About This Listing
In the center of Beijing, this newly renovated old fashioned Hutong house is the most charming find in town! Situated between the Lama and Confucius Temple, this 2nd story, King bdrm is perfect for 2! Public transit, shops and cafes all 5min away!
Welcome to our humble house! We live in a local neighborhood in the traditional part of Beijing, Lama Temple (inside the second ring road) near one of the most famous food streets in Beijing! We are near the center point of Ghost Street which, in our opinion, is the best location to begin your night of food exploration! (search key word: ghost street beijing)
LOCATION: Lama Temple is one subway stop away from the final destination on the Airport Express train (fee: 25rmb) or an easy cab ride form the airport (fee: 80rmb). It takes 4-6 minutes to walk to our front door from the exit of the subway.
Our house is 150 meters down a small road directly across from the Lama Temple. You turn down our traditional alleyway just as you reach the corner of the Confucius Temple. This is one of the few remaining traditional neighborhoods in Beijing. We are very near to many western and Chinese cafes in the hutongs, and of course very close to Ghost street!
We have a small guest room with a single bed plus a double room with King bed in addition to our own room. The rooms and apartment have air/con and heating.
The house is spacious and tidy. We don't have any pets. There are two bathrooms, one in our room and one to be shared by guests.
Unfortunately because Noel is allergic to smoke, we can't allow any smoking in the house or rooms, even with the windows open. But you can step outside into the alleyway if needed.
Our neighbors are quiet. We share a small enclosed alleyway, that is secured with a lockable gate, with two neighbors, one Chinese couple and a European guy. This is a very quiet neighborhood due to the situation of the houses, it totally blocks out all the street traffic noise!
This is a very unique location in Beijing. It is East meets West/Old meets New. With hutongs front and center and a modern subway system to take you to the most famous high rises in the city just a few stops away!
Welcome to our local neighborhood, where the real working people of Beijing live.
We are a short cab ride, long walk, or easy subway ride away from Nanluoguxiang, Bell and Drum Tower, Houhai lake, Tiananmen, Forbidden City, etc.
There is a washing machine in the house plus fully stocked kitchen with oven. There is a supermarket with western products near by; any guest is welcome to cook in if you choose. We provide a very simple breakfast, which is unlimited tea, a selection of dry cereals.
Taxi from Beijing airport: RMB - 80
Airport train: RMB - 25
Bus: RMB - 1
Subway: RMB - 4+
Welcome to Beijing!!!
Must see links:
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http:// www . tour- (website hidden) travel_blog/guijie_ghost_street.php
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All guests have full access to the living room, Kitchen and Dining room. We ask that each guest respect the privacy of others in regard to bedrooms.
Interaction with Guests
We run a very open house, often having our friends stop by even bringing other friends with them. The bedrooms are on the second floor of the house, so if guests wish for privacy and quiet, they can go to the second floor. However, if they want to join the fun in the downstairs living room, be it board games, tea or book reading, they are always welcome! This will allow you to meet many locals, expat or Chinese when you stay here.
If we are out of town, then we will have a friend or neighbor stop by the house every so often to make sure things are in order. But other than that guests should not be too disturbed even in the living spaces.
The thing we love most about our neighborhood is the character! There is often some film crew capturing the sights and sounds of this traditional oasis in the center of modern Beijing. We love the cafes; there are four restaurants that have been featured in magazines for their excellent food and service, just down the road! We used to come to this part of town often to hang out, and now have finally decided to live here!!!
Other Things to Note
We offer the option to pay in RMB if you want to extend your stay or you only have RMB cash, so we can make a bill on the day of your arrival and settle in RMB.
We provide breakfast, and you are welcome to buy foods for lunch and dinner and put them in our cabinets and fridge.
Noel is allergic to smoke, so absolutely no smoking allowed at anytime.
We appreciate cleanliness, so it's good if you wash your dishes and put your trash away in the trash cans around the house when you are done.
We ask that all guests wear cloths in public spaces. Wearing only undergarments or a towel does not count as clothes. Just keep in mind this is a mixed gender household so we ask that mutual respect be displayed through modesty.
We welcome guests into our house, and you are welcome to bring friends over to the house too. Please just tell us beforehand if you plan to have friends over so we can make plans not to overlap! We prefer friends of our guests not to stay overnight without our consent. If there is a special situation we can discuss it.
Sorry if these rules seem like a lot. When people share living spaces it is important to have open, honest communication, and that's what we hope to have with our guests to. So if you have any questions or concerns, just let us know!
My staying at Jonathan and Noel's place was very pleasant and comfortable. Il's a nice house in a very charming and quiet neighbourhood, very conveniently located near the subway and several main cultural sites (the Buddha Temple is one of my favourite, 5 mn walking). Jonathan and Joel are very nice and make you feel comfortable. They have been living in Beijing for several years so they are very helpful in finding nice places to visit or to shop. They are very concerned about air, water and food quality and take good care of it. My bedroom was clear and quiet, there are two bathroom in the house, so that guests have one. I warmly recommend Jonathan and Joel's place for your staying at Beijing.
What could be better than a stay in one of Beijing's historic hutongs refurbished with modern comforts? Just steps from the Lama Temple and some of the city's best restaurants and most charming neighborhoods, I can't recommend this place highly enough. I lived in Beijing in 2008 and adored this neighborhood, and it was a delight to have the chance to actually spend a few days living there. The place looks just like the photos, is located in an amazing area that is both central and atmospheric--a rare combination for Beijing!--and Jonathan and Noel are lovely people and terrific hosts. From providing laid-back advice--best nearby restaurants and places to buy fruit--to free water in their living room, I was sad to leave and will definitely seek them out next time I'm back in Beijing.
Jonathan and Noel was very friendly hosts. They answer for all our questions during our stay and always try to help and explain everything. The room was as described on photos.
Central location to reach all of the attraction places. Also good for travelers who don't want search many for place for living because very easy to find and reach from airport and railroad station, close to metro station. The best choice for people who want to live in old Chinese house Hutong because house was upgraded and now have all modern convenience like toilet and bath. We will book it again when coming to this area.
A nice and spatial room in the heart of Beijing. It couldn't be more convenient if you want to explore the historical Beijing and its Hutong. Jonathan and Noel are so nice and hospitable that they invited me to various social events, which makes my hectic start in this mega city much enjoyable.
Exactly as described! Clean, well situated and nicely decorated. Both Jonathan and Noel were not there as they decided to go back home for the holidays but clear instructions were given about access. Unfortunatley they forgot to pay the electrical bill and so the last two days and one night where spent without power or heat and they were difficult to reach due to the time zone difference. AirBnb was of little help and never got back to me until the next day which was too late! Other than that one incident though I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in Beijing.
Jonathan and Noel were truly amazing hosts. I was a long-term guest and from the moment I arrived they made me feel very welcome in their home.
The room is exactly as described and the bed is quite comfortable. The desk is large and has a nice view. All the rooms are equipped with air purifiers to combat Beijing's notorious pollution.
The neighborhood is in a prime location. The house is a very short walk from the subway station and very close to many western-style restaurants and a nice French grocer.
I highly recommend staying here during your stay in Beijing.
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About the Host, Jonathan And Noel
American couple from California. We love adventures and traveling, having covered over 30 countries in the past three years on four different continents!
We first moved to Beijing in 2009 and seem to always return. We just signed a new house lease here and want to share with the AirBnB community the benefit of hospitality, as we have received it from others on our many travels.
We love food! We try to learn how to make local dishes from all the places we visit. Recently we got into cooking organic and are learning how to grow keifer, sprout wheat for bread and all kinds of fun stuff! We are coffee fanatics and love good wine.
We believe that the thing which makes a place most memorable are the people you share it with. I hope you will send us a note and come spend part of your trip with us! Or at least grab a coffee together!