Airbnb has changed the way that we holiday dramatically over the last decade.
No longer is the idea of renting out another person’s home a strange concept; in fact, it’s something that has enabled us to explore the world in a way that is comfortable, convenient, but also, much more affordable than your average hotel.
However, whilst the reasonable price point of Airbnb is one of is most attractive aspects for most visitors, what do you do if you find yourself wanting something a little more unique than your standard rental?
To celebrate the company reaching double digits, Airbnb have announced the launch of a new roadmap, which will see them add 4 new property types – Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutique – and two new tiers, Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb.
All of the new options are designed to broaden the kind of experience that the brand can offer, helping more and more people to ‘experience the benefits of magical travel’ – and Airbnb Plus in particular offers a more premium service.
‘Starting with 2000 homes in 13 cities available to book right now, Airbnb Plus is intended for guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and added peace of mind,’ the brand explains. ‘Airbnb Plus homes have been inspected and verified in person against a 100+ point checklist covering cleanliness, comfort and design. Airbnb Plus hosts benefit from top placement, in-home services such as design consultation and expert photography, and premium support.’
The checklist asks questions including ‘is there a cohesive interior style?’, ‘is the property clean with no clutter, and well-maintained?’ and ‘is the home thoughtfully designed and does it feature the host’s personality?’ to ensure that any Airbnb Plus property that you visit is designed and executed to the very highest standards.
In addition to this, to apply to be an Airbnb Plus host you have to have an average rating of 4.8+ stars, accept 95% of reservations have had no last-minute cancellations for an entire year, so that the standard of hosting remains as impressive as the stunning locations.
Beyond by Airbnb, meanwhile, will arrive later this spring, and offers ‘custom designed trips of a lifetime, including the world’s finest homes, custom experiences and world-class hospitality.’
We’ll start packing our suitcases now, shall we?
For more information about Airbnb Plus, visit https://www.airbnb.co.uk/plus