What is a Sonder?
It’s an answer to a lot of questions we’ve been asking. Like what would happen if we had a space to stay in neighborhoods we wanted to live in all around the world? What if those spaces included a dining area, and a living space and perhaps an extra bedroom or two for the kids? What if the design was modern and exciting, and the only thing cookie-cutter was…nothing? A place like that would help create a travel experience built to take guests further. To bring them home better. And that’s a place we’d like to stay. And a philosophy we’ve built our company around.
The consistency and service of a great hotel that doesn’t come in a typical hotel format, combined with the warmth and comfort of staying in a space that feels more like a home, and the ability to choose the perfect location from the best neighborhoods in cities around the world. We believe this is the foundation of good travel. We call it Taking Stay Further.
We’ve designed and outfitted every Sonder space for living, not just staying. A room that’s more than a room. Comfortable beds, nice linens, soft towels, and well-chosen amenities and essentials. We also made the service really simple. If there’s anything you need, just text us, 24 hours a day.
So we find the best ones.
We take a curated approach to location that’s built around putting Sonders in the best neighborhoods where people actually live, and where we ourselves want to spend time. Each Sonder is customized with art and furniture to reflect the cultural vibe of the city. If we can’t find pieces that fit, we make it ourselves. Currently, we have thousands of Sonder spaces across cities in North America and Europe.
When you stay in a Sonder, you’re staying in a space that we lease, design, furnish, and maintain. There’s no middleman. It’s not someone’s house. It’s a Sonder. You’ll always know what you can expect before you walk in the door.
The summer after his freshman year at McGill University in Montreal, Francis Davidson decided to sublet his apartment over summer break. Driven by a desire to make his guests as comfortable as possible, he spent his days hosting visitors, valeting their cars, and greeting them with bottles of wine. After earning a small profit that summer, Francis realized he was on to something. During his sophomore year, he and his cofounder Lucas Pellan built a website to match vacant student apartments with travelers, turning their vision for the future of travel into a business. By the age of 21, Francis was managing units across 11 cities and had made more than $1 million in revenue. In the years since, he has continued to expand Sonder, moving the headquarters to Silicon Valley, and growing the company into an international hospitality brand. To date, Sonder has hosted hundreds of thousands of guests in over 20 cities and attracted over $400 million in investor funding.