In 2008 two guys in the Bay Area, inflated a few airbeds in their San Francisco apartment and launched a little business called Airbnb.
Today, ten years later, the brand is one of the world’s largest accommodation platforms with 4.5 million places to stay in 81,000 cities.
During the past decade, Airbnb hosts have earned more than $41 billion (more than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott ) and guests have checked into an Airbnb more than 300 million times.
The brand is now beloved by the millions of members in its “host” community and the travelers they shelter every night; accommodation is also cheaper with the home system than its hotel counterpart (in certain countries).
Now the creators, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbi, have upgraded the system, allowing for some pretty luxury living and making it easier to plan that getaway you’ve been hoping to go on for ages.
A home in Shanghai, listed on © Airbnb Plus.
“Airbnb Plus homes have been inspected and verified in person against a 100+ point checklist covering cleanliness, comfort and design..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", the company said.
A home in Melbourne, listed on © Airbnb Plus.
Airbnb Plus hosts are highly rated (4.8+), receive great reviews, and go over and beyond to create the perfect stay.
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.
A home in Austin, listed on © Airbnb Plus.
Plus service has already launched in Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, London, Milan, Rome, Cape Town, Melbourne, Sydney, and Shanghai. So far L.A. has the most Plus options with 152 homes.
Airbnb enthusiasts, stay tuned!