Buffalo’s Best AirBnBs

The rise of Airbnb has led to a revolution of non-conventional bookings for accommodations around the world. In the Buffalo metro, there are more than three hundred Airbnb options for places to lay one’s traveling head. These accommodations offer a range of amenities, from spectacular views to walkable neighborhoods, proximity to restaurants and other attractions, as well as a chance to step inside some of Buffalo’s historic homes. According to their Airbnb.com, Buffalo listings have “An average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.” That’s excellent news for travelers focusing on becoming temporary Buffalonians.

Words and pictures by Nancy J. Parisi

Room at the The Griffon AirBNB

The Griffon: Massive Architecturally Amazing Grand Victorian

Originally known as The Wattles Mansion, this stunning 6,000 s.f. house on Richmond Avenue is now called The Griffon by owners Gabrielle and David. in recognition of the hand-carved griffon (half lion, half eagle) that appears at the base of the home’s grand wooden staircase. With seven bedrooms, and five and a half baths, the Griffon sleeps up to 16 guests. Every square foot of it is incredible, with some fun flourishes like a first-floor poolroom featuring a table with royal blue felt, a second-floor sitting room with leather furniture, and an elegant bridal suite with a clawfoot tub.

Room at the Lofts at 42North AirBNB

Lofts at 42North: Perfect for beer lovers

There’s a hint of hops in the air throughout these impeccably designed and decorated units adjacent to 42 North Brewery Company in the lovely village of East Aurora. Hostess Catherine loves to show off the bottling area of the brewery, visible from a second-floor overlook (the complimentary laundry is nearby). Each room is outfitted with a growler that can be filled with any type of beer available in their taproom, and in-room refrigerators have samples of 42 North beers. A number of excellent restaurants along East Aurora’s Main Street are minutes away, as is Vidler’s five-and-dime and The Roycroft Campus.

Room at the North Tonawanda Lofts AirBNB

North Tonawanda Lofts: Perfect for visiting the Falls

Conveniently located between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, the lofts attract guests from all over who are heading to the Falls, but appreciate being near the restaurants and attractions of Buffalo. SuperHost Tim offers four options in the quiet and urban Remington Lofts building. Guests have access to a rooftop patio in the summer, where the mist from Niagara Falls is visible and the bike and walking paths on either side of the Erie Canal are just a few steps away. Indoor parking, access to the building’s gym, and convenient laundry facilities are other amenities.

Room at the Larkinville Loft AirBNB

Larkinville Loft: Perfect for festival fans

This perfect nest on Emslie Street – named Larkinville Loft by host Dan – is in the heart of all the fun happenings and restaurants, breweries and bars found throughout the emerging  Larkinville neighborhood. This uniquely-shaped private space has parking right outside the door, along with a Jacuzzi tub, fully-equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer. Dan thoughtfully provides guests with umbrellas, an iron, and lots of tourism information. On the living room wall he invites guests to put a pin on the world map marking where they’re from: people have come from far and wide to become temporary residents of Larkinville.


Room at the Steps from Downtown AirBNB

Steps from Downtown: Perfect for nightlife lovers

Perched at the edge of Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood this one-bedroom apartment that can sleep up to four guests is a short walk to Allen Street, Chippewa Street, and Elmwood Avenue. Host Kenneth calls the decorating style “mid-century eclectic” and says couples who want to enjoy nearby nightlife are his most frequent guests. A chalkboard in the kitchen, labeled “Eat Your Way through Buffalo,” lists recommended restaurants for pizza, wings, beer, and breakfast. Guests also receive a promo code to hop on a bike and experience Buffalo Bike Tours, an easy way to experience all the city has to offer.

Room at the The Livingston AirBNB

The Livingston: Perfect for families

Located on Livingston Street near Colonial Circle on the city’s West Side, The Livingston apartment is lovely, homey, and walking distance to some of the city’s best coffee houses. Hostesses Ashlyn and Cara and their two kids live upstairs and provide a family-ready Airbnb that’s tricked out with strollers, car seats, toys, highchair, and a portable crib. The Livingston sleeps four guests and the bedrooms are decorated with vintage Buffalo postcards, artwork, and a map of New York State over the sofa.

Room at the Persons Apartment AirBNB

Persons Apartment: Perfect for couples

The Persons Apartment, a former commercial space that once housed a bank and a post office, has been transformed into a lovely, airy apartment featuring work by local artists. The unit is decorated with vintage Fisher Price (headquartered nearby) toys standing guard atop the kitchen cabinets. An antique children’s wagon, repurposed as a coffee table in the living room, has a collection of Fisher Price Little People figurines underneath glass. The bathroom, and its reclaimed golden movie theater ceiling, is another outstanding feature.