Katie’s Top 5 Airbnbs in Graz
Airbnb is a great option if you’re not inclined to stay in one of Graz’s remarkable hotels, or if you’ve been here before and you’re ready to experience the city as a local.
Grazers are very hospitable, and there are a number of Airbnb listings to choose from. I’ve sorted through them to offer you a taste of the best – in my opinion. You might notice some common themes emerging in these descriptions: I like to stay centrally when I travel, and I’m a sucker for rooftop patios, so all but the first feature a sunny terrace.
These homes also all have great locations, relatively reasonable prices, and character. They’d make a great home base for your Graz adventures, and they’re cozy enough to enjoy on a quiet day at home.
Come back soon for future posts with ideas about what to do in Graz, some of my favourite restaurants, and highlights of the two central farmer’s markets.
This carefully curated and adorable space is great for guests with an eye for detail, who enjoy a quiet place to retreat to after exploring the city. The host, Kathi, has a personal touch that makes it seem more like you’re staying in a cute B&B than in someone else’s bedroom. It sleeps four, with one bedroom and one pull out couch, in addition to a small bed for a child. She anticipates your needs by providing everything from linens and toiletries to a city map and a complimentary bike. Centrally located, close to both transit and the city itself, Kathi’s place is a quiet little oasis decorated in prints and pastels, with exposed wooden beams. Because Kathi’s not always in Graz, you’ll either meet her or a friend to get the keys. Her reviews are great and emphasize the ideal location and convenience of this place, especially with kids.
For a more modern look, but with a fantastic location and large terrace, check out Andreas’ Old Town apartment. He is directly across the street from the beautiful Stadtpark (city park), and on the edge of the central Old Town and the residential St Leonard area, which means cafes and restaurants galore, but not just those frequented by tourists. For a night out, you’re a short walk away from either upscale inner city restaurants, the most popular bars of the students’ quarter, and a number of neighbourhood restaurants catering to a variety of tastes. If the weather is right, this place offers you the opportunity to enjoy coffee or a glass of wine on the large terrace with a view of the Schlossberg, its clock tower, and the Graz Cathedral—it gets both morning and evening light. An older building renovated in 2013, Andreas’ place is also ideal for longer stays: there is lots of closet space and a washer and dryer. Consistently excellent reviews, praising the cleanliness and location in particular.
This place just looks cool. With a guitar hanging from one of the exposed wooden beams, books lining the wall, modern and mid-century furniture, and a view of the Graz Cathedral, you can pretend to live here and be proud of your taste. Put a record on the record player and make dinner in the open plan kitchen-living room, or veg in front of the TV in your king-sized bed. There’s a printer and scanner should you be travelling for work, and an amplifier, should you want to play that guitar. Another ideally located apartment, Heike’s loft also has a rooftop terrace where you can sit and enjoy the sun on warm days. While it’s located on the top floor, there’s an air-conditioner to keep you cool in summer and an elevator to get you there. Her guests have given the apartment top reviews and praise the attention to detail in this well-placed gem.
If you haven’t explored the neighbourhood of Lend before, this loft is perfectly situated for your introduction. Between Lendplatz, a square full of small restaurants and offering fresh produce Monday to Saturday, and Volksgarten, another of the city’s parks, Barbara’s recently renovated loft allows you to get to know the other side of the river than the places listed above. Lend’s trendy shops and young entrepreneurial spirit offer a slightly different experience to the traditional side of Graz you might see in a more central location: over here there’s more craft beer and vegetarian food. Her rooftop terrace is nearly diametrically opposed to Andreas’ place, but offers a similar view of the Schlossberg, clock tower, and the castle ruins. It’s on the fourth floor, with no lift or air-conditioning, but Barbara swears it’s worth the climb, and her reviewers seem to agree. They also rave about the terrace, location, and her hospitality.
For something a bit different from the above, this large 3rd floor apartment has a lovely rooftop terrace. Just kidding. It does have a grassy terrace complete with a small barbecue and great for kids, as is their whole apartment. With two separate bedrooms, one of which contains a large four-poster bed and a loft-bed, both kids and parents can be excited about something here. Larger than any of the other places I’ve listed, this apartment can sleep up to eight people, if you request an additional bed from your host, Georg. In contrast to Andreas’ place in particular, this is a family home, which means that it has experienced a bit more wear and tear, but also that it comes stocked with everything you could possibly need for a family getaway. It’s in a great location close to another farmer’s market, cafés, restaurants, shops, and the inner city. Georg’s reviewers loved the grassy terrace, and have mentioned that it’s even big enough for two small families.
Some things to ask about when you’re looking into any Airbnb accommodation in Graz are (in Winter) the type of heating to expect, or (in Summer) if the apartment gets very warm. If you can’t live without air-conditioning, be sure to check as it is not common in Austria. One of Andreas’ guests mentioned running out of hot water and having to wait until the next day to bathe because of the night storage heating, so consider asking if that will apply in your space. Parking is typically difficult to find centrally on the right side of the river (Places 1-3 and 5), while one of Barbara’s guests in Lend mentioned that finding parking was no problem.
All of the hosts whose places are listed above were complimented on their hospitality and the ease with which they handed over the keys. Some people may be shy, but Austrians usually have at least a bit of English, and they’re typically happy to use it, so don’t be afraid of inquiring at any of the places listed above, even if the listing is posted in German.