Accommodations | Apartments

Vacationing Like a Local

By on October 16, 2012

onefinestay, vacationing, accomodation, london

Everybody does need a little time away from it all. Whatever your preoccupations are in this busy journey called life, you just have to take a breather once in a while. If you happen to be a businessman looking to do a Hugh Grant a la Notting Hill, then traveling to a different city like London may be a quick respite for you.

Just when you thought traveling in style and comfort couldn’t get any better, along comes Onefinestay. It puts the idea of city travel in a whole new light.

Onefinestay is a service which pools together members who agree to have their apartment or house rented out to transient visitors while they’re out of town. They earn income from their house which would otherwise remain idle while they’re away. As a member, you wouldn’t have to worry about marketing or insurance. Onefinestay has got you covered down to the provision of linens and cleaning of your house.

It was launched in London in May 2010 and then expanded to New York in May 2012. Their website has a listing of over 500 homes, with prices ranging from £150 a night for a cozy one bedroom apartment to £1,000 a night for a grand townhouse.

london, onefinestayWhat’s nice about their service is that they offer all the perks and convenience of staying in a plush hotel while giving you the chance to live like a local in whatever city you’re staying. For instance, guests are treated to luxury amenities such as five-star hotel linens and toiletries from The White Company in London and Kiehl’s products in New York.

As if that weren’t enough, onefinestay lends you an iPhone for the entire length of your stay. You can make free local calls from this phone, and it’s loaded with local tips from the homeowner. You’ll feel like a celebrity sans the paparazzi, because you’ll manage to pull off acting like a local.

Onefinestay’s vision is clear. They hope to give city travellers a whole new world of experience. Today, London and New York… tomorrow, the world!



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Apartments | Italy | Lignano

Residenza Europa

By on May 9, 2009



Our one-week was well-spent in this Villa. We rented 2 apartments both with 2 rooms each. One for us and for my brother-in-law’s family….parents-in-law shared each a room with our kids. (Mom-in-law’s favorite grandkid is my older son 😉 so she stayed with him often then.) We stayed here after much discussion with the manager having a disrepancy with the booking details.
IMG_9140the villa pool from the rooms…Lignano tends to be really hot in the summers so we would sleep with the doors open (there were no windows). Having said that I would recommend for those who wants to visit to bring mosquito repellant or anything to keep them mosquitoes away.

The apartment is simply made; the living room with a sofa bed, a kitchenette and a dining table are all in the same area when you enter the front door. The kitchenette could never me more complete, as  a stove, a ref and utensils are provided. The bathroom, albeit small is ok but we got lots of wet floors the whole week…good thing mom-in-law brought in floor towels…we would then hang them by the balcony to dry.

The rooms provided also has a big closet for all our one-week stuff…


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