Heart of Beijing: House with View 2
Heart of Beijing: House with View 2
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

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Extra people $15 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 8%
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House Rules

Non-smoking in the rooms.
Do remember to turn off the air-conditioner or heater before you go out to explore the city. Otherwise they will be turned off for you.
A RMB50 fine will be required if you lose the keys.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Availability
2 nights minimum stay

246 Reviews

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Ka Hei User Profile
July 2017
Cindy and Nick are great hosts. They helped us with everything - lo a transportation card, touristic sports and many other info. The place is so unique. They run this little Beijing 'si-he-yuan' with love and passion. They welcomed us with nice beer in the midst of a burning summer after long walk. Thanks a lot our dearest hosts. With love.

Chris User Profile
July 2017
What can we say? Cindy and Nick are the best hosts anyone can ask for. If the exciting city of Beijing wasn't right outside their beautiful sanctuary, we would have been content to spend the whole week in the garden. The accommodations are exactly as described. Simple, clean, and homey. If you want to experience beijing life as a local this is the way. Cindy provides all the information you need to explore the city on your own, avoiding all the infamous tourist traps. We can really say we feel we saw the best Beijing had to offer, much due to Cindy and Nick's spot on advice. If it seems like I'm laying it on a little thick, you just have to book a room and see for yourself.

Tami User Profile
June 2017
Cindy and Nick are excellent hosts! They are quickwitted, thoughtful conversationalists who love to laugh and enjoy a good time. We travelled with our three kids ages 16, 14 and 11 and they were patient, friendly and helpful with all of them. Cindy even hooked up our 16-year-old son with some Serbian skateboarding friends who helped him meet some local Chinese skateboarders. It's been the greatest thing as our son has been consistently online with his new friends every day since we've been home. He has developed a terrific friendship as a result of Cindy and Nick's kindness. As international travelers who have also lived abroad we enjoyed the international community of friends in Cindy's home. We visited with Anders and Rasmus from Denmark, Alberto from Spain and two other Americans. If you are the type of person who wants to hole up in your room and not talk to anyone else, this is definitely not the place for you. The interactions with other guests was probably the most enjoyable part of our visit. We enjoyed a pizza 3 foot in diameter with everyone the night before we left and it was the greatest way to end our vacation! If you pay careful attention to Cindy's description, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. It's a house in hustings. It is in a fascinating neighborhood, but it is by no means a hotel. You're staying in someone's home. You have your own room with private bathroom. The patio area serves as a common area and there is a kitchen area with a fridge and sink and dishes and utensils that everyone has access to. Again, if you read and believe Cindy's description you'll know exactly what to expect. We had a great time. It was our favorite place of all the places we stayed during a three week trip and we highly recommend it!

Catherine User Profile
January 2017
We have stayed in the hutong before so we were already familiar with the area, and Cindy's place was easier to find than others. Very convenient from the subway and easy gate access. Check-in and service from Nick was excellent. Very comfortable bed!

David Minh User Profile
November 2016
Had a great time at Cindy and Nick's place! Convenient and comfy. Cindy and Nick were excellent hosts!

Matthew User Profile
October 2016
This is a real siheyuan in a real hutong. Cindy goes out of her way to emphasize this in her listing, but it bears repeating, as those who seek more commercialized environs may be disappointed. However, if living like a local is what you're after, you'll be glad you stayed here. Communication with Cindy and Nick before and throughout the stay was great. During the booking process I got all the information I needed, and got it quickly. During my two-week stay I found them to be the best kind of hosts: always accessible and helpful, but never obtrusive. And both are possessed of an active sense of humor. If you're the type who likes to chat over morning coffee, there will be plenty of time to partake in fun and engaging conversations. If you're more of a loner, you won't be pestered or pressured into anything. In either scenario, your privacy will be respected, as they won't enter your room unless they are invited or there is an emergency need. Of course that means the cleaning is up to you. The neighborhood, near the center of the city, is crowded and lively, convenient to restaurants, markets and public transit. Despite that, the courtyard is very quiet at night. It's also, like the rest of Beijing, safe. Don't hesitate to put some money on the transit cards that Cindy loans you for your stay so you can use the subway or buses. The subway is cheap, clean, safe, and easy to navigate. Having them available for guests was a nice touch. I had a great stay. My traveling companion, a native of Beijing's Xidan district and no stranger to siheyuan life, did too. We got a spacious room in a traditional setting for a reasonable price. The hosts are nice, the location is convenient and the commode isn't in the shower, something repeat visitors to Beijing's hutongs will appreciate. Can't ask for much more than that.

Andrew User Profile
October 2016
Great place and great hosts. Would stay again.

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Cindy User ProfileCindy is a superhost.

If you are looking for something fancy or sterile, you need to look further. This is just an ordinary household in an ordinary Hutong neighborhood of ordinary people. Beijing has the reputation of being polluted and dusty. All the houses are surrounding a garden with plants, it can never be as dust free as a well sealed room in a modern hotel or a service apartment.

If you want to experience the modern skyscraper side of Beijing, you need to look further. This is the old part of the city where it's relatively flat and raw.

I try to be the kind of host I would like to meet when I travel. And it would be highly valued if you read my descriptions, study the photos I post and take my strict cancellation policy into consideration. I want this to be a happy experience for both of us. Miscommunication and misunderstanding is the last thing I want to deal with. When I accept your reservation ( and I have never cancelled on guests once the reservation is accepted), I will honor my end of the agreement. And it's only natural I would expect the same. But if there is an emergency, I can be quite agreeable to give you full refund.

Born and raised in Beijing. The courtyard has been my family property for 4 generations ever since my great grandmother bought it in 1948. This is one complete property. It's not some walls surrounding a room in an already tiny area to create a so called "yard". Your only neighbors will be my family and other guests. That's why it's very safe and peaceful.

If you want to experience a most genuine Beijing, I can assure you life doesn't get more real than here. It's like stepping back in time to walk around in the neighborhood to explore the intervened alley ways.

It is a well balanced location: about 1 mile west of the Sanlitun/workers' stadium district where modern shopping malls and hottest clubs are. about 1 mile east of Hou Hai/Nan Luo Gu Xiang/Drum Tower area where traces of an old Beijing has got a contemporary touch.

If you want to stay in a neighborhood where the moment you step out of the door, you are already rubbing shoulders with tourists, that's NOT the place.

If you need, I can walk around with you as an introduction to my neighborhood. The super market, banks, post office, ticket agencies, bus stations and subway stations will be pointed out to you so you can immediately get a vibe of living a local life.

Immediately after a reservation is finalized, I am happy to communicate with you regarding your itinerary in Beijing: sites, restaurants, on/off the beaten path. I can help you find reliable drivers/tour guides.

There are 3 decent western bakeries within 10 minutes walking distance. If you want to stay in, instant coffee and coffee beans are provided with complimentary cookies/desserts. I want to create a non-business like atmosphere. So it's on the house.

There is a microbrewery tap room 2-5 minutes walking distance from my place in the same alley way. But if you prefer some cold local Beijing beer in the yard, you can always grab a bottle from the fridge. And again, it's on the house.

If you want to enjoy the private dining in the yard, my help can cook a Chinese meal for you. Of course, you will need to do your own shopping in the nearby wet market to pick up your veggies/meat.

There are so many restaurants nearby that serve different flavors of cuisines from all over China. You can either go there to enjoy the dinning experience or ask for a take away and have it here in the yard on warmer days.

If you want dumplings/steamed buns for breakfast, please let me know in advance.

Before I accept your reservation request, I would like to know a little bit about you. I am not going to accept your request if your profile is empty with just a name.

After your reservation request is accepted, I will e-mail you my own Beijing survival guide. Please read it carefully and tread with caution when you are in Beijing. This will prevent you from getting scammed.

There are only 3 of us living on such a huge private property (20 rooms on a land of 480 square meters/5160 square feet). That's why we have spare houses for guests.

THIS IS NOT A HOTEL. There won't be annoying hidden fees. Beer, tea, coffee, snacks are on the house. But because THIS IS NOT A HOTEL, I am not your concierge or receptionist either. Mutual respect + adequate consideration is a must.

If you want
1. a relaxing place to stay in an authentic traditional neighborhood where daily life unfolds
2. English speaking hosts who can answer your questions
3. a well compiled kit with survival guide, neighborhood restaurants list, detailed instructions on how to get to major touristy sites, etc
4. restaurants and shops that don't charge rip-off foreign tourist prices
5. Freedom to mingle with hosts/other guests or to retreat to the privacy of your own space
6. 24 hour excess to complimentary snacks, tea, coffee, etc.
7. outdoor space for kids to play
very likely, you will enjoy staying here.

If you love
1. getting pampered in fancy hotels
2. residing in the middle of noisy, dazzling night life
3. feeling a part of an expat community
4. a Disneyland version of Beijing catering to western tourists
most definitely, you will NOT enjoy staying here.

I try to be the kind of host I would love to meet when I travel. I am happy to help you work out an itinerary whether you want a slow-paced trip or a action-packed one.

All guests can have a local mobile. It's great feeling to know you always have somebody to call when you need a bailout. ATTENTION: My phone will be off between 11:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Answers to most frequent questions:

1. All the reservations need to be made on airbnb. Airbnb cancellation policy should be respected. Please finalize your trip before you make reservation.

2. The name of my neighborhood is Dong Si. One of the earliest populated neighborhood in the city center. It is a very safe area. Actually, Beijing is a relatively safe city. The nearest subway stations are Dong Si Shi Tiao (LINE2) on the east and Zhang Zi Zhong Lu (LINE5) on the west. It's a 5- 10 minutes walking distance.

3. The answer to "I am/my friend is in Beijing, can we come over to have a look" is a most definite NO. If you are still suspicious after checking out heaps of photos I post here and nearly 600 reviews my guests have written, I know it is not going to be a pleasant hosting experience for me.

4. If you want to visit most of the major sites in Beijing, you will need 3 full days at least. A couple of days stay in Beijing is way too short.

5. There are different parts of the Great Wall that are open to tourists. They are between 1 and 4 hours drive from the city center. So my place is DEFINITELY NOT near the Great Wall.

6. Beijing is a huge city that spreads out (over 30 million population) with touristy sites in different parts of the city. So my place is DEFINITELY NOT close to all the sites. But from my place, most of the sites can be easily reached on foot or by subway.

7. I can help you hire car/driver for airport pick-up/drop off or trip to the sites.I make sure the drivers I work with don't make annoying stops at touristy shops.

8. My pleasure to help you book tickets to different performances (acrobatics, martial arts, Peking Opera, National Opera House etc.). They are normally much cheaper on Chinese websites.

9. You don't really need tour guides. Most people don't speak good English here in Beijing. But majority of them are friendly to foreign tourists and are quite willing to help. But if you do want a tour guide, I can recommend some to you.

10. All the rooms have air-conditioners, big electric heaters and boilers for shower. AND they are in GOOD WORKING CONDITION.

11. Each house has its own private bathroom. You don't need to share with us or other guests.

12. I can teach you all the bargaining tricks and how to make most of your shopping money. BUT...and this is a big BUT... please don't bargain with me. I really don't like it.

13. This is a private residence after all. If you hire a tour guide/driver on the Internet, please don't tell him/her my gate code or have them inside my yard. It happened before that some tour guide started harassing other guests trying to sell their service. Besides, it's not safe for me or other guests when there is some random stranger who has access to the gate code (which we update on a regular basis)

14. The check in time is 2 p.m. You can arrive earlier and leave your bags here. But there is a chance your room won't be ready. If there is no guest on the previous night, you will have no problem getting into the room.

15. If your flight/train arrives between midnight and 6 a.m., and your reservation only starts from 2 p.m. of the day, PLEASE arrive at my place after 8:00 a.m. Most guests will be sleeping early in the morning. I don't want to wake them up.

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