London-based key exchange company KeyNest has directly integrated with peer-to-peer rentals giant Airbnb.
The integration means KeyNest can provide a “seamless” check-in experience across its UK-wide network of local stores where hosts can leave keys for their guests – currently available in 15 UK cities, including more than 100 stores in London.
Established by two experienced Airbnb hosts, Florian Hoven and Marc Figueras, KeyNest works to solve what it calls “the common problem of uniting guests with their keys” so that hosts don’t have to stay in for long periods.
“We were inspired by Airbnb’s ‘live like a local’ slogan, so we designed a service that puts trusted local businesses at the centre of their community, making them the first point of contact tourists have with a new neighbourhood”, said co-founder Florian Hoven.
The host drops off the key at their nearest KeyNest location any time before the check-in, generates a unique collection code and shares it with the guest to use on collection. Whenever a set of keys is collected, the Airbnb host is automatically notified.
The platform processes a key handover every three minutes.