8Hotels claims Airbnb first with new Sydney property

Australia: 8Hotels says its newest property, the Little Albion guest house in Sydney’s Surry Hills, is the first hotel available for booking as a single listing on Airbnb.

The property, which officially opened on Tuesday, can be booked in its entirety priced from $15,000, and as individual rooms.

8Hotels founder and chief executive Paul Fischmann said: “I reached out to Airbnb as we believe the offering at Little Albion will fill the niche for new and different hotels with a guest house atmosphere. There is a clear evolution in the consumer journey on what both corporate and leisure guests genuinely want from their home away from home, being the luxury and comfort of a hotel teamed with the ease and familiarity of an Airbnb.”

”Little Albion Guest House was developed with the same attention to detail that a home owner has in creating their dream home, resulting in a truly one of a kind property, just like the homes you find on Airbnb. We’re big supporters of the Airbnb platform and are excited to be partnering with them,” he added.

Sam McDonagh, country manager for Airbnb in Australia and New Zealand, said: “The Little Albion Guest House is a great example of a local boutique hotel that is opening its doors to travellers from around Australia and the world, offering guests more than just a bed for the night. Boutique hotels and B&Bs have long used Airbnb, and we are dedicated to continuing to work with hospitality providers across Australia that excel at offering the best guest experiences and live our mission of belonging.”

Fischmann said the guest house will feature an honour bar stocked with “beverages and gourmet nibbles where guests are encouraged to help themselves as they would at home”. There is also a rooftop with views over Surry Hills and the city of Sydney.

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