By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD
Traveling in this day and age is not what it used to be, and that’s a great thing. Hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts now have to compete with Airbnbs for business, as many travelers are opting for a unique lodging experience when planning vacations. With a wide variety of options at their fingertips, travelers can choose to stay in anything from a cozy 200-square-foot studio to a gigantic castle. Some Airbnb locations are so memorable that spending the day indoors may be just as (if not more) exciting than exploring the city it’s located in. With Spring Break around the corner, we combed through some of the top Airbnb designs that are sure to ignite your wanderlust.
The Schwartz House, Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Did you know you can stay in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for around $400 a night? Originally built for clients Bernard and Fern Schwartz, this home is now available to rent through Airbnb. Constructed out of red brick and cypress wood, the design naturally blends in with its surroundings and is filled with beautiful natural light. Frank Lloyd Wright designed not only the home, but also the lamps, tables, bookshelves, beds, and most of the furnishings.
Bamboo House, Bali, Indonesia
One of the most recognized and rented Airbnbs in Indonesia is this home made entirely out of bamboo. For $335 a night you can stay in this spectacular structure and be one with nature. Plan on the local animals bunking with you as you will be staying in their habitat. With multiple levels boasting panoramic views, plenty of open living spaces and views of the local river, we had to put this design near the top of our list.
St Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite, London, United Kingdom
Located in the clock tower above St Pancras International Station, this one-bedroom rental throws you into London’s history. The tower, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, is adjacent to Kings Cross Station in central London. Enjoy multi-height ceilings that allow for natural breezes during your stay. For $188 a night, it’s a bargain for such a historic spot.
Off-grid itHouse, Pioneertown, California
The itHouse “is a design system developed by Taalman Koch that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product,” notes Archdaily. Passive heating and cooling systems of this modern rental make it one of the greenest designs on our Top Airbnb list. Located in Pioneertown, California, one can get off the grid and into the desert for $380 a night.
Villa Lola, Akureyri, Northeast, Iceland
One the most spectacular designs on our list sits within the mountains of Iceland. “The experience of being on site played a major role in the design. The house faces Akureyri across Eyjarfjodur bay with unrestricted mountain views, to the north and south,” according to Dezeen. The design incorporates sustainable measures by using larch wood cladding, forming a natural weather barrier. The building was also designed to be low maintenance and to capture as much natural daylight as possible. The best part is one can stay here for an affordable $176 a night through Airbnb.
No matter what “vacation” means to you, there is almost certainly an Airbnb to fit the bill. If you’re an adventure-seeker, locations such as Indonesia’s Bamboo House will keep you close to nature around the clock. If you’re looking for isolation, the Villa Lola in Iceland may be just the right place. Selecting distinctive lodging enriches your travel experience, whether you’re just a city away or jetting across the globe.