My name is Kat. I was an airbnb host when I lived in China and I love this website. Now I am home in Philadelphia, but still love to travel and see places the way the locals do.
We stayed at Kat and Jim place for couple of days. They are very nice, friendly and easy going people, they helped us out in buying train tickets and gave us lots of advice where to go, what to see, where to eat. If I am in Beijing again I will stay with them again.
Very friendly hosts. The apartment is in a good location to explore Beijing, minutes away from line10
I had a wonderful stay with Kat & Jim in Beijing. The place is clean, in a good location, the bed is bed large & comfortable, and Kat & Jim are great hosts. Would definiley recomend the place!!
Thanks to you both!
Very positive experience staying with Kat, and I really liked the apartment and the area. Really homey feel in the apartment that makes for a feeling of 'living' in Beijing rather than visiting. Kat is a very sociable host who offered invites to go out for evenings and visit friends. Sadly, I was only staying a couple of days so declined. However, when I am in Beijing again I will stay with Kat and take her up on the invites. Great place to stop if your visiting Beijing.
I didn't get to spend much time with my hosts as they had to make an unexpected trip back to USA. But they generously allowed me to stay on alone. But in our brief meeting they were very helpful and accommodating, and seemed a cool couple. As Kat indicates in her notes, the apartment is not "The Hilton", and is in a very Chinese estate, so what you get a is an "imersion" into Beijing urban cluture and everyday life. Very interesting. The subway is a little bit of a hike (10 mins), but busses are outside the door - though they are a little harder to" navigate". But the apartment is well-located, and has plenty of shops, restaurants, etc nearby. At the price, it's a good place to say in Beijing.
There are many reasons to stay at Jim and kat's apartment -
Kat is great with communicating online with email, offering specific information and answers to any questions you have .
There is air conditioning, wi fi and not only brewed coffee in the morning, but breakfast ready when you are.
The apartment is in a "neighborly" community complete with shops, good restaurants, a market (ie grocery store) and exercise equipment and a pinp pong table out the front door - join the older set anytime!
Ten minute walk thru the neighourhood to line 10 subway and bus 115 out the front door - with specific guidance from your hosts in Chinese and in English - thanks Kat and Jim!
Staying with Kat and Jim was probably the best decision I made during my trip to China. They immediately made me feel at home, frequently bringing me along to hang out with their friends, giving me advice on what parts of the city to check out, and taking me to their favourite restaurants in the neighborhood. The location is perfect – there are a lot of young children and old people which gives Hujialou a really home-y feeling, all the while being super close to Sanlitun and other cool places. Stay with them, I implore you! You will not be disappointed!! they are both lovely and I shall miss them!
Ok, so Kat and Jim are amazing people, lovely to hang out with, very caring without being the least bit intrusive. They just went out of their way to look after me and helped out so much with transport to my conference and translating addresses for cab drivers and genuinely looking after me.
They are also really great at giving advice over where to go and what to do and we went out for a wicked cool hot pot dinner night and met some friends it was just such a kind and thoughtful thing to do and is just part of who they are. Could not recommend them more highly for top hosts and just genuine down to earth, warm hearted human beings. Outstanding. Oh yeah great eggs for breakfast, I am gluten free and they went out of their way to accommodate me diet wise.
Kat makes great Eggs and Toast for breakfast. Jim is an entrepreneur at heart and has alot to share from his work experience. Beijing has been very cold during my stay but staying here has made the experience much more pleasant. The hosts also go the extra mile to help those who are not familiar with the Mandarin language but still wish to experience the best of Beijing.
Best hosts ever! Friendly, helpful, interesting, they made me feel at home straight away and sorted me out with everything from lovely breakfasts to writing down instructions for cab drivers, recommending me places to go, and even coming out with me for dinners and nights out! Staying with them totally made my trip and I am already trying to plan coming back. The room is clean and spacious, the neighbourhood is cool, and it's amazing deal for the rent they are charging.
Dear Kat! I'm so sorry I haven't met you in person, but I was happy to know from my colleagues that you're perfect guest! And I hope to welcome you here again!
Kat and Jim were awesome guests! Very friendly and easy-going, it was like having some old friends come over to stay for a week... We would welcome them back to our house anytime!