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Short Term Furnished Rentals in NYC: 3 Airbnb Alternatives

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated June 17, 2022

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.

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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. are our top choice for short stay apartments in New York for anything from a few days to a few weeks. The travel search engine is one of the world’s biggest and most reputable aggregator platforms, 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 2022, around 54 apartments were available, starting at around $165 per night. Searching is simple too – all you need is to select for ‘apartments’ on the filter section on the left hand page and your search will be narrowed down to available apartments for your specified dates. also offer a Best Price Guarantee as well as a dedicated reviews section.

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Founded in 2013, Blueground offer fully-furnished apartments with flexible leases for stays of one month or longer. Unlike, stays of more than a month come with significant savings, as the longer your stay the cheaper the rates become. In New York the company list over 300 apartments in some of the city’s most desirable districts, and when we conducted a search, we found prices from $2,870 per month for a studio apartment. 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.

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Homelike is principally aimed at business travellers and foreigners looking for accommodation for a month or longer. The platform has a clean and easy-to-use interface with high resolution photography and icons that clearly show amenities. Since its launch, the platform has come a long way and in New York has almost 80 apartments for rent, including 13 private rooms for people seeking a flat-sharing arrangement. On our chosen dates, we found options dotted across NYC starting at $2,347 per month for a 100sq ft private room. If you don’t mind being outside Manhattan, you can also rent apartments in certain districts that are twice the size for roughly the same price.

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Founded in 2017, Roomrs is particularly popular with younger people keen to live in a sociable environment but with their own private space. They have coliving venues across New York, with apartments available for minimum stays of three months for average rates of $1,500 per month. Applicants must submit documents for credit and background checks, and approval is sometimes received within 24 hours, meaning you can move in pretty much straight away. Furnishings, WiFi, utilities, bedding, towels, and kitchen utensils are included, and most units have washers/dryers and dishwashers. All buildings are equipped with smart technology such as keyless entry and some also have rooftop decks and furnished basements.

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