Photo: Surprise! These kittens can go home with you. Shutterstock
You Could Stay On A Volcano
Santorini is an island off the coast of Greece that is renowned for its remarkable beaches and majestic views. Oh, and it’s also an active volcano that seismologists are constantly monitoring because it could blow its top at any time. But that threat doesn’t stop people from living there or tourists from visiting to take in its world-class beauty.
If you want a luxury vacation with the hair-raising risk of fire and brimstone, then you could book an Airbnb home on Santorini located inside a traditional fisherman’s cave. The home features an ocean view that will be impossible to forget.
One Airbnb rental in France is a glass dome situated out in the middle of nature. What this means is that lying in bed at night, you will see the moon and stars in full view. When you wake up in the morning, you will be surrounded by the sight of trees and birds flying through them. This unique rental offers a new perspective on how you can get in touch with nature.
And there are plenty of other unforgettable places that you can book on Airbnb, from a “dragon house” in Sussex, England, to a restored windmill in the British countryside, to a Roma caravan, to a pyramidal house in Iceland. The list of unique places to stay seems to grow by the minute.
Kitten BNB is just what it sounds like: it’s an Airbnb rental that comes with a set of kittens. That’s right, your travel experience on Airbnb can come with its own set of kittens for you to cuddle and play with. Not just one kitten, but as many as half a dozen or more!
But here’s the best part: after your stay, you can take one of the kittens home with you by adopting it. What could possibly be better than staying in a home where you are surrounded by playful, cuddly kittens who are waiting to be taken?
Jess and her husband, Erik, are the people who run Kitten BNB. They are huge animal lovers who have a particularly soft spot for kittens that require a forever home. Jess and Erik have been fostering kittens for some time now by taking care of them while looking for a permanent home. Their Airbnb has been hosting kittens longer than they have been entertaining people!
Kitten BNB can boast that it is the first Airbnb account that is dedicated to saving kittens. Jess and Erik realized that they could find even more homes for more kittens by opening up their home to human guests as well as furry ones. And we are so, so glad that they did.
Jess and Erik, who were working with a local animal shelter as foster parents, were trying to get as many of their foster kittens adopted as possible. They started an Instagram account to showcase the kittens that were in their care, and people responded by saying they wanted to take.
Jess and Erik also advocate for people to become foster parents for kittens and other animals. They think that getting started is the hardest step, and seeing the fur babies get the forever home that they deserve is incredibly rewarding.
You Can Stay In A Room That Is Part Of The Couple’s Home
Kitten BNB is not a private home where you rent the entire place. Guests stay in a room that is part of Jess and Erik’s condo. The room is private, so there is a guarantee that people won’t be coming in while you are there. It also has a private bathroom that no one else uses.
This means that guests get to be part of a full family experience – a family that includes lots of kittens! The hosts can provide a warm, personal experience, and the kittens, well, there are just no words for the joys that kittens bring.
Hoboken is a town in New Jersey that is very small, pedestrian-friendly, and full of great dining options. It is also just on the other side of Manhattan, so guests have a comprehensive view of the New York City skyline from the private deck that is part of their room.
At less than $100 per night (as of December 2019), Kitten BNB is way cheaper than a hotel in the New York City area. And just to reiterate, it has kittens! What could be better than staying right next to New York City while being surrounded by kittens?
Yes, as part of your stay, you get to play with the kittens. But isn’t that the whole point of staying there? So you can spend a full, fast-paced day in Manhattan, blitzing through Times Square, going up to the top of the Empire State Building, viewing the Statue of Liberty, or going to meetings for work.
And then you come home and get to play with a bunch of kittens! You can even take pictures of the kittens or ask the hosts to take photos of you playing with the kittens. After all, if you are going to stay in a place called Kitten BNB, you have to take pictures to show your friends.
All of the kittens who are at Kitten BNB are foster kittens that the hosts are trying to find permanent homes for. They began Kitten BNB as a way to connect more people to the kittens in their care, so plenty of guests leave with a new kitten to take home.
But guests are under no obligation to adopt any of the kittens. They can come to play with the kittens, who are full of energy and need lots of attention! Guests get a profoundly rewarding experience knowing that they are cuddling up to foster kittens in need of adoption. And the kittens provide lots of love in return.
But is Kitten BNB actually a quality place to stay? What are the hosts like? What about the other parts of the experience, like having a nice room to stay in? The reviews on Kitten BNB speak for themselves. Every guest who stays there gets to write a review, and Kitten BNB has an average rating of 4.98 out of 5.
One reviewer wrote, “We wholeheartedly recommend staying at Jessica and Erik’s place. The apartment is big and clean. The rooms have comfortable beds with big TVs. Hoboken is a really nice place with lots of places to eat. It is easy to get to Manhattan with the train, and nothing beats playing with kittens after a long day in the city.”
The room that guests get to stay in is better than most hotel rooms. It has a 55-inch television that is equipped with Roku and Netflix, so you can unwind after a long day by binging and – wait for it – playing with kittens!
The house is also equipped with Fios internet, which is super high speed. The queen-size bed is large enough to sleep two people comfortably, plus the room has a private bathroom and a private deck. It really is a five-star accommodation. But – wait for it again – most five-star accommodations don’t have kittens!
The Kitten BNB page says, “It’s really easy to get around. At just 1.25 square miles, Hoboken is a very cute and walkable city. Our place is a 5-10 min walk to the NYC-bound bus 126 and 15-20 mins to the PATH station (5 mins by cab).”
The PATH station is for trains going in and out of New York City. Even with rush-hour traffic, you can be in Manhattan in less than an hour by taking either the bus or the train. Some people who stay at Kitten BNB are traveling to visit New York City, while others are there for work. And everyone – everyone – stays at Kitten BNB because of the kittens.
Jess and Erik are serious about the kittens who are in their care. Kitten BNB was a bed and breakfast for kittens long before it became a bed and breakfast for humans on Airbnb. Airbnb guests are treated with the utmost dignity, but the real guests are the kittens.
The website says, “Sorry, the kittens don’t sleep in your room. At night, the kittens stay in their own private sleeping area near our bedroom. This area is for their safety (and so you can sleep peacefully since they can be even crazier at night).” That’s right; the kittens have their own lounge.
Who would want to leave such a perfect place? Jess and Erik are five-star hosts who have some of the best reviews of all the millions of homes on Airbnb. You get a private bedroom and bathroom with a view of New York City, which is just a short ride away.
And best of all, you get kittens! As much time as you can possibly spend with them! You can play with them, cuddle with them, take pictures of them, anything that does not compromise their safety. This spot has got to be one of the perfect destinations in the entire world.
But When You Do Leave, You Can Take A Kitten With You
If you absolutely must leave Kitten BNB – you know, if you have to go back to work or some other obligation that pulls you away – you don’t have to leave the kittens. You can take one with you! Remember that all of the kittens are foster kittens, and Jess and Erik started Kitten BNB to find homes for them.
If you meet a kitten there that you are particularly drawn to, you can adopt one and take it home with you. Jess and Erik will be able to bring back another foster kitten for their Airbnb guests to play with.