A rattan hanging chair sits near glass doors through which the sun shines
Joshua Tree House (Credit: Elisabeth Brentano)

8 of Our Favorite and Top-Rated Arizona AirBnBs

The way we travel continues to evolve, but something that will never change is our desire to stay in truly unique places. These Arizona vacation rentals span the state and set themselves apart with interesting origin stories, eye-catching design and the opportunity to connect with Arizona's natural beauty.

Note: The costs and average ratings listed below were accurate at the time of posting. We always recommend you check with the property for the latest cost and availability.

Southwestern appeal in the Old Pueblo

Adobe Libre is an 1880s adobe apartment that manages to retain its classic charm while offering the amenities of an updated home. Located near downtown Tucson in Barrio Viejo, this historic Southwest gem features high ceilings with exposed wood beams, a bright white-walled living room with the original fireplace and a bedroom skylight. The private outdoor space is perfect for admiring Tucson's famous starlit skies.

  • Cost: $125/night
  • Average rating: 4.87

Vintage trailer tucked in the pines

Ten miles from downtown Flagstaff, the restored 1965 Airstream trailer, Airstream Dreaming, is certainly spacious and comfortable on the inside, but you'll likely spend most of your time outdoors. Parked on a half-acre plot, the 25-foot trailer takes advantage of its countryside environs with a picnic table where you can have breakfast al fresco or watch as the sun sets behind the San Francisco Peaks.

  • Cost: $101/night
  • Average rating: 4.96

A celestial stay

A stay at Arcosanti—Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri's minimalist urban design experiment in Mayer (an hour north of Phoenix)—is a must. Built 1970, the complex offers a true escape, and accommodations reflect Soleri's vision. The Sky Suite takes advantage of the views and light. The Sun Suite was once the studio of Soleri and features his original drafting table. The newest addition, the Studio, blends a classic aesthetic with modern features.

  • Cost: $117-153/night
  • Average rating: 4.73

Dome life in the city

Aptly named Dome Sweet Dome, this desert dome house offers a secluded stay in the heart of Phoenix, just a few minutes' walk from the Phoenix Mountains Preserve and a short drive from restaurants and shops. Once featured in Life magazine, the house is flooded with natural light thanks to expansive windows and high ceilings. Outside, snuggle by the chiminea, dine on the covered patio or follow a path to a nearby hiking trail.

  • Cost: $120/night
  • Average rating: 4.96

Historic home with farmland for days

Rustic charm is plentiful at Historic Dairy, a Cottonwood landmark just 25 minutes west of Sedona. Once home to the Verde Dairy Cottage, this house was part of a dairy farm that delivered milk to all of the Verde Valley. Today, the nearly 100-year-old building retains elements of the original but with a farm-chic design. Think vaulted ceilings, a loft with custom wood railings and butcher-block counters in the kitchen. The yard grants you access to the river, and during warmer months, the surrounding fields host grazing cows.

  • Cost: $195/night
  • Average rating: 4.96

Quonset huts surrounded by vineyards

Nestled in the mountain foothills of Willcox, the Rhumb Line Vineyard is known for its Spanish, Italian and Rhône varietals and the rows of fresh lavender planted in the fields. Amid this postcard-perfect setting are The Huts at RLV, two Quonset huts—a studio and a suite—where guests can stay overnight. Designed with 16 feet of glass at the end, each offers a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyard and mountains.

  • Cost: $139-278/night
  • Average rating: 5.0

Roomy inn among the saguaros

Joshua Tree House, a five-suite inn near Tucson's Saguaro National Park, is an Instagram profile come to life. Owned and run by designers Sara and Rich Combs, the inn sits on 38 acres of desert flora and fauna. In addition to the sleeping quarters (which you can book individually), guests enjoy shared spaces like a chef's kitchen, pool and rooftop lounge. The lovingly restored building boasts original details—exposed wood beams, terracotta fireplaces—and gets its name from its sister property near Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Cost: $275-534/night
  • Average rating: 4.96

Mountain cabin with miles of views

It takes a little effort (and a high-profile vehicle) to get to this remote getaway, but the stunning view from 6,500 feet above sea level is worth it. Off the beaten path and away from the neighbors, The Majestic Mountain Retreat in Prescott was featured on CNBC's "Cash Pad" and is perfect for outdoorsy types (it's close to hiking, mountain biking and fishing) or those seeking a little solitude. The best part: Floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to epic sightlines.

  • Cost: $163/night
  • Average rating: 4.97

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Anuja Madar

Anuja Madar is a writer with a passion for street photography. She splits her time between the US and Spain and can often be found in Arizona where her family lives.