Are you looking for a unique but affordable vacation experience? Then this coolest Airbnb is for you. My husband Dan and I travel extensively in Florida and are always on the look out for a unique Airbnb. During the past year I have especially searched for the coolest Airbnb stays since we were trying to keep out of the crowds. I found Gary’s World online in the spring of 2020, but then it wasn’t listed for about a year. I recently found it again and booked it for a 2 night stay. Gary has several Airbnb rentals on his property , but we chose the Star Wars Suite. Live vicariously through us as I recount this experience. Then book a stay for yourself.
Most unique Airbnb: The Star Wars Suite
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Our check in was at 4pm on Friday. We easily entered the guard gate with the code he gave us, and then parked in the Star Wars parking spot. After that we unloaded our stuff and walked up the long driveway to the main house. Gary met us inside and gave us a tour of the suite. Our mouths hung open the entire time he explained the remote controls for the lighting and the unique features of the suite. After Gary left, Dan and I wandered around the suite for an hour just to take in all the Star Wars memorabilia.
Master bedroom in the coolest Airbnb
The queen size bed was decked out in Star Wars bedding. The windows were draped with Star Wars curtains. However, behind them were blackout drapes for better viewing of the light displays in the room. There was a desk in the corner like a spaceship, which we only noticed on our third time exploring the apartment. Movie posters in release order hung up high around the room. Even the ceiling was painted to look like outer space. In addition there was a huge mural on the wall behind the bed and covering the door. Then we pushed a button and a light machine displayed twinkling lights around the room.
Star Wars bathroom in the most unique Airbnb
Of course, the towels, shower curtain, and bath mat were all Star Wars themed. Even the toilet seat displayed the phrase, “May the flush be with you”. Additional quirky signs hung around the room such as, “Even Chewbaca brushes his teeth”, and ” Even Yoda washes his hands”.
Even Darth Vader flushes the toilet-silly goose gifts
Star Wars kitchen
Plates, cups, bowls all displayed the Star Wars theme. On the wall a huge outer space mural shimmered with tiny red fiber optic lights in the dark. We only stayed for two nights, but there is a stove, microwave, full size fridge, and toaster oven if you stay longer and want to cook some of your meals. Gary supplies plenty of pots and pans for guests’ use. The kitchen even has a washer and dryer in it, so even if you pack light you won’t run out of clothes.
More reasons this is the coolest Airbnb
Further down the hallway and past display cases filled with Star Wars Lego figurines, you will find the dining area and living room. A full size dining table for 6 displays themed salt and pepper shakers. 2 full size leather sofas with reclining ends sit in an L shape. Each faces a large screen tv mounted high on the wall providing you with the perfect screening angle while reclined in your seat. Gary has every Star Wars movie and sound track available for your viewing and listening pleasure. If you are an Xbox fan, he has that too. We are old school and preferred the 80s full size Star Wars arcade game. Gary also provided several trivia games for additional entertainment.
Although we only booked this place for ourselves, it can fit 3 more people, 4 if they are children. In the back left corner of the room stands a full size bed decorated, of course, in the Star Wars theme. The right corner holds bunk beds draped in tenting to look like a large At-At.
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Scenic View from the coolest Airbnb
When we needed some natural light we ventured out through our bedroom to the balcony. Overlooking the lake, this provided a beautiful place to sip our morning coffee, in Star Wars mugs of course.
More fun out back
Wait! But there is more! Pass through the back of the suite, beyond the additional beds to the back door. You will open the door not only to the back balcony but to Gary’s World. The balcony itself supplies hours of entertainment with an electronic dart board and a full size pool table. However, be careful as Jabba the Hut and Darth Vader sometimes get in the way of making the perfect shot. While the other memorabilia on the balcony is worth looking at, it is the view of Gary’s World that will hold you in awe.
This balcony overlooks the enclosed pool area that was once Gary’s back patio. Now pterodactyls, T-Rex, dragons, and a sphinx call it home. In addition you will find real taxidermied animals such as birds, bear, giraffe, and a lion. While all this makes an impressive sight during the day, the light display that projects at night adds to the aura. Want to see more? Gary gives tours of his museum by appointment.
Tour Gary’s museum at the coolest Airbnb
Gary’s tour will take you through his movie theater, horror theater, main home, and his enclosed patio museum. Don’t miss it!
The coolest Airbnb has a theater!
During the tour Gary explained that he built this theater in his garage to rent out for parties. The lobby holds movie memorabilia such as the cast from Wizard of Oz and John Wayne. A life size mannequin stands behind the concession stand ready to hand out popcorn. In addition, full size arcade games line the walls.
The theater itself has several rows of comfy chairs and a large screen 3D tv for movie viewing. Sadly, the technology is now obsolete and unable to be repaired. Although Gary no longer rents the theater out for parties, he now includes it on his museum tour.
Horror theater at the most unique Airbnb
After Gary turned his original garage into a theater he added a second garage on to the house. One of Gary’s many careers involved running a Halloween shop. However, he couldn’t compete with the big costume superstores so he had to close up. What to do with all this Halloween paraphernalia? He set up a second theater in the additional garage.
Upon entering the horror theater you will notice the atmosphere becomes darker. Shelves and display cases lining one wall house rows upon rows of scary masks. Life size Michael Myers, Hannibal Lector, and Frankenstein stand at attention. With the press of a remote control, Gary bring several displays to live. My favorite is the old fashioned TV which appears to have an alien trying to wriggle out of it when turned on.
Main House at Gary’s World
During the tour Gary explained the history of his home. Relocating from up north, he designed this home which was completed in 2004. However, before he could move in, several hurricanes plowed through central Florida that year, tearing the screen off his back patio several times. Costing a fortune to replace each time, Gary had the whole patio enclosed to make it part of the house. With 25′ ceilings, Gary’s home needs 9 air conditioning units to cool. Therefore the main home is used only for entertaining, and Gary moved to one of the upper apartment across from the Star Wars Suite.
The tour begins in his living room which now functions as a lobby. Here a real stuffed lion prepares to pounce. A fireplace lines one wall. And a dolphin statue stands in the center. To the side stands a large kitchen with an island. Then through that we enter the formal dining room with yet another mannequin standing in the corner ready to serve. Make sure to look up at the ornate ceiling decor and pay attention to the furniture details. You can’t help feel that you are touring a European castle.
The pool area
This is no ordinary pool area. Yet another reason this is the coolest Airbnb. As you enter, you will be greeted by a sphinx. To the right an Anubis stands guard. Then under one of the balconies a lone mannequin bartender stands at the full bar ready to serve drinks while stuffed birds adorn the vines overhead. Continue towards the back of the patio and you will view real jungle scenes including a real stuffed giraffe.
While Gary states that the pool is not used for swimming since gallons of water are lost each time someone gets out of the pool, it now houses numerous replicas of aquatic creatures such as flamingos and alligators. However, Gary says he still uses the hot tub located behind the pool. The hot tub is adorned with Roman columns, guarded by a Roman Centurion as well as by Poseidon and cascades down into the pool. A dragon with smoke radiating from its nostrils sits on the side.
Continuing on to the other side of the pool you will find the skeleton of a T-Rex and another life size dinosaur. Under the Star Wars balcony stuffed monkeys hang from vines. A 3 headed dog‘s eyes glow red as it moves its heads from side to side looking for prey. A Zoltar fortune teller like in the movie Big spits out fortunes when Gary feeds it a dollar. Throughout the entire pool area you can find small sitting areas for guests as Gary has used this area for parties.
Other Airbnb unique stays
In addition to the Star Wars Suite, Gary offers 2 other Airbnb rentals at Gary’s World. The VIP room is on the first floor and has a king size bed and private bathroom.
Above the theaters, with a separate entrance from the outside, sits the Penthouse Suite. This suite has beach decor and has a full kitchen for all your families needs.
When Gary turned his second garage into the horror theater, he had a free standing garage built down by the guard gate. Now he is turning that into a boat house to use as a fourth rental. Dan and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peak into this one. With two bedrooms and a loft for children this makes a great lake getaway. Gary plans to build a dock across the street on the lake for launching kayaks and paddle boats which will be included in the rental.
Of course, the Star Wars Suite is still the coolest Airbnb.
What to do in the area?
If nature is more your thing, there are numerous lakes in the area. We went jet skiing on Lake Howard. But you can go kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, or whatever. Also Bok Tower Gardens is a great place to picnic under the trees and enjoy listening to the chimes.
We looked on Trip Advisor for places to eat and ended up at Old Man Franks which had out of this world Jacked up Oysters, peel and eat shrimp, and blackened mahi tacos. This was located right across the street from where we went jet skiing so we didn’t even need to drive.
Donna Emperador is a travel and food blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and cocktails. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time exploring the road to find unique places to share with readers. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.