So Airbnb, have you tried it?
Airbnb has been around for a while now and despite having a few saved properties on there I’d never actually stayed in one, until Berlin.
I composed a shortlist of potential properties in Berlin on Airbnb and shared it with my three girlfriends, secretly hoping they’d all like my favourite. They did *phew*.
The chalk wall where visitors have left little messages was a personal touch. The ceilings are high, and the windows tall, letting in plenty of light. And there was even a balcony. I’d stay here again without hesitation.
The apartment is in an area called Moabit, which is a great area, but it is off the beaten track of most tourists as there aren’t masses of key historical hotspots here. So it isn’t really a place many people know unless they are living or staying there.
To me, this makes it a bit of a hidden gem and all the more interesting.
It takes about 15 minutes on the subway (the entrance of which is right outside the flat- Birkenstrasse) to get to Brandenburg Gate- so its not miles away from anything by any means. I think it feels different because each neighbourhood in Berlin is so distinctive.
Those doors!! That parquet floor!! That coat rack!!
The building and the apartment are very much like older New York architecture. Almost like a bigger version of Carrie Bradshaw’s flat (Sex and the City). If you’ve seen the original Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski) it reminded me of the apartment in that, the rooms flow into one another, all off a central hall.
Period features are everywhere in this property, from the cornicing to the ceiling roses to the door handles (I fell head over heels for these).
There are five single beds across two bedrooms in this apartment, plus an Ikea daybed in the Living room. So six people can fit into this accommodation, it felt the perfect size for four of us though.
Surrounding the apartment are a couple of restaurants and corner shop/off licenses as well as a huge supermarket. Not forgetting the vegan cafe and the markhalle I talked about in my previous post.
Check out the listing over on Airbnb here- Bohemian Berlin Apartment – if you want to stay somewhere and experience Berlin almost like a local than I’d really recommend this Airbnb. Marlene, the host came to meet us and show us into the apartment. All our communication previous to arriving had been superb, it helps that her English is so good.
I think Airbnb is possibly made for people like me- I love seeing inside other peoples homes!
If you have any Airbnb suggestions do pop them in the comments. I’d love to see where you’ve stayed!