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“A diamond in the rough” 5 of 5 stars
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Michael's House
Ranked #25 of 6,069 Hotels in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Willows, Ca
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86 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A diamond in the rough”
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
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2 Thank arcodon
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank John P
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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
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2 Thank Fay75
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Switzerland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 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
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Thank Ruedi M
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Beijing
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Chris G
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

My family of four stayed here for five nights up to Christmas morning. Michael's House is a house that was converted into a hotel, in a hutong area of Beijing. What really makes Michael's great is their staff. Amy and Sofie were incredibly helpful. We also had the good fortune of meeting Michael's wife Joanna. The staff even organized a Christmas party on Christmas Eve, and gave each of my family a gift. I cannot say enough good things about the team here. There are several restaurants within a 5-10 min walk from the hotel that have menus in English. Additionally, there is a shopping mall and a Wu Mart about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the hotel. The breakfasts are great, and the wifi is good, and the atmosphere of the enclosed courtyard area is super. We would definitely stay again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Mark L
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China
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We stayed at Michael's house for 5 nights with our 2 children in December. A little difficult to find for taxis but great little place. Although it was very cold outside (about -10 at night), the room was very warm, clean and cosy. The staff is extremely helpful. Central yard is pleasant if you want to read and be out of your room, would be even better if people weren't not allowed to smoke in there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ChinaM-S
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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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