Ten years ago, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia inflated three airbeds for guests in their San Francisco apartment...and like that Airbnb was born. A decade later, the upstart has grown into a $41-billion company with listings all over the world. Determined to keep disrupting and innovating, the global giant recently debuted a new category of top-tier accommodations that promises to appeal to even the poshest of travelers.
Every Airbnb Plus home is verified in person to ensure it meets the highest standards of quality and comfort, which includes passing a 100 point checklist covering everything from design (so there’s no chance of the place looking nothing like the pictures you saw online) to amenities and hospitality.
If you’re thinking that this sound fabulous, but wondering if you afford it, the answer is yes. Lux lodgings ring in around $200 per night, which is way less than you’d expect to shell out for a comparable hotel.
There are currently 2,000 Airbnb Plus properties in 13 cities across the globe—Austin, Barcelona, Cape Town, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney, and Toronto. What’s next for the home-sharing phenom? The company plans to expand its upscale service to 75,000 rentals in 50 markets by the end of 2018, with listings in Athens, Auckland, Bali, Beijing, Chengdu, Crete, Lisbon, Mexico City, Montreal, Phoenix, Prague, Riviera Maya, and Seattle launching mid-year.
Ready to swoon? Scroll on for some of our favorite design-forward digs available right now on Airbnb Plus.
History meets high style in this Toronto domicile. Set in a meticulously restored Victorian home, it boasts two-bedrooms, mid-century modern decor, and a desirable address near Trinity Bellwoods Park.
The sensibility of this Echo Park pad is best described as boho minimalism. Highlights include a contemporary kitchen and curated accessories, plus a rooftop patio that’s perfect for soaking up the SoCal sun or simply relaxing with a good book.
Talk about an inspiring space! Creative couples will love the colorful aesthetics and eye-catching art collection in this Melbourne apartment. Bonus: Its situated within walking distance of hip galleries, shops and restaurants.
Occupying the top floor of the historic Wellington Fruit Growers Building, this penthouse loft is a serene and stylish oasis in central Cape Town. There’s also a full balcony for taking in the breathtaking views.
Want to live like a local in London? This posh flat impresses with its tasteful interior, refined furnishings, well-equipped kitchen, and enviable location in the heart of Chelsea, right off Kings Road.