There are lots of different types of accommodations that you can book for a night’s stay when you travel – hotels, motels, campgrounds, and resorts. But the sharing economy continues to change the way we think about travel and where we choose to stay when we explore new places.
When you book an Airbnb, for example, you can stay in some really fascinating places that you’d probably never even see otherwise. In Arizona, Airbnb often accommodations celebrate the free spirit of the southwest with traditional Native American and Old West-inspired architecture and amenities. Other Airbnbs around the state celebrate nostalgia and the “tiny home” movement. Not are they fascinating, but these types accommodations also provide opportunities to connect with experienced locals who can offer advice on what to see and where to eat!
To make your next trip to Arizona more memorable, these are 10 of the most unique and unusual Airbnb rentals that you’ll find in the state of Arizona.
Hogan Glamping on Navajoland, Page
One of the most unusual places to stay in Arizona is a traditional Navajo Hogan on a ranch in Navajo Nation. This is an earth and log structure that has a wood-burning stove and is surrounded by natural beauty and peace. It’s located on a working sheep ranch and offers a true off-the-grid experience. The Airbnb owners have a total of seven accommodations here, also including canvas bell tents, a cabin, and covered wagons. The Hogan is considered to be sacred, and no alcohol or smoking are allowed inside. Guests will receive all the bedding, linens, and blankets they need, as well as basic toiletries, books, games, snacks, and water. For bathrooms, you’ll need to use the outhouses/porta-potties on the property. Since this is this is a very minimalist experience, bathing water is provided in a sun-heated container, as there is no running water on Navajo Nation. The property is located about 12 miles south of Page.
Miniature Old West Town, Tucson
If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to live in a wild west town, but aren’t really one for “roughing it,” this is your top Airbnb pick in Tucson. Guests will enjoy a private space that shares a bathroom and kitchen with the main house. There are two small adobes that are filled with antiques and a private refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and bathroom. The adobes have a rustic and authentic Western theme and sleeps up to three guests in two beds. There’s also now strong Wi-Fi for guests to use. The home is in a Tucson neighborhood near the end of a road, so it’s pretty quiet and accessible to the Rillito River Walk. This is a great place to stay for cyclists because the bike path is just a half block away.
One-of-a-Kind Underground Kiva, Cave Creek
Kivas are traditional rooms used by Native Americans to host meetings and religious rituals. And you can sleep in a kiva-themed Airbnb when you stay in Cave Creek, Arizona. The home is on a quarter-acre lot and has a sleeping loft and 10-foot ceilings. This is a nice place to disconnect from technology because there’s no television, but plenty of views to watch the sunset over the Sonoran Desert. You’ll also find walking trails and an outdoor fire pit here. The Kiva can accommodate up to four guests in two beds, and children are welcome.
Space Hut Time Machine, Phoenix
This Airbnb might not take you all the way to space, but it does provide some very cozy and interesting accommodations. The hut was made out of reclaimed materials, like cedar and oak, and there’s a bed inside with a comfortable memory foam mattress. There’s also a small air conditioning unit inside for hot Phoenix days. There are three rental units on this property, including two airplane-themed units. Loaner bikes are available for guests, and the owners live across the street in case you need anything. The up-and-coming neighborhood is great for creative types that want to meet all sorts of interesting characters during their stay.
Shipping Container Bike Shop Apartment, Phoenix
Shipping container Airbnb accommodations are all the rage right now, and there are a few excellent ones to stay at in Phoenix. This one is particularly unique because its located inside a working bike shop. The container is 20 feet long and ideal for anyone who has a passion for cycling. Inside this spacious place, you’ll find two beds and a mini-fridge. You’ll also get access to loaner bikes and any bike tools you might need. Another bonus is that you can ask to use the shop’s family pass to get into the Arizona Science Center and other science museums for free. This bike shop Airbnb is located in downtown Phoenix, with lots to do in the neighborhood. It sleeps up to four guests, but pets are not allowed, and it’s not recommended for kids. The same couple that runs the Space Hut Time Machine operates this Airbnb too.
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Harpur’s Haven Underground Home, New River
The owners refer to this property as the “hobbit hole” because it’s an underground home on three acres of desert in Northern Arizona. This unique place to stay can accommodate up to three guests and is a private room in a home. You’ll have access to the common living room, kitchen/dining area, ping pong table, swing set, and patio on the property. Breakfast is served for an additional fee.
There’s just something nostalgic and timelessly fun about playing in a treehouse. And when you visit Prescott, Arizona, you can sleep in one too! But this accommodation option is accompanied by all the technology and creature comforts you’ll need to have a relaxing stay. Make sure you’re ready to cozy up with your travel partner because there’s only a twin-sized bed inside. And you’ll need to be able to climb a 15-foot ladder to get there, but that’s just part of the fun. If you stay over during parts of the year with cool nights, there’s a space heater up there to use. Head down the tree and into the main house to share the kitchen, two bathrooms, dining area, living room, and Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi works up in the treehouse too. The coffee, snacks, and fruit provided are complimentary with your stay in the treehouse. This Airbnb is located about two minutes by car or a 15-minute walk from downtown Prescott in a mixed residential/industrial neighborhood.
Wild West Historic Mine Homestead, Chloride
This is another Airbnb that celebrates the Wild West spirit of Arizona. This charming cottage is in the high desert of the Cerbat Mountains and among the historic buildings left behind from the mining operation days. This Airbnb is family-friendly and can accommodate up to six guests in three beds. It’s a private cottage that’s located behind a historic and abandoned train station. Wildlife lovers enjoy this homestead because there is a chicken coup and donkey that live nearby, deer roaming free, an open cattle range, and other wildlife species that call this area home. There’s also a greenhouse with seasonable produce and a couple bikes available for guests.
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Vintage ’65 Travel Trailer, Phoenix
The “van life” movement is huge right now, with lots of people of all ages selling their possessions and choosing a simpler and more nomadic life on the road. If you’ve been curious about the lifestyle or just looking for an interesting place to stay in Phoenix, this Airbnb is for you. This vintage 1965 travel trailer is part of The Hive, which is a working art space in the Coronado historic neighborhood that also includes a resale boutique, meditation studio, and coffee bar. The trailer is cozy and enduringly retro. Step outside and you’ll find an outdoor sink and private shower for washing up. But you’ll need to walk into The Hive building to use the toilet. There is a refrigerator and microwave that you can use in there as well. This is an ideal place to stay for artsy types that want to connect with other like-minded individuals in Phoenix. The entire space is eclectic, healing, and energetic. When you stay in the Coronado neighborhood, you can check out the rest of the vibrant arts district and museums nearby too. There’s a city bus stop right outside The Hive if you plan to take public transportation to get around town.
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