“Homey Hotels” (Stay, March/April 2013) features small properties with personal touches. For an extra homey touch, use one of these services, which do their best to make you feel like a local while you’re traveling—often in extreme style.
Members of this club pay a $2,500 initiation fee, plus $2,500 a year to stay in properties for $300 to $3,000 a night. Destinations include Chamonix, St. Barts, and the Amalfi Coast. A dedicated “escapist” manages member experiences. (866) 864-3518, porticoclub.com
Swap your house or apartment for a chalet in the Alps, a coastal cottage in Oregon, or other homes around the world. A $120 annual fee allows members to trade their homes, or to host each other as part of the company’s hospitality exchange program. (800) 877-8723, homeexchange.com
Nine residences range from studios to penthouses in destinations such as London and Los Angeles. Geared toward stays of at least a week, properties offer housekeeping, gyms, concierges, and in L.A., room service from Spago. (888) 252-6080, stayaka.com
ONE FINE STAY
Owners of New York City and London apartments allow One Fine Stay to rent out their homes. The company supplies Kiehl’s toiletries, breakfast goodies, plus an iPhone loaded with the homeowner’s favorite haunts. (917) 383-2182, onefinestay.com
This online rental site matches short-term guests with hosts who have unused spaces that range from quirky treehouses to city flats. Users can search by neighborhood or peruse themed lists such as “Airstreams,” “Secret Gardens,” and “Surfin’ Turf.” airbnb.com
Photo courtesy of Onefinestay.com. This appeared in the March/April 2013 issue.