Apartment with old Beijing flavor

Apartment - Entire home/apt · 号 Xitao Hutong, Beijing, Beijing 100009, China

The Space

This lovely little apartment is located in the most beautiful place, Shichahai near the Old Drum Tower Street, hidden in a quiet residential alley.

[ Apartment details ]
The apartment is on the 4th floor, the elevator and corridor has access control hence it is really safe, secure with lots of privacy. The apartment has an area of 67 square meters. Although it is small, it is a complete and cosy nest for travelers to have a good rest after a long day of traveling. The bedroom has a double bed, hence it is able to accomodate 1-2 person. The living room has a sofa and a dining table. As for the kitchen, all electrical appliances and equipments are complete and cookwares available. The bathroom and toilet is separated by a glass panel. There is a phone and television and wireless network available in the apartment.

If you require anything, you can easily communicate with me via walkie-talkie. Welcome to stay in this apartment for a year if you enjoy living in Beijing! I have a US guest and British couple, who worked in Beijing for a period of time, they really enjoyed staying here and experiencing the Beijing atmosphere.

[ Transportation ]
This district's transportation is very convenient, it is close to the Line 2 subway and accessible to various buses. It is really convenient to travel to any destinations.

[ Locations ]
There are a variety of bars and restaurants nearby, serving local delicacy. The apartment is surrounded by Shicha river, South Luogu Alley, Drum Tower, Beihai, Jingshan, Deshengmen and other attractions. There are many alleys in Beijing and you can always experience Beijing in the authentic style. The apartment is not too far away from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Lama Temple. You can travel by the railway to Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing, Xidan and other popular places in Beijing.

[ Message from the host ]
I enjoy designing this apartment as though it is one of my art pieces, many of my guests contributed their ideas to how it could be designed. I hope you will treat this apartment just like your own and take good care of the cleanliness and amenities.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $642 /week
Monthly Price: $2002 /month
Cleaning Fee: $33
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Laura was a fantastic and welcoming host, the best we've had through Airbnb. Not only did she come to personally pick us up when we arrived at Beijing airport, she even arranged a friend of hers to come along and translate for us. During our stay, she contacted us regularly to make sure everything was ok. On the last night, Laura and her husband took us out to a delicious restaurant where were got to sample some Beijing delicacies, including duck.

    Her apartment was warm and cosy, our home away from home. It's ideally situated in the Gulou (Drum Tower) district, which from our travels was certainly one of the better places to be situated. There are ample Hutongs to wander through and just minutes down the road are some great local places for breakfast (the Baozi and egg soup are great as were the Ro bin (meat pancakes). It's also only 5 minutes walk to a convenient subway - which is a short 20 minute ride to the Forbidden City. A wonderful spot.

    But by far the highlight was Laura - she is a wonderful host who we look forward to meeting again, either in Beijing or here in Melbourne!

    December 2013
  • Laura is a great host. She treats you like a house-guest, not just a tenant. When I arrived she had stocked the refrigerator with milk, eggs, bread and fruit, and she also made available a full supply of kitchen basics. The apartment is not new, but it is clean and full of amenities. Location is good. While the alley itself is not particularly interesting, it is only 10 minutes away from some very historic areas of old Beijing. Good value.

    November 2013
  • This spring and summer, my husband and I spent four months in Laura’s apartment and had an exquisite time. As sinologists we come to Beijing a lot and the apartment is by far the nicest we have seen in Beijing so far. The apartment is newly renovated, spacious and very cozy with much love spent on the interior design. Kitchen and bathroom are very nice and definitely Western standard. Located on the fourth (Chinese) floor of a traditional apartment building in the middle of a beautiful and lively old Hutong area, the apartment is full of light with a very nice view over the Hutongs – if the weather is clear one can even see the West mountains in the distance. The neighborhood is very friendly and extremely quiet for Beijing.

    The location is wonderful. The Hutongs around offer everything one needs – from a large vegetable and fruit market just across Second Ring Road, to small kiosks, restaurants, barbers and a small blind massage center. When cutting through the Hutongs one can reach the quieter part of Houhai Lake in just about 15 minutes, very nice for spending summer evenings at the lake. Western products such as sugar-free yoghurt, milk, bread and coffe are available at “Gerard’s” in the Hutongs across Jiugulou Dajie – walk towards the Lama Temple for about 15-20 minutes and the small store is on the left-hand side (a little hard to find though). There is also one of Beijing’s nicest nightlife areas with lots of cafes and restaurants on Jiugulou Dajie and Gulou Dongdajie just around the corner towards the Drum Tower. The traffic connection is great with Subway Line 2 and 8 (Gulou Dajie) outside the Hutong and lots of buses in all directions. Second Ring Road just to the North also makes getting around by taxi very comfortable.

    Last but not least, Laura and her husband are absolutely wonderful and we became good friends with them during our stay. It was like having a family in Beijing. They have a great sense of humor and we had an amazing time with them going to concerts, plays, the Great Wall and over interesting dinner conversations. Laura always made sure we felt at home at the apartment and helped us with everything she could from Chinese bureaucracy to getting to the airport with our luggage. We hope they come to visit in Germany soon.

    July 2013
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I like to travel, like to make friends, and like to get to know the new thing.Because my son lives in Canada, so I have been to almost all the places in Canada.Although my English is not good, but I like to live in the B & B, you can eat a lot of different breakfast, you can also learn about different people and lifestyles. 我喜欢旅游,喜欢交朋友,喜欢了解新鲜的事情。因为我儿子在加拿大生活,所以我几乎走遍了加拿大所有的地方。虽然我的英文不好,但是我很喜欢在B&B居住,除了可以吃到很多不同的早餐外,还可以了解不同的人和生活方式。 My husband and I are university students, from the start we recognize we started traveling, never stop the pace. 我和我丈夫是大学同学,从我们认识开始,我们就开始旅行了,从没有停止脚步。 I like to love life and your family's hostess, so I also like to cook and dress up the house; I hope my family home will forget work and worries Similarly, if you live in my house, I hope you like back to their own homes. 我喜欢热爱生活和家人的女主人,所以,我也喜欢做饭和打扮房子;我希望我的家人回到家就会忘掉工作和烦恼,同样,如果你住在我家,我希望你就像回到自己家一样。 As the hostess was born in Beijing, I detailed introduction to the customs, cuisine, history, and can also travel to other cities for you to do the detailed proposals and planning. 作为出生在北京的女主人,我可以详细的介绍北京的风土人情、美食,历史,也可以为你去其他城市旅游做详细的建议和规划。 I have a driver's license and a Grand Cherokee, If you need, you can drive with you to Beijing around. 我有驾照和一辆大切诺基,如果你需要,也可以开车带你到北京转转。 Similarly, if I stay at your house, I also like that you introduced me to your country's customs, cuisine and culture. 同样,如果我住在你家,我也喜欢你给我介绍你们国家的风土人情、美食和文化。 My network ID is my attitude to life: while walking, singing. 我的网名就是我的生活态度:边走边唱。
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