Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel, namely because it gives us the power of choice. Around the world, renters and owners alike are free to inquire or offer hospitality, whether it’s simply a place to sleep or an expansive property.
It’s also exposed travelers to nontraditional accommodation, including tree houses, covered wagons and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TriBeCa hideout. Like Airbnb, we elect to embrace and showcase some of the internet’s most eccentric offerings, ranging from a famous spiraling seashell abode to a clocktower apartment overlooking London and even a refurbished windmill in the Greek Isles.
Flip through the gallery above to see our picks for quirky Airbnb stays.
1. Dog Bark Park Inn B&B, Cottonwood, Idaho. 2. The Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. 3. ElquiDomos Astronomic hotel, Paiguano, Coquimbo, Chile. 4. The Boulder House Yucca Valley, California. 5. St Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite, London, United Kingdom. 6. An Oasis Lodge, Geyserville, California. 7. The Guest Room & The ‘Owl House,’ Hightown, United Kingdom. 8. Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano, Volcano, Hawaii. 9. The Green Windmill, Thira, South Aegean, Greece. 10. Dormez dans un véritable avion, St Michel Chef Chef, France.
Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s Assistant Editor. She can usually be found arguing about mayonnaise on Twitter.
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Cottonwood, Idaho's beagle-shaped Dog Bark Park Inn B&B sleeps up to four humans at $98 a night. The property is located near Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge on the continent. Obviously, dogs are permitted to stay for a $15 per canine fee.
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The Casa Caracol in Isla Mujeres, Mexico was built in 1994 by architect Eduardo Ocampo. Today, it's a world-famous Airbnb stay with a private pool and golf cart backdropped against the Caribbean. The Seashell House sleeps up to four guests and currently rents at $308 a night.
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The Elqui Domos in Paiguano, Coquimbo, Chile comprise one of the world's seven astronomic hotels, complete with detachable roofs for uncontested views of the night sky. Each dome room accommodates up to four guests and rents for $196 a night.
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Surrounded by boulders, this Yucca Valley, California home sits on 15 acres of High Desert. The Boulder House is a 20-minute drive from the otherworldly Joshua Tree National Park and features a pool, hot tub and even rooms carved from rock. Rates start at $695 a night, depending on the size of your party - the house accommodates up to 15 guests.
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This mini London apartment is nestled inside a clock tower overlooking the Kings Cross Neighborhood. Guests are within walking distance of top attractions including the British Library and the West End and remarkably close to public transportation. The property's guest suite accommodates up to four people and rents for $203 a night.
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This Geyserville, California lodge sleeps up to 16 and offer amenities like a hot spa and sauna and even a communal theater. Each room in the lodge reflects a different entity and rents for $100 a night, and the entire building goes for $1,200.
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Spend a day relaxing at Highton, England's Owl House, a handmade eco house overlooking a garden and the coast. At night, up to two guests can sleep in the adjacent bungalow's guest room for $135.
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This custom designed, two-level Hawaii treehouse sits in the rainforest and is adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The internationally recognized space rents for $275 a night, sleeps two and includes features like a hot tub and indoor fireplace.
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This whitewashed windmill on Santorini boasts luxurious furnishing, a pool with hydromassage and incomparable views of the Aegean Sea. The property accommodates up to five guests and rents at $321 a night.
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Snooze in a plane without the turbulence at this repurposed property in St Michel Chef Chef, France. The "property" sleeps four at $102 a night and shares a pool and campsite with other converted vehicles.