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Travel to the hottest food destinations with Airbnb’s latest feature
You can make a reservation in 16 U.S. cities.
Airbnb just made traveling even better. Starting today, users can now make restaurant reservations at more than 600 business in the U.S. thanks to Airbnb’s new partnership with mobile application Resy.
Food should be a highlight of your trip, not a hassle.
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) September 20, 2017
Airbnb is the first travel app to truly integrate restaurant reservations directly into the traveler experience.
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) September 20, 2017
It’s not easy to know which restaurants are great (or complete dumps), so this new feature will allow guests be connected with award-winning dining spots and local favorites.
The home screen in the Airbnb app has a new tab called “restaurants.” Once you open the app, you can scroll through a listing of various restaurants divided by categories like French American, Casual American, Modern Mexican, and Farm-to-Table that you can reserve at time and day convenient for your schedule.
If you’re not feeling Airbnb’s curated recommendations, users can search for specific cuisines, price range, and locations. The interface is much more sophisticated than other similar apps live TripAdvisor and Google Maps. If you’re running late or won’t be able to make it, you can cancel the reservation from the app itself versus making a phone call.
Airbnb invested $13 million dollars into the platform in January as part of their Trips Initiative to offer a full-scale traveling experience for patrons according to The Verge.
Guests can book a restaurant reservation now at top travel destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Miami, Charleston, Austin, Seattle, Hamptons, Denver, Portland, and Atlanta. The company plans to expand this feature to international destinations soon.
The tech company’s expansion has been on a fast track after it unveiled their new trips feature “Experiences” in last November that allows users to explore local community-led activities in cities they visit.
Joebot Zadeh told MONEY that the company is interested in “all aspects of travel.”
“We’re constantly working to become a one-stop-shop and go-to place for travelers,” Zadeh said.
Travelers are already excited to try to out the new feature.
This is AMAZING! Can't wait to try it in Paris.
— tailsofamermaid (@NatalieRoos) September 20, 2017
_Love_ the animation (and idea). Looking forward to giving this a spin.
— Josh Baker (@joshuabaker) September 21, 2017
H/T The Verge
Danielle Ransom is a journalist who has worked as a researcher for CNN, NBC's KXAN-TV, CBS' KEYE-TV.