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“Great homely place in the big city” 4 of 5 stars
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Michael's House
Ranked #23 of 5,937 Hotels in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Shanghai, China
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100 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great homely place in the big city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

We were holidaying for five days before Christmas with two young kids, so looking for something friendly, hassle- free and simple. Michael's House fits the bill perfectly. Extremely friendly and helpful staff were able to arrange pretty much anything we needed. Minor gripes - location is not great. Takes a while to get a taxi. That said, the metro is only a fifteen minute walk away - but at the end of a Long day with youngsters, this can seem a lot. Also breakfast was decidedly average. Small concerns for which the overall ambiance and quaintness of the place more than compensates.

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1 Thank Scott L
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

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!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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4 Thank tom r
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Broken Hill, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Lovely boutique hotel with central courtyard. Rooms clean and comfy with buffet breakfast served each day in the charming courtyard. Staff extremely helpful and courteous. Although not situated in the CBD, position gave an insight into the lives of the locals. Would highly recommend for those seeking a personalised exdperience

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We just returned from a trip to Beijing. We spent 5 nights at Michael's House and were very happy with our decision. The hotel is in a very beautiful old courtyard house, with loads of charm. Very beautifully appointed, very clean, and very comfortable. The staff is just lovely and go out of their way to make you feel at home. We were traveling with our 17-month old son and they were so great with him. They have a baby cot available as well, which is a huge boon for those traveling with toddlers. The included continental breakfast is very generous and the coffee is strong and delicious. The location is also great, down an old hutong in a neighborhood that has lots of activity at night, including great street food. The lady at the end of the hutong who makes dumplings was a favorite. Subway line 2 is a short 10-minute walk away and Haidalao Hot Pot, one of the top rated restaurants on TripAdvisor for Beijing is just a 15-minute walk away.

There is some construction going on next door. The hotel has a sign up informing their guests and it seems as though they've made an effort to limit the working hours. I believe the sign said that work would begin at 0800 and go until 1800 but it was more like 0700 to 2100. This is obviously not something the hotel can control and to be honest it did not bother us at all. Just something to keep in mind if you are very sensitive to noise. It wasn't a problem for us, even with a small child. It never woke him up or gave him any trouble falling asleep.

Michael's House was a great find and we highly recommend it as a place to stay in Beijing!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank desconocido
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Askim, Ostfold, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Felt like we were visiting family friends. I travelled with a Chinese colleague who visits China several times a year and generally stays in hotels. I found the guesthouse and suggested we try it. We were both impressed by the home like atmosphere and friendly staff! I have found a perfect place to stay during my business travels to China. Planning my next stay with the family also.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Thank Halla H
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Willows, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Staying at Michael's House is more like visiting a friend than staying at a hotel. Clean & cozy, the rooms are outfitted for western tastes. Although somewhat off the beaten path, Michael's is a 10 minute walk to the subway, where all of Beijingis in easy reach. Definitely not for the 5 star hotel traveler, but perfect for us.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Arcodon1
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We had an absolutely lovely time staying at Michael's House. Not only are the rooms clean and spacious but the staff are just so wonderful. When we left we were truly sad to say goodbye to them! They helped us to organize a private car for a trip to the Great Wall, and also were really flexible in getting us a different room when there was some construction noise outside. Really great people. Our trip would not have been as complete without a stay at Michael's House.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank cstina11
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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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Location: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Beijing
#13 Family Hotel in Beijing
#28 Romantic Hotel in Beijing
#36 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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Michael`s House Hotel Beijing
Michaels Hotel Beijing
Beijing Michaels Hotel

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