August 12, 2011

travel tips

A la Carte Maps

In a recent newsletter to our hosts we put a call out to gather their tips and hints as to how to treat their guests, whether that be with a welcoming smile, fresh flowers or home-cooked local food. One host, Yvonne, provided a great tip which I thought was definitely worth a blog post all […]

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August 11, 2011


Pope Benedict’s visit to Germany

Thousands will descend upon Berlin, Erfurt and Freiburg for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany in September – and all those people will need somewhere to stay! If you have a spare room or accommodation to let during the Pope’s vist don’t forget to list them on as places to sleep are sure to […]

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August 3, 2011

9flats news

Protection for your place

Update on our protection for hosts: Details of this are now on our website here. As mentioned below, for now this is an initiative for our German hosts, but for everyone else, it’s worth having a read about, as it will roll out in other countries within the next few weeks. News of this new […]

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August 1, 2011


9 of the best travel apps

1: World Lens. You’re on the road and you see a sign or a menu that you don’t understand? Aim your iPhone or iPad camera at the text and watch as the translation magically appears. We love the concept, but it would be great to have it for Android too. The other issue is that […]

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July 28, 2011

9flats blogger

Why I love being a host!

by Christine Neder I’ve had my apartment, Grandma’s design Butze, listed on for over six months now. I’ve already had loads of bookings and have met a lot of friendly people. The great thing about being a host with 9flats is that I get to choose who I want to have as a guest. […]

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July 26, 2011

A penny (cent, franc or ruble) for your thoughts…

We like it when you leave reviews for people because it helps our members choose where to stay – and it’s nice to say nice things about nice people. But did you know reviews can actually earn you money? When you upload your first review or recommendation, we’ll credit your bonus account with €3. This […]

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July 22, 2011

9flats on tour

Staying in London for the 9flats Host Meet-Up

Some of the 9flats team went to London on Wednesday for one of our regular host meet-up events. In case you don’t know what they are, these meet-ups are small events allowing us to meet hosts in person and for hosts to meet other hosts to ask questions and share information. And of course, let […]

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July 18, 2011

Jamie Dunn – 19 cities 19 days – The end of the road

We talked about Jamie in previous blog entries, who at the age of 19 aimed to travel to 19 cities in 19 days to give motivational talks to young people. So, did Jamie manage to complete the challenge? Nearly! He managed to take in 10 countries, which is an amazing achievement in itself. Jamie seems […]

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July 13, 2011

9flats introduces

A passion for hospitality

Our events manager, Jana, has a few words to say about a gathering at a 9flats host’s apartment: “Tim Czubayko makes a great host. He rents out his Berlin apartment through 9flats and has been happy to meet many lovely people as guests. Last Thursday he invited the staff of 9flats to an after-work get-together. […]

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July 9, 2011

Get involved! Send us your photos, videos and blog posts of course is all about cool properties – browsing through them, booking them, or renting them out. However, being registered on means you’re also part of a world-wide community. So why not share your experiences with your community through stories, pictures and videos? How? Here’s some suggestions for guests, hosts and bloggers: 9flats […]

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July 7, 2011

Meet-up Berlin

We had a little meet-up in Berlin yesterday so that 9flats hosts could chat with one another and also of course also talk with some of the 9flats team. These regular meet-ups are very casual and allow us to get feedback from our hosts. They also allow hosts to network with other hosts and for […]

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July 6, 2011

9flats host tips

The first impression counts

Let’s be honest: if you were choosing between these two 9flats profiles, which one would you contact? If you went for the profile with the photo, you are not alone: a 9flats profile with a photo is clicked 10 times as much as one without a user photo. The reason: photos stand for honesty and […]

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July 6, 2011

Give me a star!

“Super nice apartment, very quiet, ideal for a short trip.” No wonder guests gave this accommodation a 5 star review. You can’t get better than that, five stars is the highest rating. This is not only great for the host, but for the next guest too.   Here’s the reason why: the number of […]

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June 30, 2011

9flats community

Travel, community and friendship

  The first thing you notice on 9flats.comis of course the photos of the range of cool apartments we offer. However, that is not the only benefit to 9flats – there is also the social networking aspect of our website to consider. When you log in as a guest or a host, you’ll notice that you […]

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June 27, 2011

9flats host tips

Top tips for taking great photos (part 2)

As promised in part 1 here’s a part two of our top tips for your 9flats photos: Editing your images Let’s operate under the assumption that you use a digital camera, a computer and that you all know to how to get the images off your camera and onto your computer. When editing photos there really […]

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June 24, 2011

9flats introduces

19 Flats 19 Cities – Jamie’s Adventure so far

We talked about Jamie Dunn in a previous blog post – At the age of 19, Jamie is attempting to travel to 19 cities in 19 days and 9flats are supporting him in this endeavour. Here’s how he’s been getting on… On the 19th of June he travelled to Lisbon  and held a workshop for student […]

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June 23, 2011

Top tips for taking great photos (part 1)

As promised in our blog post about being the host with the most, here’s a quick guide to taking, editing and uploading digital photos to Seeing as your photos will entice people to look at, and book your property, it’s worth taking the time to get them right. 1. Ready for your close-up? Like […]

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June 22, 2011

9 tips for hosts

Be the host with the most! Here are our top 9 tips for enticing visitors to stay in your 9flats property. 1: Firstly something obvious to everyone (but worth repeating): the apartment or house should be spotlessly clean for new guests. It should smell nice too. Fresh flowers always smell nicer than chemical room fragrance and […]

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June 21, 2011

9flats introduces

Jamie Dunn’s 19 cities in 19 days

9flats would like to introduce you to Jamie Dunn. Who is he? A 19 year old entrepreneur of youth sponsorship who set off travelling on the 19th of June 2011 and aims to visit 19 cities in 19 days! As if that isn’t enough, en route he wants to give 19 motivational speeches too! The 9flats […]

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June 7, 2011

9 flats outing

Work trip to Prague!

I was recently fortunate to make my maiden trip to Prague for a short 24-hour work trip. Unfortunately my work duties left me with only a few precious hours to see the city before having to rush back to the airport and my flight home. What to do? A major part of the solution – […]

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