After reading numerous reviews on this site, we chose Michael's Hotel to stay in for 4 nights in late October. We booked 2 nights in the Emperor's Suite and 2 nights in the Standard Double room. We wanted to live like kings, but only for 2 nights :) And live like kings we did! When we arrived we went straight to our room and were delighted that it looked exactly like the pictures. A giant bed, small but stylish bathroom and our own computer with Internet access. We arrived rather late and asked if it would be possible to book a tour to the Great Wall at Simitai the next day. While we went out to grab some street food down the street, the desk clerk put it all together and we were able to catch mini-bus the next morning to take us to to the wall. All the clerks at the hotel speak English, some better than others, but probably the best English you'll encounter for most of your trip!
The hotel is about 4-6 blocks from the Jishuitan subway station, which is about a 5 minute walk and you only have to cross one major road. The hotel is located down an alley, which can make it hard for cab drivers to find when dropping you off, however, there are a million cabs once you exit the alley and the hotel is very accommodating if you need anything. We asked the clerk to translate some dishes we could order at a nearby restaurant, since most of the nearby restaurants are quite small and they don't speak much English, and the staff made sure to tend to any need we had.
They serve a decent breakfast that's part of your room cost and there's coffee and tea whenever you like it. And there's one main computer for hotel guests to use if you need to email or check directions. The hotel owner also wisely invested in a separate phone line that links directly to North America. This came in quite handy when I urgently needed to call Visa about my card. And the hotel did not charge me for the call, so nice!
I hope this review is helpful in making a decision about where you will stay during your visit to Beijing.
- 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