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HouseTrip: the greatest alternative to hotels
HouseTrip is one of Europe’s largest holiday rental booking websites. The concept is simple: when taking a trip, anyone can book a private rental for the price of a hotel room. HouseTrip is easier and safer because guests book an apartment like they’d book a hotel, online and with a credit card. HouseTrip allows guests pay securely at the time of booking, only transferring payment to the host when the guests have started their stay. Holiday owners also benefit from free listings on HouseTrip.
HouseTrip.com was launched in January 2010 and has offices in Switzerland (Lausanne), Portugal (Lisbon) and the UK (London). HouseTrip already has more than 290,000 listings in over 15,000 destinations worldwide, with new accommodation being added every day. The company is financed by Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Accel Partners and various business angels.
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“Housetrip.com has thousands of rentals and is a secure way to book accommodation” - Joan Scales, Irish Times
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“You need not spend much to live like a local. HouseTrip has accommodation for most budgets.” - Lisa Minot, The Sun
A Weekend in… Madrid, Spain
“Reddoor Apartment (housetrip.com) is a minimalist, whitewashed one-bedroom flat right next to Mercado San Miguel and a short walk from the Royal Palace. It sleeps two and comes with a mini kitchen. HouseTrip has many other choices for Madrid that are perfect for the central tapas and gin bars.” - Tom Chesshyre, The Times
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Rome without breaking the (Vatican) bank
“HouseTrip is one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites with 3,500 rentals in Rome (housetrip.com/en/Rome). All holidaymakers who book ten nights get a night free on the next booking.”- Ryan Parry, Sun on Sunday
All Yours: The Keys to the City
“I’ve ticked a lot of boxes in my travelling life, but now I just want to go to a place and hang out among the people who live there. I want to mooch about the streets, shop in the markets, and curl up at night in a place that feels like my own. So a website like HouseTrip.com is perfect for me.” - Lee Randall, Writer. Piece by Sean Newsom, Sunday Times
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“Research from Holiday rental website HouseTrip.com has found that travellers can pay as little as £139 per person for a two-night getaway to Budapest.” - Lisa Minot, The Sun on Sunday
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“MARIA JOSE PINHEIRO lets out her apartment in Lisbon, Portugal, via HouseTrip.com. Here are her insider tips on her home city.” - The Sun on Sunday
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“RELIABLE FOR RENTING: If you’re going it alone, and need reliable family accommodation, check out Housetrip.com, a holiday rentals site that prides itself on ease of use. It has a huge range of properties you can rent for just one night or more.” - Irish Independent Weekend magazine
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Enjoy a summer of love in Paris…
“We opted to live like Parisian’s and rent a cosy apartment with HouseTrip.com. We picked a superbly located one-bedroom flat in Montmartre, close to lively bars. It’s the perfect solution if you are holidaying with a group of pals and want something a little more personal than a hotel. We even had a view of the Eiffel Tower.” - Ruth Hughes, Daily Star Sunday
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“Local apartment-rental site housetrip.com has a range of great-value options in Lisbon.” - Sarah Baxter, Wanderlust July/August Issue
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STAY MORE, PAY LESS
“HouseTrip (housetrip.com) has a range of properties that you can rent for one night upwards, and point out that “You can help fund your own trip by renting out your home while you’re away.”” - Wanderlust, July/August Issue
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Ex-Skype chief takes up post at HouseTrip
“Michael van Swaaij, the former chief executive of Skype and European head of eBay, has taken up the chairmanship at HouseTrip, claiming that the London-based start-up could do for holiday home rentals what his previous employers did for telephone calls and online shopping.” - Jonathan Moules, Financial Times
GO FLAT OUT IN A CITY BREAK
“Avoid paying top whack for a mediocre hotel room on a city break by bedding down in an apartment instead. A survey by rental website HouseTrip recently found visitors to 15 key European cities can save up to 60 per cent by renting a flat instead. “ - Lisa Minot, The Sun
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“Feel at home abroad. A different way to book your holiday is through HouseTrip.com.”
“Prices can be much cheaper than a hotel, especially if there are a few of you, and you get a key to your own front door.” - Jane Lovatt, Prima
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Join the party in Rio de Janeiro
AS Rio de Janeiro gears up to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Laura Millar discovers the city is in a celebratory mood.
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When it comes to finding a holiday deal, it’s more confusing than ever says Nilan Peiris.
Today consumers are pummeled with price comparison websites, travel guides, brochures – even high street agents - all giving conflicting advice and options on the topic of the ideal holiday. If you’re looking for a great deal (and a great experience) then it takes a combination of solid research, word-of-mouth opinion and following your gut to find your ultimate getaway on a not-so-ultimate budget.
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20 winter coastal getaways
From remote lighthouses to luxury sea forts, James Ellis picks the best spots for bracing – but cosy – seaside breaks
Getting to the art of the European capital
Rent self-catering accommodation in Europe’s top cities this winter, the perfect time to see some masterpieces without the crowds, says Liz Bird
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Where to stay
Hotels aren’t always a great option when the kids are in tow. If you’ve ever spent the evening sipping wine in the bathroom because your sprogs are asleep in the bedroom, you’ll know that an apartment or house is a better option when considering a family city break. Here are our pick of four great places to stay in Paris.
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Meet the man who’s beating Airbnb in Europe
European vacation rentals site HouseTrip has everything going for it right now: not least fast growth and a fresh new round of funding. Co-founder Arnaud Bertrand lays out why he thinks his site can carry on winning — and reveals the scale of his ambition.
Venture capital deals
HouseTrip raises $40m from Accel, Balderton, Index Ventures
Holiday rental marketplace HouseTrip has raised a new $40million of investment funding and released figures to show it’s sitting on 130,000 listed properties in 15,000 destinations around the world.
Holiday rental firm HouseTrip rakes in $40m as big backers multiply
The British company’s Series C includes Accel Partners as well as existing investors Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. HouseTrip has also released numbers that suggest it’s in second place behind Airbnb.
Holiday rental site HouseTrip.com raises $40 mln
London-based holiday rental service HouseTrip.com has raised $40 million in a rare joint investment of three leading venture firms in Europe, aiming to expand in Europe and beyond.
House trip gets $40m funding
HouseTrip.com, the Swiss-based holiday rentals website, became the latest technology start-up to raise money in the recent flurry of funding rounds. The C-round brought Accel Partners in as an investor, alongside existing backers Balderton and Index Ventures. It is possibly the first time these three top European VC investors have all piled into the same company, making HouseTrip seem hot property indeed.
Vacation Rental Startup HouseTrip Picks Up $40M Led By Accel In Another Big Round For Collaborative Consumption
HouseTrip.com, one of the startups working at the accommodation end of the collaborative consumption market, with a platform for people to rent out homes online, has picked up a roomy $40 million as it looks to scale up its operations en route to booking 3 million nights of accommodation this year. The C Round for the London-based company is being led by new investor Accel Partners, with existing investors Index Ventures and Balderton Capital also participating. The funding brings HouseTrip’s total raised to date up to $60 million.
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BARGAIN LONDON CALLING
Having the Olympics in London inevitably bumped up the cost of hotel accommodation in the capital. But inflated prices resulted in a slump in bookings as international visitors opted to go elsewhere this summer.
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Live like a local with HouseTrip
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Luxury apartment stays
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Budget New York
New York’s one of the top cities in the world for fashion, nightlife and sightseeing, but it’s also on the pricey side. However, it’s perfectly possible to visit the Big Apple and not break the bank – you just need to know where to go.
London 2012 Olympics: how to stay in the capital for free
A rise in demand for house sitters in London means savvy visitors could stay in luxurious accommodation during the Olympics – without paying a penny
London 2012: To hotel or not to hotel?
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HouseTrip.com – Get spoilt for choice when planning a holiday
If you are still looking for that perfect holiday destination, You really should check out Housetrip.com. If there was ever a thing as too much choice, HouseTrip throws up so many properties available for rental at some pretty amazing prices.
WE’VE GOT DESIGNS ON…STOCKHOLM
Sweden’s capital is known for its gorgeous scenery and friendly, laid-back locals. Referred to as ‘the Venice of the North’, thanks to its stunning collection of islands and water in between, the city is a hotbed of activity, with plenty to do at all times of the day and night. It’s really no wonder that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson and The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence have been spotted enjoying the best of what Stockholm has to offer.
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Want to be part of history by joining London’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations? The good news is there’s still availability in the capital, and even discounts too. Check out these hotels for a weekend to remember…
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Top 10 diamond jubilee weekend getaways
The bonus bank holiday is three weeks away, and there’s still time to bag a break. Here are 10 trips to make the most of the four-day weekend.
Special occasions call for special trips
For the past 7 years I’ve been keeping a deal with myself: Each year for my birthday I treat myself to a trip – could be a weekend, could be a whole month, depending on time, money and inspiration. It’s my way of patting myself on the back for always trying to live life to the fullest and to start off the new year in the best possible way. When other people want a new Ipad for or a fancy pair of shoes for their birthday, I get booking flights. By means of this philosophy I have enjoyed spontaneous breaks in San Francisco, beach time in the Caribbean Sea or shopping sprees in London. Usually I tend to go on these trips alone, or with a plan of meeting a friend at my destination, but this year I wanted it all to be a little different.
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Michelangelo, Vivaldi, Puccini, Brunelleschi, Da Vinci, Ferrari, Bugati, Fellini, Armani, Prada, Missoni – the list of Italian names that have left their stylish imprint on the world spans the centuries. And what inspired all this creativity? Towns and cities drenched in ancient history, some of the finest food and wine in the world, and sublime landscapes, from the placid waters of the northern lakes, to the cypress-spiked landscapes of Tuscany, and the high drama of the Amalfi coast.
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HouseTrip nominated in Telegraph Start-Up 100
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HouseTrip raises $2.7m from Index Ventures
HouseTrip, the holiday lettings marketplace, has raised $2.7m from Index Ventures. The deal was led by Index co-founder Neil Rimer who will also take a seat on HouseTrip’s board. This paves the way for a major relaunch of the site that has gone live today.
HouseTrip plots race against HomeAway, captures Index Ventures funding
HouseTrip will use a new funding round from Index Ventures to spearhead a plan to be the largest bookable holiday rental site on the web. Index Ventures has invested £1.7 million (Swiss FR2.5 million) in the company, bringing the total amount ploughed in so far reaching £2.4 million).
HouseTrip.com sets 100,000 property goal after funding win
Short-term home rental service HouseTrip.com is aiming to reach 100,000 property listings in Europe after securing nearly £3 million in venture capital funding. The company, which launched in autumn 2009, currently has over 8,000 properties listed and is working on a new website as part of its ambitious expansion plans.
SECRET DEALS FOR 2014
HouseTrip.com reveals its pick of secluded accommodation deals, unusual rentals and top destinations for the year ahead.
LONDON, UK – January 14, 2014: What better way to get over the post-Christmas blues than planning your next holiday? HouseTrip.com, one of the world’s biggest holiday rentals websites, has delved into the 275,000 properties currently listed and picked out some hidden holiday gems for the New Year. Here are some suggestions for secret deals in 2014. link text
TO MARKET, TO MARKET
HouseTrip showcases its pick of rentals near top European Christmas markets for festive family fun
LONDON, UK – October 29, 2013: Start the celebrations early with a short break to one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets. HouseTrip.com – one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites – has thousands of properties perfectly located to stock-up on gifts and treats. Opting for a holiday rental is a really affordable way to bring the whole family together on a pre-Christmas break, costing up to 60% less than an equivalent quality hotel room. link text
HOUSETRIP’S BRAZIL 2014 COLLECTION
Snap-up your accommodation now for Brazil’s World Cup 2014. HouseTrip.com offers five suggestions to suit all types of football fan
LONDON, UK – October 17, 2013: With England reaching the final stages of the 2014 World Cup, prices in Brazil during the period will be at a premium for UK holidaymakers and football fans. Why is a holiday rental ideal for the World Cup?
1) Less cost – an apartment is up to 30% less expensive when compared to an equivalent quality hotel room 2) More space – bring the family or friends. Choose an apartment with more than one bedroom and keep everyone together during your stay. 3) Added features – don’t pay for expensive Wifi. In most apartments, WifI is free. Plus, you can cook meals at home to save even more money. Now is the time to snap-up a bargain deal on your accommodation in Rio, the centre of all the action. HouseTrip.com – one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites – presents the pick of its Rio 2014 accommodation collection.
BUDAPEST IS CHEAPEST EUROPEAN CITY BREAK FOR BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKERS, SAYS HOUSETRIP.COM
• New infographic from global holiday rentals website details its top ten cheapest European city breaks as well as the costliest expenses to avoid
LONDON, UK – September 24, 2013: Holidaymakers can pay as little as £139 per person for a two-night European getaway if they head to Budapest, according to research released today by HouseTrip.com – one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites. Budapest tops the list of cheap city break destinations taking into account average flight prices from London, a string of traditional holiday expenses and the cost of a centrally-located, one-bedroom apartment.