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Airbnb’s icons promises ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ unique experiences

From Prince's Purple Rain house to the iconic clock room in Musée d’Orsay.
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Before Airbnb, hotels were simply places where we rested our heads at the end of a long day of sightseeing. However, staying in unique accommodation can be just as fun as travelling and sightseeing too. On Airbnb you can stay in chateaus, treehouses and even castles. But now, the company has taken the concept of unique accommodation to the next level with their ‘icons’ stays. From drifting away in the house from UP! to staying in Prince’s iconic Purple Rain house, the company have unveiled 11 one-of-a-kind experiences to stay in.

“Icons take you inside worlds that only existed in your imagination – until now,” Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “As life becomes increasingly digital, we’re focused on bringing more magic into the real world. With Icons, we’ve created the most extraordinary experiences on Earth.”

All the experiences are priced under $100 per guest, but you’ll need to request the stay through Airbnb’s app and you’ll be selected via lottery.

Read on to see the Airbnb icons you can experience.

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Prince’s Purple Rain House

Rock aficionados rejoice! If you love Prince then you’ll love this Airbnb.

“Prince purchased the Minneapolis, Minnesota home featured in the legendary film ‘Purple Rain,’ but it’s never been available to the public until now. Explore the home and go crazy for rare and special tracks from Prince’s world in an exclusive studio session,” Airbnb says.

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The UP! House

Airbnb have also brought the whimsical magic of Carl’s floating house to life.

“Sleep inside one of Disney and Pixar’s most iconic homes—and yes, it floats. You’ll explore Carl’s world in this detailed re-creation of his home, complete with more than 8,000 balloons, and located in the scenic red rocks of Abiquiu, New Mexico.”

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The Ferrari Museum

Experience the exhilarating thrill of the world’s best engineering with an intimate stay in the Ferrari Museum.

“Immerse yourself in the world of racing with a stay at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy. You’ll sleep on a bed crafted from the same leather as Ferrari seats, take a lap with Scuderia Ferrari ambassador driver Marc Gené, and head to Emilia-Romagna’s premier race as a VIP. “

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X-Men ’97 House

If you’re heading to New York sometime soon, why not turn your trip into a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a stay in the X-Men ’97 House?

“Live like the X-Men as you stay in a 2D animated re-creation of Marvel Animation’s X-Mansion in Westchester, New York. You’ll discover your mutant abilities and even train in the Danger Room.”

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Musée d’Orsay Clock Room

Airbnb is also giving customers a chance to experience the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Gaze down on the streets of Paris and the Olympics from the iconi Musée d’Orsay’s clock room.

“Stay in the Paris art museum’s iconic clock room, which has been transformed into a luxurious bedroom by Mathieu Lehanneur, designer of the Paris 2024 Games torch and cauldron. From the terrace, you’ll witness the historic Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games along the River Seine.”

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