A Night in the “Up” House … And 10 Other Iconic Airbnb Stays You Can Book Right Now

By Marie-Antoinette Issa
on 2 May 2024

With over five million hosts using the platform, and a whopping 1.5 billion + guest arrivals booking globally, Airbnb has revolutionised the way people travel. Incredibly, they have almost 8-million listed properties globally since launching in 2008.

Susan Wheeldon, Country Manager for Airbnb in Australia and New Zealand, recently unveiled some of their latest ventures including the aptly named Airbnb Icons.

Cause it’s iconic … and they love to do iconic stuff

Airbnb Icons is where extraordinary experiences are hosted by some of the world’s most renowned figures in music, film, television, art, sports, and more.

Airbnb has offered more than 90 one-of-a-kind stays and experiences over the last five years inspired by some of the most beloved people and places in the world – including Barbie’s Malibu DreamHouse, the Home Alone house, Shrek’s Swamp and Hobbiton – this new category offered an extension of Airbnbs commitment to all things, well, iconic. Lead by the opportunity to book 11 remarkable stays. Including the infamous floating Pixar “Up” House.

Nestled amidst the scenic red rocks of Abiquiu, New Mexico, the “Up” House offers guests a chance to drift off into a world where dreams take flight. Quite literally. With over 8,000 balloons adorning its facade, this detailed re-creation of Carl’s home promises an unforgettable stay. From exploring every nook and cranny to reliving cherished movie moments, guests are in for a truly uplifting experience.

10 other Airbnb Icons you can now book

Those that miss out on booking a stay at Up, need not feel down. With a plan-B-chance to dive into the colourful world of Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out. And book an overnight stay at Headquarters, the control centre of Riley’s emotions. Hosted by Joy herself, you’ll witness the emotions in action and help keep things in balance. As you make core memories that will last a lifetime. It’s an enchanting experience that promises fun and adventure for guests of all ages.

A little past your Pixar prime?

Perhaps you would consider spending a night immersed in the adrenaline-fuelled world of racing by booking a stay at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy? Here, you’ll be treated to unparalleled luxury. Even sleeping on a bed crafted from the same supple leather used in Ferrari seats! But, the experience doesn’t stop there. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to take a thrilling lap with Scuderia Ferrari ambassador driver Marc Gené. Feeling the rush of speed firsthand. Additionally, you can indulge in VIP treatment at Emilia-Romagna’s premier race. Where you’ll witness the action from exclusive vantage points and enjoy unparalleled access as a privileged guest.

Comic book queens and kings can step into the pages of Marvel Comics and live like a superhero with a stay at the 2D animated re-creation of the X-Mansion in Westchester, New York. This unique accommodation allows you to immerse yourself in the world of the X-Men. Discovering your latent mutant abilities and honing your skills in the legendary Danger Room. Whether you’re a fan of Professor X or Wolverine, this experience promises excitement and adventure at every turn.

Those who like to offset their jetlag served with a side of laughs, can join comedy royalty for an exclusive evening at Kevin Hart’s members-only Coramino Live Lounge. Step into this secret speakeasy and enjoy an A-list evening of laughter and libations. Rub shoulders with Kevin and his inner circle as you enjoy a tequila tasting and live stand-up performances by the best comedians in the game. It’s an unforgettable night of entertainment and camaraderie that you won’t find anywhere else.

Top-tier travellers are invited to experience the epitome of culture with a stay at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Nestled within the iconic clock room, your accommodations have been transformed into a sumptuous bedroom by acclaimed designer Mathieu Lehanneur. From your terrace overlooking the River Seine, you’ll witness the historic Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, surrounded by the timeless beauty of Parisian art and architecture.

Airbnb icons Iconic Airbnb stays Musee D'Orsay
Other Airbnb Icons include Paris’ Musee d’Orsay

If your travel is all about the tunes, then Airbnb Icons encourage you to embark on a musical journey with an intimate living room session hosted by Grammy-winning artist Doja Cat. Fresh off a world tour, Doja invites you into her personal space for a private performance featuring her favourite songs and tracks from her latest album. It’s a rare opportunity to connect with one of music’s brightest stars in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Alternatively, divas can delve into the legendary world of Prince. With an exclusive stay at his iconic Purple Rain house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This legendary residence, featured in the cult classic film, has never before been available to the public. Explore the hallowed halls and immerse yourself in Prince’s musical legacy with a private studio session featuring rare and special tracks from his extensive catalogue.

Or, join reggaeton superstar Feid on his FERXXOCALIPSIS World Tour for an entire week of backstage access and exclusive experiences. From rehearsals to tour bus rides, you’ll be immersed in the excitement of life on the road. Rubbing shoulders with Feid and his crew every step of the way.

If you’re a gaming guy or gal, Airbnb Icons allows you to embark on an adventure like no other with TikTok sensation Khaby Lame in Milan, Italy. Stay in a one-of-a-kind gaming loft designed by Khaby himself, where you’ll #learnfromkhaby as you face off in a Fortnite Battle Royale. It’s an epic overnight experience that combines gaming prowess with Italian hospitality for an unforgettable stay.

Finally, travellers can experience the glamour and charm of Bollywood with a stay at the legendary Kapoor family home in Chennai, India. Hosted personally by Bollywood star Janhvi Kapoor, this ultimate overnight stay offers insights into her life and career, from beauty secrets to culinary delights. It’s a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Indian cinema and hospitality.

Travel groupies

Recognising the growing trend of group travel (More than 80% of bookings on Airbnb are group trips!) Susan also announced the introduction of new features to streamline the planning process. For example, shared wishlists to allow travellers to collaborate seamlessly. And, trip invitations to add a touch of personalisation to the booking experience. Additionally, the revamped Messages tab ensures clear communication among guests and hosts, enhancing the overall trip experience.

AirBnb Icons span a variety of properties across the world. Most Icons are free (guests are asked to fill out their information and answer why they want to do the experience, then a group is randomly selected to have their answers reviewed). Or, priced under $100 USD per person.

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