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“Warmth in a mystical place”
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Moganshan House 23
Ranked #7 of 187 Deqing County B&B and Inns
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Warmth in a mystical place”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

While visiting our son who is teaching in Shanghai he requested a weekend escape from the stresses of teaching and smog of the city. Moganshan was his location of choice. Our driver who was arranged by the Lodge arrived on time and ready to take us on a harrowing drive out of the city and up the mountain. We arrived late in the evening, were greeted at the gate of House 23 by two delightful young women who helped us drag our bags up the 100 plus stairs to our lovely rooms, a family suite built into the third floor and a single room below. Flashlights in hand to see through the dense fog we were lead down the road to the Lodge for a late dinner. The preset meal of soup, pork roast, roasted vegetables followed by warm chocolate pudding warmed our tummies. Walking up the Mt late at night, fog as thick as the chocolate pudding, we missed the steps to House 23 and ended up walking for over an hour before retreating back to "The Lodge". Once again we were welcomed warmly by the hostess, sat by the fire and found a ride back to the house by others staying nearby. The family suite was quiet and cozy with soft mattresses, nice linens, and warm comforters buffering us from the late night thunderstorm. There is nothing like the sound of rain to make for a good night sleep!
I wake early and like early morning coffee so waiting until 8:30 for a cup of java was a bummer, but once we were seated in the dining room the french pressed coffee was lovely! I would suggest that guests have access to the simple kitchen in the early morning to make their own coffee. Breakfast was simply and well prepared eggs, bacon, and toast. It would have been nice to have some seasonal vegetables or fruit to supplement, but I'm sure that access to fresh vegetables at this time of year in this neck of the woods are hard to come by. So all was forgiven with another lovely pot of coffee. A day of hiking, laughing, eating and more hiking followed buy another warm meal at the lodge we easily found our way back to house 23 for our second thunderstorm slumber....This is a magical place, hard to get to and well worth the trip. Just don't expect room service, a Starbucks on the corner....hopefully there never will be one.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We were just one couple and the room rate for an ordinary double was $130 US. (I seemed to be low season as we were the only people there and the town dead!)
Having stayed in really nice places in tourist areas in China for $40 a night we had high expectations. This was our splurge of luxury!
What a disappointment
It has some old world charm but in a run down and rather basic way. The entrance way up the house is scruffy, place needs a coat of paint, room was small, shower curtain filthy and no "frills" like slippers, hairdryer, good maps or local information and breakfast was very basic.
It would be good value for $50.
The staff were helpful and apologetic and organized heating as we were cold.
Perhaps for a gang of friends with kids and sharing all the house and the cost It would be fun and fine.
We asked for a refund which we got and left after one night.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Suzhou, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We went to Moganshan for 2 days in October. The Moganshan house was very cozy, they had a nice fireplace, and a pretty wholesome breakfast of eggs, toast, orange juice and coffee. We brought our own food and grilled with their BBQ. The bed was a little stiff especially the pillow, you may want to bring your own. Overall, it was a great place to stay to chill out and was close to the sights and hiking of Moganshan.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Went with another couple with our dogs which were allowed to stay in our rooms. Rooms are functional, with wood laminating rather floorboards and noisy air-conditioning's power is only marginally better than a fan. However, the shared areas are of a similar standard to naked retreats and the staff speak better English and are generally more attentive, and all for a third of the price of top tier expatriate 'retreats' in Moganshan. One small complaint is the slightly pedantic nature of the management where we asked for bacon to be provided for breakfast as it's not on the menu, and a charge of 10 kwai (per slice!) was levied. I'm not sure how this is justified? Literally left a bitter taste in our mouths. Moganshan is also fast becoming a Chinese tourist destination and where you once woke up to birds in bamboo forests its more huge tourists bus horns blaring at 6 am. Was thinking of one day having my own house on a hill there, but sadly not anymore...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed at another facility from Moganshan House 23. This is called Moganshan House 2. The location of this house is great and it looks beautiful with its stone masonary. We visited as a group of 5 Families, 11 adults and 7 children. The children got a big space to move around and play every where in the villa. This is a big and spacious house..The best thing about this
villa is the service. The sole person responsible is Ms. Claire. She was very kind and soft spoken and took good care of all the familes. We had a great time and have good memories to cherish for this stay and the travel to Moganshan.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank VishalShirsat
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Shanghai
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

After having stayed at Naked Retreats we stayed at Moganshan House 23 this time. Compared to Naked Retreats the place has a couple of advantages. It is definitely more secluded and no Chinese tourists passing by. House 23 is on top of all other houses and has a nice garden. The rooms are nice, but more functional than luxurious. These houses are not in the bamboo forest like Naked Retreats. The advantage is, that you are not bothered by people chopping bamboo at six o'clock in the morning although a bamboo forest has its charms. If you are looking for a place to relax over the weekend and you need two bedrooms this is the place to go in Moganshan. There will be no ayis to cook for you (which is terrible anyway) and you have to bring food yourself or eat at Moganshan Lodge.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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5 Thank Sha_Julia
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Reviewed December 25, 2010

Great place to go with a big group of friends and family. Especially during the holliday season.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Property: Moganshan House 23
Address: Mo Gan Shan Town, Deqing County, China
Location: China > Zhejiang > Deqing County
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Ranked #7 of 187 B&Bs / Inns in Deqing County
Number of rooms: 6
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