Here's what it's like to use onefinestay -- the Airbnb for the rich

Orsett TerraceOnefinestayOrsett Terrace, Bayswater, London.

When tech-savvy rich people travel to another city, they don’t book hotel rooms. They don’t bother with Airbnb, either. Instead, many turn to high-end hospitality site onefinestay, which works like a posher version of Airbnb.

Onefinestay raised £25 million in funding back in July from investors including Intel Capital and Hyatt Hotels.

It’s not just the properties that are different on onefinestay, though. There’s also a whole new level of service that you won’t find on Airbnb. Customers are given iPhones that come preloaded with a concierge service, and onefinestay also offers its own (literally) in-house magazine.

Business Insider reporter Josh Barrie went to check out what a onefinestay property looks like:

Onefinestay describes itself as an 'unhotel' -- users stay at someone else's place while they're away. The website has thousands of 'hand-picked' properties. Mine was in Orsett Terrace in west London.

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A concierge meets you there and snacks are laid out. Towels are folded nicely, toilet roll is given the corner treatment, and little mini pots of shampoo are available.

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I was also given an iPhone loaded with the onefinestay app, which has lots of information and ideas about what to do myself while staying.

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But the sofa looked too inviting to venture out, so I had a sit down. No need for the 24/7 hotline.

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Just in case, I also spent some time testing the other sofa.

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Soon I decided to properly explore. Through a long, whitewashed hallway I found the master bedroom, to the left.

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The property had two bedrooms and worked out at £369 per night, per room, my concierge told me.

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My room also had a dressing area hidden behind a wall.

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This resident appreciates art, it seems.

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And Sussex shipwrecks, apparently.

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Here's the other bedroom, which went unused, but certainly looked nice -- onefinestay explains that it picks the 'finest homes,' offers 'pristine sheets,' and holds 'exacting standards.'

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The houses and apartments are still someone else's, though. And there were a few things I couldn't touch -- marked by red tape.

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The rules are clearly stated in the guestbook and handover notes.

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This was the only upsetting tape. There was a drawer in the fridge with some Countrylife butter, and marmalade. No crumpets this time.

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But it's still very relaxed. And given the fact it's west London, where lots of people own second homes, there weren't many areas off-limits.

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I had company, so decided to cook a chickpea and tomato stew for dinner.

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Oh look, here's the TV.

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The only issue I had was the lack of a tin opener, which quickly put down any chickpea-related plans. I must note that onefinestay responded instantly when I tweeted.

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But it wasn't a big deal. I pulled myself together and made a couple of omelettes.

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Using the rather lovely cooker.

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Upsettingly, after two nights I had to go. I know I'm probably never going to be able to afford to live in Bayswater, where the art is fanciful.

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And buildings historic.

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When leaving you simply have to leave the iPhone on charge and keys on the table.

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I mean, look: Despite it being a weekday, there were no queues at the local Tube station.

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But I'll get over it. There's always onefinestay again.

OFS

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