The folks at Airbnb could probably use a nice relaxing night away from it all, and I have just the place.
Last week was a roller-coaster ride for the company, which connects people looking for a room with people willing to rent theirs out. It started with raising over $100 million in additional financing and ended with a bad PR firestorm as the story of the trashing of one woman's apartment by an Airbnb renter went viral.
Now that it appears a suspect is in custody, perhaps it's time for a company retreat to get away from it all, debrief, and recharge the batteries. Fortunately, there's a place called Costa Rica that I'm pretty sure was invented for just this kind of occasion. And even more fortunate for the folks at Airbnb, one of their users has made this unbelievable treehouse suite available.
The converted 727 is a vintage '65 Boeing that spent a career with South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines before being retired. It wound up sitting idle in the San Jose, Costa Rica, airport until some adventurous entrepreneurs salvaged and transported it to the jungle, on the edge of a popular national park. It sleeps six in style according to its entry on the site.
The plane's interior is Costa Rican teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. Our 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms--one with two queen sized beds and the other with one queen sized bed, each with its own private bath--a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, dining area foyer; an ocean view terrace; a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase; and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens.
Sounds amazing, and the perfect place to get away from your PR nightmare if you happen to work for Airbnb. I promise that, despite appearances, this is not part of a plan we worked out with disgruntled customers and ABC to film a "Blair Witch Project"-style sequel to "Lost" using unwitting volunteers as the new cast. Promise.