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Travellers in the US can now sleep in a giant potato

The Idaho hotel sleeps two and comes with its own whirlpool and pet Jersey cow

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel is south of downtown Boise. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP
The Big Idaho Potato Hotel is south of downtown Boise. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP

Idaho has taken its love for potatoes one step further with the transformation of an oversized potato into a hotel.

Travellers that want to immerse themselves in the Gem State’s most famous crop can now bed down inside a giant potato located 32 kilometres from downtown Boise.

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel is an eight-metre long, three-metre wide, 3.5-metre tall potato constructed out of steel, concrete and plaster that took a year to build.

The hotel interiors are less potato-like and more Scandi-chic. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission /Airbnb
The hotel interiors are less potato-like and more Scandi-chic. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission /Airbnb

Recycled into an Airbnb after spending seven years on the road with The Big Idaho Potato Truck — a marketing initiative that journeys cross-country promoting the health benefits of potatoes — the six-tonne potato can now comfortably sleep two guests.

Inside, the surprisingly tastefully decorated space comes with whitewashed walls and a dose of Scandi-style minimalism. There’s a queen-size bed, an antler-inspired chandelier and a cosy seating area with a fully stocked bookshelf. Newly installed electricity points power a mini fridge and a record player, which comes with a selection of old vinyls.

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel comes with a seperate bathroom complete with a circular whirlpool and log fire. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission / Airbnb
The Big Idaho Potato Hotel comes with a seperate bathroom complete with a circular whirlpool and log fire. Courtesy Otto Kitsinger / AP Images for Idaho Potato Commission / Airbnb

Step outside the potato to find a customised silo that’s been turned into a spa-like bathroom with running water, a power shower, log-stocked fireplace and circular whirlpool underneath a glass skylight.

The setting is decidedly peaceful — guests will be surrounded by 400 acres of Idaho farmland with only a cute Jersey cow called Dolly as a neighbour.

Overnight stays cost from Dh797 per night, excluding taxes and service fees, and can be booked at www.airbnb.ae

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Updated: May 22, 2019 10:37 AM

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