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Airbnb removes New York igloo charging $200 a night

But snow house was 'very well constructed'

New York City is an expensive place to stay — even its igloos charge $200 a night. Patrick Horton, an enterprising advertising art director who lives in Brooklyn, took advantage of the heavy snowfall last weekend to build a snow structure, before listing it on Airbnb. Horton advertised his creation as a "Boutique Winter Igloo for 2," calling it the "snowpocalypse of 2016's most desirable getaway." The small snow house was "hand-crafted, and built using only natural elements." Namely, frozen water that fell from the sky.

Horton told DNAinfo New York that it took him around three hours to build the igloo and list it on Airbnb, but — like the snow itself eventually will — it had disappeared from the site a short time later. While Airbnb said the domed structure was "very well constructed," it didn't meet the site's rules for occupancy, not having electricity, piped water, or a door. But while Horton's stunt was shut down quickly, it seems not all igloos are created equal — you can still book a night in a similar structure in Sulzberg, Austria, for just $59. Smoking is allowed, though in an igloo, probably not encouraged.


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