Staying in an Airbnb offers a unique alternative to hotels when traveling, whether you’re looking for a place that’s affordable, in a great location, or has more space than a typical hotel room. In Baltimore, there’s plenty of unique Airbnbs available, offering something for every traveler (or guests you’d prefer not to host). Here are five unique listings you can rent, chosen by Historic Homes of Baltimore creator Jason Freeman.

Charming historic studio in Union Square

A private studio in Union Square offers historic charm and beautiful decor. The studio — which features high ceilings, large windows and a decorative fireplace — is accessed from an entrance off the home’s main entryway. The living/sleeping area has two beds, a piano and several filled bookcases. A clean bathroom, convenient small kitchenette and beautiful outdoor space complete the unit. It’s located in Union Square, facing the park. Numerous reviews mention the home’s interior design, charming character and easy parking as reasons why they enjoyed their stay.

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Large private home with indoor pool in Little Italy

(Allan Forest)
(Allan Forest)
(Allan Forest)
(Allan Forest)

This Little Italy mansion has it all — including a heated indoor pool. At over 6,000 square feet, the home has plenty of room for larger groups, with an eat-in kitchen, a living room with a full bar, a gym, that heated indoor pool, a roof terrace and a large loggia with an outdoor kitchen. There are three en suite bedrooms, and private parking for five cars. The home is located in the heart of Little Italy, close to amazing restaurants, Harbor East and downtown attractions. This home is new to Airbnb, but has already received positive reviews.

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Stunning historic mansion in Mount Vernon

(Bill Taylor)

If you’ve ever wished you lived in one of Mount Vernon’s gorgeous mansions, this is the Airbnb for you. This beautifully restored 10,000-square-foot home features large parlors to gather, beautifully designed rooms and stunning architectural details (including an amazing stained glass skylight!). Perfect for larger groups, this grand home has nine bedrooms, so everyone can spread out. The home is conveniently located in Mount Vernon, close to restaurants, shops and city attractions, including several wedding venues (this would be a great place to rent out with family or friends if you’re attending a nearby wedding). Guests rave about the wonderful hospitality of the host, Paul; the home’s stunning interior and artwork; and the convenient location with large private parking.

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Guest suite with secret garden in Fells Point

(Derek and Vee Photograph)
(Derek and Vee Photograph)
(Derek and Vee Photograph)
(Derek and Vee Photograph)

This modern in-law suite in Fells Point includes shared use of a unique private garden. Accessed from a private entrance off the home’s foyer, the room includes a queen-size bed, chair, and bistro table with a newly updated bathroom. Large sliding doors open to a large, covered patio and secret garden. This home is conveniently located in Fells Point, close to great restaurants, shops and city attractions. Reviews continually highlight hosts Jennifer and Scott’s warm hospitality, as well as the location’s walkability.

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Historic rowhome built by Frederick Douglass in Fells Point

(Courtesy of owner)
(Courtesy of owner)
(Courtesy of owner)
(Courtesy of owner)

This charming house in Fells Point has a unique history connected to the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In the late 1800s, Douglass built this home and four other homes in the row, known as Douglass Place, as rental homes for African Americans. And today, this home is a charming Airbnb. The two-story home has a living room, powder bathroom and kitchen on the first level. Up the spiral staircase is a bedroom, sitting room and full bathroom. A small patio provides a nice outdoor space. This home is located in Fells Point, adjacent to Harbor East — offering the best of both locations — and it’s a quick walk to the harbor, restaurants and local and national shops. In reviews, guests consistently mention Greg as a wonderful host, the convenient location and the unique art and home.

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Jason Freeman writes about real estate and historic homes around Baltimore.

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