If you’re looking for a short term rental of someone’s apartment, condo, or vacation home, the best known-website is probably Airbnb that was started by two guys who began by renting out a couple of air beds in a San Francisco apartment.
But there are other options worth considering.
Airbnb has half-a-million listings of places from New York City to Paris to Hong Kong. So does its largest rival, HomeStay. But you may not know of a site owned by TripAdvisor called FlipKey. It has about half the inventory that Airbnb has, but 240,000 listings isn’t bad.
If you’re going overseas, drill down to sites that specialize in specific regions, such as Guest Apartment Services Paris or Germany’s answer to Airbnb that’s called 9Flats. If South America is your destination, give a whirl to Oasis Collections. Grab a nice one-bedroom with balcony in the hip Palermo Hollywood neighborhood in Buenos Aires for about $100 a night.
For mostly high-end rentals, OneFineStay is a good address to shop. They only have 1,500 listings, but they’re quite nice. A three-bedroom home in a good neighborhood in London might go for less than $400 a night. Divide that by three couples or six people, and suddenly the price is very reasonable.