My parents and I booked with OneFineStay as we were under the impression that they offer the "best of both worlds" - the spaciousness and “local experience” of an apartment rental, with the concierge services and comfort of a hotel. The latter lived up to (and even exceeded) our expectations, but the service caused more inconvenience than anything else.
Booking and Arrival
Booking went rather smoothly - they don't give you the exact address until a certain amount of time has elapsed after you make the. When we arrived by cab (the driver had some trouble finding it, but it worked out in the end), a friendly young employee greeted us at the agreed time, and she did a good job of showing us around the flat and answering any questions.
Islington/Shoreditch is a hip, up-and-coming area - it's fun, but it's also not the cleanest or prettiest. As much as I loved it, my parents didn't share my enthusiasm (despite being quite liberal... more