Honeymoon Short-Term RentalsWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Only-apartments
With the growth in popularity of vacation rental sites like AirBnB and VRBO, destination wedding and honeymoon couples are more creative than ever when it comes to planning their accommodations. Obviously there are endless amazing hotel and resort options, but renting a short-term apartment or home has definite perks. It can be more cost-effective and ideal for a couple that doesn’t plan to spend much time at their hotel (this way you aren’t paying for services you won’t use). It can also be a great option for wedding groups. Instead of booking individual hotel rooms, consider renting a large apartment or villa. While you’re likely familiar with the stateside go-to sites for short-term vacation rentals, there’s a similar site that specializes in Europe and abroad.
If you’re saying “I do” or honeymooning across the pond, you might consider Only-apartments. The Barcelona-based short-stay apartment rental booking site recently expanded and is now offering new and more convenient services. The site believes that booking an apartment should be as easy as booking a flight. After acquiring two competitive brands, Only-apartments has now expanded its portfolio to more than 120,000 apartments in 109 countries, worldwide. As the first short-term property rental website, Only-apartments is rated as one of the top five short-term property rental websites in Europe.
Originally founded as a European Capitals specialist, with more than 90% of rentals concentrated in big cities, the site now has a much more diverse selection of destinations. New, unique options include: houseboats in Amsterdam, modernist penthouses in Barcelona, coastal villas in Croatia, party pads in the Canary Islands and ski chalets in the Alps. Only-apartments has also increased its involvement with professional travel agencies and professional property managers. This makes it easier to manage and rent multiple properties – ideal for a group travel solution. For example, you could potentially rent multiple apartments in the same building.
Here are some example rental properties in some of the site’s most popular destinations:
Paris – 1 bed from £140 per night.
Apartment ‘Vivienne Bijoux’ is a history and design buffs dream, set close to the Champs Elysees, it offers a luxurious Parisian escape for two.
Rome from £65 per night.
The Campo De Fiori penthouse, which was once featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, is a Luis XVI fantasy, set in the top of a medieval tower that overlooks Rome’s rooftops. Preserved in its original, historic state, this apartment is for romantics who want to soak up the Eternal City’s history and atmosphere.
Barcelona – 1 bed from £102 per night.
This neoclassical apartment dating from 1908 has recently been renovated to a high standard, using warm yet cozy designer furnishings and located just five minutes from the Las Ramblas and 15 minutes to the beach, it's the perfect location to explore the Catalan city.
Lisbon - 1 bed, from £61 per night.
This white and spacious apartment has a balcony overlooking the heart of the historic downtown Baixa area and a view of Lisbon’s Castle.
In addition to expanding their portfolio, Only-apartments also added new website functionality. It now has better search capabilities and is mobile-friendly. Lastly, the brand introduced a series of new and more convenient payment and cancellation policies. For more information on Only-apartments, or to begin planning your dream stay abroad, visit only-apartments.com.
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