AirBnB.com is a service that helps connect people who have homes, apartments, or spare rooms to rent. On principle, I love the idea (why bother with hotels when you can stay in a real person's house?), but in practice, I have to admin results are mixed. We used AirBnB for a trip to New York City last year, and the place wasn't nearly as nice as the pictures made it out to be.
Still, if you just want to window shop, AirBnB is one of the best places on the Web to get tours of amazing living spaces around the world. Here are some of my recent, modern-ish favorites:
It seems somehow sacrilegious to me that you can stay in Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Schwartz House in Two Rivers, WI for just $325/night. Seriously, wow:
This 'Creative Sanctuary' in San Francisco is only $89 per night!
This SoHo loft boasts of a king-size bed and a glass box bathroom. Plus, Chinatown nearby!
Wait, I can own a surfboard and an Eames Lounge? Mission Life: accomplished. Venice Canal 1-Bedroom, here I come.
Yes, this 'California Architect Glass House' looks a little like a highway rest stop from the outside.
But check out the interior! House! Give you to me!
This Mid-Century Modern Gourmet Ghetto Flat looks so cozy to me. Sometimes MCM pads look a little cold and sterile; but not this one.
This Paris Design Flat has all the things you want from a small, well-appointed cosmopolitan apartment. Including a vintage boombox.
This Architect's House in Australia is so ludicrously awesome, it's too bad it's not real.
Wait. It is real? Holy *%! Must have been windy on picture day, though:
Hey, for just $1900 per night you can rent this entire, 14-room, 19th-century villa built by the Tiffany family! With the debt you incur, you can finally declar personal bankruptcy! Yay!
This suite is built inside a Ilyushin 18 airplane in the Netherlands. Yes, I know you've always wanted a modern home built inside a plane. You're welcome.
Whew. There must be about a thousand more places that would be worth posting about on AirBnB; I'll have to come back to this thread later.
What do you think? Have you used AirBnB? All hype or worth the price?