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Unique AirBnB Listings from around the World

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If you're looking for a hotel alternative on your travels, AirBnB is a great choice: the extensive listings and ability to meet locals has made this one of my favorite ways to get more out of my trips.

Best of all, the properties typically cost less than a hotel room and most come with kitchens so I can save money on eating out. It's the fun of travel with the budgeting ability of home.

Not surprisingly, my fellow travel bloggers share my love and have stayed in some unique AirBnB properties around the world. The next time that you're planning your travel accommodations, consider one of these top AirBnB listings!







Castle in Galway, Ireland


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If you've always wanted to stay in a castle, this is your chance! While we were on our Ireland road trip, my husband and I decided to stay only in AirBnB and VRBO properties, and I couldn't believe my luck when I found a traditional Irish towerhouse near our Galway stop that was also in our budget. 

The AirBnB property included the top two levels of the castle and roof access: there was a giant fireplace in the bedroom for those chilly nights and space to sleep 4 (which is great for family trips!). The kitchen and living room area is cozy and includes another fireplace, as well as the coolest in-ground tub I've ever seen. 

Peter, the owner of the castle in Ireland, has painstakingly restored the property by hand, and his passion for the project shows. He and his wife were welcoming and helpful in guiding us towards local sites we might be interested in. 

Submitted by: Natalie, Cosmos Mariners: Destination Unknown



Open Concept Jungle House in Punta Uva, Costa Rica


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Imagine a house where only the bedrooms have walls, but the rest of it is out there, in a huge open space. Now imagine 2 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 others on the top. The open areas have hammocks, day beds, tables, lamps, sink. It's real, and it's in Punta Uva, Costa Rica.

I was often working from the day bed. One day, I heard a noise coming from next to my face. When I looked, there was the biggest humming bird I've ever seen, nearly kissing me!

The toilet is a bit separated, and the walls aren't up to the ceiling, so you can take a shower watching the toucans fly by. There are, also, 3 types of monkeys, toucans, many frogs, beautiful spiders, iguanas, and even sloths around.

It is, after all, the middle of the forest! The best part? Five minutes walk to the beach! A dream!

Submitted by: Thais Saito, World Trip Diaries  


Eco-friendly Home in Punta Del Diablo, Uraguay


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Via Verde is a lovely eco-house located in a nature preserve in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay. This modern wooden house is completely powered by solar energy and also collects rainwater in a tank.

The owners, Martin and Rosi (and little Telmo), are great hosts and really make you feel at home. They are friendly and easygoing; their philosophy is to enjoy peace in full connection with nature. That makes sense when you see the surrounding forest, the beach just a few meters away, and the starry sky.

Via Verde serves a delicious breakfast that you can enjoy while watching the sea from the terrace. The place isn’t very big, so they rent only a few rooms. If you have the chance, book one on the second floor for unforgettable views.

Submitted by: Miguel, Travelsauro


Traditional Irish Cottage in Donegal, Ireland


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During our Ireland travels we wanted to experience local life and opted to stay in Air BnB properties rather than hotels. Our favourite was Keelogs Cottage, a traditional Irish cottage in rural Donegal. Surrounded by miles and miles of green fields the views are stunning and the surroundings serene and peaceful.

Our welcome began, as all good Irish welcomes do, with tea, scones and jam and our favourite travel companion, Bonnie, our little dog, loved exploring the gardens and was instantly at home in the cottage. The pretty as a picture cottage has the bonus of modern facilities but, free from the interruptions of wifi or neighbours, it's a beautiful escape.

We loved our days exploring the incredible Wild Atlantic Way and the neighboring Glenveigh National Park before returning to the peace and quiet of our cosy cottage - the perfect way to experience Irish life. Which of these unique AirBnB properties would you be interested in booking?

Submitted by: Elaine and David, The Whole World is a Playground




A Private Island: Greenvalley Island, Philippines



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We rented an island in the middle of a lake in the Philippines. Greenvalley Island is one of two islands for rent in Lumot Lake in the province of Laguna. The place is very serene and quiet, most of the times you can hear only the wind blowing.

There are animals in the island (horse, dogs and turkeys) that further gives that out-of-the-city vibes; the lake is perfect for swimming and a color of deep green ("lumot" translates to moss). Greenvalley Island has a simple cottage with a double-decked bed for accommodation, as well as outdoor camping tents in case of large parties.

There's a floating cottage where you can just chill or eat your meals. There's also a dedicated area for lighting bonfires at night. It's truly a unique staycation, especially for those looking for relaxation.

Submitted by Katherine and Hali, Tara Lets Anywhere



A Home in a Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Palestine

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What if I tell you that, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, one of the most visited cities in the Middle East, there is a Palestinian refugee camp called Dheisheh, where you can do an Airbnb stay with a lovely family of refugees?

Does it sound scary to you? It shouldn’t.

Palestinian refugee camps have been going for over 60 years, to the extent that today, they have become mere lively suburbs, with the only difference that streets are nameless, there are pro-Palestinian paintings everywhere and foreigners are more than welcome.

 If you want to know more about how the life in a refugee camp is and learn about the history of the conflict and people in the camp, staying with Aya and Ibraheem, a family famous for their hospitality, will definitely be one of your best travel experiences.

Submitted by Joan, Against the Compass




Airstream in Austin, Texas

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Austin is the epitome of cool so when I say that you can stay in an airstream in Austin you probably won’t be knocked off your feet! It is pretty common to find these converted food trucks tucked away in back gardens of idyllic North American neighbourhoods.

We stayed in this cute airstream the day after the music festival South by Southwest so it was a welcomed retreat. Most airstreams have kitsch decor and are surprisingly spacious down to a well-planned layout. If you fancy chilling in an airstream in awesome Austin, don’t miss out our guide on things to do there!

Submitted by Gemma and Craig, Two Scots Abroad




Apartment near the Duomo, Florence, Italy

AirBnB listing for this property 

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As I was researching my first trip to Florence, Italy several years ago, one thing kept popping up again and again - the beautiful architecture of the Duomo, the most iconic image of the city. I dreamed of enjoying a glass of wine from some terrace overlooking it, closing my doors at night and waking up to it in the morning, not to mention photographing it all lit up at night. But reality set in when I priced hotels that fit my dream.

But then I searched on Airbnb, and found the House of Love, one block from the Duomo! Now, it’s not like it sounds, though I guarantee you will fall in love. This 5-story walk-up with no lift has a comfy Queen bedroom and bath on the 4th floor, and spacious living area with a well-stocked kitchen on the 5th. But it’s the outdoor terrace and this view that make it totally worth the climb!

Submitted by Lori, Travlinmad





Houseboat in Amsterdam, Netherlands



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Amsterdam is known for its many canals that wind through the city and many residents live in houseboats that line the canals. Staying in an Amsterdam houseboat is a truly unique way to experience the city. These houseboats range from floating apartments with all modern conveniences to converted barge boats where you definitely feel like you are staying on a boat.

It was amazing to wake up each morning and have coffee while watching boats go by your window and the action on the canal. In fact, I could have spent days relaxing and enjoying the canal, but there was a city waiting to be explored too. There are lots of houseboats to choose from and we rented ours through Homeaway.

Submitted by Dawn, 5 Lost Together




Carriage House in Savannah, Georgia



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If you're looking for a tranquil retreat to hammer out that first novel or spend time with your dearly beloved, this carriage house in the Victorian district of Savannah, GA, is the perfect place for you. Shrouded in oak trees and just a short walk from downtown (or even shorter bike ride, courtesy of bikes included in your reservation), it's the perfect urban hideaway for those seeking peace and quiet without sacrificing the amenities and charm of the famed Southern city.

We spent our honeymoon here, alternating between gorging ourselves on Leopold's Ice Cream and napping like cats, basking in the warmth of the rental's floor-to-ceiling windows. The owner, Richard, was outgoing and attentive without being overwhelming, and we even enjoyed dinner with him and a friend on our last night in the city.

We don't know when we'll be back to Savannah, but we do know we'll be returning here.

Submitted by Josh, Cartography and Cloture




Shepherd's Hut, Rowardennan, Scotland



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Of all the Airbnbs I've stayed at, the "shepherd's hut" has to be the most memorable. The hut is located in Rowardennan in Scotland, on the famous West Highland Way; a 100-mile walk that takes you alongside the banks of Loch Lomond and into The Highlands.

The hut is quirky, certainly more so than most Airbnbs that I've stayed at, but what made it so memorable was the comforts that came with it: board games, books, and slippers. In the morning, there was a breakfast hamper with a freshly-made porridge and warm bread rolls - just what you needed to set you up for a day of walking in Scotland.

Now that I'm based in Lisbon, I've been writing about some of the most interesting Airbnbs in Portugal. There are some interesting ones, but none that have the same place in my heart as the shepherd's hut.

Submitted by James, Portugalist




Apartment with a View in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



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We are big fans of AirBNB and we have used them a number of times in Asia, particularly Kuala Lumpur. The last one was brand new and we were the first to stay in the apartment. Its located on top of the Face Platinum Suites Hotel and this enables you to use the hotel facilities.

The hotel has an infinity pool located on the 51st floor looking straight out to the Petronas Towers and KL Tower. I’ve stayed in a few hotels in Kuala Lumpur and this pool by far has the best view I’ve seen. I particular like the view at night time.

There are a number of AirBNB apartments in the complex and its in a very handy location, only a 4 min walk to the monorail which will get you anywhere you want to go. It also has a supermarket 3 mins walk from the hotel where you can stock up for your stay.

Submitted by Sally, Our3KidsvstheWorld




Backyard Bungalow in Austin, Texas



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The city of Austin is entirely weird, and where you sleep should be no exception. Just a mile from Zilker Park is an eclectic house owned and decorated by one of Austin's quirkiest artists. You'll make your way into her backyard, passing mermaid murals and upcycled wind chimes along the way.

The rental itself is a 300 ft2 space with high ceilings and a loft. The walls are decorated with a unique assortment of framed paintings, but the real draw is the teal walls, shiny shag carpets, and rainbow futon covers lifted straight from a Lisa Frank dream.

Submitted by Taylor, Travel Outlandish




Massive Apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina



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This was by far the best Airbnb we've stayed in during our travels and certainly the most unique. It's owned by an artist who is passionate about cinema and antique technology. The space is absolutely huge with a large kitchen, perfect for those like us who love cooking. It has two double bedrooms so can fit 2 couples sharing.

The bonus is its location, right in the heart of San Telmo, which for us is the best part of the city - close to some of the best milongas (tango dance halls) and of course the famous market every Sunday.

Submitted by Stefan and Sebastien, Nomadic Boys




Hillside Location in Lake Ohrid, Macedonia



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As full-time travelers, we rely on AirBnB as our go-to resource for finding short-term apartment rentals around the world – we’ve booked stays in 60+ AirBnB apartments in the last three years. One of the best AirBnB apartments we have ever stayed in was the Yellow Apartment at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia (a city that, in addition to the stunningly beautiful location, boasts 365 churches…one for each day of the year).

The darling A-frame studio apartment is cozy and simple in design, but what made the apartment spectacular was the hillside perch. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that opened onto a balcony, we had phenomenal sweeping views over the lake and city. As a bonus: the welcoming hosts treated us like old friends, making our stay even more comfortable.

Submitted by Sarah & Kris, Jetsetting Fools


Which of these unique AirBnB listings would you want to add to your next travel itinerary? Have you stayed in any cool AirBnB properties?

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