If you’ve ever wanted to rent a room inside of the Jersey Shore’s oldest and most iconic landmarks, here’s your chance. Guests will have a rare opprtunity to stay inside Lucy the Elephant on March 17, 18 or 19. The listing will go live on Airbnb’s website on March 5.
The interest in staying inside Lucy has been “tremendous” since the news was announced on Wednesday said Rich Helfant, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee.
“It’s not surprising,” said Helfant. “Lucy has graced the Shore for 138 years. As the oldest roadside attraction in America, she is the last of her kind, and older than both the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.”
In honor of the length of Lucy’s time in Margate, the rentals are being offered at $138 per night.
Don’t expect the deal to become a regular occurance, said Helfant “I’ll never say never, but we are only planning to make her available for these three nights for the time being.”
According to Lucy’s Airbnb profile, “I’ve seen a lot in my years watching over the Jersey coastline, and since I never forget (obviously, I’m an elephant), I’ve got plenty of stories to share with curious guests. As you step inside my walls (and up 25 steps), you’ll be transported back in time to the 1800s, where you will feel the Victorian Era come alive.”
Helfert reports that Lucy receives more than 130,000 visitors every year. “Lucy is a part of so many fond memories. Her charm, her size and her history capture the imagination.”
These days, Lucy has Wifi, but she doesn’t house an indoor bathroom, but there will be a private one available at the base for the guest’s personal use. The building, which has been taken care of by the Save Lucy Committee, features Victorian-era furniture and decor. Guests can climb the riding carriage on Lucy’s back for a 360-degree view of Margate and the surrounding area.
“House rules” include certain restrictions. No children or pets are allowed to stay over and guests are not permitted to smoke or host parties.
“One of the reasons why we were so excited to list Lucy on Airbnb was the opportunity to expand her access and reach, providing a new avenue to even more people to enjoy her. That said, we want to make sure we are primarily preserving her for tours, so that hundreds of thousands of visitors can see her all year long,” said Helfert.
Once the listing goes live, only those with a verified Airbnb profile can apply for the rental. Airbnb will make a donation to the Save Lucy Committee toward the landmark’s preservation.
All photos courtesy of Airbnb