Oddfellows is playing Airbnb at its own game in Chester, as the hotel brand launches its first three-bedroom apartment in the city.
Oddfellows already has a four-star hotel in Chester, but has decided to test the waters in the self-catered holiday rental market.
Though this larger apartment is not its first. Four other smaller lets are linked to the Oddfellows Chester hotel.
Lauren Chatterton, hotel manager, said: “We launched our first apartment years ago just before the Airbnb phenomenon really took off. The demand has been excellent, and we received request after request for even larger spaces, which led to the creation of our three bedroomed apartment which sleeps up to eight guests.”
The apartments are a short walk from the hotel, so guests can choose to use the communal facilities or enjoy the privacy of their rental.
Oddfellows Chester has eighteen bedrooms, five apartments, a restaurant and cocktail bar and a garden.
Elsewhere in the world, hotels are finding other ways to fight back against Airbnb.
News emerged last month of legal restrictions on the operation of short-term rental properties in Jersey City, NJ, intended as a safeguard to the hotel industry.