From my point of view, accommodation in Berlin is still quite affordable. I won’t say cheap – but compared with other large cities like London, Paris, Rome or even New York and Tokyo, in Berlin you will probably get quite good deals on Hotels, Hostels and Holiday Apartments. This partly has to do with Berlin’s overall situation: compared with other cities Berlin is still affordable, and so are the different options of accommodation.
Additionally in Berlin there is a lot of competition among Hotels, Hostels and Holiday Apartments. Just two numbers: for Berlin there are over 11.000 short term rental apartments listed on AirBNB – and Berlin’s hotels have 30.000 more beds to offer, than hotels in New York City. So chances are you’ll either way find a place to stay: be it the five star Luxury Hotel in the middle of Mitte or the cheap short term rental apartment in a large apartment house on the outskirts of the city – Berlin probably has something for everybody.
In my opinion the problem is not the tourists that decide to stay at an apartment instead of a hotel –– but it’s the local politics that have gone ‘strange’ directions over the past years. For years it has been clear that Berlin’s population is continuously growing and that every year more and more tourists are visiting the city. But that has been ignored more or less. Recently a new law was discussed a lot, that should regulate Berlin’s apartment rent index – but this is not the right page to discuss the rent regulation law.
Since the year 2000 the number of hotel beds in Berlin has almost doubled. Currently you can choose from one of over 130.000 hotel beds – that’s about 30.000 more beds than New York City hotels have to offer (source: Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg). Basically all the big hotel chains – but also the cheap hotel chains have at least one house in Berlin. Read on…
If you’re looking for a short term rental apartment, there is a number of both private and commercial apartments available. So if you’re visiting Berlin only for a couple of days, chances are you can actually stay in an ‘original Berlin apartment’ – or an ‘almost original Berlin apartment’. There has been quite some discussion about short term rental apartments – or ‘holiday apartments’ in the past months and years since the housing situation in Berlin is actually not as relaxed, as it used to be for years – and even decades. Read on…
As I already pointed out on the page about ‘drinking in public‘: with great freedom comes great responsibility: so in case you are actually renting an apartment, you’ll have to take care of many things: organizing the trash and recycling, operating the heating, closing and locking windows and doors – all these little details that may work a bit different from what you may be used to. Read on…
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Berlin Bed and Breakfast
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a link list with links to various search engines and apartment directories, recommended to students by Berlin’s Freie Universität (University)
“Berlin Hotels, Hostels & Accommodation”
an introduction to Berlin accommodation by lonelyplanet.com
Search engine specialized on Berlin holiday apartments
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