I highly recommend this property. Monika was our contact person who I assume was also the owner/manager of the property. She is very quick in responding. Before making the reservation, Monika answered all my questions quickly and accurately which helped me in deciding to choose her property over other properties from other owners that were available near-by. Thanks to Monika, prior to my arrival, I exactly knew how to get the keys, where to park my rental car, and what to expect from the property. This removed a lot of our pre-trip stress!
The house is spacious--large bathroom, large bedroom, smaller living room with an appropriate size kitchen. We traveled with two children, and they could easily switch between the bunk beds or the extra mattress next to the bunk bed. The house came with all the needed supplies, but no mop or dustpan. Toilet paper was also the bare minimum (1 full roll and 1 half roll). One liquid handwashing soap, but no soap in the shower and no shampoo. You should bring all of these toiletries, and in case you forget, use the grocery store within walking distance to get those.
The bathroom shower curtain is short, so water will spill from the bottom onto the bathroom floor even if you're careful. This would have been acceptable if they bathroom drain was working properly. The shower drain was slow in draining water, and the floor drain was clogged and very very slow in draining any water accumulated in the floor. We let Monika know of the drain problem on the day of our departure, and I am sure she will fix this before the next rental. I would have given a 5 star rating if it weren't for the drain problem that we faced. In addition, if the owner provides a mop, it will also help to keep the bathroom floor clean and tidy during your stay if you don't mind running a quick mop on the floor once a day.
The bathroom has a LOT of natural light and excellent circulation; and we loved the airy feeling in the bathroom. The apartment is on the 4th floor and has no elevator. So if you have lot of bags, be prepared for a good workout. :) The apartment is not noisy and you can relax.
The location is excellent, lot of Turkish or mediterannean food around, several Chinese, Japanese/Thai, Italian, Indian/Pakistani restaurants, as well as, coffee shops, bars, ice-cream places, etc. We had no problem with food. The U-Bahn is very close (5-min walking) and you can reach all the attractions with the metro, but we had a car. The place is also very car friendly. We were amazed how easy it was to find street parking for free overnight!!
Overall, I highly recommend this apartment.
Had a great time staying here! It was a super quick underground ride to Alexanderplatz, and from there you could get to anywhere else in the city. Friedrichshain itself was a great, hip neighbourhood with no shortage of cool places to eat and drink within a couple minutes walk of the apartment. There was plenty of room and having a bath was lovely.
There were just a couple detractors, for example the key was very difficult to turn in the lock and there was no toilet paper when I arrived, but they could be easily sorted and didn’t ruin my experience in any way.
I would recommend others take advantage of this nice clean place in a cool neighbourhood.