How would you like to stay at a multi-million dollar penthouse apartment next time you visit NYC? London-based onefinestay is making that dream a reality for many New York tourists by expanding its unique “unhotel” travel experience to The Big Apple. Instead of shacking up at whatever generic hotel room you can find on Expedia, the innovative hospitality brand is offering up the high-end homes of real New Yorkers as accommodations. For those of us that love AirBnB.com but are sometimes turned off by the dodgy digs that sure looked nice in those pictures, onefinestay promises a homestay and collaborative consumption experience that goes above and beyond crashing in someone’s back room.
onefinestay accommodations are now available in neighborhoods including the Upper East Side, Soho and Brooklyn Heights. The services go beyond AirBnB by providing the creature comforts of a hotel with the local knowledge that a hotel concierge just cannot provide visitors. Guests have access to high-thread count linens and toiletries along with an iPhone that offers tips and restaurant recommendations from the homes’ owners. While guests enjoy the privacy and anonymity of staying in a residential neighborhood, homeowners score income instead of having their properties stay vacant.
The company has grown exponentially since its launch two years ago. Starting with six homes in 2010, onefinestay now has over 500 homes listed in London and is rapidly adding more properties in New York. Homeowners benefit from a complete service that includes marketing, photography and insurance in addition to the delivery and cleaning of linens. For travelers looking for a more unique and genuine experience, onefinestay opens doors to New York’s eclectic neighborhoods and architecture.