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Hosting Smart: How this Airbnb is changing travel

by Mia Sapienza

Hosting Smart: How this Airbnb is changing travel

Airbnb has gained popularity amongst travelers all over the world. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as in post-pandemic times, travelers are hitting the road for staycations, to work remotely in new cities, and to join friends in new, safe spaces. 

Although there are over 4-million hosts on the platform, Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky, says there’s a rising demand for travel following the COVID-19 pandemic. He suggests that with more travelers hitting the road, there's a need for millions of new hosts. Which means hosts have to begin making and implementing decisions that align with what travelers want and need to help differentiate their properties. 


“Meticulous Mid-Century Modern Getaway in Sunnyside”

One host, Samson Mai, is focusing on the overall aesthetic and experience of his Airbnb to attract and satisfy travelers. He’s created a mid-century modern space in his San Francisco Airbnb that gives travelers a sense of relaxation and connection. He’s even incorporated smart home devices like Brilliant into the space to give it a touch of tech (which is very on-brand for a stay in San Francisco) to offer a smart Airbnb experience. 

 

 

Benefits to the Guest

With safety, security, and cleanliness at the top of travelers wishlist, implementing smart home technology was a no-brainer for Mai. He chose to install 2 Brilliant Controls because of their large screen and appreciated the amount of third-party integrations the system supported in addition to the built-in features like camera, intercom, and smart lighting. He also installed Nest products, Ring cameras, Tp-link Kasa bulbs, a Yale lock, and a MyQ garage door opener– this slew of products touches on nearly every area of the home that’s principal to a 5 star stay: lighting, climate, security, and access.

  

 

Benefits to the Host

As a host, Mai is able to monitor the property while it is not occupied to ensure lighting is off or to create the illusion that it is occupied, even when it’s not as an additional safety measure. He’s also able to stay on top of any issues that may arise whether or not a guest is there. 

 

 

What this means 

Smart home systems and devices are an incredible investment for Airbnb hosts and rental properties alike. There is a high-ROI when you install a couple devices that dramatically improve the look and feel of a space that changes how it’s experienced. 

And whether or not you have an Airbnb or plan on becoming a host, you probably have experience with hosting guests. As you introduce more smart devices into your home, having an all-in-one smart home system is key to guests actually being able to use your smart home. 

If you’re looking to stay in Mai’s Airbnb, you can check out the full listing here


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