10 Unique Airbnbs That Are Also Tourist Attractions
There's no line when you're literally sleeping at the venue. From a haunted house to a quirky roadside attraction to a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, cost of lodging is your admission ticket at these trip-worthy spots.
Stay Inside Scotland’s Top Castle
Scotland is home to tons of magical castles, but one of the most-visited and most-loved by tourists is Brodie Castle. If you fancy a visit to this Highlands gem, you can now stay the night and live like a lavish Laird with three floors of bedrooms, a grand dining room, a regular kitchen and a cocktail kitchen. I have no idea what that is, but it sounds fancy. The castle sleeps up to 14 guests, so it’s perfect for a large family trip or maybe a destination Christmas!
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $558/night
Sleep in a Roadside Attraction
Road trippers love to Instagram Idaho’s retro "Giant Potato," and now you can spend the night! Yep, you can sleep in a giant potato. And I have to say--the interiors are super trendy. Dubbed the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, the potato features one bed and, surprisingly, a teeny, tiny kitchenette. You’ve probably noticed that there isn’t room for a toilet or a shower in the potato, but rest assured the stay includes "a customized silo turned into a spa retreat perfect for soaking while looking up at the stars."
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $200/night
Stay in a Famous Literary Home
Fans of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald can not only visit the literary couple’s former home in Montgomery, AL but stay the night! The historic home turned museum features two themed suites: The Zelda and The Scott. Both are listed on Airbnb for a steal at less than $100 a night. Bonus: Your stay includes complimentary admission to the museum.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $95/night
Vacation in Rotterdam's Cube Houses
Arguably the most Instagrammed building in Rotterdam, The Cube Houses are definitely worth a visit while in The Netherlands. Designed by structuralist Piet Blom, the series of homes are as intriguing as they are efficient by optimizing space in urban living. Today, the cubes are open as a museum, but there are also a few residences. For modern architecture fans, this is definitely a bucket list stay.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $166/night
Stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright Home
If you’re a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, you’ve probably done a dozen home tours throughout the country, but have you ever stayed in one of his homes? Located about a mile from Lake Michigan, The Bernard Schultz House is listed on Airbnb and gives fans the chance to actually live Wright’s design in a way you can’t see on a home tour. This home is particularly special because Wright built it based on his "Dream House" design plans in "Life Magazine" in 1938.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $450/night
Spend the Night in a Historic Georgian Mansion
If you live for historic home tours, pack your bags for Dublin. Built in 1774, "No. 11" on North Great George’s Street is one of the best examples of 18th-century Georgian architecture in the city. The home offers tours to the public, but you can also stay in the renovated first-floor apartment. The Airbnb mixes Georgian antiques with an eclectic flair but also includes luxe modern amenities such as a towel warmer. My wife and I stayed here recently and while some of the apartment’s decor was a little avant-garde for my taste, it is hands down the cleanest Airbnb we’ve ever stayed in. And you can’t argue with the glowing 5-star reviews from other guests--mine included.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $188/night
Sleep on a Yacht in Seattle
The historic Linmar yacht is iconic to Seattle’s Lake Union and offers day tours throughout Puget Sound and the "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat neighborhood for tourists, but if you want the real PNW nautical experience, you can also rent the boat on Airbnb for overnight stays. This teak and mahogany stunner sleeps up to eight, and there’s even WiFi and cable TV onboard.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $425/night
Spend the Night in a Historic Abbey
One of the most popular tourist activities in Europe is touring historic monasteries, but what if you could stay in one? Located two hours from London near the East Anglian Coast, Butley Priory looks like something straight out of Harry Potter. The 12th-century Augustinian monastery boasts eight bedrooms and six baths and can sleep up to 18 guests. It’s the perfect, unique venue for a large family reunion or destination wedding.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $679/night
Stay in One of Savannah’s Most Haunted Homes
Savannah is arguably the most haunted town in America, with tons of places to visit on various ghost tours offered, but most ghost tours always stop by Laura’s Cottage. The historic cabin is located in the heart of downtown Savannah and said to be haunted by the ghost of Laura. If you love the paranormal, cut the tour and stay the night if you dare!
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $178/night
Have an Entire Welsh Castle to Yourself
Manorbier Castle is one of Wales’ top tourist attractions and wedding venues, but the medieval castle is also listed on Airbnb for overnight stays. According to the listing, the castle and grounds are open to the public during the day but after 5 p.m. “you have the whole castle to yourselves!” As if that wasn’t cool enough, the castle is just a five-minute walk from Manorbier Beach.
BOOK NOW: Airbnb, Starting at $741/night