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Berlin and Munich - finding a place to stay for three adults

Hi, three of us are travelling to Munich and Berlin and seeking suggestions of a place to stay in each city.

In Berlin, we want to be close to Mitte due to its proximity to major landmarks, including places in Prenzlauerberg and Neukoelln. I would be ok staying in Prenzlauerberg or other places close to Mitte. We would want our own individual beds and a private bathroom, and an apartment or junior suite would be ideal...looks like things are booking fast.

When I traveled to other countries, Airbnb was great, but it sounds like Berlin has really cracked down. Is there a way to do this to minimize risk? Also noticed apartments on Booking.com - wonder if it's the same problem...

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I'm not clear. Are you also looking for a place to stay in Munich? If so, I stayed at Hotel Uhland and there were 3 of us with separate beds. I highly recommend Uhland which also includes an extensive breakfast

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Great, thank you. Yes, I see I was unclear and will edit my original post. Need suggestions for Munich and Berlin. Thank you!

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I usually start by looking at Booking.com. Depending on the city, I'll often filter my search by neighborhood (in larger cities) and then filter it from lowest price to highest. Then I'll start looking for properties that have significantly higher customer ratings than others in its price range. I've never been disappointed.

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You can avoid any issues with illegal apartments in Berlin by booking an Apartment Hotel, such as this one which is very popular and highly rated:

https://www.adinahotels.com/en/apartments/berlin-hackescher-markt/

Friends stayed there and loved it.

As for Munich, I too have stayed in that triple room at Hotel Uhland. I shared it with my two teen nephews and it was very comfortable. The room is large and the three single beds were arranged with long sides against the walls in an Ell shape, leaving the center of the room open.

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In Berlin choose ho(s)tel around Alexanderplatz. East end of eastern center area (blue area in map). Also best connections to Prenzlauer Berg (U2 and tram) and to Neukölln (U8).

Important when booking is to mark clearly that you will have 3 persons in a room, do not just book a room for 2 and move in with 3.

In both cities plus Hamburg AirBnB supports illegal operating providers which have neither permission nor registration to rent their apartments to tourists. If an apartment does not have an official registration number it is possible that it will disappear between booking and arrival. Just as indication: Between last July and November over 3,000 illegal apartments disappeared from the market (that was around 18%, source). Same problem with apartments offered on booking.com but they are not harassing Berlin people against each other like AirBnB did in public campaigns.

Also have in mind that if you choose to stay in an apartment in areas / cities with less apartments than needed on the market you will not live like but instead of poorer locals. So as a resident I ask all travelers to travel social responsibly by choosing hotel or hostel.

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Thanks - appreciate the specific hotel suggestions!

Mark - is there a specific place you'd suggest near Alexanderplatz?

Also, since you mentioned Neukoelln, any places (restaurants, cafe's bars) you'd recommend checking out? I loved Tacheles in the 90s :-)

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A real nice boutique hotel is LuxEleven, on the low-price end One80° hostel. A solution in between would be Holiday Inn Express Alexanderplatz. All offer accomodation for three.

Old Tacheles ... something like that are Tacheles Art Akademie, KuenstlerKaos or also Kulturbotschaft Berlin-Lichtenberg. To me the typical 2.0 effect ... From celebrating spirit RAW-area. In Neukölln have a look at Kindl Centre for Contemporary Art and at Neukölln Culture Network.

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We will be in Berlin between April 24 and May 11. We have rented a really nice looking apartment from someone via AirBnb. It is very affordable and have a kitchen where we can cook so we can save on our food expense. You may wish to have another look at it and see what you can find.