June 8, 2012


9 unmissable places to see live, local music

Some of the best travel memories I have are of hazy evenings swirling a cocktail in an intimate live music venue. But how do you know which unmarked doors to knock on, and which red, carpeted staircase to venture down?

You’re in luck. Four 9flats musician hosts have let you in on their smoky, moody, must-visit musical secrets…

(photo: ALIghthouse, Flickr)

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May 23, 2012


Sand and the city: 3 top urban beaches in Europe

Concrete too hot to sit on? Buses too stuffy to stand on? Shoes melting into the tarmac? Time to hit the city beach! We’ve had a look around, and have found lots of sand in some unexpected places…

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May 22, 2012


Is collaborative consumption actually new? We think not.

We’re pretty happy to be at the forefront of a new idea: encouraging the world to stop being selfish and start sharing things. But then we thought, are we really that innovative?

Here are six reasons our grandparents might beg to differ…

(photo: Paul Townsend)

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May 20, 2012

travel tips

10 photos to whet your appetite for travel

Every vacation that we embark on is an opportunity to live the extraordinary. This is a collection of photos of some of the world’s greatest cities taken by people who were doing precisely that. Whether it’s the head of an ant as seen through the lens of a National Geographic photographer, or the epic skyscape […]

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May 15, 2012

9flats news

9flats: perfect for family holidays

Family holidays. Many shiver at the very words. First there’s the time spent planning it. Then there’ll be the heated discussion on where to go. When at last a democratic decision is made (by mum), there’s the not so small topic of budget… Which is why we wanted to make life a little easier for […]

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May 9, 2012

9flats news

Introducing… our small but beautiful ‘Pin it’ button

Have you fallen in love with Pinterest yet? We have! Here’s what it’s all about and why you should sign up and start following 9flats…

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May 8, 2012


Go green in Lapland

Our hosts never fail to surprise and delight us. We sent a little email to Joachim in Lapland, Sweden to ask if we could feature his amazing environmentally friendly log cabin in our ‘eco-living’ newsletter. Not only did he say yes, he also told us more great things about his place.

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May 4, 2012

9flats host tips

11 tips to get that first booking on 9flats

So it seems that the world and his dog is offering apartments, mansions, pubs, igloos and huts for rent. For the vast majority, it is sadly a painful waiting game for that first booking. Here are 10 tips to avoid that pain: 1. Buy or borrow an SLR camera for shooting photos of your place […]

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April 27, 2012

Renting your space legally

With home holiday rentals on the rise, governments are starting to wake up to this lucrative market. Until now, these rentals have existed in some kind of legislative grey zone but some local authorities are starting to implement new laws to govern them. While we’re not entitled to give you legal advice, we do want […]

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April 20, 2012

So, what exactly do you think of us?

It’s a little bit scary when you send surveys out (what if no one replies? what if nobody loves us?). But we’re always glad we did. It’s easy to spend lots of time doing things we think would be good, whereas it can be much more helpful to find out what you actually want. With […]

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April 20, 2012

travel tips

How is a vacation like watching TV?

Calling all couch potatoes. Paraphrasing Lord Eddard Stark,” Summer is coming.” If you were in agony over where to go and what to see this holiday season, why not take inspiration from the best shows on television right now. In order of travel-worthiness, here are our top 5! (We also have some tasty suggestions for where […]

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April 11, 2012


What’s value for travellers?

What is good value on your travels? is it value for money? does it mean getting an extra bed for your child at no charge, a free breakfast, a duvet instead of a blanket, a pool with a view that you share with other travelers, far and away from the crush of humanity, or uptown? How about […]

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April 7, 2012

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How to get healthy by eating local

In the whirl of our busy lives, it’s not always easy to look properly at what we’re eating. To show more love to your stomach while you’re away, look to the area you’re staying in. And where better to find fresh and tasty ingredients than at the local farmer’s market?

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March 21, 2012

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Naples in April: America’s Cup

April in Naples is a time of  fine spring weather, and lively streets not yet swamped by a sea of touristy humanity. Take advantage of these beautiful times to savour Neapolitan pizza, weather, and world-class sailing action.   America’s Cup begins April 7 http://youtu.be/HX7tFA6oBEIThe world’s most famous competitive sailing event comes to the southern tip of […]

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March 16, 2012

9flats host tips

Who exactly am I renting from?

There are many good reasons to let your guests know who you are before you meet them. Updating your profile with a picture gives your listing a personal touch, and may lead to more bookings. And getting in touch with your guests, telling them a bit about yourself, can help them feel more comfortable, even […]

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March 13, 2012

Join the 9flats Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter. The time of bunnies, chocolate, too much food, four beautiful days off and… yes, all things eggy!! To celebrate, we’re having a little 9flats Easter Egg Hunt over the next three weeks. 9 eggs. 9 days. 9 prizes. Here’s how it’s going to work: Hide: We’ll cleverly hide an egg in a photo in […]

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March 8, 2012

9flats host tips

How maps can save you from shame and embarassment

This is the second in a series of posts containing practical advice on how to have a safe, enjoyable trip when vacationing with 9flats. Part 1 is here. Last time I wrote about the importance of making sound arrangements for handing over your keys. This week continues with a simple check list. After you give […]

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March 7, 2012

9flats news

How travel booking engines scam you

On any platform, while browsing for that perfect place that will charm the missus, let the kids run around, and have a view to kill for, you discover a dream villa in Bali that satisfies everybody, and even has the rustic Balinese feel that you adore. The page shows that the price-per-night is an unbelievable $200. You make a quick call to your wife to get her ok, and proceed to book 5 nights with the smug satisfaction of a savvy consumer getting a deal.

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March 6, 2012


Pop king and queen: Porcelain Raft and Little Boots

We’re big music fans at 9flats, and love that we can offer musicians a more comfy, homely life on the road. Most recently, we provided beautiful vintage and art nouveau Berlin flats for electro-pop stars Porcelain Raft and Little Boots, both performing at Intro magazine’s 20th birthday party. We caught up with them both to […]

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March 5, 2012

9flats news

Your best birthday wishes

Happy birthday to us! We’re so thankful to all of you for supporting us and for helping us help you reach more and more places in the world every day. Here are 9 of our most favourite birthday wishes you sent us.

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