Photo: AirBnB Comes to Spain
The web based home hotel service better known as AirBnB has expanded their offices to include Barcelona, Spain. Now returning customers of AirBnb, also known as the ‘Ebay of Hotels’, as well as new users can add Spain as one of their possible travel destinations.
Already popular in the United States, AirBnb offers accommodations in 192 countries and more than 19,000 cities. Late night comedian, Conan O’Brien, has even trusted the web service by renting his New York apartment for 3 nights.
Created in 2008, by co-founders Nathan Blacharczyk and Brian Chesky, AirBnb offers the traveler more options in choosing a place to stay. Travelers may opt for anything from an inexpensive ‘futon rental’ for the night to a luxury beach house rental for a group of friends.
In addition to its headquarters in San Francisco, and their newest site in Barcelona, AirBnb has added other international offices since 2011 in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany as well as London, England. They soon plan to open in other European cities such as Paris and Milan.
Kay Kuehne, originally from Germany, has been hired to head the Barcelona office. The challenge will be to educate and promote the business throughout Spain.
This web service works through web reviews written by past customers, both guests and hosts. It is also connected to several social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, which allows the customer to check on reviews as well as get impressions of potential guests. Once someone decides to stay in a listed accommodation, they must pay for their stay in advance.
Depending on the type of agreement, the host may or may not stay at home during the stay.
Chesky believes that his company is the ‘Ebay of Hotels.’ He prefers to study the reviews and comments of customers over market analyses and predicts that the coast of Spain will be the place to be this summer.