August 6, 2012

9flats NEWS

9flats lands in the Americas

We’ve been dying to tell you, and now we finally can! 9flats has expanded into North America, with the acquisition of leading private rentals firm iStopOver…

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July 16, 2012

Weird and wonderful

World exclusive… secret footage of the Veggielympics 2012

With all this Olympics talk, we felt like we should be getting involved too. But we missed out on the ticket lottery… what to do?

We decided to hold our very own, no expense spared, Veggielympics in the office kitchen. Have a look! (And find out some mad facts about Olympic sports you never knew before.)

Click: World exclusive… secret footage of the Veggielympics 2012

July 13, 2012

TRAVEL TIPS

Lucia’s Lisbon: Insider’s guide to Europe’s coolest city (part 3)

And so, the end, beautiful friends. Here’s the last day of Lúcia’s secret Lisbon guide.

This week, she cools things down a bit, taking you out of town to walk, meditate and drink some nice wine…

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July 6, 2012

TRAVEL TIPS

Lúcia’s Lisbon: Insider’s guide to Europe’s coolest city (part 2)

Here it is! Part 2 of Lúcia’s secret Lisbon tour, full of more insider tips for you to discover in this amazing city. This week, it’s time to dive into the melodramatic, musical world of Fado…

(photo: pedrosimoes7, Flickr)

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June 25, 2012

COMPETITION

Show us the city you love and win €100!

Win a €100 9flats voucher, just for showing us the best bits of your favourite city on Pinterest. Here’s how to enter our ‘Pin City’ competition.

**Sorry, competition ended 6 July, you can click to see who won though…

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June 22, 2012

9flats news

And what do our hosts think of us?

We recently sent out a survey to our hosts asking them about why they host, and their experience with 9flats. Here’s what they said…

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May 22, 2012

opinion

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 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

accommodation

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 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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March 21, 2012

travel tips

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 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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February 21, 2012

9flats on tour

We czeched out Prague

At 9flats, we’re just about to turn one-year-old. We thought this was a good excuse to celebrate: and what better way than with a weekend escape to the jewel of Central Europe? So, last Friday afternoon, in a minibus full of dreams, eager to discover this beautiful city, we headed off to Prague. When we […]

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February 21, 2012

9flats host tips

Don’t want your hotelier to be your hippie guru?

You may have heard a lot about the hip concept of collaborative consumption – often it is marketed as a sort of new age, free love community marketplace when that plainly isn’t the case. Mashable’s Erica Swallow has the right idea in her article. Not that 9flats doesn’t like to get a bit idealistic sometimes too, […]

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