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RXR, Airbnb Partner on Rockefeller Plaza Suites

Airbnb and RXR Realty will convert 10 floors of RXR’s 75 Rockefeller Plaza to high-end apartment-style suites. The owner-developer and the home-sharing platform say their partnership will create “a new category of urban lodging.”

Listings for the 75 Rockefeller suites will be available exclusively through Airbnb. The two companies are in talks to collaborate at other RXR properties, notably the 10-building 47 Hall St. development across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

“With the lines between business travel and leisure travel becoming increasingly blurred, RXR and Airbnb are offering a travel experience that immerses guests in a dynamic, thriving community in the heart of Rockefeller Center that’s vastly different than anything else in the market today,” said RXR chairman and CEO Scott Rechler.

Separately, Marriott International is reportedly poised to offer competition to Airbnb. The world’s largest hotel company is planning to roll out a rental service called Homes & Villas.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).