Airbnb recently added a new way for travelers to find exciting destinations: Categories.
Categories allow users to pick accommodations based on more than just location, though some — like the national park and beach options — are related. Others have names like “OMG!” or “Barns.”
The OMG! category features accommodations that are notable primarily for being unusual.
Best Airbnb OMG category listings:
Invisible House Joshua Tree | Modern Masterpiece
Discover the ultimate desert oasis at the Invisible House, a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece designed by film producer Chris Hanley.
This sleek, minimalist retreat has been featured in numerous music videos, television shows, and publications worldwide, including Netflix, Robb Report, Architectural Digest, Washington Post, People, Daily Mail, Dezeen, and Maxim. With a 5,500 sq. ft. footprint and 90 acres of breathtaking land abutting Joshua Tree National Park, this 22-story horizontal skyscraper is the largest privately-owned parcel of land in the area.
The entirely reflective facade absorbs its surroundings and seamlessly blends into the desert landscape, creating a unique and definitive structure that combines modern architecture with the natural world. Experience the ultimate desert escape at the Invisible House.
Skylodge Adventure Suites
Transparent luxury capsules where you sleep on top of the mountain with great comfort and incredible views.
Uniquely designed organic nature house, off-grid
Step into the epitome of a sustainable future with this off-grid abode. Equipped with self-sufficient energy and food production capabilities, this house is a paragon of environmental friendliness. Immerse yourself in a botanical paradise with a Mediterranean-inspired garden, all while taking in the picturesque vistas of Lake Vänern from the mountaintop location. Conveniently situated near the beach, marina, and natural surroundings, this house offers the perfect blend of luxury and eco-conscious living.
Apple Ridge Farm Caboose Bed & Breakfast – #1
Location: Virginia, U.S.
The original Spice Bus from 1997 movie Spice World
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Sleep in a classy British double-decker bus turned into a luxury Airbnb.
Glass cottage with Hot tub “Blár”
Location: Hella, Iceland
The Kellogg Doolittle House
Location: Joshua Tree, California, US
Guitar House Airbnb
Location: Sindun-Myeon, South Korea
EAGLE’S WATCH MALIBU
Location: Malibu, California, U.S.
The Silo at Lake Tenkiller- One of a kind stay!
Location: Oklahoma, U.S.
Unique and Secluded AirShip with Breathtaking Highland Views
Location: Drimmin, Scotland
Location: Rizhao, China
Come & Dream in Quetzalcoatl`s Nest
Location: Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico
Moinho das Feteiras | The Mill
Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Peace & Quiet Hotel- Floating Glass Room
Location: Jokkmokk, Sweden
Cabane Drommen – L’Arbre à Cabane
Location: Guyonvelle, France
La Cabane magique – Le Manoir de Bois-en-Ardres
Western Saloon with Teton Views!
Location: Tetonia, Idaho, US
Location: Salobreña, Andalucía, Spain
A spaceship-style home
The Bloomhouse by Lodgewell>>Fairy Tale Escape
Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.
Converted train car
Breathtaking Mountain views in cozy Birdbox
Aura House 2bds Eco Bamboo House, Pool, River View
Luxury suite overlooking the Wadden Sea
Location: Harlingen, Netherlands
Boot house style home
Location: New Zealand
Leafy Greens Chiang Mai: Snail Dome (SND)
Location: Chian Mai, Thailand
There are over 30,000 rentals in the OMG! category. Airbnb reports that such accommodations are so popular that the company plans to build more.
Airbnb has announced it will start a $10 million fund from which they’ll disperse $100,000 each to 100 winning entrants. The funds will help entrants construct wild accommodations for listing on Airbnb’s website.
Entrants must submit proposals by July 22. The company will judge proposals based on several factors: feasibility, originality, sustainability, and guest experience.
Winning entrants must abide by the following requirement: renting the completed spaces on Airbnb for at least a year without listing them on alternative short-term accommodation rental websites.
According to the company, the average U.S. host made more than $13,000 last year, 85% more than in 2019. Accommodations that merit OMG! status received 49% more bookings.
In more recent news, Airbnb has made its earlier party ban permanent.
Initially, the company created a temporary ban in response to a deadly shooting at a party in one of its listings. They left the ban in place when COVID-19 swept the globe.
The party ban has reduced property damage in rentals.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this listing from the Airbnb OMG category. If you know any other place worth sharing and adding to this post, feel free to let us know in the comment below.