If you’re like us, you probably book Airbnbs instead of hotels because the idea of staying in a or an is way more exciting than bunking up in a generic motel room. But unless you love digging through page after page of listings, those unique gems can be hard to find.
Case in point: When Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia built Airbnb 10 years ago, they designed a website to handle just a few dozen listings per city. Since then, their website hasn’t changed all that much, but now there are 4.5 million places to stay in 81,000 cities around the world. So, if you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect place only to give up after hours of digging through hundreds of listings, we know the struggle is real.
But that’s about to change.
This summer, Airbnb is adding four new categories to the three property types that already exist — shared space, private room, and entire home — on its site.
The four new property times include vacation homes, B&Bs, boutique hotels, and our personal favorite — unique spaces.
By breaking out this fan-favorite category, you can eliminate all the run of the mill apartments and houses and just search for one-of-a-kind homes, whether you’re booking a beach vacation to Maine or a hiking trip in Oregon.
When it launches, the new website will look like this:
While you’ll have to wait a few more months to use this new function on Airbnb, they’ve also introduced a few more ways to make it easier to find the perfect vacation spot, including new collections for family and business travelers.
While the focuses on homes that have a dedicated workspace, WiFi and self check-in, the includes listings that have received five-star reviews from other families and have kid-friendly amenities like large backyard spaces, kitchens for cooking large meals and televisions for when mom and dad want to relax.
Collections for social stays, weddings, honeymoons, group getaways and dinner parties will be added later this year.