During the heavy snowfall of winter storm Jonas, New York and many neighboring cities were brought to a standstill. For Patrick Horton and his friends though, this meant having some time for fun building an igloo and listing it for $200 a night on Airbnb.
The buzzword-filled description for the “boutique winter igloo for two” cleverly guises the giant mound of snow they shaped into a giant dome into something people would actually pay to rent. In fact, Horton claims he actually got five responses on the listing, according to Esquire.
Furnished with a candle, some pillows and blankets, the 4.5-feet-tall igloo was described as:
“”Dripping with ingenuity and alt-lifestyle aura lays this Snowpocalypse’s most desirable getaway.”
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“Built completely by hand, all-natural. Come experience this chic dome-style bungalow with Bae.”
In an email to Esquire, Horton revealed that while they created it for fun, they would’ve taken the money if someone actually wanted to use their igloo:
“We all agreed that we would have 100% let someone pay to sleep in there. They would have been dumb to really pay that. But we would have taken their money if they wanted to pay $200 to sleep inside of a giant ice-cube.
“We would include in an iPod full of Usher slow-jams and maybe a bottle of Rose. Even though its really cold in there things could really heat up.”
Airbnb, however, decided the igloo was not safe for actual use and removed the listing. They sent an email to Horton that read:
“We are happy to see that you guys are staying busy and having fun during Blizpocalypse.
“Unfortunately your igloo, while very well constructed, has failed to meet our occupancy standards and has been removed from search results.”
In response to Airbnb’s rejection email, Horton told Esquire:
“I was kind of surprised they took it down. There is weirdly a section on Airbnb when you are listing that indicates that you are trying to rent an igloo. So we thought we were within their terms to do so. Not exactly sure why they took us down. The guy made one mention in his email that there was a roof that could melt. If thats the case I am curious what igloos that they have on their site that don’t have roofs that could melt. That part seemed weird to me.“