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“Clean, friendly and beautiful”
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Michael's House
Ranked #45 of 6,461 Hotels in Beijing
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Maceio, AL
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112 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Clean, friendly and beautiful”
Reviewed 4 June 2012

I found Michael's House through Tripadvisor and, as always, I was thankful for the oportunity of staying in a nice small hotel, completely different from the average hotel building. The hotel is located out of the touristry path, but you can go everywhere by subway - the closest station is not very close, but since I'm used to walking, it was no problem at all. I stayed there with my mother for four days, and everything was very good. The air conditioning wasn't working properly, which made it almost unbeareable to stay at the room, since the temperature was pitching 40 degrees (celsius) and it felt like 50, due to a hot 'wave', common during summer, but they upgraded us to another available room (free of charge). Both rooms were spacious, with incredible beds and faced the courtyard, which is beautifully decorated. The staff gave great tips of what to do and the best visiting hours for the attractions. One night, we took our time exploring the city and when we got to the hotel the girl from the front desk was waiting for us at the door, with a visible worried look on her face - she was scared that something bad might have happened. This kind of care we never found anywhere else. Highly recommend. Just one more thing: don't freak out when you see the neighborhood, it's not very appealing and might look dangerous, but it's not. And it's an amazing chance to have a real Beijing experience and watch normal people living their normal lives.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Michael is doing his best to use TripAdvisor ratings as his main sales channel, as many other hotels worldwide are trying to these days. We trusted the reviews as well, and it was our first China expirience. It is small and cozy hotel with frendly international atmosphere, and would recommend it as a interesting hutong expirience and probbably would return there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

We stayed for a week in February 2012, visiting student son studying at BNU. We were told that Beijing would be cold in February - and it was - and we were tourists, spending large chunks of time outside getting cold. Michael's House was a complete delight as it was warm, spacious, friendly, close to son's apartment, wi-fi connected and did everything we wanted at a reasonable price. The location (down a side street in an unremarkable part of Beijing) is not promising, but it feels authentic. It is a 10 minute walk to the underground, and close enough to the centre to be able to walk to the Forbidden City (even in sub-zero temperatures and taking short-cuts across the frozen lakes). Go for it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, and wish we'd stayed on our second visit to Beijing - but there wasn't availability.

We wanted to stay in traditional type accommodation, and this place delivered.

The service was excellent! Our flight was delayed an hour, and we arrived at the hotel about 2am - and the staff were still there waiting for our arrival! They also went out of their way to help us book flights to Shanghai. They spoke English really well, which was helpful. We were also impressed by their local knowledge - they knew the area and things to do - giving us helpful tips for sightseeing. Other hotels we stayed at, the staff knew nothing about the area (places to eat, ATMs etc). The day we left they got up early to see us off, and booked us a taxi which was waiting for us when we were ready to go. At Michael's house, nothing was too much trouble.

The breakfast each day was pretty good - some fruit, toast, biscuits and some hot food.

The subway was close enough, about a 10 minute walk away. Best to get the subway during peak hours, getting a taxi was very hard competing with workers.

We stayed in the most basic of rooms (bathroom a bit dated) - but it was clean, quiet and comfortable. I was expecting a hard uncomfortable bed (as per most China hotels) but the bed was quite comfortable.

This place was a haven after sightseeing all day. Can't recommend highly enough - especially compared to other places we stayed in China.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2012

The hotel is very cozy and the location is in a neighborhood that allows you to see the local culture. The information provided by the hotel reps (Specially Amy who is very professional and knowledgeable) is the best of all. They are always willing to help and give you excellent tips to navigate the city. The hotel provide tours at a very fair price.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Michael's House

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
#14 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#28 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#35 Business Hotel in Beijing
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,134 - ₹ 10,787
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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Also Known As:
Michael`s House Hotel Beijing
Michaels Hotel Beijing
Beijing Michaels Hotel

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