As sites such as Airbnb and VRBO continue to gain steam, another start-up is looking to carve out their niche in the vacation rental market. Onefinestay, a London service, is launching in Los Angeles and aims, according to the L.A. Times, to give visitors the feel of living like a (well to-do) local.
Rather than random listings of available rental homes in a particular city or area, Onefinestay offers a “curated” collection of distinctive dwellings in popular neighborhoods. Each rental is visited by a member of the company’s staff to ensure that every listing meets Onefinestay’s standards.
Additionally, the staff member also interviews the owner of the home which is often their primary residence. Starting at $250 per night, the homes often include niceties such as snacks from a nearby restaurants and are equipped with an iPhone loaded with insider information on where to go and what to do.
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Aside from helping home-stay visitors get settled in, Onefinestay also takes care of the legwork for homeowner members. The company handles all photography for the website, markets the property online, and also screens guests. Onefinestay also handles all cleaning duties and makes sure all hotel-like amenities are stocked. If that wasn’t enough, the company also sends a host to meet guests on arrival to check passports and take other necessary security precautions to provide assurance to the homeowner that everything will be managed and controlled.
Up to this point, the 1,000 properties available on Onefinestay in both London and New York have been most popular with Australians but have attracted guests from all over the world. With beautiful weather, people, and properties, L.A. is a major draw and looks to be the perfect home for Onefinestay.