6 Outrageous and Amazing Rentals You Can Afford
(and two you probably can't!)
The internet is overflowing with “one of a kind” hotels or “unique boutiques” top 10 lists. After the 7th or 8th sum of links, you’ve seen most of the accommodations people have copied off each others’ blogs for years. I did some digging around the web to find some that I had never seen before. The first six fall in the affordable category. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a bad ass underwater hotel that I absolutely need to book, only to find it costs about $600/night with a 4 night minimum.
Yeah, great list for someone with an explosive bank account. So here are a few I came across that won’t make you go broke after a night, whether you’re just visiting Canada or making your way to Mongolia. Keep reading to learn #1-3 or skip ahead to #4-6. Looking for two you can’t afford? Head here.
1. Spend a Night in Jail – Ottawa, CA
Ever wanted to be locked up in a windowless cell? How about one that’s around 150 years old? Yes? Hire me as your travel agent because I just found your dream vacation. If you’ve ever felt the need for being enclosed in a tiny space and paying for it, the Ottawa Jail Hostel has got you covered.
The smallest private room/cell is roughly 3′ x 9′ which is enough space for the bed and possibly to roll over without smacking your arms on the wall and is described as “A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience not available anywhere else in the world without actually breaking the law.” Clever. There are “deluxe” double rooms that feature a kitchenette but that takes a bit away from the novelty. Since you’ve booked your room in jail, stop by “Mugshots” — Ottawa’s only jail bar in case you needed clarity. Rooms start around $40USD. Potential prisoners can be book a cell through their website here or on hotels.com.
2. Sacred Geome Treehouse – Montezuma, Costa Rica
I started on this list when I stumbled upon the Ottawa Jail in #1. I kept going with the list because I found this place. Costa Rica is a lush rain forest covered country in Central America. It makes complete sense that you’d stay in a tree house when you visited.
The description on Airbnb says it’s actually 4 structures ranging from 25ft up down to 12ft. It seems fully decked out with a stove and fridge, one and a half bathrooms.
The beds are covered by mosquito nets so it seems like a pretty safe little spot to roost when you visit the jungle. Out of the whole list, this one is my favorite and I could see myself booking it. The jungle Geode Tree House is currently offered on Airbnb for around $80/night, with discounts the longer you stay.
3. Traditional Ger — Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
This place seems the epitome of outrageous. If you ever plan on visiting Mongolia (who doesn’t?), you should soak up the authenticity of living in a ger. This one comes with its own family and herd of yaks.
The rental page makes me giggle a bit, as its titled “Mongolian nomadic family”, as if you’re coming to rent the people. But truly, why wouldn’t you stay here? If you’re going to go all the way to Mongolia, you better not be staying in a Best Western for your trip. I am one for immersing myself in culture and this ger would do entirely that. The listing says you’re invited to take part in the daily chores and the host cooks plenty of Mongolian dishes. The photos don’t show there being much in the way of bathroom facilities but holy wow, look at that view. Book your stay on Airbnb here for $49/night.
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