Unlike marijuana, short-term rentals like Airbnbs aren’t technically legal in Denver—but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of them up for grabs on the home-sharing site. From cute cottages to sleek high-rises and industrial lofts, the Mile-High City offers experiences for every kind of traveler at a wide range of budgets. Here are 10 of our favorites.
1. Downtown loft 2. Mini apartment 3. Designer’s space 4. Historic carriage house 5. Modern studio 6. Sweet cottage 7. One-bedroom apartment 8. 1967 Aristocrat camper 9. Baroque-style apartment 10. Treehouse-like flat.
Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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Depending on your budget, you can either rent out this entire downtown loft or choose to share it with the owner, a laid-back Superhost named Paul. He describes it thusly: "If Indiana Jones and Anthony Bourdain were roommates, this is what it might look like." With a private bedroom, two couches, and an air mattress—plus 1.5 bathrooms—the space easily accommodates up to four guests. The fourth-floor apartment is a block from Coors Field and next door to Union Station, and it offers access to a rooftop, a covered parking spot in a secure garage, and a fitness room.
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This mini apartment in the trendy Lower Highlands (LoHi) neighborhood includes all the basics: A queen-sized bed, a full kitchen, a small dining table and workspace, and access to laundry facilities. It's steps away from local parks, galleries, boutiques, and breweries. Host Tyler recommends a stop at neighborhood favorite Little Man Ice Cream.
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Located in a historic mansion that's been converted into apartments, this colorful designer's space has loads of character with original hardwood floors, eclectic artwork, and access to a shared rooftop patio with city views. It's in RiNo (River North Art District) on the north side of the city, which is home to galleries, distilleries, public art, and hip bars and restaurants.
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Home to horses in the 1880s, this historic carriage house now houses travelers in Curtis Park, Denver's oldest neighborhood. There's a queen bed plus a futon, a sizable kitchen, and a small patio, plus thoughtful details like radiant concrete floors, board games, and access to the owners' hot tub. There's a B-Cycle (bike share) station within a block, and it's also within walking distance of RiNo and the busy Welton Street corridor.
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Enjoy the city views from this modern downtown studio tucked between the Ballpark and RiNo districts. It has a full, recently updated kitchen, a spacious bathroom, and a comfy couch for extra guests, plus access to a pool, hot tub, rooftop deck, and free parking. Past guests say Superhost Thaddeus, a local filmmaker, is accommodating, welcoming, and responsive to needs (even forgotten toothbrushes!).
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This sweet little cottage faces Curtis Park, Denver's first public park, established in 1868. With two bedrooms, there's room for four guests. There's also a private backyard (with gas grill), parking area, and laundry room, plus toiletries, kitchen supplies, and games are provided. Light rail is around the corner as well as a B-Cycle station, along with coffee shops craft breweries, and boutiques.
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Perched right above a coffee shop and steps from a wine shop, cheese shop, bars, and boutiques, this one-bedroom apartment in Highlands Square positions visitors in a charming neighborhood just two miles from downtown Denver. The hosts are a photographer and woodworker couple who've infused the space with their creative spirit—meaning you'll find lots of handmade furniture, original artwork, and a nice book collection.
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Just a few blocks from downtown Denver, this fully restored 1967 Aristocrat camper is set up like a tiny house for guests who don't mind life on the small side. There's a kitchenette with all the essentials, a sofa that converts into a small bed, and even a "quaint" bathroom with a unique toilet situation that "stows your special presents away from your senses." Two bikes are available for guests interested in exploring the nearby arts district, parks, and attractions.
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If you're traveling on the weekend and sensitive to noise, you may want to skip this Baroque-style apartment, which is situated above a lively bar and music venue (also owned by the hosts). Recently renovated, it has two bedrooms, a large walk-in shower, a balcony overlooking the street, a full kitchen, and a rooftop patio. The apartment is 420-friendly inside.
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This treehouse-like flat is in the Baker neighborhood. Built in 1900 with all the expected historic details, the apartment has a cute office/sunroom, a shared courtyard, and a parking space. Broadway is a block away with funky bars and restaurants, and there's also a vegan grocery and a handful of coffee shops nearby.