I stayed 3 months in Pingping's flat (1 month alone, 2 months with a friend), and at least, this experience was a mix between a youth hostel, and a classic airbnb flat. The most of the time, it were a lot of people living here (between 8 and 14 for 4 bedroom), so you can imagine the flat is a bit messier than you can see it in the airbnb pictures !
I enjoyed a lot the hosting of Pingping and her husband, who helped us a lot when we needed some advices, even if they didn't have so much time. The location of the flat is great : the east of beijing is full of very famous places, you can go to the subway line 1 in 5min only, and there is food shops near from here. By living here for a long time, we met a lot of very friendly (and english speaker) people, who share their time with us, and really gave a new dimension to our trip. It's probably the thing I enjoyed the most about Pinping's room !
What I disliked about this place is :
- because of the huge number of guest, it can be a bit dirty sometimes (the cleaning lady come once by week, it's not enough for a place with 10 people living everyday), but it really depend of the people staying here... As a youth hostel.
- a 12m2 room is too small for 4 people...There is not enough space for tidy your stuff, you can't use the desk as a working place (so much stuff everywhere)
- the 2 bathrooms need some repair... Some water leak, and a cracked bath
- the living room is very dark at night (as an illustrator, it was sometimes a problem for me)
I recommend this place if you want to meet new people, and if you had an experience in a youth hostel by the past and enjoyed it !
Pingping's flat is really like a tiny youth hostel. It's comfortable if you are not demanding. For me it was nice for spent two months. The only bad point is the bed too thin and the bathroom needs some repairs. Out of it there are always somebody in the flat for helping you, for sharing good moment like drinking beer, eating, or watching movies. I met very good and kind people there ! I recommend this flat.