Last week Airbnb launched a new hotel-like tier of service on its platform that the company is calling Airbnb Plus. “Every Airbnb Plus home is one-of-a-kind, thoughtfully designed, and equipped with a standard set of amenities — whether you’re in a private room or have the entire place to yourself,” reads the company’s website for Airbnb Plus. “All Airbnb Plus homes are visited in person to ensure comfort, consistency, and design. They are checked for 100+ things that guests told us they love, from must-have amenities to the art on the walls.”
One of my recent airbnb styling project for condominium in Downtown Toronto got selected for this service. I am extremely excited to see my beautiful work among only 84 Toronto properties that made to Airbnb Plus listing. I must admit styling this gorgeous condo was fun and such a pleasure because the inspiration is all in front of you. Just look at those panoramic views of Toronto Financial District, and Lake Ontario. Toronto Downtown skyline is absolutelly stunnig. Glittering skyscrapers, bright blue sky, CN Tower. Industrial-style floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with lots of light making it a magnificent retreat for you to stay in and enjoy the city of Toronto. Want to book that condo? Click HERE to Airbnb website.
Why Airbnb Plus is benefitial for the guests?
Now you have the guaranteed comfort for your stay. No more surprises. "Every home is visited in person for a 100+ point quality inspection to ensure your comfort. Every detail is considered, from high-quality linens and comfortable beds to privacy shades and excellent bath products", reads the company’s website for Airbnb Plus. "Airbnb Plus hosts go above and beyond to ensure you’ll have a comfortable stay. You can expect a consistent set of amenities you need to live like you do at home–from fast WiFi and televisions ready for streaming to full kitchens with all the cooking essentials. Airbnb Plus hosts take the extra effort to ensure the home is extra clean, clutter-free, and fully functioning–from manicured outdoor spaces to tidy washrooms with strong water pressure."
Why Airbnb Plus is benefitial for the hosts?
More comforts means higher prices: the average nightly rate of an Airbnb Plus home is $200, compared with the $100 average rate per night for a standard listing. Those kind of amenities are for A+ renters, who are willing to pay more for better service, guaranteed comfort, and exceptional experience.
The New York Times mention in their announcement: Airbnb’s lack of quality control has at times been problematic for the company, according to Dr. Rummy Pandit, the executive director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University in New Jersey. “It is such a large and dispersed network that there have been challenges in managing a level of standardization,” he said. For this reason, Dr. Pandit said, the new Plus brand is a smart business move. “There is an untapped segment of travelers who haven’t used Airbnb because they don’t like surprises, but now, they may be open to booking a stay through the site,” he said.
How to get your listing into Airbnb Plus program?
Aspiring hosts must apply to have their homes accepted into Airbnb Plus, and once they do, the company will send a local photographer — many of whom are Airbnb hosts themselves — to inspect their properties and determine if they meet the required standards. Airbnb Plus was launched with more than 2,000 homes in 13 cities including Los Angeles, Toronto, Milan and Shanghai. By the end of this year, they plan to include over 75,000 homes in more than 50 destinations. It's about time to get on stream and join the Airbnb Plus. Read more at Airbnb website HERE.
Here are some requirements that are considered by Airbnb Plus for the property to qualify for the program:
- Thoughtfully arranged furniture;
- Plenty of towels and fluffy pillows;
- Hangers for clothing: These should be matching, non-wire hangers;
- Filtered or bottled water;
- Cooking essentials including oil, utensils, and servingware;
- Basic essentials: Towels, linens, toilet paper, shampoo, body soap, and hand soap;
- Coffee maker: coffee, tea, and sugar;
- Iron and hairdryer;
- All appliances are in working order;
- Functional locks on all bedroom doors in shared spaces;
- All spaces are neat and tidy;
- House manual: Whatever the nuances of your place are, guests will appreciate a guide to help them enjoy it.
- And my favorite part: Airbnb Plus homes are thoughtfully designed with impeccable style. The homes are as welcoming as they are beautiful.
And guess what? This what I can help you with! Styling and preparing your rental property for Airbnb can be overwhelming. Especially if you have no interior decorating experience. My advice - leave it to the professional. Concentrate on those things that are extremely important and only you are in control of - deliver an exceptional host experience to your guest, go over and beyond to create their perfect stay, but I will help you design that stylish beautiful airbnb retreat every guest will be willing to stay at while paying a bigger dollar as well!
Please CONTACT me to discuss the styling of your Airbnb now! Can't wait to help you!