Ask Arlene…About Opening a Tango Hostel in Berlin


I want to ask a question, but can’t seem to figure out how to do that…

So instead I’m leaving a comment in the hope you can help me.

Tango hostel in Berlin?

I’ve been dancing for 6 years and travelled around some. I’m considering moving to Berlin and opening a tango hostel. I wonder if you have any advice for me, concerning what you think people might really benefit from in a tango hostel in Berlin? I’m interested in how important various things might be, apart from affordable, friendly, clean, etc. For instance location re Milongas, introduction to the dance style. I’m not sure I’d agree the dancing in Berlin is primarily nuevo. It seems to me the floors are generally very full and so there is little room for big moves. I suppose people might like to visit both for special events, or just for the regular scene.

Any opinion or thoughts?

Thanks Peter

Dear Peter,

I haven’t had a chance to dance in Berlin yet although I have visited there.  I think for any hostel geared towards Tango dancers it would have to be all the things you mentioned, plus with easy access for transport to the milongas.  I know there is a milonga map for Berlin and that the venues are in various parts of the city.

It sounds like a good idea.  They have them in Buenos Aires, so why not?  As for any other requirements, I wouldn’t know as I never stayed in a Tango hostel before.

Any ideas from the Tango travellers out there?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 17:29:33

    Hi Peter, Your idea of a Berlin tango hostel sounds great, but keep in mind that you’ll be competing with existing accommodation for tango dancers that is already cheap and good value. On my last few trips I paid 25e per night for a hotel room from or 20e p.n. for a room in shared apartment from .

    I agree with you about the dancing in Berlin. I think most of the bad reports one hears are from visitors who have a discouraging experience when they find their kind of dancing does not work in the typical trad Berlin milonga. Berlin has the highest standard of dancing I’ve found in any European capital> II would recommend it to anyone, if only as the best way to see the very different ways tango is danced in most places outside the UK.

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