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The New York City Marathon passes through all five of New York’s boroughs, starting down south in Staten Island, working its way all the way up to the Bronx and then coming back down to Manhattan to finish in Central Park. So for those looking to spend a weekend in the city and catch the race action, what are the best Airbnbs for the New York City Marathon. We’ve picked a few options that will put you in sweet accommodations right along the race route.

Brooklyn Airbnb (Starting Point)

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The race begins in Staten Island but this Bay Ridge Airbnb right by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is perfect for the solo runner or race watcher who wants to catch the start or see the runners in their first miles. This quiet neighborhood is perfect for the race enthusiast not quite up for staying in the heart of the city. While still within striking distance of Manhattan for day trips, it gives you an opportunity to escape the chaos after exploring.


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The Brooklyn section of the route is full of awesome accommodation options so it’s only right that we suggest another. This room in a Clinton Hill brownstone Airbnb gets five-star reviews across the board and puts you right along the route. The home is an attraction all by itself. Named one of New York’s Ten Best Airbnbs in 2014 by Timeout New York, the luxurious set up is complemented by the host’s excellent cooking. This is the kind of place you’re not going to want to leave.

Queens and the Queensboro Bridge

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This room in a cool Long Island City apartment puts you right along the route and close to the Queensboro bridge where runners cross the East River into Manhattan. The room is in a Victorian apartment building and brings plenty of character to the table with its exposed brick and it’s relaxed, but cool decor. Guests will get the most spacious room in the apartment and the quick trip into one of Manhattan’s coolest sections is a major plus.

Upper East Side

Best Airbnbs for the New York City Marathon
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The runners will make their way north through the Upper East Side and this smartly decorated one bedroom apartment on Lexington is perfectly located both to catch the race and to explore one of the city’s best sections. Top notch restaurant options and quick trips to tourist attractions like Rockefeller Center make this apartment a winner.


Best Airbnbs for the New York City Marathon
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The runners will turn around in the Bronx and then head back down Manhattan on 5th avenue through Harlem. This Harlem two bedroom apartment is located just one block from the route and opens the door to excellent New York exploring, especially in nearby Central Park. The apartment can host up to four so if you and your friends are looking to catch the runners as they head down the home stretch, this is a great pick.

Central Park (Finish Line)

places to stay for NYC Marathon

Staying around Central Park is normally a recipe for breaking the bank, but this one bedroom apartment on the southern edge of Central Park will let you see the finish and keep a little money for exploring. Cool decorations give it plenty of character as well. This is a great option if you and your significant other are looking to see the runners cover the last of the 26.2 miles.

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