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Upmarket Airbnb OneFineStay Reaches 1,000 Homes For Rent

by Shilpi Paul

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A New York home available for rent on OneFineStay.

A London-based, upscale competitor to Airbnb recently broke the 1,000 homes for rent mark, reported TechCrunch. Should Airbnb and hotels be worried?

OneFineStay is an Airbnb-like company, but they differ in a few key ways: 1) OneFineStay makes an in-person visit to every home before they allow it to be rented on the site, 2) every renter gets towels and toiletries, and 3) the home is cleaned professionally before and after every visit. Renters can call the company with complaints or request a maid service at any time during their stay. Owners also leave detailed recommendations to the renters regarding cool things to do and see in the area. Of course, prices are higher as a result; a quick look at the units available in downtown New York City reveals price points from $249 per night up to $3,599 per night.

Basically, whereas renting an Airbnb abode can be a gamble, OneFineStay is aiming to be a predictably comfortable experience akin to staying at a hotel, though with the benefit of getting to “Live Like a Local,” as their tagline states.

Right now, the site has been building up their base of homes in London and have started expanding in New York, where they have 300 homes for rent. According to TechCrunch, founder Greg Marsh hopes to expand the range of services offered to renters eventually, perhaps to include things like access to gym nearby. They will be expanding to Paris and LA this fall.

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3 Comments

  1. CC said at 2:24 pm on Tuesday August 13, 2013:

    I really don’t think AirBnB, who globally puts more people in beds on a nightly basis that Hilton hotels, will care less about OneFineStay.

  1. smn-dc said at 4:06 pm on Tuesday August 27, 2013:

    AirB&B have guests who’ve stayed review and rate the place—so based on reviews you can get a sense of what you’ll get for your $$. If someone’s going to pay as much to stay in someone’s house as a hotel, why stay w/strangers you don’t know—it’s about bargain and better deal and that’s AirB&B’s edge.

  1. Robert said at 11:55 am on Wednesday April 16, 2014:

    I think that sharing economy is the way to a brighter future because it solves the main problems of nowadays capitalism as well as it breaks the barriers of individualism. Sharing is a natural behaviour of the human being and it adds special satisfaction to life. I love to see how shared economy can open doors for people, because now we are remembering that together we can do more than by ourselves. With the high prices of rentals and rooms, sharing homes is a great way to reach things and places you couldn’t have on your own. I have done it more than once through http://www.magicrentals.com and now I just don’t want to go back to traditional hotel booking. I have found my new way.

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