OK, we know you just looked at this and said to yourself (or whoever you’re with), “QUEENS??? Why QUEENS???” Well, before you turn up your nose too much, consider that not that long ago, people said the same thing about Brooklyn. And now that the prices have skyrocketed and you can barely get into any of the bars because they’re so crowded, those in the know are turning their sights elsewhere and little by little Queens, New York is becoming a thing. Even the late Anthony Bourdain devoted time to this much-maligned, often misunderstood borough. Inexpensive, close to the city, and full of just as many food options, Queens Airbnb homes are a great option. Like the little sister or brother who’s been overshadowed by an older sibling but is just beginning to shine, Queens is about to have a moment, so with that in mind, here are 8 Fabulous Airbnb homes in Queens!
8. Cape Cod-Style Stunner – approx. $152 a night
Staying at this adorable, nautical-themed Airbnb is like staying in a little Cape Cod bungalow. Right on the water, this rustic, book-filled retreat is just ten minutes away from JFK and a ten-minute walk to the subway. It might be one of the few Airbnbs in the New York area where you can come home, sit on a porch, and watch swans go by. Immaculately clean, this sparse property has everything you need and won’t burden you with a bunch of stuff to have to look after.
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be within close proximity to Spring Creek Park and Forest Park where you can hire a horse to take you exploring, use the golf course, or play a little tennis. Sleeping four people, this $152 a night Airbnb is an incredibly inexpensive way to stay in New York!
7. Sunnyside Up! – approx. $28 a night
Yes, you read that correctly! This place is $28 a night. Now do you see why we think you should look into Queens Airbnbs??? Sleeping four people, this Queens apartment works out to $7 a night for each person, leaving you plenty of spending money for those trips into the city! One block from the train and 15 minutes from Grand Central, this Airbnb is located in Sunnyside, Queens, a part of the city that has a lovely, communal feel and a safe, happy vibe.
With a slightly eccentric décor, this pre-war apartment has super high-speed wifi, lots of light, and more than enough restaurants and bars in the area to occupy you at night if you don’t want to ride the city late at night (you could eat at the Lowry Bar & Grill just about every night if you wanted to). We have a feeling this is going to be the best $28 you ever spend!
6. U.S. Open Option – approx. $97 a night
Tennis fans take note: This place is so close to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center you might want to watch out for stray tennis balls! If you’re not familiar with it, Rego Park is a lovely, family-oriented neighborhood an easy train ride away from the city.
A perfect choice for anyone coming in for the U.S. Open, this lovely Queens Airbnb that looks like a cool cross between an Urban Outfitters and the world’s coolest hostel (they even provide travel brochures and complementary postcards!) is also close to the Queens Zoo, Shake Shack, and that venerable New York shopping institution, Century 21. Owned by an interior designer, this super-stylish apartment comes with everything you need to drop your bags and hit the ground running like shampoo, body wash, and fresh towels. It’s safe to say this is a perfect match!
5. Bird Watcher’s Bungalow – approx. $182 a night
We’ve featured this very special bungalow before, but can you blame us? This little cottage on the water gets us every time we see it, especially given that it’s only $182 a night (and given that it sleeps five, that could be a big bargain!). This two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath house is just five minutes from the subway and maybe more importantly, JFK.
Clean, tastefully decorated, and stocked with kitchen basics like coffee, tea, and some snacks, this Queens Airbnb gets rave reviews from previous guests. With skylights and a number of floor-to-ceiling windows, this place has a bright, sunny vibe. It also happens to have a back porch from which you can watch the sunset or do some bird watching. If this place doesn’t change your perception of Queens, nothing will!
4. A Touch of Kitsch approx. $145 a night
You didn’t think we’d let you come to Queens and not have a little kitsch, did you? This Queens Airbnb located in the Elmhurst section of the borough has the perfect combination of humor and function. Very close to the Elmhurst Chinatown where there are some serious food experiences to be had, this place is also very close to the Queens Museum, the Queens Botanical Garden, and the New York Hall of Science, all of which happen to be great places to take kids if you happen to be traveling with the family.
While the interior of this apartment is a lot of fun, the real star attraction is the rooftop patio which offers killer views of the city. And if it happens to be raining? No worries! There’s a skylight in the kitchen that will make you feel as if you’re outside!
3. Fabulous Farmhouse – approx. $677 a night
Like an Art Deco farmhouse, this adorable home on the border of Long Island City and Astoria was the first house built on the block in the 1920s. Other than the fireplaces, everything here is completely functional including the adorable farmhouse kitchen. With the original wood flooring, cathedral ceilings, and plenty of windows, this Airbnb has so many interesting architectural elements. Well-stocked with paper products and basic toiletries, this Astoria apartment is going to put you in the center of some of the best food in the world. Like Greek food?
There’s literally one Greek restaurant after another here. Among our favorites? Taverna Kyclades. It’s reasonably priced but be prepared for a bit of a wait. Into sushi? We like Watawa. Italian? You won’t have to force us to eat at Vite Vinosteria. And whatever you do, do not miss the joy of sitting outside at the Bohemian Beer Garden. As New York’s oldest beer garden, it can get very, very crowded so head over early. It’s the perfect place to people watch and enjoy a cold one.
2. Queens Cottage – approx. $395 a night
If you’re used to living in a house, the idea of staying in an apartment can be a little oppressive, even if it’s just for a short vacation. That’s why this little Airbnb cottage in Forest Hills is such a great option. If you’re not familiar with Forest Hills, it’s an upscale, family-oriented area with a bucolic feel. Combining city sophistication with farmhouse charm, this house has plenty of outdoor sitting spaces if you get sick of being inside.
Be sure to have a cannoli at La Dolce Italia or a big plate of pasta at any of the incredible Italian restaurants around here (with a big Italian population, Italian food is taken very seriously in Forest Hills!). We strongly recommend either Il Poeta or Alberto’s or really, just knock on pretty much any door and ask what they’re having for dinner!
1. Awesome Oasis – approx. $147 a night
Try though we might, it would be almost impossible to find a more impressive, well, find, than this Queens Airbnb. Located on an historic block in Long Island City, this stretch of buildings is used constantly in film and television and has been seen in “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” and “Gossip Girl”.
Seven minutes from Manhattan, this Queens Airbnb which was built in 1890 is an art lover’s dream and will put you in close proximity to MoMA P.S.1 which is basically an offshoot of MoMA, the Noguchi Museum in case you’re a fan of his work, the Sculpture Center, and even LIC Flea if you happen to be here in the summer months. With a ton of outdoor space, you’ll have plenty of room to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Take that, Brooklyn!