Lonely Planet Writer

Who needs a luxury hotel? Celebs are ditching them for fabulous Airbnbs

While Airbnb has been a game-changer in the world of holiday accommodation, we didn’t predict that our biggest stars would embrace the idea of living in someone else’s property with such enthusiasm. Then again, while the rest of us are snapping up amazing and affordable places to stay thanks to the site, there are stunning private properties that afford celebrities the opulent lifestyle they desire. That they don’t have to sacrifice privacy by staying at a hotel where other guests can see them is an added bonus.

The New York penthouse that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are staying in for free. Image: Airbnb
The New York penthouse that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are staying in for free. Image: Airbnb

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, made news headlines because they are currently living in the lap of luxury in a New York City penthouse. As Kanye is currently travelling across North America on tour he, Kim and their children, North (3) and Saint (9 months) have temporarily relocated from Calabasas, Los Angeles, to this 7200-square-foot, $25 million penthouse in the Big Apple. It normally costs $10,000 per night and guests have to book a minimum 31-night stay, but Kim and Kanye were reportedly gifted the rental for free from Airbnb.

@airbnb who knew?? Such a beautiful trip. Adiós Vallarta. Hasta la próxima!

A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Jan 19, 2016 at 9:06am PST

Other stars jumping aboard the Airbnb train include actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who stayed in a luxury getaway in Punta Mita, Mexico, in January with her children and boyfriend Brad Falchuk. She was obviously bitten by the bug as she stayed at the magnificent seven-bedroom Villa Taboo near Cannes on the Côte d’Azur during the summer. The seven bedroom villa sleeps 14 people, features a pool with views of the Mediterranean and has a wine cellar, all at a cost of $9955 per night.

Villa Taboo in France, where Gwyneth Paltrow stayed. Image: Airbnb
Villa Taboo in France, where Gwyneth Paltrow stayed. Image: Airbnb

Britney Spears recently spent Memorial Day at a luxury $30 million Malibu beach-side home overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which comes with its own hot tub and pool. It would set the rest of us back a cool $8000 per night to stay there, but again Britney’s stay came courtesy of Airbnb. The online site is presumably benefiting from the media exposure and celebrity cachét generated from these stays.

Just getting some relaxation in Malibu before the next round of #PieceOfMe shows, courtesy of @Airbnb! 💙

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on May 31, 2016 at 8:58am PDT

There are lots more stunning places scattered throughout the world for celebrities with deep pockets or kind sponsors, many of which come with private chefs, infinity pools, hot tubs and even butlers. As for the rest of us, well we can dream, eh?