Rare, Well-Designed Hutong Hideaway

House - Private room · 号 Huafeng Hutong, Beijing, Beijing, China

Gulou is a historical and hip area of Central Beijing with tons to see, eat, and shop. Our cool converted courtyard house is a rare design gem. Room comfortably fits two, with shared bathroom, kitchen and rooftop. Easy access to major subway lines.

The Space

-A rare piece of contemporary architecture in a historically-rich and traditional Beijing hutong neighborhood.
- The house is a unique hutong courtyard renovation with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious kitchen, and plenty of "hang out" space
-The living space has a glass atrium high glass ceiling providing tons of natural light
-Apartment is furnished throughout with antique/refurbished Chinese furniture collected from Shaanxi, Dongbei and Beijing
-Lots of original art throughout the house by friends and local artist
-One indoor terrace and one outdoor rooftop, including one that looks deep into the traditional hutongs of Gulou

Your Room:
-Door doesn't lock (sliding door)
-Cozy room furnished with bed and dresser
-Towels and clean linens provided

Note 1: Not all of the bedrooms are listed on Airbnb. If you're interested in staying with us, shoot me a message and I'll check the availability.

Note 2: As a matter of security, I ask that you fill your profile out fully and add a picture before inquiring about a stay. DO NOT CONTACT ME ON OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA. It would be great to share with me the reason of your stay too. New to Airbnb? Have some friends review you. I do not accept bookings from blank profiles.

Note 3: Check-in times are before 10AM or after 7PM. I ask you supply your ETA when inquiring about a stay.

Guest Access

-FREE LAUNDRY with our washer
-Housekeeper available Monday and Thursday for basic washing and ironing.
-Clean towels and linens will be provided.
-Wi-Fi Internet *China speed
-Personal driver can be arranged at additional charge to/from Airport, Great Wall, regular hire

Interaction with Guests

There are 3 of us who live here, two American guys and me (also from the US). We work full-time in different industries but share common interests in art, design and music. We are happy to send along suggestions for nearby bars, restaurants and shops, and am always available by email for those insider tips for making the most of your Beijing stay.

The Neighborhood

Gulou is a historical and hip area of Central Beijing with tons to see, eat, and shop. Our cool converted courtyard house is a rare design gem. We are under 15 minute walking distance to Drum & Bell Tower, Confucius Temple, Lama Temple, Nanluoguxiang and major subway lines.

Getting around

- Public transport: 10 minute walk to Subway Line 2 (Gulou and Andingmen); 15 minute walk to Subway Line 5 (Beixinqiao); 5 minute walk to a dozen bus routes
- Parking: There is no parking available.
- Taxi is the most convenient way to the house. If you take the Airport Express to Sanyuanqiao or Dongzhimen, you will still have to take a taxi. On a metered fare, this will cost under 85RMB.
- I can coordinate a driver pickup at the airport for 150RMB paid in cash to the driver upon arrival. Please let me know in advance.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Check In: 6:00 PM
Check Out: 9:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Natasia was very helpful in getting us to the apartment - which is hard the first time, but very easy to find again!

    She was a great host and we enjoyed her recommendations and company.

    March 2014
  • The place is incredible, in what is easily the best neighbourhood in Beijing to stay. In the midst of ancient hutong laneways with a big variety of places to eat and drink. The place is really comfortable and unique, with a fantastic roof garden.
    Natasia was a great host, she recommended loads of places in the area to try out that we loved. She went above and beyond by waiting up for our late flight arrival, and even couriered my boyfriend's lost jumper to us in Hong Kong after we left. Highly recommded! Thanks a million again Natasia =)

    August 2013
  • Staying at Natasia's was wonderful. I had been living in Beijing for five years and just needed a short-term place to stay for my last two weeks in the country after I had packed up and sent my sea shipment. Natasia was a tremendous host, and her apartment is perfectly located to experience real Beijing hutong life. I recommend her to all Air B&Bers without hesitation.

    August 2013
  • Natasia was a lovely host - very pleasant and nice to talk to. The house is beautiful: airy, modern and comfortable. The location is also fantastic. I highly recommend it.

    August 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 40 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    July 2013
  • Natasia is awesome, the place gorgeous and the location unbeatable - this combination together with her roommates, the two cats and a very comfortable rooftop makes that place something special + staying in a Hutong has more style than staying in some random hotel ;)
    Natasia sent me a list with recommendations for food, drinks and shopping before I arrived, we went out for dinner the first night, randomly met at a bar the last night plus she helped me finding some presents the morning before I left for the airport - what more can you ask from a host?!!!

    June 2013
  • Natasia is a great host! Her home is a very warm, welcoming, and great space with her beautiful interior design. The rooftop is an added bonus in the warm weather--a hidden gem in the hutongs! Her neighborhood suggestions are great, while her hospitality and willing to help you around the language is also fantastic. The two cutie cats are also the best company ;)

    June 2013
  • My time in Beijing was amazing, and one reason was my stay in this wonderful Hutong house with its wonderful inhabitants and the cutest cat ever! I really enjoyed my stay because I felt home there. The house is spacious, commfortable, clean and amazingly designed. The rooms are comfy and have real nice beds. The living and dining rooms are welcoming and big. The rooftop must be wonderful in summer, but is also great for loooking at fireworks or just taking a look around the neighbourhood of the drum and bell towers during winter.
    The direct neighbourhood is quiet and a lot of families are living there. But the area is lively and great for going out, having dinner, bar hopping and dancing. I stayed for 3 month and if possible I will come back. If you have the chance to stay here, do it! Natasia will help you with any questions or problems you might have, show you around and will make you feel welcome.

    February 2013
  • Staying at this hutong with Natasia and her roommates was great! All were warm, inviting, informative, and hip to life in Beijing. My stay was cozy and clean. A maid comes twice a week, and she even finished my laundry! Very notable, is the hutong's great location. Life in the neighborhood is very endearing. The location is especially insightful as to what stands to be lost and gained as Beijing changes in the next few years. Highly recommended!

    November 2012
  • Will and I had a great stay at this hutong hideaway. The house is great and its a good way to get a local feel of what it is like to live in Beijing. Natasia is super easy to work with and very flexible.

    August 2012
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