“As our train tickets previously to be delivered before our arrival has been 3 times tried delivered ( agreed with Robbie ) without any success, we could have guessed we will have some problems on your arrival day. As our prior invitation letter was not enough detailed, we had to call Robbie in emergency when we were at the embassy getting our visas. Arrival was a disaster even if we could have the luck to know his door code. We could not reach the owners neither the maid nor any friends. The maid was supposed to welcome us. Flights details were given far in advance. Fortunately, the neighbor's maid got out on the floor and phoned the maid to get the door code and let us know she will arrived 1 hour later !!! 60 kilos baggage and 24 hours trip from home in front of the closed door, we were happy to meet this pleasant maid who called the supposed one to welcome us. The maid attitude was absolutely negative even after her late arrival.The flat for itself ( except the maid's cook odors cook only for her friends every day ) was very pleasant. She even hosted friends while we were there, closing the rooftop door to get her privacy.The building and its pool are mature and vintage and the entry card to get to the pool was not valid.Bed linen was not at the top as the wifi access in your bedroom. No photos about the guest room neither the bathroom destinated for guests which smells bad. I do think those points are not difference of culture as Robbie tried me to answer as he and his family was in Nyc swapping home while we were having a points deal. We arranged all our day trips on our own and have never had any taste of the maid food prepared for her own friends coming home. Experienced swapers since 2001, we had never lived this situation. The Host Says: I'm sorry your trip to our place turned out so absolutely terrible, I sincerely am. We will not ever leave our maid in charge of a guest stay again. I was a little unsure how it would turn out but did not feel I should cancel your visit once we decided to travel the summer ourselves, but based on your experience I have learned that perhaps I should have. Any guests in the future will only be hosted while we ourselves are at home, which has worked well on numerous occasions. I just hope that you found some joy in Beijing and that our stay with us did not completely spoil the over all trip.”
ES: Robbie's reviewsES: As a host ES: (8)
“We had a really nice stay with Michael and his family. Even though we shared the space with them, we felt at ease and we had our own privacy. Their home is beautiful, clean, well appointed and very well located. Our hosts were helpful, congenial and we had inspiring conversation. We wished we stayed longer. Their restaurant, Green T House, is spectacular, not to be missed.”
“Robbie & JinR were friendly hosts during our hosted points swap for our family of five, and their attractive apartment couldn't have been better placed for exploring Beijing. They also kindly made arrangements for us to visit the Great Wall with a family member, who took the very best care of us. Overall we had a great time in Beijing, although we struggled to find where to buy food, or an affordable restaurant with English menus. ”
“Robbie's and JinR's home was beautifully appointed. The pictures of the living room, sitting area, and Master bedroom are beautifully represented and accurate. We however did not think to ask what the guest bedroom looked like and, for us, it was small and the bed was on the floor. We are not "old" but for us, it was not comfortable. We recommended to Robbie to have photos clearly showing the guests quarters. On other notes, we had great conversations with JinR and Robbie...very interesting people. it's always interesting to meet home exchangers.”
“Robbie and JinR were the most accommodating hosts I could imagine. They made our Beijing stay 'a once in a lifetime experience' Their home is a blend of east and west sophistication and from the 30th floor a panoramic view of the city. Very central location, easy for daytrips to galleries, historic sites and shopping areas. the breakfast in the morning was stunning and their conversation and company enthralling as was their teahouse and their generosity terry and christine byron bay ”
“Our family stayed in this beautiful 2 floors condo for 3 nights in March 2016. Robbie and his family were very nice and helpful, especially to organize our one day trip to the Great Wall, great advices. Kids really appreciate the good homemade breakfasts they served us in the mornings. Also, the visit of their incredible designed restaurant (The Green-T House) were a highlight and a pleaure for the eyes... Thanks again to all the family to have welcomed our family (in the middle of the night).”
“Our experience in Robbie&JinR home has been awesome! In our case we arranged to be at their place visiting Beijing while they where living there also. the place is big enough to do so. They were extremely nice with us, helping to arrange our visits, etc. They are very open, polite and easygoing. The condominium is very well designed, modern and cozy at the same time; absolutely unique. Don´t miss their sophisticated Chinese restaurant -Green T House-. It´s very nice to have new friends in China. We hope they will visit us in Spain very soon! ”
“An extraordinary oasis of modern Chinese design and great taste in the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Robbie and JinR were fabulous hosts, helped arrange a car and driver as needed, great restaurant suggestions both near the apartment and around Beijing not to mention their own highly rated Green T House. They gave us a glimpse into everyday life in this fascinating fast changing city. Their live-in helper is an amazing cook, we were greeted with fresh baked dumplings and coffee for breakfast to get us started. So glad we said yes to a Point swap a year ago when Robbie and JinR stayed in our Sydney home. At that time we did not know if we would be able to find a mutually convenient time to swap. Now a year on we are able to repay the points and enjoy this very unique experience.”
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