Are you familiar with the work of OneFineStay? No? Well, let us enlighten you.
The concept offers visitors to New York and London the opportunity to stay in awesome private homes and apartments — we're talking the best of the best here — while their owners are elsewhere. Without the responsibilities of house-sitting, this is basically borrowing a fancy house and make-believing it's yours for a while. The idea is that you get to live it up in five-star comfort, but without the impersonal nature of a hotel. Haute sofa surfing if you will. And the owners get to earn a little hassle-free cash while you're at it, so it's win-win.
What's kind of amazing is that the price per night is often equivalent to a mid-range hotel in the centre of town, but the space, the design, and the facilities at your disposal are just on another level. Plus, the beds are decked out in five-star sheets, the bathrooms are strewn with Kiehl's or White Company products, and on arrival you are provided with a fully equipped iPhone to help you unearth locals gems from hairdressers to the best foodie joints.
So, non-Londoners: If you're looking for a place to crash during LFW, this is it — as a bonus, they're offering free transfers between the airport and OFS properties through March 15. We've been eyeing up the fabulously OTT St. Pancras Chambers pictured — that is, unless the Dolce & Gabbana boys have got there first....
OneFineStay currently works with over 850 homes in London, where the company was founded in 2009, and it's just (literally this month) expanded to New York where there are currently 150 homes on the books — and counting.