About this listing
Quiet and bright room in large apartment, a stones throw away from public transport, restaurants, bar, galleries, the Spree, the East Side Gallery and so much more! Back after a year off AirBnB and looking forward to getting to know you!
Enjoy the privacy of a clean & quiet room in a large 100sqm apartment located in the backyard of a renovated building, a hop and a skip away from the bustling centre of the Friedrichshain "kiez" (neighbourhood) with it's restaurants, cafés and bars. Minimalist but comfortable, we keep adding to the space and rooms and decorations as we go. I came to Germany with 2 suitcases, so it's a work in progress.. and an eclectic mix.
We haven't yet decided how to decorate the various walls, or if we should make a bowling alley out of the hallway (maybe you have a brilliant idea?), but I have somehow ended up owning a rather large amount of Canadian Moose paraphernalia, so Moose-haters should abstain. :) Aside from that, everyone should feel welcome. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Your private room is bright and you'll share a bathroom, large living and dining room with me and my boyfriend Fabian...all the space you need for a relaxed stay.
As long as you don't get on my bad side by helping yourself to my maple cookie stash, we believe in sharing so feel free to use the internet, cable TV, kitchen and living room or unwind with a drink on the balcony.
Interaction with Guests
We are here for city tips, recipes and the occasional glass of wine, but are also happy to stay mostly out of your way if that's what you prefer. Usually out of the house early and back late, but also happy to give tips by SMS (some guest have been known to send me their location for restaurant tips nearby, although I can't guarantee response time ;-)).
Friedrichshain is in former East Berlin and is constantly changing. From the most famous nightclubs, small bars, restaurants and beergardens to quiet green parks and flea markets, you can find it all around the corner in this safe and lively neighbourhood. Unique shops and people dot the landscape, as is so typical for Berlin, so you can get lost on an impromptu shopping tour, meet some storm-troopers, or just sit on a bench and see who walks by.
Check out the RAW area and the streets around Boxhagener Platz, or take the subway a few stations to the multi-cultural Kreuzberg, gentrified Prenzlauerberg or swankier Mitte districts.
Whether you want to rent bikes at the corner store, walk 10 minutes to the East Side Gallery, or take one of the 4-5 possible public transport options located a 5min walk away to the other highlights the city has to offer, this is a great home base to do it from. Parking isn't a problem, although you'll only find something in front of the door if you're very lucky and Berlin isn't really a city you want to explore by car. If the weather is nice, bike rental is the best option.
There is no "downtown" in Berlin, so you can expect everything to be anywhere from about 10 min (the East Side Gallery) to 30 min (Check Point Charlie, West Berlin) away. Every neighbourhood has it's attractions, but you can expect a fair amount of walking/biking.. that's Berlin life!
- Smoking is only allowed on the balcony
- Parties are not allowed: it's a quiet building and it should be kept that way.. but there are so many options around the corner, it's not worth it to stay home and party anyway
- Keep shared spaces tidy
- Enjoy your stay!
Everything was great! The room was as described and as a bonus both Catherine and Fabian were super nice. The location is really good also if you are interested in going around Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
Catherine's place is airy and spacious. She and Fabian are great hosts who made me feel right at home - also felt that I had plenty of space to myself. The apartment faces an inner courtyard and was very quiet and cool during a hot spell.
Catherine was a lovely host and her apartment is very nice. It was very close to public transit and within walking distance of some nice areas. The room was very nice and clean. I recommend this listing if you are visiting Berlin.
Catherine & Fabian were great! Let me feel as it qas my home. They are very nice and intelligent so you can always find something in common to talk about, especially when you got a glass of whisky ;) location is very good if you are looking for restaurants and pubs/clubs and need only 1 U bhan to get to the center (alexanderplatz). Very recommended.
Catherine's place has to be one of the best Airbnb accommodations I have stayed in. Also from the courtesy call I got even before I left London, to the detailed instructions on how to get to the flat - to the little notes letting me know where everything was (including where I could get the best breakfast in the vicinity), I could not have asked for a better host than Cath. The flat itself is spacious and cosy at the same time and made me feel right at home. The location is also convenient as its a short walk from the station and is very centrally located with easy access to all amenities. Certainly where I will be staying every time I travel to Berlin in the future. Highly recommended.
This, to me, is why airbnb exists; to make fantastic homes in great areas accessible for travelers looking to avoid hotels and get a real sense of the towns they're visiting.
Catherine's flat is perfection. It's serene, clean, open (sprawling, even), charming and modern. The bathroom is clean (big deal for me), kitchen is stocked (with all you'll need to cook if you so choose), living room is big with a tv ( I never ventured there but I'm sure it's not a problem if you want to), there's a cute little balcony, plenty of space to store your luggage but still have room to exist.
It's an 8 minute walk from the S and U bahn stations, and a 12 minute ride to the center of town. The neighborhood is very much like TriBeCa in NYC, the flat is much like those in fort Greene (big, beautiful).
Catherine is pleasant and helpful, present but not overly so.
I will hit up Catherine anytime I need to return to Berlin, I recommend her place highly, pictures are accurate. This is the best experience I've had with airbnb so far. Stay here.
About the Host, Catherine
As a German Montrealer, delicious food and cultural mixes have always been a part of my life: I live for time spent with people from all over the world, sharing experiences and discovering new culinary delights. After over 4 years in Berlin, I still can't live without maple syrup and have trouble coming to terms with the fact that good bagels are a rare commodity, but a regular delivery of other Canadian delicacies keeps me tied over until my next visit. I dance well but not often enough, while I sing badly but too much. I'm also an avid reader and movie watcher, and enjoy contemporary art, photography and advertising from the early 19th century.
I've travelled quite a bit, but am always adding new destinations to my list. When go somewhere, I tend to start off with a plan and then change it. I'm an independent traveller and relaxed host, who tends to adapt to her visitors: I'll give tips about where to go, where to eat and what to do or make myself scarce and let them discover everything themselves if that's what they prefer. I've slept in cars and in nice hotels, but prefer the comfort of smaller BnBs where I can learn about the region and people who live there first hand.
Sidenote: it would be great if you sent me an inquiry before a booking request! thanks! :)