It is 3 story building in a quiet street., there is court yard with stairs in the middle.Rooms are in two sides. I am listing one of them.
Location and directions:
It is a residential street in very central of Beijing, about 3.5 Km to Summer Palace, 3.2 Km to airport express station.
Bus 24 to Airport Express Station Dong Zhi Men.
800 meters to Metro/Subway station: Dong Si Shi Tiao(Line 2)
800 meters to Zhang Zi Zhong(Line 5),
Within 100 meters away, there are direct Buses to 2 major train stations: Beijing Station, Beijing West Station.
Comfort and Security:
There are lots of restaurants about 20 meters away. There is super market with 100 meters. We have CCTV on the main entrance, electronic lock on each room.
What is inculded:
There is one double bed in the room, with 24 hours hot water shower, TV, kettle, aircondition, working desk. We offer free Wifi and 24 hours reception service. There is washing machine upstairs.
Also, If required, we offer airport transfer services at a cost.
Earliest check-in: 2:00pm（You can welcome to leave our luggage if you need to arrive early or spend some time in the lounge upstairs using wifi)
Latest Check-out: 12:00
Location: you are really in the center of Beijing which is great (10 min walk to the subway dongsi shitiao)
-Room was really dirty (dead mosquitoes on all the white walls, dirt on the floor)
-The bathroom was really (really really) smelly, and dirty.
-We tried to use the washing machine, and at first two men helped us with it, which was nice. But then 20 minutes later an older woman asked us to pay in order to use it. So we had to explain that it was included in the price... Anyway, don't try to use the washing machine ;-)
For the price we paid, you can have some better hotel, as we did for our last night in Beijing. And we saw the difference...
It was our first airbnb experience, and frankly probably our last.
This is very cheap and cheerful accommodation, kind of like a very cheap hostel or hotel - perfect for what we were looking for, but not the traditional air bnb home-stay situation. Our room wasn't cleaned during our stay and the facilities were very basic, but it was more private than a hostel, and pretty much the same price, so we were happy, and contact Peter was very helpful and kind to us in advance of our stay.
Its a little tricky to find down a side ally, but once your there the area is really interesting, lots of little hutongs to explore, and easy walking distance to lots of good places to eat, and a little off the beaten track which is what we like.
The other reviews don't mention that this is an awesome building, with a roof terrace with a great view, and some rooms (I peered in during cleaning) have a seating area on one floor and beds up a tiny staircase! We had a room for 3 people on the ground floor and it was a bit dingy, but the rooms upstairs look awesome - I would definitely come again and request one of those rooms.
The information listed and the other reviews do a good job of describing - and yes, make sure you bring a dictionary if you don't speak Chinese as the people here are very friendly but we didn't have a word in common :)
Thank you Peter and family for hosting us!
This was totally sufficient and a cool little vertical house. My room was fine, wifi was fine, people were nice but not very involved with my stay. No soap in the bathroom, I had to buy some for 5 RMB.
The stay does not have the typical Air bnb experience at all since you are not staying in somebody's house. It is more like a hostel, but without any opportunity to meet other visitors. Our room was very simple and quite dirty. The bathroom is a cabin with stands in the room. Ours had a horrible smell.
Furthermore, it is really hard to find the address, since there is no door number...
The appartment was really good, we enjoyed our stay. It is definitely not a homestay-experience, there are many rooms, more like in a hostel/hotel. But we knew that from the description and were fine with it. The rooms are simple but clean and have their own small bathroom. They also have a good airconditioner which is definitely necessary. Check-in was easy and the family who manages the rooms very nice and communicative, although they do not speak English at all. Sometimes in the mornings it can get loud in the house, as they get up early and chat while being in different rooms.
The location is great, you live in the middle of a hutong in a nice neighbourhood and can walk to many popular areas in Beijing. In the surroundings you find nice local restaurants where you can eat as the rooms only provide a water kettle.
More a sort of boarding house than what I've been used to with Airbnb - which is spare rooms in private homes. So there are many rooms over 4 levels built around a central common area dominated by the metal stairways. It's possible to relax in an open area on the roof. Lots of sheets and blankets hung up to be dried. Quite a few long term residents. Not much ambiance, but friendly management.
When I first checked in they wanted me to pay - I had to explain Airbnb which they finally accepted without any ill feeling.
The room was clean and quite big, air-conditioner powerful and there's Wifi. Electronic key-card locked room door. Bathroom a bit dank and there was a sulfurous smell - maybe the drains.
The location is great though - very central - 1/2 hour walk to the Forbidden City. I didn't go to the Summer Palace but from the description that's probably considerably closer. Even better (for me) the street is actually within the Hutong area so just strolling around the neighborhood is an experience.
Also very convenient for Beijing Capital Airport - a 5 minute walk to the Subway (blue no. 2 circle line), then 1 stop to an Airport Express stop. A very easy trip.
Pros- Once you find the place it is in a very cool neighborhood of Beijing. It is one of the few remaining Hodungs and the mile long ally way filled with life and shops and people and a really good pub is worth the price of admission. There are two subway stations a mile apart in opposite directions that make getting around real easy. It has a bed and A/C and a shower.
Cons- No one speaks English. Peter lives in London and so it is an email to email to phone call sort of thing. It is very hard to find the first time. Take a cab its worth the ten bucks. Once you know where it is you will be fine, but no way in hell I could have found it on my own. The cab driver had to ask three different people where it was he lives in Beijing. The bathrooms do smell funky and the water heater has to be turned on if you want hot water. Do this the moment you enter. When you leave the electricity turns off. So no hot water when you first get in. In winter it might not be a big deal, but in summer you need a shower.
Over all- For the money it was fine. But you need to know going in that this is more backpacker territory than middle class tourist looking for a deal territory.
Hope it helps.
The place and people were very nice! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique experience, as this place is pretty Beijing-eqse. It's definitely not a luxury hotel, but the place was super comfortable in a great location.
You would be mistaken not to stay here!
We had an amazing stay, overall very good location with a great room.
I came to Beijing not knowing a word of Chinese, but the lady managing this place was very nice and helpful, though her English was very limited. She also taught me a couple of phrases in Mandarin.
If you want to fully enjoy Beijing, it's important to learn at least some basic Chinese.
The location is fairly good. About 10 min walk from the subway, and plenty of nearby restaurants. (A particularly nice one around the corner.)
The room is nice and clean, with god air conditioning, good strong shower and fast WiFi.
Overall, quite a nice place for the price.