Are you planning a trip and looking for the perfect Airbnb Athens, Georgia? Well, look no further, as I’ve put together an epic list of the best Airbnbs in the area. This list will provide you with some opulent, romantic, fun, and sassy vacation rentals to suit all travel tastes and budgets.
Athens, GA, a small eclectic college town, is world-renowned for its music scene and theatrics. Its unique vibe and energy gave birth to – and nurtured – bands such as B-52s, REM, Widespread Panic, the list goes on.
It’s nestled below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 71 miles northeast of Atlanta (it’s an awesome road trip between the two by the way). It’s a charming place to discover and a good spot to explore before heading to the coast to find a seaside Airbnb in Savannah, Georgia.
But, enough chatting, let’s take a trip through Athens.
Airbnb Athens, Georgia: Quick Breakdown of Airbnbs in Athens, GA
In a hurry? Or better yet, know what you’re looking for? I’ve added “quick picks” to make things easier. Check out the top 5 Airbnbs in Athens, Georgia below:
- Best Airbnb Rental for Couples – Small House Walkable Downtown
- Best Airbnb Luxury Athens Rentals – That’ll Do~Airbnb Recommended~
- Best Cheap Airbnb Athens Rental – Private Guest Suite! $6 Lyft to Downtown Athens!
- Best Rental for Families – ★Near Sanford and ? of downtown, King Beds, 2BR ★
- Best Airbnb House for Rent in Athens, GA – Hang Out in the Backyard Hammock at an Eclectic Abode
Not feeling pumped yet? I’ve included some inspiring, exhilarating, and entertaining travel videos to get you excited for your trip to Athens, Georgia. So, while you’re scrolling through the post, take a look at some epic videos to get you in the groove.
Best Districts in Athens, Georgia
Athens city is known for its amazing neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor. Before we run through the top vacation rentals in Athens, GA, take a look at the areas that make up this college town.
- Boulevard: This neighborhood is primarily residential and popular amongst creative types. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, you’ll find award-winning restaurants such as the Heirloom Cafe.
- Cobham: A popular area for its proximity to bustling Downtown. Here you’ll find an array of Athens eateries, like Taqueria del Sol. There are also plenty of nightlife spots like the Go Bar or Hendershot’s Coffee.
- Five Points: Located within walking distance from the University of Georgia campus, it’s lined with sorority and fraternity houses along the South Milledge Avenue, a popular student neighborhood.
- Normaltown: A trendy area, boasting a mix of small businesses and older homes for rent in Athens, GA. There are plenty of bars, like Hi-Lo Lounge, Normal Bar, Old Pal, and an array of restaurants. It’s also considered as one of the original stomping grounds for The B-52s rockers.
- Downtown: Nestled between residential streets and North Campus, Downtown is considered the cultural hub and most lively region of Athens, GA. One of the top things to do in the city at night is to head on to the Downtown area.
- Chicopee-Dudley: Stretching between Oconee and Third Street, along the Oconee River, the region dominates the eastern portion of the city. This area contains simpler pleasures that Athens has to offer, like grabbing a bite to eat at Mama’s Boy or going for a run on the Oconee River Greenway.
- Timothy Road: This area may be close to the Atlanta Highway and Oconee Connector, but it still has a peaceful suburban feel. Here you’ll find various Athens house rentals from modern constructions and renovations to colonial homes and classic ranch homes. It’s an excellent area for families to live or spend a vacation.
Top 17 Airbnbs in Athens, Georgia
Now that you’ve got an idea of the best areas in and around Athens, GA, let’s take a look at some of the most superb vacation rentals around.
I’ve included a range of styles, locations, and price points available. There is something to suit everyone’s travel tastes and budgets, from luxury condos to snuggly homes, and everything in between.
1) Small House Walkable Downtown
Price: $100 + USD per night
Tiny houses are taking the U.S. by storm. This newly built tiny house is nestled close to the Downtown area. It’s perfect for a solo traveler or a couple.
The functional space is tastefully designed to be comfortable and efficient for a vacation rental in Athens, GA. There’s a kitchenette – if you enjoy cooking at home – cable TV, and Wifi. Relax on a queen-size bed and read a good book during your downtime.
This lovely home gives you all the comforts and delights for a fantastic vacation. Oh, and it’s within walking distance to Creature Comforts Brewery and other popular places like Last Resort Grill, Sanford Stadium, and Normal Bar.
Guest Review: “This is the cutest Airbnb and in such a great location! I would recommend this to anyone looking to explore downtown Athens.”
2) That’ll Do~Airbnb Recommended~
Location: Milledge Avenue
Price: $114+ USD per night
Situated in the heart of the iconic Milledge Avenue, minutes from Downtown, this condo is perfect for your Athens GA getaway.
Complete with all the comforts needed to enjoy your vacation, the condo is cleaned and well maintained for guests. There is wifi, cable TV, a washer and dryer, and other essentials provided. Enjoy the pool during hot summer days or bask in the sun on the patio. There is a fully equipped kitchen, ready for you to work your culinary delights.
This beautiful place is located near top attractions like the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Royal Peasant, and Sanford Stadium. Don’t forget it’s close to some stunning restaurants such as Mama’s Boy Restaurant and The Grit.
The lovely 2-bedroom condo is perfect for friends, couples, or families.
Guest Review: “Clean and beautiful inside!! Thank you for your hospitality!!”
3) Private Guest Suite! $6 Lyft to Downtown Athens!
Location: Downtown Athens
Price: $59+ USD per night
If you’re into comfort and style combined, you’ll fall in love with this newly renovated mid-century 1-bedroom brick ranch on the Eastside of Athens. In a popular neighborhood, guests have their own private entrance to their beautifully decorated suite.
The space is 4-miles from Sanford Stadium and 5-miles to Five Points, the University of Georgia, and Downtown Athens. It’s the perfect place to settle into for a UGA game day or for a charming Athens getaway to explore the city.
Guest Review: “We enjoyed our stay at Hannah’s place. It was conveniently located and had everything we needed for a long weekend. We will be booking again.”
4) ★Near Sanford and ? of downtown, King Beds, 2BR ★
Price: $112+ USD per night
Spend your vacation in a tastefully designed, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom corner unit. The living room and dining area provide plenty of room for entertaining. Relax in your comfortable king-size beds before you head out for the day.
The spacious unit provides wifi and a 55” smart TV with cable to watch all your favorite shows. Test your culinary skills in the fully-stocked kitchen with brand new appliances, countertops, and a coffee bar. Guests can enjoy the private back patio and pool area, great for relaxing on those hot summer days.
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood on a hill, you’re a stone’s throw away from the Stanford Stadium, Downtown, the Classic Center, and other main attractions.
Guest Review: “10/10 would stay again!!!!!!Amazing place”
5) Hang Out in the Backyard Hammock at an Eclectic Abode
Airbnb Plus: Yes
Price: $225 + USD per night
Enjoy this beautiful 2-bedroom house nestled close to the Downtown area. The space is tastefully decorated with vintage lighting, and the interior is filled with blends of blues and gold.
Lounge on the deck outside as you catch a tan and take a dip in the newly constructed stock tank pool to cool off. This stunning accommodation has all the luxuries and comforts you need for a superb vacation. The house provides a washer and dryer, wifi, and TV. There’s also a full kitchen for anyone looking to test their culinary delights. It’s the perfect place for a group of friends or family to spend their time exploring Athens.
Guest Review: “We rented this AirBnB for our parents to stay in town during our wedding. We loved this wonderful home away from home! The house was spotless and colorfully decorated. The yard was beautiful. The fenced in yard wrapped all the way into the front of the house. The outside cabana was such a wonderful place to relax and gather. This spot was perfect for the dogs and for a fun weekend in Athens.”
6) Cherry Moon Studio – Cozy & Private
Price: $73 + USD per night
Enjoy a refurbished, private, studio suite in a historic 1940s mill house. It was once known as the place to be, the Cherry Moon Social Club, and the apartment still kept its original doors. Guests can enjoy a dreamy queen-size bed, relax at the telly, or soak up the sun on the day bed outside. The kitchen, floors, and fixtures are new and decorated with modern touches.
The studio includes a private patio with a screen porch surrounded by bamboo for ultimate privacy. Best of all, it’s a 5-minute Uber drive to the Downtown area and campus. It’s the perfect home-base to explore the city—ideal for couples or a small family.
Guest Review: “We loved how the place was decorated! Very spacious and unique!”
7) Casablanca – Walk downtown
Price: $110 + USD per night
Initially built in the 1860s, the beautiful 1-bedroom guest house provides pure southern comfort, with modern ambiance.
The space provides free parking, AC, wifi, and a TV. The kitchen includes cooking basics to start your delicious meal preparation. If you’re not cooking while on vacation, the guest house is within walking distance of quaint restaurants and bars. Take a turn at the heirloom cafe and try out their delicious brunches. If you’re looking for a good watering hole, grab a drink at Normal Bar or Hi-Lo Lounge in Normaltown a little further.
It’s the perfect place for couples to spend their vacation discovering Athens.
Guest Review: “It’s my fourth visit to Casablanca — and won’t be the last! The place and Nicolas are both terrific, by far my favorite AirBnB in Athens.”
8) Chicopee Rose Cottage – Near Downtown & UGA Campus
Location: Chicopee Dudley
Price: $93 + USD per night
You’ll fall in love with this cozy, funky, 1940s cottage. It’s located in a historic neighborhood, less than a mile from popular areas like Downtown, UGA, Classic Center, and other attractions.
The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a delicious meal, including basics for cooking and baking. Also, there are fresh coffee grounds and an assortment of teas for lovers of the hot brews. Relax on the rocking chair and read a good book on the porch, and enjoy the beautiful garden outside.
The cottage is near 113 Trail Creek Park and an easy walk to the North Oconee River Greenway. Guests can enjoy the bustling area filled with shops, restaurants, live music, festivals, and art galleries.
The 2-bedroom, 5-bed home is the perfect place for a group of friends, couples, or family – and by family, I mean pets too.
Guest Review: “Great space. Close to downtown. Lovely outdoor area for congregating.”
9) Designer Decorated, Insta Worthy Athens Getaway!
Location: Five Points
Price: $164+ USD per night
If it’s a beautiful, newly renovated, professionally decorated home you’re after, well, then this spot is perfect. Spoil yourself in this delightful 3-bedroom, 4-bed Athens escape, perfect for a family, couples, or friends.
Relax in plush beds, and enjoy the updated finishes around the house. Make use of the wifi and chill-out watching TV or snuggle up reading a good book next to the indoor fireplace. There is also a washer and dryer available. Enjoy a brand new kitchen with new appliances waiting to be used.
It’s 1.5 miles to UGA and bustling Downtown Athens. Mama’s Boy, one of Athens’ favorite brunch spots, is just around the corner.
Guest Review: “Frank & Cindy were excellent hosts! Check in was easy and they were fast to respond to any questions we had. This house is absolutely adorable inside, but even more impressive than the decor was the comfort of the beds, which really stood out to me. It was so nice to sleep on hotel quality mattresses and pillows. Super quick and easy to drive into downtown Athens, I think it’s barely over 1 mile. Great house if you have a few people needing a place to stay in Athens for any reason.”
10) Private garden oasis | Close to UGA
Location: East Side Athens
Price: $64 + USD per night
Located in Athens’ east side, this gorgeous, studio garden oasis is perfect for a couple, small family, or solo traveler. You’ll have the entire basement and outdoor patio to yourself – complete with outdoor furniture.
The studio provides a comfortable queen-sized bed, with plenty of space to set up an air mattress, and pack-n-play, if you’re bringing children. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen that will provide you with all the essentials you need to prepare meals, including tea, coffee, and basic breakfast items.
The space is close to UGA, shopping, and local restaurants, with the benefit of having a quiet place to retreat to after a busy day of exploring.
Guest Review: “Michelle was very hospitable and the location was close to downtown Athens. The site was clean and she also included a book with local attractions. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely recommend this site.”
11) Downtown Townhouse-Easy Walk to Bars & Restaurants
Location: Downtown Athens
Price: $79 + USD per night
Located Downtown, this lovely 2-bedroom townhouse provides all the comforts during your vacation in Athens, Georgia. It’s a few blocks from City Hall, UGA Arches, Classic Center, and all that the area offers.
The living room provides the perfect space to relax and socialize. Get comfy on the sofa as you enjoy the 40” flatscreen TV using the wifi. The accommodation is ideal for families and provides pack-n-play, high chairs, toys, etc.
If it’s not the indoors you’re after; you’ll love the back patio with comfortable furniture looking out to the back yard. There’s a charcoal grill, table, and chairs, making it the perfect place to light up a BBQ and dine outside.
Guest Review: “The place was just as pictured and described. Would recommend!”
12) Cute 2 BR Normaltown Cottage 2 mi. to Downtown/UGA
Price: $84 + USD per night
Stay in this adorable 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom cottage in one of Athens’ most popular neighborhoods. This stylishly decorated guesthouse is fully equipped to meet the comforts and desires during your stay in Athens, Georgia.
The cottage boasts hardwood floors throughout and a snug living room, equipped with a new queen sofa for any extra guests. Enjoy the gas fireplace and large yard as you flip some burgers. There’s also a sunroom with loads of natural light sweeping in, the ideal place to read a good book and relax. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen if you fancy preparing a meal at home.
This is the perfect place for families, couples, and groups of friends.
Guest Review: “Ally and Stephen’s place has everything you need, location is excellent as it is central and close to downtown. Ally and Stephen are brilliant hosts, who not only provides everything but also gives you all the details you need for your stay- and responds to messages so quickly! We are definitely returning as soon as possible, and will be recommending this place to friends/ family! Thanks for such a lovely Athens stay!”
13) Recently Renovated Historic Athens GA House
Price: $180 + USD per night
Gather your family and friends, and enjoy this beautiful 3-bedroom home, fitting up to 8 guests.
The newly renovated house boasts a spacious open plan living area with wifi, a TV, and a dining area. There is a fully equipped kitchen to cook up a delicious meal during your social gatherings. Guests will have access to the laundry room with a washing machine and dryer. There’s also a lovely backyard with outdoor furniture, ideal for entertaining during those hot summer nights.
You’ll be close to UGA, beautiful parks, and entertainment areas such as the White Tiger restaurant, Hi-Lo Lounge, and Normal Bar.
Guest Review: “The place is stylish and comfortable. Bedrooms are spacious and nicely decorated. Tom was a great host. He was responsive and helpful. We would stay there again.”
14) Lovely home w/hot tub 2 miles from Stadium & DT
Price: $153+ USD per night
A lovely, peaceful home, in a cul-de-sac, in a popular neighborhood, close to bustling Downtown Athens and the UGA Stadium.
The house provides a washer, wifi, TV, and other essentials to make your stay comfortable. There is a patio and fenced backyard with a private garage. Guests can enjoy the BBQ area during those lovely warm summer nights.
Oh, did I mention there is a spa and hot tub? Making it the perfect getaway retreat for ladies weekends, romantics, or any traveler looking for the ideal holiday.
Guest Review: “We enjoyed our stay very much. Great accommodations, very clean, good location. Highly recommend.”
15) Newly Renovated, immaculate and awesome location
Price: $199+ USD per night)
This lovely bright, light, and airy 4-bedroom, 4-bed home provides everything you need. It’s the perfect place for large gatherings, so bring your family and friends to enjoy this entertaining space.
There is wifi, a TV, a washer and dryer, and other essentials provided. Guests can gather around the kitchen and cook to their heart’s desires in this marvelous place.
Located in the funky neighborhood of Normaltown, this artsy vibe is close to the hippest bars and restaurants, and less than 2-miles away from Sanford Stadium and Downtown Athens.
Guest Review: “Spacious, trendy, clean, and well located house that comfortably sleeps the amount of people advertised for! I could not have been happier with our experience!”
16) Butler Cottage, Pet Friendly, Walk to the brewery.
Location: Old Monroe Rd, Athens, Georgia
Price: $110+ USD per night
Live on the edge in this quaint cottage, just outside of town, sitting on over 60 acres of beautiful woods. Here you’ll get peace and tranquility while on your vacation in Athens. Best of all, you’re a short drive away from busy Downtown Athens – giving you the best of both worlds.
The lovely 2-bedroom 3-bed home provides wifi and cable TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, and free parking. Slouch back on the patio and enjoy the sounds of birds chirping and trees waving.
This lovely cozy cottage is located within walking distance to popular facilities, such as the Waffle House and the Southern Brewing Company. It’s great for couples, friends, or a small family. Don’t forget Fido, as pets are welcomed.
Guest Review: “Great spot that was super clean and exactly as described. It was the perfect house for our long weekend.”
17) Stunning, Stylish & Supreme. Private Guest-Suite!
Price: $89+ USD per night
This private, stylish suite is situated on the ground floor in a newly constructed home. It’s a 1-bedroom flat with a queen-size bed and a private bathroom. There is also a private patio with an awesome backyard.
Enjoy free wifi, a laundry area, and other essentials. However, there is no kitchen provided. It’s minutes from Downtown Athens and within walking distance to the famous Georgia Theater, 40 Watt, Sanford Stadium, and more. Perfect for a couple, solo and business travelers, or a small family.
Guest Review: “Warren is a phenomenal host — so kind! The stay was great, easy check-in, and so many great touches like water bottles, an iron, shampoo / conditioner, plenty of towels, etc”.
Best Day Trips From Athens, GA, Airbnb
Besides all the wild and beautiful things to do in Athens, Georgia, why not go on an adventure to explore what’s around this wonderful college town? There’s an assortment of fun activities to do with family, friends, or by yourself.
Take a look at some exciting day trips from Athens to Atlanta and other cool tours and trips in between.
Georgia Aquarium: Skip-the-Purchase-Line Tickets
“Enjoy skip-the-purchase-line tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, which has an interactive 4D theater and 7 different areas containing more than 10 million gallons of water and thousands of sea creatures.”
Price: $30+ USD
Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions
“See Atlanta’s top attractions, handpicked and packaged together at significant savings. Valid for 30 consecutive days from first use, the Atlanta CityPASS® lets you spend less & experience more.”
Price: $70+ USD
Enjoy the nightlife of Athens, GA
“We will meet at The Arch in downtown Athens. From there we will walk over to The Nowhere Bar where the first round is on me. (This spot has been here since I was in school and no night in Athens begins without it) While sharing a few beverages and taking in one of Athens many local bands I will lay out the plan for evening. Next we will head to one of the town’s newest breweries for a taste of Athens hops. After that a group pic in front of The World Famous Georgia Theatre. Then we choose our music. So many great music venues to choose from with such a diverse range of music. With 30 years of insight and local nightlife knowledge nobody can lead you through Athens like I can. I will scan the flagpole events and see if we can tailor the night to your tastes. The coolest thing about A-town is there is something different literally every night. Be ready to stay out late and to have copious amounts of fun. With the “coolest guide” in town you won’t have to worry about getting lost or hell even where you’re gonna be. Cause you’ll be with me.”
Price: $25+ USD
Am I Missing Any Other Amazing Athens Airbnbs?
These top picks are just a handful of the best Athen rentals with Airbnb. I couldn’t include all of them; otherwise, you’ll be reading forever.
If I’ve missed any mind-blowing Athens GA vacation rentals, please share. I’d love to know your thoughts.
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Final Thoughts on Airbnb Athens, GA
This remarkable town is one of the classic cities to visit in the south. With Athens’ sunny weather, historic Downtown, charming scenery, and, of course, the famous UGA.
Historic architecture and spectacular gardens complete a unique blend of trend-setting southern culture and traditional heritage. Make your way Downtown, where you’ll discover trendy art galleries, bustling shops, world-renowned night clubs, and fine dining.
Did I miss out on anything? I’ll stop here and let you do the rest.