The game-changer that is Airbnb has opened a world of previously unattainable accommodation options up to the travelling public. From yurts and caves to penthouses and castles, the variety of potential lodgings that Airbnb offers up is incredible.
But which are the most incredible? Which Airbnb propositions will truly drop your jaw to the floor? Here are just 10 of the best.
1) Cubehouse, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Like stepping into a Picasso painting, Rotterdam’s Cubehouse takes the familiar and makes it decidedly less so. The standard cube-shaped room design is made entirely new by tilting it on its corner, resulting in walls that dive in and out at 45 degrees to the floor. A clever open-plan design also allows for an incredible amount of natural light to enter.
2) St Pancras Clock Tower, London, England
Thanks to Airbnb you can now stay in the clock tower of one of the most famous train stations in the world! A fantastically handy option for those who have just arrived from France via the channel tunnel, you can actually look out through the clock face of your lodgings onto the city of London.
3) Mirrored House, Pittsburgh, USA
For those who don’t mind catching a glimpse of themselves every now and again, Pittsburgh’s Mirrored House is heaven on earth. A house covered in reflective materials, it’s simultaneously camouflaged and made to look bigger, and guests are treated to gorgeous spontaneous light shows 24 hours a day.
4) Bamboo House, Bali, Indonesia
Nothing quite says tropical living like rainforest surrounds and an excessive amount of bamboo. And Bamboo House in Bali delivers both of these things in spades. A stunning structure constructed entirely out of its namesake material, it sits wedged between dense rainforest on the banks of the Ayung River.
5) Malibu Dream Airstream, Malibu, USA
Calling all Instagrammers; if you’re in the Malibu area and are looking for an Airbnb that will get those likes pouring in, look no further than the Malibu Dream Airstream. A classic Airstream caravan perched atop a bare coastal hill, this stunning Airbnb has seen its fair share of photo shoots, gracing the cover of Vogue with Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, no less.
6) Bubble Under the Stars, Limousin, France
Nature is great to look at, but often less great to deal with. Thankfully the Bubble Under the Stars is here to offer you all the perks of sleeping outdoors without the downsides. A perfectly transparent hut allows for uninterrupted views of the night skies, with comfort levels that normal campers could only dream of.
7) Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
A competitor for the title of the most photogenic accommodation option on Airbnb, Seashell House delivers exactly what it says on the packet – a house that looks decidedly like a seashell. This incredible feat of architecture also just happens to call Isla Mujeres home – an island that’s been called the most beautiful in the Caribbean Sea.
8) Bow Top Elle Gypsy Wagon, Cornwall, UK
The rustic delights of Cornwall entice travellers the world over, and no accommodation option quite competes with the old-world charm of the Bow Top Elle Gypsy Wagon. Fully kitted out with electricity, plumbing and heating, you get all the magic of yesteryear with none of the inconvenience.
9) Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan
A renowned sight on the Tokyo skyline, the capsule tower offers the sort of uniquely minimalist accommodation that so many visitors associate with Japan. While the rooms may be light on luxuries, they do offer a one-of-a-kind experience in a one-of-a-kind building.
10) Kirkby Stephen Castle, Kirkby Stephen, UK
You should be made to feel like royalty when on holiday, and Kirkby Stephen Castle is one Airbnb listing that is guaranteed to get you in a regal mood. Set on 15 acres of gorgeous Yorkshire Dales countryside, this is an Airbnb fit for a King (or Queen).
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