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‘The Next Airbnb’


Five New Holiday Rental Sites to Try

Looking for Airbnb alternatives this 2022?

Discover these new holiday rental sites to track down cheaper booking fees, wider availability and accommodation with a personal touch.

The popularity of these sites

The general public tends to be moving away from hotel stays and instead, moving to hosted experiences, where they can go for a pad to call their own and have the freedom to master their schedule and itinerary.

With no set times for breakfast, no restaurant menu dictating the options or no rules on when to wake up or what to cook, the Airbnb experience seems to be more favourable than the latter.

Because they allow guests to do what they want when they want.

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You can find holiday rentals and discover great deals on homes, villas, apartments, cottages and other holiday homes from £61 in London and across the UK.

It takes five minutes to set up, and within an hour you’ll be ready to greet guests.

Vrbo or Vacation Rentals by Owner

Whilst they may not be as large as Airbnb, Vrbo still has over a million properties on their books.

Launching in 1996, they have 12 years more experience and standing compared to Airbnb – however, their model varies slightly.

Their system works better for families or larger groups looking for a longer stay; although there are certainly some properties targeted at couples.

Known for providing great deals on hotel rooms, what you might not have realised is that also lists homes and apartments.

For property owners, it is free to list on with a small fee applied per booking.

The Plum Guide

If you’re concerned about a lack of quality, The Plum Guide will be a great choice as they accept less than 5% of properties applying to use their site.

Plus, you can rely on the fact that The Plum Gide vets every single one over 150 criteria; everything from shower pressure to the quality of the linen is tested.

Free to apply for property owners, however, you do have to get through a very stringent vetting process. After approval, a one-time membership fee is charged on your first booking, which covers the cost of the vetting process.

Following each booking after this, there will be a small commission applied.

Agoda Homes

Agoda Homes list apartments, vacation rentals, villas and bungalows amongst their millions of properties to choose from.

It’s free to have your own accepted into the Agoda search engines, but fees will apply for bookings.


Often described as what Airbnb should be, Homestay is a genuine hosted experience, which means you always stay in a host’s home.

A stay like this equates to getting a genuine, local experience, where you can feel a part of the local lifestyle.

Homestay is in big cities around the world including London. Al stays include breakfast too, which is a huge plus.

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Host & partner

We’ve worked with hundreds of hosts wanting to let their property out on platforms like Airbnb. Here, at Hello Guest, we make sure your property is marketed on several property hosting websites at once; so you’ll never miss a chance at landing a guest.

We offer first-class hosting support where we will do all of the work for you – we take care of everything from guest vetting to cleaning after their stay.

We take the hard work out of short-letting, so you can sit back, relax and reap the rewards.

Hosting goals

The first question we always ask our hosts is what they value most?

We have found through working with hundreds of hosts across the UK that they all share the same values and goals.

These include:

  1. Have more free time to do the things they love – No problem, we’ll do all the work for you!
  2. Having more money to travel and explore themselves – Some of our hosts earn thousands of pounds in extra income a month.
  3. Ensuring their guests experience an authentic stay – We’ll draft up neighbourhood guides and even offer advice on the best and even hidden tourist spots to visit.

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