Trailer trash treasures: the world’s coolest Airstream hotels

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013

Not long ago, the thought of staying in a trailer evoked images of toothless, meth-addled men with shotguns, and pregnant women in Daisy Dukes -- a definite step down from a night at a lush hotel. But today, hotels around the world are making happy campers by capitalizing on the retro-romantic idea of traversing the country in a shiny Airstream. Check out some of the world's coolest mobile motels.

BaseCamp Bonn Presse

8. BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn -- Bonn, Germany
This indoor trailer park (it’s in an old warehouse) beckons with its super decked-out trailers -- 120 beds spread across 15 caravans, two night sleepers, two Airstreams, and various other automobiles. Each be-wheeled bedroom has a theme, including the fur-clad Hunter’s Hut and the bright pink Drag Queen, and each boasts its very own old tires and heroin needle-strewn furnished front lawn.
How much? $30-$175/nt

El Cosmico, Nick Simonite

7. El Cosmico -- Marfa, TX 
This hippie hangout -- or “18-acre nomadic hotel and campground” -- features seven ultra-cool restored trailers, as well as teepees, tents, and a hammock grove. Like Coachella minus the LA airheads, there’s also building, cooking, and art classes, songwriting workshops, movies, and concerts like the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love to keep you entertained.
How much? $110-175/nt

El Cosmico, Nick Simonite

This is some haute hippie ish, for real.

Hotel Daniel

6. Hotel Daniel -- Vienna, Austria
Ok, so this hotel only has one trailer, but it might just be the most luxurious trailer in the world. The 22ft-long 1952 Airstream offers 172sqft of minimalist luxe, and includes a queen-sized bed, free standing tub with a view, A/C, flat screen TV, and WiFi.
How much? Around $150/nt

Hotel Daniel

This trailer is basically way nicer than any apartment we'll ever live in.

Grand Daddy Hotel

5. Grand Daddy Hotel -- Cape Town, South Africa
Possibly the only trailer park in the world with four stars, and definitely the only rooftop trailer park, this hotel houses seven Airstreams (each with its own mailbox) that were each designed by a different local artist, from the polka-dotted Dorothy to the mostly-bed Ballad of John & Yoko.
How much? $117/nt

Grand Daddy Hotel

The Moontides is the largest of lot, and fitted with a separate living and bedroom area -- more than we can say about most hotel rooms we've stayed in.

Kate's Lazy Desert

4. Kate’s Lazy Desert -- Landers, CA
Kate, of B-52s fame, had artists Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker (whose house is featured in the "Love Shack" video) restore six vintage Airstreams into psychedelic, colorful homes with themes like Tiki and Hairstream.
How much? $175-$200/nt

Kate's Lazy Desert

Slightly vertigo-inducing, but it's how we always imagined the inside of a lava lamp. 

Shooting Star Drive-In

3. Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream Hotel -- Escalante, UT
Surrounded by the Grand Staircase, the Escalante Mountains, and Dixie National Forest, sit eight shiny, custom-designed Airstreams. Cowboy hopefuls should saddle on up to The Duke, a 31ft trailer John Wayne used on the set of The Searchers. It's outfitted with Western décor, leather furniture, and pony fur. There’s also a drive-in movie theater onsite -- 1960s convertibles included.
How much? $149-$169/nt

Shooting Star Drive-in

A cowboy motif always inspires us to chop wood, drink whiskey, and take our horseshoeing very seriously.

Belrepayre Airstream Retro Trailer Park

2. The BelRepayre Airstream and Retro Trailer Park -- Pyrenees, France
Owned by two former circus performers, this trailer park in southern France claims that it’s “not trailer trash, [it’s] trailer flash!" See for yourself; there’re 10 authentic Airstreams from the 1940s-1970s, each furnished in period-style themes including Studio 54 and Safari. They feature kitchens and outdoor barbecues, and there's even an on-site bar -- in a converted Airstream, obvs.
How much? $110-160/nt

Shady Dell

1. The Shady Dell Trailer Court -- Bisbee, AZ
This place's nine vintage aluminum trailers with equally vintage décor (think phonographs and old-school radios) promise a blast from the past. You'll return to a simpler time, a better time, when men were men, drinking on the job was basically a requirement, and you returned home to crack a brew on your patch of astroturf.
How much? $87/nt

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1. BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn In der Raste 1, Bonn, 53129

This indoor trailer park is anything but trashy: find 120 beds spread across 15 caravans, two night sleepers and two Airstreams and various other automobiles, each designed by renowned German set designer Marion Seul and ranging in theme from Drag Queen to Rockabilly to Big Ben. They're all housed in a warehouse formerly owned by Lancome. For $30-$175 a night, you can choose how lavish you'd like to get.

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2. El Cosmico 802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX 79843

If Coachella had a lovechild with a trailer park, this'd be it: a super-cool “18-acre nomadic hotel and campground” with restored trailers, teepees, tents and a hammock grove.

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3. Hotel Daniel Landstraßer Gürtel 5, Vienna, 1030

This super swank, super minimalist hotel in the heart of Vienna has a room that's a converted 50s Airstream.

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4. The Grand Daddy 38 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001

Known for its Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park, The Grand Daddy also sports a restaurant, two bars and its own event venue. There's even an open-air movie theater on its roof that screens classic/cult favorites, complete with comfy chairs and a popcorn machine.

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5. Kate's Lazy Desert 58380 Botkin Road, Landers, CA 92285

Kate, of B-52’s fame, creates her very own Love Shacks in the form of six super stylin', converted vintage Airstreams.

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6. Shooting Star Drive-In 2020 West Highway 12, Escalante, UT 84726

This resort's fully pimped-out with plush Airstream trailers, furnished with high-thread-count sheets, fully-equipped kitchens, and private decks.

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7. Belrepayre Airstream Retro Trailer Park Mirepoix, Midi-Pyrenees, 09500

This airstream trailer park has its own general store, in case you need to pick up some essentials. There's also a ping pong table, wash rooms, hot showers, and bicycles for hire!

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8. The Shady Dell 1 Old Douglas Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603

This place gives the term "trailer park" a whole new meaning: its nine aluminum Airstream trailers are as plush as can be, and are decked out with vintage decor from the 40s and 50s.



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