Not so very long ago, if your boss sent you away for a conference or another business related shindig, he or she’d look to put-you-up in a chain hotel or some other budget establishment with the hope of saving a little money for the “company”.
Well, now, if you’re willing to look a little, there’s every chance you could get something much more entertaining out of your trip.
Airbnb is a company that launched out of the USA in 2008 and since then, the enterprise has gone from strength to strength, with an estimated 60,000,000 guests having stayed in Airbnb registered accommodation. You’ve likely read about Airbnb in the press, the idea is simple; if you have a room, apartment, house or even a mansion going spare, why not rent it out? Also, there are over 1,400 Castles available to stay in…you read that right, CASTLES!
Of course, this service isn’t limited to business travellers, but this article is, so that’s what we’ll focus on. To that end, here are just a few of the possible residences you and your colleagues could find yourselves staying in, when not attending that conference on statistics of funnels, negative equity, gap analysis and other things that don’t look or sound any more interesting, even when projected on a large screen in a hotel function room with diagrams and infographics.
We’ll start locally – London –United Kingdom
Yes, £139 per night might seem a lot, but as the average price of a London hotel room comes in at £127 per person, per night, we think you might even be willing to add a little to stay here. No, there’s no TV, nope, not Internet either, but there is…oh we don’t know, look! It’s a Church! You’re staying in a converted church! Isn’t that better than YouTube for one night?
This apartment is located in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh
and boasts space for up-to 4 persons. For £70 per night, you would be 5 minutes’ walk from the train station, just off the main street – Royal Mile and smack bang in the centre of all the fun places to visit – including dungeons and bars.
If you’re actually leaving the country, you might end-up in Paris
This studio apartment is situated near the Opera district and is available for £78 per night. Space for 2, sofa bed and no smoking – but we imagine croissants et du café are allowed.
How about Madrid
This private double bedroom is near the city centre with Tapas on hand and a garden terrace for that late night Sangria. At £52 per night, you’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel situated so well for a lower price.
And finally, this Leipzig - Germany
An open-plan loft apartment that is right on the doorstep of the Red Bull Arena and hosts up-to 4 people for £34 per night. Sadly there’s no internet – which for you business-types, might be a deal-breaker, but if it isn’t it could be a fun place to stay.
If you do manage to venture away from the function for more than a brief restroom break, Airbnb even provides review based guides on their site. Just type in what you want to do and see and they’ll help you along.
So, wherever you are visiting, its worth-your-while just having a brief look on the Airbnb site – who knows, you might end-up staying in a Castle?
Remember, if you find yourself abroad, do pop by one of our branches before you fly and challenge us to get you a great rate on your foreign currency