NYC tourists can book a van by the river on Airbnb – for $22

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Van living just went upmarket. An enterprising local is offering vans parked on NYC streets as budget hotel rooms on Airbnb. Jonathan via Air BNB

Van living just went upmarket. An enterprising local is offering vans parked on NYC streets as budget hotel rooms on Airbnb. 

It’s being advertised as a van down by the river  and people are paying money to stay there.

Someone by the name of Jonathan is offering up a fleet of conversion vans parked at scenic spots around New York City for overnight stays starting at $ 22.

This paradise by the dashboard light is definitely for adventurous budget travelers only.

And they’re the most buzzworthy vans to hit city streets since Jerry Seinfeld tried to sell his “big juicy van” in a classified.

One of the NYC vans marketed as a hotel room on the travel site Airbnb.Jonathan via Air BNB

One of the NYC vans marketed as a hotel room on the travel site Airbnb.

These deals on wheels are being offered up as the ultimate bohemian stay at Airbnb, the app that lets locals rent out just about anything to travelers.

Guests who reviewed the $ 35 per night “Van Down by the Water,” parked on a Long Island City street corner near the East River, pointed out there was no bathroom or shower in their, um, room.

“Okay I really had a great time living in the van, but I think it is important for potential guests to realize that this really and truly is a van,” a reviewer named Anshuman wrote earlier this month.

"Cubbies for clothing, Extra room in front seat for luggage as well." Jonathan via Air BNB

“Cubbies for clothing, Extra room in front seat for luggage as well.”

Enlarge "Comfortable twin bed!" Jonathan via Air BNB

“Comfortable twin bed!”

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Inside some of the NYC mobile hotel rooms offered on Airbnb.

“The space was cramped but enough to put our luggage and have some leg room,” an Aussie named Ellie wrote. “The bed is comfortable and cozy. If you don’t mind feeling dirty for a few days and need to save money, then this is for you.”

Jonathan, who claims to have lived in Long Island City for five years, was quick to respond to each review  he has more than 50 on the Airbnb site  but did not respond to a Daily News request for comment.

Another of his offerings is even more New York chic. Guests can book a yellow taxi with a killer view of the Empire State Building. The Queens hatchback goes for $ 69 and promises no overages.

NYC guests can book a yellow taxi with a killer view of the Empire State Building on Airbnb. Jonathan via Air BNB

NYC guests can book a yellow taxi with a killer view of the Empire State Building on Airbnb. 

“Don’t worry the meter is not running,” the cab listing explains.

It is legal to live in your car in NYC. 

Also worth noting: Guests can’t actually drive off with their rooms.

“Okay I really had a great time living in the van, but I think it is important for potential guests to realize that this really and truly is a van,” a reviewer named Anshuman wrote earlier this month on Airbnb.Jonathan via Air BNB

“Okay I really had a great time living in the van, but I think it is important for potential guests to realize that this really and truly is a van,” a reviewer named Anshuman wrote earlier this month on Airbnb.

Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising listing from this budding mobile hotelier is a “super spacious” van that sleeps three with a four-and-a-half star rating. A night will set you back $ 99.

“The van was incredible!” wrote Daniel, who visited from the United Kingdom. “It was an experience completely different from anything I’ve done before and probably will do again.”

“I stayed there for a week and loved every minute,” he added. “The view is potentially one of the best in the city as the famous skyline is visible from your bed.”

Van living just went upmarket.

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