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“Well and truly overrated. Average at best”
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Michael's House
Ranked #47 of 6,474 Hotels in Beijing
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Bondi Beach Sydney
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“Well and truly overrated. Average at best”
Reviewed 28 August 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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seanwang2004au, Owner at Michael's House, responded to this review, 8 September 2011
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments based on your recent stay at Michael's House on Tripadvisor.

Our hotel is located in a historical community of more than 600 years, which could be back to Yuan dynasty. Jishuitan Station, as you mentioned of the subway Line 2, the name itself came from the landform of the place which was the largest waterage port (The start of the Jing-Hang canal-Beijing to Hangzhou) and a prospective commercial area then in the mentioned dynasty times.

Today, people here are still living with traditional Chinese lifestyles such as the various food stalls at night which could be a good example. Because of these precipitates of history, the area is considered as the attractive and charming characteristic of Beijing to most of our guests.

The courtyard itself is not, though, a government-licensed preserved property, neither the YHA down the alley as you noticed, however both properties were re-builted based on and according to the original courtyard sites and Hutong architectural style and decorated with traditional Chinese elements, but furnished by modern facilities. As a basic architecture form in China, the courtyard style has existed thousands years and is still popular and beloved across the whole country.

Once again, thank you for your positive feedback for our service, staff, cleanness and being comfortable.

Regards

Michael
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

Michael's House is not really a hotel. It's a different place to stay, where you feel like one of the family. It's a place where the staff remember your name a year after you've been there. It's truly a place where the staff go way beyond the call of normal duty and surprise you every day. I just took my partner there for the first time, and we sent a postcard from Hong Kong when we got back. Notably, Sally is such a friendly staff member. We love Michael's House. It's not really a hotel - don't expect it to be the Shangri-la, because if you do, then really - you should stay at the Shangri-la.

p.s. If you are taking a taxi from the airport - take the address in Chinese, and phone number of the hotel with you. This is not a big western hotel with bright lights. Taxi drivers in your city don't know every lane way in town, so surprise surprise - it's the same in Beijing.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Genoa, Italy
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Good position, quite near to the metro, a very honest price, a characteristic context in a traditional house (that I've preferred to the usual hotel belonging to a big chain).
Besides the staff is extremely efficient and kind!
The rooms are fine and comfortable. If you prefer a traditional bed, don't take the Tatami room, since it has an "oriental style" mattress put on reed matting; besides it has not a private bathroom. I was together with a group of friends and I decided to sleep in this room because I found it really beautiful in its oriental style, even if I had to share the bathroom! The only disadvantage, in addition to the common bath (that was known), has been the lack of a wardrobe or something were to put your things for more days (there were just low furniture and few clothes-hooks).
But the overall opinion on hotel, staff and rooms is completely positive!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We came in late by train, and the taxi driver could not find the hotel. We drove in circles with the driver on the phone with the staff. Eventually we went down a small alley and found Michaels-houses.

The hotel is very clean, and very cute. If not for the cigarette smell in the room, the place would have been aesthetically perfect.

The breakfast was lacking. Western breakfast was cherri-os, scrambled eggs, coffee and some meat products.

The Chinese breakfast offered minimal supliments.

Nice place to stay to save money, but won't be your favorite spot.

Happy travels.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

Michael's house is great place. If you wanna see real Chinese streets, this is perfect choise. Dirty streets with locals and amazing accomodation. When you open door from Michael's house is like different world. Friendly receptionists which speak english and aircondition.:) Only 10 min walk to subway where is shopping centre. Just be carefull with food on the street.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Walking into Michael's House was like walking into a 4 Star Spa that you never want to leave & then getting to stay there. The lobby area/courtyard is gorgeous and lush as well as comfortable and inviting. It was a joy to relax there and to visit with other guests. The staff were amazingly helpful and friendly.

You won't be disappointed if you choose this wonderful B&B for your stay in Beijing.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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geneva
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Stayed with my family for 4 nights.Everything said about Michaels-House is correct.
Clean rooms,friendly service.Unfortunately for us the location was terrible.As five we had alot of difficulty finding two cabs.You just can't get a taxi in Beijing during rush hours and heavy rain.There is the underground option but try walking in Beijing for 15 minutes on a busy street in summer.Unbearable.We also didn't find the eating options great in the neighbourhood.

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Michael's House
Address: South Yard No.1 Zhiqiang North Garden, Haidian District, Beijing 100088, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Beijing
#26 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#28 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#35 Business Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Michael's House 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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