We tried out onefinestay — the Airbnb for the rich
Hospitality service onefinestay prides itself on high-end, luxury apartments in London, New York, Paris, and LA. The London startup provides temporary travel accommodation using vacant properties.
It lists hundreds of the "finest homes" on its website, and only the best — one in 10, to be precise — make the cut, it says.
The company wants each place to be "individual" and curates each location to suit peoples' needs. I decided to play traveller over the weekend and went to stay at an apartment in west London.
onefinestay describes itself as an "unhotel" — users stay at someone else's place while they're away. The website has thousands of "hand-picked" properties. Mine was in Orsett Terrace in west London.
A concierge meets you there and snacks are laid out. Towels are folded nicely, toilet roll is given the corner treatment, and little mini pots of shampoo are available.
I was also given an iPhone loaded with the onefinestay app, which has lots of information and ideas about what to do myself while staying.
But the sofa looked too inviting to venture out, so I had a sit down. No need for the 24/7 hotline.