Response from Paul:
Usually I don't leave responses to comments, as most if not all of my guests are very satisfied, and love the apartment as much as I do. There are some concerns you raise that I must respond to. 1) Yes, Berlin is indeed cold in January. Also November, December, January, and February. Often through March. Welcome to Berlin. 2.) The table that you were searching for, was actually moved to the kitchen. I thought it looked better there. I will move it back. However, you must have noticed the chairs that you speak of were in the apartment though, as you left one in front of the heater, and a bit of green personal under garment under that, crumpled up like discarded rubbish. 3.) The apartment is as in the pictures. As was said earlier in a message to you, there are more and new paintings in the space, as I prepare for a March show. Perhaps there are a few more books as well, but hey, I can only read Cervantes so many times. 4.) I indeed did offer to show you and your boyfriend my lovely coal-wood heater, but your boyfriend said quote "it wouldn't be worth it. " I have no problem people using the coal heater. I love it. Its just a bit tricky. 5) Like all my guests, I left you a set of keys to our other apartment, a more modern one, maybe something you are more used to. Just 5 min up the street. You could have gone there anytime you liked at no extra charge. I extend this offer to everyone regardless of the situation.
Those points being addressed, I must say, for some unknown reason to me, 1 out of every 10 guests seems to have a problem with my humble retreat. Yes its rustic, but its charming, well kept, modest, and clean. I take offense to the clutter remark. The apartment is well organized. I make all the repairs myself. Its an original DDR building, original floors, heating etc. Also there is heating in the bathroom. Its the last of a dying breed of apartments. If you are searching for something more modern try Zurich or Paris. Berlin should remain the bohemian artist colony it always has been. If you had seen the apartment and the city as such, perhaps you would have enjoyed it more. Coal heating is the norm, and heating in the bathroom is a privilege for the wealthy!
That being said, I love this apartment, and I call it home. I live here to, so certainly I must have some standards. Mine are: Minimal, beautiful, rustic, but home, my charming little flat, a country retreat away from bustling Berlin. It upsets me to let guests as yourself into a bit of history, a bit of art and culture, a bit of my personal space (you even had a sneak preview of the new paintings) and a bit of "real" Berlin. Nevertheless thanks for staying. All best, Paul