About This Listing
A large 2- bedroom apartment with great natural light and unobstructed view on the city of Beijing. The apartment is conveniently located in the center of the most international district of Beijing known as Sanlitun, also the 2nd Embassy district.
The Sanlitun area has more than 50 embassies with wide tree-lined sidewalks and it has over a hundred international and Chinese restaurants, all within walking distance of the apartment. It is located between the 2nd and 3rd ring road with easy access to the airport expressway and airport skytrain; most major attractions such as Tiananmen Square are within 20 minutes of taxi ride or 30 minutes of bicycle rides. The two closest subway lines (Line 2 and Line 10) are about a 15 minute. Less than a five minute walk away is a big shopping market called Yashow and Tai Li Koo (The Village) open air mall with larger big name stores.
One of the best way to appreciate Beijing, especially the old neighborhoods with the narrow streets known as Hutong, is by bicycle. We have two extra bicycles for guests to use during their stay. We live in the apartment next door so we can provide assistance or information easily.
The apartment, which is located on 14th floor, total 135 square meters with two large bed rooms and two bathrooms. Each room has large windows offering good light with an a nice view of the city of Beijing.
Distilled drinking water is provided as well as local cable TV, a computer, Wi Fi, air conditioning and heating.
We welcome families with young children! Children under the age of 12 do not count as extra guest.
Note about check-in and Check-out time: The stated check out by noon and check in after 2 pm only will apply if there are other parties who will be coming or leaving on the same day as your reserved day. If there are no guest coming or departing on the same day, we are happy to let you check in as early as 8 am and check out as late as 6 pm.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to provide an orientation tour of the immediate neighborhood after arrival, and point out places that are good to shop and eat.
We are also happy to provide assistance on going to interesting places around Beijing.
It is centrally located -easy to get around to all parts of Beijing and close to the airport expressway.
The neighborhood is very international and easy to navigate without speaking Mandarin.
There are many shops, tailors, grocery stores, restaurants, bars all within walking distance.
Walking distance to three subway lines in 15 minutes or less. (Line 10 and 2 and the Airport Express Train)
Two bicycles can be provided for those who are comfortable with exploring Beijing on bike.
No smoking inside the apartment even with open window. Not even in the corridor outside the door.
No street shoes are worn in the apartment except in the entrance area.
Florence was very helpful during my trip to Beijing. She was able to accommodate an extra night stay despite the short notice! Her knowledge of the SanLiTun neighbourhood is quite impressive also! She took me on a one hour tour and showed me some of the best restaurants in the area and things to do. Definitely recommended!
Great place and great hosts in a great neighborhood. Would highly reccommend!
This place is great! Florence and her family are very nice and are helpful hosts. They had great directions in getting around, along with other helpful hints, tips, suggestions and recommendations. They were available to us as we needed! Plus, the place is as described and worked well for my family's trip to Beijing. The only thing I found as a negative would be the location in relation to the popular sights in town, although it's a beautiful area of town with many restaurants, shopping and more of it's own. We found the metro a bit inconvenient from here, while taking a taxi was expensive and time consuming with all the traffic. I would definitely recommend this place to others, but I'm not sure I would stay in this area of town again - would rather somewhere a bit more central.
Okay, you can ponder where to stay no further... Florence's place is your place to stay in Beijing. My boyfriend and two friends had a wonderful time at her apartment. Florence was more than great to communicate with and even helped out with a very last minute request to hire a car and driver to visit the great wall... that was some unbelievable super-host awesomeness.
The apartment itself is amazing... comfortable, homey, an all around a great spot in the city. The queen master bed / bedroom are perfect for a couple and the two bed quest room was perfect for our two friends.
Her husband Ray popped by a few times to help us get acquainted with the apartment and local neighborhood. The beds are comfy and showers worked well. We'd definitely stay with Florence again the next time we visit Beijing.
Florence was a wonderful host. The apartment is indeed very spacious, the rooms are huge and tastefully decorated. The art on the walls is amazing - definitely relaxes you after a hectic day of sight-seeing. The beds are comfortable and the showers are great. Florence took the time to show us around the apartment, made sure we had everything we needed like towels, extra blankets (it was very cold at the time), hot water, tea and coffee. She was gracious enough to take time out and walk us around the neighbourhood - even making a reservation for us at a wonderful neighbourhood Beijing duck restaurant. The neighbourhood is wonderful, lots of restaurants to choose from, with varied Chinese cuisines. We were sorry to have been there only 2 days, would have loved to try all the options.
We will definitely be back and have already recommended Florence's place to friends who are thinking about visiting Beijing!
Nous avons passé 8 jours dans l'appartement de Florence dans le quartier de Salitun à Beijing. L'accueil de Florence à été formidable et chaleureux avant notre arrivée et durant notre séjour. L'appartement est très confortable, très bien équipé et bien situé. Nous recommandons cette adresse pour un séjour dans la capitale chinoise, notamment pour des familles.
Great apartment, great location. The apartment was very clean and cozy. Even on very cold days the heating is really good. Florence is a very good host and can give you good tips and connections if you like to travel around Beijing (e.g. Great Wall). Enjoyed our stay at Florence apartment very much!
About the Host, Florence
We are from San Francisco and we have now been based in Beijing for over sixteen years and we like it very much. We enjoy exploring the greater Beijing area. We also do a lot of travelling and exploring especially in the Tibetan region of China and Central Asia, and sometimes by bicycle.
I am a middle school teacher at the French International School and my husband is a health specialist working for a US based non-profit organization.