For the frequent business traveler who’s sick of living out of a suitcase or anyone who dreams of seeing the world without leaving their familiar luxuries behind, new membership service Stayawhile might just change the accommodation game.
With a collection of high-end, design-focused apartments available for month-long stays or more, Stayawhile allows you to move from city to city without leaving the comforts of home.
“The Stayawhile experience is a new housing system designed specifically so that people can move in and out of places without feeling disconnected or homesick,” Janine Yorio, CEO of Stayawhile, told DEPARTURES. “Each space is designed in a consistent way with some of the same familiar touches, so that there is always that sense of returning home, even if it's a new place that you've never been to before.”
Designed specifically for longer-term stays, Stayawhile was founded on the idea that moving to a different location changes a person’s perspective on the world–but that they can enjoy it even more when they feel at home in an environment that is comfortable, clean, safe, and private.
With current locations in New York City and Boston, Stayawhile offers a cross between a boutique hotel and a furnished, corporate apartment. Visitors will find no shortage of luxuries: apartments are stylishly designed with cool furniture, edgy art, and smart-home technology, including voice-activated electronics.
All of the brand’s current locations are in doorman, elevator buildings that have a variety of amenities, ranging from roof decks and community lounges to pools, fitness centers, and valet parking.
To become a Stayawhile member, you’ll need to fill out an application, which includes a credit and background check for $200. After your application is approved, you’ll be able to live in any available Stayawhile property for a minimum of 30 days at a time. From there, all that’s left is selecting your accommodations and moving in.
“Members can move from one Stayawhile into another–even in another city–without ever filling out paperwork, or paying hidden fees. We've eliminated the hassles and headaches that come with relocating,” said Yorio.
Stayawhile will be opening locations in Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. soon, and it also has plans to expand internationally to London, Paris, and Berlin.
Rentals start at $1,000 per week including Wi-Fi, utilities, housekeeping, and all applicable taxes.