Hotels are so five years ago. For your next weekend retreat, it’s high time to skip the room service in exchange for a room with a real view — and lots of local character and charm.


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Check into one of these 18 inexpensive Airbnbs across Texas that aren’t only perfect for a weekend retreat, they won’t break the bank.

But, what qualifies as “cheap,” you might ask? Just like beauty, cheap (and expensive, for that matter) is in the eye of the beholder. For the sake of round numbers, we’ve kept this list of Airbnb treasures to under $100 per night — with a few notable exceptions that are worth the extra dollars, if you ask us. (Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change based on seasonal shifts.)

Even though these places are on the, ahem, cheap side, it doesn’t mean that you won’t feel like a million bucks. From the cutest cabins and cottages, to sleek lofts and sophisticated homes, and even a couple tents and a dome, these might just be the coolest kids on Texas’ Airbnb block.

And, remember: There’s no shame in a stay-cation. So, even if you live near these properties, you can still make a weekend of it.


Wine Trail Farmhouse

Fredericksburg

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The epitome of a modern country farmhouse, this pleasant cottage also has a pretty sweet location. Not only is it in a peaceful, resort-style community, it’s right off the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290. That means that many local wineries and vineyards are virtually just minutes down the road. Even better? After a day of sipping and socializing, you can unwind (and maybe wine some more) on the large wraparound porch that looks out over a large farm with cows, the occasional whitetail deer, and other wildlife.

Price (per night): $79

Cleaning Fee: $125

Accommodates: 8

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Via Airbnb

Via Airbnb


Off-Grid Adobe Dome

Terlingua

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Stargazers will be salivating at the sight of this solar-powered dome that’s located in a very remote and unique space in the desert near Big Bend National Park. It rests in an isolated, but accessible, off-grid setting in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, offering unmatched views of the night sky not to mention a completely unobstructed view of a horizon for the most majestic sunrises and sunsets. It’s “cool” status was cemented with a featured on HGTV’s Mighty Tiny Houses. Though the dome is isolated, the entrance to the national park is just a 25-minute drive away and so is the historic Terlingua ghost town.

Price (per night): $88

Cleaning Fee: $30

Accommodates: 3

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Via Airbnb


Casa Azul

Central Austin

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You can’t miss this lavender-blue stucco home that’s situated in a quiet neighborhood. Charming, colorful, and filled with folk art, it’s a bright, relaxing retreat from Austin adventures. But, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are all still within walking distance. While you won’t have use of the entire home, there’s a private entrance to the two bedrooms and a private bath as well as outdoor patios and a rooftop deck. So, it feels like your own secluded haven.

Price (per night): $87

Cleaning Fee: $40

Accommodates: 4

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Via Airbnb


M Streets Guest Cottage

Dallas

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Originally built in 1937, but renovated a few years ago, this adorable cottage has everything you need for a home away from home. Impeccably designed with cozy-mod décor, it also has a sleeping loft that’s both fun and functional. The home is within quick access to Lower Greenville’s hip dining and nightlife scene and a short car ride away from White Rock Lake, downtown Dallas, and other hotspots.

Price (per night): $97

Cleaning Fee: $40

Accommodates: 4

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Via Airbnb


Zen Lake Cabin

Canyon Lake

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Quirky and cozy and perfect for outdoorsy types, this welcoming cabin is located just five minutes from Canyon Lake in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Tucked away at the back of a four-acre property, the minimalist space with a lovely deck needs no other bells and whistles. The surrounding nature is all you could want.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $79

Cleaning Fee: $35

Accommodates: 3


Modern Marfa Adobe

Marfa

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If you’re craving a weekend getaway way out of town, then Marfa is the middle-of-nowhere place to go. And, with this adorable Spanish adobe from the ’50s, you can bring your whole crew. The spacious floor plan holds up to nine people and is just down the street from Marfa's famous Chinati Foundation, El Cosmico, and the iconic Thunderbird Hotel.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $79

Cleaning Fee: $50

Accommodates: 9


Garden Cottage

East Austin

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As precious as this little guesthouse is, it’s easily rivaled by a backyard garden oasis and the goats, bunnies, chickens, duck, and the cutest (and feistiest) pot-belly pig that also call the half-acre lot home.

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Via Airbnb

Via Airbnb

Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $50

Cleaning Fee: $20

Accommodates: 2


Texas Bell Tent

Spring Branch

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Glamping never looked so good. There will be no roughing it at this Texas Hill Country gem that is luxuriously decorated — and that comes equipped with A/C and a private full bathroom with hot water shower. It’s perched on a custom deck for sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding countryside and has a fire pit for roasting marshmallows, natch. For those who love room service, you’ll be treated to coffee and specialty teas in the morning followed by a delicious breakfast in the main house. Did we mention you can also book spa treatments onsite including massage, facial, reiki, and essential oil therapy? Sure, it’s a splurge — in comparison to our other lower-priced options — but we had to show it to you, as tent life doesn’t get much better than this. Plus, the cleaning fee is pennies compared to other properties.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $190

Cleaning Fee: $25

Accommodates: 4


Downtown High-Rise

Houston

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Perched high above downtown is this penthouse-like space featuring panoramic views and two balconies — plus a suspended chair, which offers a whimsical touch. It’s within walking distance of many restaurants, bars, and entertainment, but why leave the building when you can take advantage of the high-rise’s amenities like a massive pool deck and fitness center.

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Price (per night): $79

Cleaning Fee: $120

Accommodates: 4


East Downtown Hideaway

East Austin

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Nestled amidst the trees, you'll feel like you've found an oasis in the heart of the city with this sleek, contemporary guesthouse — especially with its large, private deck. But, you’re never too far away from Austin nightlife, as live music and dining is a short stroll away. You can also put your playlist to work at this home, as it has a whole-house audio system and other luxe, comfortable amenities.

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Price (per night): $80

Cleaning Fee: $75

Accommodates: 2


Camp Coyoacan Tent Bungalow

Port Aransas

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Just like summer camp! This fun and funky urban boutique playground on Mustang Island is within walking distance of the shoreline and offers a plethora of economical rentals for sunning and funning at the beach — think stand up paddle boards, kayaks, umbrellas, beach chairs, surfboards, and more. Camp Coyoacan also has a community pool and hosts a free yoga class on top of a big three-story deck every weekend (mats included!).

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Price (per night): $80

Cleaning Fee: $0

Accommodates: 2


Blue Steel: Tiny Home

Dallas

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This place is ready for its close-up! See what a shipping container home is all about with this delightful one in the artsy Cedars district, featuring rustic-elegant interiors and sleek white bath finishes. Don’t worry about this space feeling too cramped; the cozy master suite even has a queen bed, and there’s a second room that doubles as a loft bedroom and living room.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $59

Cleaning Fee: $85

Accommodates: 4


Modern Eclectic Townhouse

Austin

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Basically brand, spankin’ new, this hidden gem boasts funky Austin flair and trendy shiplap while radiating with natural light. It’s just minutes from downtown — if you can peel yourself off of the electric blue sofa or the covered patio. The modern kitchen is a chef’s dream, too, if you happen to want to cook.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $99

Cleaning Fee: $75

Accommodates: 4


Vintage Airstream

South Austin

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Have a true #throwback moment in this retro-fabulous Argosy that’s parked in the safe and friendly Galindo neighborhood. The happy-go-lucky interior couldn’t be more well-suited to the vintage spirit while party lights outside make it all the more festive. There’s a lovely outdoor shower, if you’re so inclined. If not, the cute indoor bathroom is tiny but effective.

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Price (per night): $75

Cleaning Fee: $35

Accommodates: 2


Marfa Home

Austin

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Don’t let its name fool you. This quiet nook of a house is in downtown Austin, within walking distance of West 6th Street, but it emanates quirky Marfa appeal. The midcentury mod mood is fabulous. But, what makes this place a real weekend getaway is the spacious patio, where you can watch the sunrise from a hammock while aromas of the bakery below waft through the air.  

Via Airbnb

Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $97

Cleaning Fee: $55

Accommodates: 4


Historic Downtown Loft

Houston

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Brimming with architectural character, this loft is housed in a building that dates back to the 1920s but was recently updated with modern amenities. Take in the views of the city before walking to the BBVA Compass Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Discovery Green, or the George R. Brown Convention Center for any number of activities. They’re all in the neighborhood.

Price (per night): $86

Cleaning Fee: $60

Accommodates: 4


Shotgun Home

San Antonio

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Despite its cool, narrow design, this recently renovated shotgun home feels plenty roomy inside. Yet, it is still sweet with historic character and charm. Centrally located, you have easy access to downtown, The Alamo, the River Walk, and many other San Antonio attractions.

Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $87

Cleaning Fee: $35

Accommodates: 4


Cloey’s Cabin

Chandler

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Perfect for couples, this petite cabin with accompanying hot tub is located on a small, private lake. It’s rustic in all the right ways and perfect to channel your inner farm girl or farm boy. Make sure to take a bath — the tubs are made of horse troughs and housed in a grain silo behind the cabin. (You have to be there to get it.) This Airbnb does slightly exceed the $100 cap, but it has its own lake and there’s no cleaning fee. So, it all comes out in the wash. Plus, bathing in a horse trough is worth the price of admission alone.

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Via Airbnb

Price (per night): $125

Cleaning Fee: $0

Accommodates: 2

 

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