The 15 Coolest, Most Affordable Airbnbs in Texas

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Updated Feb. 7, 2024
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As one of the largest states in the U.S., Texas has many amazing vacation destinations, and you don’t have to pay for a pricey hotel in Austin to enjoy them. 

Whether you're retiring early or simply looking to cut some vacation costs this year, Airbnb has many incredible, affordable options across the state.

To help you narrow it down, we rounded up 15 of Texas's coolest and cheapest Airbnbs.

Rocking-L-Ranch romantic glamping bungalow – Gilmer

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A romantic getaway with a twist, this glamping bungalow in Gilmer offers a unique and affordable experience. 

While taking in the beautiful views of the surrounding pastures from the rustic deck, guests can also watch the hosts’ Texas Longhorns graze. The home also features a large canopy bed, grill, fire pit, and private outdoor shower.

The home sleeps two because it was curated to be a romantic getaway. It typically goes for about $125 a night.

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Domeland: Off-grid Adobe dome – Terlingua

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If you want an off-the-grid experience, check out “Domeland” in Terlingua. The home offers incredible views of the vast night sky, serenity, and isolation — plus a few modern perks to keep guests comfy.

A large bed sleeps two (plus a couch for a third). It is truly a “living on the land” experience, but also close enough to landmarks like Big Bend National Park (25 minutes away) if guests wish to explore. It typically rents for about $107 a night.

The Silo House at Laughing Llama Farm – Troy

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Spacious, comfy, and undoubtedly unique, the Silo House is a renovated grain bin turned hip loft full of colorful decor, modern amenities (like a full kitchen, TV, and W–Fi), and charm.

Guests can spend their mornings watching llamas and sheep graze, spend afternoons fishing on the property’s pond, enjoy an outdoor shower, and then dine al fresco in the yard. The host even offers treat packages (mimosas, flowers, even charcuterie) for an extra fee.

The property sleeps four and typically goes for about $138 a night.

Hermosa container home – Marfa

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This fun and funky rental offers visitors excellent views, plenty of space (it sits on a half-acre), modern comforts like a full kitchen and washer/dryer, and bikes that can be used to make the short trip into town. 

It’s also an excellent location for visiting the art galleries, wineries, and restaurants that Marfa is known for.

The home is located at a high point in town, making it a prime spot for stargazing. The container home sleeps two and typically goes for $145 a night.

Luxury SoCo Retreat – Austin

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If you’re looking for a luxury experience in Austin that won’t break the bank, this retreat near South Congress comes with access to a beautiful saltwater pool and decked-out yard.

They’re serious about that luxury label, with a beautifully decorated home and spa-like amenities, including robes and high-end toiletries. It’s just blocks from South Congress’ bars, restaurants, and shopping. The home sleeps two and rents for about $203 a night.

Pro tip: Since this is a pricier stay, look into the best travel credit cards before booking and see if you can get points toward future vacations.

Super cute retro Airstream – Wimberley

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This retro Airstream offers the ultimate glamping experience with a hot tub, fire pit, deck, grill, and outdoor shower. It sits on 10 acres in Wimberley, between San Antonio and Austin.

The adorably-decorated van also has modern comforts: a kitchen, queen bed, Wi-Fi, TV, and more. The van sleeps two and goes for around $151 a night.

The Art Cottage – Dallas

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This cottage is covered in beautiful artwork and is located in Forest Hills, putting guests near some incredible attractions. The home is within walking distance of many bars and restaurants and near the White Rock Lake and Dallas Arboretum botanical garden.

The colorful home also has a spacious backyard and patio where guests can enjoy dining al fresco, and kids can play outside.

The home can sleep four adults or two adults and three kids. A typical night costs $146.

Grey Forest Vineyard Cabin – Helotes

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You can find both serenity and fun in this vineyard cabin in Helotes, northwest of San Antonio. 

The cabin sits on private hilltop property where guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding orchard and vineyard, relax in the cozy cabin with modern amenities, or hang out in a shared pool space.

Guests can also expect genuine southern hospitality with samples of the vineyard’s wine and local fresh eggs. The cabin sleeps two and typically rents for about $171 a night.

HGTV tiny home with hot tub – Austin

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This tiny home, featured on HGTV, has all the comforts you need for a fantastic Austin vacation. It’s close to East 6th and 10th streets (so you can walk to bars, restaurants, and more) and has a little “Zen zone” outside.

The rental has a kitchenette, a full bathroom, and two loft sleeping areas. Outdoors, guests can enjoy the secluded backyard surrounded by bamboo, a deck, and a luxury hot tub.

The tiny home can sleep three to four guests and typically rents for around $171 a night.

Mining Ruin Lofthouse – Terlingua

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This tiny cabin, which is surprisingly spacious and sits on 10 acres of land, offers rustic charm, modern comforts, and plenty to do outside besides breathtaking views.

Guests can stroll around the property and visit with horses and donkeys, swing on a massive swing set, or cook a meal in the stocked kitchen with seating for the whole gang. 

The home, located between Dripping Springs and Bee Cave, is also close to many great bars and restaurants. The rental sleeps four and typically goes for about $182 a night.

‘Stillwater House’ tiny container home – Waco

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Another unique container home, this one in Waco, the “Stillwater House,” manages to cram a surprisingly large number of creature comforts into a compact space. 

It has a stocked kitchen and dining area, a queen-size Murphy bed to conserve space, and a large rooftop deck where guests can get sun, stargaze, or simply enjoy the tranquility.

The home can sleep two and is a total bargain, typically going for about $97 a night.

Coyote Creek Cabin – Lindale

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This cozy cabin offers the perfect getaway for family or a small group of friends. Located in Lindale, it’s peaceful and mostly secluded, sitting on six acres of land. 

Guests can access a fire pit, hammock, swings, and games like darts and corn hole outside. Inside is a fireplace, kitchen, and grill, and the hosts throw in coffee and popcorn.

The property is also near landmarks like Tyler State Park. It sleeps five and is an absolute bargain, typically going for around $95 a night.

Vintage Airstream Near Deep Ellum & Fair Park – Dallas

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Fun, funky, and incredibly affordable, this vintage camper near Deep Ellum and Fair Park is an excellent way to experience Dallas. The Airstream is located just 15 minutes from downtown and is nestled safely among the trees in the host’s backyard.

The interior is hand-crafted out of cedar, giving it a rustic vibe, and it comes with a full kitchen and bath. Guests also have access to the yard, bonfire, and, if needed, the kitchen in the host’s home. 

The Airstream sleeps two comfortably and goes for a bargain of just $64 a night.

Cozy A-frame – Winnsboro

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This cabin is so cute it was used in a Pier 1 photoshoot a few years back. The two-bedroom A-frame, located in Winnsboro, has a large deck for relaxing, a fire pit, a cozy living room with smart TV, full kitchen. Outside, you’re surrounded by pines and ponds.

It’s secluded but close enough to town (about a 10-minute drive), so you can enjoy bars, restaurants, and live music. The home sleeps four and rents for about $199 a night.

Wild & Free tiny home glamping – Concan

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The beautiful, bright decor may be enough for some to book this gem in Concan. If you’re looking to glamp, this rental, located near Garner Park and Frio River, is the spot to do it.

Guests can enjoy the day hiking or floating in Frio before heading back to relax on the home’s large porch, pick fresh fruit from the gardens, and enjoy the surrounding wildlife, particularly if you’re into birdwatching. 

The home can sleep four guests and typically costs $168 a night.

Bottom line

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Everything may be bigger in Texas, but they have a surprisingly large number of incredible tiny homes and campers for rent, which are great options for budget travelers.

If you’re doing better financially and prefer more space, many of the larger and pricier Airbnbs featured here are still great deals. Just be sure to check cleaning/service fees before booking.

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