Gladys Garden - casual living

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Xiaojinsi Hutong, Houhai, Xicheng District, Beijing , 100009, China

The Space

We are located in the heart of Beijing. The house is in one of the few remaining Hutong areas (alleyways) of old Beijing, with courtyard houses. Along the nearby lakeshore it is very scenic and there (email hidden)ly nightlife. But once inside the alleys, there is no sound of traffic and the tranquility of traditional life still prevails.

Our home is a 7 minute walk to Prince Gong’s Mansion; a 15 minute walk to Beihai Park; a 30 minute walk to Jingshan Park ("Coal Hill"), where the last Ming Emperor ended his (email hidden) walk to Yonghegong (Lama Temple); (email hidden) walk to the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) and Tiananmen Square. We have excellent access to public transportation including subway lines 8 (station called Shichahai, 450m from us) and 6 (station called Beihai North, 800m), plus bus lines to many parts of the city.

This is a private home of a Canadian + Chinese couple, with backyard garden (in spring/summer), rooftop deck, kitchen, living room, and laundry room. We have modern comforts including decent bathrooms, hot water, purified drinking water, coffee machine, floor heating, air conditioners, and comfortable mattresses.

We are an English-Chinese bilingual and retired couple who can offer assistance in getting around Beijing. We are happy to show you around the neighborhood, the local supermarket, farmers market, bank, post office, department store, swimming place, and the like. We can help you figure out what public transport to take to get to places in Beijing or suggest places to go for buying specific things or having items made.

Our ideal guests are mature English-speaking travelers who are interested in sampling life in Beijing but not wanting to give up some basic comforts. We are not suitable for young students coming to study Chinese or who are looking for jobs. Young travelers: please check out Backpackingchina, it's a youth hostel in our neighborhood, cheaper and more suitable for you. We have one short-haired house cat. So people with cat allergies please be forewarned.

This is an ensuite room (i.e., with private bathroom).

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $14 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had a great stay at Gladys Garden! We felt at home right away and really enjoyed meeting and spending time with our host. Staying there was maybe my favourite thing in all of Beijing. The location is awesome, right in a beautiful hutong neighbourhood and very close to a subway station. There are restaurants, markets and convenience store close by as well as parks and sights such as the drum tower and the bell tower. David gave us great restaurant recommendations, I highly recommend this place!

    April 2014
  • The best part of our experience in Beijing was getting to meet David & Yang and being able to stay in their fantastic house. We know that nothing would have been the same without them. We stayed for 7 nights and we liked it there so much, it was like pulling teeth when it was time to leave...we purposely moved like molasses as we packed just to savor our final moments in this house.

    We can't fault anything in this place, all the reviews really are true. the location of Glady's Garden is brilliant--a short walk to houhai lake, subway & bus stops, restaurants, and other sights in Beijing--while being out of the way enough to not be bothered by crowds. The house itself is spacious and beautifully decorated. Our room was perfect for the two of us; clean & cozy with all the comforts a traveler could need. We've been traveling for over a month now and hands down the best shower we've had so far! The kitchen is a special place. Every morning we looked forward to having coffee & some of Yang's banana bread and chat with other guests, more often with Stefan, who we also loved meeting.

    Thank you so much David & Yang for being so kind, helpful, and for sharing your home and especially your time with us. We really hope to return again!

    April 2014
  • Coming to Beijing for the first time was a bit daunting. But with Yang Zhi and David's kind assistance, I soon gained confidence. Thank you both for introducing me to the excellent Li Family Muslim Restaurant, where the menu was in English! And special thanks to Yang Zhi, for meeting my taxi on arrival at an impossibly early hour to guide me through narrow streets to Gladys Garden; also, Yang Zhi, for your invaluable help obtaining train tickets.

    Gladys Garden has an intimate homelike atmosphere. Whether preparing breakfast and chatting with interesting fellow guests, watching movies in the sitting room of an evening, patting Yoda the cat, or just enjoying the overall freedom of movement in the house and garden, it all felt comfortable, casual, laidback. And its perfect central setting near lakes, quaint arched bridges, buses, metro, busy shops, bars and restaurants was great too. My twin-bedded room with ensuite bath was cosy, clean, quiet and private--the wifi strong and constant. Without a doubt, I would stay at Gladys Garden on any future visit.

    March 2014
  • My stay with David and Yang Zhi was really quite wonderful. I very much enjoyed getting to know them and the other guests, and my room was very comfortable. I enjoyed the neighborhood as well as the nearness of multiple subway and bus lines. I'm so glad to have stayed with them and would do it again!

    March 2014
    Response from David:

    Thank you Elizabeth for being the intelligent, friendly, and sociable guest you are! And do come again.

  • Stayed with David and Yang for 8 days in February 2014. They are wonderful hosts - helpful, informative, generous and gracious. Their home is in a great location for seeing the Beijing sites - close to bus routes, subways, food and drink, stores, the lakes, etc. The room was spacious and comfortable and the bathroom was good-sized and modern. They certainly made us feel at home and assisted us with getting to various places etc. I would certainly recommend them to friends and family.

    February 2014
    Response from David:

    Thank you James and Carol! Hope your weather improves.

  • We had a wonderful time. Our hosts were welcoming and contributed so much to our enjoyment of Beijing. The house is ideally situated, tucked away but near the lakes and the subway station. Its all very informal with access to the kitchen for breakfast and a living room for meeting and chatting with the other guests.

    February 2014
    Response from David:

    Thank you Kaven! We still want to hear your music.

  • Some say in this page that Glady's Garden is like being at home. I don't agree ; David and Ms Yang's Garden is much better than that : Ms Yang is wise in the perfect Chinese way : very clear in her ideas…..very strong intellectually but at the same time very sweet and lovely woman with a lot of humanity that most of the time is smiling (I saw her in the early morning walking like a cat and moving her hands like dancing in the air……a picture I will never forget !!). David is smart in all the sense of the word : cultivated gentleman with a good sense of humor and ironic position about everything in life : a good mix that made me really enjoy talking to him. Can you get this at home ???……very very few can say that.
    So for me was an unforgettable experience that made not only more enjoyable my visit to Beijing but also I think now I can understand a little better the mind and soul of Chinese people . …….Both of you and Ian no doubt, will be always in my mind …..Thanks for what I learned and thanks for everything you did to me. To those who are reading this review : Tourists better look for Hotels, that's why they are made for……Travelers looking for enjoyable
    experiences don't hesitate : you will always be welcome at Glady's Garden!!

    February 2014
    Response from David:

    Thank you Rene, you are too flattering. I am sorry I forgot to give you my silly book. Maybe you should come again?

  • We had such a delightful time in your home. It was the true essence of what B&B is about. As I go through our 600+ pictures back home I feel like I stayed at my friend's home in Beijing. For those of you thinking of going to China you MUST stay here. It is a new home with all the modern conveniences and the hosts are just lovely. You feel like your company home to your best friend's home every night to tell them about your adventures. It's a perfect location in a typical old neighborhood, but totally convenient to everything in Beijing by subway, bus, or cab. The subway is as easy to navigate at London, or Washington D.C., very clean modern subways and cheap! We saw all the historic temples and visited the Great Wall...breathtaking! Great bargains in China too if you want clothing, watches, eye glasses, silk and pearls. Thanks for everything!!!

    January 2014
    Response from David:

    Thank you Michael! Is your photo up-side-down, or is my computer up-side-down? Do come again.

  • David and Yang Zhi were very helpful hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Thank you very much.

    January 2014
    Response from David:

    Thanks Zara!

  • David and Yang Zhi have the coziest, warmest and most welcoming hutong in Beijing. I had a great stay at their place, and Yang Zhi makes the most delicious banana bread. I was quite busy during my stay, but I very much enjoyed the conversations we had and great knowledge that David and Yang Zhi have. I would almost say I learned more about China than I have learned after half a year in Shanghai! I can definitely recommend this place, and hopefully it will not be fully booked next time I come to Beijing.

    December 2013
    Response from David:

    Thank you Marius for your kind words. Hope your research turns into a good paper!

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