Savvy travelers are turning to websites like iStopover.com and Airbnb.com to find affordable alternatives to staying in expensive chain hotels. What you may not realize is that some of these accommodations have way more character than your average roadside motel. Here we've gathered up a few of the bizarre and unique options found on iStopover.com. Ever wanted to live in a shoe? Now’s your chance . . .
Beagle House (top)
Cottonwood, ID - From $92
If you’re driving to either Glacier or Yellowstone National Parks from the Pacific Northwest this summer, this dog-shaped bed & breakfast makes a great halfway stopover. Located in farm country in Idaho, this big beagle can accommodate up to four guests at a time and is decorated with canine paraphernalia inside.
Nelson, New Zealand - From $236
This fairytale cottage accommodates up to two people at a time and is located on the Ruby Coast in New Zealand’s Tasman region just 30 minutes from the Able Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park and Nelson city.
Vintage Airstream Trailer
Austin, TX - From $70
Fifth generation Texans are your hosts in this one of a kind rental vintage 26-foot land yacht airstream near Bouldin Creek. While only two people can stay here at a time, this rustic trailer is fully equipped with a shower, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, and AC.
If a dog or boot-shaped hotel isn’t your thing, iStopOver.com also has a new feature called “Wise Ask!” that lets property owners bid for your business based on their ability to satisfy your requests. Just go click on the “Wise Ask!” button on their homepage and enter your specific requests (ie Gluten-free food in the pantry, a Wii console in the living room, etc.). Then sit back and let offers from hosts that meet your requests come in and make your decision from there.
Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.