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“Pleasant, humble guest house - my current top choice for leisure visitors” 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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Taiyuan, China
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“Pleasant, humble guest house - my current top choice for leisure visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Michael's is nice. It is the best place I have stayed for leisure travel in Beijing, though not perfect.

It is small, with only 12 rooms situated around a courtyard. The decor is attractive and colorful and Chinese/Western fusion with a few tacky things thrown in here and there.

The main reasons to stay here:
-Is a courtyard-style hotel with some character
-Helpful staff speak decent English
-It is ten minutes walk to the subway
-The beds are very soft (a rarity in China)
-The courtyard/lobby area is a nice gathering place if your group is staying in more than one room.
-Provides pretty much all of the amenities of a major hotel--in room safe, fridge, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, laundry service, etc.
-Breakfast included
-Clean

Some potential drawbacks:
-The standard rooms are very small (though the courtyard provides additional usable space)
-The lighting in our room was a bit dark
-The only windows in the rooms face the courtyard
-The small bathroom reminds me of the bathroom on a boat--though it does have its own shower area.
-It is a little hard for taxis to find
-Not great if you are looking for privacy and anonymity, much like a bed and breakfast
-The fuses in the lobby blew several times during my visit (a minor inconvenience)
-No restaurant
-No iron and ironing board in room

Overall, it is very quiet and the sound isolation between rooms seems good. But the downside of this is that any noise in the courtyard can be heard. The bathroom fan can provide white noise.

There are lots of restaurants nearby. The neighborhood is kind of interesting with small shops and street vendors.

The internet was quite fast, but dropped the connection a few times--maybe due to the blown fuses).

Alternatives? Budget chains (Orange, Home Inn) are half the price and very serviceable but lack character and English-speaking staff.

There are a number of budget to mid-level international hotels (Novotel, Ibis, Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Comfort Inn) that are about the same price or even a little cheaper. These will have bigger rooms, restaurants and so on, but little character.

Finally, I've stayed in a couple of other courtyard-type hotels. The Soluxe Sunshine Courtyard hotel is bigger, with more impressive courtyards and more traditional decor and even closer to the subway. But it costs more, is less comfortable, and there are more flaws.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are quite small, so if you need space you may want to select a larger option.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 April 23, 2013

We recently spent five nights at Michael’s House. It is styled after hutong dwellings, but has modern touches. The rooms are comfortable and well laid out with the bed room area separated from the living area by a circular arch screen. The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was small with only a shower, but the water was hot and steady. The rooms, bathroom and furnishings were clean. The hotel has a nice Chinese traditional feeling and it is a quiet place to relax amidst the noise and bustle of Beijing.

The guest rooms are arranged around a central atrium that is covered in glass. There are comfortable chairs and tables in the central space where guests can relax outside their rooms without stepping outside. A simple Western-style breakfast is served here that includes cereal, bread, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, bacon, etc.

One of the real benefits of staying at Michael’s House is the excellent service provided by the staff. They arranged a private car to take us to the Great Wall, helped us to get medication for our daughter at the neighbourhood pharmacy, provided written directions for taxi drivers to selected locations, and gave accurate answers and advice on other matters. Sophia was especially helpful.

The location is excellent as it is around 10 minutes walk to the Jishuitan subway station on Line 2. You can get to most of the major tourist sites in Beijing by subway. With the current problems with Beijing taxis, this is an important consideration. The location might be hard to find as it is down a narrow side street. Visitors should print out the address in Mandarin characters for your taxi driver.

I would not hesitate to return to Michael’s House the next time I visit Beijing.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Wehrheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 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, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

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
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Beijing
#15 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#23 Business Hotel in Beijing
#223 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Michael's House 3*
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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