Ukrainian Airbnbs You’ll Want to Book
Beautiful Ukraine is blessed with the Carpathian Mountains, numerous UNESCO Heritage Sites and rich history — the capital, Kyiv, is over 1,500 years old — and one of the best ways to experience the country is to stay at local homes through Airbnb.
While most people aren't traveling to Ukraine right now, given the current crisis with Russia, a recent trend encourages people to book homes on Airbnb — even if they don't intend on staying there. Because Airbnb hosts get paid 24 hours after a guest checks in, supporters of the movement believe this is a quick and easy way to get money straight to Ukrainian locals.
Of course, there are other ways to support Ukraine, but we rounded up the best Airbnbs in Ukraine that are actually owned by locals in case you want to book.
Dome Floating River House
In this gorgeous domed Airbnb, you'll be lulled to sleep by the Dnieper River. As you wake up, you'll have direct access to the river, which you'll want to follow up with a steam in the private Finnish sauna or cozy up with a book in front of the fireplace.
*Besides booking on Airbnb, you can donate directly to Airbnb to provide short-term housing for people feeling Ukraine. Alternatively, you can volunteer to host refugees.
Scandinavian-Style Tiny House
This minimalist tiny house has everything you need, plus some cozy backyard space. It's perfect for a single person or a couple who want to stay near the city center of Irpin while having the privacy of a home.
The home follows Scandinavian style, with wood and metals dominating the facade.
A Millennial's Dream Apartment
We're willing to bet that this is one of the chicest apartments in all of Kyiv. It also happens to be a millennial's dream apartment, complete with a spiraling staircase, mismatched black-and-white tiles and a color scheme centering around forest green and millennial pink.
Hints of gold, wood and black metal complete the aesthetic to make this apartment even dreamier.
A Chic Artist's Apartment
OK, we don't actually know if the person who owns this apartment is an artist, but given its decor, it's entirely possible. The modern loft includes built-in bookshelves, abstract artwork and stairs that double as shelves.
Lighthouse on Kyiv Sea
Stay in a beautiful historic lighthouse on the shores of the Kyiv Sea, which is actually a reservoir north of the capital city. Though effectively a tiny house, the lighthouse has room for two adults and one child, with its own kitchenette and a private shower.
You'll also have access to a grassy picnic area with tables and great views.
Authentic Vintage Soviet Room
If you'd love to feel like you've gone back in time, this vintage Soviet room in the center of Kyiv will help you do just that. The room is decorated with original Soviet furniture and is inside an apartment that was once used as a government building. It is also located in front of the Ukrainian parliament.
The space is shared with Airbnb host Dmytro, who is a local to the city.
Many apartments have terraces, but few have hosts who have gone into as much detail to make it the place you'll want to spend most of your time while in Ukraine. The terrace of this Airbnb comes with lights, coffee tables, a cozy sofa, plenty of plants and even friendly gnomes. The views are also pretty nice, as is the rest of the actual apartment.
Plus, it happens to be located in the best second-city in Ukraine.
Location: Nova Dofinivka
Glamping by the Black Sea sounds too good to be true, yet this domed Airbnb delivers. You'll sleep with a front-row seat to the constellations while still feeling warm and cozy inside of your dome.
Other amenities include a private bathroom, a kitchenette and a porch right over the sea.
Smart Studio Apartment
Techies looking for a place that understands them, needn't look any further than this smart studio, which comes equipped with an ergonomic home office. You'll have a monitor, an ergonomic keyboard and mouse and a desk that can convert to standing.
For leisure, you'll have a smart TV as well as an Xbox that you can use for gaming or for connecting to online workouts, for which you'll have a rolling mat prepared.
Luxury Apartment With Panoramic View
Another Airbnb Plus apartment, this property is distinguished by its breathtaking 180-degree views of the city. It was also decorated with the help of a local designer.
Special touches include a concealed fireplace and a separate study with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Cabin in the Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains are one of the most defining natural features of Ukraine, so getting to stay near them is a true privilege.
Hutsul craftspeople — an ethnic group from Ukraine and Romania — made this cozy and sturdy cottage.
The Rose Apartment
We appreciate an apartment that chooses an aesthetic and sticks to it. This lovely apartment looks like it should be a travel influencer whose posts make you feel like life is, indeed, rose-colored.
The light blush of rose throughout the apartment is subtle enough not to be overwhelming but consistent enough to score a cameo on a Wes Anderson film. Interestingly, the bathroom is an exception, complementing the pink with teal and gray in a wonderfully unexpected patterned wallpaper.
Modern Studio With Courtyard
This apartment is located inside an 1880s French-style apartment and has a reading nook that leads straight into the courtyard. This really is as cute as it gets.
But an apartment doesn't have to be vintage to stand out. This studio is decorated with modern trends, including leaf wallpaper, industrial lightbulbs and monochromatic tiles.
Room in a Farmhouse
This quaint farmhouse is the perfect place to spend a summer. Besides extensive gardens and a lake, it also has an outdoor stone kitchen that is fed with firewood, which basically guarantees the best BBQs.
There are also several farm animals that the guests can interact with — an activity that's particularly popular with kids. The farm is currently being used to house refugees, so it's a great place to support.
Open Plan Apartment
This bright and airy apartment is decorated with light colors and accentuated with touches of red.
It features interesting designs, like a semi-circle breakfast nook in the kitchen. This is a simple yet stylish studio that's definitely ready for the 'Gram.
The Newspaper Apartment
Those who love bold decor can set their eyes on what we've dubbed the Newspaper Apartment or the Monochromatic Apartment.
It earned the first nickname because its common areas and master bedroom are decorated as if covered by newspapers — and somehow, it looks great! Even the surfaces that are not "newspaper" follow a monochromatic black-and-white scheme that ties into the theme.
The other two bedrooms have their own monochromatic themes, with one being mauve and light pink and the other, grey with hints of copper.
Garden Apartment Near Beach
Sometimes beach vacations don't necessarily have to be on the beach, just near it. That's the case for this three-bedroom apartment, which has a summer deck filled with greenery that will provide shade.
When you're not enjoying the beaches and the Black Sea, you can sit on the deck and drink cool lemonade or wine.
Airbnb Plus Studio
If you want a luxe experience vetted by Airbnb, this Airbnb Plus studio apartment has a balcony and is stylishly decorated. The bathroom has marble tiles, and the couch boasts a velvet cover, so any time you spend in the apartment will definitely feel comfortable and lush.
Unlike many Airbnb Plus apartments, this one is owned by a Kyiv local named Lyuba, who owns no other properties.
17th Century Apartment
History lovers will enjoy this historic apartment with modern amenities and a remodeled bathroom, yet it has kept some original 17th-century heritage building elements.
The other advantage is that you'll be in the perfect location to explore beautiful Lviv.
Not many people experience the magic of glamping in a yurt-like tent while visiting Ukraine, which makes this Airbnb experience unique.
The tent is heated, so you don't have to worry about inclement weather. But we suggest visiting in the summer when you can walk to the nearby lake for swimming and kayaking or explore the village by bike.
Cabin by the Lake
Enjoy this idyllic cabin on the lake, complete with a fire pit, BBQ grill and plenty of hiking opportunities.
Previous guests love the peace and privacy afforded by this unique Airbnb.
'Alice in Wonderland' Apartment
Some people aren't into themed apartments. If this is you, then read on. But if you appreciate an apartment that isn't afraid to be extra, you'll absolutely love this "Alice in Wonderland" themed Airbnb.
Decorations include a giant watch painted on the kitchen ceiling, pictures of clothed rabbits seemingly in a hurry and other quirky details.
At first glance, this Kyiv apartment may not catch the eye. But look again, and you'll see subtle and understated details that make it wonderful.
We love the partially exposed brick in the kitchen and living room, the light wood cabinets and the Route 66 wallpaper in the bedroom.
The feature that we love the most in this apartment is the tall exposed brick wall that dominates the living room. But what sells people on the space is the vintage Metal Slug arcade machine.
Just be careful not to get roped into spending the entire day in the apartment trying to win.
Location: Vodnikov Island
Not too far from Kyiv is this relaxing house on the Dnieper River. Perfect for groups and families, you'll have a sun deck to enjoy at any time of day and a ladder leading straight into the river.
Located on a small island, the house provides isolation while still allowing for an easy connection to the city.
Love the colorful 1970s aesthetic? Then book this apartment, which has been kept frozen in time with monochromatic rooms, large circular sofas and printed tiles.
The apartment is in a historic building, yet near everything in the city center. So, if modern aesthetic doesn't quite appeal to you, this might be a better option.
If instead, you're more into the 1960s aesthetic, you can choose this vintage Kyiv apartment instead.
The main feature is the lime-green kitchen, which still has a modern washing machine, so you have modern comforts. The apartment isn't necessarily the most glamorous, but it has a personality and is owned by a local rather than a property company.
Cozy Cabin in the Woods
Ukrainian cities are great, but the countryside deserves much more love than it gets. For an escape into the peace of the forest, book a stay in this cozy wooden cabin.
Don't worry, you won't be completely on your own in a foreign country since the cabin is in an isolated part of a private property, where your hosts reside. The best part about this is that you'll be able to get food at the main house, with ingredients grown right on the premises.
Travelers who like large, airy spaces will love this two-story historical apartment.
Built in 1904, the apartment is decorated with vintage furniture (don't worry, it's more modern than Edwardian) and features beautiful high ceilings and arched windows.
Apartment in Kyiv Center
Sometimes, all you want is a beautiful, clean apartment that's centrally located and safe. Though it doesn't have a gimmicky feature that makes it stand out, this simple apartment in Kyiv checks all the boxes of what makes a great Airbnb.
Past guests love the convenience of the location and the tasteful decoration.