How to Find a High-Style Vacation Rental
There’s nothing like a stay at a luxury hotel, but sometimes it’s nice to do as the locals do. The best way to fit right into a new city: a locally hosted vacation home rental. We asked creative director, Designlovefest blogger, and world traveler Bri Emery to share her formula for finding a high-design homebase for your next trip.
Early bird gets the rental.
“The key is to look far enough in advance—I’ve actually planned trips around the availability of a place I really want to stay. Sounds a little crazy, but it’s true!” says Emery. “The location and home you stay in can affect your whole trip.” Her go-to websites:Airbnb, Onefinestay, and Behomm.
First comes first: location. On Emery’s recent visits to Paris, New York, Stockholm, and Berlin, she discovered many charming and stylish homes. Then narrow it down to your top neighborhoods—searching online for “hip neighborhoods” in your destination city will often unearth areas with the best bars, restaurants, and shops. “Once you have a neighborhood to focus on, you just have to put in the time and look through the site the old-fashioned way,” says Emery. “Lucky for me, I love the process of sifting through and making wish lists.” When you come across a great host with a beautiful house, take a look at that person’s wish lists and bookmarked homes if you can. “I’ve actually been influenced to go to new places because of them,” she says.
Take a close look at the listing.
Reviews are important and typically indicate that the property is top-notch, says Emery. The more reviews, the better. The same goes for photos, which should be high-quality. “If a person’s home has great style, it’s highly likely that he or she has the desire to put up well-lit professional photos.”
Determine your must-haves.
“A big part of my job is documenting my travels, so it’s always a huge plus if the apartment or home has a unique style and cool decor,” says Emery. Plenty of windows help, too. “I’m highly inspired by light and it affects my mood.” One thing you might not think about: Many city apartments are walk-ups. If you’re not up for climbing the stairs with your luggage, make sure the rental has an elevator. And of course, for Emery (and most of us), Wi-Fi is at the top of the list.
Source : ArchitecturalDigest.com