While we may never get the chance to sleepover in the fictional world of Hogwarts, we can spend a night or two in the next best place. Enter Wizard's Way villa, a magical retreat located just 30 minutes away from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
This eight-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is decorated throughout with references from the popular book series, as well as some movie Easter eggs! Upon entry, guests find out their sleeping arrangements via the sorting hat that sends travelers to their assigned house (or rather bedroom). Each corridor either resembles one of the four houses or take after another magical theme from the series. Don’t worry, there’s definitely no short end of the stick when it comes to sleeping arrangements in this wizardly retreat. Although, if you're assigned to the headmaster’s chamber, a dragon may look after you while you sleep.
In addition to the custom-carved beds and Hogwarts-themed decor, ambient sounds play in the background, and custom mood lighting further immerses travelers into the Harry Potter universe. Other cool feats include: the opportunity to be face to face with the car in the willow tree, or watch smoke pour from the Hogwarts Express's whistling smokestack. There's also a misty forest where guests can meet some friendly (but fake) creatures. Also, the open space living and dining design really makes travelers feel they are in Hogwarts Great Hall. The private heated pool and theater room are just the icing on the cake.
Wizard's Way villa is owned by Loma Homes, a rental company known for its part-movie set, part-luxury vacation units. The villa is currently available to rent on Airbnb for $307 a night, plus taxes. The Airbnb listing notes that space can accommodate up to 16 guests and travelers will get the entire place to themselves. If you do happen to bring that many guests, it shouldn't cost you more than a cool 20 galleons (read: $20 USD) per person, per night.
One more thing: the villa is located on the Champion's Gate Resort grounds, which means that visitors will not only get to enjoy the luxuries of their villa but also those offered by the resort. These include a water park with a lazy river and water slide, gym, theater room, game room, play area for kids, bar for the adults, volleyball court, and two golf courses. While these amenities won't be Harry Potter-themed, they still make for a fun time, especially if you're looking to mingle outside your home. And as aforementioned, Wizard's Way villa does feature a private pool and theater separate from all the other properties, if you’re looking for some alone time.
You can book your stay here. Not planning a trip to Orlando? We also found a super cool Harry Potter-themed rental in upstate New York.
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