Whether you are only visiting or planning a fun staycation, these St. Louis Airbnbs offer everything you need, plus personality and adventure. And as an added bonus, they’re all on or close to Cherokee Street — a hub of arts & culture in south St. Louis.
“Do not rent here if you don’t like old, vintage and weird things,” warns Airbnb superhost Kevin. Advertised as a quarantine art camper for musicians, artists, weirdos, adventurers and hippy-punk troubadours, this highly reviewed Airbnb in St. Louis’s Cherokee Street Arts District offers guests a stay inside a vintage Shasta camper from the 1960s. The bright yellow and surf green camper trailer sits in the backyard of a 100-year-old house, which also hosts Airbnb guests. As a whole, the house-backyard-camper compound promotes a communal environment centered around creativity, art and fun. Noteworthy offerings include an outdoor gallery, a fire pit, instruments, and an inflatable swimming pool. The Airbnb is also just a few steps away from a number of great taquerias within La Calle Cherokee, St. Louis’s heart of Latinx food and culture.
“Kevin’s spot is rad,” one five-star reviewer says. “With rooftop access and multiple lofts in the house, there are many places to connect with your playful and imaginative side. The house is adorable, clean, unique, and charming.”
Located in the historic Antique Row of Cherokee Street in St. Louis, this tiny cottage offers a quiet and private getaway with vintage decor and all the basic amenities, plus a small patio, yard, and stone firepit. Breweries Earthbound Beer, Bluewood Brewing and Anheuser-Busch are all within walking distance, as well as several vintage clothing and boutique shops, like Retro101/Cherry Bomb Vintage, Profield Reserve, and Ruby Francis. You would also be remiss not to visit at least one of the more than 30 nearby antique shops during your stay.
“In a very cool part of town with a lot of cute businesses and restaurants,” one reviewer Aubriella says. “Very comfortable stay and you can really tell how much thought went into every detail.”
This historic, three-story, Benton Park home was reportedly built in 1890 by the same mason who built St. Louis’s famous Lemp Brewery. Airbnb hosts Debbi and Tom invite guests to stay in a 2nd floor Studio Apartment that was originally a servants’ quarters. Guests of the suite report items shifting from their original places, lights switching on in the middle of the night, and glassware clanging in the kitchen. Despite the unexplainable and eerie events, reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with many guests commenting on the snacks, cleanliness and overall charming accommodations.
“Debbi gave us suggestions on where to eat and what to do and even gave us a brief history lesson on the house when we got there,” says one reviewer Kaitlin. “The location was so convenient for everything we did around downtown! I would highly recommend staying here. We even had a few paranormal instances occur!”
Here is an Airbnb with a strict no locals policy, making it a unique St. Louis gem for travelers only. Located right next door to Off Broadway Music Venue, The Pocket offers a place for traveling musicians to eat, sleep and jam out. “This is a MUSIC building,” the Airbnb listing reads. “You might hear bands rehearsing from the 2nd or 3rd floor.” The Pocket features a practice room with a 3-piece Pearl drum kit, a Fender amp and P.A. system; a wet bar; a back porch overlooking the Off Broadway venue patio; and the character and charm of a St. Louis brick building that was built in 1884.
"Wow! What a truly unique experience,” says reviewer Jacob. “We had a great time jamming out. Lots of great restaurants and places to drink nearby.” Something to note: While The Pocket supplies the drum kit, amps, and P.A. system, you will need to bring your own instrument (guitar, bass, keyboard and etc).
In the warmer months, you might consider staying at this Airbnb, which sleeps six and offers a heated pool, sauna, a yoga studio and red light therapy bed (not to be confused with a tanning bed). “I’ve created this space with health & wellness in mind,” the host Nick says. “Time to relax and rejuvenate! I look forward to having you!” Located near the intersection of Gravois Ave. and Chippewa St. in Tower Grove South, the Pool Haus Spa STL is a short drive away from the several shops, restaurants and bars of South Grand and Cherokee Street.
“Absolutely fantastic,” Conor, a reviewer, says. “Stayed here with my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day and it was the perfect little spa day for us. Plan on booking at least once a year from now on.”
This Airbnb rental on Cherokee Street is a loft above Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop. “Imagine waking up to the aroma of fresh-baked goods wafting upstairs from the first floor bakery,” the listing reads. The bright and cheery, newly renovated loft offers an open floor plan with century-old pinewood flooring, lots of natural light, and a back patio. The Airbnb hosts’ daughter owns and operates the bakeshop below. Every guest is greeted with a bottle of wine, a gift certificate to Whisk, a snack basket and bottled water upon arrival.
“Sweet spot in more ways than one,” says five-star reviewer Judy. “The space is a lovely mix of old and new, with beautiful high ceilings and hardwoods and an updated modern kitchen. Walking distance to a nice neighborhood coffee shop with outdoor seating, a brewpub, and several restaurants and bars.” For coffee and breakfast to go with your baked goods, visit The Mud House down the street, or one several nearby cafes and restaurants.