This downstate Airbnb will make anyone nostalgic that spent a few quarters in a 1980s video arcade.

It is located in McLean, Illinois, which is about a half hour south of Bloomington,  and is $379 a night (plus fees. Be careful, they can really add up on Airbnb.) And I haven't stopped thinking about it since I ran across it today.

Even without the arcade dungeon, which we will get to in a minute, this is a gorgeous property that would be perfect for a group outing. Take a look:


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The kitchen is beautiful. The listing says that it was part of a $70,000 remodel and it shows.

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The words "handmade cherry cabinets" were used in the listing as well. Looks great. I don't think I've ever wanted to go on vacation and cook, but this kitchen looks like a joy to work in.

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Dining Room/Living Room

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A very comfortable looking living room. The listing says that the back wall serves as a projection screen that can be used a a gaming projector. Very cool.

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Dining Room is the connection between the kitchen and living room in this open floor plan.


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The master bedroom includes a 70 inch TV, walk-in closet, and exit out to a wooden deck.

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The second bedroom also has its own bathroom as well as a couch that folds out to a queen-sized bed. It also has an exit to the wooden porch shared with the master bedroom and is honestly a little nicer IMHO than the master bedroom. No walk-in closet, but your on vacation, are you even unpacking your bags?

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This is the deck area off the bedrooms that overlooks the city.

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The third bedroom is smaller and has no TV BUT, it does have a skylight that's pretty cool.

The Arcade Dungeon

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Here's what makes this a great place. The spiral staircase leads you down into a private arcade that's free to play for anyone staying in the townhouse and it's incredible. A lot of old favorites in here.

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They have a Silver Strike 2000 machine. That's basically a Golden Tee-type game but for bowling. I have invested no less than $500 in that machine at various bars over my life. For me, that would make the trip worth it right there.

But wait, there's more. Much more.



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A CLASSIC line up of machines right there. Arkanoid with the heavy metal controller knob. An original Super Mario Brothers cabinet! I forgot those even existed. And then two monsters in Defender and Pac-Man. Let's go.

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The nostalgia doesn't end there. Here we have what I believe is Pole Position and Centipede, staples of any 80s arcade.

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The listing notes that the games are often swapped out with the Arcade museum that's right next door. That's right, there's a playable arcade museum next door that also looks awesome.

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Pinball games as far as the eye can see.

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And basically any game that you remembered playing as a child are all right at your fingertips.

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The whole place sleeps 8-10 and would be a great weekend away with the kids, or a group of friends. That breaks down to about 50 bucks a night per person which is a steal no matter how many of the games still work.

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