New York

Short Term Furnished Rentals in NYC: 3 Airbnb Alternatives

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated May 19, 2021

A popular alternative to hotel rooms, short term apartment rentals can be booked for just a few days up to a few months, with no long-term tie-ins. We’ve picked out three of the best ways to find one in New York.

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Usually found in well-connected locations, apartments available for weekly rentals or monthly rentals provide self-catering facilities and extra living spaces, and are favoured by city breakers and business travellers alike. There are a huge number of short stay apartments in New York, meaning you’ll always sure to find one that suits your budget and needs. With Airbnb dominating the market, it can be tricky to shop elsewhere. But if you’re seeking a short term apartment rental in New York and like the idea of the simplicity of a hotel booking but with added amenities, we’ve dug deep and selected three of our favourite online options.

Booking.com

Book at Booking.com

Booking.com are our recommended choice for finding a short stay apartment in New York for just a few days up to a few weeks. The Amsterdam-based travel search engine is one of the biggest and most reputable aggregator websites for lodgings across the world, and although it is primarily a hotel booking website it also has a vast apartment section too. When we searched for short stay options in summer 2021, around 54 apartments were available, starting at around $165 per night. Booking.com also offer a Best Price Guarantee as well as a dedicated reviews section, although navigating to the reviews for your chosen apartment could be a touch easier.

Founded in 2013, Blueground offer fully-furnished apartments with flexible leases to vetted guests for stays of one month or longer. Unlike Booking.com, stays of more than a month come with significant cost savings, as the longer your stay the cheaper the rates become. When we conducted a search, we found prices from $2,870 per month for a studio apartment. Combining flexibility and stability, the company pride themselves on taking the guesswork out of the apartment hunt, and in New York offer over 300 apartments – many pet-friendly – in some of the city’s most desirable neighbourhoods, including Williamsburg, Midtown, and the Financial District. Their professionally-managed, turnkey properties include everything from studios to one and two-bed apartments. The online booking process is easy and there’s also a 24-hour support service accessed via a guest app.

Coliving: Ollie & Common


In recent years ‘co-living’ (shared housing) has grown in popularity, and two highly recommended New York operators in this space are Ollie and Common. Ollie provide furnished apartments with hotel style services, weekly housekeeping, access to an incredible amenity package and on and off-site events helping you connect with neighbours, make new friends, and discover new things. They promise a more human living experience by focussing on delivering comfort, convenience and community to its residents, as well as significant cost savings. Ollie currently offers 12-month leases at its New York apartments, though they are due to open another location in Newark which will offer 3-11 month leases.

Common, meanwhile, pledges to keep the good parts of roommate living, like community and reasonable prices, while removing the annoyances. They offer memberships that invite you to live in the privacy of your own furnished bedrooms in attractive shared suites, with open access to communal spaces, including a well-equipped kitchen, for a minimum lease of three months. One all-inclusive rate covers your rent, weekly cleaning, furniture, laundry, utilities, WiFi, household supplies (think toilet paper, trash bags, cutlery, and more), repairs and maintenance, and access to free community events in your local neighborhood. At Common, each home is designed by their in-house architecture team with roommates in mind. This means no murphy beds, no bunk beds, and no fake walls. Prices at Common are always 20% lower than a traditional studio apartment per month. Common has also designed a chat feature for its smartphone app that allows members to connect with fellow suitemates and other Common members in their city.

Book at ollie.co
Book at common.com