November 14, 2014

Tips for using your mobile phone abroad

  You want to use your mobile phone abroad, you want to share your experiences with your friends and family at home ? Then follow these useful tips to save mobile phone costs abroad: Think about which apps you need before you go on your journey and download them at home.  You should also manually […]

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October 30, 2014

London- 9 tips for the cold season

Days are getting shorter, colorful leaves lying on the road, a smell of plum cake and pumpkin soup. It’s time again: finally autumn and winter is around the corner. We love the bright colorful season and give you nine reasons why even during cold weather London is worth a trip.   The City of Musicals […]

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December 4, 2012

travel tips

Intoxicating Istanbul: insider guide from the 9flats team

Wanna know how to take fifteen excitable people to Istanbul, and keep them oohing, aaahing and eating for three days? Here’s how…

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July 13, 2012


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


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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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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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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January 18, 2012

9flats introduces

A top tip from our hosts Ralph & Maria

Let us introduce you to our hosts Ralph und Maria from Berlin, who kindly shared their number-one tip with us to get people to pick their apartment over others: “Berlin has become a crowded marketplace for holiday apartments these days and therefore, we are very happy to have found our partner In order to […]

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November 15, 2011

Shoot your own host video

So you want to show more of your place and its surroundings so you can attract more bookings? Then I’d recommend you make a video. Almost every digital camera or mobile phone now has a video camera function so you can shoot your very own homemade host video! 1. How do you film yourself? Most […]

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August 30, 2011

travel tips

Innsbruck – A Visual Feast for the Eyes

Myself and a colleague were lucky enough to be given the opportunity by 9flats to travel to Innsbruck, Austria where we attended the TBU workshops. I had never been to Austria before and my main impression of that country came from books I read as a child, The Chalet School series by Elinor Brent-Dyer. These […]

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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 10, 2011


Edinburgh Festival – show reviews

For those of you who have been following this blog, you will have read my article about the Edinburgh Festival. On Sunday I went through for the day to see some shows. Here are the best parts of what I saw. The Royal Mile (famous road that goes from Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle) is […]

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July 27, 2011

London transport trials and tribulations

Anyone who has visited London will know that they have a complex underground train service (the tube), an overground train service and of course, the distinctive London buses. For all of these, apart from trains going outside of London, you can use an Oyster card, this costs five pounds as a deposit, and after that […]

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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 4, 2011

travel tips

Travel Tips – travelling with children

What to pack for a holiday is surely one of the most difficult things about going on a journey. You pack too much or too little or the wrong things. If you add kids into the equation it becomes even more difficult to remember to bring everything you might need. First thing to do is […]

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May 16, 2011

Travel tips

Off to the Baltic sea!

Before taking off for a weekend spin to the Baltic Sea, all I packed was my bikini and a friend. I’ve only been there once, but I knew I would be back at some point. Boundless fields, dunes, the sea, a fresh breeze and a beach that you can walk on with your bare feet […]

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May 13, 2011

Travel tips

Holiday like a celebrity! Roma with Davide Ricci

If there’s one thing we know about celebrities it’s that they like to holiday, a lot. Magazines are constantly jam-packed with photos of stars in the most luxurious destinations, indulging in the most magnificent accommodations. With price tags for hotel rooms costing thousands per night, it’s not often that the average person gets to live […]

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April 3, 2011

Travel tips

9 Berlin insider tips

1. Black light golfing in Görlitzer Park The entrance to this fun factory is through a backdoor. You can play minigolf in the dark on a meadow or in outer space. This is a must do visitors to Berlin as well as Berliners! 2. Get drunk on 10 Euros This is possible in Friedrichshain, particularly […]

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March 31, 2011


My first time in Frankfurt

I’m on my way again! Not on the streets of Berlin, but this time on the German motorway. I booked with 9flats for the first time today and am now headed to Germany’s centre - Frankfurt!   Frankfurt is known best for its bankers, the largest airport in Germany and its high density of candy dispensing […]

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