In Berlin, Don’t be a Tourist

By

20th Sep, 2012

Like many of you, I hate being a tourist. When I’m visiting a new city, I’ll admire the great landmarks from afar and keep on moving in search of the smallest backstreets and the hidden local haunts. And this is why I write my Paris blogs, for all of you who would rather be discovering local Parisian secrets than climbing the Eiffel Tower along with 20,000 other tourists. Berlin resident and British ex-pat, Miss Clare Freeman seems to be a kindred spirit.

In the young, up-and-coming Kreuzkölln district, Clare has opened her own one-room studio apartment hotel with the choice of your very own Berlin local included in the price. No, not like an escort service; think of Plus-1 Berlin like an exclusive friend-finder that also provides you with a stylish, well-located accommodation. The concept gives you the opportunity to be the ‘plus one’ of an in-the-know local who will show you a side of Berlin that only locals get to see.

Princessinnengarten Restaurant/ Cafe, Berlin

“You know you’re not getting just anyone”, says Clare who began enlisting her own friends as ‘plus ones’ back in March and has since formed a network of 35 locals of various nationalities, professions and interests, hand-selected for their knowledge and passion for Berlin.

Here’s how it works: once you book the studio apartment which sleeps up to three people, you’ll be given a login access to the site where you can browse through the profiles of Plus One’s locals and choose who you want to hang out with, along with the time, date and length you want for your experience.

Meet-ups can be short & sweet or for up to five hours long. You’ll be able to email back and forth with your chosen local to discuss what kind of things you’d like to do and they can start planning something awesome.

Berlin River Cafe

Maybe you’ll be tagging along to a cool industry party or doing some hard-bargaining with a flea market expert. If you just want to meet up for a drink to get a low-down on all the local secrets to discover on your own, that’s fine too.

Clare, formerly of Design Hotels, renovated the studio apartment (with balcony) and brought in two Berlin-based architects who used a combination of new and salvaged materials.

It includes just about everything a savvy traveler would want including WiFi and a personalized map of the local area with suggestions for the best shops, coffee houses and bars that give you a discount if you flash your P1B key ring.

And of course all of it, every last bit of it is included in the price (unlike that minibar on your last vacation).

The P1B nightly rate is just 120 Euros. Want to be a plus one in Berlin? Book here. 

Or perhaps you’re a Berlin resident and want to become a PB1 local. Get involved here: info@plusoneberlin.com

Images via PB1 and Pinterest

:::

CONSIDERING A EUROPEAN GETAWAY? YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Editor's PicksInternet ScrapbookLife is Messy

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

2554-5 Kinderzitje van fiets Amsterdam 1925

Preserved Moments of Historical Sass (Vol. 8)

I haven't done one of these for a while and I think it's about time we got the series going again. Not much to it, just me having a bit of fun curating the sassiest old school pictures I can find on n...

Trending 8,303
tincan

My Tin Can Tourism Club

I had my first tin can tourism experience this summer and ironically, I found it endlessly glamorous! You can read all about my experience here. Personally, I think tin can tourism needs a come...

Trending 3,225
rotonde

The Last Summer Night in Paris

I returned from a summer adventure away, expecting to slouch back into my same old rickety chair at my usual café terrace and wait for winter to find its way back to Paris, always too soon... ...

Trending 4,271