We bought this place a few years back to have a homebase when travelling to Guangzhou on business. It is not far from the airport, (20 to 30 minutes by taxi, CNY 60 plus 10 CNY for the highway fees), located in one of these typical busy, super-densely populated metropolitan neighborhoods, which only Asia offers in this sort of craziness. There’s lots and lots going on for at least 24 hours a day, I guess that is what people had in mind when they created the term “hustling and bustling”! Do not expect the quietness of the nature (if this is what you are looking for, check my other Airbnb listing in Switzerland which will offer an abundance of just that…). Here in Guangzhou and especially in this area, the only quiet space you’ll find is in the apartment itself! There are plenty of little local shops and restaurants and all sorts of weird enterprises, which not always seem to make sense in the eye of a foreigner. All is very Chinese and certainly rather “non-expat”, though there are the international chains like Macdonalds and Pizza Hut etc in case you long for something a bit less daring. There is even a Carrefour department store, most certainly the wildest and most challenging Carrefour on the planet - after a grocery-shopping errand there you’ll probably need a few days off – or maybe a massage which is provided in one of the many recreational complexes in the are which I haven’t had the courage to explore just yet…
Guangzhou is a great place for doing business. In my many years of experience I have not come across a place with such a choice of products and materials and opportunities. It is the perfect destination if you are trying to do your own production, even for small quantities, if you are wholesaling goods or buy for your own shop - or just go fun-shopping to find things that nobody else had even thought they might exist. Not only are there i.e. numerous fashion markets with endless varieties, but perfectly specialized markets to suit your needs. In the field of the apparel industry for example there’s markets for textiles, markets for accessories and hardware, markets for ready-made products such as shoes, sports wear, kid’s clothing, leather goods, watches – everything! And the same for all other product fields I can think of!
This might all sound a bit overwhelming and in reality is just is, but luckily we have an English speaking Chinese girl working for us who can show you around, translate for you and assist you in whatever desperate situation you might find yourself stranded – be it for tourist purpose or business requests.
The apartment itself is rather… humble :-)
It is on the 8th floor of an 8-storey condo with security guard and security badge to enter at the front gate, so it is certainly safe and quiet. Since it is located on the top corner of the building and has big windows in the bedroom, there is a somewhat intriguing view to all the other small-spaced “rabbit hutch” apartments in the buildings opposite, which gives you the poetic opportunity to lie in bed, look at the hundreds of lights switching on an off in your neighborhood and contemplate how it must feel to be part of this 1.2 billion nation.
The rooms provide everything you might need, a sofa, a little table, a desk, two beds and an extra mattress, kitchen, microwave, laundry machine, flat-screen TV with DVD players and an exciting selection of DVD’s (mostly on the more Sundance side of the movies world). There is nothing fancy or stylish though, the furniture and the fittings are old and partly falling apart, though I wish to call it “charmingly rustic”. It feels very lived-in and in my opinion has the slightly enchanting appeal of a place “where things happen…”. It is small, about 50 m2 with 3 rooms, though one of bedrooms is built on a sort of second floor on top of the kitchen ceiling! Rather unusual, but one of the reasons we bought the apartment in the first place: We were impressed with how the Chinese were able to optimize space, I have seen families of 8 people living in the same set-up apartments in our building.
This is not a hotel nor a place which is run to make money on Airbnb. Me and my friends and business partners have used it as a base to do business. We stay there a couple of times for a few days throughout the year. So I thought we can as well offer it to other people too. There might be boxes stored and garment samples hanging around, but overall it is clean and cheap and it offers you the potential to benefit from our 10-years experience in doing business in Guangzhou, which we are more than happy to share!
We had a great time in Kaspars place, it's exactly like the description said... no frills, but amazing views and a nice fireplace!
We were met by Kaspar's parents who were very helpful and told us where things were in the local area.
The local restaurants weren't really up to much, but the apartment is very well equipped to cater for yourself.
We had some lovely walks in the mountains around the village and trips to 2 ski resorts only 30 minutes drive away., but the best thing about the apartment was the views, sunrise especially was beautiful. I'd like to check the area out in summer, I think it might be even better.
I hope people enjoy themselves as much as we did.
We had five days at Kasper's house in Krattigen. It was an amazing location to come hone to each night. The views are magnificent and the house very comfortable. We were met at the bus stop by his lovely parents. Only slightly down side were the buses only run once every hour and are quite costly at 4.20F each way. It is the only way unless you want a long walk. If you were staying for more than a few days and were doing the tourist trips it may be worth looking at a half card. Jungfrau train trip is a must on a good day. Overall a very pleasant stay and would love to go back one day.
The view indeed was amazing. It looks better than the photos. you could just stand in the balcony and look out for hours!
As for the apartment, it has all that you need. Ample amount of dishes etc. Also enough bedding. we were 4 adults + 2 babies and were very comfortable.
Kaspar's parents are very kind, and he himself is affable and provides lots of info and recommendations.
I can only recommend this apartment. It is close enough to Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald. So you can explore this area easily.
We stayed at Kaspar's home in Krattigen for 4 days this September. We had a great experience. Kaspar's parents received us at the bus station and helped us settle in very well. They are a very gentle, polite and helpful couple and I couldn't have imagined a more relaxing start to our vacation in Switzerland. They have also lived in different parts of the world from Europe to Asia and this made interacting with them even more interesting - we could sense a feeling of open mindedness towards all people and it was a very welcome feeling. Kaspar was also very helpful in providing us with information about the location, markets and things to do. We really liked his advice about skipping the more "marketed" tourist spots and instead discover the more hidden gems - and that set the tune for the 4 days we had to explore in the Interlaken area.
The home is wonderful, I think Kaspar undersells it in his description :) It had all amenities a family that likes a "home" experience would want, including full kitchen. The rooms are comfortably furnished and the views are to die for! We spent more time on the porch than we did inside the home! And of course very good WiFi which makes it easy to research your Swiss vacation from the home!
Transport is also not hard - you take a bus that comes every hour and it takes you to Spiez train station in about 10 minutes. Spiez train station is well connected to all sites in the Interlaken area.
Overall a great family and a great vacation home...I hope you all have a great experience like we did.