“Five-star hotel stretched out across London”

New website gives guests luxury stays in people’s homes

A new website is letting guests stay in people’s luxury homes while they’re away. Guests get the chance to stay in prime real estate, while the owners hardly know the difference when they return. The people behind the site, onefinestay.com, clean the house/apartment meticulously before the guest arrives, lock away expensive items in cupboards behind tamper-proof tape, place high-class toiletries in the bathroom and five-star linen on the beds, greet the guests when they arrive, and give them an iPhone in case of emergencies. When the guests leave, One Fine Stay gets everything back out of the cupboards and puts the owners’ sheets back on the beds.
The idea is best suited to homeowners away for at least four to six weeks a year. Most of the properties currently available are in and around London, including one apartment with a view of the River Thames and Big Ben. “The best way to imagine it is a five-star hotel stretched out across London,” says the website’s founder. He expects a lot of incoming travellers in 2012 during the Olympics.
The Independent
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