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A FREE cooking lesson (including guided tour of a nearby farmer's market) can be arranged if you are interested.
If you want home cooked dumplings/steamed buns for breakfast, please let me know in advance.
I have moved some furniture around. The first pictures are updated recently. So it's exactly how the room looks like now. I also keep some old pictures on the listing to give you a better idea of the size of the room.
In the very center of Beijing. Yet a peaceful retreat in a city where tranquility is a luxury.
LOCATION: in the same neighborhood as the Red Capital Club, Crescent Moon and Da Dong Peking Duck Restaurant. These are top famous eat outs mentioned on most travel sites.
I have 4 guest houses located in the same double-courtyard (century old family property). The front yard and the back yard is connected by a small corridor.
I am a big fan of open space, sunshine and fresh air (in a polluted city like Beijing, this means good ventilation). You can be sure you will enjoy all these.
Each house is independently located in the yard. You won't hear people talking on the other side of a thin wall.
The room is located in the back yard of a double courtyard. It has a double-bed. A mattress or camping bed is available at request.
This is a genuine Beijing neighborhood where daily life unfolds. Dong Si is one of Beijing’s oldest populated areas. Looking out on the terrace, you see modern glass buildings rising along the second loop of Beijing. Waves of time have been washing away traces of the traditional Beijing. Yet, in my neighborhood, things haven’t changed much in more than 60 years of Red China.
The location is to the east of famous tourist sites such as Nanluoguxiang, Houhai, Beihai Park, Jing Shan Park, the Forbidden City, the Drum Tower, etc. The famous food street (the ghost street) and infamous bargaining arena Ya Show market are both within a leisure walk.
It is within the 2nd Ring Road of Beijing, and just a short 5 minute walk away from 2 subway stations: Dong Si Shi Tiao (LINE 2) on the east and Zhang Zi Zhong Lu (LINE 5) on the west.
All the rooms listed have air conditioners, electric heaters, a TV and DVD player, electric water kettle, hair dryer, shampoo, shower gel, towel, soap, tooth paste, etc. The TV doesn't have signal since I don't watch Chinese TV at all. But you are more than welcome to check out my DVD collection.
There is a laundry room with a washing machine in the yard (sorry, no dryer). In winter, all the laundry dry over night if you hang them in front of the big heaters in your room. In summer, the sun or the air-con in your room will dry them pretty fast.
Toaster, fridge,microwave and electric cooker can be found in the common area.
I provide a mobile phone with local SIM card. As a world traveler, I understand what sense of security it can bring when you always have somebody to call when in a country you don't speak the language.
Banks, super market, pharmacy, massage salons (legit ones), fruits shops, varied restaurants, post office, train/flight ticket agencies, tea shops, bakeries, gym that offers different classes (yoga/belly dancing/pilate) in the evening,etc…Easy access to everything you may need in the neighborhood.
A map of Beijing and a print-out with brief introduction to around 20 restaurants in the neighborhoods (how to get there, what kind of food they serve, etc) will be waiting for you in the room when you check in.
Taxi from Beijing airport: RMB65 -75
Airport train + subway from Beijing airport: RMB27
Bus from Beijing station: RMB1
Subway from Beijing south station: RMB2
Taxi from Beijing West station: RMB40 -45
There will always be coffee/tea/soft drinks/cookies/toast/jam/peanut butter in the breakfast room. Feel free to grab a bite whenever you feel like it. It's on the house.
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Dear Cindy is very kind and warm host!!
The house is very well located, near to several important site and MRT station.
Chinese style decoration, very cute and comfy :D.
Will definitely come back if we travel Beijing again!!
Staying with Cindy and Nick was a wonderful experience! Not only do you get to stay in wonderful surroundings, in the middle of a traditional hutong, you also get to experience the hospitality and warmness of the hosts.
The rooms were very nice and were equipped with everything you could possibly need: extra heaters, wifi, dvd-player... This was also the most comfortable bed I had slept in in over a year (since I came to China)!
During my next trip to Beijing I will definitely return to Heart of Beijing BnB!
We loved staying in Cindy & Nic's hutong! They're wonderful hosts! The guest suite was very toasty and warm despite the cold weather outside (except the toilet seat - frozen buns, anyone?
The stay at Cindy's place was perfect. I cannot recommend this one enough.
Thanks Cindy and Nick for everything. The room is perfect for our stay. Living in a Hutong among the Beijingers is a great experience.
Cindy and Nic were very friendly and welcoming upon arrival. Cindy was happy to answer our questions about thing we wanted to do which made our trip to Beijing easier. Highly recommended!
We both couldn't imagine better hosts than Cindy and Nick. Their little paradise in the middle of downtown Beijing is absolutely unique. Cindy was a great help to make the best out of our time in Beijing. She can also arrange drivers for reasonable prices. If we come back to Beijing, we know where we will stay!
The place to stay in Beijing!
Cindy's place located in a old traditional Chinese quarter and is an old building that has been nicely renovated. The rooms were spacious and equipped with everything you need. Even a little DVD collection if you just feel like relaxing after a freezing Beijing winter day. The little courtyard and the deck that allow you to climb on top of the houses and are the perfect hangout to enjoy a cup of coffee (even in the winter).
Cindy is a great host and has everything perfectly organized. Before you get to Beijing she will provide you with all the information needed and also give some cultural advice on what to expect (If you have never been to China and start your trip in Beijing it is exceptionally helpful).
She also provides a detailed map on the surroundings, a tourist map of Beijing and an explanation how to reach the main sights. Cindy also provides everything for breakfast toast, coffee and tea. For more traditional Chinese rice soup or bāozi you can probably find outside the block.
The metro is only five minutes away so that all the sights are within reach and getting there from the Airport with 75RMB is very easy.
Clearly a unique place to stay, that we can highly recommend.
We had a wonderful stay at Cindy's!
She was extremely helpful in suggesting things to go see, and most importantly, how to get there. The airport taxi pickup was also of great help! The rooms are clean, large and nicely decorated. Could not have asked for anything more.
Plenty of toast and beer.
Thank you Cindy! It was great chatting with you and Nic about Beijing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cindy's nice place! It was perfectly located, with plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. It is a traditional chinese residence, modernized with indoor plumbing and bathing. I particularly enjoyed the courtyard in a sunny day! Cindy and Nick are nice hosts, very friendly. It has really been a pleasure to stay at their place. We will surely stay there again if we visit Beijing in the future. Highly recommended.