Saturday, June 23, 2018

Meet the new player in quality accommodation

Airbnb, the enfant terrible of the accommodation world, celebrated its 10th birthday last month with the news that it is being superseded.

CEO Brian Chesky has announced the accom phenomenon’s latest addition – Airbnb Plus.

Developed for those who would actually prefer to stay in a hotel, Airbnb Plus guarantees a high-quality stay for guests.

All homes are personally inspected by company representatives to ensure comfort, consistency and a level of design style.

Chesky has high hopes for the ‘hotel but not a hotel’ concept.

“We have 4.5 million places to stay on Airbnb and I do believe the perfect place to stay is available for every guest, it’s just been really hard to find,” he says.

Airbnb Plus will only list homes, apartments, and rooms that pass a thorough a 100-point inspection.

That means everything from fluffy towels to well-plumped pillows, speedy Wi-Fi to hotel-style toiletries.

Streaming TVs and fully equipped kitchens are a must – as are filtered or bottled water, irons and hairdryers.

The verified homes will also show up first in search as company-approved places to stay.

Chesky is also is set to announce the birth of ‘Beyond by Airbnb’, a luxury home option made possible by the company’s purchase of high-end rental start-up Luxury Retreats last year.

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2 comments

  1. Inspects properties? I’ve run with AirBnB for a year and never seen anyone from the company that has reported they were here to assess my property? Doubt this very much? Some of the places I know of probably wouldn’t pass!

  2. I think you missed the point Shirley. This is a new arm of AirBnB. Separate results. It would be a good thing if they verifed ALL properites:)

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