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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.
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 front yard of a double courtyard. It has a double-bed. The traditional Chinese wood carving couch can serve as an additional bed. A 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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Our family of three got a special treat by staying at Cindy's place in Beijing. We got to really see what it's like to live in this vibrant city in a traditional courtyard hutong apartment. We wandered through the allies for days on end, and felt at home when our feet were tired. Cindy gave us great tips, arranged a driver for us to go to the Great Wall, and to and from the airport. We were able to easily use her security doors and felt safe and cozy. We ate breakfast every day in her community kitchen and we were full and ready to go for a day of walking around. It was fabulous. I would recommend Cindy's place to anyone visiting Beijing for an authentic experience like a true Beijinger.
If one day you go to the side of Beijing, take a few days break in the heart of the Hutongs with Cindy and Nick.
you will come back transformed after having the charm of Heart of Beijing.
You really have to live it and get lost in the Hutongs among nice people in an authentic China.
At Cindy Place, everything to be like home. I
recommend to you all Heart of Beijing, eyes closed.
Realy thank you, Nick and Cindy.
Me and my mother stayed three nights at Cindy's place in September 2013. To make it short: we both had a wonderful stay in this charming, quiet and centrally located accommodation. Cindy and Nick are wonderful people which will make everything for you to have a nice stay at there place. Thank you so much both for having us hosted - hope we stay in touch. Plus: the place is a good meeting point to get in touch with other travelers since they have several rooms to rent.
I had a great stay with Cindy and Nick. They both have a cheeky sense of humour and are very hospitable. You are sure to have a fantastic time. Their courtyards are a great retreat from the busy city. Clean, serene, comfortable and spacious. They gave me great recommendations on how to get around and what to see in Beijing. I got to try some new food and drinks and very much enjoyed the conversation and dining with them. The room was everything I could have wanted. The location is excellent. Very close to the centre with lots a places to eat nearby and short walk to the subway. Great people, great place, would return and recommend to anyone visiting Beijing.
We visited Cindy's Place the second time and that has multiple reasons, at first Cindy and Niko, then the beautiful place which Cindy has made and then Beijing. If you visit Cindy's Place, that isn't just a place for relax after a exciting day in Beijing, it's a place who is already a reason to fly to Beijing.
You find everything at Cindy's, a warm welcome, a quiet place in a bustling city and every time a you meet nice people. The apartment was stylish furnished and there you will find everything you need.
Cindy don't just give you the keys, you can ask her every time if you need something or have a question what you can do in Beijing. Cindy provides every time a beer which is pretty cool for a relaxing evening on her roof top.
We didn't found just a great place to stay in Beijing, we found two friends, Cindy and Niko.
Cindy sent a driver to pick us up at the airport. We immediately felt at home in her place. Waking up to spend time on the roof top decks was my favorite. There was plenty to do within walking distance and we worked hard at mastering the Subway. I am sure we drove Cindy crazy with our phone calls (the phone she provides is invaluable when lost in Beijing). It was an awesome place to stay and made our visit to Beijing memorable.
Cindy is a lovely host, she gave us lots of good advice on where to have the best BJ duck, where to find things we needed, how to get from A to B. She helped us also to organize drivers to go to the Great Wall and she arranged airport and train station pickups and transports. She was very flexible when it turned out we had had a booking mixup - half of our group didn't have a room for the last night of our stay because of my own confusal and Cindy would let us stay in her house, amazing!
The place is very charming and also authentic in a busy Hutong area but also a little old, so if cleanliness and service is important to you you might want to consider a hotel or a different place.
One of the smaller rooms was very small and didn't really have space to put things.
The family room though is really huge and nicely decorated.
Breakfast was do-it-yourself and included, also soft drinks and beers - that was great and made us feel very welcome!
We had a great time at Cindy and Nick's place. They were wonderful hosts, always welcoming, and helpful. We were able to get good advice on itineraries from them and other guests staying there. Cindy helped us book a private car to the Great Wall which we shared with another couple, and Nick was kind enough to come by in the morning to make sure we were up and ready to leave! Hospitality at it's best. :)
The room was great, and really felt homely. She has a cleaning lady come in, so found both the room and bathroom spotless when we arrived. There is a beautiful deck built over the roof which was just perfect for morning coffee or just relaxing in the evenings.
I put my parents up here when they visited me in Beijing. They had a good time and having Cindy definitely helped with their confidence on traveling inside Beijing. Overall, everything worked out great for them and they had a good experience
I would not have wanted our family to stay any other place. Cindy is such a welcoming host and helped us navigate our time here. The apartment is in a traditional hutong which has a great feel and is walking distance to two metro stops. Our family felt very at home here.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.