I booked Michaels House off of the back of the fantastic reviews it had on TripAdvisor. 4th best hotel in the whole of Beijing? I don't think so.
I'll start with the location. It is in a Hutong lane off of a secondary road in Jinshuitan. The Hutong is not original or preserved. The neighbouring buildings are predominately 70s and 80s ugly low rise apartment blocks mixed with low end shops and offices, including a recycling business which does most of its work on the hutong. Ironically the best preserved old house on the hutong is the YHA hostel 2 doors down. So no romantic old world charm, just grimy urban Beijing realism. Jinshuitan is on line 2 on the subway and relatively convenient. Taxis are hard to come by at times.
The hotel itself. Decor was a bit hit and miss, traditional Chinese mixed with faux wooden country, with the occasional 90s black wrought iron piece. The bed was comfortable but my room was unfortunately arranged as two singles. The bathroom was clean but caravan plastic. A pre molded fibre glass shell with plastic floor walls and ceilings. See my photos.
The staff were great. Polite, helpful and English speaking, which helps because my Chinese is terrible. They organised my Great wall tour which was excellent. Being the first on the tour to be picked up, I saw some of the hotels and areas available as we picked up the other guests. There are much nicer hutong based hotels available.
The only praise I will give this place is the price, it is certainly cheap, just don't expect a 5 star property like the other reviews suggest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- enjoying a convenient location,the hotel offers you traditional ambiance and modern facilities with guestrooms to suit all budgets.decorated with a variety of main colours, all rooms have individual styles.enjoy the afternoon tea with your friends under the glass roof and feel as if you are going back in time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Michael`s House Hotel Beijing
- Michaels Hotel Beijing
- Beijing Michaels Hotel