Subject: Berlin Apartment
Hi, Don and Linda and all Ziners,

Don and Linda asked me about the apartment we rented for a week in Berlin. The location was on Motzstrasse near Martin Luther Strasse. The bus stop on Martin Luther Strasse was close to our building. Also the U-Bahn stop at Nollendorfplatz was just a couple of minutes on foot from us. There was a small supermarket across the street from us, as well as a large supermarket on Nollendorfplatz and a health food market nearby. There was also a bakery almost across from us, as well as various restaurants on the nearby Fuggerstrasse. The area is well known for its antique shops as well as being a gay area with various bars and stores catering to the gay community. Nevertheless, it is very quiet. One can even walk to the Kurfurstendamm, while the train station at the Zoo is only 5 stops by bus. There is also a taxi stand at the corner of Motzstrasse and Martin Luther Strasse, which was very convenient to go from and to the airport (cost $15 euros).

We found this small apartment with entrance hall, one room (living room/bedroom) including TV, kitchen and balcony through Enjoy bed and breakfast, a gay bed and breakfast agency. They have a website at www.ebab.de/, including an English-version site. I used the German language site, but assume the English language one must be similar. You first search by placing the dates you intend to be in Berlin. This will give you a list of all apartments available (in our case there were 160!). You then can click on each one and look at the pictures provided, and also clicking in another symbol (a magnifying glass), read what is offered, including location, size, amenities, floor location, elevators or not, whether they rent to smokers/non-smokers, gays/lesbians/hererosexuals, etc. Since we wanted to rent a non-smoking apartment, our choices were very limited. Once you choose three choices in order of preference and send to the agency via the web, in our case, they called us from Berlin (no cost to us), after contacting the owners of the apartment to confirm and tell us that our second choice was available. You confirm your acceptance by sending the agency an e-mail and they send you the name, telephone, address and e-mail of the person renting the apartment. From then on, your contact is directly with the person renting.

They require that you pay cash only on the day of arrival and bring identification, including passport and sign a document, in case there are damages during your stay.

We were satisfied with the location, quietness, cleanliness, and all went as planned without any problems.

By the way, we also got our studio in Paris via the internet and everything went well also and at a great central location at the Marais at the crossroads of the Jewish and gay areas.

All the best,

Helio