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April 15, 2011 10:35 AM   Subscribe

Rent Liechtenstein. Last Summer, Snoop Dogg tried to rent Liechtenstein for a music video shoot. Now, thanks to Airbnb, you can actually rent the entire country for $70k a night, with a two-night minimum.

From the first link: Renaming city streets and town squares, printing your own temporary currencies, and carving logos into the snow on the mountainside is just the beginning. You can also choose to be welcomed with a custom medieval festival, or be greeted by marching bands and mayors who will present you with the key to the city. Renters can sip wine at the Prince’s estate while being wowed by a fireworks show.

If you were to rent the country of Liechtenstein, it would apparently accommodate only 450 to 900 people. It has 500+ bedrooms, and the minimum stay is two nights. The rental rates start at $70,000 a night to accommodate 150 people, which includes catering and “basic branding.

Airbnb previously.

Epic International MetaFilter Meet-Up?
posted by Lutoslawski (59 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
25th Anniversary Mefi meetup.

I am so there
posted by ShawnString at 10:38 AM on April 15, 2011 [15 favorites]


is cable included? and a continental breakfast? if so which continent? One time it was antarctica. Walrus sausage and penguin eggs are not as tasty as you'd think.
posted by jonmc at 10:41 AM on April 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


Snoop Dog tried to rent Liechtenstein for a music video shoot

Please tell me he renamed it Snoopistan.
posted by jonmc at 10:42 AM on April 15, 2011 [8 favorites]


Oh man, take off your shoes or they'll scuff Lichtenstein's floor and I'll never get my damage deposit back!
posted by cog_nate at 10:43 AM on April 15, 2011


Minimum stay is two nights, there's no smoking allowed in the entire country, nor are there gyms, fireplaces, elevators, or hot tubs.

....On another note, why rent an entire village? I don't grasp the concept. You may not get a parade at your arrival, but other than that it'd be essentially the same. You travel from building to building exploring, like any tourist.
posted by Malice at 10:43 AM on April 15, 2011


Please tell me he renamed it Snoopistan.

I'd go with Funkenstein.
posted by electroboy at 10:44 AM on April 15, 2011


Don't say such things or the tenant will have you beheaded.
posted by jonmc at 10:44 AM on April 15, 2011


I look forward to the new Rap Wars: Countries Edition. A note to the would-be battlers: Liechtenstein is the 6th smallest country (22nd smallest territory), so you gotta go up from there, unless you want to brag about how much coastline you've rented or something preposterous like that.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:46 AM on April 15, 2011


I don't grasp the concept.

Simple. When you rent the whole country, you rent the police too.
posted by three blind mice at 10:46 AM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let's start a bidding war between Lichtenstein and the Vatican for the meetup.
posted by longbaugh at 10:48 AM on April 15, 2011


call me back when the holy see is listed in airbnb...
posted by k5.user at 10:48 AM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Epic International MetaFilter Meet-Up?

I'm in.
posted by jscott at 10:50 AM on April 15, 2011


It'd only be like $150 per person. We could take turns being king.
posted by electroboy at 10:52 AM on April 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


Actually, since 70,000 per night only accomodates 150, the expense for each for two nights would be $933.33...

Good price, but not great.
posted by omegar at 10:55 AM on April 15, 2011


See Southern, Terry Blue Movie
posted by leonard horner at 10:58 AM on April 15, 2011


Oh Shizzlestein, Fo Shizzlestein...
I rent to own and it's all mine.
Your streets are run with jizzle fine,
The herald's blown, not just my mind.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:01 AM on April 15, 2011 [7 favorites]


Can we still take turns being king?
posted by electroboy at 11:02 AM on April 15, 2011



It'd only be like $150 per person. We could take turns being king.


Whoever kills the other claimants gets to become a duke.
posted by The Whelk at 11:02 AM on April 15, 2011


I'd kill you all to become Raoul Duke.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:06 AM on April 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


It does say no charge for extra people. 500 people, 2 nights, that's only $280/person total. I'm just saying...
posted by rusty at 11:06 AM on April 15, 2011


I find it hard to believe there are no indoor fireplaces in Lichtenstein.

But it's the no smoking that's the deal-breaker for me. I am NOT asking my guests to 'step outside the country' if they wish to light up -- that's just rude.
posted by trip and a half at 11:06 AM on April 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


The ice machine is in Austria.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:09 AM on April 15, 2011 [8 favorites]


I say a massive group of LARPers buys a few weeks of time and fills the country with hundreds of peasants, merchants, hedge witches, highwaymen, blacksmiths, wandering battle monks, and enough complex dynastic intrigue to befuddle a Borgia.

All the swords are real.

Winner gets Lichtenstein.
posted by The Whelk at 11:09 AM on April 15, 2011 [8 favorites]


and on that note I'll be right here, innocently baking a pie with no poison in it whatsoever.
posted by The Whelk at 11:12 AM on April 15, 2011


The first thing they'd do is nationalize the Doritos and Mountain Dew industries.
posted by electroboy at 11:13 AM on April 15, 2011


Man, at first I thought it said Lichtenstein, and I was all like "well since when is the mainstream hip hop scene into fine art", I mean it is pop art and all but a little higher brow than Snoop usually aims his public image.
posted by idiopath at 11:16 AM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


If we rent it for MetaMeetUp, do we name it Snarkenstein?
posted by billcicletta at 11:21 AM on April 15, 2011


but a little higher brow than Snoop usually aims his public image.

How dare you! Snoop is the Aaron Copland of Hip Hop.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:21 AM on April 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


The official motto of Lichtenstein: "Yes, we really are a country."
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:22 AM on April 15, 2011


It's probably worth $70k in tax breaks just to rent a P.O. Box.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:23 AM on April 15, 2011


Hell damn ass kings!
posted by kimota at 11:23 AM on April 15, 2011


I say we rent one of the cheaper villages instead. Then with the money we saved, buy a bunch of those t-rex puppets from the post below.

"Clever girl," cortex said as he drew another beer. The reptilian puppet cocked its head warily.

"Ggrrrrmmmppphh!!" replied jessamyn, he voice muffled by the foam rubber suit.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:24 AM on April 15, 2011


Damn, that's a complicated brand they put on their cattle in that country.
posted by Runes at 11:27 AM on April 15, 2011


The Whelk: " Winner gets Lichtenstein."

You laugh, but....
posted by zarq at 11:27 AM on April 15, 2011


Or damn hell ass kings, even!
posted by kimota at 11:27 AM on April 15, 2011


The should rent it out for the next Gathering of the Juggalos. Every citizen of Lichtenstein in clown make up!
posted by cazoo at 11:33 AM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Litchenstien is perfect for my plans because it's still a monarchy. No seriously. None of this ceremonial Head of State crap. Give me a couple crossbows and a few well-placed agents and I'll be refreshing Metafilter from here in a week.
posted by The Whelk at 11:39 AM on April 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


From Wikipedia: Liechtenstein is a large producer of ceramics and is the world's largest producer of sausage casings, potassium storage units and false teeth.

Somehow there's a connection there, I just know it.
posted by tommasz at 11:42 AM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Litchenstien is perfect for my plans because it's still a monarchy.

No more than Britain, really. It's a Parliamentary Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy.

While the Prince, unlike QEII, does indeed technically have the power to make decisions, the Principality's constitution has a clause in it that says the people can just up and declare themselves a Republic whenever they feel like. As a result, the Prince doesn't have much choice but to sign any piece of paper that comes his way.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:54 AM on April 15, 2011


Snoop Dog tried to rent Liechtenstein for a music video shoot

This is driving me crazy; mods can we pretty please get the second "g" affixed to Snoop Dogg's name?
posted by .kobayashi. at 12:23 PM on April 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


the Principality's constitution has a clause in it that says the people can just up and declare themselves a Republic whenever they feel like. As a result, the Prince doesn't have much choice but to sign any piece of paper that comes his way.

Right, first things first, suspend the clause.

Wait no, that's the second thing, first thing first: Establish self as kindly, benevolent, all-knowing, all-seeing and in the possession of several large dungeons.
posted by The Whelk at 12:27 PM on April 15, 2011


the Principality's constitution has a clause in it that says the people can just up and declare themselves a Republic whenever they feel like.

They call it "the Sanity Clause." But you can't fool me. I know there ain't-a no such thing as Sanity Clause.
posted by rusty at 12:55 PM on April 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


So the minimum is 2 nights - is there a maximum?

Because, at $70k for a night, and assuming he lives for the outrages sum of another 65 years, it would only cost Bill Gates approximately 3%* of his net worth to effectively buy the country for the rest of his life.

show your work: (70,000 * 365 * 65) / 55,000,000,000 =~ 0.03. BG's net worth is appromixate.
posted by namewithoutwords at 12:59 PM on April 15, 2011


Or he could rent Monaco for half an hour.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:00 PM on April 15, 2011


Litchenstien is perfect for my plans because it's still a monarchy.

Apparently your plans are necromancy-related.

Tangentially related: You can watch The Castle of Cagliostro on Hulu, now.
posted by weston at 1:02 PM on April 15, 2011


This is driving me crazy; mods can we pretty please get the second "g" affixed to Snoop Dogg's name?

Can we please fixizzle the language in this threadizzle to proper Snoop Dizzle O double G dizzle spellizzle? Thanks mods. Izzle.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 1:43 PM on April 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Imagine the logistics involved in getting a whole country high.
posted by clavdivs at 1:46 PM on April 15, 2011


We can be there if we try clavdivs.
posted by The Whelk at 1:47 PM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


we need a pragmatic cargo plane
and yodelers for a diversion.
posted by clavdivs at 1:53 PM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


So wait...renting Liechtenstein would be $26M for a year?
And I'm guessing they would give some kind of volume discount...maybe $20M if paid in advance for the whole year.

Right now my rent is $20K/year. I'm putting that up right now, and can probably put in more once I realize what other costs I'll end up saving on. Oh krap...catering. So all my food would be covered too...lets just say $25,000. Yeah, I'll put that in.

Anybody else in? We'd only need 799 more people to make this happen...for a whole damn year!
posted by hal_c_on at 3:15 PM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can we please fixizzle the language in this threadizzle to proper Snoop Dizzle O double G dizzle spellizzle? Thanks mods. Izzle.

Go back to your Vampire Weekend show, grandpa. You're drunk again.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:19 PM on April 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


So wait...renting Liechtenstein would be $26M for a year?

Think of all the pointy shoes and staffs we'd have to buy.
posted by The Whelk at 3:21 PM on April 15, 2011


what about the king?
posted by clavdivs at 8:20 PM on April 15, 2011


Long Live His Most High Majesty King Whelkstock The Handsome Yet Charming.
posted by The Whelk at 8:43 PM on April 15, 2011


Man, at first I thought it said Lichtenstein, and I was all like "well since when is the mainstream hip hop scene into fine art"

I initially thought it said he was trying to Leni Riefenstahl, and I was 'whut, Snoop's remaking Triumph of the Will for his next music video?'
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:17 AM on April 16, 2011


So did he legalize it?
posted by LordSludge at 9:42 AM on April 16, 2011


decrim, better business for everyone.
posted by clavdivs at 9:56 AM on April 16, 2011


Well, if I do this, the rest of the people living in Leichtenstein can get off my lawn.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 5:26 PM on April 16, 2011


they are also a great source for .li domain names if you want to forgo libya's .ly
posted by mulva111 at 1:06 PM on April 17, 2011


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