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One Fine Stay: The 'Un-hotel'
If the idea of staying in a hotel room leaves you feeling a little uninspired then why not try something a little different on your next trip to New York and stay in someone’s home instead? Don’t worry- they won’t be there! London-based company onefinestay enables travelers to feel like a local by staying in a distinctive home while the owner is away. The company started in London in 2010 and expanded to New York in early 2012. Across the two cities there are over 700 homes to choose from, and the number is expanding every day.
With all the services that you would expect to find in a high end hotel, but the charm and personality of a home, the "unhotel" is great for traveling families as you have the luxury of space which comes at a premium in New York hotels. Prices vary from home to home, but at the lower end can work out cheaper than renting multiple rooms in a hotel, and infinitely more exciting!
Each home comes with an iPhone loaded with local information and recommendations from the home owner, meaning you can skip all the usual tourist traps and find all the great secret places that only the locals know about, so you really feel like a true New Yorker.
Here are a few homes from the New York collection:
Bond Street 2 from $85/pp
This quirky home started out life as an electric factory. It has now been transformed into the epitome of warehouse chic with exposed brick walls and designer touches throughout. The owners of this home are an attorney and a consultant, and their passion for art and travel are evident in the stylish décor.
Judge Street from $79/pp
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan then this wild Williamsburg home is designed for unwinding. This home sleeps 4 so is perfect for traveling families who want that extra bit of space, and the wall decoration is certainly more exciting than a hotel room!
East 11th Street 2 from $49pp
This classic home in the East Village doesn’t shy away from a bit of colour. It’s classic, quirky and full of charming touches including a 19th century piano. It even has a back garden with a hammock which is a rarity in the heart of Manhattan.
West 25th Street $99/person
It is only fitting that this home is owned by an artist as it is located in Chelsea, New York’s most art-centric neighborhood. This home merges the antique and the modern seamlessly, with the host’s artwork taking center stage on the walls.
This article was written by Fiona Brown of onefinestay.