About Your Hosts
Do the words warm, authentic, inviting, lasting, cultured, and social impact spring to mind when you think of your hospitality experiences? Well, they would if your experience fell into the hands of hospitality and Airbnb entrepreneurs Taiye Oladapo, her twin sister, Lola Oladapo, along with their adorable co-hosting cats, affectionately called Buddy & Bella!
Taiye & Lola are Nigerian-American twin sisters and proud co-founders of the award-winning company, The T.L. Hospitality Group, LLC. DBA as Urbanity Lush – a Philadelphia-based Airbnb, experiences, and hospitality-lifestyle brand.
What started as a side hustle to help pay off student loans turned into a business with a mission to change the world one guest at a time.
Outside of being working professionals, these twins have served as Airbnb hosts for over a decade and, in that time, have met and exchanged ideas and cultures with people across the globe and country.
Both guests and hosts have come away from these encounters with a better understanding of each other differences, empathy for each other stories, and a celebration of both of their unique cultures.
Urbanity Lush is their attempt to recreate these powerful experiences and scale them for larger audiences to experience their brand of hospitality designed to create the cultural allies our world needs for social change.
Our mission is to curate a community that makes culture & hospitality accessible to everyone via our curated Airbnb stays, travel guides, and online/in-person cultural immersive experiences–A place for culture connoisseurs, travelist, and lovers of all things hospitality.
For the past seven years, these sisters have honed their love of cultural exchange, the arts, adventure travel, and home hosting into a brand that their guests say fosters “real connections and lasting memories.” From internationals to locals and even friends who have booked a stay at their rental, all come away feeling like they have been hosted well.
Since COVID-19 hit, they have spent time reimaging how to deliver the same warm and authentic hospitality they have become known for. Still, this time with purpose in mind–to use hospitality to help break down cultural and racial barriers that keep us from celebrating our diversity as individuals and producing the empathy, understanding, and kindness necessary to grow cultural allies we need to change our world for the better.
We envision a world of incredible people made more kind and empathic because of our curated Airbnb stays and experiences, where individual cultural identity is embraced, celebrated, and shared with the world unapologetically.
Believing that the world is a “lush” cultural garden begging to be explored and plucked, they take guests both on in-person and online on cultural tours that engage the senses through cooking classes, local and ethnic food tastings, and tailor-made pop-up experiences, all while creating the space necessary to engage in what the call, “Lush Conversations,” aka taboo topics around race and culture in the hopes of inspiring kindness, empathy and understanding for each others lived experiences.
I’ve been meaning to follow-up with you and say Thank You sooo much for bringing so much joy! It was pure delight to attend your zoom dinner party! I was actually a little blue after I got off because it was such a high!
– Susanna S. Mom, Wife and Working Professional
I always wanted to travel to Italy and thanks to Taiye & Lola this dream was accomplished despite this horrible pandemic! The Process was simple and the class itself was concise and so much fun for both me and my sister. Not only was everyone at the party acknowledged but we all got a chance to talk and ask questions throughout! I cannot wait to travel again with Taiye and Lola!
– Tamika J. Minister & Caretaker
I genuinely enjoyed the online zoom dinner party that Taiye and Lola hosted. It was a great way for everybody to chime in and get engaged. Chef Pietro was amazing, gave detailed instructions, and made it fun for everyone. It really was a good time celebrating, I actually hope to do it again very soon.
– Jahnessa A. Business Owner
My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Taiye and Lola‘s Italian dinner party. The instructor was actually from Italy, which gave it a very authentic feel. It was easy to follow and fun. After taking his Italian cooking class with Taiye and Lola I also have been cooking other dishes so I would say it was the beginning of something new for me and my family
– Ismaeal D. Graphic Designer, Husband and Father
The Italian dinner party was a very memorable experience for me. We laughed hard, ate good and truly felt like we traveled to Italy for the night. I would definitely do it again!
– Natasha H. Urban Planner
The most incredibly hospitable Airbnb hosts offer unique, curated stays and experiences that boast the most satisfactory standards. As a part of the Airbnb Super Host community, we offer unique, high-quality lodgings and experiences that welcome travelers into local communities where anyone can belong anywhere.
Our stays and experiences are ideal for traveling local and international students, digital nomads, and working professionals who want to engage hospitality with a twist.
The host’s love of cultural exchange, the arts, adventure travel, and home hosting shines through to guests; real connections are made, and lasting memories are formed. Guests leave feeling like they have been hosted well, celebrated and invited to become cultural allies.