Airbnb has had its share of sketchy renters who've raised the roofs and wrecked the rooms of unsuspecting hosts, but for the most part the actual lodgings are pretty reliable (if not super-incredible). Listings are the one thing the company can control the easiest, so they can flat out reject and delete entries that may look dangerous.
You know, like this"Boutique Winter Igloo" built by a guy in Brooklyn during the recent city-wide blizzard, which was listed as available for $200 a night.
The post described the dome thusly: "Dripping with ingenuity and alt-lifestyle aura lays the Snopocalypse of 2016's most desirable getaway. Hand-crafted, and built using only natural elements - we're offering the experience of a life time in this chic dome-style bungalow for you and bae."
It looks like they threw a couple blankets and plastic-bagged pillows in there for good measure. Fancy, no?
Structural integrity aside, it does look pretty cozy inside. And they have lights!
The fresh powder on the dome's peak really sells the whole experience. As does the tiny pine tree hugging the exterior. Your own slice of Alaska in a Greenpoint, Brooklyn backyard.
Alas, if your dream was to lodge at a site that was almost certainly added to Airbnb in jest, you're already too late. The company didn't take long before removing the listing. Guess you'll just have to make your own, there's still plenty of snow out there.
Update: DNAinfo caught up with the master builder himself, an advertising art director by the name of Patrick M. Horton. He confirmed that Airbnb's living standards were not met.
Got shut down by @Airbnb for not meeting occupancy standards. Though they were nice enough to tell us that it looked very well constructed.— Patrick M. Horton (@patrickmhorton) January 25, 2016
Airbnb sent an appreciative and chipper takedown notice to Horton that encouraged his next listing to include a "roof that doesn't melt".
We are happy to see that you guys are staying busy and having fun during Blizpocalypse. Unfortunately, your igloo, while very well constructed, has failed to meet our occupancy standards and has been removed from search results. Be sure to pick a place with running water, electricity, and a roof that doesn't melt.