People love to stay in places or settings where their favorite characters once lived. As a result, pop culture-themed vacation rentals have grown to immense popularity in the past three decades. From getting to stay in HarryPotter’s Knight Bus to Star Wars’ Tatooine earthen dome houses, fans can rent and revel in the charm of their favorite movies and shows while exploring the world. I have hand-picked the 10 best pop culture-themed Airbnbs that you can explore in 2024. These vacation rentals not only allow you to bask in the glory of your favorite stories but offer plenty of activities to enjoy as well. Have fun reading.
Harry Potter Knight Bus, Tennessee, US
The Knight Bus in the Harry Potter series was something that intrigued me. Not only it had an amazing traveling capability but the layout was also terrific. While you may have liked this unique mode of transportation in the Wizarding World, I bet you never thought you’d get to live in it. Well, here is a replica of the iconic Knight Bus.
A vacation rental in Tennessee, the two-story bus conversion has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, a fire pit, and a covered hot tub. While it may not be an exact replica, the Harry Potter-themed Airbnb rental, allows you to explore the scenic beauty of nearby Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Most of us wished to be sorted out in Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but rarely in Slytherin. But while your acceptance letter never arrived, you can still experience sitting in a snug Gryffindor common room with a fireplace, walking down the stairs with pictures moving about, sleeping in four poster beds in Slytherin and Gryffindor dorm rooms, or staying in the cupboard under the stairs.
The vacation rental in the heart of Hertfordshire is only a 10-minute drive from the Warner Brothers Studio where the movies were shot. The Airbnb includes a Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office with the Sorting Hat, a Chamber of Secrets bathroom, a Knight Bus, and a Muggle kitchen. Outside, a beautiful garden features the wizard’s chess board.
What can I say, I am a huge Star Wars fan. While I loved Anakin Skywalker, Luke was my favorite. Not more than Han Solo, though. I know. The set of Tatooine, the desert home planet of both Luke and Anakin in the galaxy’s Outer Rim, always intrigued me, especially the domed houses. Turns out, you can get that experience right in Texas. Listed on Airbnb, Domeland is a solar-powered vacation rental near Big Bend National Park.
The Domeland is a perfect remote getaway for people who love the expansive movie franchise and the vast galaxy vistas that the desert location is famous for. The cob houses are inspired by Tatooine architecture and packed with modern appliances inside to provide comfortable stays to guests. Best of all, the rental is off-grid with solar capacity and a rainwater harvesting system to leave minimum impact on the environment.
Where it all began! Who wouldn’t want to stay in the Godric’s Hollow home of Potters, where Voldemort was defeated by a baby and we got the Boy Who Lived? The De Vere House – which was featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One – is located in the medieval village of Lavenham, Suffolk. The birthplace of Harry can be rented out on Airbnb with tons of exploring to do in the ancient village.
Offering a bedroom with a four-poster bed and ensuite bath, the staycation at this house sounds heavenly compared to living with Dursleys and their miserable manners. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, television, a private guest sitting room with a fireplace, and a courtyard garden. Who’s ready for a trip to a historical England village?
While the original Hobbiton is no longer open for booking, you can stay at this stunning Hobbit Hole in Vermont. Tucked in a grassy hillside, this Middle-earth-inspired vacation rental is perfect for Hobbiteses. The 1,100 square feet home is sprawled on a 12-acre expanse and looks just like the Hobbit holes of the Shire. But unlike Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, you do not have to go on quests to find and destroy evil in Middle-earth, so you can safely enjoy the surroundings.
The dwelling is dotted with unique touches and complemented by modern conveniences. It features a clawfoot tub, a fire pit, darts, and board games to keep you relaxed and entertained. The living rooftop has a handful of chairs to sit and admire the gorgeous Vermont wilderness.
Also Read: 10 Real-Life Hobbit Homes from Around the World
SHIELD Safe House for Marvel Family, Florida, US
An ultimate vacation rental for Marvel fans, this SHIELD Safe House is suitable for a family getaway. This superhero-themed Airbnb is less than 20 minutes from Disneyland and offers themed bedrooms from Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Shang-Chi, and Hulk’s bedroom from Sakaar. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms that can sleep a big family.
Each bedroom is tastefully designed to cater to a Marvel fan and has lavish resort vibes. The rental has a full kitchen, dining room, living room with a large 75” smart television, a game room, a hot tub, and many other facilities to keep you entertained as you enjoy this posh location.
If you are looking for a Hobbit home in the UK, you are in luck. This earthen home in Somerset, England, is perfect for you. Admittedly, this doesn’t have the rustic, chaotic charm of the Hobbiton dwellings, but it does offer the experience at its best. Located in a charming little village of Binegar, Somerset, the house has three bedrooms, a private wooden stove heated hot tub, and a small barbeque cabin.
The earthen house is based on a farm, which provides a bistro, pet shop, gym, brewery, Pilates studio, and plenty more. The best part, though, is that you are permitted to bring two dogs. Inside, the vacation rental looks sleek and clean thanks to its Scandinavian interior that can accommodate a family of five to six people easily.
Who wouldn’t want to snuggle in fur-lined beds in a cozy setting that we all have loved in the Game of Thrones series? If you want that, you should check out this Airbnb rental in Kentucky. Built in the 1800s, this historical home features a California king bed, a mini-dungeon, a lavish bathroom, handcrafted sconces, stained glass windows, a castle door, medieval-style weaponry, and an iron throne. It may have been originally designed in Game of Thrones style, but I guess it gives more of a House of the Dragon vibe.
There is a fireplace with three dragon eggs, waiting for Queen Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons. The rental also has a custom touchscreen coffee bar and luxurious touches to accommodate a king or a queen.
For a Star Wars family, the Twelve Parsecs home in Orlando will be a perfect fit. Sleeping 16 people, this Airbnb is only 15 minutes away from Star War: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This nine-bedroom masterpiece offers an immersive experience for the lovers of a galaxy, far far away.
The themed house features nine bedrooms that portray different planets from the expansive movie franchise. Each element has intricate details, hand-painted murals, 3D custom-molded planets, and handmade beds. From room built on ice planet Hoth to the swamps of Dagobah, Twelve Parsecs has it all.
Well, anyone who loved the popular sitcom knows where “The Monica” comes from. It is one of my favorite TV shows, as it is for so many others. Friends became a global phenomenon and even after 30 years of the show’s release, the six main characters have connected with all the generations. So it is fair to assume that you’d want to spend some time in a Friends-themed Airbnb.
The Monica is a beautiful condo in Covington, Kentucky, and features the most alluring aspects from the ‘90s show. You can sit on the famous orange couch and sip on your coffee, which is what the Friends did most of the time or gossip in Monica’s living room. There are two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a snug living room, a bathroom, and a patio. If you feel like basking in the glory of the sitcom high, this is the place to be.
These 10 best movies and show-inspired Airbnb rentals are perfect for people like me who have binge-watched popular franchises and wish to get an immersive experience in vacation rentals. Do you think I missed anything? Let me know what you think of these pop culture-themed Airbnbs in the comments.