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“allways a good place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Michael's House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   South Yard No.1 Zhiqiang North Garden, Haidian District, Beijing 100088, China (Houhai)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 5,423 Hotels in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 405 Reviews
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“allways a good place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I have stayed here twice. The second time by choice as we liked it so much the first time. It’s simple and small. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are generous and warm. Bathrooms are simple but clean and adequate. Breakfast is good. The location is fantastic, very close to the lakes and night clubs around them and the décor is wonderful. A very authentic feel without being kitsch. The central courtyard creates a friendly social meeting place to chat with fellow guests and relax

Myonly complaint is the wifi is lousy. Constantly drops out in your room and you have to go to the central courtyard to get a decent connection.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the North side
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This place is wonderful ...... in all respects. It's a little out of the way, tucked away in a true neighbourhood location of Beijing. Only a short 5 - 10 minutes walk to the Jishuitan subway, which is on the line 2 loop. Not much to look at from the street, or should I say laneway, but step inside and the feel is warm and welcoming, mirroring the staff greetings. Rooms are really comfortable, the courtyard is great. What makes this such a special place is the staff - happy for a chat, and very knowledgable - always happy to go out of their way to help.
In my view, you should not be concerned about being a little out of the way - taxi's are plentiful in the area, and it's certainly close enough to the subway. Relax and enjoy.
A final note, to the girls on the desk - I'm sorry for taking the room key with me back to Tianjin, it's being couriered to you ....

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Out in the Neighborhood, down a side street, left down an alley, and you come to a nondescript looking place. Inside, however, Michael's house is a cozy, renovated, and ultra friendly, B&B. The working class neighborhood location, is a short walk to the Subway, where all of Bejing is at your fingertips. If you like value and a friendly and helpful staff, try Michael's house.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Sophie and Amy make you feel very welcome. The hotel decor is really cute. We stayed in the Emperor's Suite which was well worth the reasonable extra amount paid. There are at least three fantastic restaurants really close by. We did find it a little far from the main sights such as the Forbidden City. The subway is close but taxis are hard to get and they were our preferred mode of transport - sooo cheap!! They'll organise tours and pick-ups, and deliveries to the fast train to Shanghai for you. Breakfast is good. A delightful stay.

Room Tip: Book the Emperor's Suite. Eat at the dumpling, bar-b-q and duck restaurants which are really clo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

When we first pulled up at Michael's House after 15hrs travelling you are a bit dubious as from outside it's not that great! But then you get in and it's lovely.

Warm, friendly, cosy, great staff - Sophie and Amy. This was my first trip to China and it the nicest thing turning up to such welcoming people!

The rooms are really well done. They make the most of the space and look lovely. Plus spotless with good showers. We had TV problems but that was nothing to do with the hotel. Usually we were able to get English channels easily.

As with all courtyard hotels the rooms come straight off them. It's more of a ski chalet feel where if you want you can be social. The place felt really secure. I was in a room on my own and didn't at anytime feel concerned. There is someone on the desk 24hrs.

I stayed here on and off over 10 days and travelled around China using it as my base coming back every few days for a couple of nights. The staff let us leave our luggage there which was great. They also sorted taxis, translated flight information, wrote instructions for take out soup as one of our party was ill! They really are great.

Once you've stayed in other courtyards / hotels in china, you realise just how warm, how comfy the beds are and how relaxing the place is. It was freak -12 conditions in Beijing when we went and would have never known (believe me you did at other places!)

And randomly, Tilda Swinton stayed there!

Room Tip: If you're having a double get the room by the office as it's set back from the Courtyard.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We spent our firstz 4 days of our China-trip in Beijing and we are thankfull that we did chose Michael's House to spend the nights.
We enjoyed the contact with the friendly & very helpfull staff. We had a real good time at Michael's House =:O).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at michaels over the new year period. This place is great. The thing that really makes michaels stand out is the service. The staff here are great, nothing is a problem. On new years eve they had organised a party with food and drinks before we headed out. We really did enjoy our time here....but....the television would not work in our room. We asked to move rooms. The television in the new room also didn't work. Very annoying. But all in all this is a great place to stay! The subway is a 5-10 minute walk. There are plenty of places to eat close by, and some the food from the street stalls at night is really good. Thanks to all the staff for making our stay in Beijing a very memorable experience!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: South Yard No.1 Zhiqiang North Garden, Haidian District, Beijing 100088, China
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Location: China > Beijing Region > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Beijing
#18 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#26 Business Hotel in Beijing
#173 Best Value 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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Also Known As:
Michael`s House Hotel Beijing
Michaels Hotel Beijing
Beijing Michaels Hotel

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