A travel destination is especially rewarding when it becomes your home away from home, and Airbnb offers a variety of residences that have the personal touches to make you feel at home. The San Francisco-based company runs a marketplace with listings in 191 countries around the world.
Airbnb has more listings than the top five major hotel companies combined, making it the largest hotel chain the world; except that it's not a hotel chain but a marketplace where hosts list properties for nightly, weekly, or monthly rentals. Every property has its own features and rules. Some are rooms within family homes, while others are cottages, castles, tree houses, or even shipping containers. Budgets range from $10 per night to $11,658 a night for a luxurious villa in Tuscany. You'll also find every price in between, and in most cases, you can rent a private room or residence for less than the cost of a decent hotel in the same city.
But what we really love about Airbnb is the unique variety of choices. Want to sleep in a bubble? How about a train carriage or a house shaped like a beagle? We found all three. And you won't believe the surprise that tops our list.
30 A Pyramid Summer House In Iceland - $350/night
These pyramids aren't in Egypt. They're near Laugarvatn, Iceland. The huge glass windows provide picturesque views of the Icelandic landscape. Staying in this luxury summer house is also a win for the environment since the house is heated with geothermal water and the electricity is generated by geothermal energy. It has two bedrooms with queen-size beds perfect for couples and a third smaller room. Nearby, you'll find a grocery store, pool, restaurant, golf course, and even horseback riding. At $350 per night, this summer house certainly provides a unique luxury vacation for visitors.
29 An Earthship In New Mexico - $125/night
Another eco-friendly gem, this Earthship catches its own rain water and generates its own electricity while staying at a consistent 72 degrees year-round. While the location is totally off the grid in Taos, New Mexico, it includes tons of modern amenities, from Netflix on a flat screen to a luxurious soaking tub to a high-efficiency washing machine. This exceptional house was built by the host over the last three years, and the interior decor is simple yet elegant. This is the perfect spot for the traveler who wants to get away and unplug without losing the comforts of home. And at only $125/night, it's totally affordable.
28 A Converted Shipping Container In The Netherlands - $58/night
This converted shipping container is also the Inkijkmuseum, a contemporary art museum filled with tiny works of art. Located in Eindhoven, Netherlands, this private room is in a great location close to transportation, restaurants, bars, shopping, and a music center. The host insists that the museum "is a phenomenal small place focused on unexpected meetings. Feel welcome." This friendly residence has a shared bathroom and kitchen, but at only $58 per night, it makes for a budget vacation.
27 A Fisherman’s Cave In Greece - $342/night
This restored fisherman's cave is located on the Caldera cliff in Oia Village, Greece. This home isn't just comfortable; it's downright luxurious. It accommodates up to five guests with 2 separate bedrooms and a couch bed and features a private outdoor jacuzzi with sunset views. Many restaurants, bars, and taverns are located within walking distance, but the lake views in this residence are so breathtaking that you may never want to leave your private patio. The interior is cozy as well, with neutral-colored linens and decorative touches. At $342 per night, this is the luxury vacation you've been waiting for.
26 A Windmill In England - $232/night
Located in rural Kent, England, this converted windmill provides a romantic setting surrounded by the countryside. It stands out with its 18-inch brick walls and oak-exterior staircase. The lovely outdoor space is perfect for sunbathing, while the king-sized bed with crisp white linens offers a comfortable place to unwind. When you visit this unique rental in England, you'll be greeted with a welcome basket, which will include organic eggs from the owners' chickens. The host says of this treasure: "Guests have said how hard it is to tear themselves away." At $232 per night, this windmill provides the perfect romantic getaway for a couple looking for an out-of-the-ordinary vacation.
25 A Glass Treehouse In Florence - $290/night
Immerse yourself in the Tuscan landscape dotted with olive trees when you stay in this glass tree house. This romantic residence features a fireplace, a queen-sized bed, a kitchenette, and a private outdoor terrace with jaw-dropping views. You'll find a chalkboard wall in the bedroom in addition to unique light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows. CasaBARTHEL also has tennis court and small swimming pool on the property. This might be the perfect place for an artist residency, but at $290 per night, it's also an ideal luxury vacation spot.
24 An Indoor Forest In Australia - $144/night
This flat in Melbourne, Australia is designed to look like an indoor forest in the middle of a bustling city. It's decorated with climbing vines, shaggy green carpeting, and numerous plants. You can watch TV from the hanging egg chair and sleep in a bedroom with cloud-painted walls and fairy lights. The bathroom even has a wall covered in lush greenery. This apartment was also inspected and verified for quality and comfort as part of the new Airbnb Plus program. At around $144 per night, it's also reasonably priced for the budget traveler.
23 A Glass House In India - $59/night
This beautiful lake view room in New Delhi, India is filled with photo opportunities. You'll be able to take in gorgeous views of the wilderness while residing at the heart of the city. Explore historical architecture, busy markets, temples, museums, and more in surrounding New Delhi. Previous guests rave about the location, check-in process, and cleanliness of the residence. The friendly host lives in the same apartment and is available to assist you with your travel needs. The rate is only $59 per night and includes the private room and a basic breakfast.
22 A Trullo In Italy - $209/night
Relax in the hammock outside this ancient trullo in Ostuni, Italy and take in the views of the countryside. Or maybe take a dip in the crystalline sea or barbeque under the gazebo. This beautiful property is also environment-friendly, as solar power is used for hot water and waste water is reused. Outside, you'll find 110 olive trees among walnuts, figs, cherries, applies, pears, and mulberry trees. Produce from the land is available for you to enjoy while staying at the property. This ancient abode has all the comforts of home, including free WiFi, and is close to a whitewashed old town that is definitely worth exploring. You can enjoy this private residence for $209 per night.
21 A Rainbow Art Project In Brazil - $43/night
Cabana Floripa offers 360-degree views of the mountain territory through its artfully-designed glass walls. Although this residence is part of a condominium, it has its own private entrance, kitchen, and bathroom and has the capacity for 5 guests. The colorful stained glass and recycled glass bottles make this cabana look like a rainbow sculpture. The host notes, "This place is full of magic. If you are interested in recycling, nature, and art, this is the right house for you." Located in Santa Catarina, Brazil, you'll be in the center of three beaches, with countless outdoor activities nearby. And at $43 per night, this is one of the most affordable rentals on our list.
20 A Restored Palazzo In Italy - $504/night
This restored 14th-century palazzo is connected to underground caves and a Roman water cistern. You can dine al fresco underneath the gazebo while enjoying the views of the cliff garden or take a dip in the heated pool and jacuzzi inside an ancient cave. This Italian gem is located in Civita, a hill town that appears to be made of gold and silver. This residence can be rented for $504 per night, but includes three suites with private baths, making it the perfect choice for a group of singles or couples. It also has a private wine cellar, modern appliances, a formal garden, and maid service to provide you with a comfortable stay.
19 A Wild West Nest In California - $130/night
This love nest is a private room above a barn with a private deck. It has an outside shower overlooking Mt. Sanjacinto and a claw foot tub inside. This serene desert getaway is located in Morongo Valley, California, where you can see a million stars at night and take in nature views during the day. You can grab a complimentary drink in the Saloon, relax on the outdoor swing, or play pool or horse shoes. The variety of wildlife provides plenty of photo opportunities, and Joshua Tree National Park is just a short drive away. You can even enjoy massages or facials during your stay. At $130 per night, this is the most luxurious western-themed abode we've seen.
18 A House of Mirrors In Pittsburgh - $165/night
This artist's house and studio in the Pittsburgh area has an exterior that is entirely covered with mirrors, reflecting the surrounding nature. The mirror theme continues into the house's interior, along with many original works of art and unique furnishings. The space will make you feel like you're inside a fun house that has been totally decked out. The guest bedroom has a private entrance, a plasma TV, free WiFi, a sunken tub, and a walk-in shower. We love the fish tanks and unique dining room table that sits underneath decorative chandeliers. This unique mirrored house can be rented for just $165 per night.
17 A Cocoon In France - $116/night
You can live like a butterfly in one of these cocoon-like nests perched in the treetops. Access your cozy bed by climbing up the climbing nets and then use the net as a hammock to rest among nature. Two cabins in the same forest have bathrooms, living rooms, and books and board games for borrowing. There is even a collective kitchen for preparing meals, as well as a swimming pool. This unique residence is located just an hour away from Paris and 20 minutes from the castles of the Loire. So if you decide to leave this forest paradise, there's plenty to see and do. And at $116 per night, it's more affordable than a hotel.
16 A Dome In Joshua Tree - $140/night
This geodesic dome house is as adorable on the inside as it is stunning from afar. Located in Joshua Tree, California, it's nearby Joshua Tree National Park, where you can explore wildlife and nature on the hiking trails. This residence was designed to be an escape from the city, making it the perfect secluded getaway. Inside, you'll find modern bohemian decor with many handcrafted personal touches. The dome has a full kitchen, a natural wood-burning stove, and a memory foam king-size bed you can relax in at the end of a long hike. This unique home has received a ton of press and will undoubtedly provide a magical vacation at just $140 per night.
15 An Outdoor Paradise In Costa Rica - $125/night
This tropical wooden house sits on four acres of private land in Atenas, Costa Rica. It features a unique bathroom with walls made from black lava rock, a stone shower stall, and a large wooden bathtub. The property is filled with fruit trees and is perfect for bird watching. This house sits above a man-made lake with plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy the views of the gardens. The ideal place to decompress, this tropical paradise goes for just $125 per night.
14 A Frank Lloyd Wright House In Wisconsin - $450/night
You may have toured a Frank Lloyd Wright building in the past, but actually staying inside one of the famous architects' designs is another story entirely. The 4-bedroom Bernard Schwartz House boasts a 63-foot living room with a library and magnificent design features throughout. You can watch birds land on the dock on the river in this historic fishing town, get a fire going in one of the residence's two fireplaces, or play yard games on the large lawn. This historic property can be rented for $450 per night but has a six-person occupancy, making it the perfect getaway for a group of architecture enthusiasts.
13 A Bamboo Cottage In Indonesia - $65/night
Located in Ubud, Bali, this bamboo cottage is tucked away in the rice fields but only a short walk away central Ubud. Breathe fresh air in the open-air basket weave bedroom or lounge around in the outdoor living area. It's practically like sleeping outdoors, but with modern amenities to sweeten the deal. The best part is that this guest cottage offers a complete menu of traditional Balinese meals prepared from fresh organic ingredients. Breakfast is served on the patio with a view of the lush greenery. And, if you can believe it, this house rents for only $65 per night.
12 A Houseboat In Copenhagen - $151/night
Ever wanted to sleep on a boat without losing the comforts of home? This modern houseboat overlooks a small harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. We love the modern furniture and decor, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the two verandas where you can catch plenty of rays. The location is just 15 minutes from downtown via water bus, and a five-minute commute gets you to magnificent nature areas. You can even go for a swim directly from the boat. The water is clean, pristine, and perfect for jumping in straight off the deck. You can stay in this dream houseboat for $151 per night.
11 A Container Home In Spain - $133/night
Located in Palma de Mallorca, this unique house is constructed of container modules and is just a 15-minute walk away from the historic center of Palma. It's also conveniently located near public transportation yet provides plenty of peace and quiet. You can even rent bicycles or motorcycles to get around town, and you'll find a convenient spot to keep them outside the residence. A gorgeous terrace features a small swimming pool and barbecue, and the interior is decked out in modern decor with bright pops of color and wall art. This Spanish paradise goes for only $133 per night.
10 A Castle In Ireland - $928/night
How about a family vacation in a 12th century castle? The Dairsie Castle, which is located an hour away from Edinburgh, has been home to Scottish parliaments, military sieges, and escaped monarchs. Now, you and your entire family can call this castle home for the length of your vacation (the huge property sleeps 14 guests). We love the gallery, a top-floor bright space that displays the castle's artwork and antiques and overlooks the countryside. The six acres of grounds feature a walled herb garden and an orchard. You can even walk through the woodlands down to the river Eden from the property. This historical castle rents for a whopping $928 per night.
9 A Beagle-shaped B&B In Idaho - $132/night
This one-unit bed and breakfast is a dog lover's paradise. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, this beagle-shaped residence has adorable dog-themed touches throughout the interior. You'll find dogs on the bed headboards, dogs lining the shelves, and dog-themed books and games. The views of the prairies and mountains alone make this house worth a visit, and you can stargaze on the second-story deck. You can take a boat out on the famous Hells Canyon Gorge or explore the nearby historical sites. The neighboring Dog Bark Park visitor center is filled with canine carvings created by the owners. This unique house is available for $132 per night.
8 A Colorful Igloo In Spain - $60/night
Nestled among trees and bushes is this geodesic dome in Facinas, a small village in Spain. It sits on a wooden platform with a back deck and an outside shower. You'll also have full access to the nearby guesthouse, which features a community kitchen with a shaded patio and outdoor grills. If you get hungry, you can always grab some freshly-prepared gazpacho or fruit juice from the fridge. When you're not comfortably resting in the colorful interior of this igloo, you can take in the expansive views or explore the nearby parks. At only $60 per night, this gorgeous dome is affordable luxury at its finest.
7 A Seashell House In Mexico - $299/night
This stunning abode in Isla Mujeres looks exactly like a giant seashell with windows overlooking a sparkling pool. The entire property is yours for rent and includes two king beds, a kitchenette and barbecue, WiFi, and air conditioning. A short golf cart ride will get you to the beach or El Gaarrafon snorkel park. If you like stunning ocean views but want to escape the busy tourist hotels, this world-famous house might be the perfect vacation home for you. You can rent this spectacular property for $299 per night.
6 A Train Carriage In Australia - $164/night
Now you can sleep on a train comfortably without having to travel anywhere. In the heart of the vineyards of Pokolbin sits these unique train carriages that have been converted into vacation homes. Enjoy the beautiful rosewood walls, stained glass, and antique accents. You'll also have access to a tennis court, swimming pool, and hot tub. Nearby, you can explore the Hunter Valley Gardens, the zoo, or Werakata National Park. This extraordinary residence can be yours for $164 per night.
5 A Mosaic Masterpiece In California - $175/night
This spectacular two-bedroom house in rural Twentynine Palms is covered with a mosaic of tiny Mexican tiles, handmade ceramics, fused glass, found objects, stained glass, and more. The host has been working on this intricate design since 2000. We especially love the painted toilet inside the colorful-tiled bathroom. The Tile House is located in the center of a vast desert and surrounded by wilderness. You can see jack rabbits, iguana, owls, and coyotes along with sunsets, stars, and Summer rains. You can explore this rural desert paradise for just $175 per night.
4 A Tent In Yellowstone - $444/night
Talk about a deluxe camping experience. These luxury safari tents are surrounded by mountain and river views and located just minutes from Yellowstone National Park; you can't get much closer than that. Each cabin-style tent has space for up to four people and features a comfortable king-size bed with full linens and wooden furniture. Each tent also has a wood-burning stove. You'll have your own private tipi bathroom with a flushing toilet, shower, sink, and heating, which provides far more modern convenience than your average tent. There's even a raised real wood floor that extends onto a patio with deck chairs. $444 per night is what you'll pay for the gorgeous uninterrupted views at this residence.
3 A Library In Paris - $70/night
The location of this gorgeous library bedroom in Paris leaves little to be desired. It's 10 minutes from Canal Saint Martin, 5 minutes from Republique, and right in front of the metro and bus station so you can explore everything that Paris has to offer. We love the books lining the walls of the salon and the bedroom and the morning light reflecting off the grand piano. The room has its own private bathroom with a tub and washing machine, and a light breakfast of tea, coffee, and a biscuit is included in the rate. $70 per night is a steal for this location.
2 A Bubble In The UK - $302/night
You can stargaze from the comfort of a luxury four-poster bed in this unique bubble dome, which is located in 50 acres of forest and has 180-degree views of the surrounding nature and night sky. With forest trails and a marina nearby, you'll feel like you're out camping, except with luxury amenities like an en-suite bathroom, fluffy robes and slippers, and an Espresso machine. Located in northern Ireland, this bubble has received rave reviews from previous guests. It's the perfect romantic getaway for couples looking for luxury within a natural setting. This unique rental goes for $302 per night.
1 A Private Island In Norway - $227/night
You can actually rent your own private island in Norway for only $227 per night. We couldn't believe it either. This small cabin may be off the grid, with no running water and solar-powered charging for your phone. But it's certainly a luxury to have your own cabin on your own island with your own boat. You can take your motor boat out to explore the gorgeous archipelago of Hvaler, which has the most sunny days each year in Norway. Enjoy the private beaches and the garden, which has a fire pit to add to that cozy cabin vibe. If you're looking for a secluded location free from tourists, this island fits the bill.