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home sharing as we know it? How will it be different from a hotel property? Niido will differ from a hotel in that it will have tenants that rent and control the appearance of each unit, who may then share their homes for up to 180 nights per year. The building will have a small café, game room, gym, pool, BBQ areas, and fire pit. Features like package and food delivery services, environmentally friendly cleaning, and on-demand concierge services through the MasterHost are a unique take on the home sharing model. Let’s talk rooms. What will be the key distinctions between Niido rooms and hotel guestrooms or traditional home shares? Niido apartments will have design features such as keyless entry and lockable areas in the closets, kitchen, and bath that set the property apart from a hotel. The apartment will allow guests the ability to dine in with home cooked meals, should they prefer that. In addition, Niido tenants will have access to a new app fully integrated with Airbnb that will enable them to manage guest stays remotely by way of a “MasterHost” at each property, who will assist with items like guest check-in, cleaning, and linen service. What can a guest expect from the Niido Powered by Airbnb experience compared to the traditional Airbnb stay? Niido will provide guests access to unique listings that come with a set of amenities and conveniences specifically designed for travelers. While each apartment is distinct, much like traditional Airbnb listings, Niido provides a set of standards across each building that will ensure a quality stay. Will there be any soundproofing/ acoustics management in place, considering tenant noise has been a point of concern for Airbnb in the past? As the property owner, Niido Powered by Airbnb will ensure quality construction throughout the buildings. Is every room created the same or will they be one of a kind? Each unit will be one of a kind in that the tenant will be able to decorate and change the layout of the room as they see fit. However, parts of the property will be consistent throughout each apartment like the kitchens and baths, wall finishes, wireless speakers, and keyless smart locks. Back to the apartment model, who will own the apartments? And who do the terms “host” and “landlord” refer to? Though the properties are owned by Niido, Airbnb’s “Friendly Buildings Program” means that hosts, or the tenants that reside in each individual unit, and landlords, the owners of each individual building, will share revenues generated from home sharing. What more can you share from a designer’s perspective about the project? We designed the amenities, shared spaces, interior finishes, and furnishings for the NiidoHome units inspired by the NiidoFamily, so that each “member” expresses a different style and interest. The “Bookworm Blogger” or the “Advertising Executive” are examples of these different personalities, and each will vary from city to city. The first Orlando property will be based on the “Bookworm Blogger” personality, with warm fabrics, finishes, and lighting to make it both contemporary and inviting. Any additional comments and features that you might want to share? Being a green property, we are providing bikes to help with getting a little outdoor exercise or going to a nearby eatery or market. We are adding details by the minute, and the sky is the limit. We are hoping to release additional features soon, so please keep your eye out for them. Images courtesy of V Starr Interiors. About Sonya Haffey Sonya Haffey is the design director for V Starr Interiors, and has led the day to day of the firm’s operations for the last nine years. When she joined the company, Sonya used her extensive experience from previous roles, as partner at Urbanica Group and founder of her own design firm, to transition V Starr Interiors from being exclusively residential to including a strong commercial basis. About V Starr Interiors: V Starr Interiors was founded by professional tennis player, Venus Williams, in 2002. Combining Williams’s value for excellence as an athlete with her passion for design, V Starr Interiors is a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm. High-profile clients such as InterContinental Hotels, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, Curio by Hilton, and Howard University, among others, have turned to V Starr Interiors to successfully translate their vision into reality. The company is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. For additional information, visit www. vstarrinteriors.com Seven time Grand Slam singles champion tennis professional Venus Williams is the founder of V Starr Interiors. FEBRUARY 2018 \ HOSPITALITY TRENDZ \ 41

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