Nothing against Hiltons and Hyatts, which are perfectly fine hotels run by largely pleasant people and offer surprisingly solid breakfast buffets, but when I travel for business, I want a better taste of the city in which I’m staying. And you don’t always get that when you’re stuck in a stodgy hotel room six floors up from the conference hall you’ve been hanging in all day.
I always thought it would be rad for companies to offer Airbnbs as a viable lodging option for business trips, and a new feature from the online rental service suggests the future is here.
Airbnb recently unveiled a search function meant solely for business travelers, according to TravelPulse. The tool lets you browse listings that have been deemed “Business Travel Ready (BTR)”: These rental properties must have a workspace or desk; WiFi; 24-hour check-in; and enough space to share with the whole team. (Though I imagine it would be pretty weird to sleep in the next room over from your boss.) There are more than 150,000 BTR listings around the world, according to the company.
Though this specific feature is new, Airbnb’s business travel program actually launched in July 2014, and per TravelPulse, more than 250,000 companies in 230 countries already use the service. But Airbnb expects that number to quadruple this year, which aligns with overall industry trends. (The Global Business Association forecasts U.S. business travel spending to jump 4 percent this year from $290 billion in 2016.)
Sign up for the tool at Airbnb.com/business-travel. You’ll need to sync your work email address with your Airbnb account to get access to BTR listings—and you’ll also need to be cool with snoring coworkers.