Airbnb is my favorite site to book accommodations – there are options for any budget and you can immerse into the local culture of your destination if you are looking for something other than a hotel stay. From tree houses, to house boats, cottages, or luxurious beach condos, Airbnb has a wide variety of accommodation types available. Bonus: Sign up through this link to receive $50 dollars in free travel credit to spend on your first trip.
Here are 10 atypical accommodations you should consider for your next trip:
Cottage Treehouse in Luang Nuea, Chiang Mai, Thailand
“We are a family-owned treehouse resort, located in a small village and surrounded by the teakwood forest. Mr. Bullsiri (Lee) Suwannachin, the owner is a retired architect. He has started the treehouse project since 2010 as a family vacation home. Later, it was opened for the public in 2012. Now we have 6 cottage treehouse and 2 family treehouse to welcome our guests from all over the world. Each unique treehouse was designed and built with love and care.
The village has the population of 400 people. There is a Buddhist temple and Christian church as well. The primary school (grade1-6) has 5-10 students each year. There are local attractions such as sunset viewpoint, A-frame waterfall, bat cave, hiking trail, swamp forest and etc.”
Price: $62 per night
Igloo in Kühtai, Tirol, Austria
“You love being outdoors and are ready for an adventure amidst snow and ice?
The Iglu Village in Kühtai / Tyrol (AUT) offers you the chance to spend a night in an igloo. You will sleep in an igloo for four or six persons, on sheep skin covered, insulated matrasses. Our outdoor sleeping bags with freshly laundered inlays will keep you warm all night.
The Iglu Village is located at 2000m amidst the breathtaking mountains of the Kühtai ski resort. Thanks to its central location and good connection also to public transport it can easily be reached and offers a wide range of outdoor activities that can be booked in addition to every stay, e.g. snow show hike with a descent on sleds, Husky workshop, traditional Tyrolean curling, and much more. Or you decide to keep things more relaxed after dinner and hang out in our Dining- or Bar Igloo or at the bonfire.”
Price: $112 per night
Historical Nakagin Capsule Tower in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
“This is rare opportunity to stay at historical Nakagin Capsule Tower.
Designed by Kisho Kurokawa in 1972, Nakagin Capsule Tower is a rare built example of Japanese Metabolism, a movement that became emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence. The building was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for actual use.”
Price: $77 per night
Mosaic Tile House in Twentynine Palms, California, U.S.
“Cradled inside and outside by a mosaic made of Mexican tile, smalti, handmade Perry Hoffman ceramics, tile and fused glass, found desert tiles, found objects, stained glass and ceramic bric-brac, THERE you find yourself situated in complete silence, watching the desert light crawl across the fast and intricate landscape which is ALL around you.
7 miles from the town of 29 Palms and the east entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. 360 degree views amid the peace and quiet, beauty and wonder, where indoor and outdoor osmosis expands your exposure to the desert. Touches of luxury, whimsy, and function make the visitor feel safe but also adventurous.”
Price: $175 per night
Bow Top Elle Gypsy Wagon in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
“Elle is a traditional Romany Bow Top Window and Door style Gypsy Caravan. Built on an original dray with traditional gun carriage wheels. Built for a Romany by a Romany and taken to Appleby Horse Fair by its previous owner three years ago. Sleeps two.”
Price: $117 per night
Sunny Houseboat 2-Bedroom Villa in Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Relax in this modern houseboat. There is a private garden with bike parking on the land side, and a 4*5 meter (200 SqFt) south-facing private deck on the water. The BBQ can be used to keep you warm in the evenings. The cozy living room offers free view of the canals. The pellet-heater provides safe, easy heating and the romance of a fireplace. There are no neighbors in view so you enjoy maximum privacy. Double glazing and hardwood floors throughout. The downstairs laundry room has a washer, dryer and ironing board for your use.”
Price: $186 per night
“Green” Off-Grid Glass House in Grass Valley, California, U.S.
“Grass Valley Award-winning “green” lakefront retreat on 8 secluded acres of forest. Nestled in the Sierras the glass walls of this contemporary home completely open to the forest and magnificent lake views. Featured in Sunset Magazine, completely off-grid, this showcase home is perfect for a romantic getaway. Private trail to lake and canoe for guests’ use. 10 minutes from historic gold rush towns.
Designed by renowned architect, Michelle Kaufmann. See our lotus lake house website for guest reviews. “Build it Green” and “Keep the Sierras Green” certification.”
Price: $265 per night
Sioux Tipi on the Waterfall in Woodstock, New York, U.S.
“The season is mid-April into November. While it can be kept warm and cozy in winter – we have been fine overnight at 10 degrees, we feel many guests would not have the right gear nor sufficient winter camping experience to appreciate it, so we take it down and store it for winter. See the calendar page for availability. If you are coming early or late in the season, nights are likely to be chilly, and keeping the fire going is needed to keep warm and cozy.
The photos show many details. The tipi and most of the furnishings are custom made to high standards: the tipi and liner, the bed and futon sofa bed, a solar reverse painted lamp, the book matched walnut counter tops, the dream catcher over the bed, the round stone fire place and firescreen.”
Price: $150 per night
Luxury Castle in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
“Introducing Heritage Castle — a 150 year old Fort nestled in the palm of nature — now re-imagined as a Heritage Resort. Escape to the untouched surrounds of Dausa, Rajasthan and experience rural India right on the doorsteps of the magical Talabgaon Castle.
The Descendants of the Sun invite you to the heart of Rajasthan, India. The Castle recently restored has 22 luxury suite rooms and set on 150 acres of rural Rajasthan, India. You will feel at home with 24hr rooms service, beautiful garden landscaping and swimming pool.”
Price: $132 per night
Cubehouse in Rotterdam, Netherlands
“You are welcome to experience sleeping in a cubehouse in the centre of Rotterdam.The house has three floors. As you enter the house you have to take the stairs to the first floor. you will find a living room with tv and fully equipped kitchen (dishwasher, oven/magnetron), Nespresso coffeemachine with free coffee, tea.
The second floor has one bedroom with 180/200 boxspring bed (with bedlinen).
There is the possibility for a 3rd and 4tf person to stay at the house. The bathroom has towels and a hairdryer. The toilet is on the first floor. There is no toilet in the bathroom. On the topfloor is a cosy chillroom with 360 degree view.”
Price: $141 per night
Have you found some unusual accommodations on Airbnb or around the web that you would like to stay at? Or do you have an unusual accommodation listed yourself that you would like to promote in the comments?
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