Across travel paradigms…there seems to be fresh appeal in the privacy, independence and characterful experience inherent in sleeping in another person’s (very well-appointed) home. Operating at the forefront of this shift is a pioneering, rapidly expanding company called onefinestay...The company’s USP is providing the authenticity, character, independence and discretion inherent in a private-home stay, enhanced by hands-on management and service not previously present in the category.
FT How to Spend ItNew House Rules October 2013
We have to admit, even we Angelenos are tempted to take a staycation (or two...) in one of these rad unhotels this season. C'mon, could you blame us?
Refinery 29Is This The New Airbnb? September 2013
The London service, onefinestay, is focusing on popular neighborhoods and niceties such as fresh linens and snacks from trendy restaurants. Along with a nicely appointed pad...travelers also get use of a iPhone loaded with insider info on things to do and places to eat. Service-oriented onefinestay aims to arm home-stay visitors with local knowledge gleaned from the homeowners — and not just where to eat and shop or the route to the nearest cup of good coffee.
Los Angeles TimesAnother way to rent your house to vacationers launches in LA September 2013
The company has now hit 1,000 homes on its books in London…Those 1,000 homes represent over 2,500 bedrooms, which is more than twice the size of the largest luxury hotel in London.
TechCrunchonefinestay hits 1,000 luxury homes in London August 2013
I've got my own set of front-door keys…I'm also thousands of kilometres from my own apartment. But that's the beauty of a onefinestay holiday. You might be in a foreign city, but you immediately feel at home.
Sydney Morning HeraldFlat Out Glamour July 2013
onefinestay.com, which started with high-end London homes two years ago, giving them the boutique hotel makeover with toiletries and towels, is experiencing a similar boom. It has added a New York portfolio and plans to feature two new cities this year, and more in 2014.
‘Boutique homes’ take over from boutique hotels May 2013
So this visit to New York was completely different to any other. We abandoned Manhattan and plugged into our neighbourhood, buying 25-cent glasses of lemonade from kids on the sidewalk, going to the playground…but more often than not, sitting at the kitchen table, or in the garden, feasting on cold cuts, smoked mozzarella and crispy salad from the deli around the corner…When we had our New York friends around for supper…it really did feel like I’d finally made that move.
Condé Nast Traveller
Native New York May 2013
This tasteful selection of homes and apartments in New York and London is one to trust. For anyone in the market for an authentic experience… without compromising on hotel-like amenities, this makes for an excellent option.
Boutique Homes April 2013
I'm in the city on holiday but, instead of checking into a hotel, I've essentially 'borrowed' a stylish pad for a few days through onefinestay…Although you're staying in someone else's home, there are all the benefits of a hotel, too — beds are made with top-quality linen and bathrooms come stocked with lovely toiletries and fluffy towels...there's also an iPhone, charged and full of suggestions of the owner's favourite local places to eat, drink and explore.
Living like a local in Brooklyn February 2013
The concept of the luxury unhotel has come of age and it’s no small thanks to onefinestay. The alternative to staying in impersonal hotel rooms is to book yourself in a lived-in, characterful house…whose owners probably travel a lot but have impeccable taste.
I’ve been to the city many times, always in hotels, and never beyond Manhattan. But true to onefinestay’s ‘live like a local’ mantra, I’ve been tempted over Brooklyn Bridge to take up residence in an apartment owned by a couple of actors.
Ditch the hotel bill December 2012
Lots of you are extremely excited about onefinestay, the so-called ‘unhotel’ – essentially posh folks’ houses and apartments in New York and London rented out by the night like A-list hotel rooms.
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Readers' Awards December 2012
People are doing it all over London, even your smartest friends – especially your smartest friends – and now it’s spread to the Big Apple too. onefinestay is our homegrown version of American house-rental service Airbnb...And really, what could be more fun than taking over your own Greenwich Village brownstone or Tribeca loft and pretending that it’s real life?
I’ll take Manhattan December 2012
onefinestay.com...is expanding on the back of its overwhelming success in London. Don’t believe the trend? Look at the numbers...onefinestay began in 2010 with six apartments available...Right now the company has over 600 in London alone...Less than five months ago the company branched out to New York City and has since secured the use of almost 100 apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Disrupting the hotel biz: Enter the un-hotel October 2012
It’s like living in a catalog. I’ve been fantasizing about all the homes I could stay in through...onefinestay. These are likely some of the coolest digs you’ll ever visit, and they offer a unique travel experience that most hotels can’t replicate.
onefinestay: The Rich Man’s Airbnb August 2012
Whether we’ve cast ourselves as Holly Golightly, Carrie Bradshaw or even Johnny Boy from Mean Streets, most of us have imagined living in New York at some point. The fantasy is easier to indulge without a keycard, however, which is where onefinestay delivers.
Conde Nast Traveller magazine
Private Lives August 2012
The experiential traveler does not arrive at Kennedy Airport and immediately go shopping on upper Madison Avenue. She takes a drawing class; she rides the Lexington Avenue line at rush hour...The interest in this kind of travel is, in part, what led to the opening here a few weeks ago of...onefinestay. Having originated in London in 2010, it is a kind of virtual hotel service that situates guests in well-appointed houses and apartments when their regular occupants are elsewhere.
The New York Times
New frontier for tourists: Your home July 2012
If you're looking for a practical alternative, more affordable and more spacious, check out the apartments at onefinestay. Just a quick browse through the listings will make you wonder why you've even ever considered a hotel.
Travel + Leisure
London: Affordable apartment stays March 2012
Creating a situation where guests feel they're enjoying a home-away-from-home is the holy grail of the hotel world... None of them can compete with the 'unhotel', however – the hottest trend to hit the accommodation scene.
The Rise of the Unhotel March 2012
If you've ever strolled the streets of London and dreamed about living in a posh house in Notting Hill... or a pied-a-terre in the swanky Mayfair area of the city – now is your chance.
Staying in Lap of Luxury for Less January 2012
Going up - onefinestay.com. The high-end house-swap site that lets you hire out your home by the night. We say, a nice little earner.
The Sunday Times Style magazine
Peden says the decision to use onefinestay helped stretch the family's budget..."It was extremely affordable. With a hotel we would have needed two interconnecting rooms so it was already 50 per cent cheaper. Add to that the provision of the phone and additional services."
The Weekend Australian Magazine
Home Sweet Home October 2011
I'm the first person ever to test onefinestay from both sides. Our London flat is one of the 150 properties on their books, and after each let, it's returned to us immaculate, with no trace of the previous occupants.
What might turn out to be the city's most important hotel innovation has been going on behind the scenes... Staying here has been far more relaxing and interesting than staying in a hotel... It is the location that sets the experience apart...the communities in which Londoners actually live and socialise, rather than the tourist ghettos of the West End...how much more compelling is the chance to step into the shoes of a local?
Make yourself at home September 2011
Better than house-sitting, in that you have no responsibilities, more interesting than a self-catered property or serviced apartment because the owner's possessions, their style, their touch and their personality remain, onefinestay's service essentially lets you borrow a posh house and pretend it's yours for a while.
One fine stay in London June 2011
Fancy going on holiday and earning some money while you're away? Then jump on-board the new homes trend, where canny folk are short-term-renting-out their property for serious cash.
Don't vacation - pay-cation June 2011
Guests get to enjoy an environment distinctly different from that of a hotel.... But you also benefit from hotel-style service in terms of linens, toiletries; you get a tour of the property on arrival; and you have someone on call 24/7 to deal with your problems. Room service is an optional extra. One nice touch is the inclusion of an adapted iPhone preloaded with information about the home and the surrounding area.
Homes away from home January 2011
A new style of letting agent which specialises in short-term private accommodation in London (complete with concierge service).
Me & my hotel March 2011
The new London Web site onefinestay provides an alternative, a first-of-its-kind service that rents out 50 luxurious private apartments in central London that are owned and lived in by real people — off on fabulous vacations of their own. They come with hotel services like maids and high-end amenities as well as personal touches like an iPod loaded with recommendations from the owners on where nearby to dine, shop, chill and order in from.
The New York Times
Now Booking | One Fine Stay January 2011