Orlando Will Have the World's First Airbnb-branded Apartments (Video)
We all know staying at a Walt Disney World Resort can be magical, but when it comes to finding the right accommodations for a trip (especially a family trip), there's no such thing as having too many options.
Florida-bound travelers will soon have another contender to add to their lists: the first official Airbnb-branded apartment complex is opening in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando.
The 324-unit building was announced last Thursday as part of Airbnb's new partnership with Miami’s Newgard Development Group and will be known as “Niido Powered by Airbnb.” Upon signing an annual lease, all residents will be able to rent out their apartments through Airbnb for up to 180 nights per year.
The project’s mission is to make home sharing easier for both guests and tenants. Airbnb and Newgard are aiming to create state of the art apartments that feel homey but have the amenities of a hotel. Each unit will feature keyless entry and an app that allows the tenant to remotely provide on-demand services such as guest check-in, cleaning, and luggage services.
“This partnership shows how landlords, developers and Airbnb can work together to create value for everyone and better serve tenants,” Jaja Jackson, director of global multifamily housing partnerships, said in a statement. “The team at Newgard is leading the way and we’re thrilled to work with them. Together, we’re making it easier for more hosts to share their space, and giving guests access to more affordable options when they travel.”
An opening date has yet to be released, but Bloomberg reports the complex is expected to be up and running by the first quarter of next year, which is just in time for those family spring break trips. There are also reportedly plans to prioritize expansion into Miami and then to other cities in the Southeast.