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European Vacation Rentals

Our affiliate partners, Airbnb and Booking.com, make it easy to find a home away from home.

Paris Airbnb apartment courtyard

ABOVE: Cheryl Imboden smells the roses in the courtyard of an Airbnb vacation rental in Paris.

For most travelers, it makes sense to stay at a hotel, B&B, or hostel. The average stay in a European city or town is less than three days, and for that amount of time, putting down roots (no matter how temporary) may be more effort than it's worth.

For longer visits--or if you're traveling with children--a vacation rental is well worth considering. Such rentals typically fall into several categories:

  • Apartments (including lofts and studios).

  • Private rooms.

  • Villas, cottages, and chalets.

  • Out-of-the-ordinary rentals such as houseboats and "tiny houses."

Two of our affiliate partners, Airbnb and Booking.com, offer a growing number of vacation rentals throughout Europe--from flats in big cities such as London, Paris, and Rome to gîtes in converted farmhouses or beach cottages in the Danish dunes.

To browse listings with photos and reviews by paying guests, please see:

  • Airbnb: Europe our partner
    The world's largest holiday-rental platform has a vast assortment of properties at every price level. Recently, it introduced an "Airbnb Enhanced Clean" protocol that was developed in collaboration with health professionals.

  • Booking.com our partner
    Europe's no. 1 secure reservations service is best known for its competitive hotel rates, but it also represents apartments and other vacation properties. In some cities, such as Venice and Paris, it has an especially strong portfolio of "condo hotels" and serviced apartments.

Tips:

  • Airbnb allows stays of any length, in most cases, and some properties offer big discounts for stays of 30 days or longer.

  • Booking.com traditionally has emphasized shorter stays, although longer visits are now allowed at many properties.

  • When comparing rental prices, be sure to compare the total costs (including any service or cleaning fees).