Spacious, 1 BR (2 zimmer), 60m² (Ideal for 2, plus 1 single air mattress if you're 3) + Living/Dining Room + Kitchen + Full Bathtub, on a quiet street in Friedrichshain. Between 30-600 meters to Boxhaganer Plz, trendy bars, & the U- and S-Bahn.
Cozy & great value! A 1970s East Berlin style flat (1990s renovation), is minimal with simple artwork, basic 2nd hand furniture, and a spacious bedroom with a kingsize bed. Nice light in most of the apartment all day, good energy, and manages a cozy feeling. Full bathtub.
Tons of conveniences - all you could really need within 1-5 blocks walking distance.
WIFI - yes.
Dish + Clothes Washer / Dryer available for use (if they're operational, that is!)
2 blocks from Boxhaganer Platz in Friedrichshain, U-bahn on the corner, S-Bahn 10 minute walk or 1 stop on the Ubahn.
PERFECT FOR 2, but ACCOMMODATES 3 comfortably: King bed + single air mattress in living room.
EASY CLIMB: 1 Ober Geschloss or "2nd floor" in USA.
Everywhere (whole apartment) except for one room for our storage. You would have access to 60sqm.
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes in person, but always (website hidden) and email. In emergencies someone with a key can come to provide help.
Friedrichshain is one of Berlin's great neighborhoods. Like most of Berlin, you could wander the streets for days and not discover all the shops, cafes, record stores, book stores, clubs and restaurants. I love living here!
Kinzigstrasse is a fairly quiet street (for now), and acts as a bridge between the fast-paced Frankfurter Allee, and the cozy neighborhood streets of Friedrichshain. If you're interested in Buddhism, check out the Buddhist temple and center 1 block away on Kinzigstr., or if former East Berlin squatter buildings are of interest, check out the pub across the street from the building or a few of the others still remaining around Friedrichshain.
Samariter Str. U-bahn (line 5) is on the corner. Frankfurter Allee S-Bahn is a 10 minute walk or one stop on the Ubahn. Very convenient. Also there's a taxi stand 2 blocks South toward Boxhagener Plz.
If you have a car, there is street parking but it's not free. For transportation, I strongly recommend walking, scooter, Smart Car or bicycle. Sorry - no bikes available from us but there are lots of rentals within a few blocks of the apartment. There is also a taxi stand 2 blocks away, in front of the Gold Hotel at the end of Kinzigstr toward Boxhaganer Platz. This is very handy for early morning or late night airport sprints!
Other Things to Note
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This building isn't "wild berlin". It is a pretty quiet building, so not a good choice for people wanting to be able to make as much noise as they like, play live or loud music (after 10pm). I am a musician and have not had problems practicing guitar during the day but it's always done with some consideration. Even loud talking or general rambunctiousness after 10pm is not appreciated by the neighbors.
The value of this apartment and its location cannot be overstated. While not a luxurious apartment, it is quiet, cozy, comfortable, very East Berlin and "German," and one of the more convenient spots you could ask for in the city. Easy to get to the most popular areas of Berlin in 15-30 via bike, car or public transport.
THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING: Sorry and thank you for not smoking. There is no flexibility on this. If it does smell like smoke after a rental, a significantly larger cleaning fee (100 Euros) will be applied, and owners will seek to have this amount deducted from the security deposit. This is a firm policy.
QUIET RULES COMMON IN BERLIN: Unfortunately this is a biggie in this city though probably less so in squatter buildings or primarily artist buildings in Kreuzberg, etc. I was surprised to learn that sometimes people even complain about loud talking, arguments, and walking loudly in the apartment after 10pm. In this building there are rules which request tenants to be quiet between 10pm and 7am, and again between 1-3pm. During the day and on weekends, i have never received a complaint. Wearing slippers (or no shoes) at night really helps the general overall happiness, but is not a requirement.
NO PETS: I love pets! but in this case, no pets are allowed - sorry (and thanks for understanding)! We have allergies in the household so it translates to misery on our end.
We hadn't seen Jette's apartment and had booked one on the same neighborhood, from a guy named Erik. He canceled on us 24hrs prior to our arrival and it was quite despairing. Airbnb quickly refunded us and listed some options. We found Jette's apartment, who obviously wasn't expecting us, but had a planned trip and could very kindly let us stay there.
It was perfect. The apartment is big and great. The location is excellent, extremely close to the subway and in walking distance to drugstores, supermarkets and many other amenities. The neighborhood is great, with a vast selection of cafes, vintage shops, record stores and even a flea market within a 10 minute walk of the apartment. Her kitchen was perfect, we cooked a lot and everything worked just as expected. She's very polite and quickly answered all our questions.
We had no issues with the neighbors. Actually we didn't even see them, apart from the one across the hall, a very kind man.
She arrived in town one day before our departure and asked us to leave her suitcases in her apartment. She didn't even want to go upstairs, to not bother us, which we found amazingly polite and really respectful.
We hope she had no problems with our stay cause, without a doubt we had a perfect time in her beautifully furnished apartment and we owe that to a series of happy coincidences. We hope to be able to return someday.
Jette's flat is stylish and cosy, with a king size bed and a kitchen that is ready for cooking. Unfortunately, the neighbours seem to be extremely picky and the walls are very thin. Every slightly louder noise or talk is forbidden, no matter what time in the day (for example, it is not allowed to walk in the flat with street shoes). So after all I would recommend that flat to very quiet people or such who only need a place for sleeping. Last but not least, the flat is located in the middle of Friedrichshain, which is well known for its great pubs and clubs, so you might probably find something else to do in the evening than staying at home ;-)
Yes my neighbors need their quiet it's true, and i agree the walls are a little thin but not that bad. The rule for quiet in this building, which i've stated in the guidebook, is from 10pm to 7AM. But yes - it's not a building for party animals or college students wanting to be loud at night or anyone wanting to have friends over at night. I would not have enjoyed this place for that reason during most of my 20s. However it is a very cosy and peaceful place, so if that's what someone is looking for, it's a good place for them! Also i do stay up all night fairly often, and walk with street shoes in the apartment without problems, and without complaints. Tho i've learned to try to walk quietly or on the rugs primarily. While it is certainly considerate not to use shoes of course there is no rule saying not to wear them. The complaint we received from your stay, from our neighbors, was that they overheard a loud fight which was so disturbing to them, that they wondered if they should call the police to prevent someone from getting hurt. It's possible they are more sensitive to noise than anyone else i've ever known, but still, they called us to tell us this while it was happening, out of concern and annoyance.
Regarding the below comments, when i got home i ran the washer/dryer and it was working fine - everything dried. Possibly you put in too large a load or simply needed more drying time which is easy to add? But also i make it clear in the description that i cannot promise a working washer/dryer, and i that it would not be fixed during your stay if it were to break, but that you were welcome to use it while staying at the apartment. Also the dishwasher - it appears that you had pushed it too far inward so you couldn't close the door properly which is why it wouldn't work. I simply pulled it out a little bit so the door could close and it worked fine.
I did appreciate your doing the laundry though and the food! Thanks for that.
I'm sorry you had such a difficult time here, but it would appear that many of them are coming from not having the proper expectations about the flat, not having read the manual, or not understanding how to use a piece of equipment. Most people who stay here are extremely happy with the place.
Also i'd like to mention that there was tobacco and ash left behind in the window sill of the kitchen, but this is a non smoking apartment. It also smelled a bit like smoke when i returned.
Jonelle's place was clean, very nice and conveniently located. Jonelle was also very kind to call and make sure we got in okay and she was also very responsive if we had any questions.
We loved the apartment , very big , clean ,just like the photos .
Very huge bed ! And the neighbourdhood was incredible , a los of markets and conmections . We fall in love with berlin . Jonelle was a great host , we cant knew personally, but always responds our questions.
Me and my brother stayed at Jonelle's place for 10 days and it was awesome! The house is very beautiful and comfortable, many vintage things in very good shape make the flat very homey and also there are many new facilities that we used and worked good - heating, dishwasher, wifi internet, fridge, stove, oven, washing machine all was working well with no problems. We also enjoyed the huge bed and the bathtub. The flat is easy to get from and to, it's right there above samariterstrasse u bahn station located in the Main Street of frankfurter allee which goes everywhere around Berlin but also we walked a lot around the neighborhood they have pretty much everything so it was very convenient. Communicating with Jonelle was easy and good she was very helpful with everything we needed even if she was busy she would send a message every couple days to see if we need anything. So thank you Jonelle for having us it was a great experience and I recommend to anyone planning to go to Berlin to stay at Jonelle's house, I know I would definitely the next time I'm there!! [=
great location and the house is really pretty even better than the photo . Nice place to work and sleep , made us always want to stay at home . and the kitchen is super nice, we cook every day .
and Jonelle is the best host ever , she is nice and helpful .
i fully recommend this place ! and i hope can stay here again :)
I stayed in Jonelle's flat for a week. The neighborhood was very calm and me and my boyfriend really enjoyed the area: it is very closed to local markets and supermarkets. Moreover, you are just a few minutes from the center.
At our arriving we had a little problem with the keys (Jonelle was not there and at first we didn't succeed in opening the lock box where they were), but in the end we managed to solve it. Jonelle has been helpful and the communication with her was good.
I recommend this flat!!
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