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This week in hospitality, we looked at nontraditional spaces. The short-term rental ban affecting Airbnb in Berlin seems less strict now, and top hotel designers squeeze style into micro-hotels.

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines hospitality.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Despite the latest court ruling loosening restrictions on short-term rentals in Berlin, there are still plenty of questions left regarding what the city’s laws on home-sharing really mean: Short-Term Rental Ban in Berlin for Airbnb and Others Appears to Be Eroding

>>Most of the travel brainiacs we consulted feel that HotelTonight has an uphill battle ahead, but as they say in baseball, that’s why they play the games. In other words, maybe they’re wrong, and HotelTonight will have the right stuff to persevere. The entire travel industry is watching: HotelTonight Outlook — Travel’s Best and Brightest Have a Say on Its Prospects

>>Well-known chain restaurants like Chili’s have become known for giant menus. Everyone will be happier with streamlined offerings, including those concerned about the companies’ bottom lines: Chefs+Tech: Chili’s Is the Latest Chain to Dramatically Cut Its Menu

>>The future of hotel design might be on a smaller scale, but Yabu Pushelberg knows the design aspirations and expectations will be even greater than they have been before: Interview: Designing for Millennials and the Future of Hotels

>>Here’s one of hospitality’s most interesting thinkers on hiring, her approach to service, and the importance of community when launching a development: Interview: Bunkhouse’s Liz Lambert on Going Local With Hospitality Outsiders

>>The recent hurricanes have put Waffle House’s opening hours (24/7/365) back into the spotlight, but it’s the restaurant’s logistics and enduring hospitality practices that deserve the story: Chefs+Tech: Hospitality Lessons From Waffle House

>>Skift Global Forum is four years old, and now it’s a non-negotiable calendar appointment for serious travel companies: The Speakers at Skift Global Forum Are Just Amazing This Year

>>The 23-year-old CEO of loss-generating hotel aggregator Oyo Rooms has a business vision that has attracted total funding of $446 million to date. What could go wrong? Well… India Hotel Brand Oyo Rooms Attracts a $10 Million Strategic Investment From China Lodging Group

>>It’s great that SBE wants to become the ultimate lifestyle hospitality group, but can it really succeed? SBE Wants to Become the Ultimate Lifestyle Hospitality Group


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Photo credit: The short-term rental ban affecting Airbnb in Berlin seems less strict than before. Pictured here are people in Berlin. Jörg Schubert / Flickr

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