If you owned a swanky apartment or house, would you really want to rent it out to strangers? Well, startup onefinestay seems to have found an audience for its upscale twist of the Airbnb model, which it describes as running an “unhotel.”
The company says there are now more than 1,000 members in London and New York listing their homes exclusively through its service. The service launched in London, but onefinestay says it’s growing quickly in New York, where there are now 150 members. The total has apparently quadrupled in the past 12 months — and back in July, when it raised a $12 million Series B, the company said it had crossed 500 homes.
The goal of the service is to combine a distinctive local experience with the convenience of a hotel. Owners provide the property, while onefinestay provides linen service and toiletries, as well as an iPhone…
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