One-bedroom hotel draws rave reviews in Idaho
A six-ton potato big enough for a queen-size bed has drawn hundreds of visitors to a 400-acre farm in Idaho, where it rents for $200 a night.
The Big Idaho Potato Hotel, a 28-by-12-foot windowless tuber available on Airbnb, has a custom-made bed, mini-fridge, air-conditioning, power outlets, and a turntable with old vinyl records, according to Atlas Obscura. It’s 20 minutes south of Boise.
The potato has a silo that has been turned into a spa. The hotel comes with Dolly, a Jersey cow, according to the Airbnb listing.
The Steel, Plaster, and Concrete Russet Burbank Potato began as a 75th anniversary marketing ploy for the Idaho Potato Commission in 2012. For seven years, the fake potato has traveled 48 States in the back of a tractor-trailer before retiring in 2019. Former Big Idaho Potato Tour spokesperson and tiny house builder Kristie Wolfe redesigned the Giant Carburetor.
She furnished the white interior with an antler chandelier, pink wingback chairs, a bathroom, designer touches, and a fireplace in the spa.
“We knew it would be something people would have fun with,” Potato Commission CEO Frank Muir told the Idaho Statesman. “Nobody could predict that it would be interesting all over the world.”
The Potato Hotel has received rave reviews. And Dolly the cow too.
“By far our coolest Airbnb yet!” said a visitor. “5 stars all around!” said another visitor.
“Dolly the cow is fantastic,” wrote a November guest. “This girl loves a snack!”
[Atlas Obscura] – Dana Barthelemy
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