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Get a Local Friend And A Place To Stay With Plus One Berlin

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January 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s been so much activity on the hotel app front this past year that we named it the Must-Have Hotel Amenity in our HotelChatter 2012 Awards. From booking stays and checking in, to ordering room service and finding things to do and see at your destination, it’s all a click away. There is of course the front desk or traditional concierge you can prod for more personal recommendations, but what to do when you are looking to get the true insider track on the city you’re visiting based on your own interests?

Enter the concept created by Plus One Berlin, which allows you to book time with one of over 30 locals and be their “plus one” when getting to know the city. Here’s how it all works.

You have two choices of accommodation: the Plus One apartment or a partner property. The Plus One apartment starts at €120 ($160) a night and gives you a roomy loft-like space with kitchenette, bathroom, balcony, and free Wifi.

A few days before arrival you can browse the profiles of available plus ones to see who you would like to meet up with for an introduction to Berlin, whether it’s a photographer to show you where to capture the city’s architecture or a music journalist that can take you to the best vintage record stores. Each local is selected and vetted by Plus One Berlin, and you can choose a short experience of an hour to get some advice and tips or three to five hours to really explore the city.

In addition to the Plus One apartment, there are currently two partner properties. Miniloft has a number of ultra-modern lofts in the heart of the city that can accommodate from one to five people, with rates ranging from €80 to €210 ($106 to $280). Tautes Heim is just outside the main city, where you can stay in a fully restored 1920s Modernist house with up to four people from €150 ($200) a night, with a three-night minimum stay. If you’re staying in one of the partner properties, the Plus One experience for one hour costs €30 ($40), three to five €50 ($67).

What do you think? Would you consider using something like the Plus One experience? Do you know of similar programmes existing in your city or do you think there is potential? Let us know in the comments!

[Photo: Plus One Berlin]

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