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Michael's House
Ranked #41 of 6,516 Hotels in Beijing
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Sydney, Australia
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240 reviews
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“Our favourite hotel in China!”
Reviewed 18 April 2013

Like what most other reviewers have mentioned the staff was definitely the highlight at this place. They always went above and beyond in helping us whether it was writing down what we should order at a Peking duck restaurant, storing our luggage or booking a car for the Great Wall. Nothing was impossible for them! It was such a surprise even after reading all the reviews about how great this place was. I would definitely come back here on a return Beijing visit. Michael's house has such great character!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Wehrheim, Germany
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at Michaels house and we had a fantastic time. We decided to go with Michaels house because we wanted to get a more authentic experience while being in Beijing. We were not diappointed. The room was super clean and the courtyard was nice and comfortable. The staff is amazing and so friendly - they helped us with everything and took really good care of us. We enjoyed staying there and would always come back. Thanks a lot to Michael's house!

Room Tip: We went to the restaurant where they had those dumplings and we loved the food there. Best buns and...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

When you stay at Michael's House in Beijing, the staff treats you like family. You'll enjoy the hospitality provided by Sophie, Sophia, Amy, and Anna, among others. Whatever help you need, they are there for you. Ask for them by name, you will not be dissapointed. Impresively, they speak fairly good English and can interpret almost everything.
Michael's House is very much a bed and breakfast. The perimeter of the hotel are the rooms, with the lobby directly in the center. They have decorated the lobby very nicely with plants, Chinese art, and furniture. Noise isn't really an issue... usually people go to sleep around 10p after a long day and are respectful in keeping the noise level down.
Michael's House is great for the self-sufficient traveler who is not afraid to walk, take the subway, or hail a taxi. There is a beautiful park near the hotel that can be reached by walking (3/4 mile) or by taking a taxi. All of the Chinese sightseeing can be accessed by taking the subway (2 yuan) or the hotel staff can arrange a service company to assist you.
When you do come to Michael's House, treat the staff like family, and you will get in return what you put in. If you are a snooty, insufficient/unsavvy traveler, you probably do not belong here. Best of luck.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We planned a short 1 week holiday in China - 3 days beijing and 4 days shanghai, where in Beijing we wanted to stay in traditional Chinese accommodation, our reason for choosing Michael's House (after reading many great reviews on trip advisor already). This turned out to be the perfect place we could have chosen. We were greeted by exceptionally welcoming and friendly staff to a cute and homely little house. The reception area and rooms were immaculately clean and spacious. The room was equipped with everything you would find at a luxurious 5 star hotel. On our first day in Beijing we decided to book our Great Wall tour and get ideas of things to do for our short time in Beijing. A very big thank you to Amy who pretty much planned and booked our entire Beijing stay so that we saw everything worth seeing. She was extremely helpful, even writing down our order of Peking duck etc etc in Chinese to take with us to give to the waitress at one of the best Peking duck restaurants (because very few waitresses understand english). Also a very big mention to Sophie for the beautiful customer service she gave us. Michael's House was over-accommodating in every way and when we return to Beijing one day it will DEFINITELY be our choice again!

Michael's House is located in a great area (a traditional Chinese feel and quite central to most things; Houhai (lake area), Olympic stadium) with some delicious Chinese restaurants near by. There is also a subway located very close by and a large department store.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

We found this hotel on Trip advisor, and we are so glad we ended up staying here. The hotel is in an alley, and as the cab driver drove up, we were a little worried, but as soon as we walked through the front door, our worries were gone. The hotel is set up in a covered courtyard with each of the rooms leading off of the courtyard. We were warmly welcomed by the staff. The rooms are comfortable and clean, the beds are very comfortable. The hotel has a very homey feel. We liked that we could leave our young son in our room to fall asleep while we relaxed in the courtyard. There is free wifi- not the strongest signal, but we were able to work with it. The staff is very helpful, especially Sophie, ordering us take out on the nights we wanted to stay in, and helping us plan excursions. The location is a little off the beaten track, everyone seemed to discourage us from taking the subway as they considered it a far walk, but we did not think it far at all- an 8 minute walk? As we live in Hong Kong, we are very used to walking a little ways to utilize public transport. Michael lives part time in the US near from where we are from, so we enjoyed catching up with him too. The breakfast is not fancy, but fresh and more than adequate. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Michael's house is a small courtyard hotel in the Hutong area of Beijing. Do not be put off by ally that leads to the hotel. Once you walk through the door you are in for a very pleasant surprise. The hotel lives up to its website photos and details and the staff are amazingly helpful and fiendly. We were part of a party of 12, 10 of whom stayed in Michael's House. On arrival of 6 of our group, after a grueling day of site-seeing, the receptionist took them to a local restaurant and helped them to order food and drinks. They said the food was amazing and very, very cheap. She also took 2 of the party to a chemist and there arranged a masseur to come to the hotel later to work on her swollen knee. Also it was one of our groups birthday, they noticed this from his passport and when they returned from dinner there was a birthday cake, big enough to share with all of us..... how about that then. Our only regret is that we only had one night in this lovely hotel and we hope to go back at some stage. we would recommend it to anyone. Breakfast in the hotel was buffet style but cooked fresh for us as we had to eat by 7.00.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Amherstburg, Canada
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

great hotel.even though we got in a little early they took care of us and got us into our room as fast as possible.walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants.staff very helpful and nice.spoke very good english which was very helpful to a couple of first time visitors.room was very comfortable.bed comfortable which was rare to that point.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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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:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#13 Family 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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