Move over, Airbnb

All hail the new trend for a more dis­cern­ing ur­ban home stay

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This sum­mer marks 10 years since the launch of Airbnb, a decade that has seen the list­ings site grow to a global be­he­moth, with some 4.5 mil­lion rooms on its books. The com­pany has seen its fair share of con­tro­versy along the way, with cities such as Ber­lin and New York threat­en­ing to ban it. It’s high time, then, for a dif­fer­ent way to choose a home stay. One­fines­tay was an early adopter of a more cu­rated ap­proach, visit­ing and vet­ting prospec­tive homes, and choos­ing only one in ev­ery 10 (one­fines­tay.com). An even more strin­gent process of qual­ity con­trol goes into the Plum Guide: it win­nows out 99 out of ev­ery 100 avail­able prop­er­ties, with in­spec­tors check­ing for cri­te­ria as di­verse as char­ac­ter­ful de­sign, re­li­able shower pres­sure and de­cent lo­cal bars and eater­ies (plumguide.com). The re­sult is a site that’s as tempt­ing for vi­car­i­ous brows­ing of in­te­ri­ors ideas as it is for plan­ning a city break – and where you won’t get RSI click­ing on the ‘see more list­ings’ but­ton. The Plum Guide has just over a thou­sand homes in Lon­don, and is now tak­ing on list­ings in a sec­ond city: Paris. With a plan to add more Euro­pean cities later this year, it looks like a trend that’s set to stay.

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