////Price includes the new 5% Berlin City Tax for guests. Please read more at the end of the description////
The space I'm offering is a charming and adequately sized apartment situated in the heart of Berlin's cultural and artistic epicenter: Kreuzberg.
If you're fishing for a taste of classic Berlin, how it once was, a nostalgic insight into one of this districts few remaining unrestored houses, you're on the right page.
The flat is situated in the back yard of the house, sheltered from the noisy traffic of the main road and blessed daily with orchestral chirps of the local bird life.
Out of the door and to the left you'll find yourself walking through the infamous Graefe Neighborhood, littered with fancy antique shops, quaint cafes and eateries. Walk out of the door and turn right and you're headed for the slightly grittier Kottbusser Damm: with plenty of character and on the lip of Berlin's newly self titled Kreuz-koelln, the suburbs between Kreuzberg and Neukoelln, this years preferred area of the creative class.
A couple of blocks off Kottbusser Damm you'll find an abundance of creative/concept spaces, exhibitions, independent record/vintage/2nd hand shops, bike rental shops and plenty of alternative little bars tucked away in between all of the back streets.
If you fancy a nibble, Kreuzberg's finest 24 hour kebab house 'Galgor' is just across the road, or on the way you might decide to go for a plate of Sudanese at Nil instead.
If you prefer to cook, there are plenty of supermarkets nearby, my favorite being Bolu, a Turkish supermarket which offers a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, olives, cheese pastes, breads and equipped with a worthy meat counter at the back.
Just down the road you'll find the wonderful Maybachufer. A stretch of one of Berlin's most scenic canals also hosts a bi-weekly market on Tuesdays and Fridays offering foods of the world, exotic fabrics and all sorts of other things. On the weekend there's a lovely flea market here.
Just 5 minutes up the road you'll reach Hasenheide, one of Berlin's greenest parks, which boasts having a small hill.
The U8, the city's most exciting underground line is at the bottom of the street and takes you right through into Mitte (middle). The underground/ bus connection to the airport is also only a five minute walk away.
The apartment is ideal for one person, or even a couple. There is a double bed but I have a spare single mattress if needed. The house is a typical Berlin Altbau, it has high ceilings and classic wood flooring. It consists of a kitchen (fully equipt) a small bathroom with shower and a minimally but suitably furnished bed/livingroom. Wifi connection is of course available. I also have plenty of storage space if you need it.
///City Tax//// Since 01.01.2014
The City Tax is collected by the accommodation providers and added to the hotel bill. It is an indirect tax: The accommodation providers have to transfer the tax and are authorised to claim the same amount of money from their guests in turn. They are not obliged to pass the fee on to their guests, though. Accommodation providers are defined as businesses that provide short-term overnight accommodation, such as hotels, guest houses, private landlords, independent hostels, youth hostels and campsites.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$11 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$411 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$695 /month|
Joe was super helpful and accommodating, a great host! The apartment is good for one or two people, and located near many cool things. The coal stove takes a bit of work to run, which I enjoyed learning. (Joe typically takes care of this, so not to worry if that intimidates you). The wifi can be a little spotty, for those that need fast and consistent internet. Overall I had a good experience and would stay again.
The apartment is really great, charming, unique and more spacious than I expected. It's also in a great location with plenty of good pubs and restaurants nearby.
Joe was really helpful, hospitable and responsive to any queries.
His apartment is excellent value - I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
Great host. Great location. Walk through graffiti filled doors into a courtyard with manikins and the miscellaneous. Creep up one flight of creaky stairs and enter Joe's little Kreuzberg gem that's well kept and comfy. Close to cafés, metro stops and an awesome little breakfast spot on the corner. Joe couldn't have been a better host, and the two nights spent at the spot were über comfortable.
I stayed 6 days in Joe's apartment and it all went smoothly.
The wood fire oven heated up the old apartment really well which was great to come home to when outside it was a freezing -6 degrees. The apartment is located in great area in Kreuzberg, only 7mins from the U-Bahn. I felt safe and comfortable in the area even when returning home in the early hours of the morning. The apartment was perfect for a short stay in Berlin. I would recommend it to a solo traveller/couple in a heartbeat!
Great and cosy spot. Going back to minimalistic living makes you remember the simple things in life. Joe is a great host and will happily answer any questions you might have.
We stayed over new year , joe was great ! Very traditional place , old and quirky really liked it . Clean and nice and warm - even in December . Great location . Wifi was very intermittent.
Joe's apartment is a he says - Kreuzberg as it used to be, with a cole oven, wooden floors, in a Hinterhaus. Lovely furnished and quiet. Joe had put fresh flowers in the flat, and when I told him I was getting a cold, he showed up with ginger and lemons for tea - I don't know if there's any better metaphor to describe what a caring host he is!
We stayed in Joe's apt for 5 days in early December. The apt has a great location btw Kreutzberg and Neukölln. Several metrolines are nearby so it doesn't take long to move around from Schönleinstrasse to other parts of the city.
The reason why we gave only two stars is because we don't think this is a good spot to stay over in winter time. It does get chilly in the apt even though one heats up the brick oven that there is in the bedroom.
Kreuzberg is a brilliant location in Berlin and Joe's apartment was a perfect base for our weekend break. Very handy for the Metro and 6 of the top 10 Bars in Berlin (according to the Guardian) were walking distance, perfect!
Despite not having central heating, the apartment was warm thanks to the fire and heaters. We weren't there long enough to use the kitchen facilities but it had everything you could need.
Really great value in a great location.
Joe met us at the apartment and briefed us on everything. He called in daily to light the ceramic coal fire and keep the place warm. The apartment was adequate size, although the bathroom was squeezy and needs maintenance. Kitchen was not particularly clean or well appointed.
Thanks for your feedback, Don. The kitchen is appointed just as it is in the photos, which you have a chance to inspect before booking, but I apologize if you felt that way. And yes, I'll focus more on kitchen cleanliness in the future, although the standard of cleanliness in the kitchen or the rest of the place was never an issue with previous guests. Yes the bathroom is miniture, but everything functions as it should. Thanks.