Quirky Airbnb Lodging Options: Airstreams, Treehouses & Hammocks (Oh My!)

Have you ever stayed at an Airbnb lodging? I’ve only done that once. We rented a flat in Paris. It came recommended to me from a cousin who stayed in the flat, and it worked out just fine. However, I’ll admit to being more partial to hotel stays. The same cousin who recommended the Paris flat and loves Airbnb recently went down a rabbit hole looking for some stays for herself and she found some hilarious, quirky, and sometimes cheap Airbnb options.

Even if you are like me and prefer hotel stays, you might have some friends who would enjoy these wild and wacky lodgings. Who knew Airbnb listed vans, tree homes, and hammocks?? I would get bored looking through pages of options for lodgings, but for some people, it’s fun. But if you like quirky and are the outdoorsy type, you’ll get a kick out of these ideas.  If you consider booking one of these Airbnbs, you can earn 3x Delta Airlines miles per dollar spent on Airbnb by going through DeltaAirbnb.com.

When I see an Airstream, I’ll admit I’m intrigued. Camping certainly has gone upscale. An Airstream can cost $100,000, but then again you can rent one. Some Airstreamers offer up their aluminum trailers when they’re not using them. And a weekend stay could cost just a couple hundred dollars. For instance, this “Super Cute Airstream” lives in Wimberly, Texas. It’s $130 per night, accommodates two, and sits on 10 acres.

I prefer the ocean, so my cousin found me this one, the “Malibu Dream Airstream”. It sits on a bluff with its own lookout deck on the coast. The ocean views, ocean access, and nearby hiking trails come with a higher price of $500 per night.

How about a treehouse? This could be fun. I never had a treehouse when I was a kid, but it’s never too late to be a kid again. I have a friend who loves Bozeman, Montana, so I’m thinking of this for him. “Papa’s Treehouse” is a two-bedroom cabin in the trees for $135 a night. There’s no running water or electricity, and only a half-bathroom with a compost toilet!

Another option is the “Most Wish-Listed Property In The World” for 2016: Atlanta’s “Secluded Intown Treehouse”. Three separate segments connect via rope bridges: the living room, deck, and two-person bedroom. This treehouse is open to the elements and there’s no heat or air conditioning. I was shocked at $375 per night rate. Hmmm, maybe it’s time for me to build a treehouse and list it on Airbnb :)

People are actually renting out hammocks! Maybe I’m old school, but this sounds too weird. How about this for creativity, though? A hostel with hammocks! Copenhagen’s “Hammock In Elm Tree” is actually a hostel hammock community. Each one-person hammock runs for $28 a night. But don’t expect any extras because every amenity on Airbnb is unavailable here; no internet, no parking, and no bathroom.

Airbnb doesn’t have a search feature that allows you to look for motor homes, treehouses, or hammocks, but if you know where you want to go and how much you want to spend, scroll through the listings and you might find a quirky place that works for you.  When you’re a travel blogger, people come to you with all sorts of ideas for blog posts. And sometimes, even though we’re miles and points obsessed people, it’s fun to write about a topic that is well… just plain weird and fun. If you’ve read this far you must have a good sense of humor, so thanks for reading! If you or anyone you know has ever stayed in an Airbnb lodging that’s quirky, let me know how the experience went!

11 thoughts on “Quirky Airbnb Lodging Options: Airstreams, Treehouses & Hammocks (Oh My!)

  1. N

    I’ve actively seeked out such quirky places and over the years have stayed in the following, each very memorable

    hobbit houses (in newzealand),
    house shaped like a shoe (also newzealand),
    free spirit spheres (canada)
    schoolbus (outside sf/portland etc)
    airplane (sweden)
    mirror room (berlin)
    boats/yatchs (amsterdam, stockholm etc)
    jail cell (ottowa)
    teepee (california/washington)
    dog shaped house (idaho)
    capsule hotels (japan)
    cupola greek-style hotel (bolivia)

    and so on…. they make the trip so much more memorable. my only recommendation would be to maybe just book 1-2 nights, because after a while you do start needing your regular hotel comforts (if you’re not used to camping etc and don’t enjoy it). Often if booked directly through the property, you can get it cheaper than airbnb (save on service fees).

    Have a texas airstream booked in a few months. Any still have a few other places on my list (e.g. staying in an ice hotel in sweden/quebec, hammock on beach somewhere in colombia/central-america, converted shipping-container/tubes in oakland/mexico).

    1. Shelli Post author

      Holy moly, N. You are amazing. Next time I write about Airbnb I’m going to email you first! And what a unique list. The ones in NZ seem the most fun to me. Great tips about length of stay. Your upcoming stays seem interesting, too. Thanks so much for adding to the conversation and I hope a lot of readers get to see your comment.


Got something to say?