Vantastic: A New York Hotel Starting At $22 Per Night
In a city where a hotel room usually costs hundreds of dollars per night, $22 for overnight accommodation sounds too good to be true. Maybe it is.
That's because the $22 buys you a night in a van, parked in strategic spots across the city.
A man identified only as "Jonathan" is using Airbnb to rent out his fleet of more than 50 vehicles - there's even a sleeper taxi - to adventurous travellers, according to the New York Daily News.
There are a few things missing that many hotel guests would be loath to do without – like a toilet and shower. But Jonathan says he tries to park his vehicles near public facilities and includes options at nearby gyms and other venues.
"This is a unique experience - sort of like being off the grid yet just blocks from a subway stop that will take you to Times Square in 10 minutes!" wrote one reviewer. "The view is spectacular and Jonathan does his best to make your stay as comfortable and smooth as possible."
A note of caution from the reviewer: "Probably not for everyone since you are essentially without electricity or direct running water (public restrooms nearby and host lets you use his apartment to shower) but for the price and location you can't beat it."