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How You Can Spend the Night at a Gas Station Airbnb for Just $50

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | June 20, 2016

How You Can Spend the Night at a Gas Station Airbnb for Just $50

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If you've ever stopped at a gas station and wondered what it would be like to spend the night inside then wonder no more. Because the owner of one gas station in California recently listed his convenience store on popular home-sharing platform Airbnb.

Even better, staying at Pete Shen's Sanborn and Market Gas in Salinas, California won't break the bank since the nightly rate starts at just $50.

While the rate includes unlimited access to the array of food and beverages inside the store, the property lacks the traditional comforts of even a low-key budget hotel room. After all, there's no bed or shower.

The check-in and check-out times also present a significant challenge with guests checking in after 10 p.m. and having to be out by 5 a.m. at which time the store will reopen to customers.

And as for privacy, there isn't much since the store's security cameras will remain on through the night.

Nonetheless the cameras and the store's location along a busy street corner certainly help to enhance security.

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In an interview with KSBW, Shen admitted that the unique accommodation probably isn't for everyone but pointed out that the property is equipped to meet a guest's basic needs with food, drinks, a toilet and sink on-site.

For sleeping, guests must supply their own air mattress.

"I'm the guinea pig in the commercial business so far for Airbnb," Shen told KSBW. "After our first stay over, see how it goes, maybe people might like it, maybe people may not like it. So we'll see how it goes."

Although Shen said the listing was a hit from the beginning, receiving hundreds of hits in only a couple of weeks, the property has since been removed from Airbnb and it remains to be seen whether it will return.

On behalf of all those travelers who've ever dreamed of making an extended pit stop at the gas station, we can only hope that this unique rental inspires other property owners to make some room for travelers.


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