Saturday, February 28, 2015

Affordable Airbnb Private Room in Beijing

Last year, we found a very cool website called Airbnb, a trusted community for people to list and book unique and affordable accommodations around the world. We tried it first during our Japan trip because we challenged ourselves to look for a cheap place to stay in Japan (since it is a known fact that Japan's cost of living is very high especially compared to the Philippines). 

We were lucky enough to stumble upon Airbnb and the entire experience was awesome especially for budget conscious travelers like us. We were very satisfied with our stay in an Airbnb home that's why we've decided to try it again during our China trip. 

When searching for a place to stay we always have the following considerations:

1. Price
2. Location (should be near a subway) and
3. Type of room (either shared or private room)

These three are very important to us and all of these criteria are present in Alice's (name of our landlord) Beijing listing. To view the listing click here.

Our room costs us Php 1,569 per night per room or about CNY 214 but we still divided the cost by 2 so I only paid Php 784.50 per night per person. 

The neighborhood is located in a prime real estate. It is just an 8-minute walk away from Jinsong subway station and around the area, there are convenient stores, restaurants, markets, and banks. The nearest bus station is also just a 3 minute walk. The station is called Jinsong Giao Dong Station.

From Jinsong station, it's just one station away from Panjiayuan Antique Market, 5 stations to Sanlitun, and only 2 stations away from Guomao or their CBD.

From Guomao, you may transfer to Line 1 which bisects the entire city and from there you can now go anywhere you want like the Forbiden City, Tian'anmen Square, and Wangfujing.

Alice's business is to rent out her different apartments with 2-3 bedrooms per unit. She has a lot of apartments being rented out in Airbnb that's why she is considered as a trusted and experienced "landlord" haha. Alice allows guests to rent the entire apartment OR you may just rent one bedroom at a time. In our case, we just rented 1 private bedroom but shared the bathroom with other guests renting the other rooms in the apartment we stayed in. There was no issue for us in sharing the apartment with other people because we have separate keys per room and most of the time, the guests are just locked up inside their rooms anyway haha!

Alice's apartment is very convenient and easy to locate. Here's how to get there:

1. Ride the subway line 10 and alight at Jonsong Station exit B.
2) Walk straight and you will be able to see a 7-11 convenient store on your left.
3. When you reach the first corner, turn left then just walk straight.
4. You will see a road in front of you. You need to cross the road and get to the chinese restaurant in front of you.
The entrance of the apartment compound is located beside the Chinese restaurant. You will see a metal gate near it and usually, the gates have built in sensors that automatically opens if you tap the keys with built in sensors as well. You may ask Alice how to use the sensored keys (usually it looks like a blue chip keychain) but if it seems complicated for you, you may do what the Chinese people do...they wait for a tenant with keys and they just tailgate before the gate closes haha :)
5. Once you're inside the compound, you will see a big park in front of you. Turn right and walk straight.
6. To your right, you will be able to see building no. 7 go inside it and look for Alice's unit :)
7. This specific apartment of Alice has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. We rented one private room (opened door) and the bathroom is right beside it (right door). 
Our room is just right for 2-3 people. It's cozy and comfortable :) It has an air conditioned unit, a television set, a couch, fast wifi and what I truly appreciate would be the extension cord haha because we have so many gadgets to charge all at the same time!! :) 
Alice provided 2 complimentary water bottles on our first night in her apartment :) How thoughtful of her.
There's a kitchen with limited utensils and cooking ware. We didn't get a chance to cook breakfast or snacks because we didn't have time plus the utensils are a bit dirty as well. I think none of the guests have ever used the kitchen!
There's a microwave but unfortunately it's not working, there's a thermos but without water, a rice cooker, and coffee maker as well. I suggest you buy your own bottled water because even though there's a water dispenser located beside the dining table, no one comes in to check or refill the container so to be safe, buy your own! :)
The bathroom is clean and equipped with hot water/heater, bath tub, and washing machine. You may also use the shampoo, conditioner, or soap provided because it's for everyone :)
When you check out Alice's Airbnb profile, she requires her guests to check in at 1:00 pm and check out at 12:00 nn but in case you have concerns, you can just inform her and she will gladly accommodate your request. For instance, we arrived very early in the morning and left very late at night going to Shanghai. She allowed us to check in and out based on our time provided that there's no other guests before or after us :) 

Alice is also very accommodating even before we arrived Beijing. We were already communicating via Wechat App (a must app since China does not allow Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, etc..) and mind you, she is good in English so there's no language barrier issues with her haha. 

I highly suggest you get one of Alice's listing if you will visit Beijing. She offers a lot of rooms so you have plenty options to choose from :) There are over 100 positive reviews of her which you can browse in her Airbnb profile.


  1. I think this will be the best place for me to stay at night during my Beijing tours..I also think that you provide best service if I stay in your hotel during Beijing Tour.Keep posting.Thanks for sharing this useful information with us..

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