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Short Term furnished rentals in NYC: 3 Airbnb Alternatives

by Paul Joseph  |  Published November 20, 2019

A favoured alternative to hotel rooms, short stay apartments can be booked for a few weeks or months, with no long-term rental restrictions. Usually found in easy-to-access locations, they provide self-catering facilities and extra living spaces, and are a popular choice with city breakers and business travellers alike.

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There are a huge number of short stay apartments in New York, ensuring that you’re always likely 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 City and would like the simplicity of a hotel booking with the amenities of a rental apartment, we’ve dug deep and picked out three of our favourite online options.

Book at are our recommended choice for finding a short stay apartment in New York for just a few days up to a couple of 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 November, around 100 apartments available, starting at around $150 per night. 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.
Operating for three decades, New York Habitat are our choice for best short-term let providers for those seeking a monthly rental in the Big Apple. Launched to remedy the lack of options for travellers seeking a more personalised experience than offered by traditional hotels, it provides an online platform for furnished apartment listings. There are a handful of apartments you can rent for a week, but the vast majority are for at least a month, and during our search we found prices starting at around $119 per night for a one-bedroom apartment. Each user is assigned a personal agent who will help you at every step of the search to find the ideal accommodation for your party’s size, within your price range and in the right location. New York Habitat also claim to continuously update their database with new properties, and personally visit and photograph their listed properties to ensure they’re fit to rent.

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.

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