US: Room Mate has launched BeMate.com, a travel service that combines that offers apartments with the support and services of a local hotel.
Launching with 2,500 apartments in 10 cities across Europe and
North America, including New York City, Miami, Florence, Mexico
City and Amsterdam, all BeMate apartments are located within
walking distance of a Room Mate or partner hotel, so guests "can
easily access a variety of perks typically reserved for hotel
Hotel services include housekeeping, airport transfers, babysitting, breakfast, luggage storage and late check-out.
Enrique Sarasola, president and founder of Room Mate Hotels and BeMate.com said: "Building on the success and rapid growth of the Room Mate brand, we were eager to offer consumers a new way to travel," said "In founding BeMate, my goal was to create a new service that seamlessly integrates the comfort and privacy of a home with the services of a traditional hotel."
Available properties range from studios to four bedrooms and include apartments and houses, all with private kitchens. Guests booking a BeMate apartment arrange their trip through the company rather than directly with the apartment owner.
BeMate.com has plans to expand to 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will launch a mobile app for iPhone and Android users this year. Parent company Room Mate Hotels currently owns and operates 18 design-driven hotels across the world with plans to expand to 29 properties within the next two years.