About this listing
Conveniently located in the center of Beijing, 20 min walk to the Tien Men Square and the Forbidden City, the apartment was is hidden in a very quiet neighborhood which was built in early 1900. Remodeled in 2012 with modern comfort.
Want a taste of real Beijing life in the very heart of the city without compromising the comfort of modern living? This newly remodeled two-bed-room apartment is situated inside a historical villa built by Rockefellers as a residential villa for the doctors of the Peking Union Hospital at the turn of last century. The apartment itself is over 60 years old with sturdy architecture, high ceilings, plentiful of windows for natural lighting and is certainly hard to find in the area these days. Only minutes walk to many attractions in Beijing: Oriental Plaza, the famous Wang Fu Jing shopping district, Tian An Men Square and to public transportation, including subway No. 1 and 5.
Although located in the heart of Beijing, the apartment gets its tranquility and peace from the shelter of matured trees, shrubs and flowers through out of the villa. It comes with living room, one bathroom, kitchen, dinning room. Hardwood floor through out the living room and bed rooms. Ceramic titles in the kitchen, dinning and bathroom. There is a electric fire place in one of the bed room. It is fully furnished with wash and dryer, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and all the kitchen equipments such as rice cooker, coffee maker and more. WiFi and cable TV are also available. Linens and towels are provided. There is a folding bed available for extra person. Free room cleaning (every other day). It basically have everything. All you have to do is to move in. The villa has 24 hours security guard on the site.
Short term and long term lease are all welcome. An English tour guide is available with extra fees.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with my guests through email and phone. I won't be present at the listing however I always have someone greet my guest upon their arrival.
Yes. 5 min walk to subways and bus stations.
•No smoking is allowed inside the apartment.
•It is strictly forbidden to bring flammable or explosive materials, illegal substances and weapons into the apartment.
•Please wear slippers in the apartment to protect the floor from being scratched.
•As part of our commitment to a green apartment, please help us reduce the consumption of water and energy by following the suggestions in the separate documents.
•Unless your valuables, money and documents are not stored in the room safe with a personal password, we cannot guarantee their safety.
•Please lock the door at night and when leaving the apartment. You have to return the apartment keys upon check-out.
•In case of a lost key, there is a ¥50 fee for the replacement of the key.
•Check out time is 11:00 am, but if you wish to stay longer, please inform us 24 hours in advance. It can be arranged without extra charge based on availability and other bookings.
•Please do not create loud noise which could disturb neighbors especially during the period from 10.00 PM to 8.00 AM.
•Please immediately inform us of any defects or faults in the room or possible dissatisfaction with the service.
•Please keep the equipment and furniture safe. You may be charged for any damage caused by your negligence during your stay.
•For your convenience, local phone calls are free. Long distance and international calls will be charged according to the rate of the service company. To make long distance and international phone calls, you may purchase a phone card, which is usually sold in many of phone shops and newspaper stands.
•Prior to leaving the room, please check if you have turned off the tap in the bathroom.
•Pets are not allowed in the apartment.
•Room inventory (pillows, blankets, towels, books and DVDs etc.) are intended for your use during your stay at the apartment and you are kindly requested not to remove them.
•Please do not dispose of tampons or sanitary napkins in the toilets.
Betty was an excellent host , her communication with us before we got to Beijing was excellent , and when we arrived at her flat , we were met by her housekeeper , who was very pleasant , thorough and helpful .
We enjoyed of staying at Betty’s apartment for one month (July 2015). At the end of our stay we really have a feeling as being at home. The apartment is very well situated in a central part of Beijing, in traditional hutong neighborhood and at the same time in a very quiet place. We could walk to many places, but the subway is also quite close.
The apartment is spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped but we didn't use is much because there are so many different restaurants in the neighborhood and their food is good and cheap. We also appreciated of having a washer and dryer. And the Internet connection was also good.
Besides, Miss Lu was very kind and always available to help us. We warmly recommend this apartment and we will certainly come back.
We had the pleasure of staying at Betty's apartment in Beijing for a week in June 15. It was our first time in China (family of four) and we were looking for a more traditional Beijing experience instead of a hotel and Betty's apartment delivered. The photos are accurate and it is situated in a nice central part of Beijing with easy transport access and plenty of food and shops nearby.
The friendly housekeeper and Betty's tips to an english speaking tour guide was also appreciated.
We would stay again.
The apartment was exactly as advertised: modern, clean and well-located in a historic hutong neighborhood. But besides that, Betty really helped make sure that our trip went smoothly---even when it didn't! Our flight was delayed 1/2 a day and we were concerned since we had family (including a 70+ grandmother) meeting us in Beijing. We informed Betty and she had her apartment manager Miss Lu meet them at the apartment on their arrival tell them about our delay and she even showed them around the neighborhood. We felt very well taken care of in a foreign city. Betty was always extremely reachable and responded nearly immediately. Overall, it was a good experience we recommend.
I stayed at Betty's beautiful two bedroom apartment in Beijing with my parents (ages 65 and 67) and my boyfriend. The apartment was in a great location that felt safe.
The apartment itself is spacious, clean and comfortable. Having access to a washer and dryer was also wonderful. The apartment is located within a community that is walled. The gate is always open, however, the lighting in the garden area could be better. Finding the building in the daylight is not difficult, but it can be a challenge in the dark. As such, I recommend arriving during the (website hidden), the house manager, was also very helpful. Overall, a wonderful stay. Thanks again Betty!
Thank you very much for the review. I am sorry about the lighting. But unfortunately I have little control over the situation since it's in public area. I can't install any lighting. I am considering installing solar powered lighting. We have provided flashlight in the apartment. I just wonder if Miss Lu has made it available to you?
Thank you again for choosing the apartment.
Apartment was modern, clean, and in a great location. Really enjoyed our stay!
About the Host, Betty
I was born in Beijing and went to US for graduate school in the 80's. I have been living in US since then except the years between 2007 to 2012 when I lived in Beijing. I am happy to be back in Michigan again.