15 Wacky Places You Can Rent on Airbnb Right Now
Ready to branch out on your next vacay? Airbnb can help: From a giant seashell to a tree house to a bus, here are some of the strangest places you can rent on Airbnb right now.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like Ariel from The Little Mermaid, now’s your chance. The famous “seashell house” Casa Caracol is located in a gated community in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Amenities include a private pool, kitchenette, and in-shell Wifi and air conditioning.
The Great Escape Lakeside Retreat
If you love board games, this Clermont, FL-based Airbnb option is perfect for a lakeside retreat. Each room in this home—which sleeps a whopping 43 people—is themed after a different board game, from Clue and Operation to Scrabble. The house also features a giant water slide, a lazy river, fishing, boating, an actual escape room game, a real laser maze, a theater, human bowling, human Foosball, soccer billiards, and an outdoor TV. When staying at a vacation rental, always abide by these etiquette rules.
There is no shortage of color and design in the Tile House, located just outside the east entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The home is covered in Mexican tile, smalti, and handmade Perry Hoffman ceramics. Amenities include a hot tub, gated courtyard, and fire pit.
There is no shortage of romance in Tuscany, but with casaBARTHEL, you can squeeze in a bit more with this tree house. It sits on the edge of Galluzzo, a small village, and is only 20 minutes from the region’s acclaimed vineyards. It offers a bedroom with a queen-size bed, a small kitchenette with a stove and a fridge, and a private outdoor terrace. There is also a communal pool and tennis courts. You’ll also want to visit these hotels with breathtaking views.
Bamboo Eco Cottage
Set in the middle of Indonesian rice fields, the bamboo eco cottage is made of just that—woven bamboo. The open-air Airbnb has modern amenities: The bathroom is upgraded and there is an outdoor living space that just begs for cocktails and stargazing. Guests at the cottage can also take advantage of the main lodge’s full food menu and saltwater pool.
Built from local, sustainable natural materials, the Mayne Island, Canada-based home is surrounded by gardens, orchids, and sheep. An indoor fireplace, kitchenette, and wireless Internet help to make it an option for hunkering down and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Mushroom Dome Cabin
The Mushroom Dome Cabin continues to be one of Airbnb’s most popular listings with nearly a year-long waiting list. Located in Aptos, CA, the Mushroom Dome Cabin has a geodesic dome loft that gives renters a view of the Oak and Madrone trees that can’t be beat. French press coffee, a popcorn maker, and a grill are all provided, as are several organic food staples. However, the owners warn that the toilet is a composting one.
The Brandy Bus
Spend some time in this renovated old double-decker school bus located in Nairobi, Kenya. With the capacity for six guests, it also has outdoor seating and a fireplace for guest use. Travelers have applauded its homey feel as a perk as well as its location, close to attractions and restaurants.
Close to Amsterdam, there is a windmill set in the gorgeous Dutch countryside. A kitchen, wireless Internet, and three bedrooms await renters. The windmill is only rented to one group at a time, making it cozy and intimate, as well as an authentic experience for those looking for a little something different. Also, check out these strange and unusual hotels you’ll want to go out of your way to visit.
A fairytale gingerbread house
Want to feel like Hansel and Gretel? This gingerbread house in Geyserville, California will make you feel like you’re living in a fairytale. This quaint hut is nestled in the forest and has stained glass windows that bring in colorful natural light. Outside of your private house, there is a campground with a fire pit, shared bathrooms, a picnic area, and a dining pavilion.
This cozy cave is located a little less than two miles from the castle of Amboise in Nazelles-Négron, Centre, France. You won’t feel like you’re living like a caveman in this Airbnb with its oversized, updated bathroom. These are the secrets an Airbnb host will never tell you.
This gorgeous UK home has a dragon statue resting on top of the chimney. The two-bedroom home has a raw tree trunk running through the middle of it that the staircase wraps around. The price of your stay includes a glass of wine (or two) on arrival, breakfast, and a tour of the house led by the owners.
The True Plane
Sleeping on a plane is typically pretty difficult, but that won’t be the case in this snug Airbnb. This converted plane sleeps four people and comes equipped with a kitchen and shower. It sits on a campsite in Le Haut Village in France so guests are free to use the on-site swimming pool and water slides during the summer months.
This unique Airbnb is nestled right into the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge mountainside in Washington. The one-bedroom house with a wacky round door sits on six acres so there’s plenty of room for exploring. The views from the bedroom window are stunning and in the winter months you can cozy up next to the stone fireplace. If you want to hit every state in the United States, these are the most extravagant Airbnbs in every U.S. state.
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