A look At: A room with a view

As we near closer to the winter months and the new ski season, we wanted to feature a winter article on interiors with a little difference. Earlier this year Airbnb thought it’d be a good idea to convert a cable car suspended 2700 metres above French ski resort, Courchevel, into a hotel room.

Offered to four lucky winners for one night only, the experience included being driven up a ski run by snowmobile, then offered traditional mulled wine at the Saulire Summit, before boarding the “room”. Once onboard, the guests were served a traditional savoyard dinner of cheese and pork fondue then left to have what was presumably a few restless hours of terrified sleep. The upside? The guests were the first to lay down fresh tracks over virgin snow.

The Saulire cable car in Courchevel, France, made it Airbnb’s highest European listing.

The room itself was a simple design with large double bed, simple side tables, thick rugs, a sitting area with sofa and armchairs and a few well chosen, albeit ironic, accessories such the mountain range framed photography and Airbnb themed red curtains. Whilst there isn’t a huge amount to write about on the interior, the space is more about the view and unique experience offered than how the space is furnished.

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Adeline Roux, director of Courchevel Tourism, said: “We thrive on a challenge and take pride in opening up new possibilities.”
It is not the first time that Airbnb, which provides an online marketplace for “hosts” to rent out their flats or houses, or ski chalets, and guests to book them, has pulled a stunt like this, previously offering a night’s stay in a KLM plane in Amsterdam, a Waterstones book shop in London, and an IKEA store in Australia.

James McClure, general manager of Airbnb in UK and Ireland, added: “This night in a majestic and unexpected setting joins thousands of ski-friendly listings around the world and will remain in the four winners’ memories forever.”

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