Travel start-up company, Winston Club, helps users save money and book hotels at a discounted price – only there’s a catch.
The idea behind the new concept is to match people up who are looking for low-cost luxury hotel rooms and don’t mind sharing their stay with a
stranger new friend.
For some, sharing a hotel room with a stranger seems like a bizarre suggestion, but following on from the huge success of platforms such as Couchsurfing and Airbnb founder Bryon Shannon is hoping to target people with an open mind towards shared accommodation.
He predicts this new notion will resonate strongly with travelling professionals, students, and solo travellers. Winston Club will connect customers with their roommate and hotel and will collect a small commission from the room charge (in line with other hotel booking sites.)
The service itself is free; they screen customers to ensure the whole process of sharing the room with a stranger is safe. Members have to go through thorough screening which requires five forms of identification which they allows them to claim their website as “the most secure method of sharing a pace.”