outskirts of the city, this San Jose Airbnb offers a private guest suite just minutes away from the mountain foothills and is ideal for anyone who wants to be closer to nature or a little further from the nightlife. But despite being further away from the center of town, it’s still super-close to public transportation and plenty of shopping and dining.
The suite has a private entrance and comes with a microwave and a minifridge-and-freezer. And you might not want to get out of its full-size memory foam bed in the morning! HDMI cables are provided, so you can hook up your game console or laptop to the 50-inch TV and relax with a movie or your favorite game. The private bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower and comes stocked with soap essentials and a hair dryer.
Extra pillows and cleaning products are provided as well, so you’re all set to have an easy and effortless stay. Perfect for one or two people looking for a quiet place to stay, this is a great little Airbnb in San Jose!
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Welcome Home Cottage
Warm colors and sunny lighting greet you in this lovely cottage located in the Julian–St. James neighborhood, just north of San Jose State College. The rental is minutes away from downtown, meaning it’s a great location to access all the city has to offer.
A queen-size bed and single bed allow parents to care for smaller children without being separated by lots of space in an unfamiliar location. There’s also a sofa bed available in the living room, so even though there’s only one bedroom, this cottage can still easily accommodate four adults. The full kitchen includes pots and pans, so if you want to stay in and make your favorite comfort food, then this might just be one of the best Airbnb rentals in San Jose! And with an oversized walk-in shower, the start or end of your day will be oh-so easy.
Neat little extras, like an electric tea kettle and laundry detergent, ensure that this place feels like a true home away from home. If you’re traveling with kids or friends or just want a little extra space to unwind, you’ll definitely want to check out this pleasant little cottage.
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Private, Elegant Modern Home
Nothing says relaxing getaway quite like a living room featuring a huge arched fireplace and a big couch. This wonderful San Jose Airbnb is mere minutes away from the renowned Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, as well as a rose garden that is highly recommended by locals. So if you want a place with things to do nearby, this might be an excellent choice.
Furnished with a fun mix of warm rustic earth tones and sleek modern appliances, this stay offers a queen-size bed and a sofa bed to easily sleep three. And the amenities are incredible, with a washer and dryer, a coffee maker, a reverse osmosis water filter, a coffee table that transforms into an additional dining table, and a voice-activated smart air conditioner! The kitchen also comes stocked with pots, pans, and dishes, and the TV can be swiveled to face the living room or the bedroom.
With all these super-neat amenities, there’s no doubt that this place belongs on a list of the best Airbnb rentals in San Jose. If you’re in town for all the latest in technology and want the true Silicon Valley experience, this high-tech stay is sure to leave you satisfied.
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Executive Condo Within Charming Santana Row
This awesome little condo is exactly the kind of place that makes Airbnbs stand out from other types of short-term apartment rentals in San Jose, as the location’s bright pops of color and unique decor offer much more fun than a generic hotel room. And the balcony looking out over the prime shopping and dining area of Santana Row adds an extra touch of elegance.
The luxury starts with a huge walk-in shower complete with a rain-style showerhead in the full bathroom and fun novelty fixtures in the half-bath. The two bedrooms are both furnished with delightfully cushy queen-size beds and lots of pillows. A feature that really helps this condo stand out is the printer available for your use, so you’ll be able to print anything from work documents to concert tickets and be completely prepared for every part of your visit.
High ceilings and lots of windows give this location a spacious, breezy feel and lots of natural light, all the better to view the tons of unique art throughout the location. On top of all that, a washer and dryer and a walk-in closet complete the property for a totally great place to stay.
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Cabana with Warm Watsu Pool
Nature is all around this breathtaking house, which provides your own stunningly landscaped private garden to enjoy during your stay. And nested among all the flowers is a fantastic Watsu-style pool designed for calming hydrotherapy sessions but just as good for taking a dip or getting a bit of exercise.
Floral and leafy decor and earthy tones abound inside the rental as well. The main room takes on triple duty as a living room, bedroom, and dining room, with a full-size organic wool and cotton bed, a cozy plush loveseat, and a gorgeous wooden dining table for two. And if you’re looking for even more relaxation, this cabana has a sauna to help soothe tired muscles and rejuvenate your skin. A small kitchenette and a half-bathroom complete the indoor space.
But what about a shower, you ask? This cabana really does take “getting in touch with nature” seriously, as the hot-water shower is actually outside! Don’t worry, though, it’s a very private location and will do the job just as well as any indoor shower, and you’ll get to enjoy flowers and foliage while you’re out there, making this rental a truly one-of-a-kind vacation apartment in San Jose. With such a unique setup, it is sure to make any vacation memorable.
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Rose Garden Cottage
If you’re looking for a bit of history in your stay, this splendid cottage might be exactly what you need. Situated right in the middle of the Rose Garden neighborhood, this home is nearby lots of significant architectural gems, as well as the Rose Garden, a museum, and great restaurants. With its location alone making it one of the best San Jose Airbnbs, you might be able to go your entire stay without having to drive anywhere at all.
The home itself is fairly minimalist, with just enough color to give it a homey feel and lots of light and space to help you unwind and put you at ease. A living room-bedroom combo offers a TV, couch, and king-size bed, as well as some cupboard space to help you avoid tossing all your luggage on the floor after a long day of driving or navigating the airports. A small nook off the main room has a place to eat or work, and a microwave, minifridge, coffee maker, and water filter make up for the lack of a kitchen. A second workspace is positioned by a window, so you can have natural lighting if you need to make video calls and want to look your best!
With a bathroom complete with a walk-in shower and lots of towels, a private air conditioning and heating unit, and an extra fan in case you like a lot of airflow, this small cottage has everything you need all in one place!
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A big part of why people look for Airbnbs in San Jose is because Airbnbs often provide access to a private outdoor space that you’d never find in a hotel. This guest suite is no exception, with the bedroom doors opening right onto a beautiful backyard.
The yard outside features a big, gorgeous swimming pool surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs and even a hammock. While the pool is closed during wintertime, there is still lots to enjoy about the backyard space, including a covered area with hanging lights and a sectional sofa, so even if it’s a rainy evening you can still enjoy the space. And if you’d like to lounge or dine outside, the patio table heat lamp will keep you toasty for as long as you want to sit under the stars.
The suite itself is no less lovely, with an attractive kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a cushy queen-size bed. The TV in the bedroom is on an extendable, swiveling mount, so you’ll be able to watch while snuggling up in bed. A little garment rack and dresser complete the setup and make this a good place for one or two people who want to enjoy where they stay as much as the rest of their trip.
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Charming Home Near Downtown
This spacious location is an excellent place to stay if you’re traveling as a large family or a small group of friends as it easily sleeps five adults or more. Two bedrooms offer queen-size beds, a queen-size air mattress is provided, and a queen-size sofa bed and full-size convertible European style lounger are available in the common spaces for additional sleeping arrangements.
Fun, interesting decorations help give an at-home feeling to this Airbnb in San Jose, and many of them are also functional, like the small shelf that holds some pretty sculptures in the living room and doubles as a wine bar. And a sleek work desk has a charging station built right into its side, with both standard outlets and USB openings available to charge laptops, phones, and more all at once. The two bathrooms have glass door walk-in showers, and the full kitchen includes not just an oven, stove, fridge, and microwave but also appliances like a rice cooker, blender, and dishwasher.
The front and back yards are private and fenced in, and there’s even a gas-fueled grill available if you want to organize a barbecue. If you’re traveling with little ones, the hosts provide a travel crib for the smallest guests to be safe and comfy when they sleep. If space, convenience, and quality time are all things you hope to get out of your stay, this might be your new favorite.
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Private Bedroom Near Downtown & Santana Row
An absolutely fantastic find for any solo traveler, this private room offers everything you need for a comfortable stay at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at a hotel. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, its central location puts you near many of the city’s main attractions.
The room includes a single bed with extra blankets, a soft fuzzy throw rug underneath, and stylish, fun pillows. The room also has an excellent workspace where you can set up a laptop or write, so you’ll be ready for video chats, filling out paperwork, or just taking some time to chill out and surf the web.
A shared kitchen has all the necessities, including a microwave, coffee maker, electric kettle, and toaster oven, and the bedroom has a private minifridge to store your dinner leftovers or breakfast essentials. Your room has access to two shared bathrooms, both of which have easy-access step-in showers, and there’s also a washer and dryer available for use. With a shared backyard to hang out in and lots of free parking out front, this Airbnb in San Jose is sure to leave both you and your wallet feeling happy.
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Whether you’re headed downtown, on a business trip, or hitting all the best restaurants in the city, San Jose has a range of Airbnbs for any occasion. And no matter how many people you need to accommodate or what your style is, you’re sure to find an Airbnb that’s everything you wanted and more.