I recently stayed at Micheals house for 8 nights with my wife, 9 year old son, and 11 year old daughter. Here is what we thought:
Staff: First and foremost everything you read on Trip Advisor about the service/staff is right on the money – they absolutely go above and beyond for you. Not only were they all very warm and friendly, but they set up my Great Wall trip with a private driver way cheaper than I could have, they went out and bought my train tickets to Shanghai for me, they recommended great restaurants, told me how to negotiate the Subway, even gave my kids chopstick lessons and played games with them. ( My kids were so sad when we had to leave!!) Amy and Sophie are absolute superstars and they made our trip fun and memorable.
Location: We have done a fair amount of traveling and use trip advisor quite often to check places out before going. Even though Michaels House was not quite the location we were looking for we booked our stay here based on the reviews and the traveler’s choice award, and we are so happy that we did! Michael’s House was Exactly what we wanted- this is not a touristy area full of western restaurants and chain hotels – you are staying in a working class Beijing neighborhood complete with street vendors, local businesses and all the charm it has to offer. If you want to get a real experience of life in Beijing, this is your place.
Other: Price was a value; breakfast was fresh and tasty with a good amount of variety. Rooms were clean, neat, everything worked. Very satisfied, we will be back!