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Shady Dell, Bisbee, Ariz.
When I stayed at the Shady Dell a few years back, I had the mixed blessing of being there on an August night when the hotel was empty. So I got to choose among the many trailers. How does a collector of midcentury modern kitsch like myself even begin to decide between a 1951 Royal Mansion, with a leopard carpet, and a 1950 Spartanette, with an old phonograph? In case you’re wondering: I chose the wedding-themed 1949 Airstream, featured in Bride’s magazine in 1949. Related: Let’s Go Camping — in a Teeny Weeny Trailer

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The 9 Most Amazing Airstream Hotels Around the Globe

Laura Begley Bloom
Executive Editor
September 17, 2015

I’m not a camper by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve always harbored a secret fantasy of owning a vintage Airstream. There’s something romantic about the idea of traveling around in one of those streamlined silver bullets, setting up camp wherever and whenever the mood hits. By an open stretch of ocean. In a national park. Next to a lake. And of course, when I’m not on the road, my cute camper would sit beside my house — a pair of pink flamingos out front, naturally — providing the perfect guest quarters.

Of course, there’s fantasy and then there’s the reality of actually owning an Airstream — like the expense of buying it in the first place. So the good news is that there are plenty of other Airstream obsessives around the globe who share my love of these gorgeous trailers and have created hotels where I can get my fix. Because as Airstream founder Wally Byam put it: ”Adventure is where you find it, any place, every place, except at home in the rocking chair.”

Here are some of my favorite Airstream hotels, from Arizona to Australia.