11 Cool Airbnb Raleigh Properties to Stay At (Inside The Beltline)

Looking for the best Airbnb Raleigh properties for your upcoming trip to the City of Oaks? Look no further, we’ve done the research for you!

Exploring downtown Raleigh
Exploring downtown Raleigh

Down below we have handpicked the best places to stay in Raleigh using Airbnb whether you are taking a business trip, weekend getaway, college sports weekend, or visiting family and friends.

If you haven’t used Airbnb before, take it from us that staying in one of the Raleigh vacation rentals like a home, apartment, or condo can be a great alternative to staying in the best hotels in Raleigh and once you get the taste for it, you may change your travel style forever!

Benefits of Using Airbnb

Hillsborough Street, downtown Raleigh
Hillsborough Street, downtown Raleigh

By using Airbnb vacation rentals in Raleigh, you typically get access to a full kitchen (saving you money on eating out), separate bedrooms and privacy (perfect for families), a living room, a washer and dryer, the chance to stay in nice neighborhoods and feel like a local, and many of the comforts of a home-away-from-home.

AND, considering it’s 2020 and it is suggested we social distance, Airbnb can be a great way to isolate yourself compared to staying in a hotel with many others!

Criteria Used to Select these Airbnb Rentals

If you are planning to visit Raleigh, this post is designed to save you time as we have narrowed down the list and chosen a select few properties that sleep from 2-12 people including these styles of properties:

  • Homes
  • Apartments
  • Townhouses
  • Condos

We have focused our search around downtown Raleigh and inside the beltline (interstate I-440 that circles the city).

By staying close to downtown you are convenient to all the best things to do in Raleigh including the best restaurants, bars, breweries, museums, coffee shops, entertainment venues like PNC Arena, and of course NC State University!

You could stay further out, but Raleigh and the Triangle area is predominantly a driving city with limited public transportation, so by staying closer to downtown you can walk to places or have more access to public transport.

Whether you visit Raleigh for pleasure, a business trip, or to visit family, we’ve got you covered. 

Fayetteville St, Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St, Downtown Raleigh

Although there are not a lot of Airbnb Raleigh properties compared to the number in the big cities, the scene here is growing and currently there are 300+ Airbnb properties in Raleigh – that is still an overwhelming number and time consuming to research!

But we are here to help narrow the field, using the filters and our knowledge of Raleigh to search more specifically.

Considering social distance measures are currently in place, when searching for the “Type of Place” we chose the ENTIRE PLACE option so you have the place to yourself and are not renting a room in a home and sharing with other people you don’t know!

Here is the full list of filters and amenities we used to search on Airbnb to create our suggested list of properties:

  • Superhost
  • Entire place
  • Instant book
  • Self check-in
  • Beds 1+
  • Bathrooms 1+
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Washer/dryer
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Smoke alarm
  • Free parking

Please Note: 

Whilst we have stayed in many Airbnb properties around the world, we haven’t personally stayed in these properties in Raleigh. But we live in Raleigh and know the city very well and with 20+ years of world travel with experience in solo travel, couples travel, family travel and business travel, we consider ourselves experts on travel research and know what features to look out for in accommodation and how to sift through reviews with a careful eye.

All property images used are care of Airbnb and the respective hosts.

We hope these choices below help save you time and narrow down your choice of Airbnb Raleigh properties for your upcoming stay.

11 Airbnb Raleigh Properties to Consider

Modern Apartment – Cameron Village

Modern Apartment - Cameron Village

Rating:

  • 4.82 star rating
  • 180 reviews

Located in the excellent neighborhood of Cameron Village and within minutes of downtown Raleigh.

Featuring 1 bedroom (2 guests total) and 1 bath, this is a modern apartment and perfect for all types of trips to Raleigh with easy access to the best of things downtown Raleigh has to offer.

You’ll love being within a 2 block walking distance of the shops and restaurants in Cameron Village Shopping Center and along Hillsborough Street and NC State.

Stylish, clean and cozy with an Apple TV in a nice and quiet neighborhood. There is one assigned parking space plus free street parking. 

Driving distance to:

  • State Capitol Building: 2.2 miles (7 minutes) 
  • NC State University: 1.4 miles (5 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 3.9 miles (10 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 12.4 miles (17 minutes) to 

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Warehouse District – Modern Condo w/ Private Garage

Warehouse District - Modern Condo w/ Private Garage

Rating:

  • 4.89 star rating
  • 132 reviews

Located in the awesome Warehouse District directly east of downtown, you are walking distance to excellent breweries, cafes, restaurants, a food hall, a grocery store, the Convention Center and the best of downtown Raleigh. 

This condo in a building of 13 features 1 bedroom (3 guests) and 1.5 baths and is literally in the heart of EVERYTHING – expect some noise, mostly on weekend nights though!

Perfect location for your first trip to Raleigh and to explore on foot. Spacious and comfortable interior for two people and you have use of a private pull in garage!

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 0.5 miles (2 minutes)
  • NC State University: 2.1 miles (6 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 6.3 miles (14 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 1.7 miles (21 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Townhouse in Cameron Village

Townhouse in Cameron Village

Rating:

  • 4.92 star rating
  • 13 reviews

Located in a quiet neighborhood and close to popular Cameron Village Shopping Center, this cozy townhouse features 1 bedroom with King memory foam bed and Queen sleeper sofa (4 guests total) and 1.5 baths.

Ideal place to stay for a business trip, college visit, or to play tourist. They can accommodate short or multi-week stays. Cute, clean and relaxing accommodation conveniently located. 

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 2.4 miles (5 minutes)
  • NC State University: 2.2 miles (5 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 4.3 miles (10 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 12.9 miles (17 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Bungalow in Heart of the City

Bungalow in Heart of the City

Rating:

  • 5 star rating
  • 19 reviews

Located in a desirable neighborhood just off Wade Avenue and a short drive to NC State University’s North Campus and Cameron Village Shopping Center, this adorable bungalow features 3 bedrooms (6 guests total), 3 baths, a private fenced yard and plenty of parking. 

Perfect for a family or small group of friends, this comfortable bungalow with hardwood floors is beautifully decorated, peaceful, and has all the amenities for a home-away-from-home. Fully fenced in yard and pet friendly (extra fee).

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 3.3 miles (7 minutes)
  • NC State University: 1 mile (3 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 3 miles (8 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 12.9 miles (17 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Luxury 1 BR Downtown Loft near Historic Oakwood

Luxury 1 BR Downtown Loft near Historic Oakwood

Rating:

  • 4.94 star rating
  • 72 reviews

This unique loft located near Historic Oakwood (one of the best neighborhoods in Raleigh) features 1 bedroom with queen bed (4 guests total), full kitchen, laundry, and brand new furniture that is ideal for those who visit Raleigh for business or pleasure. 

Open and spacious loft and a second floor (elevator access), here you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing stay in a small residential building with long term tenants. Super clean with attention to detail and comfort.

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 2.8 miles (6 minutes)
  • NC State University: 4.7 mile (10 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 6.6. Miles (14 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 15 miles (22 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Architect’s Atelier – Hidden Gem in Cameron Park

Architect’s Atelier - Hidden Gem in Cameron Park

Rating:

  • 4.97 star rating
  • 77 reviews

If you are intrigued by art, architecture, and literature you’ll love this custom created place located close to NC State University and Pullen Park, and 5 minutes drive to downtown Raleigh.

Featuring 1 bedroom queen bed (2 guests total), this hidden oasis with a warm interior is a unique property and perfect for an Urban Retreat and for those that love interesting and creative spaces – some liken it to an interactive museum, with books, art and design aspects.

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 1.3 miles (5 minutes)
  • NC State University: 1.5 miles (4 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 4.8 miles (13 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 13.3 miles (20 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Large Home Close to PNC Arena 

Large Home Close to PNC Arena

Rating:

  • 4.88 star rating
  • 115 reviews

Looking for larger houses for rent in downtown Raleigh, this home is ideal for large groups near PNC Arena with plenty of space to entertain both indoors and outdoors. Featuring 3 bedrooms (12 guests total) and 3 baths, the open floor plan has 2 floors and 2 separate living areas.

When you stay here you have the option of a regular stay or event stay: small birthday parties, graduations, game nights, cook outs. Pets welcome (extra fee). Parking for up to 4 cars. All up, a comfortable space for a family or group getaway!

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 3.4 miles (11 minutes)
  • NC State University: 1.5 miles (5 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 2.4 miles (8 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 11.5 miles (16 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Quaint Condo in One of Raleigh’s Most Sought After Areas (near NC State)

Quaint Condo in One of Raleigh’s Most Sought After Areas (near NC State)

Rating:

  • 4.85 star rating
  • 231 reviews

Conveniently located within walking distance to NC State University’s North Campus (but without the campus feel) and in one of Raleigh’s most sought after areas to live. This apartment is also just a short drive away from Cameron Village and downtown Raleigh.

Featuring 2 bedrooms (5 guest total) and 1 bath, 2 car parking space, this is a spacious and welcoming place and although close to plenty of shops and restaurants on Hillsborough Street it’s a very quiet and pretty neighborhood for walking.

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 3 miles (9 minutes)
  • NC State University: 1 mile (3 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 2.9 miles (9 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 11.6 miles (16 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Impressive Apartment Near Glenwood South 

Impressive Apartment Near Glenwood South

Rating:

  • 4.88 star rating
  • 285 reviews

Located within walking distance of Glenwood South (Raleigh’s premier entertainment district) and just minutes from downtown and Cameron Village, this apartment features two guest suites with queen beds (5 guests total), sofa that pulls out to make a single bed, wifi, and Apple TV.

Super clean with an updated bathroom and kitchen, quiet area, and across the street is Fletcher Park with beautiful walking trails – and you can walk to anywhere downtown from here!

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 1.1 miles (4 minutes)
  • NC State University: 2.9 miles (6 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 5 miles (11 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 13 miles (18 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Cute and Sparkling Clean Condo Close to Downtown

Cute and Sparkling Clean Condo Close to Downtown

Rating:

  • 4.84 star rating
  • 231 reviews

Very centrally located for a trip to Raleigh for all occasions, and located just off Hillsborough Street with easy access to NC State’s North Campus, the beltline, and all the attractions downtown. 

This condo is super clean and cozy space in a charming condo community in a quaint neighborhood, well stocked with essentials, nicely decorated. Short drive to downtown and convenient to all of Raleigh. 

Driving distance to

  • State Capitol Building: 3 miles (8 minutes)
  • NC State University: 0.9 miles (3 minutes)
  • PNC Arena: 2.9 miles (9 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 11.9 miles (16 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

Townhouse – 5 Minute Walk to Downtown Raleigh 

Townhouse - 5 Minute Walk to Downtown Raleigh

Rating:

  • 4.83 star rating
  • 170 reviews

Located a short walk from the heart of downtown Raleigh’s attractions including museums, restaurants and bars, this newly renovated townhouse features 2 bedrooms with queen size beds (6 guests) and 1.5 baths.

Also close by is Moore Square, Historic City Market, Transfer Co. Food Hall and a paved greenway trail

Clean, hip and stylish. When you stay here you can enjoy parking right out front and drinks on the deck overlooking the Greenway and an unobstructed view of the skyline.

Driving distance to: 

  • State Capitol Building: 0.9 miles (3 minutes)
  • NC State University: 3.7 miles (8 minutes) 
  • PNC Arena: 6.9 miles (16 minutes)
  • Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU): 15 miles (23 minutes)

See full listing on Airbnb and book your stay here.

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Questions to Ask Your Airbnb Raleigh Host

If this is your first time staying in an Airbnb property, from our personal experience there are some initial basic details to confirm with your host ahead of your date of stay.

And always communicate with your host and pay your host via the Airbnb system:

  • Is it self check-in or will you be meeting us on arrival? If not you, then what is their name?
  • If self check-in, will you text or email us the instructions?
  • How many sets of keys will I get? Or is there an entrance code? Important if you have multiple travelers arriving at different times.
  • Do you live nearby?
  • Where do we park? Is it by permit? Any restrictions?
  • If you are physically challenged, ask: What floor are you on? Is there an elevator? 
  • Is the Wi-Fi reliable? Important for business travelers like us!
  • Is there anything about your place that families with kids/babies should know?
  • Review the cancellation policy – the level of strictness varies by each property, so make sure you understand what you’re agreeing to and what flexibility there is if you need to cancel or change your dates – remember, it’s 2020.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Not having travel insurance on any trip is not worth the risk. Anything can, will, and sometimes goes wrong.

What happens if:

  • You need to cancel your trip unexpectedly?
  • You get sick or injured on your trip?
  • There is a natural disaster?
  • You lose important documents?
  • Your luggage is lost or stolen?

Travel insurance is designed to cover unexpected medical emergencies and events such as trip cancellation, your personal effects, and other related losses incurred while traveling.

We are ambassadors of Allianz travel, who want you to travel happy!

Best Things to Do in Raleigh

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There you have it. We will be updating this list of Raleigh Airbnb properties over time. 

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