If you don’t follow onefinestay on Instagram you are seriously missing out. They post the most GORGEOUS photos of their vacation rentals in cities like Paris, London, and Rome (as well as NYC, LA, and soon-to-be Miami in the States), and every time I see one I get a serious case of FOMO. If I could move into one of their immaculate and cool vacation rentals PERMANENTLY I would (there’s a Kickstarter for that, right? Lol.), but since I probably can’t the next best thing is renting one of their properties for a week, two weeks, or even a month to live like a local in some of the world’s most romantic cities.
My husband and I rented an apartment in Paris for our anniversary trip to Paris a few years ago, and I can’t tell you what an amazing time we had. We liked that trip way more than our honeymoon, where we splurged and went on a sailboat cruise then drove around Italy staying in B&Bs. While those are definitely great, nothing can compare to picking one city you’ve always wanted to live in (like Paris, London, or Rome) and living like a local in your own temporary home. Being able to go to the markets and coming back home to cook your own food is romantic and special (not to mention cost-effective), and you get way more of a sense of the culture there than you would staying in a hotel. Not that I don’t love hotels (I do!) but for honeymoons and anniversary trips, I’m always a fan of doing something outside the box.
While we’re lucky to have more and more vacation rental apps to choose from, we’re currently obsessed with onefinestay because of their highly curated selection of places to rent. Plus, their rental process makes you feel like you have the amenities of a hotel without sacrificing your space or budget, with perks such as weekly fresh linens, toiletries, and 24/7 concierge access. On the flip side, if you live in one of their cities and have an awesome house or apartment, they make it super easy for homeowners to rent their property. (I had a friend recently rent their house in LA while they went on vacation in Italy for two weeks and said the process was super easy.) They take professional photos of every space, run the online listing and deal with all of the booking and transactions for you. They also remove all of your knick knacks, photos, and personal items, and then once the guest leaves, they return it all back to the exact place you left it, leaving everything spotless. I’m not a huge fan of living among other people’s things while I’m away, so I feel like this is the best of both worlds.
I’m in the process of planning our next vacay and recently came across these onefinestay rentals while looking in Paris, Rome, and Italy, and had to share them with you, too! If you’re looking for a unique honeymoon destination and a place where you can really settle in while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you couldn’t go wrong with any of these chic and cozy homes.
Rue Saint-Dominique II (from $346/night)
Rue du Faubourg Montmartre II (from $249/night)
Rue de Charonne III (from $186/night)
Lancaster Gate (from $394/night)
Union Wharf IV (from $185/night)
Wyfold Road II (from $191/night)
Piazza dell’Unità (from $289/night)
Via Zara (from $327/night)
Via dei Volsci (from $482/night)