As hard as they try, Airbnb can still be hit and miss. It is difficult to impose a common set of standards but it shouldn’t be. As it is, individual owners make the final difference as to the effort they put into the little details, the things that makes one place stand out from another. Here’s our short list of our favourites:

NEST in Niagara on the Lake, outside of Niagara Falls Canada. First, it is unusual for a new build house to be designed bottom up as a rental. In doing so, NEST was able to maximise in areas of comfort and practicality. It helps that it is well located a 2 minute walk from the waterfront and a 10 minute walk to the towns main street. The homes around it are made up of 100 year old cottages, some renovated, some brand new. NEST fits right in with the look of a contemporary cottage.

Inside there are two bedrooms; one main floor with ensuite and one upstairs in a loft. There is a gas fireplace, a flatscreen tv, an open concept kitchen, living and dining room, new appliances and a lovely touch; a kitchen wall chalkboard with a greeting from the owner. The kitchen is well equipped ( it could use a Nespresso machine, all good Airbnb’s should have one ) with a side door to a small terrace and BBQ. There is a sitting area past that at the end of the driveway.

NEST is spotless and clearly great care has been taken to ensure their guests are as comfortable as they would be in their own homes.