This is NOT the sofa, it was replaced to new BIG L shaped Ikea sofa which opens up to a bed (2 people can sleep on it very comfortably)
D.Loft 2 - Modern Courtyard House
D.Loft 2 - Modern Courtyard House


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

Private studio style loft, with en-suite bathroom. Perfectly located in a Hutong (original Beijing alley) in the center of BJ, walking distance to many restaurants tourist attractions and subway. WIFI, breakfast, toiletries, towels/bedsheets provided


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $10
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price: $102 / night

Description

The space

I would appreciate if you read my description (there is a short version too) before sending me a message. Also, if the listing for your chosen dates is available in the calendar than i can host you, no need to double check it with me (my calendar is always updated). Thanks!

Here are my other listings in the SAME courtyard:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1591356
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1579183
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1500616

These are my other listings of PRIVATE hutong houses:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3688711
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3932894

Also, I have other listings with very affordable rent prices for longer term stays (1-3 months). You can find those in my profile, on the left side under "listings".

Short version for those in a hurry:
* It is a private house, studio style loft, very modern and new, inside traditional Chinese courtyard. You get your own space with private toilet/shower, bed (amazing IKEA mattress) and share the yard and kitchen/dining room (separate house) with other guests. It is centrally located in the heart of Beijing, walking distance to many tourist attractions and just between 4 subway lines (and 3 min walk from the airport shuttle bus stop).

Good wifi, free beers, free coffee/tea, free laundry and dryer, fully equipped kitchenette and free breakfast ingredients, super flexible check in/out times and priceless peace and quite in the center of Beijing!

Long version:
D.Loft is a traditional Chinese courtyard in one of the most central areas in Beijing (walking distance to the Forbidden city, Tienanmen Square, Jingshan park, Ritan). The courtyard was renovated for a few months. While the unique original character of a traditional courtyard house was preserved, the rooms were transformed to provide modern comfort. All rooms have private entrance (and key) but share common yard and kitchen/dining room, each room includes: en-suite bathroom/shower, floor heating, air conditioning, quality IKEA mattress, etc. The house has high ceiling and by building a loft, the living/working area was separated from the sleeping area to provide more privacy and space. Because the room space is relatively small (30sqm/30sqf), a lot of emphasis was put on functionality and minimalism, like building the toilet under the staircase, choice of colors and tailor built furniture.

D.Loft is something between a hotel and home. We will provide you with all the convenience of a hotel such as: clean sheets, slippers, shampoo/body wash, hair dryer, international plugs, maid to clean your room (once-twice a week), advise you on trips and attractions, tips on good restaurants/bars, even help you to book tour guide/driver if needed, and make restaurant reservations, but won't charge you for that ;)

The kitchenette/dining area has fridge, microwave, stove, kettle, dishes, sink and breakfast ingredients (coffee/tea, milk, mineral water, beers, bread, jams etc.) for guests use. There are also phones/sim cards that you can use.

Check in time is flexible in case the room is not booked yet, but if it is booked (or the maid came to clean it) please make sure to check out before noon, you can still leave your luggage at a secure place though.

So if you are looking for an authentic experience, would like to experience Chinese culture and see how the daily life in a Hutong unfolds, you are more than welcome to stay here, and we will try our best to provide you all that you need to make you feel comfortable. BUT, if you are looking for a hotel convenience and ambiance please look further as i wouldn't want not to meet your expectations.

Guest access

* You will have your own key to the courtyard and your room, so you are very independent.
* The rooms are totally private but the yard and kitchen/dining room are shared to allow mingling with other guests

Interaction with guests

How we interact depends on you. I'm more than happy to chat with my guests over a beer or glass of wine, even taking you out to bars or restaurants. But if you want your privacy, you won't notice I'm there unless you look for me

The neighborhood

D.Loft is located in the heart of Beijing in a traditional Chinese community (Hutong), which few foreigners get to experience during their visit in China. As it is inside the hutong and not near any of the major roads or big compounds. it is very quiet and tranquil experience rare to find in a major like Beijing. It is also very safe as all the neighbors know each other and also very friendly with my guests :) So if you are looking for an authentic experience, would like to experience Chinese culture and see how the daily life in a Hutong unfolds, you are more than welcome to stay here, and we will try our best to provide you all that you need to make you feel comfortable.

The location is optimal to explore Beijing and as we are located just in between 4 subway lines (2,5,6,1) so you can reach any part of the city very fast and almost without any transfers. Walking to the subway is just about 10min. On the same street there are 2 of the best Peking Duck restaurants (Dadong and Duck de Chine) and western food few min walk away.

Getting around

Transportation:
Location is one of the major advantages of D.Loft. To get from the airport Railway station can't be any easier. From the airport just take shuttle bus #3 (to Yabao street) that stops on the corner of the street 3 min from the courtyard. If you are coming by train to Beijing Railway station, you can walk to the courtyard as it is on 1.5 km (less than a mile).

From the courtyard to:
Ritan (park and western shopping/night life area) - 10 min walk
Guomao - 15-20 min (2 stations by metro line 1)
Sanlitun (western bars/restaurants area) - 15 min (taxi $3-$4)
Gulou (old/hipster Beijing) - 15 min (2 stations by metro line 6)
Ghost Street (Gui Jie) - 15 min (2 stations on line 2)
YongHeGong/Lama Temple (Buddhist center) - 15-20 min (4 stations on line 5)
Forbidden City - 25-30min walking/ 10 min biking/15 min by subway (3 stations metro line 1)

Other things to note

It is very important for me that people will arrive prepared (read the listing and the message i send after the booking) and with an open mind.

Most of the time people who aren't satisfied with their stay (or with Beijing in general) are those who come with un-realistic expectations.

1. This is not a hotel and there is no customer service here, you are expected to be quite independent during your stay (though i'm always available in person or message me).

2. Hutongs are not what you see in postcards of the forbidden city, they are lively, messy, local and very Chinese (good and bad). If you require 5* hotel ambiance and service, there are plenty options in Beijing, but this is not one of them.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

It may seem like many rules, but most are pretty obvious and i mention them so your stay will be easy and comfortable:

You MUST read/prepare the booking conformation as it has ALL the details so you will check in INDEPENDENTLY. I EXPECT my guests to be independent travelers and not call/txt me asking question that I worked hard to answer in advance. Please understand that it is NOT A HOTEL and I have full time work and also travel frequently, if that doesn't fit you please do not make the booking. Not following the house rules will cause extra charge or canceling your booking.

DO NOT TAKE THE KEY FROM THE MASTERLOCK OR LOCK THE MAIN GATE

1. No smoking in the rooms (can smoke in the yard)
2. PLEASE THROW TOILET PAPER INTO THE TRASH CAN ONLY
3. As the kitchen/yard are shared spaces, please clean after yourself
4. No excessive noise (music, loud speaking, etc) after 10pm
5. Please do not use the courtyard (for chatting) after 10pm
6. DO NOT use the towels to wipe the shower/floor


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

107 Reviews


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Jie Ying User Profile
April 2017
Friendly and lovely place to stay in!

Borui User Profile
March 2017
Really cozy and nice place. Walking distance to night life. The water temperature is a bit hard to control. The bed in the loft is a foam mattress and feels really nice.

Daniel User Profile
March 2017
Dan's place is well located and served with restaurants and shoppings. It's close enough to the subway so you can move easily. Checking in at night might troublesome as it is a bit tricky to find the place. Now the downsides are that the place is not accurately described. It's not an "entire home" because the kitchen is not private and it's outside the house. Also is not 1 bedroom apartment. It's more like a 0 bedroom apartment with a bunk bed, as there is no real separation from what Dan would call the "bedroom". Aditionally, it's not very evident from the pictures that the bathroom was really small, to the point of the shower being literally on the op of the toilet and without curtains (when you shower the bathroom gets really messy). The money asked is too much for theiphehat entire quality of theiphehathehe house.

Sally User Profile
March 2017
It's a different experience to live in hutong, also the first time we did. There's a little mistake that Dan sent the wrong address to me, so we had to move to another place. But the house is clean and warm. Dan is a very nice host , when I told him I lost my umbrella it might be at the hutong we just left, he looked for it and brought to new place immediately to me.

Sylvie User Profile
February 2017
The place was a lot smaller then the picture the garden was badly maintained. A window was partially broken. There were some ants and the place was poorly presented. the bathroom was ridiculously small and not comfortable. The area is very nice with lovely restaurant and well located.
Dan User Profile
Response from Dan:
My hosting experience with started with a bad atmosphere - Sylvie booked other room which is smaller (and cheaper) and decided to move to this room room without initially informing me (even though I very clearly asked not to check in to other units). After I sent her an alteration request to update her booking she started to negotiate the price with me... After I told her she can move back to the room she initially booked she started to make up reasons why not to. The place is an open courtyard, if you leave open food outside so there might be ants, if there is windy days so there might be leafs, if it is hard for you to accept so please do not book. Regarding the bathroom, it is same as in the photos (it isn't big but totally useable).
February 2017

何 User Profile
January 2017
Dan's place is quite close to some main attractions in central Beijing while it is isolated from noise. Also you will find many restaurants along the Main Street. And I want to add that the house is just behind the "老门框爆肚” ,it is efficient to search "老门框爆肚” to reach the house. What is more, I think the house inside is well-designed ensuring my comfort this two nights. There is no doubt that I will recommend this house to my friends :)

Andrea User Profile
December 2016
Dan's guesthouse is centrally located, cosy and has a fully-stacked kitchen. We enjoyed our stay.

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Beijing, China · Joined in January 2013
Dan User Profile

I'm resident of the world and China is the 6th country i call home.
I love to be in unfamiliar situations and meet people from different backgrounds. Before moving to China I hosted a lot of people that "surf on couches" and really enjoyed the experience. I also stayed at people places and of course hotels when i traveled, so i know how is it to be on the both ends, so i always try to make my guests feel as comfortable as possible (but without being over bearing).

Currently I engaged in the Start up community in Beijing after graduating from my MBA.

I have 2 mottos in life: "Live and let live" and "Almost doesn't count"

Response rate: 95%
(past 30 days)
Response time: within an hour

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