I spent most of yesterday sitting on a patio and talking about my travels. The friend who I was talking to mentioned that instead of the normal hostel/hotel options, she normally looks at staying in people’s houses when she travels abroad. The idea sounded fantastic mostly because when you travel as much as I do for work, hotels get really boring, and you start to feel lonely and isolated. So I spent the night looking at different options for lodging for my upcoming trips. Keep in mind that these trips are not for work, but for fun. The one that I am really looking forward to is for BlogHer12 in NYC.
Having been to New York many many times over the last few years (both work and play), I can tell you first hand how insanely expensive hotels get downtown. And with BlogHer12 being downtown this year, the hotel prices had me a bit worried so being the good (sometimes lazy) PF blogger that I am, I decided to look for different options out there.
There are tons of options out there such as Airbnb and VRBO, etc. I wanted to focus on New york. Living in New York has always been a fantasy of mine (its #19 on my bucket list) and I wanted something a little different than flying to a fun city and staying in a fancy hotel. I am going with 2 friends and we wanted to local experience, and not so much the touristy as one for my friends has never visited.
There is a new type of hotel stay starting in London and New York, but spreading everywhere, and it’s called the unhotel. The idea of the unhotel is that you can stay in someone else’s home while they’re out of town. It’s an idea being championed by onefinestay, a company that was founded on the principal of living like a local. While this sounds similar to AirBnb, there is a key difference. These homes are upscale places located in the heart of both cities. I am looking at booking a place for my upcoming trip to New York for BlogHer12. I also sent the link to friends travelling to London for the Olympics.
Is It For You?
Onefinestay gives you the chance to stay in someone else’s place while they’re out of town. You get all the advantages of a hotel – like toiletries and comfort, as well as personalized service if you want it. But you avoid the downsides of a hotel stay as well, like being bothered by housekeeping and feeling like, no matter where you go, every hotel is basically the same.
A really fun thing is that every home you stay in is truly personalized. Each stay, there will be recommendations waiting for you from the people who live there – like where to eat, things to do, and places to be. That way, you feel more like a local and less like a tourist.
Still want to be pampered? Every guest receives an iPhone for calls and getting guest services. Using your phone, you can request a maid, a florist, or even a private chef to suite your desires!
What About Hosting Your Home?
But the concept isn’t just for those looking to travel. You can offer your home up for short stay accommodations as well. Onefinestay will handle all the details, such as insurance, marketing, and even cleaning your home. They will also look after your home when you’re not there to make sure it stays safe and sound.
The perk, you can get an income that is comparable to renting out your home full time, while letting it be rented on a schedule that suites your individual needs. That way you can balance your personal needs with a little extra income on the side!