The 8 Best Tiny House Rentals of 2021

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Renting a house on Airbnb is a great alternative to traditional hotel accommodations. In some cases, tiny house rentals have become even more popular by offering higher quality amenities at lower prices. Sometimes, depending on the property size, it can even feel like you're on a camping adventure in the woods. We compared listings in cities across the country to choose the best tiny house rentals for Treehugger readers.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Container Cabin in the Catskills

Container Cabin in the Catskills

 Container Cabin in the Catskills

This minimalist getaway is nestled in 20 acres on the eastern edge of the Catskill Mountains and is two hours north of New York City. Constructed from a 20-foot shipping container and powered by solar energy, the sleek interior is the perfect combination of vintage cabin and modern hideaway. Beyond enjoying the solitude of the tiny house, visitors can explore a 30-foot waterfall just 300 feet away, as well as a stream and bluestone ridge. There are also a number of hiking trails within a 15-minute drive from the home.

The interior of the off-grid tiny house features a Queen bed, a two-burner, propane stove, a wood heating stove, record player, and a selection of books. The bathroom is located in a separate structure that includes a compost toilet and battery-operated camping shower. If you need a space that sleeps more than two, you can also check out the superhost’s 40-foot container home, which is also highly rated.

The cost per night is about $232 and the home permits two guests to stay at a time.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: This is the perfect tiny house rental for Treehugger readers because it’s off-grid with solar power, a compost toilet, and gravity-fed water.

Best Asheville: The Nook

The Nook

 The Nook

The Nook is a clean and modern tiny house located in a wooded neighborhood about 15 minutes east of downtown Asheville. Blending in with the surrounding environment, the Nook features local building materials like black walnut and large windows to let in more natural light. Perhaps most importantly, the house features beautifully handcrafted pieces from local makers—creating a one of a kind ecological and artistic experience. 

The house is adorned with a spacious, tiled bathroom, well-designed kitchen, and inviting outdoor space. This tiny house also comes with a number of more whimsical features like an indoor swing, a lofted sitting room for enjoying coffee, and carefully designed built-in furniture and ladders that optimize the space. 

The cost per night is roughly $198, and the home allows two guests to stay at a time.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love this beautiful tiny house because of the owners’ dedication to local materials and craftsmanship.

Best Atlanta: Eco-Friendly Modern Shipping Container

Eco-Friendly Modern Shipping Container

 Eco-Friendly Modern Shipping Container

Located in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood, this tiny house is constructed from a shipping container and a variety of reclaimed and recycled/upcycled materials.

Surrounded by privacy fencing and landscaping, the hosts have created a modern oasis. In addition to being a highly rated rental, this tiny house’s owner has superhost status, meaning they have a response rate of about 90% or higher and a stellar rating.

The tiny house is located next door to the host’s other tiny house rental, and renters have access to a shared patio and fire pit. The home itself is outfitted with a number of other eco-friendly features, including energy-efficient heating and cooling, plant-based toiletries, and organic towels and bedding. As a bonus, visitors can indulge in organic, fair-trade coffee and use the yoga mats and spray provided. Easy access to a MARTA bus line offers convenient public transportation.

The cost per night is roughly $77, and two guests can stay at a time.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love this cool, industrial rental because of the host’s dedication to environmentally friendly building materials and organic, fair-trade products.

Best Miami: Treehouse Canopy Room

Treehouse Canopy Room

 Treehouse Canopy Room

Away from the city lights of Miami proper, this tiny treehouse is located on a permaculture farm in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, just west of the MiMo District. Described by the Superhost as a “lush urban oasis,” the rental offers a detour from what you might expect from a Miami hotel, while providing easy access to South Beach and the Miami International Airport. 

Occupying the upper level of the treehouse, this rental features a double bed (with a mosquito net), an enclosed outdoor shower and bathroom, and a community kitchen. Visitors can also take time to enjoy the farm’s goats, pigs, emus, roosters, parrots, and other wildlife that make this an incredibly unique experience. However, if you’re traveling with little ones, keep in mind that children aren’t allowed because of the height of the unit.

The cost per night is roughly $91, and two guests are welcome.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: The treehouse stands out on Treehugger’s list because of the unique opportunity to stay on a permaculture farm without sacrificing easy access to some of Miami’s most popular neighborhoods.

Best Nashville: Dreamy Tiny House Cottage

Dreamy Tiny House Cottage

 Dreamy Tiny House Cottage

This beautiful cottage is located in Nashville’s Design District, just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville and eight minutes from Nashville International Airport. Superhosts Jonathan and Rebecca—who are Nashville natives—built the house themselves and are on the property if guests need anything during their stay. 

The home’s beautiful interior includes a claw-foot tub, a clean and bright living area, and a small-but-mighty kitchen with a microwave and mini-fridge. Four guests can sleep comfortably in the rental with options including a queen-sized bed, a sofa bed, and a day bed, with the cost totaling roughly $120 per night.

Outside, visitors can use the stone fire pit and pick seasonal produce from the on-site vegetable garden. Another reason to book? The property has been featured in a number of publications, including Travel + Leisure and Southern Living.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love this cozy, Nashville retreat because of the ample outdoor space and the vegetable garden that’s open to guests.

Best Austin: Modern Cabin Retreat

Modern Cabin Retreat

 Modern Cabin Retreat

Set on 56 acres of Texas Hill Country and located 18 miles from downtown Austin, this vacation rental features a 350-square foot tiny house. In addition to giving guests access to beautiful trails and orchards, there are free-range goats on the property, and guests can enjoy eggs from the resident chickens.

Inside, the house includes a queen-size bed and full kitchen with an oven, range, and dishwasher. There is also a full-sized bathroom and a washer and dryer—something you don’t often find in tiny house rentals.

While this is a private cabin, a pool, hot tub, and fire pit are shared with other units and the owners of the property. Regardless, you'll feel like you're in a Texas oasis. 

The cost per night is around $125 and welcomes two guests.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: We love this cabin because visitors can spend time in the great outdoors while also enjoying fresh eggs and fruit from the property.

Best Los Angeles: Skyfarm Yurt

Skyfarm Yurt

 Skyfarm Yurt

Perhaps not technically a tiny house, this yurt offers visitors the opportunity to stay in luxury accommodations outside of the city. Because it’s located at Skyfarm—an urban farm with chickens, goats, and a pig—guests also get to enjoy a part of Los Angeles that tourists often miss. Plus, it’s just 10 minutes from downtown L.A. so you’re never far from popular attractions. 

This Pacific Yurt is 20 feet in diameter and, while it seems rustic, it's insulated and features large windows for taking in the surrounding landscape. There’s a king-sized bed as well as two twin mattresses set up as a place to lounge. In addition to the gorgeous white interior, guests can take advantage of the full kitchen and outdoor bathroom—both of which are private.

The cost per night is about $179 and welcomes four guests.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: In addition to its eco-friendly accommodations, Skyfarm Yurt is a top Treehugger pick because it shares the property with a unique urban farm.

Best Portland: Handcrafted Blue Door Micro-Loft

Handcrafted Blue Door Micro-Loft

Handcrafted Blue Door Micro-Loft

Located in Portland’s Historic Mississippi Neighborhood, this beautifully handcrafted tiny house features a ton of memorable details and high-quality finishes.

Not only are the accommodations comfortable, but the rental is also just a 10-minute bike ride—or a quick bus ride—to downtown, giving you close proximity to lots of good bar and restaurant options. And, the rental is an Airbnb Plus property, so you’re guaranteed to have access to amenities like self-check-in, Wi-fi, a coffee maker, and other conveniences.  

In addition to the outdoor space complete with a garden patio and BBQ, this tiny house rental features a spacious open layout with room for four guests. The cathedral ceilings and industrial accents make this rental feel like Portland, and the full-size bathroom and vacation-friendly kitchen make it feel extra cozy.

Plus, guests can access the mezzanine bedroom (complete with a queen memory foam mattress) via comfortable stairs—not the ladder that’s common in many tiny houses. The cost per night is roughly $96 and allows four guests to stay on the property.

Why it's a fit for Treehugger: The Blue Door Micro-Loft is our top pick for a tiny house rental in Portland because it’s close to public transportation so you can reduce your travel footprint. 

How Much Do Tiny House Rentals Cost?

Just like any other accommodations, the cost of renting a tiny house depends largely on its location. In general, though, expect to pay between roughly $50 and $200 per night—with luxury homes in desirable locales costing around $500 per night. Other factors that impact the cost of a tiny house rental include the overall design of the house, the quality of finishes, and other amenities. For example, a larger tiny house with a full bathroom is likely to cost more than one with outdoor facilities. 

How Big Are Tiny Houses?

Generally speaking, tiny houses are under 400 square feet. That said, this number can vary depending on whether the home was built to be stationary or to travel from one site to another. Because of the size of tiny houses, they often incorporate space-saving features like built-in storage and seating, lofted or murphy beds, and small kitchen appliances.

How Many People Can Stay in a Tiny House?

As with the size of tiny houses, the number of guests they can accommodate varies. On average, most tiny house rentals have room for two adult guests (and, perhaps, one child). However, some homes have sofas or other seating that can be transformed into another bed—extending the maximum occupancy to three or four adults.

How We Chose the Best Tiny House Rentals

To identify the best tiny house rentals, we searched for clean, comfortable, and well-designed, tiny houses. We also focused on price and proximity to popular vacation spots. Then, we considered whether the home is rented by a superhost and compared the rating of each tiny house (though these are apt to fluctuate as more people stay at each rental). Finally, we chose tiny houses that have eco-friendly features like compost toilets, solar power, and outdoor amenities that Treehugger readers will appreciate.

Our top pick overall is the container cabin in Upstate New York because of its rustic modern design and proximity to hiking trails, a waterfall, and the natural beauty of the Catskills. We also love that the tiny house is totally off-grid, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the beautiful environment.